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NISD honors UTSA Volunteer Services for at-risk student mentorship program

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(May 8, 2013) -- The Northside Independent School District (NISD) honored the UTSA Volunteer Services Program led by program coordinator Cristina Dominguez at its annual Partnerships and Recognitions Awards ceremony April 16. The program received the Outstanding Partnership Program Award for its work with at-risk students attending the Northside Alternative Middle School North campus (NAMS North). Dominguez accepted the award on behalf of the program.

NISD Superintendent Brian Woods and the NISD Board of Trustees individually recognized the winners. UTSA Volunteer Services and fellow winners now will compete at the state level in the Texas Association of Partners in Education awards contest.

Last fall, the partnership between UTSA Volunteer Services and NAMS North created a mentor program aimed at helping at-risk students at the school believe they can change their future. The partnership has seen a profound impact on many of these students’ attitudes toward education. The UTSA volunteers mentor NAMS North students on the value of education and teach them about the different avenues for academic success.

Many of the students have encountered obstacles to success such as gang activity, drug abuse, violence or criminal behaviors that have dissuaded them from trying to succeed in school. The volunteers attempt to guide the middle school students to better life choices by educating them about how wrong choices can have a profoundly negative effect on their lives.  Additionally, the NAMS North students are taught about the college application process, what admissions offices look for in prospective students and the financial aid process.

The UTSA Volunteer Services Program aims to connect the UTSA and San Antonio communities through a broad range of community engagement and service learning project opportunities for student involvement while addressing social issues and community needs.

>> Learn more at the UTSA Volunteer Services Program 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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