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.
Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.
Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.
Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.
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Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
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Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
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John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
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Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
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Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
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Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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