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Save the Date: UTSA's signature Great Conversation! is Feb. 25

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(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

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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.

 

 

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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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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