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The University of Texas at San Antonio Online Magazine

Tier One Momentum

UTSA administrators say the school is on the right path toward national research university status. What would a Tier One university mean for San Antonio?

Getting Global

From study abroad programs to research to assistance programs, Roadrunners are all around the world.

Down Home in the City

The Downtown Campus is forging solid links to the surrounding community.

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The Paseo A Stroll Around Campus

Librarians in the Cocina
Librarians in the Cocina

The library's extensive collection of Mexican cookbooks has created some tasty opportunities for learning.

Seeking Solutions, Delivering Hope
Seeking Solutions, Delivering Hope

A researcher seeks a cure for multiple sclerosis with passion for the science and compassion for people.

From the Heart
From the Heart

Poet in residence Wendy Barker believes poetry is central to a university's mission because it reaches into the depths of our humanity.

From the Heart
Roadrunner Sports

Men's basketball enjoyed its finest season ever; plus sports briefs and a profile of junior baseball player Casey Selsor.

In Brief
Remembering Home

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit "Leaving Home, Finding Home: Texan Families Remember the Mexican Revolution," marks the event's 100th anniversary.

Hail to the Chief

President Ricardo Romo earns prestigious recognition by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Texas Folklife Festival

The 40th annual Texas Folklife Festival was held in June.

Getting to Know You

Japanese Culture Family Day was held in February to celebrate the Japanese culture and educate others about its customs.

Learn and Serve

UTSA graduate students and area high school students partnered up to spread the word about responsible pet care.

It's Not All Bad

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development served more than 37,000 business clients last year.

Bring Out Your Hardhat

Construction is under way all around campus.

Community Uniting Our Alumni

Librarians in the Cocina
A Family Affair

The Autry family has four generations of Roadrunners and hopes for more.

Seeking Solutions, Delivering Hope
Just Reality, Not Reality TV

Profile of private investigator Scott Fulmer '98.

From the Heart
Forging Ahead

Profile of businesswoman Margaret Hunnicutt '96.

From the Heart
Class Notes &
In Memoriam

Compilations of alumni submissions and reports from newspapers and other media outlets.

Alumni Association News
Race Dashes Records

The 27th annual Diploma Dash 5K San Antonio City Race & Fitness Walk drew record-breaking crowds.

Milestone Members

Alumni Association has more than 1,000 life members.

Her Goal: Protecting Kids

Brooke Ralston, an Alumni Association scholarship recipient, wants to serve as deputy director of the FBI someday.

Reigning for Dollars

Mr. and Ms. UTSA earned their titles by fundraising and campaigning.

UTSA Day at the Captiol

Roadrunners traveled to Austin to advocate for higher education.

Driving Blue

BLUEMAN wins the title of the most creative UTSA personalized license plate.

Bylaws Change

The Alumni Association has proposed changes to its bylaws.

Editor's Note

The six-letter word

Impact. I’m fascinated by the word. It’s only six letters long, but it carries a weight that’s hard to measure.


The Sombrilla, top view

There’s the impact that one faculty member can make on a country by providing books to promote literacy. There’s the impact that a group of students can make in an economically distressed neighborhood by renovating dilapidated homes. There’s the impact that my two small boys make every day when they help me to smile, laugh and not curse while I’m stuck in traffic; it means I have a few more precious minutes with them in the car.

As we put this magazine together, this six-letter word seemed to appear over and over again. It’s in everything the university hopes to achieve with Tier One. It’s what our students and staff do all over the world in their quest for knowledge and their commitment to service. And it’s what we continue to do every day here in our own community.

UTSA makes an impact globally, regionally and locally. But along with impact comes momentum. The university is on a course to become a top-level institution. That doesn’t mean we’re starting from the bottom. What this university has already achieved in its short 42-year life is impressive. We offer more than 130 degree programs. We have hundreds of tenured and tenure-track faculty. We had $70 million in research and sponsored program expenditures last year. And our numbers keep growing. That’s momentum.

In the following pages you’ll learn about UTSA’s continued impact on the world, the city and, perhaps most importantly, on our own students and graduates. You’ll read, directly from our president and provost, exactly what Tier One means for all of us. And you’ll take a journey around the world to see Tier One at work.

I hope you enjoy the ride.


—Lety Laurel

On the Background

Advanced Visualization Laboratory

UTSA unveiled its Advanced Visualization Laboratory in May. The lab is anchored by a 98 megapixel, 14.5-foot wide by 6-foot visualization wall created using two dozen 30-inch Dell UltraSharp widescreen monitors. Each monitor boasts twice as many pixels as a high definition television. Known as the Vis-Wall, it acts as a high resolution projection screen, allowing researchers to glimpse in detail the smallest facets of their work. Users can display one large image stretched across all monitors, or show different images in each monitor. What makes the wall unique is a Quanser HD2 high-definition haptic device, which can be used with the wall to allow researchers to touch and feel the digital models they create in the course of their research.

Advanced Visualization Wall Rendering
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