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(June 11, 2013) -- How do elementary and middle schools create a college going culture? What do high school students need to successfully transition to college? What skills do business leaders require in new hires?

These and other questions will be discussed at the P-20 Summit: College and Career Readiness in San Antonio, organized by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and a citywide planning committee. The summit will be 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78205.

More than 250 participants will gather at the summit. Guests will include leaders from K-12 education, higher education, businesses and community-based organizations as well as parents and students.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo will open the event. Rachel Ruiz, UTSA assistant vice president for P-20 initiatives,  and Jeff Goldhorn, associate director of the Region 20 Education Service Center, also will provide introductory remarks.

An opening address by Denise Green, chair of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Council, will provide a demographic overview of San Antonio before three panel discussions commence.

A panel of superintendents, facilitated by Northside ISD Superintendent Brian Woods, will address successful college readiness strategies. The panel includes Ray Madrigal from Harlandale ISD, Lloyd Verstuyft from Southwest ISD and Gene Bowman from Alamo Academies.

A panel of higher education administrators, facilitated by Judy Loredo, assistant commissioner of P-16 initiatives for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will discuss successful career readiness strategies in higher education. This panel includes Melissa Mahan from Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Jo Carol Fabianke from the Alamo Colleges, Steve Wilkerson from UTSA and Shari Albright from Trinity University. Mayor Julian Castro is expected to address participants at the luncheon.

A third panel, comprised of business experts and facilitated by Alamo Colleges Vice Chancellor Federico Zaragoza, will speak on successful workforce preparedness strategies. Panelists include Ryan McQueen from USAA, Mario Lozoya from Toyota, Jorge Elizondo from H-E-B and Jonathan Magid from Rackspace.

The summit will close with an address by City Councilman Rey Saldana that discusses next steps and Cynthia Villafranco of the P-16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County that provides an asset mapping tool of local resources for San Antonio stakeholders. Following the summit, a reception will feature these resources and organizations.

The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives strives to increase UTSA's partnerships and collaborations with educational institutions, businesses, industries, community-based organizations, and public and private foundations to promote the college going culture and to strengthen the quality of education in San Antonio and South Texas from kindergarten to college.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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