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San Antonio mayor, prominent business leader to keynote UTSA Commencement


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(May 8, 2013) -- Thousands of UTSA graduates will be joined by their families, friends and colleagues to celebrate commencement, held for the first time in the Alamodome. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and information security entrepreneur Nancy Kudla '87 will keynote UTSA's May 13 commencement exercises.

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Mayor Julián Castro will keynote the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony, which will recognize graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Public Policy and College of Sciences. At age 38, Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. After serving on the San Antonio City Council from 2001 to 2005, the San Antonio native was elected mayor in 2009 and won re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote. He was the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012.

As mayor, Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs to the city, raising educational attainment and revitalizing the city’s urban core. Castro’s administration created the SA2020 initiative to create a brainpower community and Café College, a one-stop center for guidance on college admissions and financial aid for San Antonio students. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Nancy Kudla '87 will keynote UTSA's 7 p.m. ceremony, which will recognize graduates from the College of Architecture, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, and University College. The UTSA 2011 Alumna of the Year, Kudla has always been passionate about education. She graduated in 1980 among the U.S. Air Force Academy's first class of female graduates.

In 1987, she graduated from UTSA with an M.B.A. and helped found Research Dynamics just two years later. She helped chart UTSA's foray into cyber security, starting with her service on the College of Business Advisory Council and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) Council. Additionally, she has been instrumental in providing scholarships for UTSA science and engineering students.

Nearly 4,400 graduates are eligible to participate in commencement this semester, including 3,389 undergraduates, 931 master’s students and 55 doctoral candidates. Their graduation will bring UTSA’s total alumni base to 96,000.

The UTSA commencement ceremonies will be telecast live on AT&T U-verse channel 99, Grande Cable channel 21 and Time Warner Cable channel 98 and on the UTSA Information Technology website.


UTSA Spring 2013 Commencement preliminary statistics
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The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.



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. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), 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. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

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Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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