(Nov. 3, 2009)--On Friday, Oct. 30, the UTSA Campus Activities Board hosted the annual festival, BestFest, at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus, and the turnout was quite impressive.
More than 60 organizations participated this year and collectively they pulled in more than $5,600. The event is one of the largest fundraisers for UTSA student organizations. Each participating organization provided a booth with games or food and drink items.
One of the more popular booths was the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) information booth hosted by the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) with a steady line prompted by free UTSA t-shirts. The QEP is an important component for UTSA's reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.
Students crowded the booth for a chance to win prizes and show their knowledge of the QEP tagline, "Decide with Confidence," which was part of the QEP trivia contest.
Other popular booths included the Indian Cultural Association, who won the "Most Green Booth" award. The Orientation Leaders took first place in the booth-decorating contest, Alpha Phi Omega and Hispanic Scholarship Fund tied for second place and the Catholic Student Association finished third.
>> View a photo gallery of BestFest 2009 on the UTSA Today main page.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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