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UTSA's Great Conversation! raises $156,438 for Honors College scholarships

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(Feb. 26, 2014) -- The UTSA Honors College raised $156,438 for student scholarships, research stipends, and leadership and global learning opportunities at its 2014 Great Conversation! fundraiser last night at the Institute of Texan Cultures.

Great Conversation! included lively discussion about arts, literature and culture; business; education; leisure and lifestyles; politics and history; and science and technology. Community leaders and UTSA scholars led the discussions over dinner, dessert and coffee.

In all, UTSA organized three dozen conversations. At one table, La Gloria/La Fruteria owner and chef Johnny Hernández discussed tequila and mezcal. At another table, UTSA marketing professor Kristina Durante discussed how women's hormones influence their decision-making. Augustine Cortez, owner of Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse, discussed barbecue. John Folks, UTSA lecturer and former Northside ISD superintendent discussed "The Politics of Public Education in Texas."

The UTSA Honors College provides a unique educational experience for academically talented students with a commitment to excellence. It is open to students from all academic disciplines. Honors classes include special sections of regular courses with smaller enrollments and interdisciplinary seminars that bring together advanced students from diverse areas.

"Engaging in face-to-face conversation is such a rare opportunity these days. That's what makes this event so unique," said Richard Diem, dean of the UTSA Honors College. "To date, we have hosted Great Conversation! 14 times, earning a total of $1.3 million for our students over the years. UTSA has many generous donors. We are so grateful to them for continuing to support our honors students."

Great Conversation! was co-chaired by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, UTSA sociology professor Harriett Romo, Iñigo Arzac '05, Carrie Baker-Wells, Nancy Loeffler and A.J. Rodriguez, B.B.A. '98, M.B.A. '00. This year's key sponsors included the Alpha Building Corp, BlueCross BlueShield, Pat Flynn and Wells Fargo Foundation.

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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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