(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.
The events are a collaborative effort between student organizations, student led-groups, and campus departments.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
UTSA is a designated early voting site for the May 4 Joint, General and Special Election. Any registered Bexar County voter can skip the lines and cast a ballot at UTSA from Monday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 30.
H-E-B Student Union (HSU 1.002), Main Campus
In this UTSA 50th anniversary speaker series, Roger Enriquez, UTSA associate professor of criminal justice, explores how immigration past and present helps us understand its future.
Casa Hernán, 411 Cevallos St., San Antonio
Discussion will explore the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs offered through the Department of Political Science and Geography at UTSA. Guest speakers will include representatives from local and federal government, military, and civil society.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
An evening of fine food and drink inspired by UTSA’s renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection. Proceeds from the event will support UTSA’s Mexican Cookbook Collection.
Hotel Emma, 136 E Grayson St., San Antonio
Grab a friend and sign up to bowl with fellow Roadrunners and raise money for scholarships.
University Bowl, 12332 I-10 #10, San Antonio
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History present the work of emerging artists who are graduating from UTSA. Work ranges from traditional methods and materials, interdisciplinary and new media. Themes range from social and cultural critique to investigations that are challenging and exquisite explorations in creative form and image.
Arts Building, Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
UTSA's first spring Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., May 18 and honors graduates from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and University College.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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