(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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Roadrunners unite as we ring in the Coach Frank Wilson era. There will be raffle prizes, giveaways and a tailgating competition among UTSA Football tailgate groups. Meet your 2016 Roadrunners football team, get autographs, and meet Coach Wilson.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
All current registered student organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in the Showcase which allows all new students an opportunity to learn more about the involvement opportunities and student life at UTSA.
University Center Lawn, Main Campus
Hang out with your friends for an encore showing of Captain America: Civil War.
University Center Denman Room, Main Campus
Come enjoy a free brunch and listen to wonderful Jazz music as we mark the end of a successful Roadrunner Days 2016.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus
District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg and State Sen. José Menéndez host a Cultural Conversations event at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures to talk about issues of intolerance and ways to unify the community.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Known for her unique ability to make sophisticated numbers reveal simple truths, Talithia Williams explores how big data can be used to make smart decisions in education, business, and everyday situations.
Main Building Auditorium, MB 0.104, Main Campus
The UTSA International Conference on Aging inthe Americas seeks to address the important context in understanding how characteristics of physical, social and economic environments give rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.
UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Bldg. Southwest Room (DB 1.124)
UTSA Mexico Center director Dr. Harriett Romo and program coordinator Olivia Mogollon, along with U.S. and Mexican scholars discuss migration between Mexico and the U.S. during this panel presentation.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
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