By KC Scharnberg
Public Affairs Specialist
(Nov. 28, 2012) -- Victor Camino and Daniella Lerma recently were crowned Mr. and Ms. UTSA for 2012-2013. Mr. and Ms. UTSA are nominated through an annual contest sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association. The program recognizes students who embody the spirit of UTSA, while striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.
Each year, hopeful students compete to be named to the UTSA Homecoming Court (consisting of the Mr. and Ms. UTSA finalists) and enter the race to win the most votes from UTSA students. Part of each candidate's mission is to raise money for student scholarships awarded by the Alumni Association.
This year's Homecoming court consisting of Victor Camino, Emily Gavlick, Daniella Lerma, Brian Mannas, Porcsha Presley and Darryl Wyrick raised more than $5,000, which will go toward scholarships for several current or incoming UTSA students.
"I love UTSA and I am incredibly honored to help raise awareness about all that this university has to offer its students and the community," said Lerma.
"This experience has taught me to do my best and never give up," said Camino. "UTSA has given me a lot of opportunities, so I want to do everything I can to give back and be a model student."
Their shared goals during their tenure as Mr. and Ms. UTSA include raising awareness of the UTSA Alumni Association and the benefits it offers current students as well as continuing to raise funds to build up the student scholarship fund.
Camino, a business administration management and marketing major, is a first-generation college student in his family. He is active in a number of organizations including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UTSA Ambassadors and UTSA Global Business Club. Off campus, Camino mentors children in learning English as a second language. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with friends at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus.
Lerma, an electrical engineering major, is the first engineering student to win the Ms. UTSA title. On campus, she is an active member of the UTSA Student Government Association, College of Engineering Student Council, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Off campus, she plays the violin at her church, participates annually in the Race for the Cure and volunteers at a hospice center. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Mr. and Ms. UTSA serve as ambassadors for the university at various UTSA-sponsored events throughout the year. If your club or organization is having an event and would like Mr. or Ms. UTSA to make an appearance, contact the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs at email@example.com or 210-458-4133.
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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