Stimulating topics: 'Great Conversation!' tickets available now for Feb. 26 event

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(Jan. 30, 2013) -- Tickets are now on sale for The University of Texas at San Antonio's 13th annual "Great Conversation!," a signature fundraising event that brings together prominent community leaders, scholars and UTSA supporters for engaging dinner conversations on a diverse array of stimulating topics. The evening fundraiser benefits UTSA Honors College student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities.

"Great Conversation!" will be 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78205-3296.

Each table at this year's event will include one or two conversation leaders who will strike up engaging dinner discourse on one of three dozen varied topics. The occasion also will increase public awareness about the important cultural and intellectual role that UTSA has in San Antonio.

Scheduled topics include:

Great Moments in Mariachi Music
Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel, Executive Chairman, SABEResPODER

What Are the Challenges Facing Public Education in Texas?
John Folks, UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Catch the Wind: How to Find the Best Sailing Spots
Denny Ware, CEO, CeleNova Biosciences Inc.

Let's Talk About Tequila
German Gonzalez, Master Distiller, T1 Tequila

Lessons Learned: Behind the Scenes of NASCAR Racing
Ken Oleson, SVP, Zachry Holdings Inc.

Top 10 Tips Every Dog Owner Should Know
Phyllis McGough, Bark Busters Dog Behavioral Therapist and Trainer

From Ranch Horses to Thoroughbred Race Horses
Jane Macon, Attorney, Fulbright and Jaworski LLP and Helen Groves, President, Kleberg Foundation

The Start of the New Session on Congress: Progress or Gridlock?
Charles A. Gonzalez, Retired Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

East Wing vs. West Wing: Experiences from the White House
Sonya Medina Williams, VP for Community and External Affairs, Silver Eagle Distributors

Muslims, Christians and Jews: Is There Common Ground?
Gabriel Acevedo, UTSA Department of Sociology

Unlocking the Secret of Stem Cells
Doug Frantz, UTSA Department of Chemistry

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Visit the "Great Conversation!" website for a full listing of the evening's conversation leaders and their topics.

Individual tickets for this year's Great Conversation! fundraiser are $85 per person or $65 for UTSA alumni. Table sponsorships between $1,500 and $50,000 are available by contacting Robin Lozano at 210-458-6880. Or, sponsor the attendance of a UTSA Honors College student for $50. Upon registration, attendees and sponsors will be asked to designate the tables/conversations where they prefer to sit.

To learn more about Great Conversation!, call 210-458-5162.