(Dec. 20, 2013) -- Tickets are now on sale for The University of Texas at San Antonio's 14th annual "Great Conversation!," the signature fundraising event that brings together prominent community leaders, scholars and donors for engaging dinner conversation on an array of stimulating topics. The event benefits UTSA Honors College student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities.
Additionally, it increases public awareness about the important cultural and intellectual role that UTSA has in San Antonio.
Great Conversation! will be 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78205-3209.
Great Conversation! is hosted in a dinner party format. Each table features a host who is either a leading UTSA researcher or faculty member, or a business/community leader with specific expertise on a particular topic. This year, guests can choose one of more than three dozen topics in business; arts, literature and culture; science and technology; leisure and lifestyles; education; and politics/history.
A sampling of the evening's topics and conversation leaders includes:
SA 2020 Update: Where Are We Now?
Darryl Byrd, CEO, SA 2020
The McNay's 60th Anniversary: Stewardship of an Art Treasure
Bill Chiego, Director, McNay Art Museum
How Decisions Are Made in Congress: Dealing with Conflicting Interests and Ethics
Charlie Gonzalez, Chief of Public Engagement, VIA Metropolitan Transit
The French, Our Friends
Phil Hardberger, Shareholder, Cox, Smith, Matthews Inc.
Tequila vs. Mezcal: Is There a Winner?
Johnny Hernandez, Owner/Chef, La Gloria, The Fruteria
The Role of the First Lady
Sonya Medina Williams, Consultant, Silver Eagle Distributors
Launching a New Digital Media Site
Bob Rivard, Sole Owner, The Rivard Report
Children and Technology: How Much, How Soon, How to Regulate Its Use
Harriett Romo, Professor and Director of the Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, UTSA
The Tier One Vision for UTSA
Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA
The Power of High Expectations
Lionel Sosa, Owner, Sosa Galleries
Individual tickets for this year's fundraiser are $95 per person or $75 per person if purchased online at the UTSA Great Conversation! website. Table sponsorships between $1,500 and $50,000 are available by contacting Shelly Horn at 210-458-5520. Or, sponsor the attendance of a UTSA Honors College student for $50.
>> Learn more at the UTSA Great Conversation! website or call 210-458-5520.
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Curtis Vaughan Observatory
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)
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