Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Meet a Roadrunner: Andrew Garcia overcomes teen strife and earns college degree

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(April 9, 2014) -- Meet Andrew Garcia. Much of his teenage years consisted of an existence in and out of juvenile detention centers and on probation for various criminal offense violations. At age 18, a judge recommended he pursue a G.E.D. and try and get his life in order. Garcia followed the judge's advice and thus began a new lease on life.

He enrolled at Alamo Colleges, and to his surprise, found himself embracing, learning and enjoying catching up on the knowledge he missed as a youth.

He completed two successful years and transferred to UTSA, where he became fascinated with the field of communication. Garcia decided to pursue a degree in public relations with a minor in nonprofits.

The new Roadrunner joined the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and made great friends, He became a major contributor to the organization and earned a position as a member of one of the PRSSA boards.

Additionally, Garcia has maintained a 3.0 GPA and assisted as a volunteer with the Fiesta Commission. The 25-year-old also enjoys assisting others in various capacities whenever called upon.

Garcia credits his success to the support of the communication faculty who took the time to meet one-on-one with him and have shown their support for him throughout his long educational journey.

Sallyanne Holtz, an adjunct professor of communication, calls him "one of the nicest, most caring and dedicated students" she has known over her nine-year career at UTSA.

"No matter what obstacles are in your way or whatever background you come from, everyone is special, and everyone is capable of getting whatever they want out of life, if they set their goals and set their mind to achieving those goals," said Garcia. "There are plenty of people in your department or at the university that are willing to help and point you in the right direction or provide the direction you need, if you just ask."

Garcia will walk the stage in May to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree. He plans to continue at UTSA with a graduate degree in the nonprofit or communication fields.

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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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