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UTSA Roadrunner of the Month: Alexandria Deal is learning about leadership

Alexandria Deal

UTSA junior Alexandria Deal

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(Oct. 11, 2013) -- The UTSA Student Leadership Center announces Alexandria Deal as Roadrunner of the Month for September. Deal was nominated by Christian Ume-Ezeoke, a fellow UTSA student.

Deal is from Houston, Texas, where she graduated from Carl Wunsche Sr. Academy and Dekaney High School. She is a UTSA junior studying public health promotion. After obtaining her degree, Deal plans to attend dental school in pursuit of her ultimate goal to become a successful dentist who practices abroad. She also would like to give back to her hometown community in Houston and the San Antonio community.

In his nomination, Ume-Ezeoke said, "This past August, the Global Brigades, which consists of the Global Medical Brigade and Global Dental Brigade, visited Honduras to help those in need of medical assistance. Alexandria allowed her leadership skills to flourish, and with the help of her organization's officers, they were able to gather enough medications and medical supplies to provide health care services to over 750 individuals and over 400 families in Honduras.

"During the trip to Honduras, Alexandria showed initiative to improve the things around her. She also exuded many great problem solving skills, and she led the UTSA Global Health Brigade team to achieve any difficult tasks that emerged."

Deal serves the UTSA community as president of the Global Dental Brigade, vice president of Honors Alliance, service chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and as a member of the UTSA chapter of NAACP, Women of Honor and the Pre-Dental Society. While she thrives in these roles, she is able to balance her commitments and maintain strong academic excellence in order to truly serve as a role model and positively impact her campus.

When asked what leadership meant to her, Alexandria said, "Leadership means more than a title. It means to inspire others to push through their personal struggles to become the change needed in the world."


The Roadrunner of the Month award is sponsored by the UTSA Student Leadership Center to recognize outstanding UTSA student leadership contributions. Nominees must meet these criteria:

  • Must be a full-time UTSA undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher at the time of nomination
  • Must have demonstrated excellence in leadership above and beyond typical expectations
  • Nominations should be for actions that positively impact the UTSA community

>> Submit nominations at the UTSA Student Leadership Center website.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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