(Feb. 5, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center sponsored 28 UTSA students at the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference Jan. 17-20 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Included in the group were four SBSLC alumni, who were accepted in the SBSLC Advanced Leadership Institute.
This year's participants included Nicci Campbell, Porcsha Presley, Willyam "BJ" Winston and Malcolm Ramey. With more than 550 attending, the theme of the 25th annual conference was "Embrace the Unknown." The conference featured workshops, a career and vendor fair, the Advanced Leadership Institute, a poetry slam, town hall meetings, an oratorical contest, social gatherings, an entertainment night and a closing banquet.
UTSA students Miracle Cooke and Rosalyn Huff prepared and delivered a speech as part of a competition. The speech was on the underrepresentation of black people and the role of black identity in the culture of corporate America. Cooke was awarded runner-up and received a trophy and gift card. The Student Leadership Center selected students for the conference from across campus. Each student was asked to keep a journal during the event in order to reflect on his or her personal experience. The journals will be passed on to future conference participants.
"This conference really made me want to go out and do more around the campus, plus I was able to talk to people that I never had the chance to speak to before," said Christina Adebowale. "The networking opportunities and sessions all made for a very positive experience."
"I have already begun to tell other students around campus to apply for this conference next year," Brittany Sims said. "It was a great leadership opportunity, and although you will receive only as much as you put in, if you are going for the right reasons, then you will experience so much personal and leadership growth."
"After attending SBSLC, I have a better definition of the leader I want to be and the skills I need to get there," said Nikke Ijoma. "I also feel that I have more school spirit and feel more connected to UTSA."
"I would definitely recommend this conference to other students," said Ashley La Fleur. "Not only was I able to network with professionals and schools from all over the nation, but I was given a chance to attend sessions really specific to my needs. I think that was great because not many conferences have such a personal aspect."
For more information, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or go to University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
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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