(Feb. 22, 2018) – Next month, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will hold a special event to officially recognize the selection of its sixth president. The San Antonio community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.
The festivities will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a prelude and processional. A 3 p.m. ceremony will feature the Spirit of San Antonio marching band, UTSA student music and dance performances and an original poem by Carmen Tafolla, professor in the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies and the 2015 Texas Poet Laureate. Guests will also hear remarks from San Antonio City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, UTSA Student Government Association President Marcus Thomas and University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven. Following the ceremony, all attendees are invited to a reception on the Convocation Center Plaza.
The celebration continues on Saturday, March 24 during a new tradition, UTSA's Day of Service. In honor of President Eighmy's vision of UTSA as an urban serving university, this day provides an opportunity for the university to give back to San Antonio. The Day of Service kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Bill Miller Plaza at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Service projects benefitting a variety of community partners begin at 9:30 a.m.
Eighmy began his service as the sixth president of UTSA on September 1, 2017 after serving as the chief research officer at the University of New Hampshire, Texas Tech University and, more recently, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has developed a strong track record of advancing urban serving research institutions through strategic government collaborations, public-private partnerships and community engagement.
Shortly after beginning his role as UTSA President, Eighmy unveiled a long-term strategy to make UTSA San Antonio’s university of the future and to help it earn National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility and R1 (highest research activity) classification from the Carnegie Commission. The vision leverages UTSA’s strengths as a great multicultural discovery enterprise, an exemplary urban serving university of the future, a world-engaged institution, a university that fosters exceptional student experiences, and an institution with exceptional people and operational and infrastructure excellence.
UTSA English professor Kinitra Brooks will discuss her new book, “Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror.” The book highlights the unique position of black women in the horror genre as both characters and creators.H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Strategic Enrollment Presidential initiative.Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.Durango Building, La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus