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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo, September 2013

Ricardo Romo

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September 23, 2013

 

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow I will be delivering my annual State of the University address and I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of what I will be telling our students, faculty and staff.

This has been a remarkable year for UTSA in so many ways.

In the past academic year, we awarded degrees to one of our largest classes ever – more than 5,800 students. Within the next 12 months, the 100,000th UTSA graduate will walk the stage to receive their degree.

This fall, nearly 65 percent of our entering freshmen ranked among the top quartile of their high school classes, the highest we've ever admitted. At the same time, our student diversity is also at its greatest level.

More than 60 new world-class faculty members have joined UTSA from China, Italy, Germany, Canada, Spain and Switzerland, and from all across the United States.

On our campuses, you see progress everywhere, from the construction of new buildings to the discovery of new scientific breakthroughs in our labs.

We have created 13 new endowed professorships and chairs because of the generosity of our community and a matching $5 million grant from H-E-B. We now have 60 committed endowments, significantly enhancing our ability to attract top faculty to UTSA.

This past spring, our first-ever capital campaign, We Are UTSA—A Top-Tier Campaign, surpassed its $120 million goal nearly two years early. So we are doing more, committing to raising an additional $55 million by 2015. These dollars will go to faculty research, graduate students and top undergraduate talent, and to new athletics facilities.

This would not be possible without the incredible support we receive from the community. We depend on generous supporters like you to keep UTSA moving toward Tier One status. Every gift, big or small, has a real impact on our ability to provide students with opportunities for excellence.

I'm excited to update our UTSA community tomorrow on our progress. I'm just as excited about what the new academic year will bring for our students, faculty and staff, and for our city. Together, we are making a difference. Thank you for all you do to support UTSA.

Go Roadrunners!

Sincerely,

Ricardo Romo
President
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

 

Did You Know?

Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture Connects

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

UTSA Football vs. Kansas State

Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus


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