Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Help raise $10K to repair and restart iconic UTSA Sombrilla Plaza fountain

Sombrilla Plaza fountain

Sombrilla Plaza fountain, UTSA Main Campus

Share this Story

(Nov. 6, 2013) -- The UTSA Development Office has launched "Fill the Fountain," a special campaign to support renovations to the Sombrilla Plaza fountain on the UTSA Main Campus. The UTSA Alumni Association and the UTSA Green Fund have already contributed $150,000.

Additionally, alumni Nancy Ozuna '93 and Andrew Ozuna '91 have pledged a $10,000 matching gift for donations made next week. Faculty, staff, alumni, students and university supporters are invited to help raise $10,000 by next week to complete the fundraising.

>> Make a gift to match the Ozuna's challenge at utsa.edu/fillthefountain.

Repairs on the 35-year-old fountain will begin next week. Plans include making the fountain sustainable by using reclaimed water from the air conditioning systems in neighboring buildings, an idea proposed by UTSA students.  Using the gray water will ensure that the revitalized fountain can remain operational year round. Repairs are expected to be complete in early 2014.

"The fountain in the Sombrilla is iconic to the Roadrunner community," said Nancy Ozuna. "It is a place where so many photos are taken and memories have been made. Andrew and I want to help bring this icon back to life, so the UTSA community can once again enjoy the fountain and the ambiance of Sombrilla Plaza when the water is flowing. We encourage others to give, too."

"It is a campus legend that the Sombrilla fountain is lucky," said Marjie French, UTSA vice president for external relations. "As the story goes, if a student puts both their hands on the fountain while it is running, they will ace their upcoming exams. Today's Roadrunners deserve the opportunity to put the legend to the test. It's time to bring this tradition back."

"The university relies on gifts to support projects such as the fountain, so that tuition and other funding can directly support instruction and students," said Genevieve Tobias, assistant director of annual giving. "As an alumna and staff member, it is exciting to know that I can be part of bringing this tradition back to UTSA by giving. It is something the students have really wanted, and they get excited when we talk about turning the fountain back on."

A special event will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Sombrilla fountain, where you can stop by to make your gift in person or learn more about the project. For more information, visit the Fill the Fountain website or call UTSA Annual Giving at 210-458-4130.

 

 

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.

Read More »
Events
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.


Other Calendars
» UTSA Events | » Academic | » Institute of Texan Cultures

Submit an Event


Meet a Roadrunner

Ernest Bromley '78, '80 one of UTSA's first students, takes on the world

Shrugging off retirement, the Bromley founder plans to earn a PhD and complete a 375-mile race

UTSA's Mission

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.

UTSA's Vision

To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA's Core Values

We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.

Connect with UTSA News

       


Related Links

Back to Top