December 16, 2011
This is a time that is all about transitions and opening new worlds.
As the calendar year and semester close, more than 3,000 students will walk the stage at Commencement ceremonies this week. They will make a transition into the workforce with many continuing in higher education -- representing UTSA in the community, the nation and internationally.
These students attained their goals through hard work and advocacy from their families, friends, faculty, staff and UTSA supporters -- and we are so proud to see them graduate. They are prepared to be globally conscious, well-rounded leaders, capable of not just getting a job but of thinking critically with the potential to impact industry and the world.
As an emerging research university, the university awards more than 5,000 diplomas each year including nearly 80 doctoral degrees essential to achieving premier research status. UTSA now has a worldwide base of more than 85,000 graduates, and as ongoing members of the UTSA family, alumni support is key in advancing the university and bringing success to future students. This success also comes because of community support for scholarships, athletics, the arts and other programs. We couldn’t do it without you.
Locally and regionally, the university gives back with more than $1.2 billion in annual business revenues and developing research partnerships with top medical, military and corporate groups in and outside South Texas. Globally, in 2010, more than 700 UTSA faculty and staff members participated in research, seminars, study abroad and exchange programs in 35 countries. In the last decade, more than 1,000 students participated in study-abroad programs.
Our Roadrunner wings are spreading wide, and we know UTSA is having a growing impact. In the new calendar year, watch for information about the next phase of our campaign to become a Tier One research university.
Harriett and I wish the best for everyone this holiday season. Be safe and enjoy and cherish your time with family and other loved ones, as we look forward to the exciting things to come in 2012.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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