(April 4, 2013) -- With Rowdy Roadrunner, H-E-Buddy and students looking on, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will unveil the H-E-B University Center at a 9 a.m. dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 9. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the dedication, which will honor H-E-B for its ongoing support of UTSA students.
Last month, UTSA announced the receipt of a $5-million gift from H-E-B to support the recruitment of world-class faculty through the creation of the H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund. The gift has been matched dollar for dollar by other private gifts, providing a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs across UTSA’s nine colleges. It is the largest private challenge gift in UTSA history and brings H-E-B’s overall support for UTSA to more than $7 million.
"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, diversity and environmental affairs. "Students deserve the very best educators to help inspire them and guide them toward a fulfilling career and a lifelong love of learning."
The University Center is the hub of student life and activities at UTSA. University Center South was completed in 2008 with student-elected fees. It includes a ballroom, meeting rooms, a game room, lounge space and office space for more than 250 student organizations.
The April 9 unveiling will be on the west side of University Center South. It will feature a pep rally format including student leaders, members of the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and H-E-B leaders.
The event will include brief remarks by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, 2013-2014 Student Government Association President Zack Dunn and H-E-B executive Winell Herron. H-E-B also will present the 2013 University Life Awards to UTSA's Most Outstanding Student Organization and Most Outstanding New Student Organization.
>> Learn more about UTSA's ongoing capital campaign at the We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign website.
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