(April 1, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Government Association, UTSA College of Public Policy and the San Antonio Area League of Women Voters recently hosted the City Council District 8 Candidate Forum at the UTSA Main Campus Business Building.
All candidates on the ballot for District 8 were invited and participated in the forum. Candidates Rolando Briones, Mike Kueber and Ron Nirenberg outlined their backgrounds, discussed city issues and answered questions from the audience. UTSA SGA president-elect Zack Dunn moderated the 90-minute event, which was open to the public.
The UTSA Main Campus is in District 8 and the UTSA Downtown Campus is in District 5. UTSA hosts the forums to educate the public about local offices, allow voters to compare the candidates and their positions, and to raise voter interest and participation in the upcoming election.
"These candidate forums are an important component of UTSA's commitment to SA2020, in which we serve as lead partner on government accountability and civic engagement," said Francine Romero, assistant dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "This sort of event helps to enhance civic engagement in general, and we also hope it will have a specific and measurable impact by increasing voter turnout in municipal elections."
A candidate forum for District 5 is planned for the UTSA Downtown Campus at 6 p.m. April 13. For more information, contact the Student Government Association at 210-458-4597.
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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