(March 10, 2015) -- Emma Faye Rudkin, communications major and UTSA Honors College student, was crowned Miss San Antonio 2015 at the recent Miss San Antonio / Alamo City Scholarship Pageant, the official preliminary to the Miss Texas and Miss America Scholarship Pageants.
A first-time beauty pageant winner, Rudkin, 18, will represent San Antonio and the surrounding area the Miss Texas Pageant in June alongside the seven other queens crowned at the pageant on Feb. 21.
Legally deaf since age four, Rudkin has devoted her life to advocating on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Her nonprofit, Aid The Silent, advocates and supports deaf and hard of hearing children and teens. It also provides funding for deaf research and educational programs that support the deaf and hard of hearing communities. She also speaks publicly across Texas about, in her words, “turning a disability into an ability.”
Rudkin is a trained pianist, guitarist, ukulele player and singer-songwriter. According to her Miss San Antonio profile page, she has performed all across San Antonio in coffee shops, restaurants and the San Antonio Rodeo.
In addition to being an accomplished musician, Rudkin is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the UTSA Honor Roll, an award-winning photographer, and published writer.
After graduation, Rudkin hopes to attend a Christian seminary and continue advocating on behalf of the deaf and hard of hearing community. To read her story, visit the Aid the Silent website.
The Miss San Antonio Pageant was founded in 1927 and in 1932 became associated with the Miss America Organization, which provides young women an opportunity to further personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique national and community based programs, according to the organization’s website.
Following Kickback, stick around the Union for a free screening of Avengers Infinity Wars.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition marks the start of a new academic year. All new students gather together as UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, administration and faculty welcome them to Roadrunner Nation.
Convocation Center, Main Campus and overflow seating in Recreation and Wellness Center
This is an opportunity for students to learn everything they need to know about their major and college. Each UTSA academic college has a lot to offer including mentoring, class information, support and research opportunities.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campus
This is a casual event where new students can meet their college mentor.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining President Eighmy, our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Roadrunner Nation! Show off your UTSA pride by sporting blue and orange UTSA swag to celebrate the start of the fall semester. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and Roadrunner families on and off-campus are encouraged to participate.
The UTSA community is invited to attend a series of Community Networking Socials hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population in a come and go setting.
H-E-B Student Union Harris Room (HSU 2.212) and Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
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