(July 31, 2013) -- San Anto Cultural Arts has announced the selection of UTSA President Ricardo Romo as King Huevo for its 2013 Huevos Rancheros Gala in October.
Each year, San Anto Cultural Arts crowns King and Queen Huevo, two outstanding individuals who have made an impact on the cultural and artistic vibrancy of the San Antonio community. In the 16-year history of the gala, local leaders and artists including Lila Cockrell, Rosemary Kowalski, Carmen Tafolla, Alex Rubio, Juan Miguel Ramos and Cruz Ortiz have been honored.
Romo will accept the award Oct. 5, along with San Anto Cultural Arts 2013 Queen Huevo Maria Lopez de Leon, executive director of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).
In 2014, Romo will celebrate his 15th year as president of UTSA. Under his leadership, UTSA has become an emerging Tier One research institution. UTSA recently was recognized for the second consecutive year by Times Higher Education as one of the Top 100 Universities in the World Under 50 Years Old. Additionally, in just four years, UTSA has surpassed its $120 million initial financial goal for We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign. Campaign gifts have supported student and faculty initiatives across the campuses including the creation of 135 student scholarship funds and 26 endowed faculty positions.
Since Romo joined UTSA in 1999, UTSA has become a university of first choice for students from Texas, across the nation including three U.S. territories and more than 90 countries. As a result, enrollment has grown 68 percent to more than 30,000 students.
Today, more than 58 percent of UTSA students are from underrepresented groups, and 55 percent are first-generation college students. Additionally, approximately 70 percent of UTSA graduates opt to stay in San Antonio, contributing more than $1.2 billion to the city's economy annually.
In addition to leading UTSA, Romo commits a great amount of time to community service. In 2011, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He also serves as a board member for several nonprofits including Humanities Texas, United Way of San Antonio and the National Western Art Foundation.
Romo and his wife, Harriett, are avid art collectors. More than 60 prints from their collection recently were on display at San Antonio's McNay Museum in the exhibit "Estampas de la Raza." The traveling exhibit portrays the Latino experience in the United States through the work of 44 Mexican-American and Latino artists. These amazing prints are now on view at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and will continue to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, followed by the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles.
The 2013 Huevos Rancheros Gala will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Plaza Guadalupe. San Anto Cultural Arts hopes to welcome nearly 800 guests at this year's event, which is expected to raise $40,000. The group's mission is to foster human and community development through community-based arts.
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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