Wednesday, September 02, 2015

UTSA Parent Council raises money to help students with immediate needs

Family Council

UTSA Parent Council members (from left): David Gonzalez, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Vaughn, Donna Pfeifer-Vaughn '94, Robin Vickers, Yvonne Cantu, Frank Vickers, Billy Vaughn, Barbara Vaughn, Diana Backlund and Tim Backlund '83. Not pictured: Ed Cantu, Ricardo Castillo '81, Hilda Castillo, William Fisher and Deann Fisher

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(Nov. 19, 2010)--In two years, parents of UTSA students have donated more than $20,000 to the UTSA Family Fund in support of student initiatives. The fund supports programs and services benefiting current students and fills immediate needs. This year, the Parent Council dispersed $5,000 raised by parents in 2009.

Student Affairs staff applied for funding through a competitive grant process overseen by members of the newly formed UTSA Parent Council. The council awarded six grants, which included a major/minor information fair for undeclared students, activities in observance of V-Day to increase awareness of violence against women and girls, HIV and STD awareness activities, laptops for student athletes, Alternative Spring Break and an informational program to connect foreign-born students with university resources.

"As a parent, I am happy to support my daughter and all students at UTSA," said Yvonne Cantu, president of the UTSA Parent Council. "We may not be able to chaperone a field trip, but each parent can still make a difference while their student is on campus."

UTSA parents will continue to support innovative programs within Student Affairs as they increase their contributions each year. This year, parents already have raised more than $15,000 for the UTSA Family Fund.

If you are a parent or know a parent who wants to help, contact Jana Kennelly at 210-458-5125 or visit the UTSA Family Association website.

 

 

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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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