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Yvonne Pena named director of student leadership development

Yvonne Pena

Yvonne Pena

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(April 6, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Student Life announces the hiring of Yvonne Pena as director of student leadership development. Pena comes to UTSA with a wide range of leadership experience from institutions including the University of Nevada, Reno; Illinois State University and the University of New Mexico.

"We are so excited that Yvonne has joined the Student Life team. She brings a wealth of student leadership experience and a strong desire to work with our students," said John Kaulfus, associate dean of students. "Our students are hungry to engage in leadership development as they prepare to enter a very competitive job market. I am confident that Yvonne's presence on campus, in conjunction with the opening of the Student Leadership Center, will help many of our students reach their leadership potential and achieve their career goals."

Pena received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree from Texas A&M University in student affairs administration in higher education. She also has been an active member of NASPA for the last 10 years. NASPA is a respected higher education organization for student affairs administrators.

"It's exciting to be part of something new and innovative with the creation of the Student Leadership Center at UTSA," said Pena. "My hope is that students will embrace the concept that leadership is more than a position or a title, but it is an experience. In time, the Student Leadership Center will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring and resources for the students at UTSA. All students are encouraged to stop by and get involved."

The UTSA Student Leadership Center is in University Center Room 1.002 at the Main Campus, under the Roost game room and next to the Honors Alliance and Greek Life offices.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

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.

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