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The College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Your gifts make a difference in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, UTSA's largest college, is the leader in many areas of education, research, creative activity and outreach in San Antonio and South Texas.

On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, we extend our appreciation to each of the donors who support our mission. We are honored by their generosity and by their belief in the value of interdisciplinary learning in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Every gift helps us build outstanding programs that serve the growing needs of our college, our students and the greater community.

Please join us in celebrating the following individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations that enhance our college's mission through their giving. We especially want to thank the many alumni who chose to designate their gifts to our college this year.

Although we are grateful for each and every gift we receive, due to space limitations, the report below lists donors of $1,000 or more for the Sept. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2010, fiscal year.

COLFA Alumni Giving

During 2009–2010, over 374 alumni designated gifts and pledges to the COLFA Annual Fund. As UTSA grows, alumni support is crucial to the success of the college. On behalf of COLFA's students, faculty and staff we extend our appreciation to each of our loyal alumni supporters.

$500,000 or more

William Mastoris (B.B.A. '87, B.A. '89, B.A. '93)

$50,000 to $99,999

The George W. Brackenridge Foundation

The Estate of Virginia S. Jockusch

$25,000 to $49,999

82 Westminster Fund of the Community

Foundation for Greater Atlanta

John S. Jockusch

Marianne C. and Stewart R. Reuter

Charlotte and Charles R. Walker

The Estate of Jo Anne Woliver

$10,000 to $24,999


Ford Powell and Carson Inc.

Joyce (B.A. '92) and Richard E. Harris

Richard and Joyce Harris Sapience Foundation

Milton S. Jacobs

The Labatt Foundation

Barbara E. (M.M. '03) and Blair P. Labatt Jr.

Rajam S. and Somayaji Ramamurthy

Marilyn P. Smith

The USAA Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999


Cindy and James S. Balentine

Yolanda M. (B.A. '92) and Robert J. Crittenden Sr.

Helen L. Eisaman (M.A. '91)

Green Umbrella Corporation


Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc

Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts

San Antonio Area Foundation

Ernstine K. Studer

Loretta (B.A. '77, M.A. '80) and Robert E. Valdez (M.A. '08)

$2,500 to $4,999

Margaret and Richard W. Calvert

Gore Design Completions, LTD

Frost Bank

El Patronato de la Cultura Hispano Americana

The Presser Foundation

San Antonio Musical Club

$1,000 to $2,499

Adult Cardiovascular Consultants, P.A.


Ann G. Ash

Richard D. Braune

Cindy G. and James A. Broderick

Sally M. and Robert T. Buchanan

Jane F. and Emmette Y. Burton (M.A. '95)

Ray W. Cage

Monika and James D. Calder

Centro Cultural Cubano of San Antonio

Jane Cheever and Thomas L. Powell Jr.

Linda A. (B.A. '77) and David R. Davila

Edvance Research

Mary Ann and Charles E. Franzke

Elizabeth S. and David Friedman

M. Gabrielle and Daniel J. Gelo

HACEMOS Scholarship Foundation

Insurance Services International

Angelika C. Jansen and Robert Brown

Margo and James W. Keyes

May K. and Victor Lam

Leal Art Gallery

Frank J. Leal Jr. (B.A. '96)

Madeleine and Eric Levi

Constance A. Lowe

Constance Lowe Donor Advised Fund of the Hutchinson Community Foundation

Gayle A. Graham and John F. McFall (B.B.A. '92)

Mission Pharmacal Company

National String Project Consortium

The Harris K. and Lois G. Oppenheimer Foundation

Lois G. Oppenheimer (deceased)

Nancy E. Pawel

Angiolina M. Ramirez

Rehler, Vaughn & Koone, Inc.

Gail Ribalta

Lee Robinson and Jerald Winakur

The San Antonio Gardenia & Musical Club

Julia J. (M.A. '00) and Edward R. Sargent

Melinda K. (B.S. '81) and Louis Schultz

Security Service Federal Credit Union

Melissa D. (M.A. '90) and A.P. Shepherd

Allie S. Stokes

Texas Civil Rights Project

Paula D. and Fred Trudeau

Univision Management Company


Beverly and Neill B. Walsdorf Sr.

Suzanne E. and Dennert O. Ware

Jo Ann P. Wigodsky

Linda and Charles Winston

Wayne Wright Lawyers

Mollie S. and H. Bartell Zachry

To see your gifts in action, we invite you to Main Campus to attend a COLFA lecture, view an art exhibit or listen to a music concert (just to mention a few of the many activities COLFA has to offer each year). We also encourage you to take a guided tour, visit the Center for Archaeological Research, reconnect with favorite faculty members or meet with Daniel Gelo, Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Please contact Deborah Thomas, assistant to the dean, at (210) 458-4820 or deborah. thomas@utsa.edu for more information or to make arrangements.

