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Initial UTSA Giving Day numbers showcase strong philanthropic support

For 1,969 minutes on Tuesday, April 9, and Wednesday, April 10, Roadrunners near and far gathered for the fourth annual UTSA Giving Day. While numbers are still being finalized, preliminary results demonstrate that UTSA supporters, once again, delivered impressive results with more than 2,014 gifts totaling $504,705 raised.

Contributions from students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and the broader community supported over 60 initiatives throughout the university, including academic colleges and schools, student initiatives...

UTSA Giving Day boasts $1.7 million raised for student success since inception

UTSA will host its fourth annual UTSA Giving Day on April 9 and 10 to raise funds for student success initiatives including career-readiness programs, experiential learning opportunities, research and discovery efforts, and overall program support across the entire university.

UTSA Giving Day originally launched in 2021 as part of Be Bold: A Campaign for Our Future, the largest fundraising campaign in university history. Be Bold has raised more than $380 million from over 46,000 donors across 22 countries.

Greehey Family Foundation commits $1.25 million to UTSA’s Be Bold Capital Campaign

UTSA has received a $1.25 million commitment from The Greehey Family Foundation to support its Be Bold capital campaign. Funds will be used to establish The Greehey Family Foundation Athletics Excellence Fund, which will provide scholarships to athletes who are first-generation college students as well as academic services to ensure students are successful in the classroom.

To date, the Be Bold capital campaign, which aims to enhance student success, research excellence and innovation, has raised over $380 million from more than 46,000 donors.

A First-Generation Student’s Blueprint for Success

First-generation college student, Belinda Alonso-Coronado, has always been fascinated by mathematics. When she discovered math's integral role in architecture, she began to dream of a career in the field. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Austin Community College through her high school’s dual enrollment program with the hope of someday pursuing a degree from a four-year university. Today, her hope is being realized thanks to the Hector and Gloria López Foundation López Scholars Program. In March 2023, the Foundation announced a $2.4 million grant to provide full tuition assistance for 15 Latino first-generation college students at UTSA, creating pathways to educational attainment and a pipeline to a successful career.

UT System recognizes UTSA’s Rebecca Anderson for excellence in development

Rebecca “Becky” Anderson, senior associate vice president for operations and strategic initiatives in the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement (VPAAE), has been honored with the 2024 Jan Richter Hopson Achievement Award. The award recognizes UT System employees who have demonstrated excellence and distinction in the field of development and advancement services for more than five years.

Anderson joined the UTSA staff over two decades ago and her career has seen remarkable growth. During her early career with the university, she served in a series of administrative and business-operations support roles.

UTSA names endowed chair after distinguished Latina scholar Ellen Riojas Clark

The University of Texas at San Antonio has honored professor emerita and respected scholar Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D. with the creation of The Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D. Endowed Chair in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. The endowed chair, established by the College of Education and Human Development and the Riojas Clark family, is the first chair in the United States in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies named for a Latina scholar.

The Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph.D. Endowed Chair will recognize Clark’s outstanding scholarship and teaching as well as her commitment to the educational needs of traditionally underserved populations.

Creating a Lasting Memory: Newkirk Family Endows Memorial Scholarship

Alumnus Devin Newkirk loved banking, traveling, playing the trumpet and UTSA. When he passed away in 2009 after a two-year battle with cancer, his family turned to UTSA to help establish a legacy for their son, the Devin Newkirk Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Devin graduated from the College of Business in 1988, created a successful financial career, and became the senior vice president of Integra Bank in Indiana.

Several days before Devin’s death, Calvin contacted UTSA to inquire about memorial scholarships. Devin helped his father with scholarship criteria and thanked him for the tribute.

UTSA Alumnus Helps Computer Science Majors Run Toward Success

UTSA computer science alumnus, Joey Mukherjee, ‘95 became interested in the field of computer science at a young age. Recognizing the high-quality education he could receive from UTSA, he joined the university’s computer science program following his high school graduation. Joey recently created an endowed scholarship fund called the Joey Mukherjee Endowed Scholarship for Computer Science Majors Who Don’t Run Good - an homage to a quote from the popular movie Zoolander.

Many may not think computer science and athletics go hand-in-hand, and neither did Joey. To his surprise, he found joy in going for runs after work to improve his focus and keep his body healthy. While he admits to being a slow runner, he has had a great experience participating in the San Antonio running community.

