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UTSA receives more than $5M in gift commitments to advance capital campaign

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(Dec. 18, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received nearly $5.1 million in gift commitments this fall to support priority programs in the next phase of its capital campaign and the university's advancement to Tier One status. UTSA has now received more than $132 million in gifts and commitments in its first-ever capital campaign, We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign.

Last May, UTSA President Ricardo Romo announced a new phase of the campaign after the university reached its initial financial objective of $120 million more than two years early. The university has now set a goal of raising a total of $175 million by August 2015, when the capital campaign concludes. Gifts received during this phase will primarily focus on four key areas: recruitment of top undergraduate students, support for graduate students, faculty research support and the construction of athletics facilities.

"The support we receive from the community creates opportunities for UTSA students to work side-by-side with world-class faculty and researchers starting early in their college careers," said Romo. "This collaboration is leading to the discovery of new knowledge and elevating UTSA to top-tier status. At the same time, it is advancing San Antonio's economic, business and scientific standing in the world."

The most recent commitments include:

  • A $1 million challenge gift from business leader Carlos Alvarez to support post-graduate studies and research through new endowed fellowship opportunities, primarily for Ph.D. candidates.

    "I am so pleased to see the progress UTSA has made during Dr. Romo's tenure, and that growth means great opportunities for San Antonio and the people here," said Alvarez. "I hope my gift will serve to inspire others to invest in UTSA, particularly supporting the graduate student research that will take the university to Tier One status, and I am very happy to see that the challenge gift has been fully matched."

    Alvarez previously provided a $2 million endowment to UTSA supporting Honors College student programs, scholarships for border county residents and scholarships through the ACE (Access College and Excel) initiative, which identifies and supports inner-city high school students once they enroll at UTSA;

  • A $100,000 commitment from Dr. Lisa G. Nungesser to support a graduate student fellowship in urban and regional planning, matched by the Alvarez gift;
  • A $1 million gift from the 80/20 Foundation, of which $900,000 is matched by the Alvarez gift. The funds will support nine post-graduate fellowships and research assistantships in open-cloud computing in the business, computer science and engineering disciplines. The other $100,000 gift will create one additional graduate fellowship separate from the Alvarez match.

    The 80/20 Foundation previously endowed four cloud technology professorships at $250,000 each;

  • A $1 million pledge from San Antonio real estate developer Dan Parman to create the Dan Parman Endowed Chair in Applied Mathematics.

    "Establishing an endowed chair in applied mathematics enhances UTSA's already excellent math department chaired by Dr. Sandy Norman, while giving the university another tool to educate outstanding students and become a center for major research," said Parman of his gift. "Mathematics is the foundation for all science, the language of all discourse and essential to daily life whether baking a cake or building a nuclear reactor."

  • A $996,000 commitment from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to support stem cell research by John McCarrey, director of the San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute and the Kleberg Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology at UTSA.

    "Stem cells and regenerative medicine offer a novel approach to the treatment of diseases and conditions that touch so many people, such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease. The Robert and Helen Kleberg Foundation is delighted to support Dr. McCarrey and his team of scientists as they advance their research toward outcomes that can benefit individuals and their families throughout the world," said foundation president Helen Groves.

    The Kleberg Foundation is a longtime supporter of the UTSA College of Sciences and has previously made gifts totaling more than $5 million to the university.

  • A $1 million gift from the Valero Foundation for the new athletics facilities at Park West, UTSA's sports complex. Once completed, the UTSA sports complex will offer competition and practice facilities for soccer, track and field, baseball and softball, as well as a practice facility for football.
  • "It is exciting to be a part of the growth at UTSA, and this donation fits in with the Valero Foundation's other efforts to help make San Antonio a better place to live and work," said Gary Simmons, Valero vice president-crude, feedstock supply and trading and a UTSA development board member. "The new facility will make a huge difference for the university's athletics program and will also be available to neighbors in the area, enhancing their quality of life."

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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university 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.

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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2015 was a significant year for UTSA. As the university moved forward on the road to Tier One research, designations and recruitment of high caliber faculty and students, it also completed its first ever capital campaign. Read about UTSA's accomplishments in the 2015 Year in Review as we look forward to what the next year will bring.

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