(March 23, 2015) — The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) dedicated Carlos and Malú Alvarez Residence Hall at a ceremony on Friday, March 20.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni, members of the Alvarez Family and representatives of the Cambrinus Company gathered into the lobby of the residence hall to honor attendees Carlos Alvarez, president and CEO of The Gambrinus Company, and his wife, Malú, for their ongoing support of UTSA.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo and UTSA Student Government Association President Zack Dunn spoke about the impact that the Alvarez family’s long-time and generous support has on UTSA scholarship and research.
“We wanted to recognize [the Alvarez Family] for their generosity,” said Romo regarding the decision to rename San Saba Hall after the Alvarez Family. “When they decided to do the scholarships and everything else, they felt that it was important for them and their company, Gambrinus, to give back, and we appreciate [that effort.]”
Between 2002 and 2014, the Alvarez Family donated more than $4.3 million in gifts to UTSA through personal donations and support from their foundations.
“Mr. Alvarez, you and your wife have made contributions that are going to have lasting impressions,” said Dunn, who is also a beneficiary of the Alvarez family’s support.
The Alvarez Family created the Carlos and Malú Alvarez Endowment for Student Success, the Alvarez Graduate Research Education Excellence Fund and the Alvarez Challenge Match for Graduate Student Excellence Fund. Alvarez gifts have also been leveraged to generate millions in additional gifts and state matching funds for UTSA.
“[My wife and I] are certainly going to go out there and tell a lot more people about [the] successes that the university is having,” said Carlos Alvarez, who thanked UTSA for the honor of being only the second family for whom a building has been dedicated. “It’s always an inspiration to be among [UTSA students] and [their] professors – the whole team of UTSA. Thank you for this great honor.”
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Residence Hall, formerly San Saba Hall, was completed in 2013 and houses 618 students in a suite-style layout. The hall features an open lobby, administrative offices, meeting spaces and live-in professional staff. Residents have access to a conference room, computer lab, floor study lounges, laundry facilities and a community kitchen. It is notable for housing academic focused learning communities related to the Honors College, Top Scholars, Terry Scholars, Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (F.A.M.E.), Engineering, and Leadership and Service.
Alvarez, a native of Mexico, arrived in the U.S. in 1986 to become the founder, president and chief executive officer of The Gambrinus Company. Best known as the owner and brewer of Shiner Beers, Gambrinus also owns the BridgePort Brewery in Portland, Ore. and the Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, Calif.
Alvarez is a board member of the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio and a director for Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. He serves on the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America and is a past president of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio.