(June 7, 2012) -- Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment, was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas by the National Diversity Council. She received the award at the Texas Diversity Council's eighth annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference.
Firmin coordinates efforts between the UTSA academic and student affairs divisions to attract a high-quality, diverse student population. Additionally, she works at the strategic level to address faculty diversity and placement goals.
Last spring, Firmin led the development of the first presidential-level diversity awards program at UTSA. In 2011, she helped establish a top-scholar recruitment initiative that in its first year contributed to a 10 percent increase in incoming freshmen who ranked in the top 20 percent of their high schools. She continues to develop other top-scholar and targeted recruitment programming. She also serves on the UTSA Veteran Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee.
In 2010, Firmin retired from the U.S. Air Force as a colonel and its most senior-ranking Latina. She has held key leadership and command positions throughout her 30-year military career and is a highly decorated officer.
Before joining the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, she led the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 842 at UTSA to national distinction by earning the Right of Line Award as the best large detachment in the nation in 2009.
"I'm delighted to see Lisa recognized for her professional accomplishments with this award," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affair. "She is a valued member of our administrative team, particularly in her efforts university-wide to attract the brightest freshmen to the university while maintaining the diversity of our student enrollment."
UTSA promotes diversity across its campuses with inclusiveness as one of its core values. In the May 2012 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, UTSA was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 12 nationally in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
This is the second time a UTSA administrator has received this honor from the National Diversity Council. Lynda de la Viña, UTSA professor of entrepreneurship and technology management and former dean of the College of Business, was selected by the group as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas for 2011.
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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