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Rendering of new engineering building under construction at UTSA 1604 Campus

UTSA, San Antonio communities invited to Nov. 5 celebration

By Marianne McBride Lewis
Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 30, 2007)--UTSA students, faculty and staff and San Antonio community members are invited to join President Ricardo Romo and special guests at a Nov. 5 ceremony to symbolically lay the cornerstone for the new $82.5 million engineering building and the future of UTSA -- and to unveil the new strategic plan.

The ceremony, "UTSA: Celebrating the Vision," is 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 5 in the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building ground-floor atrium on the 1604 Campus. Romo will be joined for the special celebration by State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and State Sen. Carlos Uresti.

Showcasing the new engineering building, which opens in August 2009, Romo also will unveil the new strategic plan and mission statement, "A Shared Vision: UTSA 2016." (Read more about the strategic plan and download a copy.)

The celebration is an opportunity to thank the UT System and friends of UTSA in the Texas House and Senate and the Bexar County legislative delegation, who were instrumental in securing funding for the new engineering building. The 150,000-square-foot facility will include research and teaching laboratories, classrooms and academic support facilities as part of one of the fastest growing engineering programs in Texas. The academic facility is key in helping the College of Engineering achieve its 10-year goal to double student enrollment from 2,000 to 4,000 students and double research funding, currently at $5 million per year.

The strategic plan, "A Shared Vision: UTSA 2016," is a roadmap to advance knowledge and change lives. The plan will help shape UTSA's future and redefine the educational landscape of South Texas, guiding the university toward premier research university status with enrollment of 35,000 and $100 million annually in research funding from grants and sponsored programs.

For those unable to attend, view a live webcast of the "UTSA: Celebrating the Vision" ceremony.

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Parking lot 7 closed Monday, Nov. 5 for ceremony

UTSA parking lot 7, south of the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building, 1604 Campus, will be closed Monday, Nov. 5 until noon because of the special ceremony in the BSE Building. The closing is to accommodate special guests of UTSA attending the ceremony.

Realizing there will be temporary inconvenience with the lot closure, faculty and staff members are asked to keep in mind the spirit of UTSA hospitality and the special celebration of the future of the university.

If you usually park in lot 7, here are alternative parking options for Nov. 5:

  • Lot 6 (south of BSE Building) and lot 5 (south of Recreation Center) are within walking distance of the Biosciences, Engineering and BSE buildings.
  • Lot 11 (adjacent to Child Development Center and University Oaks Apartments on UTSA Boulevard, shuttle service to the BSE Building)
  • Lot 13 (Valero Way, shuttle service to the Arts Building)

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