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officials at Downtown Campus event
Pictured from left to right at Friday's Downtown Campus event are Julius Gribou, dean
of the UTSA College of Architecture; UTSA President Ricardo Romo; District 5
Councilwoman Patti Radle; Becky Waldman, City of San Antonio asset management
director; Terrell McCombs, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce chairman of
the board and District 9 Councilman Kevin Wolff.

UTSA says 'thank you' to bartering partners

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 16, 2005)--UTSA President Ricardo Romo honored officials from the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County at a Friday ceremony in UTSA's Buena Vista Theatre for making it possible to expand the UTSA Downtown Campus.

UTSA and the City of San Antonio came to a land-swap agreement this year, which will facilitate the growth of the Downtown Campus. The university traded a plot of land next to UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures for city property in the former Cattlemen's Square, adjacent to the campus.

At the ceremony, Romo thanked the City of San Antonio, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and District 5 Councilwoman Patti Radle for their work in achieving the agreement.

"Patti Radle has done much for her district, which is home to the UTSA Downtown Campus," said Romo. "We are grateful for her leadership in helping expand UTSA's ability to provide access to higher education in San Antonio."

Radle, a former school teacher, said, "Some members of my district had never seen a university until the UTSA Downtown Campus was built, and now a major university is in their neighborhood. This expansion of the Downtown Campus is important for the future of the city."

Terrell McCombs, North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board, said, "Increasing educational opportunities is important for all areas of San Antonio. The North San Antonio Chamber is honored to be a part of making this land swap between the city and UTSA possible. We hope the UTSA Downtown Campus continues to educate the leaders of tomorrow."

The UTSA Downtown Campus, which opened in 1994 at Cypress Tower on Main Street while the permanent campus was under construction, expanded a year ago with the purchase of the Monterey Building, formerly the Business Technology Center.

Across from the UTSA Frio Street Building, the Monterey Building houses university offices and the UTSA College of Architecture with its 927 students -- including transfer students resulting from the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The rapidly growing college is expected to move into as yet unplanned facilities on Cattlemen's Square.

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