UTSA names Institute for Economic Development in honor of founder, Jude Valdez

UTSA has announced it will name its Institute for Economic Development in honor of its founder, Jude Valdez ’72, to recognize his nearly 40-year tenure with the university and his generosity for establishing the Jude Valdez Economic Development Excellence Fund. The endowment will directly support the Jude Valdez Institute for Economic Development and its work driving business development at the local, state, national and international levels.

With a background in business and economic development, Valdez served in academic and leadership roles at UTSA, culminating in his service as the vice president for community services when he retired from the university in 2018...

Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund inspires UTSA’s next generation of pharmaceutical researchers

A new undergraduate research experience in pharmaceutical chemistry at UTSA will enable students across the state to gain hands-on training in drug discovery and development before graduation,thanks to a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund.

Led by Doug E. Frantz, who holds the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry, the program will offer an immersive learning opportunity to a select group of students from universities across south Texas, beginning in the summer of 2024....

Ed and Linda Whitacre give $1 million to support UTSA

UTSA has received a $1 million contribution from longtime university supporter and former AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre and his wife, Linda, to support the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design (Klesse College) and UTSA Athletics.

A commitment of $500,000 will establish an endowment directly supporting the Klesse College’s Student Success Center, which was established in 2016. The center provides students with opportunities that help drive their personal and professional growth and development. It also serves as the central point of contact for industry professionals in engineering, architecture and related fields to connect with students regarding...

UNT and UTSA Engage in Friendly Challenge to Support Student Success

In the lead-up to their highly anticipated football clash on November 4, the University of North Texas (UNT) Mean Green has challenged The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners to a spirited 'Battle of the Birds' fundraising challenge. While their football rivalry is often fierce, this challenge unites the two universities in a common goal: supporting students in need.

Named in honor of the universities’ avian mascots, the victor of this Battle of the Birds will secure more than just the right to crow about their achievement—the school that rallies the most donors will unlock a $10,000 bonus to support students in need through their campus food pantry. 

Harvey Najim commits $2 million to Roadrunners Football

In a spirited effort to boost support for Roadrunners Football, UTSA Campaign Leadership Council member and local philanthropist Harvey E. Najim has committed $2 million to the program. In addition, Najim has purchased more than 7,100 tickets for over 60 organizations in San Antonio and surrounding areas to enjoy the season home opener on Saturday, September 9 at the Alamodome.

Najim’s charitable gift will go toward an unrestricted fund managed by Head Football Coach Jeff Traylor, with $1 million donated toward the current season and $1 million pledged for next season.

UTSA honors Manuel P. Berriozábal, Ph.D. and María Antonietta Berriozábal

Manuel and María Berriozábal have dedicated their lives to ensuring an equitable future for all in their beloved city of San Antonio.

For more than 40 years, the Berriozábals have been affecting positive change throughout our community.

From creating accessible education programming such as the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) at UTSA to amplifying the voices of others through political activism, their countless contributions have improved the lives of thousands—ranging in all ages and from all underserved communities.  

SBDCNET Empowers UTSA Students to Unleash Entrepreneurial Excellence

The Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet) serves as a driving force for entrepreneurial achievement and innovation at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). With its wealth of knowledge, guidance, and student support, SBDCNet has become an indispensable resource for UTSA students, providing them with the necessary tools and insights to excel in the competitive world of business. Spearheading this initiative is Matthew Jackson '10, '16, a devoted alumnus of UTSA and the Director of SBDCNet, whose passion for business and entrepreneurship has propelled the program to new heights, personally hiring and training over 100 UTSA students to work within the center.

UTSA Summer Program Builds Bridge to Excellence in Engineering

Based in San Antonio, Zachry Corporation has made a generous gift to the UTSA Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design, establishing the Klesse Summer Bridge Program. The program was created to empower students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in engineering and offers a supportive and engaging environment for students who are transitioning from high school to college. As a result of the generosity from Zachry Construction, 14 incoming freshman engineering majors were allowed to start their educational journeys one month prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester, which prepared them for the rigorous curriculum of their first semester courses while simultaneously introducing them to living on a college campus and utilizing UTSA’s resources.

Scholarship Paints An Incredible Future

For first-generation college student, Nia Jaramillo, a sentiment from her former art professor at Texas State University continuously played in her mind as she was preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.

“You could have been an art major,” she was told.

Nia loved creating art in middle and high school but was always given the impression that it would never lead to a “real career.”

