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

Shaheen Qureshi

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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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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6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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