» CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Against a backdrop of the San Antonio skyline sparkling amid orange and blue fireworks, UTSA officially launched its inaugural capital campaign, We Are UTSA—A Top-Tier Campaign in April.
With a goal of raising $120 million by 2015, campaign funds will be used to fund student scholarships, aid faculty research, support new institutes and centers and enrich the student experience. Donors can decide where their money will be used. More than $100 million has already been raised since the campaign began in 2009.
"We Are UTSA–A Top-Tier Campaign is about people and ensuring strong futures for them. One hundred and twenty million dollars will bring greater opportunity to UTSA and South Texas," said President Ricardo Romo. "The campaign is providing a foundation of support that will continue the university's dynamic progress and ensure that excellence and innovation thrive here."
With state funding continuing to decline every year, community support is needed to ensure that UTSA continues its journey to Tier One status. State appropriations make up about 28 percent of UTSA's current operating budget, down from 41 percent in 2002. Private gifts play a large role in UTSA's advancement by providing an infusion of funds that can support first-class students, faculty and programming.
"We are elated to see how much the San Antonio and surrounding communities have stepped up to support UTSA through the We Are UTSA campaign," said Marjie French, vice president for external relations. "This is the first capital campaign in university history, and the response has been tremendous. We are so thankful for the commitments and investments that all of the donors have made."
Joining in this effort, the College of Business goal is to raise $15.3 million to bring needed resources to the college and expand opportunities to help our students succeed. The college is currently at 56 percent of its goal—having raised $8.6 million to date.
"Just as the start of UTSA's football program has ignited interest in UTSA, the university's first-ever capital campaign, We Are UTSA, is inspiring alumni and the San Antonio community to contribute philanthropically to the College of Business," said Kimberly West, executive director of advancement.
"Due to the generosity and vision of individual and corporate donors, the College of Business will see the lasting impact of this support in providing access to excellence for our students, creating new knowledge through our faculty and research, serving society through our centers and outreach programs and enriching experiences for all those touched by UTSA," said West.
Leadership gifts from Valero Energy and alumni Nancy, MBA '87 and Frank Kudla, '85 were critical in supporting graduate students in the college. Valero's $1.25 million gift, which was matched by the State of Texas, has provided funding for graduate fellowships and assistantships. The $500,000 gift from the Kudla Foundation will be used to support graduate student research and education in cyber security.
More than $1 million has been contributed to recruit top-notch faculty to UTSA through faculty chairs and professorships. Among notable gifts, Steven and Bruce Lee have established the Quincy Lee Distinguished Professorship in Real Estate Finance and Development in honor of their father with a gift of $500,000.
Finally, to provide enriching experiences for all business students, H-E-B has given $1 million to the college's Center for Student Professional Development in support of professional development efforts. In recognition, the center's premier program has now been named the
H-E-B Career Action Program.
Campaign gifts support students like Corey DeAngelis. Named one of the inaugural 100 Best business students, DeAngelis is a senior majoring in economics. A graduate of San Antonio's Taft High School, he has worked two jobs to pay for school while attending full time.
A scholarship made possible by Valero Energy is helping DeAngelis lighten his load and develop as a leader. "The scholarship provides me the incentive to not only come to school, but to excel in school. Also, it's very helpful to me because I can work less," he said.
In addition to being a top business student, he is also president of the Business Scholars Council, a program that gives first-generation students access to exceptional opportunities. "With scholarship support, I can do more activities, get involved. I can use that extra time to focus on my education and take advantage of the great programs at UTSA so I am prepared to lead in business."
For more information about the university's capital campaign or to discuss giving opportunities, contact Kimberly West at (210) 458-4313.