Friends who are making a difference

Marilyn Smith and the Elton Smith

The Elton Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Art was established in May 2010 in memory of Elton Smith, director of UTSA's Office of University Publications. He died Sept. 24, 2009.

Gifts to establish the scholarship were made by Smith's friends and family members. Marilyn, his wife, endowed the scholarship in April with a donation of $22,000.

"I endowed it because he was such a good mentor to so many people," she said. "Even though he's gone, he can continue to mentor people."

The scholarship is for students pursuing a bachelor's degree or bachelor of fine arts degree in a fine arts studio discipline.

Smith joined UTSA in 1997 with an extensive background in graphic design, art direction, photography, advertising, print production and printing. He led a creative team of designers, editors and photographers who created periodicals such as the university's magazine, Sombrilla, and Ovations.

He always knew he wanted to be an artist, sketching and doodling whenever and wherever possible, said Marilyn, his wife of 40 years. They met their sophomore year in high school.

Above all else, though, Smith was an optimist, which is something she hopes will be passed on to the students who receive his gift

"He'd always say 'You can do this. Don't sell yourself short. If that's your dream, you need to pursue it,' " she said. "He'd always say to do what is going to make you happy because it's not always easy to make a buck; it's what's in your heart."

George W. Brackenridge Foundation

The George W. Brackenridge Foundation made a $50,000 gift to assist COLFA master's and doctoral students and help UTSA achieve its goal of Tier One status. The foundation's gift was eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match that was made by an anonymous donor. The combined gifts will allow COLFA to make fellowship awards totaling $100,000 over the next two years.

The George W. Brackenridge Foundation has a long history of support for UTSA and COLFA with a record of giving that includes scholarships, endowed faculty positions and educational programs.

Making a Difference Through Giving

COLFA students, faculty, alumni and friends are working together on UTSA's progress toward becoming a premier national research university. Your gifts are helping the College of Liberal and Fine Arts reach its goals.

Here are a few opportunities for strategic investment to consider when planning your gift:

  • Scholarships and fellowships to attract and retain deserving students and help them realize their fullest potential.
  • Endowed faculty positions allow COLFA to recruit distinguished senior scholars and artists to provide leadership in instruction and research and to bring national visibility and recognition to programs in the college.
  • Unrestricted excellence funds like the COLFA Dean's Circle and the COLFA Annual Fund provide flexibility in assisting academic departments in funding special projects, student scholarships, and research, and in providing enrichment opportunities that enhance the learning experience of our students both in and out of the classroom.

There are many options for making your gift to UTSA's College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and depending on your philanthropic goals, you may find one method more attractive than another.

More information can be found at www.giving.utsa.edu.

To learn how you can make an investment in UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts that will inspire future generations, please contact:

COLFA Development Officer
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-0641

What COLFA Scholarships Mean to Students

175 COLFA students received scholarships, fellowships and awards in the 2009–2010 school year

A total of $300,000 was awarded from 83 donor supported funds

COLFA is only able to make these awards to benefit students through the generosity of alumni and other friends.

Adriane Niedorf-Pierson
Area of study: Graduate program, English
Award received: Richard and Joyce Harris Sapience Foundation
Graduate Fellowship in English
"This scholarship means freedom from student loans that would be hanging over the heads of my entire family. … It means much less worry."

Tawny Bailey
Area of study: Graduate program, anthropology, with a focus on
archaeology and Meso-America
Awards received: Richard E.W. Adams Endowed Scholarship; the UTSA Department of Anthropology Thesis Scholarship
"Receiving these scholarships is a real honor. It's also very encouraging to know that alumni, faculty and others are giving back to students to help them achieve their goals."

Juan Urbano
Area of study: Political science, with a focus on American government
Awards received: Ruben Munguia Endowed Scholarship; El Patronato
De La Cultura Hispanoamericana; USAA Foundation COLFA Graduate Scholarship; COLFA Presidential Scholarship
"[The scholarships] covered the cost of tuition and fees for the whole year. For my undergrad I didn't receive any scholarships and had to take out loans. Because of these scholarships I was able to afford to go to school without taking out loans."

Sean Cunningham
Area of study: Geography, graduating fall 2010
Award received: Minnie P. Mastoris Endowed Scholarship; Dr. James D. Calder Annual Scholarship
"The scholarships helped me continue my education, reduce the number of hours working, and focus more intensely on my studies."

Tyler Valadez
Area of study: Music education, sophomore in fall 2010
Awards received: Alfredo Flores/Alamo Music Endowed Scholarship in Music; Marjorie Powell Zachry Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Strings; San Antonio Education Partnership Scholarship
"The scholarships have … meant my future. Without them I'd be taking out loans that would set me back, and because of them I can go to school now. They made the difference between school and no school.

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