(May 6, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has increased the goal of its first-ever capital campaign by $55 million to $175 million following the remarkable early success of the campaign. UTSA publicly launched We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign in April 2012 with an initial goal of $120 million. However, less than one year later it had total pledges and gifts of more than $121 million.
To date, the capital campaign has supported 135 new student scholarships, 26 new endowed faculty positions, and nine new research centers or institutes. Nearly 20,000 donors have supported the campaign, which is scheduled to continue through August 2015.
"I am confident that we will meet our new $175 million milestone because San Antonio has already been very generous to us," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "This new goal is a commitment to taking the next tangible step in our journey to Tier One status."
The next phase of the campaign will focus on greater investment in graduate students who conduct research, undergraduate programs that bring top students to UTSA, faculty research that fuels innovation and discovery, and athletics facilities.
"We are committed to giving our students exceptional opportunities to become exceptional leaders," said Romo. "As a top-tier university in a top-tier city, we are aligning education opportunities to San Antonio's strongest, emerging industries including cloud computing, bio-medicine, energy and entrepreneurship."
"At our very core is a deep desire to bring new opportunities here, investing in our people and the future of our city. Every milestone we reach as a university has a ripple effect on San Antonio," added Romo.
UTSA graduates more than 5,000 students each year with 70 percent of alumni choosing to stay in the San Antonio area. UTSA's economic impact to the city is more than $1.2 billion annually.
UTSA is ranked among the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old, and is one of just 70 U.S. institutions ranked among the top 400 universities world-wide, according to Times Higher Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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.
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 an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.