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Memorial services set for Academic Affairs staff member Bennie Keckler

Bennie Keckler

Bennie Keckler

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(Dec. 6, 2011) -- Bennie Keckler, assistant to the vice provost for academic and faculty support, died Sunday, Dec. 4, following a brief illness.

In her role in the vice provost's office, Keckler was instrumental in all aspects pertaining to faculty. Over her career at UTSA, she oversaw the promotion and tenure process, faculty workload reporting, and faculty grievances and policies. One of her achievements was the development of a comprehensive Faculty Recruitment Manual, which she was invited to present at a conference.

Keckler also helped organize faculty-related programs such as new-faculty orientation, Faculty Honors Convocation and the Service Appreciation Luncheon. Most recently, she was working with the newly formed Retired Faculty Association and was part of a committee that is making plans to combine the university's faculty and staff awards programs into a single ceremony.

"Bennie's service orientation, sense of humor and personable nature promoted an excellent working relationship with UTSA faculty and staff," said Vice Provost Jesse Zapata. "She brought many accolades to our office, and all of her coworkers will miss her very much."

Keckler joined the university in 1997 and was assigned to work for David Johnson, then the newly appointed vice provost. They worked together until 2009 when Johnson stepped down from administration to return to teaching and research.

"What I discovered about Bennie was she was very determined, focused and ready to take on new tasks to make things work. Bennie had an extraordinary ability to work with a large number of people on complicated and technical issues, and it made my life easier," said Johnson.

"The secret of being a great staff person is you have things running so smoothly, people don't even realize what all is involved. But really, it works great because of people like Bennie."

"On behalf of everyone at UTSA, many of whom relied on Bennie's knowledge and support, I offer our condolences to her family and friends," said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Bennie has been an invaluable member of the Academic Affairs staff, and we certainly will feel her absence for a long time to come."

Memorial services will be noon, Thursday, Dec. 8, at Mission Park North, 3401 Cherry Ridge, San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jere and Bennie Keckler Endowment Fund at Wichita State University, 316-978-6843, or a charity of your choice.

 

 

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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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