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Challenges and events set for UTSA Giving Day next week

Challenges and events set for UTSA Giving Day next week

APRIL 12, 2022 — The second annual UTSA Giving Day is just days away. Over the course of 1,969 minutes on April 19 and 20, Roadrunner Nation will join together to celebrate the university's progress and support the programs that make UTSA so special.

“Last year gave us much to celebrate — achieving Tier One research designation, a winning football season, and record-breaking enrollment and graduation rates — and this year, we’re on track to achieve even more,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “With your support on UTSA Giving Day, students and faculty can continue to reach new heights of excellence. I encourage each of you to participate to help us reach those goals.”

The goal for UTSA Giving Day is 3,000 donors, which will set a new record for two-day donor participation.

“It is a lofty goal but one that I believe is possible given our recent momentum and the level of support we typically see from alumni, faculty, staff and the community,” said Heather Green ’07, director of annual giving in the UTSA Office of Development and Alumni Relations. “There are other schools of similar size and history—and even another university in our area—that have exceeded that many donors on their giving days, and we always like to set new levels of excellence at UTSA.”

Facebook Live Broadcasts

To ensure all Roadrunners can participate in UTSA Giving Day, three livestream broadcasts will be featured at givingday.utsa.edu and on social media.

  • UTSA Giving Day will commence at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19. The event will feature UTSA Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy and members of the Spirit of San Antonio marching band. Ron Ellis, director of UTSA bands and band area coordinator for the UTSA Department of Music, will emcee. The project that receives the first gift of the day starting at 10:11 a.m. will also receive an additional $500, thanks to Cavender Cares, the charitable program of the Cavender Auto Group.

  • UTSA Football Head Coach Jeff Traylor will join alumna April Ancira ’03 at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, to talk spring football, the draft and the upcoming season. This broadcast will be shared on the UTSA Alumni Association Facebook page.

  • The final broadcast will air at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, and will feature Espy, Ancira and Mariachi Los Paisanos.

Free Paletas and Raspas

What’s a celebration without free food? Paletas and raspas will be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Central Plaza on the UTSA Main Campus, courtesy of the UTSA Giving Day task force. Stop by to learn more about UTSA Giving Day, visit with sponsors from Cavender Cares and Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU), and enjoy free treats, while supplies last.


UTSA Giving Day will feature four power hours when the project that gains the most donors during that time will receive an additional $1,000:

  • April 19: 10:11 a.m. to noon, sponsored by Cavender Cares
  • April 19-20: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • April 20: 6 to 8 a.m.
  • April 20: 5 to 7 p.m.

RBFCU is sponsoring a special challenge to support student programs. Magnets assigned with various dollar amounts will be hidden around the central Main Campus. Those who find the magnets can award the dollar amount listed to one of several student programs, by turning it in to the UTSA Giving Day headquarters inside the Office of Student Affairs in Student Union 2.02.18.

Each college and many of the participating programs are also offering challenges that have been made possible by donors. For example, when 150 donors make gifts to support the UTSA Libraries, a challenge gift of $25,000 from philanthropists Scott Sawtelle and Kathleen Curry will be unlocked, providing more resources to make free textbooks available to students.

At the end of UTSA Giving Day, the program with the largest number of individual donors will receive $5,000, generously provided by Ancira. The program that raises the most dollars will receive an additional $5,000 from long-time UTSA supporters Drs. John Richardson and Jan Puckett

All challenges and opportunities can be viewed on the UTSA Giving Day website.

Social Media

A toolkit is available with graphics and other information to help everyone share about UTSA Giving Day. At four times during the campaign, social media posters using #BuildtheNest will be selected to designate $250 to the program of their choice.

“Sharing on social media or reaching out to classmates and colleagues by email and text are some of the best ways you can support UTSA Giving Day,” said Green. “We saw during our giving day last year that when Roadrunners hear from a former faculty member or someone in their UTSA circles, it moves people to action. We will reach 3,000 donors if everyone does something.”

Learn more about UTSA Giving Day.
Have questions? Send an email to Giving Day organizers.

More Information

UTSA Giving Day will unite alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to “Build the Nest” in support of their favorite colleges and programs. These gifts keep many of the university’s outstanding educational experiences affordable for even more students.

Participants can direct gifts to more than 50 projects, including all academic colleges, the UTSA Libraries, the Spirit of San Antonio marching band, the Roadrunner Pantry, Friends of Music, UTSA Athletics, the Student Emergency Fund, the Family Fund, UTSA Alumni Association scholarships and more.

The online fundraising event will conclude at 7 p.m. on April 20.

Heather Green

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