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UTSA student government members register nearly 500 voters in one-day event

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UTSA Student Government Assocation members at National Voter Registration Day booth

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(Sept. 27, 2013) -- UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) members registered 481 people to vote in Bexar County as part of the organization's efforts to engage in the local community through the National Voter Registration Day project.

On Sept. 24, volunteers, celebrities and organizations across the country hit the streets for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts was to create a pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities.

It also continues the SGA effort to register voters. Last year, they were nationally ranked for voter registration numbers and this year, they were again impressive.

Maria Teresa Kumar, president of Voto Latino and a co-founder of National Voter Registration Day, said, "What The University of Texas at San Antonio did on National Voter Registration Day is truly incredible. This was one of the largest events in the nation."

Many universities and campuses held events and submitted statistics as part of the National Voter Registration Day project. At UTSA's event, students were invited to write why they registered to vote on giant chalkboards. Students who were not yet registered to vote also could take a moment to register. Anyone stopping by the display received a free pizza slice.

SGA President Zack Dunn said SGA became involved in the event because they recognize the importance of getting students engaged in civic matters and accountability.

"A strong community and a strong city happen when people are engaged," said Dunn. "UTSA students want to contribute to making our campus, our community and our city stronger."

Hannah Beck, SGA director of legislative affairs, was the key facilitator of the effort on campus.

"It was really exciting to see my fellow students want to add their voices to the community and come together to make a difference and be engaged in the world," said Beck.

 

 

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UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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