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(July 27, 2010)--This summer's closing ceremony for the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) will celebrate the 32nd class of aspiring engineers. Presenting the keynote address, astronaut and electrical engineer Jose Moreno Hernandez will discuss his career and flight in space last year. The ceremony for PREP students and their families is 1 p.m. July 30 in the Convocation Center on the UTSA Main Campus.

PREP is an academically intense, seven-week program that teaches middle and high school students abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills to introduce them to careers in engineering and related fields.

In 2001, Hernandez began working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 2004, he was chosen for astronaut training, which he completed in 2006. Last summer, he took his first trip into space on NASA's STS-128 Space Shuttle mission, making history as the first astronaut to Tweet from space in Spanish.

Between 3,500 and 4,000 participants are expected to gather for the PREP closing ceremony. PREP will recognize graduates who completed three to four years in the program, many of whom will receive scholarships from local two-year colleges and four-year universities. Last year, PREP students earned more than $1 million in scholarships to attend Texas schools and major in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.

Additionally, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will attend the event along with leaders from the San Antonio Water System. They will present PREP with a $100,000 sponsorship check to support the program's continued operation.

PREP began in 1979 at one venue with 44 students. The program now spans five years including PREP I, II, III and IV as well as University PREP (UPREP), which is for college credit. PREP's combined programs serve 1,375 students at nine locations in San Antonio, approximately 2,600 students in other Texas cities and approximately 500 students in other states.

 

 

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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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