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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?

For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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