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
The annual Student Affairs Conference provides invaluable professional development opportunities for all UTSA Student Affairs staff as well as faculty and staff throughout UTSA and other local institutions.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs, will deliver the keynote at this summit where veterans and professional leaders will share best practices regarding veteran-related opportunities.
The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
Conversations on Science and Art is hosted by UTSA Art Collection and UT Health San Antonio Research. It features an interview with artist, remarks by VP for Research Dr. Andrea Giuffrida, followed by a roundtable QA with curator Arturo Almeida.
South Texas Research Facility, Lobby 8403 Floyd Curl Dr. San Antonio
Campers in 9th grade through college will receive instruction and coaching on agility testing and position specific drills to refine and improve his skillset as a football player.
Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
Inspired by UTSA's renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection, the evening features cuisine and spirits of celebrated chefs from San Antonio and Mexico.
Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus
Campers 6-12 years old will enjoy the summer learning to read, write and speak the Chinese language. They also will learn about the Chinese culture such as martial arts, painting and drawing, arts and crafts and more.
Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
Campers 7th grade and up will focus on individual development with emphasis on simplifying and teaching the specific skills and movements associated with the game. Serving, passing, setting, attacking and individual defense will all be covered. In addition, team concepts will be emphasized.
Convocation Center, Main 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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.