A Ph.D. Student Takes Research Out of this World

Some of Joseph Hernandez-McCloskey’s fondest childhood memories are from the days where he spent time sitting in his grandparents’ yard, watching the fighter jets from Randolph Air Force Base take off and pass over their home in San Antonio. These exciting moments created his early interest in aerospace technology. Now, a doctoral student at The University of Texas at San Antonio and a 2022 NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunity recipient, Hernandez-McCloskey has taken his interest in aviation to the next level and outside of our atmosphere.

UTSA Founding Father’s Legacy Inspires Endless Support for Art History Students

Founding dean of UTSA’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts and art history professor, Jacinto Quirarte, spent 36 years with the university. As one of the first scholars to write about the Chicano art movement, Jacinto left a lasting legacy at UTSA, changing the landscape of art history curriculum by leading the movement to have pre-Columbian art and the architecture of the missions become included in the art history mainstream. He received his own education by working multiple jobs to put himself through school, ultimately attaining his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Jacinto’s daughter, Sabrina Quirarte McGowan ’93, inherited his passion for learning and higher education.

A Professor’s Vision of Prescribing Medicinal Music

In 2018, The University of Texas at San Antonio was fortunate to welcome a new Department of Music Director, Tracy Cowden, D.M.A. who is making great strides in the fields of music performance and healing. Previously the Chair of Virginia Tech’s music department, Cowden was thrilled to accept the position at UTSA when she was offered the Ronald K. Blumberg Endowed Professorship in Music. She knew an endowed position would yield opportunities for her to delve into new research and learn more about her interest in the link between music and health.

A Future Scientist Dreams of Environmental Progress Across the Globe

Born in Misawa, Japan, The University of Texas at San Antonio graduate student, Ashley Aguilar, lived in three different countries before moving to San Antonio with her military family in 2006. With a childhood full of traveling, she developed an affinity for geology and solving environmental problems in countries across the world. In 2018, she took the risk of leaving her full-time job as a high school math teacher to pursue her graduate degrees at UTSA.


Olugbenga “Benga” Adeeko began working at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 1991, staying throughout his career until his retirement in 2021. For decades, he brought a bright, positive energy to the office, leaving a profound impact on those around him. Beloved by his colleagues, they surprised him at his retirement celebration by establishing an endowment in memory of his parents, the Peter and Comfort Adeeko Memorial International Students Support Endowed Fund.

The Hector and Gloria López Foundation awards $2.4M grant benefitting Latino, first-generation students at UTSA

The Hector and Gloria López Foundation (HGLF) announced a $2.4 million grant to provide full tuition assistance for 15 Latino first-generation college students at UTSA, creating pathways to educational attainment and a pipeline to a successful career. The grant underscores UTSA’s critical role as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in the San Antonio community and South Texas that is educating and building a skilled workforce.

Accomplished UTSA Professor Inspired by Students to Create an Endowed Scholarship

The University of Texas at San Antonio electrical engineering professor, Dr. Paul Morton, M.D., Ph.D. has been teaching at UTSA for over two decades. During this time, his hardworking first-generation students inspired him to create the Morton Electrical and Computer Engineering Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate students in the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. Dr. Morton has been contributing to his scholarship through payroll deductions and proceeds from his published textbook, Logic Design since 2020 with plans to fully fund the endowment by the end of the spring 2023.

UTSA Libraries Announces The Arturo Infante Almeida UTSA Art Collection Endowment

The University of Texas at San Antonio has an incomparable art collection comprising more than 3,000 pieces, built over the last 20 years, thanks to the drive and passion of UTSA Art Specialist and Curator Arturo Infante Almeida. In honor of Almeida’s lifelong love for the arts and dedication to advancing the arts at the university and in the community, UTSA recently created the Arturo Infante Almeida UTSA Art Collection Endowment.

Najim gives $2 million to grow experiential learning at UTSA Downtown Campus

UTSA Campaign Leadership Council member and influential local philanthropist Harvey E. Najim has committed a $2 million gift to expand The Najim Center for Innovation and Career Advancement to the UTSA Downtown Campus. The new center expands the reach of the inaugural Najim Center, which debuted on the UTSA Main Campus in 2019 via a $3 million gift from Najim. UTSA expects that between the two campuses, the Najim Center will double its reach—from providing experiential learning opportunities to 500 students to serving over 1,000 students aspiring to be entrepreneurs and future workforce leaders.

