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(Oct. 14, 2010)--Guided by the theme, "Resourceful, Independent, Sustainable," two of UTSA's newest applied research and outreach programs will have a collaborative kickoff celebration from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28 at the Buena Vista Theater (1.326) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The UTSA community, small business and city officials, and the public are invited; a reception will follow.

>> To help encourage student involvement in the initiatives, 50 seats at the kickoff event will be reserved for students; to reserve a seat, e-mail texasenergy@utsa.edu.

The combined expertise of the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute and the Institute for Economic Development will be aimed toward both small businesses and UTSA students in an effort to connect those currently driving the San Antonio business community and future citizen leaders.

UTSA's growing sustainability efforts will be introduced by Dennis Haynes, interim dean of the College of Public Policy and co-chair of the UTSA Sustainability Council, followed by a keynote address by sustainability expert and author Lucia Athens. A San Antonio native, Athens is the City of Austin's newly appointed chief sustainability officer.

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute will promote applied energy research and innovation. "One of the institute's key educational goals is to create citizen leaders that have a sense of responsibility and knowledge of sustainable practices," said director Les Shephard. He will speak on his vision for the institute and the importance of mentoring UTSA students.

The Sustainable Business Program is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help small businesses understand and adopt sustainable business practices to benefit both the bottom line and the environment.

Roy Pachecano, program lead for the Sustainable Business Program, will talk briefly about the "triple bottom line" in sustainable business and outline a series of new training programs and technical assistance services for small businesses. Pachecano is a recognized expert in green construction. He lectures at Columbia University and Pratt Institute and is a contributor to BUILDERNews magazine.

For more information on the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, contact Christine Olejniczak at 210-458-7979. For more information on the Sustainable Business Program in the Institute for Economic Development, contact Clara Chavez at 210-458-2458.

>> View a map of the UTSA Downtown Campus.

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About UTSA Institute for Economic Development

The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development is dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses, and fostering economic and community development. Services include professional business consultation, technical training, research and strategic planning for more than 32,000 small-to-medium businesses and organizations annually. Programs primarily serve the Texas-Mexico border area as well as regional, national and international initiatives. Working in collaboration with federal, state and local government agencies, and business-sector partners and clients, the IED is a principal driver of UTSA's community engagement mission.

 

 

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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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