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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo

Ricardo Romo

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February 2013

 

Dear Friends,

You may have heard that our city is experiencing a major brain gain. San Antonio recently was ranked No. 6 among top U.S. metropolitan areas in attracting young, college-educated people with bachelor's and advanced degrees. Experts say that San Antonio is catching up to Silicon Valley in the innovation economy, and UTSA is playing a big part in that advancement.

Each year, UTSA sends more than 5,000 graduates into the job market, with nearly 70 percent remaining in San Antonio. Our graduates add an estimated $4.8 billion in earnings to the state economy, alone. But, it's not just about the number of students we graduate. It's about being a leader in educating the growing, high-tech workforce needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

This is where community support makes a real difference. Thanks to the financial support from our business community and UTSA friends, we are able to attract expert faculty to UTSA and expose our students to some of the finest scholars in the nation. Our students work side-by-side with these researchers and professors, and graduate ready to meet the needs and strengths of San Antonio: health, cyber security, sustainability, energy, and human and social development.

A perfect example of how financial gifts have a transformational effect on UTSA is the recent gift of $5 million from H-E-B. This watershed gift will support recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, matching other private gifts dollar for dollar. That means, through the generosity of our community, we will be able to provide a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs at UTSA.

With this caliber of faculty, we will move even closer to Tier One status. And, our students will have the opportunity to work with scholars conducting cutting-edge research, creating new businesses that grow our economy and inspiring a new generation of leaders.

It's all the more reason to support our university. I am so grateful for the generosity of H-E-B, the business community and all of you. Your gifts are helping to make San Antonio a nationally recognized center of innovation.

Go Roadrunners!

 

Sincerely,

Ricardo Romo
President
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

 

Did You Know?

UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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This exhibit includes prints by 25 Latino and Latina artists who worked in collaboration with a master printer in the print studio at the UTSA Department of Art and Art History. It runs through Oct. 12.
Downtown Campus Art Gallery, Durango Building Room 1.122, Downtown Campus

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Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice

This book talk will feature a presentation by the book’s co-editors Anne-Marie Núñez, ELPS associate professor, Sylvia Hurtado, professor at the University of California Los Angeles, and Emily Calderón Galdeano, director of research for Excelencia in Education.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

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As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus


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