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UTSA professor returns home to Rio Grande Valley to inspire college-going culture

Maricela Oliva

UTSA Associate Professor Maricela Oliva at South Texas high school

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(March 22, 2013) -- As part of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives road trips to South Texas, a UTSA professor returned to her alma mater, Donna High School, to motivate students to attend college. Associate Professor Maricela Oliva in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies returned to the Rio Grande Valley recently to speak to approximately 600 students at Sharyland High School in Mission and Donna High School in Donna about the importance of education beyond high school.

Oliva described her personal academic journey and told students that the support of their families is an important asset in helping them pursue and achieve their academic dreams. Belinda Saldana, UTSA director of community outreach in the Office of P-20 Initiatives, provided students with a UTSA overview and various higher education pathways.

"Students truly benefit from role models that they can relate to," said Saldana. "It was wonderful to see the students seek advice and information from Dr. Oliva, realizing that she was from their community."

Oliva accompanied the UTSA Mobile Go Center on its visits to targeted high schools in South Texas. A one-stop source for college knowledge, the center helps prospective college students and their families prepare college admission applications and financial aid forms.

>> To learn more about the Mobile Go Center, contact Belinda Saldana at 210-458-2904.

>> To schedule the Mobile Go Center in the San Antonio area, visit the UTSA P-20 Initiatives website.

 

 

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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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