(Nov. 18, 2010)--Patricia Graham, UTSA executive director of special events, recently was recognized as one of three outstanding advisers from around the world at the international Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) ASAP Network Convention in Kansas City.
Graham was recognized as an outstanding adviser at the CASE District 4 conference last spring. District winners then are entered in the international competition. The annual international awards recognize outstanding student and adviser leadership and achievement and outstanding student programming among the CASE ASAP membership.
UTSA Ambassadors, a CASE ASAP member organization, submitted the Outstanding Adviser Award application on behalf of Graham including an essay by UTSA student Harrison Pierce.
In the essay, Pierce noted that Graham is responsible for establishing the UTSA Ambassadors and developing it into one of the most prestigious campus organizations. Each year, the group gives an average 7,000 hours of service to UTSA in the form of tours, event hosting and coordinating commencement ceremonies. From eight members at its inception in 1988, the organization now is comprised of up to 70 members each year with as many as 30 Ambassadors in training.
In the essay, Pierce said, "Dr. Graham has had numerous accomplishments and awards, but the UTSA Ambassadors are her pride and joy... [She] has always believed in the excellence of others. She always pushes us to reach for our true potential... Because of her, I have always strived to do what I can for the UTSA Ambassadors...
"Like me, many of the Ambassadors have felt her gentle nudges to prove their potential that she personally sees. But, as Dr. Graham gives us that push, she's always there with us giving encouragement that means more to us than any award. Her smile can set a person at ease even in the most nervous moments...
"Dr. Graham shows more pride for UTSA than anyone I know and shows it by attending every home game for volleyball and basketball, always promoting UTSA and truly caring for UTSA's growth...
"But, more than anything else, Dr. Graham is a friend to us all. She cares for our wellbeing and for our success. She does everything she can to make our college experience the best it can be...
"Dr. Graham is more than an adviser; she's our mentor, our counselor, our cheerleader and finally our friend. That is what Dr. Graham means to all of us and why she truly is the most outstanding adviser there is."
The UTSA community is invited to a Community Networking event to celebrate UTSA community members who are the first in their families to go to college.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Fraternity & Sorority Councils New Member Information Session gives students information about the diverse organizations, their membership requirements, the benefits of joining a fraternity or sorority, as well as discussing important information about hazing guidelines and the responsibilities of joining these types of organizations.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come be a part of your official Class of 2021 picture! The entire freshmen class gather at the Recreation Field Complex which some may know as the UTSA Football Practice Field behind the Softball Complex and Alvarez Hall.
Recreation Field Complex, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
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