(Oct. 4, 2017) -- It was the summer of ’84, when Melanie Hennis '87 made UTSA history by becoming the first female to compete at the cross country national championships. Now at age 55, Hennis is making headlines again.
Hennis, who graduated from UTSA in 1987 with a bachelor’s of science degree in education recently made plans to establish a $450,000 scholarship at her alma mater. She decided to do this as she was preparing her will and estate plans. Her legacy at UTSA will include the Melanie Hennis Track and Field Endowed Scholarship, which will help new generations of female track and field athletes at UTSA.
“I woke up one day and felt inspired to help,” said Hennis, owner of Sage Social Services, a counseling clinic with several therapy animals. “Looking back, the sport really helped me develop skills—it taught me mental toughness and determination, and I wanted to provide resources for current students.”
For Hennis, her interest in the sport first began while a student at Jourdanton High School. She then enrolled at UTSA where she joined the inaugural women’s track and field team. It was there that she became the first female to make to make it to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Nationals. Although she didn’t take top honors—coming in at 96th place— Hennis credits her time at UTSA for instilling in her the drive to succeed.
“As an athlete you really learn how to stay focus and be driven,” said Hennis, who through her gift hopes to motivate a new generation of female athletes at UTSA. “Being a part of the track team at UTSA really taught me that ‘I can do this’.”
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus