Your gifts make a difference in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, UTSA's largest college, is the leader in many areas of education, research, creative activity and outreach in San Antonio and South Texas.
On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, we extend our appreciation to each of the donors who support our mission. We are honored by their generosity and by their belief in the value of interdisciplinary learning in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Every gift helps us build outstanding programs that serve the growing needs of our college, our students and the greater community.
Please join us in celebrating the following individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations that enhance our college's mission through their giving. We especially want to thank the many alumni who chose to designate their gifts to our college this year.
Although we are grateful for each and every gift we receive, due to space limitations, the report below lists donors of $1,000 or more for the Sept. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2010, fiscal year.
COLFA Alumni Giving
During 2009–2010, over 374 alumni designated gifts and pledges to the COLFA Annual Fund. As UTSA grows, alumni support is crucial to the success of the college. On behalf of COLFA's students, faculty and staff we extend our appreciation to each of our loyal alumni supporters.
$500,000 or more
William Mastoris (B.B.A. '87, B.A. '89, B.A. '93)
$50,000 to $99,999
The George W. Brackenridge Foundation
The Estate of Virginia S. Jockusch
$25,000 to $49,999
82 Westminster Fund of the Community
Foundation for Greater Atlanta
John S. Jockusch
Marianne C. and Stewart R. Reuter
Charlotte and Charles R. Walker
The Estate of Jo Anne Woliver
$10,000 to $24,999
Ford Powell and Carson Inc.
Joyce (B.A. '92) and Richard E. Harris
Richard and Joyce Harris Sapience Foundation
Milton S. Jacobs
The Labatt Foundation
Barbara E. (M.M. '03) and Blair P. Labatt Jr.
Rajam S. and Somayaji Ramamurthy
Marilyn P. Smith
The USAA Foundation
$5,000 to $9,999
Cindy and James S. Balentine
Yolanda M. (B.A. '92) and Robert J. Crittenden Sr.
Helen L. Eisaman (M.A. '91)
Green Umbrella Corporation
Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc
Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts
San Antonio Area Foundation
Ernstine K. Studer
Loretta (B.A. '77, M.A. '80) and Robert E. Valdez (M.A. '08)
$2,500 to $4,999
Margaret and Richard W. Calvert
Gore Design Completions, LTD
El Patronato de la Cultura Hispano Americana
The Presser Foundation
San Antonio Musical Club
$1,000 to $2,499
Adult Cardiovascular Consultants, P.A.
Ann G. Ash
Richard D. Braune
Cindy G. and James A. Broderick
Sally M. and Robert T. Buchanan
Jane F. and Emmette Y. Burton (M.A. '95)
Ray W. Cage
Monika and James D. Calder
Centro Cultural Cubano of San Antonio
Jane Cheever and Thomas L. Powell Jr.
Linda A. (B.A. '77) and David R. Davila
Mary Ann and Charles E. Franzke
Elizabeth S. and David Friedman
M. Gabrielle and Daniel J. Gelo
HACEMOS Scholarship Foundation
Insurance Services International
Angelika C. Jansen and Robert Brown
Margo and James W. Keyes
May K. and Victor Lam
Leal Art Gallery
Frank J. Leal Jr. (B.A. '96)
Madeleine and Eric Levi
Constance A. Lowe
Constance Lowe Donor Advised Fund of the Hutchinson Community Foundation
Gayle A. Graham and John F. McFall (B.B.A. '92)
Mission Pharmacal Company
National String Project Consortium
The Harris K. and Lois G. Oppenheimer Foundation
Lois G. Oppenheimer (deceased)
Nancy E. Pawel
Angiolina M. Ramirez
Rehler, Vaughn & Koone, Inc.
Lee Robinson and Jerald Winakur
The San Antonio Gardenia & Musical Club
Julia J. (M.A. '00) and Edward R. Sargent
Melinda K. (B.S. '81) and Louis Schultz
Security Service Federal Credit Union
Melissa D. (M.A. '90) and A.P. Shepherd
Allie S. Stokes
Texas Civil Rights Project
Paula D. and Fred Trudeau
Univision Management Company
Beverly and Neill B. Walsdorf Sr.
Suzanne E. and Dennert O. Ware
Jo Ann P. Wigodsky
Linda and Charles Winston
Wayne Wright Lawyers
Mollie S. and H. Bartell Zachry
To see your gifts in action, we invite you to Main Campus to attend a COLFA lecture, view an art exhibit or listen to a music concert (just to mention a few of the many activities COLFA has to offer each year). We also encourage you to take a guided tour, visit the Center for Archaeological Research, reconnect with favorite faculty members or meet with Daniel Gelo, Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Please contact Deborah Thomas, assistant to the dean, at (210) 458-4820 or deborah. email@example.com for more information or to make arrangements.
