UTSA students and alumni advocate special project items to state lawmakers
UTSA Student Government President Andrew Hubbard joined a delegation of UTSA students, alumni, faculty and staff this week for UTSA Day at the Capitol. He shares the experience of telling the UTSA story to state lawmakers.
(Feb. 16, 2017) -- On Tuesday, more than 80 UTSA students, alumni, faculty and staff climbed the steps of the Texas State Capitol to collectively tell the UTSA story. They included members of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the UTSA Alumni Association, and students from the Honors College Student Leadership Council, the Public Administration Student Organization, Honors Alliance, and a class taught by Walter Wilson, UTSA associate professor of political science.
Every odd numbered year when the Texas legislature meets for regular session, SGA helps facilitate "UTSA Day at the Capitol" to give students an opportunity to personally reach out and communicate to our state representatives. By participating, the students learn valuable skills such as public speaking, professionalism, and communication. The representatives also benefit as they get an opportunity to speak directly to the constituents they represent.
The UTSA delegation divided into seven different groups. Those seven groups participated in more than 25 meetings with different representatives and/or their staff members. The majority of the Bexar County representatives were reached along with the Senate Finance Chair and Vice Chair and Speaker Joe Straus. Each office was given a presentation of different ways the university provides value back to the State of Texas.
This year was the most students we have ever sent to the Capitol in the program's history. According to one staff member from State Senator Gina Hinojosa's office, our group was the most articulate, well-presented, and organized group of students she had ever interacted with. Our students were indeed incredibly effective in talking about the importance of special project items such as the UTSA Small Business Development Center, San Antonio Life Science Institute, UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, our Cybersecurity Department and many others.
After spending the morning at the Capitol, our UTSA delegation had lunch with UTSA alum and Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos and members of his office. He spoke on his role in the state government and the importance of building your network as a young professional. He took quite a few questions and spent time with our alumni.
As a member of the UTSA community, I was so incredibly proud to serve alongside my fellow Roadrunners and tell others about the great strides we are making and how we are not slowing down anytime soon. UTSA is a community of scholars and our Day at the Capitol exemplified that in a meaningful way.
Special thanks to Rebecca Conejo, SGA legislative director, Tammy Ramos, assistant director of Government Relations, Albert Carrisalez, executive director of Government Relations, Barry McKinney, associate dean of students and Anne Englert, alumni programs, director for facilitating this event.
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This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
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Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is a co-sponsor of the CARTA 19th Annual Conference. The group meets annually to exchange educational programs, ideas, and techniques and to network with other teachers of Russian. Registration required.DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown San Antonio
Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with a leaning towards dark comedy. Dr. William McCrary directs. $15 tickets $10 students military seniors 55+ with IDs $8 groups of ten or more in any price level. There will be a second show Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m.Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
UTSA faculty, staff and students are members of the Helotes Area Community Band and are proud to present a special Tapestry of Concert Band Classics. The event is free and open to the community.John Marshall High School Auditorium, 8000 Lobo Lane, San Antonio