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UTSA receives $5 million gift from H-E-B to recruit and retain world-class faculty

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(Feb. 17, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a $5 million, five-year commitment from H-E-B to establish a fund that supports the recruitment of world-class faculty to UTSA as it advances to Tier One status.

The H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund matches other private gifts dollar for dollar, providing a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs across the university's nine colleges.

The H-E-B pledge is the largest private matching gift in the university's history.

The endowment will significantly contribute to UTSA's progress toward designation as a premier research institution by enabling the university to attract and recruit leading scholars and researchers through financial support for their research, teaching and other education activities. UTSA's research efforts are focused on areas that meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.

Currently, UTSA has 48 endowed faculty positions representing approximately 7 percent of the total tenured and tenure-track faculty positions across the university. UTSA's goal is to increase this number to 10 percent by 2016. Longer term, the university expects to have 20 percent of positions endowed.

"H-E-B's gift will have a transformational impact on UTSA and San Antonio by helping to bring world-class faculty to our community to conduct research, create new businesses that grow our economy, and inspire a new generation of leaders," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Already, we have recruited top faculty from institutions such as MIT, Harvard, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan. We are grateful to H-E-B for its generosity in helping us continue this important work."

"H-E-B is deeply invested in the future of the Texas economy, which is anchored by how well we educate our students," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs and diversity. "Students deserve the very best educators to help inspire them and guide them toward a fulfilling career and a lifelong love of learning."

Previously, H-E-B has provided gifts of nearly $2 million to UTSA, supporting UTSA Graduate School H-E-B fellowships and scholarships for the Center for Student Professional Development.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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