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Peace Corps honors UTSA as top 10 volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institution

Christian Porter in Africa

UTSA College of Business alumnus Christian Porter '08 (right) served as a business development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Malawi in southern Africa.

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(April 26, 2013) --The Peace Corps has recognized The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as one of the top 10 volunteer-producing Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in 2013. Ten UTSA alumni currently are serving as Peace Corps volunteers in Armenia, Malawi, Morocco, Nicaragua, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Ukraine and Zambia. A total of 75 UTSA alumni have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

"I congratulate these Hispanic Serving Institutions for preparing students across the U.S. to make a difference overseas through Peace Corps service," said Peace Corps deputy director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. "Peace Corps volunteers reflect the diversity of America, and graduates of Hispanic Serving Institutions play a central role in building the agency's great legacy of service abroad."

According to the Peace Corps report, more than 8,000 volunteers are working with communities in 76 host countries on projects related to agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth development. After 27 months of service abroad, Peace Corps volunteers with four-year degrees return home as global citizens with cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills that position them for advanced education and professional opportunities in today's global job market.

The Peace Corps ranks the top volunteer-producing HSIs annually. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2012 data as of Sept. 30, 2012, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, more than 615 Peace Corps volunteers report they are Hispanic.

 

 

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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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