(April 4, 2013) -- With Rowdy Roadrunner, H-E-Buddy and students looking on, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will unveil the H-E-B University Center at a 9 a.m. dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 9. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the dedication, which will honor H-E-B for its ongoing support of UTSA students.
Last month, UTSA announced the receipt of a $5-million gift from H-E-B to support the recruitment of world-class faculty through the creation of the H-E-B Faculty Research Excellence Fund. The gift has been matched dollar for dollar by other private gifts, providing a total of $10 million for endowed professorships and chairs across UTSA’s nine colleges. It is the largest private challenge gift in UTSA history and brings H-E-B’s overall support for UTSA to more than $7 million.
"H-E-B is deeply invested in the future of the Texas economy, which is anchored by how well we educate our students," said Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of public affairs, diversity and environmental affairs. "Students deserve the very best educators to help inspire them and guide them toward a fulfilling career and a lifelong love of learning."
The University Center is the hub of student life and activities at UTSA. University Center South was completed in 2008 with student-elected fees. It includes a ballroom, meeting rooms, a game room, lounge space and office space for more than 250 student organizations.
The April 9 unveiling will be on the west side of University Center South. It will feature a pep rally format including student leaders, members of the Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band and H-E-B leaders.
The event will include brief remarks by UTSA President Ricardo Romo, 2013-2014 Student Government Association President Zack Dunn and H-E-B executive Winell Herron. H-E-B also will present the 2013 University Life Awards to UTSA's Most Outstanding Student Organization and Most Outstanding New Student Organization.
>> Learn more about UTSA's ongoing capital campaign at the We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign website.
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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