Newsletter  

Marjie French

UTSA friends and supporters, we are almost there! We are primed to finish the We Are UTSA capital campaign strong. We’ve raised a total of $158 million, or 90 percent of the $175 million goal.

That includes 114 new endowments, 30 new faculty endowments, 26 graduate fellowships and more than 180 new scholarship funds. That level of support is unprecedented in our history, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity of our donors and the support from the community.

The areas of impact are represented across the university, in every college. Especially noteworthy are first-time endowments in medical research areas, including stem cells, Alzheimer’s disease, vaccines and drug delivery, as well as advanced technologies, such as cloud computing. Additionally, we’ve received funding for important student life programs such as football scholarships and athletics facilities.

That same level of success has also been seen over the past several months with our new crowdfunding platform, Launch UTSA. We were seeking ways for donors at all levels to have more choice about where their gifts were used and crowdfunding has certainly been a success from that perspective. Since we launched the program six months ago, UTSA supporters have funded nine projects and two competitions, generating almost $70,000 from more than 1,000 donors. You can read more about the many great projects that have been funded by donors like you.

I am thrilled with the support we continue to receive from so many of you. Each time I give an update, I am reminded that we are part of such a generous community. UTSA has terrific donors, faculty, students and researchers, and together we are making history.

I am confident that we will have similar success with our new GoldStar Initiative, recently announced by Dr. Romo. The university will invest $40 million of institutional resources over the next four years to hire 60 additional world-class researchers, whose expertise will help solve some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Complementing the university’s investment in recruiting these top educators, donor support for faculty endowments and fellowships will assist with recruitment to attract the most outstanding leaders. A great example of the kind of philanthropy that will go hand-in-hand with the initiative comes from UTSA alumni Nancy ’87 and Frank Kudla ’85, who established a named graduate fellowship in information assurance and security. Their support is helping doctoral student Michele Maasberg. Working with faculty member Dr. Nicole Beebe, Michele is an up-and-coming cyber security leader whose research is crucial to understanding ways to detect and prevent insider threat from within organizations.

Gifts to UTSA are making a difference. With donor support, the university is impacting the local economy, helping families and changing lives. In this season of thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for all that you do to support UTSA. I am so grateful to count you among our friends and advocates.

Until next time,

Marjie French
Vice President for External Relations
The University of Texas at San Antonio


Latest Updates - UTSA Newsletter

Marjie French

Letter from VP Marjie French
Read more

Small Gifts, Big Impact

Small Gifts, Big Impact
Read more

The Future of Cyber Security

The Future of Cyber Security
Read more

Fortifying the Path to Tier One

Fortifying the Path to Tier One
Read more