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A Message from UTSA President Ricardo Romo, June 2014

Ricardo Romo

"Over the last four-and-a-half decades, UTSA has produced thousands of teachers, scientists, architects, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs and other professionals. Most of those graduates stay right here and are helping transform San Antonio into a world-class city."

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June 16, 2014

 

Dear Friends,

This has been a year of milestones for The University of Texas at San Antonio. Just one month after our May Commencement, where we reached the remarkable threshold of 100,000 graduates, we are now celebrating our 45th anniversary.

The legislation that created UTSA was signed by Gov. Preston Smith in front of the Alamo on June 5, 1969. It was the first bill signed by a governor outside of the capital. That means UTSA has been blazing new trails since its very first day.

State lawmakers initially envisioned UTSA as a university of access for underserved students, but it has unquestionably become a destination for excellence. Our focus on academics and research attracts top-tier faculty and students from San Antonio and around the world.

Over the last four-and-a-half decades, UTSA has produced thousands of teachers, scientists, architects, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs and other professionals. Most of those graduates stay right here and are helping transform San Antonio into a world-class city.

UTSA's reputation has grown along with its steady advance to Tier One recognition. We are among the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old and have the No. 1 cybersecurity program in the nation.

Such recognition shows that we have made tremendous strides in our 45 years. We have changed the lives of students, transformed the community and helped shape the world. And yet we are still a young university, with many more milestones ahead.

Go 'Runners!

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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