(Nov. 9, 2017) -- When The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Downtown Campus on November 13, President Taylor Eighmy will challenge the community to reimagine the future of the campus. At a series of panels and keynote addresses at the anniversary event, Eighmy and political, community and business leaders, will explore UTSA’s role as San Antonio’s model urban-serving university and as a contributor to San Antonio’s cultural and economic ecosystem.
In October, Eighmy unveiled five themes to position UTSA to tackle society’s grand challenges. Among them, he envisions that UTSA will become an exemplary urban-serving university of the future.
“The convergence of the 20th anniversary of our Downtown Campus this fall, the city’s Tricentennial next year and the university’s Semicentennial in 2019 have provided us with an excellent opportunity to launch conversations about urban campuses of the future and the role of urban-serving universities,” said Eighmy. “As we plan for the future, active engagement with San Antonio’s research and high-tech industries, K-12 school systems, health care providers, cultural establishments and governmental entities will solidify UTSA’s role as a driver of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultural and economic ecosystems.”
The conversations taking place at the Downtown Campus 20th anniversary celebration are the first step in launching innovative Downtown Campus programs exploring various facets of urban development and city-university partnerships. Keynote addresses and panel presentations will explore urban educational partnerships, urban science and urbanomics, urban innovation and creative economy, and urban arts and technology.
The presentations will include Eighmy, former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, State Senator José Menéndez, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Manager Sheryl Sculley. They will be held in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326).
Additionally, UTSA will unveil the Gregory Luna Student Success Center at its anniversary celebration. Senator Gregory Luna served San Antonio’s District 26 in the Texas Senate from 1992 until a few months before his death in 1999. A champion of education, Luna focused his legislative efforts primarily on education finance with a particular interest in Hispanic serving institutions. During the 1993 legislative session, Luna was instrumental in passing legislation that ultimately created the long-sought UTSA Downtown Campus. He considered the campus the culmination of his vision for UTSA.
Twenty years ago this fall, UTSA opened the doors of its Downtown Campus, signifying its commitment to the community with a campus inside Loop 410, in the heart of San Antonio. Since that time. UTSA has grown its programs, bringing access to high quality college education and career advancement opportunities to diverse populations in the downtown area.
Today, the UTSA Downtown Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Public Policy and the College of Education and Human Development. Approximately one-third of UTSA’s graduate students take classes at the Downtown Campus.
The urban campus is also home to many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings and serves as a convenient location for hosting communitywide events.
This high school student exhibit features images, videos, interviews and writings that the students learned about while participating in "The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity."Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA has a greater focus in 2018 to serve the local community. Learn the many opportunities you can get involved.Student Union, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
Dr. Ricky Jones, professor and chair of the Department of Pan-African studies at the University of Louisville. He will share his expertise on the impact of African American history on today’s society.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come meet STEM recruiters in person from companies across the nation that have full-time, part-time and/or internship opportunities.Convocation Center, Main Campus
The summit is an opportunity to create an open forum for the community to share ideas and perspectives on civic engagement.H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Meet recruiters in person from companies across the nation that have full-time and/or internship opportunities. Professional dress required.Convocation Center, Main Campus
New exhibit of Latino and Latina artists is curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, art specialist and curator for the UTSA Art Collection. Opening Reception is Feb. 8; exhibit runs through June 10.Centro de Artes Gallery, 102 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio
The UTSA commnity is encouraged to get involved in this city-wide initiative to clean up the San Antonio area waterways. Roadsrunners will be cleaning up Maverick Creek on the west side of Main Campus.Maverick Creek, Main Campus
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