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Meet a Roadrunner: Alumna Shaheen Ashraf Qureshi earns E.M.B.A. and U.S. citizenship

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Alumna Shaheen Ashraf Qureshi

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(July 16, 2014) -- Meet Shaheen Ashraf Qureshi '14. After coming to San Antonio in 2001 from Pakistan, she earned an Executive M.B.A. at UTSA just one day after attaining her U.S. citizenship.

In her native country, she earned a master's degree in Pakistani studies and had 10 years' management experience with government, private and nonprofit agencies. The best experience of her career there was with the United Nations Development Program. Established in more than 170 countries, the organization partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis and improve life for everyone.

She decided to pursue her dream of coming to the United States, earning a degree and becoming a citizen. With $2,000 from the sale of her car, she came to San Antonio because of recommendations from colleagues at Pakistani universities. She was able to get a job because a San Antonio businessman agreed to sponsor her work permit.

In the process, she saved money for graduate school at UTSA, applied for citizenship in 2009, began classes in 2012, and in May received her UTSA degree and U.S. citizenship.

"Being single, scared, lonely and away from a house with my parents, seven sisters and three brothers, it was difficult," she said. "But, I worked hard to earn enough money to have my own place and to help support my family in Pakistan. I did it! I am blessed and happy. I was so proud to receive my UTSA degree and my citizenship. It happened with the support of my family, some very respectful friends and my boss."

Qureshi currently serves as the accountant and manager of two Shell convenience stores owned by the businessman who sponsored her work visa.

"This is what UTSA gave to me -- it made me feel unique and helped me learn who I am and what I wanted to do," she said. "I was confident when I came here, but UTSA helped show me the path."


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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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