UTSA Parent Council raises money to help students with immediate needs

Family Council

UTSA Parent Council members (from left): David Gonzalez, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Vaughn, Donna Pfeifer-Vaughn '94, Robin Vickers, Yvonne Cantu, Frank Vickers, Billy Vaughn, Barbara Vaughn, Diana Backlund and Tim Backlund '83. Not pictured: Ed Cantu, Ricardo Castillo '81, Hilda Castillo, William Fisher and Deann Fisher

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(Nov. 19, 2010)--In two years, parents of UTSA students have donated more than $20,000 to the UTSA Family Fund in support of student initiatives. The fund supports programs and services benefiting current students and fills immediate needs. This year, the Parent Council dispersed $5,000 raised by parents in 2009.

Student Affairs staff applied for funding through a competitive grant process overseen by members of the newly formed UTSA Parent Council. The council awarded six grants, which included a major/minor information fair for undeclared students, activities in observance of V-Day to increase awareness of violence against women and girls, HIV and STD awareness activities, laptops for student athletes, Alternative Spring Break and an informational program to connect foreign-born students with university resources.

"As a parent, I am happy to support my daughter and all students at UTSA," said Yvonne Cantu, president of the UTSA Parent Council. "We may not be able to chaperone a field trip, but each parent can still make a difference while their student is on campus."

UTSA parents will continue to support innovative programs within Student Affairs as they increase their contributions each year. This year, parents already have raised more than $15,000 for the UTSA Family Fund.

If you are a parent or know a parent who wants to help, contact Jana Kennelly at 210-458-5125 or visit the UTSA Family Association website.