Editor's Note: The following email was sent to UTSA faculty and staff today by President Taylor Eighmy.
(June 25, 2018) -- Dear Roadrunners,
When imagining UTSA ten years from now, envision an institution serving upwards of 45,000 unstoppable students pursuing their higher education dreams, with over 2,000 faculty acting as their guides and champions.
Some of this learning will be delivered in virtual spaces, but our vision depends considerably on our ability to offer classroom instruction and world-class research in our bricks-and-mortar campus facilities. Growing our campuses must be done very thoughtfully, with the right data in hand and with the input of our many stakeholders. Moreover, we are required by UT System to do campus master plans periodically and fortuitously, we are at that point again.
To move us forward, I am pleased to announce the launch of the Presidential Initiative on the Campus Master Plan. Under the leadership of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, this task force will establish a framework for the development of UTSA’s campuses over the next decade.
Assisting the task force will be Page, a highly-respected architecture firm with vast experience developing master plans for universities around the world. Some of you may remember Page as the architects of our North Paseo Building on the Main Campus.
Master plan priorities will be determined over the course of the initiative, considering needs such as:
Creating a master plan with staying power is a process that can’t be rushed. The timeline for this initiative spans an entire calendar year but builds in plentiful opportunities for internal and external community engagement.
This is where we can use your help. In the next few months, the task force will hold meetings with UTSA faculty, staff and students to gather input and information regarding space use. There will be several opportunities for all Roadrunners to share their thoughts, including a campus-wide survey and at least two open forums.
Taking the time to hear from our external stakeholders is equally important. This will be the case for both our Downtown and Main Campuses, including our Park West property.
As one of our first steps, UTSA has partnered with the Urban Land Institute to conduct a visioning session with larger institutions interested in the economic development of San Antonio’s near Westside. Moreover, our work with Page will involve conversations with private property owners, civic organizations and neighborhood groups in the near Westside. The results—which will start to become available in August—will inform the guiding principles for our Downtown Campus master planning efforts.
In the weeks to come we will launch a separate presidential initiative for our Hemisfair Park Campus and the Institute of Texan Cultures. As part of this effort, we will bring in a museum consultant to assess the best options for the institute, its location and its collections.
This overall master planning initiative will not only shape UTSA’s physical presence, but also our integration with the city of San Antonio. Most importantly, the master plan will help us to create campus environments that inspire cogitation and discovery, furthering our ability to serve our students and solve society’s grandest challenges as San Antonio’s university for the world.
Learn more about the UTSA strategic plan.
The annual concert series begins the choirs and orchestra performing Dvorak's "Te Deum" . This concert is open to the public. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the position of vice provost and dean of the UTSA Graduate School.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The second of three in the annual holiday concert series which will feature the Chamber Singers (Santa Baby), Saxophone Ensemble (Sleigh Ride), Jazz Ensemble (Sugar Rum Cherry), Flute Ensemble and more performing holiday favorites. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at home against North Texas.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
This event showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium is designed to provide a public venue where UTSA senior engineering students to present advances achieved in their design projects.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Join the Office of Information Technology for the grand opening of the Digital Experience Lab (DEx Lab). The DEx Lab is open to the entire UTSA community and contains innovative learning tools and serves as a virtual reality lab.Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET 0.202), Main Campus
The College of Education and Human Development’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will celebrate its 25thanniversary with a special celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The students will perform in a showcase of modern, jazz, and ballet dances choreographed by Megan Rulewicz, Randi Miles and Michelle Pietri. Tickets are $10. Parking is free in the Cattleman's Square Lot.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus