NEWS RELEASE from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2007
CONTACT: Ryan Sullivan, 512-463-0119

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Another Step Closer
Site dedication and scholarship fundraiser continue momentum

San Antonio, TX -- State Senator Carlos Uresti and the Texas A&M University System Regents and Chancellor will dedicate the site of the future, permanent A&M campus at Southwest Loop 410 South Access Road, four-tenths of a mile east of Zarzamora Road in San Antonio. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2007.

Following the site dedication, hundreds of guests are expected to celebrate the milestone at a scholarship fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. at the historic Red Berry Mansion, 856 Gembler Road, San Antonio. All scholarship funds raised will be awarded to future Texas A&M University-San Antonio students.

"This community knows that education is our key to a bright future. That is why we have dreamed of and worked for a university in South San Antonio for nearly a decade. Today demonstrates that, through hard work, dreams do come true. The Texas A&M University-San Antonio will bring hope and opportunity to our community. It will fundamentally change lives," Uresti said.

Since 2000, the A&M System has operated in San Antonio through the Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio. Classes had been held on the Palo Alto College campus until this fall, when the center moved to a new, temporary facility at 1450 Gillette Boulevard. The Gillette campus enables the center to expand its academic programs and accommodate increasing enrollment.

If enrollment at the center reaches the full-time equivalent of 1,500 students by Jan. 1, 2010, $40 million in tuition revenue bonds will be available to finance the construction of facilities for the new, permanent South San Antonio campus.

Full-time student enrollment at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville System Center-San Antonio has grown to 576 students, according to preliminary fall 2007 semester records. The center currently has 24 full-time faculty and 36 part-time faculty on staff, and offers 15 degree programs and an alternative teacher certification program, with more programs planned for 2008.

For more information, please contact Ryan Sullivan at 512-463-0119.

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