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Thirty-three UTSA faculty-staff receive honors at University Excellence Awards

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(April 10, 2012) -- A crowd of more than 400 UTSA faculty and staff members and students attended the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony April 10 in the University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus.

This year's ceremony began the new tradition of combining the staff University Excellence Awards and the Faculty Honors Convocation ceremonies. Additionally, the President's Distinguished Diversity Award made its debut in this year's honors.

The awards listed below were presented and 2011 service milestones and retirees were recognized.

>> Download the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony program including the lists of service awardees, retirees and award winners.

The program was opened by Gage E. Paine, vice president for student affairs, followed by retiree and service recognition by Kerry Kennedy, vice president for business affairs.

John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards to faculty members and President Ricardo Romo presented the staff University Excellence Awards, the President's Distinguished Diversity Awards and the Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award.

The University Excellence Awards Planning Committee includes Debbie Jamison, Rebecca Luther, Ileana Aleman, Tim Brownlee, Maria Espericueta, David Diaz, Lisa Firmin, Sonia Martinez, Gina Mendez, Edda Petiton, Dawn Roberts, Sharmane Walker and Claudia White.

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2012 University Excellence Awards winners

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Marian Aitches
  • David Han
  • Catherine Nolan-Ferrell

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Core Curriculum Teaching

  • Joel Christensen
  • Kimberly Massaro

The Rising Star Award

  • Christian Corrales

The Team Spirit Award

  • Teaching Assistant Orientation Team: -- (Teaching and Learning Center) Patricia Verdines, Heather Williams, Gregory Longoria and Kimberly McMahon and (Human Resources) Anne Jett, Francisco Erazo and Henry Barrera

President's Distinguished Diversity Awards

  • Joycelyn Moody
  • Academy for Teacher Excellence team: Belinda Bustos Flores, Ellen Riojas Clark, Betty Travis, Lorena Claeys, Maria Kaylor, Mary Riedel, Norma Guerra and Lucretia Fraga
  • Charles Miles

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service

  • Carola Wenk

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service

  • Eugene Dowdy

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement

  • Banglin Chen
  • Jill Hernandez

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Performance, Creative Production or Other Scholarly Achievement

  • Jeanne Reesman

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization

  • Mohammad Jamshidi

The Extra Mile Award

  • Rebecca Gomez

The Leadership Award

  • Jessenia Skelton

Order of the Roadrunner Award

  • Kelly Kam-Watson

Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award

  • Kevin Price

 

 

Did You Know?

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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