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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo, August 2014

Ricardo Romo

"For the first time, all of our freshmen will be enrolled in University College, a first-year experience designed to help students transition to college and make connections with professors, advisors, peers and mentors."

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August 20, 2014

 

Dear Friends,

This is one of my favorite times of the year. A sense of excitement is building at UTSA as we prepare to welcome nearly 30,000 students to campus next week for the start of the new academic year. This is a great time to be at the university -- to see the enthusiasm and passion of our students, faculty and staff.

The fall semester will include yet another achievement for the university. We expect to have one of the largest freshmen classes in UTSA history! Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, donors and the community, we are attracting top-tier students with new recruitment scholarships. More than 70 percent of this year's freshmen will have graduated in the top quartile of their high school classes.

For the first time, all of our freshmen will be enrolled in University College, a first-year experience designed to help students transition to college and make connections with professors, advisors, peers and mentors.

We're also welcoming more than 40 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members, including a new dean for our College of Engineering. Each of these scholars brings a unique set of skills and knowledge that will support our advancement to Tier One.

The new semester also brings new traditions. Next week, we'll unveil our 6-foot tall, 11-foot long iron roadrunner statue in its permanent home across from Sombrilla plaza. Our students initiated the Bring Rowdy Home project last year, and Rowdy will be a source of pride for many years to come. And there is already talk about UTSA football going to a bowl game this year!

It's a truly exciting time at UTSA. Welcome to all of our students, faculty and staff, and thanks to our community supporters who are making the dream of a top-tier education a reality for our students.

It's going to be a great year.

Go 'Runners!

Ricardo Romo
President
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

 

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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Events
Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

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.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

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.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

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.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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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