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UTSA sophomore BJ Winston named Roadrunner of the Month

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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.

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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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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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