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Downtown Spirit Award

Sheryl Frank

The UTSA Downtown Campus Spirit Award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the UTSA Downtown Campus community — a beautiful example of loyal faculty and staff who go beyond their job responsibilities to make the academic experience at this campus, a rewarding one of all of our students, faculty, and staff. These awards are given at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Ms. Sheryl Franks has been at the UTSA Downtown Campus for nine years as the UTSA/Aramark Supervisor. Remarks from the selection committee about Sheryl included "Sheryl is a one unit recruitment team for the UTSA Downtown Campus. She makes students feel at home and always greets everyone with a smile!

When asked about how she felt about working for such a long time at the Downtown Campus, Sheryl said, "My job at the Downtown Campus in my 'Sweet Place.' I feel some people go through years of their lives and never find a place of fulfillment, a place where they feel they make a difference, but I have found that place here at the Downtown Campus. It is so amazing to see students beginning as freshmen acting all grownup but so unsure of themselves, and then to see them mature into young men and women who are graduating. To be a small part of the progress they have made, has made it a delight working here on campus. To my surprise, many of the students have come to visit after graduating to give me a report on how they are doing in their careers and expressing how appreciative they are for the encouragement I gave them while they attended classes here. To me, that is something that can't be replaced.

Since I have been here, I have met to many awesome people who have become my friends. We have shared so many different phases and stages of life, which I cherish. I had have the privilege of sharing the excitement of seeing the growth in the number of students attending the Downtown Campus. Now we even have a Starbucks, wow! Sharing in this growth in the smallest way has been a privilege and a pleasure.

Every morning I get up looking forward of coming to work. I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of people. This award will be a keepsake that I will always treasure."


Dr. Manuel Berriozabal

Dr. Manuel Berriozabal joined the UTSA faculty in 1976 and in 1979 Berriozabal started the now nationally recognized Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), an intensive eight-week summer mathematics enrichment program. The high school graduation rate of of PREP participants has been 99.9%, the college entrance rate is 92% and their college graduation rate is 97%. Moreover, San Antonio PREP in the past year received a President Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, and a La Promesa Program Award from the National Latino Children’s Institute. Several years ago, TexPREP received a special commendation from the Texas Senate. Most recently, the San Antonio City Council renamed Café College the Dr. Manuel Berriozabal Café College. Berriozabal once said, “I consider it a great privilege to serve students and help them make the most of their abilities.”

Thank you, “Dr. B” on behalf of all of the students who are now college graduates because of your passion for educating all of those who have gone through your program and attained a higher education degree.

Source: MAA Mathematical Association of America,