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Move over Cheeseheads: UTSA unveils the Rowdyhead
(April 18, 2011)--University of Texas at San Antonio fans now have a new way to wear their school spirit. The Rowdyhead is available at the UTSA Bookstore or at the Rowdyheads website. (If bought at the Rowdyheads website, a portion of proceeds benefits UTSA Alumni Programs.) Fans turned entrepreneurs Carlos Vazquez '10 and Nicholas Terry created the unusual hat that could become the latest craze at UTSA games.
"We are very thankful for all of the help and support we have received from both UTSA Athletics and the Alumni Association," said Vazquez. "As UTSA students and alumni, we're proud of our university and all our athletic teams. We saw the need to create a unique product that true UTSA supporters would be proud to wear. With the coming of UTSA football, there was never a better time for the Rowdyhead."
Vazquez and Terry met in 2008 as members of the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Vazquez received his degree from UTSA in finance in December 2010. While at UTSA, he was involved on campus with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, UTSA Club Cycling, Campus Recreation Student Advisory Council and Alpha Kappa Psi. Vazquez plans to start work on an M.B.A. at UTSA in fall 2011.
Terry decided to attend UTSA as a Coordinated Admissions Plan (CAP) student, which allows students to begin undergraduate studies at a participating UT System university and then transfer to UT Austin for their sophomore year.
But Terry decided to stay, after growing fond of the UTSA atmosphere. He will graduate this May with a degree in business management. Still a member of Alpha Kappa Psi as well as Toastmasters and Business Student Council, he completed a yearlong internship at Meritage Homes as a construction manager.
Rowdy Crew was the first student organization to wear the Rowdyhead in public, at home basketball games during the 2010 spring semester. The headgear then got some national attention when the UTSA band wore them at the NCAA Tournament for the Alabama State and Ohio State games. Rowdyheads also were presented to state legislators during the annual "UTSA Day at the Capitol" trip, where a grassroots network of students, alumni and friends of the UTSA talk with legislators about our state's higher education system, particularly UTSA.
For more information, contact the UTSA Bookstore at 210-458-4220 or visit the Rowdy Promotional Products website.