UTSA students and alumni visit state lawmakers in Austin Feb. 28

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UTSA President Ricardo Romo (left) with UTSA students, alumni and staff at the Texas Capitol

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(Feb. 27, 2013) -- Members of the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) and UTSA Alumni Association will partner Feb. 28 for UTSA Day at the Capitol. The biannual trip puts UTSA students and alumni face-to-face with state lawmakers.

On Thursday, SGA President Xavier Johnson and Alumni Association President Randy Vogel will lead approximately 40 UTSA students and members of the Alumni Association board through the Capitol to meet with legislators to discuss higher education in Texas. Austin Hagee, SGA legislative affairs representative, stayed on top of planning the day by coordinating many calendars.

Students and alumni will break into five groups to reach out to as many offices as possible. Visits have been scheduled in 15-minute sessions. SGA conducted an informational session Feb. 20 to discuss higher education issues and to review expectations.

As UTSA advances toward the goal to become a Tier One university, it can only help to keep the university in the minds of Texas lawmakers. Students have expressed concerns regarding financial aid, the need for additional teaching space, campus-carry legislation and funding for the creation of another research university in Texas.

The UTSA groups will visit state representatives Jose Menendez, Roland Gutierrez, Joe Farias, Lyle Larson, Justin Rodriguez, Philip Cortez, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Ruth Jones McClendon, Mike Villarreal and Speaker of the House Joe Straus, and state senators Donna Campbell, Judith Zaffirini, Carlos Uresti and Leticia Van de Putte.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.

As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.