Harvey E. Najim

UTSA supporters contribute $100k towards program for San Antonio educators

On November 30, 2022, the UTSA College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Urban School Leaders Collaborative (USLC) received a $100,000 gift from UTSA Alumni Association members and long-time university supporters Tami ‘94 and Steve Griffin ’92, M.S. ’94. The money will help fund the Betty Lou Griffin and Bertha Rae Damon Endowed Graduate Research Fellowship in Education that the couple established for the USLC in 2016. Named in honor of Steve and Tami Griffin’s mothers, respectively, the fellowship is awarded to all USLC students during their final semester.

Tami and Steve Griffin

UTSA Staff Member Believes in Steady Giving for a Big Impact

Wanda Guntz has served as a staff member at The University of Texas at San Antonio for over 21 years, and has spent 14 of those years proudly giving back to the university. She began her career as an administrator in the College of Education and Human Development’s Kinesiology Department and is now the Senior Academic Administrative Manager in the College of Sciences’ Department of Neuroscience, Developmental and Regenerative Biology. She has worked with and mentored many students over the years, and she says they inspired her to begin giving back to UTSA through the College of Education and Human Development’s Dean’s Fund for Excellence.

UTSA Scholarship Recipient is Dedicated to Supporting the Future of Cultural Diversity and Equity

Hewitt Family Scholarship and Sue Jockusch Endowed Scholarship recipient, Zachary Nepote, has been interested in learning for as long as he can remember. His grandmother immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a young child in the 1950’s and grew up in Robstown, a small town outside of Corpus Christi, Texas with the majority of the population being other Chicano immigrants. She always placed a strong emphasis on Zachary’s education and achieving success in his life. His grandmother and mother wanted to be sure that he would be able to provide support for himself and his family without the financial stress they endured. With his upbringing close to his heart and an appreciation for his own heritage, he developed an interest in other cultures. He is now in his third year of pursuing his degree in Global Affairs from the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

zachary nepote

UTSA Professor Dedicates 40 Years to Creating STEM Opportunities for Hispanic Youth

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal, joined the faculty of The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) College of Sciences in 1976. Just three years into his tenure, Berriozábal brought a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) based program, which has earned national recognition and become known as the Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (PREP). He created this program while working with underserved communities in Louisiana before his return to his hometown of San Antonio. As of today, the program spans seven states and has reached over 50,000 students in Texas alone.
Dr. Manuel P. Berriozábal

UTSA College of Engineering and Integrated Design to be named after Margie and Bill Klesse in Honor of $20 Million Gift and Years of Support

Former Valero CEO and Chairman of the Board Bill Klesse and his wife, Margie, have committed a transformational $20 million gift to The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering and Integrated Design to advance student success through the creation of new endowments for student scholarships, faculty support and programs to promote student success. In recognition of the gift, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has authorized the naming of the college to the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design.

UTSA Klesse Scholar Hopes to Change the Future of Carbon Emissions

San Antonio native and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) student, Elijah Garcia ‘22, is a senior chemical engineering major and Klesse Scholar — receiving an endowed scholarship in chemical engineering that has benefitted 10 top-performing students. Elijah will graduate in the first class of UTSA students who have become scholars through the Margie and Bill Klesse Endowed Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. The generous scholarship provided by the Klesses allows students to expand their research and academic opportunities, ultimately preparing UTSA’s graduates to go out into the workforce and create positive change in the world.

UTSA Volunteer Leaders Multiply Support Toward Research in Business

A gift made by longstanding supporters of UTSA, Carlos and Malú Alvarez, enabled the Carlos Alvarez College of Business to establish a new matching gift challenge, the Alvarez Research Challenge, which will match every donor’s gift to the college over $100,000 until the match is exhausted. Through this Challenge, individual gifts can provide up to twice the impact for students and faculty in the Alvarez College of Business, providing access to research opportunities on par with other Top Tier institutions.

