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(June 11, 2013) -- How do elementary and middle schools create a college going culture? What do high school students need to successfully transition to college? What skills do business leaders require in new hires?

These and other questions will be discussed at the P-20 Summit: College and Career Readiness in San Antonio, organized by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives and a citywide planning committee. The summit will be 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 78205.

More than 250 participants will gather at the summit. Guests will include leaders from K-12 education, higher education, businesses and community-based organizations as well as parents and students.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo will open the event. Rachel Ruiz, UTSA assistant vice president for P-20 initiatives,  and Jeff Goldhorn, associate director of the Region 20 Education Service Center, also will provide introductory remarks.

An opening address by Denise Green, chair of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Council, will provide a demographic overview of San Antonio before three panel discussions commence.

A panel of superintendents, facilitated by Northside ISD Superintendent Brian Woods, will address successful college readiness strategies. The panel includes Ray Madrigal from Harlandale ISD, Lloyd Verstuyft from Southwest ISD and Gene Bowman from Alamo Academies.

A panel of higher education administrators, facilitated by Judy Loredo, assistant commissioner of P-16 initiatives for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will discuss successful career readiness strategies in higher education. This panel includes Melissa Mahan from Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Jo Carol Fabianke from the Alamo Colleges, Steve Wilkerson from UTSA and Shari Albright from Trinity University. Mayor Julian Castro is expected to address participants at the luncheon.

A third panel, comprised of business experts and facilitated by Alamo Colleges Vice Chancellor Federico Zaragoza, will speak on successful workforce preparedness strategies. Panelists include Ryan McQueen from USAA, Mario Lozoya from Toyota, Jorge Elizondo from H-E-B and Jonathan Magid from Rackspace.

The summit will close with an address by City Councilman Rey Saldana that discusses next steps and Cynthia Villafranco of the P-16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County that provides an asset mapping tool of local resources for San Antonio stakeholders. Following the summit, a reception will feature these resources and organizations.

The UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives strives to increase UTSA's partnerships and collaborations with educational institutions, businesses, industries, community-based organizations, and public and private foundations to promote the college going culture and to strengthen the quality of education in San Antonio and South Texas from kindergarten to college.

 

 

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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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