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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo

Ricardo Romo

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March 2013

 

Dear Friends,

You may have seen in the news the UTSA Institute for Economic Development issued a new study showing that development in 2012 in the Eagle Ford Shale region added more than $61 billion in economic impact across a 20-county region in Central and South Texas, supporting 116,000 jobs.

The study is the fifth examining the Eagle Ford over the last year alone, making UTSA the leading source of information about the growth and impact of this South Texas phenomenon.

This research underscores the essential role of higher education in public service and economic development. Many people look to UTSA for expertise, and we realize that what we do makes our community and state a better place.

Across the university, work is taking place in our centers and institutes that advances the public good. We are supporting new entrepreneurs and collaborating with local and state organizations to develop new businesses that promote clean technology and a thriving economy. Other research and community outreach programs are transforming the energy future of the city, state and nation and creating sustainable communities.

We are conducting infectious disease research to develop new and effective vaccines to promote public health. UTSA laboratories are researching memory and aging, which affect learning for children, younger adults and the elderly. We are training students and governments at the local and national levels in online security capability and collaboration. And, UTSA is fostering policy discussions that positively impact children, teens, immigrants and first-generation college students.

These are just a few examples of the ways UTSA connects to the community by helping to prepare students for the workforce, create jobs and foster business development. A key indicator of a Tier One university is its contribution to society. The centers and institutes at UTSA are taking leading roles in economic development, public policy, biomedicine and community dialog. This work shows UTSA's commitment to our city and to becoming a top-tier research institution. Thanks for all you do to help us get there.

Go Roadrunners!

 

Sincerely,

Ricardo Romo
President
The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

 

Did You Know?

For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Events
Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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