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UTSA students and alumni visit state lawmakers in Austin Feb. 28

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UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) with UTSA students, alumni and staff at the Texas Capitol

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(Feb. 27, 2013) -- Members of the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) and UTSA Alumni Association will partner Feb. 28 for UTSA Day at the Capitol. The biannual trip puts UTSA students and alumni face-to-face with state lawmakers.

On Thursday, SGA President Xavier Johnson and Alumni Association President Randy Vogel will lead approximately 40 UTSA students and members of the Alumni Association board through the Capitol to meet with legislators to discuss higher education in Texas. Austin Hagee, SGA legislative affairs representative, stayed on top of planning the day by coordinating many calendars.

Students and alumni will break into five groups to reach out to as many offices as possible. Visits have been scheduled in 15-minute sessions. SGA conducted an informational session Feb. 20 to discuss higher education issues and to review expectations.

As UTSA advances toward the goal to become a Tier One university, it can only help to keep the university in the minds of Texas lawmakers. Students have expressed concerns regarding financial aid, the need for additional teaching space, campus-carry legislation and funding for the creation of another research university in Texas.

The UTSA groups will visit state representatives Jose Menendez, Roland Gutierrez, Joe Farias, Lyle Larson, Justin Rodriguez, Philip Cortez, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Ruth Jones McClendon, Mike Villarreal and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, and state senators Donna Campbell, Judith Zaffirini, Carlos Uresti and Leticia Van de Putte.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.

As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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