Here we are at the end of another academic year and the start of the summer semesters. There were many congratulations from family and friends as undergraduate and graduate students finally achieved their academic goals. Approximately 3,600 students crossed the stage to receive their diplomas from the UTSA president, Dr. Ricardo Romo and their respective deans. In addition, graduating students received a certificate and a sash presented by Dr. Jesse T. Zapata at La Despedida. Nineteen graduates and eighteen faculty participated in the 17th Annual La Despedida (The Farewell) Graduation Ceremony at the UTSA Downtown Campus and approximately 240 guests attended.
This spring, we had numerous exciting events on campus. “UTSA – A Top Tier Campaign” officially launched in April with a UTSA style fiesta at the Downtown Campus. This is the first capital campaign in the university’s 43 years. The goal is to raise $120 million by 2015 to fund scholarships, aid faculty research, support new institutes and centers, and enrich the student experience. The campaign has already reached 83 percent of its goal.
An evening tribute was hosted by UTSA’s College of Architecture, UTSA’s Mexico Center, and the Instituto Cultural on February 21st , for Ricardo Legorreta, a renowned Mexican architect who conceived and built the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City, the MARCO Museum in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and San Antonio’s own Central Library. He passed away on December 30, 2011.
In January, the semester began with eight Edgewood Independent School District elementary schools attending a Grade Transitions Conference co-hosted by the Office of P – 20 Initiatives. The conference focused on a “smooth transition” from elementary to middle school. Workshops included good study habits, choosing the right electives, making great choices, and the importance of a higher education degree. A total of 600 fifth grades attended this event at the Downtown Campus.
This issue of the Downtown Campus E-E-Newsletter features these programs and events as well as many others that have taken place during the spring and start of the summer semesters. We are especially proud of all the faculty and staff who execute these and all programs housed at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
Best wishes for a great summer,
Jesse T. Zapata, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for the UTSA Downtown Campus