UTSA names Katz Alumni Center in honor of local educator and donor

Yvonne Katz

Yvonne Katz

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(March 13, 2013) -- The UTSA Office of Alumni Programs will be named the Katz Alumni Center at a 10:30 a.m., March 18 ceremony at the center on the Main Campus. The ceremony will honor Yvonne Katz '74, Ph.D., a school superintendent who earned her master's degree in UTSA's first graduating class.

>> Because of limited space in front of the alumni center, the UTSA community is invited to watch the dedication ceremony online via live stream.

The event will celebrate the nearly four decades of support Katz has since given to UTSA. Last fall, she made a million-dollar commitment to support the UTSA Alumni Programs and students pursuing careers in education.

Katz's love of UTSA began in the early 1970s, when she began pursuing her master's degree in educational leadership. Following graduation, she worked with more than two dozen alumni to create the UTSA Alumni Association in 1977. She also served as the association's first president.

She began giving back to the university by establishing its first fund for student scholarships in honor of her parents, Norman and Valley Fern D'Olive. More recently, she joined the Sombrilla Society by establishing a charitable trust in her estate plan. She is now one of the first alumni to contribute to UTSA through a highly individualized gift annuity.

"Dr. Katz has been a wonderful supporter of UTSA for a very long time," said Jim Mickey '78, UTSA vice president for alumni programs. "She has given so much of her time to advance UTSA, and she has given dozens of gifts to support our students."

Katz hopes her gifts will encourage other working-class professionals to give back to the university.

"My parents taught me to give back to my community because someone gave for me to pursue my dreams as a young person," she said. "It's important for me to help those wonderfully talented and very smart students from our public schools to attain their dreams at UTSA."

For more than three decades, Katz has built a successful career in education. She served as the superintendent of Harlandale Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District and Beaverton School District in Oregon. She also was the principal of a Northside Independent School District middle school.

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March 18 road closure for ceremony

From 7:45 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 18, access to UTSA Circle (formerly Peace Boulevard, west side of the Bauerle Road Garage) will be closed because of the dedication ceremony. The garage entrances will be open and accessible for business as usual. There will be access to the driveway in front of the Business Building from the circle in front of the Main Building. The circle can be accessed via Principal Avenue (runs on the south side of the Bauerle Road Garage). Devine Avenue (runs on the north side of the Bauerle Road Garage) will be closed at the northwest corner of the garage.