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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo

Ricardo Romo

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February 2013

 

Dear Friends,

You may have heard that our city is experiencing a major brain gain. San Antonio recently was ranked No. 6 among top U.S. metropolitan areas in attracting young, college-educated people with bachelor's and advanced degrees. Experts say that San Antonio is catching up to Silicon Valley in the innovation economy, and UTSA is playing a big part in that advancement.

Each year, UTSA sends more than 5,000 graduates into the job market, with nearly 70 percent remaining in San Antonio. Our graduates add an estimated $4.8 billion in earnings to the state economy, alone. But, it's not just about the number of students we graduate. It's about being a leader in educating the growing, high-tech workforce needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

This is where community support makes a real difference. Thanks to the financial support from our business community and UTSA friends, we are able to attract expert faculty to UTSA and expose our students to some of the finest scholars in the nation. Our students work side-by-side with these researchers and professors, and graduate ready to meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.

A perfect example of how financial gifts have a transformational effect on UTSA is the recent gift of $5 million from H-E-B. This watershed gift will support recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, matching other private gifts dollar for dollar. That means, through the generosity of our community, we will be able to provide a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs at UTSA.

With this caliber of faculty, we will move even closer to Tier One status. And, our students will have the opportunity to work with scholars conducting cutting-edge research, creating new businesses that grow our economy and inspiring a new generation of leaders.

It's all the more reason to support our university. I am so grateful for the generosity of H-E-B, the business community and all of you. Your gifts are helping to make San Antonio a nationally recognized center of innovation.

Go Roadrunners!

 

Sincerely,

Ricardo Romo
President
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture Connects

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

UTSA Football vs. Kansas State

Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus


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