November 16, 2012
At this time of year, we pause to reflect on all we have to be thankful for and to surround ourselves with those who are most important to us. This time-honored tradition is special for me in another way, too, because it gives me a moment to look back at the year at UTSA and reflect on the many things we can be grateful for at our university.
This has been a remarkable year at UTSA. From students to faculty and staff, researchers to athletes, our university is being recognized by our peers for educational excellence. Our faculty members increasingly receive recognition for their teaching and research, which was key to UTSA's ranking among the top 400 universities in the world. Most recently, UTSA was ranked in the top 2 percent of U.S. universities with an "A" rating for core curriculum.
In our march to Tier One status as a premier research institution, we will end 2012 having reached 92 percent of our capital campaign goal of $120 million -- a notable achievement considering We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign was publicly launched just last April. This is a powerful testament to San Antonio's commitment to UTSA.
The outpouring of support for our students, scholarships, graduate fellowships, programs and research has been overwhelming. Just as powerful are the contributions we are making to San Antonio, providing excellent educational opportunities and sending nearly 75 percent of our students into the local workforce.
We are having an impact on San Antonio in another way. Thanksgiving weekend closes out our second season of Roadrunners football, and how wonderful it has been to see tens of thousands of San Antonio fans attend our games and cheer on the team -- which many now call San Antonio's team.
This Thanksgiving, I have so much for which to be thankful. I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate this special time with friends and family, and to take a moment to cherish the good things in our lives.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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