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UTSA student volunteers travel to Baltimore to help fight food insecurity

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(Aug. 8, 2014) -- UTSA students Amber Calvert and Ebonie Carter recently returned from volunteering in the Alternative Break Citizenship School (ABCs), an experiential training conference dedicated to creating quality alternative break programs. The program is hosted by Break Away at the Community College of Baltimore County and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Calvert and Carter along with 68 other participants from 42 universities around the country partnered with 11 unique, grassroots organizations in Baltimore that address issues of food insecurity. Their service included gardening, weeding, harvesting, and creating flower beds with urban farms and food distribution groups.

After their service was complete each day, participants had trainings and networking opportunities to share ideas and best practices for alternative break programs. Topics included social justice, reflection, diversity, reorientation, branding and many more.

The students will bring the knowledge they learned back to UTSA to implement through the Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES) Alternative Spring Break program. Calvert has plans to strengthen the brand of "ASB" on the UTSA campuses and the reorientation process.

The UTSA Alternative Spring Break program is an experiential co-curricular service-learning experience that empowers and challenges students to understand their relationship with the global community through education, reflection and direct service. ASB trips have taken students to St. Louis, Biloxi, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and other destinations.

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To learn more about alternative break trips or to become a faculty-staff adviser, email Cristina.Dominguez@utsa.edu.

Learn about volunteer opportunities at the UTSA Volunteer Services website or visit the Volunteer Services office in H-E-B University Center Room 1.216 on the UTSA Main Campus or email volunteer@utsa.edu.

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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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