(Dec. 25, 2013) -- Meet H. Drew Galloway. After studying wine in Europe, he decided to give back to the community through civic engagement.
A UTSA Honors College student and a participant in the college's leadership program, Galloway is working toward a bachelor's in public administration in the College of Public Policy with a minor in legal studies.
Raised around local politics near Augusta, Ga., where his grandfather was a county commissioner, Galloway says he felt all along that he belonged in the public sector.
With family in the area, he moved to San Antonio and earned an associate degree in one year at San Antonio College, where he participated with 30 other honors government students in a Mock Legislature in the Texas House of Representatives. Last year, Galloway completed a nine-month public policy internship with Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.
"I learned so much, and it was an incredible experience because I was able to research policy and work with constituents," said Galloway.
He came to UTSA this fall, and public administration was the perfect fit. He plans to earn his bachelor's degree by December 2014, moving toward a master's in public affairs and a law degree. He hopes to go to Washington, D.C., to serve in a federal government internship program next fall. When he finishes his studies, he plans to work in administrative law and city management.
Galloway credits Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy, with inspiration and expert guidance in his UTSA endeavors.
"Dr. Romero's Senior Seminar designed the local public meeting on salaries for city council members, 'To Pay or Not to Pay,'" he says. "The students and faculty here are really engaged, and there is such a sense of community, culture and interaction with citizens."
He recently was awarded the J. Rolando Bono Scholarship by the Urban Management Association of South Texas (UMAST). Usually going to a graduate student, the scholarship is among other UMAST programs supporting professional development for those interested in the public sector.
"I'm really enjoying UTSA," said Galloway. "Although it's a big university, it feels like a small campus. I always feel that I can walk into my professors' offices and discuss new ideas about governance and civic engagement. That is what makes UTSA special."
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Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, will speak about civil rights advocacy, political campaigns, election law and nonprofit management.
SAWS Headquarters, 2800 U.S. Highway 281 North, San Antonio
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
Muralist Crystal Arias will discuss her current mural "Cultivate the Past to Prestige" at La India Herbs and themes she utilizes in her other works.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.26), Main Campus
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