Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sombrilla Plaza fountain at UTSA Main Campus is back in service

Sombrilla Plaza fountain

Sombrilla Plaza fountain at UTSA Main Campus

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(Jan. 13, 2014) -- The Sombrilla Plaza fountain at the UTSA Main Campus was turned on Friday, Jan. 10 after extensive renovations.

The 35-year-old fountain is now fully sustainable and uses only reclaimed water from the air conditioning systems in neighboring buildings. An idea proposed by students, the revitalized fountain now uses "gray" water, which ensures it can remain operational year round with no strain on the water supply.

In November, the UTSA Development Office conducted the "Fill the Fountain," campaign to support the fountain renovations. The UTSA Alumni Association and the UTSA Green Fund contributed $150,000 for the project. Alumni Nancy Ozuna '93 and Andrew Ozuna '91 pledged a $10,000 matching gift to spur donations. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other university supporters then raised matching donations of $10,000 to complete the fundraising.

The Sombrilla fountain is a campus tradition and signature venue where many photos are taken. According to legend, if a student puts his or her hands on the fountain, they will pass their final exams with flying colors.

A formal dedication of the refurbished fountain will be in late January or early February.

 

 

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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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