(Feb. 8, 2012) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center sent 37 students to the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) hosted Jan. 19-22 at Texas A&M University in College Station. In the UTSA group were five SBSLC 2011 alumni invited to return for the Advanced Leadership Institute.
Participants were selected from across the colleges for a diverse representation of UTSA. With more than 600 participants and the theme "In Pursuit of Refinement," the 25th annual conference included inspiring speakers, workshops, an entertainment night, a social and a closing banquet.
The students were challenged to bring their experiences back to UTSA to better serve the community. The students kept journals during the conference to reflect on the experience; the journals will be passed on to students attending the event next year.
"During one of our sessions, we talked about the problems of our university and the ways to solve these problems," said LaKendria Ellis, an Advanced Leadership Institute participant from UTSA. "It was encouraging to know that we all were facing the same issues and the various approaches we were taking to solve them. I instantly felt less defeated and was ready to fight the good fight."
"I will bring back advice and knowledge from the keynote speakers, as well as a larger appreciation of a culture I originally knew little about historically," said UTSA student Ezinne Oparanozie. "This is by far the best leadership conference I have ever attended."
For more information about programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or go to University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
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
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