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UTSA master’s student wins communication award in national competition

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UTSA master’s student Curtis Wilkins

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(Dec. 20, 2012) -- Curtis Wilkins, a graduate student intern in the UTSA Office of Orientation and Family Programs, recently won the Graduate Student Case Study Competition at the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) annual conference in Las Vegas.

Curtis and his partner won the Best Communication award for their proposed problem-solving recommendations and steps for a case they were assigned. In the spring, Wilkins will begin his last semester in the UTSA higher education administration master's program in the College of Education and Human Development.

Each year at the NODA conference, graduate students participate in the case study competition. Each student partners with another student to collaborate on methods and strategies to solve a problem outlined in a case or scenario assigned to them. The two-member teams present their solutions to a panel of judges, and awards are given to the most outstanding groups. This year, 25 groups participated.

According to the judges, Wilkins and his partner had a presentation that was well developed and effectively communicated their ideas. "You both were well spoken and played off one another well. We liked that you didn't rely on notes during the presentation. You were confident presenters, and your time was used appropriately to make the points you needed to make," said the judges.

 

 

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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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