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UTSA honored for leadership in diversity efforts through purchasing

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UTSA’s Esperanza Award

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(July 25, 2012) -- UTSA recently received the Esperanza Award during the third annual Excellence Through Diversity awards presented by the Hispanic Contractors Association of San Antonio. The award recognizes an organization whose leadership and staff continue to find ways to improve, support and recognize diversity in their projects. The winners were selected by association members.

"We are extremely proud of this award from by the Hispanic Contractors Association," said Irene Maldonado, UTSA HUB program manager. "It shows our continued commitment to improving diversity in all of our projects."
Over the last year, UTSA has demonstratted a commitment to diversity by:

  • Maintaining a permanent standing committee to serve as an advocate for HUB (historically underutilized business, which are minority- and women-owned businesses); the UTSA Staff Coordinating Group led by Pamela Bacon, associate vice president for administration, and consisting of 15 individuals representing departments across the university.
  • Hosting three mentor protégé teams to foster HUB participation and growth. This year, the new team of Alpha Building Corp. (mentor) and H.J. Otis Plumbing (HUB protégé) and Cosmo Electric (HUB protégé) was established.
  • Hosting an annual HUB recognition ceremony recognizing staff members who purchase with HUB vendors.
  • Creating a new "Construction Award Notifications" Web page on the UTSA Purchasing website to allow vendors immediate, free access to information (also posted a spreadsheet of all HUB subcontractors who have done work for the university in the last two years in order to help general contractors find HUBs)
  • Assisting more than 10 businesses become certified (SBE, HUB, WBE).
  • Including HUB vendors in all aspects of the procurement process

 

 

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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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