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Great Conversation Tickets on Sale

February, 2012

Tickets are on sale for The University of Texas at San Antonio’s 12th annual “Great Conversation,” the signature fundraising event that brings together prominent community leaders, scholars and donors for engaging dinner conversation diverse and stimulating topics. The event benefits UTSA Honors College student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities.

Great Conversations is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78205-3296.

Conversation leaders will strike up engaging dinner discourse on nearly four dozen varied topics at this year’s event. The occasion will also increase public awareness about the important cultural and intellectual role that UTSA has in San Antonio.           

A sampling of the evening’s guests and topics includes:


Building the Spirit of San Antonio (and a Marching Band), Ron Ellis, Director of Athletic Bands, UTSA Department of Music


The Many Meanings of Mexican Antiquity: Recent Discoveries in Mexican Archaeology, John Phillip Santos, M. Phil., Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies, UTSA Honors College


The Fundamentals of Effective Lobbying, John T. Montford, J.D., President and CEO, JTM Consulting, LLC


Why Do We Need Public Schools?, Harriett Romo, Ph.D., UTSA Department of Sociology, Director, Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute


Making Texas Wines and Running a Winery, Cathy Bodenstedt (B.A. '11), Owner, CapRock Winery


UTSA Football: What Happens in Year Two and Beyond, Larry Coker, UTSA Head Football Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics


Why Do We Love Restaurants (Besides Not Having to Do the Dishes)?, Ed Tijerina, Columnist, San Antonio Express-News


How to Apply Games of Chance to Life, The Honorable Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge


How Can We Make Our Borders More Secure?, Hank Whitman, Chief, Texas Rangers


Water, Water Everywhere -- But in Texas?, Alex Briseño, Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, San Antonio Water System


The 25th Anniversary of Martin Luther King: Why Should We Celebrate?, Richard Lewis, Ph.D., UTSA Department of Sociology


Individual tickets for this year’s fundraiser are $85 per person. Recent UTSA graduates (2007-2011) may purchase an individual ticket for $65. Table sponsorships between $1,500 and $50,000 are available by contacting Linda Lopez-George at or 210-458-4488. Or, sponsor the attendance of a UTSA Honors College student for $50.

To learn more about Great Conversation!, call 210-458-5162 or visit


The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. 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.


UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit



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