(April 22, 2014) -- The UTSA debate team has provided solid records at regional and national tournaments in 2013-2014 in a rebuilding year. All season, UTSA debaters have battled their way up in the rankings, starting out 53rd of 250 universities to their current position of 25th in the nation.
In a big win, they placed first in the Kansas State University tournament in February. Along with individual tournament successes, the debate program won two other awards. UTSA finished the year in second place among the 10 programs in the CEDA South-Central Region. UTSA also received the CEDA Founders Award, an all-time, points-achieved award.
In mid-March at the Cross Examination Debate Association’ National Championship in Bloomington, Ind., Alexis Morales and Edwin Pleitez, both from Houston, won five of eight preliminary rounds, advancing to the triple octofinals and tying for seventh place nationally. At the awards assembly, Morales was pleasantly surprised by winning the 11th top speaker award out of 248 debaters.
Later in March, UTSA debaters attended the National Junior Varsity-Novice Debate Championship in Kansas City. The novice team, Bob Grace and Diane Elizondo, made it to the final round, which they won, placing first in the nation. Elizondo was awarded the 10th best speaker position and Grace won the First Speaker Award, capping a successful season. Pleitez and Morales advanced to the quarter final round finishing fifth in the nation.
During 2013 and 2014, the team grew and debated well, and they are looking forward to a superior incoming group next fall. UTSA had an excellent year and will immediately begin the research process for next season.
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The conference will showcase the works of authors, illustrators, and scholars which embody Latino culture and art as a means to promote literacy and reading in Latino children.
Durango Building, first floor, Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 14th Annual UTSA Storytelling Festival featuring Nancy Simpson, storyteller and keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, Ground Floor Lobby, Main Campus
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
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