Reigning for Dollars
Mr. and Ms. UTSA earned titles by fundraising, campaigning
This year’s Mr. and Ms. UTSA,
Roger Frigstad and Krystal
Nicholson, are ready for a
reign of community service
and spreading UTSA pride.
The UTSA Alumni Association sponsors
the annual contest that recognizes
students who embody the spirit of UTSA,
excel academically, are involved in
campus life and community service and
support giving back to UTSA.
Anne Englert, director of alumni
programs, said the contest, held during
Homecoming, has been a signature
student event on campus since 1985.
"A lot of people who have been
named Mr. and Ms. UTSA have come
back to serve on the Alumni Association
board as well as several committees,"
Englert said. "They just never turn it off."
For the first time, this year’s contestants
were challenged to raise money for
the association as part of their campaign.
The purpose, Englert said, was to educate
the public about the association’s mission
of providing scholarships to students.
The contestants raised a total of $11,000
during their campaigns.
Englert said fundraising accounted
for 30 percent of the selection process.
The students were also ranked according
to their applications, which made up
10 percent of their overall score; interviews,
which counted for 30 percent; and
student votes, for another 30 percent.
"I think what’s great about Mr. and
Ms. UTSA is they get to become the face
of the student body throughout the year,"
Englert said. "It crosses many generations–when a 22-year-old is talking to a
30-year-old or a 55-year-old, they all have
one thing in common and that’s UTSA."
The pair will make appearances at
more than 20 venues throughout the year,
including Fiesta events, the UTSA Ring
Ceremony and the Convocation ceremony.
Nicholson, a UTSA Ambassador,
volunteers at commencement ceremonies
and is a campus tour guide. The
junior education major from Houston
works with the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat
for Humanity, the UTSA Ring Ceremony
and the annual UTSA Diploma Dash 5K
San Antonio City Championship Race &
Nicholson raised $1,500 during her
campaign for the crown and said she’s
proud to have been chosen. Her biggest
surprise was that she had reached her
fundraising goal to the penny.
Nicholson and her supporters,
playfully called Team Krystal, sold
$8 fish fry plates in her hometown of
Houston and $5 chicken plates in San
Antonio. She also gathered orders from
faculty, students, friends, family and
Her message to fellow students on
campus is to "give it your all, you never
know what the results will be unless
Frigstad, a senior management
major from Chicago, is the Student
Government Association treasurer and
member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Frigstad and his campaign team
went door to door and visited more
than 20 organizations. They handed out
brochures asking for support and raised
$3,000 in donations.
During his campaign, Frigstad said
his best quality as Mr. UTSA would be
his leadership and his ability to motivate
people to achieve goals and maintain a
"Being Mr. UTSA is a huge privilege
that I am excited to have," Frigstad said.
"I am more than grateful that I am Mr.
UTSA and plan on being the best."
By Vincent T. Davis