UTSA crowned its first Mr. and Ms. UTSA in 1985 as a part of Homecoming, then held, during the basketball season. In 2011, there were two sets of students named Mr. and Ms. UTSA. The first couple named that year, would be the final couple named during a basketball homecoming. The second couple that year would be the first Mr. & Ms. UTSA named as a part of the new Homecoming scheduled tied to UTSA Football. The tradition continues each year at the UTSA Homecoming Football Game.
The process to become Mr. & Ms. UTSA begins with an application and interview. The interview committee, comprised of UTSA faculty and staff, selects a group of men and women to participate in the Semi-Finalist Selection Event. At this time, the semi-finalists present a platform for a UTSA initiative based on the tenants of the Roadrunner Creed. A panel of judges will then decide which students will become the Homecoming Court to be voted on by UTSA students. Voting takes place for two days during the Homecoming week. The announcement of the winners happens at the UTSA Homecoming Football Game at halftime.
Following the UTSA Homecoming, the newly crowned Mr. and Ms. UTSA begin working to implement their platforms. They also make appearances at a variety of events and serve as ambassadors to the university at various UTSA-sponsored events throughout the year. They can be seen at events like: Roadrunners Remembrance, the University Life Awards, various Roadrunner Days events, and Fiesta San Antonio parades.
Mr. and Ms. UTSA are students whom embody the spirit of UTSA while striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement, and community service. These students demonstrate that they carry out the Roadrunner Creed in their daily actions.
Hometown: Katy, TX
Involvement: Student Orientation Team Leader and First Year Experience Peer Mentor
Favorite UTSA Tradition: Roadrunner Walk
Platform: Student Involvement
"Having UTSA Pride is committing yourself to creating a better atmosphere for current and future students and being a part of a legacy."
Hometown: Round Rock, Texas
Involvement: Student Orientation Team Leader, UTSA Triathlon Club, Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
Favorite UTSA Tradition: Roadrunner Days
Platform: Green Initiatives
"UTSA Pride is walking down the aisle in my graduation robe and seeing the pride that my family has as I become the first individual from my family to get a college degree."