(Oct. 9, 2013) -- Meet Tahlia Ashwood-Peart. She's used to being the youngest in the group.
Growing up with her grandmother, a passionate educator, Tahlia had the fortune of learning far more than the average toddler in day care or pre-K. Her grandmother convinced the school principal to give Tahlia a placement test to prove that she could perform equally alongside children two to four years her elder. At age three, she was transferred into kindergarten alongside five- and six-year-olds.
Today, a full-time computer engineering major at UTSA, Tahlia is just a few credits shy of being classified as a sophomore at age 16.
While she's understandably still deciding on career options, her heart is set on following in her mother's footsteps and serving her country in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation.
Currently a cadet in the Air Force ROTC at UTSA, she says the organization's core values of integrity, service and excellence drive her hunger for success.
"What I do know is that however far life takes me, all I want in the end is to be a positive influence on someone who had no one else to look toward in a time of need," she says. "I want to make my parents proud and pay gratitude to my grandmother who saw that spark in me so long ago. To this day, they continue to support me in whatever I choose to do. Whatever I'll do, I'll give it my best, and in the end that's all that counts."
When Tahlia is not in class or ROTC training, she works both as a junior development officer in UTSA's call center and as an assistant in the UTSA Annual Giving office, supporting the university's fundraising efforts.
Genevieve Lopez, assistant director of annual giving at UTSA and Tahlia's supervisor, is impressed with her character.
"Tahlia is an incredibly bright, talented and mature young woman," Lopez says. "She juggles many responsibilities and makes it all look so easy."
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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.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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