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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA senior Carlos de la Garza is congressional intern

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UTSA student Carlos de la Garza (left) and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett

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(Oct. 2, 2013) -- Meet Carlos de la Garza. Carlos recently was accepted into one of the nation's most prestigious Latino leadership programs.

Carlos was accepted into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2013 Fall Congressional Internship Program. This fall, he is living in Washington, D.C., to intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Congressional District 35.

Since he began the internship last month, the senior public administration major has dived right into the political realm at the national level. His dream is to become a legislator and one day run for office at the local, state or national level.

"This internship is helping me to grow professionally by leaps and bounds," said Carlos. "It's given me a better perspective of our nation's political system, and it's given me valuable work experience in the field of public policy."

Over the course of 12 weeks, Carlos's major duties will include responding to inquiries by constituents from District 35, drafting correspondence and memos, monitoring hearings and conducting research for use by Doggett's office.

This isn't the first time Carlos has interned in a political office, though. Last semester, he was an intern in the office of Texas state Rep. Mike Villarreal.

"Interning in an elected leader's office is a unique experience that carries a lot of responsibility," said Carlos. "But, it's very worth it for the deep knowledge of politics that you gain as a result and for the opportunities it provides."

Carlos is the co-founder and treasurer of the Public Administration Student Organization and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional fraternity. Last spring, he was nominated as the most outstanding undergraduate student in the UTSA College of Public Policy.

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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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