(Feb. 26, 2014) -- The UTSA Honors College raised $156,438 for student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities at its 2014 Great Conversation! fundraiser last night at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
Great Conversation! included lively discussion about arts, literature and culture; business; education; leisure and lifestyles; politics and history; and science and technology. Community leaders and UTSA scholars led the discussions over dinner, dessert and coffee.
In all, UTSA organized three dozen conversations. At one table, La Gloria/La Fruteria owner and chef Johnny Hernández discussed tequila and mezcal. At another table, UTSA marketing professor Kristina Durante discussed how women's hormones influence their decision-making. Augustine Cortez, owner of Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse, discussed barbecue. John Folks, UTSA lecturer and former Northside ISD superintendent discussed "The Politics of Public Education in Texas."
The UTSA Honors College provides a unique educational experience for academically talented students with a commitment to excellence. It is open to students from all academic disciplines. Honors classes include special sections of regular courses with smaller enrollments and interdisciplinary seminars that bring together advanced students from diverse areas.
"Engaging in face-to-face conversation is such a rare opportunity these days. That's what makes this event so unique," said Richard Diem, dean of the UTSA Honors College. "To date, we have hosted Great Conversation! 14 times, earning a total of $1.3 million for our students over the years. UTSA has many generous donors. We are so grateful to them for continuing to support our honors students."
Great Conversation! was co-chaired by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UTSA sociology professor Harriett Romo, Iñigo Arzac '05, Carrie Baker-Wells, Nancy Loeffler and A.J. Rodriguez, B.B.A. '98, M.B.A. '00. This year's key sponsors included the Alpha Building Corp, BlueCross BlueShield, Pat Flynn and Wells Fargo Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
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.
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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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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