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UTSA debate team ranks 25th in nation among 250 universities

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Back row (from left): Denis Cardona (junior), Alfredo Hickman (junior), Tyler Colwell (senior), Rohit Saxena (freshman), Bob Grace (junior) and Philip DiPiazza (UTSA alumnus and assistant coach)
Front row: Skip Eno (program director), Rebecca Coss (freshman), Diane Elizondo (freshman), Tia Robertson (senior), Alexis Morales (sophomore), Edwin Pleitez (freshman) and Meryem Bousfiha (freshman)
Not pictured: Emil Calhoun (senior) and Alex Birnel (sophomore)

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(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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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