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Celebrating 23 years of Giving

Gino Chincarini is the longest “running” alumni supporter on record

Gino Chincarini ’82 remembers his experience as a UTSA student as vividly as if it were yesterday. To this day, he cherishes the professors, the proud students and lifelong friendships. He personifies the spirit of a proud Roadrunner and his 23 consecutive years of giving to the university are the evidence.

“I didn’t realize it’s been that long. It is such a blessing to know that my years of giving have made an impact for students at UTSA,” Gino says.

Since 1991, Gino has made 131 monetary gifts to support various UTSA programs, scholarships and the College of Business, where he earned both his B.B.A. and M.B.A. Including gifts ranging from $25 to $1,500, and membership with the Alumni Association, he has contributed more than $21,000 over the years.

“It’s not the amount that matters, because it all adds up over time. I see it as making an investment in the future and our community,” he explains. “I believe in tithing at church, and giving to UTSA and supporting other causes are an extension of that belief.”

Alumni participation through giving is an important part of maintaining a vibrant, successful culture of exceptional learning opportunities at higher education institutions. Alumni give back for many reasons: to show appreciation for the education they received; to provide others with similar experiences; to stay connected to their university; and even to reap the emotional and social benefits associated with being a donor. Last year, UTSA saw an increase in alumni giving rates, bringing the total number of alumni donors to 4,522 for the year.

“Gino’s consistent giving and his sense of pride in the university decades later is inspiring, to say the least. As a staff member at UTSA and an alumna, I am very hopeful that we will continue to attract support from other alumni, like Gino,” shares Director for Annual Giving Genevieve Tobias ’05, ’12.

Gino credits the foundation built through his education at UTSA for a successful careers as an accountant, and, currently, a physical therapist. The first-ever freshman to be accepted to the university, the campus that Gino once walked thrives today because of his extraordinary track record of giving as well as gifts from so many others.

"“Progress is ongoing, so we must always be willing to support it. I feel very blessed to be able to give to UTSA,” he shares.

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