Carlos Alvarez honors Tom C. Frost with creation of $2 million chair to support UTSA business school dean

Memorializing a longstanding friend and mentor, Carlos Alvarez and his wife, Malú, have given The University of Texas at San Antonio $2 million to establish the Tom C. Frost Distinguished University Chair for Business Excellence. The endowment will be held by the dean of the business school—making this the first time in UTSA history for a dean to hold two chaired positions. In 2012, James Bodenstedt ’96 established the Bodenstedt Chair for the Dean of Business.
Carlos and Malu Alvarez

UTSA Receives $40 Million Gift From MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to Bolster Student Success

The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a transformational $40 million gift from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to support its vision of becoming a model for student success, a great public research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence. The unrestricted gift allows the university to allocate the funds in ways that will most benefit its student population, now and for generations to come.
MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

UTSA School of Data Science Receives $1 Million from Frost Bank to Support Emerging Research

Frost Bank has committed $1 million to the UTSA School of Data Science (SDS). The gift establishes the Frost Excellence Fund endowment, which will support research-enhancing activities such as graduate research fellowships, undergraduate research activities and other research programs within the school.
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A Caring Mother's Legacy of Creating Positive Change Lives On

Gloria Glenn Reedy was a dedicated and loving mother who found great passion in her career as a social worker. To Gloria, social work was more than a job, it was her calling. She provided for her family and gave everything she could to ensure her children would be able to attend college while she continued to achieve her goal of making a difference in the lives of others. To honor Gloria, her three children, Robert, Ann, and Joe created the Gloria Glenn Reedy Endowed Scholarship for Social Work at The University of Texas at San Antonio. 
Gloria Glenn Reedy

Alvarezes Gift $20 Million to Advance College of Business Research, Programs

Carlos and Malú Alvarez have committed a $20 million gift to UTSA’s College of Business. The gift from the Alvarez family is the first of its kind in the university’s history and will be used to advance research-enhancing activities, including establishing endowed faculty positions, graduate research fellowships and undergraduate research programs. In recognition of the significance of this gift, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has authorized the renaming of the College of Business to the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, making it the first named college at UTSA.

Carlos Alvarez

UTSA Giving Day Exceeds Expectations

For 1,969 minutes on April 6 and 7, the Roadrunner community united for the first UTSA Giving Day. The results exceeded expectations in a number of areas, thanks to participation from across Roadrunner Nation. Approximately $350,000 was raised from almost 1,900 donors. Gifts supported more than 50 programs across the university, including colleges, student activities, athletics, the UTSA Libraries, UTSA Alumni Association scholarships, and much more.

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New Research and Technology Solutions Spur Vast Innovation at UTSA

UTSA has received a technology grant via special discounts from Dell Technologies to support advanced technologies and a new research infrastructure platform at the university. Through the substantial savings to UTSA, this technology grant enables and supports UTSA’s ability to attract leading research scholars and students. With the grant, UTSA invested in a hybrid cloud approach that utilizes solutions from Dell Technologies to help deliver research in data science and cybersecurity.

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Roadrunners Gain Entrepreneurial Tools with Blackstone LaunchPad

There’s no shortage of innovative and entrepreneurial students at UTSA. For years UTSA students have pitched their startup ideas at business plan competitions, participated in tech showcases and attended entrepreneurship boot camps, receiving support primarily through the university’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Beginning today, creative Roadrunners will be able to tap into a new network that will provide additional experiential learning opportunities to improve their career readiness.

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UTSA receives $5 Million Mellon Grant for Racial Justice Efforts

UTSA has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s community partnerships in advancing racial justice. The grant, administered through the Mellon Just Futures Initiative, supports visionary, unconventional, experimental and groundbreaking projects that address the long-existing fault lines of racism, inequality, and injustice within democracy and civil society. 

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Generosity Lands Alumna at Aerospace Company

First generation college student, Audrey Stipe ’15, found her passion in the field of manufacturing while attending The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). With the stress that can accompany working multiple jobs and internships, receiving The Ruben M. and Veronica S. Escobedo Endowed Scholarship gave Audrey Stipe ’15 the opportunity to focus on her demanding studies and laboratory work while supporting herself through college.
Audrey Stipe

Young Alumni Couple Create Endowed Scholarship for First-Generation and Transfer Students

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) transfer student Andrew Hubbard’17 and first-generation college student, Carla Juarez’17 met while attending UTSA and married soon after in 2019. Following their positive university experience, the couple decided to create a fundraising campaign in lieu of a traditional wedding registry. Their campaign supported the UTSA First Gen & Transfer Student Center. More recently, the philanthropic pair took their passion one bold step further and created the Juarez-Hubbard Endowed Scholarship.
Andrew and Carla Hubbard

USAA Awards $1 Million for Student Scholarships and Emergency Support

The University of Texas at San Antonio has received $1 million from USAA to provide 100 UTSA Bold Promise scholarships for low- to moderate-income minority students. This comes after a $100,000 contribution made earlier this year to support student emergency funds following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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UTSA Receives $1 Million Commitment to Create Draper Data Science Business Plan Competition

