By KC Scharnberg
Public Affairs Specialist
(Nov. 28, 2012) -- Victor Camino and Daniella Lerma recently were crowned Mr. and Ms. UTSA for 2012-2013. Mr. and Ms. UTSA are nominated through an annual contest sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association. The program recognizes students who embody the spirit of UTSA, while striving for the highest levels of academic achievement, campus involvement and community service.
Each year, hopeful students compete to be named to the UTSA Homecoming Court (consisting of the Mr. and Ms. UTSA finalists) and enter the race to win the most votes from UTSA students. Part of each candidate's mission is to raise money for student scholarships awarded by the Alumni Association.
This year's Homecoming court consisting of Victor Camino, Emily Gavlick, Daniella Lerma, Brian Mannas, Porcsha Presley and Darryl Wyrick raised more than $5,000, which will go toward scholarships for several current or incoming UTSA students.
"I love UTSA and I am incredibly honored to help raise awareness about all that this university has to offer its students and the community," said Lerma.
"This experience has taught me to do my best and never give up," said Camino. "UTSA has given me a lot of opportunities, so I want to do everything I can to give back and be a model student."
Their shared goals during their tenure as Mr. and Ms. UTSA include raising awareness of the UTSA Alumni Association and the benefits it offers current students as well as continuing to raise funds to build up the student scholarship fund.
Camino, a business administration management and marketing major, is a first-generation college student in his family. He is active in a number of organizations including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UTSA Ambassadors and UTSA Global Business Club. Off campus, Camino mentors children in learning English as a second language. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with friends at Sombrilla Plaza on the Main Campus.
Lerma, an electrical engineering major, is the first engineering student to win the Ms. UTSA title. On campus, she is an active member of the UTSA Student Government Association, College of Engineering Student Council, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Off campus, she plays the violin at her church, participates annually in the Race for the Cure and volunteers at a hospice center. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Mr. and Ms. UTSA serve as ambassadors for the university at various UTSA-sponsored events throughout the year. If your club or organization is having an event and would like Mr. or Ms. UTSA to make an appearance, contact the UTSA Office of Alumni Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-458-4133.
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.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
Biomedical engineering alum and professor is working to regenerate tissue
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