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UTSA students and alumni visit state lawmakers in Austin Feb. 28

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UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) with UTSA students, alumni and staff at the Texas Capitol

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(Feb. 27, 2013) -- Members of the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) and UTSA Alumni Association will partner Feb. 28 for UTSA Day at the Capitol. The biannual trip puts UTSA students and alumni face-to-face with state lawmakers.

On Thursday, SGA President Xavier Johnson and Alumni Association President Randy Vogel will lead approximately 40 UTSA students and members of the Alumni Association board through the Capitol to meet with legislators to discuss higher education in Texas. Austin Hagee, SGA legislative affairs representative, stayed on top of planning the day by coordinating many calendars.

Students and alumni will break into five groups to reach out to as many offices as possible. Visits have been scheduled in 15-minute sessions. SGA conducted an informational session Feb. 20 to discuss higher education issues and to review expectations.

As UTSA advances toward the goal to become a Tier One university, it can only help to keep the university in the minds of Texas lawmakers. Students have expressed concerns regarding financial aid, the need for additional teaching space, campus-carry legislation and funding for the creation of another research university in Texas.

The UTSA groups will visit state representatives Jose Menendez, Roland Gutierrez, Joe Farias, Lyle Larson, Justin Rodriguez, Philip Cortez, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Ruth Jones McClendon, Mike Villarreal and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, and state senators Donna Campbell, Judith Zaffirini, Carlos Uresti and Leticia Van de Putte.

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 a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.

 

 

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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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Events
Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

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.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

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.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

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

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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.


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