Venture capitalist Timothy Draper and his wife, Melissa, have committed $1 million to establish the Draper Data Science Business Plan Competition. The competition adds yet another innovative component to the new UTSA School of Data Science. The Drapers also plan to donate a hologram and programming to the university once it becomes available.
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UTSA History Students Receive Greater Opportunities in Research Through $1 Million Commitment from The Nau Foundation

Established in 2013, the Nau Scholars Program celebrates UTSA’s diverse student body and supports deserving students focused on undergraduate or graduate research in History. Thanks to a generous $1 million commitment from The Nau Foundation the program will continue to award scholars who bridge the divide between geographic, racial, ethnic, generational, and socio-economic borders.

UTSA to Establish Preclinical Pharmacology Core and Young Investigator Award with $1.7 Million Gift from Voelcker Fund

The trustees of the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund have awarded the College of Sciences and chemistry professor Doug Frantz $883,000 to establish the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker CIDD Preclinical Pharmacology Core for Accelerated Drug Discovery. Another $900,000 will support the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Young Investigator Awards, which will help advance two rising superstar faculty members.
Dr. John Frantz

UTSA Receives $3 Million Commitment for Najim Career and Innovation Center

Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Harvey E. Najim has committed $3 million to establish the Harvey E. Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center at UTSA. The center will drive the university’s Classroom to Career initiative as part of its 10-year strategic vision and mission on student success.

UTSA’s Largest Single Private Donor Gift Continues to Change Lives

Ten years after UTSA inherited the estate of one of its most loyal donors, Mary McKinney, her $22 million bequest remains the largest single private gift the university has ever received. The gift funded the Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Memorial Scholarship, which provides full-ride scholarships to assist low-income students in pursuing a college education.

UTSA launches emergency funds to connect students to resources

To help relieve some of the stress that students might be facing due to coronavirus-related changes to their daily lives, UTSA has created key funds that support Roadrunners' most prevalent needs during this time.

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Special giving campaign underway to match chancellor’s gift

UT System Chancellor James Milliken has stepped up to help UTSA students in a big way. With support from the Chancellor's Council and the Chancellor's Council Executive Committee, Milliken has generously allocated $25,000 to the Student Emergency Fund at UTSA to provide grants to students facing a hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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UTSA, Whataburger, S.A. Food Bank partner to address food insecurity

UTSA, Whataburger and the San Antonio Food Bank today announced a partnership to ensure that healthy food, free of charge, is made available to students in need across all of the university's campuses.

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UTSA College of Engineering to receive $500,000 for new Makerspace

The UTSA College of Engineering confirmed a commitment of $500,000 from Ed Whitacre in support of the Science and Engineering Building, currently under construction and slated to open in 2020. The new building will provide 153,000 square feet of laboratory, classroom and meeting space to support students and research in engineering, brain health, biology and chemistry.

Science and Engineering Building

UTSA breaks ground on facility to elevate athletics, provide public space

The University of Texas at San Antonio today broke ground on a state-of-the-art, $41.5 million athletic training facility that will help the university draw world-class student-athletes to its Division I programs and provide recreational sports resources to San Antonio residents.

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UTSA’s Next Generation of Researchers

One of the most important goals for Dr. Doug Frantz is to leave a legacy for his students; they are his reason for dedicating his life to research at UTSA. Dr. Frantz was drawn to UTSA's vast potential for growth in the Department of Chemistry. He credits The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry with allowing him to train the next generation of scientists while conducting his own research.

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UTSA receives $15 million gift and parcels of land downtown for construction of proposed School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center

UTSA today announced it has received a $15 million gift from San Antonio business leader Graham Weston to support the university's proposed School of Data Science.

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Women and Education: A Life-Changing Combination

Through education, students can change the circumstances of their lives – this remains a grounding principle for the women of the Pan American League who award lifechanging scholarships to students at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Scholarship recipient, Maeanna Miller-Barnard, proves how transformative their support can be.

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Italy Inspires Global Perspective

UTSA senior Civil Engineering major, Crista Cerda, returned to San Antonio from Urbino, Italy in the fall of 2019. She spent her days walking along Urbino's cobblestone streets with fellow classmates in search of Italy's delectable cuisine while experiencing the country's rich culture as they learned to communicate with locals. Regularly, her class traveled to major cities like Rome, Italy where she engaged with lead engineers and discussed multiple development projects in the city.

engineering students pose in front of a bulldozer