Christopher Forbrich
Christopher Forbrich

Commencement Close-up: UTSA taught Christopher Forbrich how to get things done -- and done well

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Dec. 16, 2005)--San Antonio native Christopher Forbrich feels that he had a big effect on UTSA, but also the university taught him that if something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Forbrich graduates this weekend with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

A graduate of Health Careers High School, Forbrich spend his first two years of higher education at Northwest Vista College. He came to UTSA in Fall 2003 and began working to establish a gay fraternity chapter, one of the first in the nation.

"Establishing Alpha Lambda Tau is the most obvious of my accomplishments at UTSA," he said. "The fraternity gave the university a chance to bring in a demographic that traditionally didn't take part in Greek life. In doing that, it made the university take a big step -- it was something that encourages diversity, which the university was founded on. In the time I've been here, I've seen the university become more progressive."

Majoring in information technology in the College of Business, Forbrich plans to continue working at Blackbrush Oil and Gas Co. as the IT manager. "The company has awarded me a lot of flexibility to let me get my education," he said. "I've worked for them for many years. There are a lot of opportunities to make it the best it can be, and it's a growing company."

Forbrich says he is proud that he was able to make changes at UTSA, but it was done with the support of many students and administrators. Along with his success in establishing the fraternity, he served as treasurer of the Student Government Association.

"SGA treasurer was never a strong role," he said. "The treasurers before me either resigned or were appointed by officers, and didn't stay for the entire term. I left it in much better shape that what it was before because I worked with administrators for more appropriate funding levels -- and I had some successes."

He credits much of his success to the support of administrators David Gabler, assistant vice president for university communications; Rosalie Ambrosino, vice president for student affairs; John Kaulfus, executive director of the university center and student activities; and Ann Margaret Trujillo, assistant director of multicultural programs; and good friends Jacob Maillot and Destiny Waiters; his parents and the members of Alpha Lambda Tau.

"Many students and administrators helped me put it all together," said Forbrich. "I'm proud to have been a student at this university to experience all of this."

Student intern Kareem El Dahab contributed material for this story.

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