(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
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.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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