Honors College sponsors 'Be the Change You Wish to See' photo contest

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Third place winner: "NAMI Walk" by Maegan Kellie G. Lazaga (National Alliance for Mental Illness 5K Walk to the Texas State Capital)

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(Nov. 20, 2009)--Each year, the UTSA Honors College at UTSA welcomes freshmen using a theme that frames events for their first year in college. This year's theme, borrowed from a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, is "Be the Change You Wish to See." That theme is the focus of a series of academic events on awareness, service and action.

Honors students participated in a common book reading of and essay competition centered on Jim Wooten's book, "We Are All the Same." In the book, Wooten documents the pioneering efforts of a boy and his mother to heighten AIDS awareness in South Africa.

UTSA students also attended a lecture by Rafael Veraza B.S.'08, who discussed how he made a difference in Gaborone, Botswana, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Honors students also have practiced their own idea of change by participating in a variety of community service activities including Habitat for Humanity on Sept. 26.

This month, Honors College students were asked to express the idea of change through photography. Students could submit one photo representing this year's theme. Photos were judged on theme, creativity and emotion, visual and technical merit, and composition and artistic management.

>>View the photo contest entries.

The winners were:

  • First place: Traci Derlein (sophomore, English), "Hello, My Name is Change"
  • Second place: Jessica Garza (junior, communication), "I Am the Change"
  • Third place: Maegan Kellie G. Lazaga (junior, biology), "NAMI Walk"
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    Winners received gift cards in the amounts of $150, $100 and $50, respectively.

    Contest judges were UTSA President Ricardo Romo (honorary judge); Sarah Sudhoff, art and art history lecturer; Mark McClendon, photographer, University Communications; Melany Stacy, B.F.A. '02, Cecilia Mujica, B.F.A. '06; and Danielle Mack, B.F.A. '08.