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UTSA sophomore BJ Winston named Roadrunner of the Month


UTSA sophomore Willyam "BJ" Winston

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(March 11, 2011)--The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Willyam "BJ" Winston as Roadrunner of the Month for February 2011. Winston was nominated by Lisa Alonzo, UTSA director of new student programs.

Winston is from Austin, Texas, where he graduated from A.N. McCallum High School. He is a UTSA sophomore studying electrical engineering and public relations. With his degree, he plans to become a sports analyst or radio talk show host. He also wants to give back to the community and provide for his family and friends.

As an orientation leader and freshman seminar peer leader, Winston has been an excellent example of leadership at UTSA. He was selected by his peers for Orientation Leader of the Year 2010 because of his high energy and enthusiasm. Many freshman seminar students commented that Winston not only encouraged them to attend events on campus, but also to participate.

"BJ deserves to be recognized for Roadrunner of the Month because he can and does serve as a powerful example to his fellow students," said Alonzo. "He is a hard worker with a warm heart and a relentless will to succeed." Additionally, BJ has taken a leadership role through his participation in leadership opportunities. He has attended and actively participated in the Texas Conference for Women and the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference.

"To me, leadership means providing an example in order to get something accomplished," said Winston. "It also means working without wanting recognition, but still gaining attention to be able to influence others."

Winston is an example through his commitment to the student peer education group VOICES (Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service), Phi Sigma Pi, National Society of Black Engineers, Honors Alliance, Men of Honor, UMOJA and the Orientation Leader Association.


The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions.

Nominees must meet these criteria to be considered for the award:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations must be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community

>> Submit Roadrunner of the Month nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.



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UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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