(July 15, 2013) -- Alumni, friends and the San Antonio community are invited to the 14th annual UTSA Alumni Gala at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, July 27 at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the community's brightest stars will be honored. The event benefits the UTSA Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and the Office of Alumni Programs.
Albert Estrada '83 (B.B.A) will receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim Bodenstedt '96 (B.B.A.) will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award, and Sam Dawson will receive the Distinguished Service Award.
Fundraising for scholarships at The University of Texas at San Antonio is the cornerstone of the Alumni Association. The group has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to more than 500 students since 1982 and has built an endowed scholarship fund surpassing $1 million.
A cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 6:15 p.m., with a seated dinner, awards presentations and live auction at 7:30 p.m., followed by music. Cocktail attire and black-tie optional are suggested for the event.
Tables of 10 are $2,000 and individual tickets are $200. Power drawing tickets are available at three for $50. Visit the UTSA Alumni Association website at utsa.edu/gala to see the silent auction items and purchase event tickets. For more information, call 210-458-4133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award
Albert Estrada is a 1983 graduate of the UTSA College of Business, earning his B.B.A. in finance. He serves as senior vice president in commercial lending with PlainsCapital Bank, where much of his focus has been on providing banking services to health-care professionals. Estrada has served on the UTSA Alumni Association board for more than 12 years, serving as president from 2002 to 2004. He is a past member of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advisory Council.
For several years, Estrada has generously sponsored an Alumni Association scholarship for a deserving UTSA student. He is the first to receive the association's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for his service and support to UTSA and the Alumni Association.
Alumnus of the Year
Jim Bodenstedt, a 1996 UTSA graduate with a B.B.A. in accounting, is the president and CEO of MUY!, one of the largest restaurant private employers in the nation with more than 9,000 employees. MUY! includes Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Wendy's. He is chair of the Campaign Leadership Committee for the We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign that reached its initial goal of $120 million two years ahead of schedule. He established the $1 million Bodenstedt Chair for the Dean of the College of Business in 2012. In 2009, Bodenstedt committed $1 million to athletics scholarships to help establish the football program.
Additionally, Bodenstedt has been a strong supporter of the UTSA Alumni Association by generously donating to the scholarship fund and the UTSA Alumni Gala. He is a member of the UTSA Development Board and a director of the Roadrunner Foundation supporting UTSA Athletics.
The UTSA Alumni Association established the Alumnus of the Year award in 1980 to recognize alumni who have gained unique distinction through their accomplishments and to focus attention on their achievements. Past recipients of this award include Clay Killinger '83, Nancy Kudla '87, Howard Peak '75 and Ernest Bromley '78,'80.
Distinguished Service Award
Sam Dawson, a San Antonio business leader and CEO of Pape-Dawson Engineers, serves in leadership roles in many organizations such as the Texas Society for Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Real Estate Council of San Antonio, Downtown Rotary Club, Greater San Antonio Chamber and North San Antonio Chamber.
He and his firm have been generous supporters of UTSA programs including athletics, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Sciences, President's Associates and TexPREP. Dawson has been a member of the UTSA College of Engineering Advisory Council since 2007 and has served as its chair since 2009. He has served on the UTSA Development Board since 2009.
The UTSA Alumni Association established the Distinguished Service Award in 1997 to honor individuals and alumni who have made significant contributions to the UTSA Alumni Association and to UTSA. Past recipients include Doyle Beneby, Steven Q. Lee, Tom Frost and Nelson Wolff.
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.
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