Friends who are making a difference
Marilyn Smith and the Elton Smith
The Elton Smith Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Art was established in May 2010 in memory of Elton Smith, director of UTSA's Office of University Publications. He died Sept. 24, 2009.
Gifts to establish the scholarship were made by Smith's friends and family members. Marilyn, his wife, endowed the scholarship in April with a donation of $22,000.
"I endowed it because he was such a good mentor to so many people," she said. "Even though he's gone, he can continue to mentor people."
The scholarship is for students pursuing a bachelor's degree or bachelor of fine arts degree in a fine arts studio discipline.
Smith joined UTSA in 1997 with an extensive background in graphic design, art direction, photography, advertising, print production and printing. He led a creative team of designers, editors and photographers who created periodicals such as the university's magazine, Sombrilla, and Ovations.
He always knew he wanted to be an artist, sketching and doodling whenever and wherever possible, said Marilyn, his wife of 40 years. They met their sophomore year in high school.
Above all else, though, Smith was an optimist, which is something she hopes will be passed on to the students who receive his gift
"He'd always say 'You can do this. Don't sell yourself short. If that's your dream, you need to pursue it,' " she said. "He'd always say to do what is going to make you happy because it's not always easy to make a buck; it's what's in your heart."
George W. Brackenridge Foundation
The George W. Brackenridge Foundation made a $50,000 gift to assist COLFA master's and doctoral students and help UTSA achieve its goal of Tier One status. The foundation's gift was eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match that was made by an anonymous donor. The combined gifts will allow COLFA to make fellowship awards totaling $100,000 over the next two years.
The George W. Brackenridge Foundation has a long history of support for UTSA and COLFA with a record of giving that includes scholarships, endowed faculty positions and educational programs.
Making a Difference Through Giving
COLFA students, faculty, alumni and friends are working together on UTSA's progress toward becoming a premier national research university. Your gifts are helping the College of Liberal and Fine Arts reach its goals.
Here are a few opportunities for strategic investment to consider when planning your gift:
- Scholarships and fellowships to attract and retain deserving students and help them realize their fullest potential.
- Endowed faculty positions allow COLFA to recruit distinguished senior scholars and artists to provide leadership in instruction and research and to bring national visibility and recognition to programs in the college.
- Unrestricted excellence funds like the COLFA Dean's Circle and the COLFA Annual Fund provide flexibility in assisting academic departments in funding special projects, student scholarships, and research, and in providing enrichment opportunities that enhance the learning experience of our students both in and out of the classroom.
There are many options for making your gift to UTSA's College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and depending on your philanthropic goals, you may find one method more attractive than another.
More information can be found at www.giving.utsa.edu.
To learn how you can make an investment in UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts that will inspire future generations, please contact:
COLFA Development Officer
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-0641
What COLFA Scholarships Mean to Students
175 COLFA students received scholarships, fellowships and awards in the 2009–2010 school year
A total of $300,000 was awarded from 83 donor supported funds
COLFA is only able to make these awards to benefit students through the generosity of alumni and other friends.
Area of study: Graduate program, English
Award received: Richard and Joyce Harris Sapience Foundation
Graduate Fellowship in English
"This scholarship means freedom from student loans that would be hanging over the heads of my entire family. … It means much less worry."
Area of study: Graduate program, anthropology, with a focus on
archaeology and Meso-America
Awards received: Richard E.W. Adams Endowed Scholarship; the UTSA Department of Anthropology Thesis Scholarship
"Receiving these scholarships is a real honor. It's also very encouraging to know that alumni, faculty and others are giving back to students to help them achieve their goals."
Area of study: Political science, with a focus on American government
Awards received: Ruben Munguia Endowed Scholarship; El Patronato
De La Cultura Hispanoamericana; USAA Foundation COLFA Graduate Scholarship; COLFA Presidential Scholarship
"[The scholarships] covered the cost of tuition and fees for the whole year. For my undergrad I didn't receive any scholarships and had to take out loans. Because of these scholarships I was able to afford to go to school without taking out loans."
Area of study: Geography, graduating fall 2010
Award received: Minnie P. Mastoris Endowed Scholarship; Dr. James D. Calder Annual Scholarship
"The scholarships helped me continue my education, reduce the number of hours working, and focus more intensely on my studies."
Area of study: Music education, sophomore in fall 2010
Awards received: Alfredo Flores/Alamo Music Endowed Scholarship in Music; Marjorie Powell Zachry Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Strings; San Antonio Education Partnership Scholarship
"The scholarships have … meant my future. Without them I'd be taking out loans that would set me back, and because of them I can go to school now. They made the difference between school and no school.