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UTSA's Megan Low earns C-USA Spirit of Service Award

Megan Low and teammates

Megan Low (left) and teammates
(Photo: Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics)

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(June 16, 2014) -- UTSA softball player Megan Low was one of 16 student-athletes to receive the Spring 2014 Conference USA Spirit of Service Award, the league office announced in Irving, Texas.

Low, who has a 3.55 GPA in kinesiology, put together the best season of her career while excelling in the classroom and lending a helping hand in the San Antonio community.

This year, the junior first baseman dressed up as Santa and delivered gifts to children as part of the Elf Louise project and prepared meals for the Haven for Hope homeless shelter. Low also participated in the Buddy Walk to benefit children with Down Syndrome and helped the Roadrunners softball team raise money for the San Antonio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the squad’s annual Strike Out Cancer game to honor the memory of former UTSA pitcher Hope Ortiz.

Low was recognized for her outstanding work in the classroom earlier this spring with a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team and C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The Spring native, who also is a member of the UTSA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, earned a place on the Dean’s List in both semesters of the 2013-14 academic year.

On the diamond this season, Low was a second-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region and first-team All-Conference USA pick after she led UTSA with a .388 batting average (5th C-USA), 34 runs, 12 doubles, 22 homers (1st C-USA/4th NCAA), 47 RBIs (3rd C-USA), 137 total bases (1st C-USA), a .901 slugging percentage (1st C-USA/3rd in NCAA) and a .513 on-base percentage (2nd C-USA).

Low led the nation in home runs for six consecutive weeks (March 30-May 4) and despite missing the final series of the season with an injury, she closed the regular season tied for the NCAA lead. Low tied single-game school records with three homers against Texas State (April 9) and seven RBIs in a win over Lamar (Feb. 8), while her 22 round-trippers were the second-best single-season total in school annals.

The two-time C-USA Player of the Week honoree also helped UTSA tie an NCAA record when she hit one of two grand slams for the Roadrunners in the second inning of a win over Lamar (Feb. 8).

Designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport, the award is presented three times throughout the season, with today's honorees representing the league's spring sports of baseball, golf, women’s rowing, softball tennis and outdoor track and field.

Roadrunners senior quarterback Eric Soza received the award in the fall, while senior guard Miki Turner took home the winter honor.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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