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Save the Date: UTSA's signature Great Conversation! is Feb. 25

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(Dec. 20, 2013) -- Tickets are now on sale for The University of Texas at San Antonio's 14th annual "Great Conversation!," the signature fundraising event that brings together prominent community leaders, scholars and donors for engaging dinner conversation on an array of stimulating topics. The event benefits UTSA Honors College student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities.

Additionally, it increases public awareness about the important cultural and intellectual role that UTSA has in San Antonio.

Great Conversation! will be 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78205-3209.

Great Conversation! is hosted in a dinner party format. Each table features a host who is either a leading UTSA researcher or faculty member, or a business/community leader with specific expertise on a particular topic. This year, guests can choose one of more than three dozen topics in business; arts, literature and culture; science and technology; leisure and lifestyles; education; and politics/history.

A sampling of the evening's topics and conversation leaders includes:

SA 2020 Update: Where Are We Now?
Darryl Byrd, CEO, SA 2020

The McNay's 60th Anniversary: Stewardship of an Art Treasure
Bill Chiego, Director, McNay Art Museum

How Decisions Are Made in Congress: Dealing with Conflicting Interests and Ethics
Charlie Gonzalez, Chief of Public Engagement, VIA Metropolitan Transit

The French, Our Friends
Phil Hardberger, Shareholder, Cox, Smith, Matthews Inc.

Tequila vs. Mezcal: Is There a Winner?
Johnny Hernandez, Owner/Chef, La Gloria, The Fruteria

The Role of the First Lady
Sonya Medina Williams, Consultant, Silver Eagle Distributors

Launching a New Digital Media Site
Bob Rivard, Sole Owner, The Rivard Report

Children and Technology: How Much, How Soon, How to Regulate Its Use
Harriett Romo, Professor and Director of the Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute, UTSA

The Tier One Vision for UTSA
Ricardo Romo, President, UTSA

The Power of High Expectations
Lionel Sosa, Owner, Sosa Galleries


Individual tickets for this year's fundraiser are $95 per person or $75 per person if purchased online at the UTSA Great Conversation! website. Table sponsorships between $1,500 and $50,000 are available by contacting Shelly Horn at 210-458-5520. Or, sponsor the attendance of a UTSA Honors College student for $50.

>> Learn more at the UTSA Great Conversation! website or call 210-458-5520.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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