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UTSA Student Government Assocation members at National Voter Registration Day booth

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(Sept. 27, 2013) -- UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) members registered 481 people to vote in Bexar County as part of the organization's efforts to engage in the local community through the National Voter Registration Day project.

On Sept. 24, volunteers, celebrities and organizations across the country hit the streets for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts was to create a pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities.

It also continues the SGA effort to register voters. Last year, they were nationally ranked for voter registration numbers and this year, they were again impressive.

Maria Teresa Kumar, president of Voto Latino and a co-founder of National Voter Registration Day, said, "What The University of Texas at San Antonio did on National Voter Registration Day is truly incredible. This was one of the largest events in the nation."

Many universities and campuses held events and submitted statistics as part of the National Voter Registration Day project. At UTSA's event, students were invited to write why they registered to vote on giant chalkboards. Students who were not yet registered to vote also could take a moment to register. Anyone stopping by the display received a free pizza slice.

SGA President Zack Dunn said SGA became involved in the event because they recognize the importance of getting students engaged in civic matters and accountability.

"A strong community and a strong city happen when people are engaged," said Dunn. "UTSA students want to contribute to making our campus, our community and our city stronger."

Hannah Beck, SGA director of legislative affairs, was the key facilitator of the effort on campus.

"It was really exciting to see my fellow students want to add their voices to the community and come together to make a difference and be engaged in the world," said Beck.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

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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