Former SGA President reflects on his year guiding the UTSA student body
(April 6, 2017) -- A year ago, I rose my right hand alongside my fellow student government officers and swore to represent and lead the students of UTSA as their student body president. Needless to say, a lot has happened since then. I'd like to walk you through some of the defining moments of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the UTSA student body.
The year started out with a statement of solidarity. In order to honor the lives of those lost in Orlando, Florida, I requested the lighting of our Monuments in rainbow colors. UTSA received many thanks, especially from members of the LGBTQ community, for working to create an inclusive and compassionate campus in that difficult time.
Over the last year, student government took an active role in the national elections. SGA collaborated with other departments and organizations on campus reaching more than 1,000 students who registered to vote in Bexar County, 11,000 individuals who voted early on campus, and more than 300 students who watched the election unfold during a watch party. I am proud to say that civic engagement was a high note last semester.
Once things with the election winded down, SGA began to focus all our energy on remembering those Roadrunners who have passed. The Roadrunner Memorial Garden is often considered one of SGA's defining projects of this year. While this might be true, it was much bigger than only SGA. Many staff, students, families, alumni and community members supported this project. This contributed to the project far surpassing the fundraising goal. The garden plans to open later this year.
Football was a huge highpoint this year as we became bowl eligible for the first time ever. All I can say to encapsulate my excitement on this is that all hands were on deck!
This semester, student government and the UTSA Office of Government Relations took more than 70 students, staff and alumni to the State Capitol. This is the largest number of students we have ever taken to tell our story to our legislatures. Our students were extremely effective in talking about special items and the impact that UTSA has on our statewide community.
I would be remised if I didn't mention what an honor it has been to work alongside Interim President Dr. Pedro Reyes as he has been instrumental in leading our university forward. I am incredibly grateful to him for coming to our campus on a moment's notice to share his leadership and experience as we move forward and await an announcement of a new university president from the UT Board of Regents.
Very soon, a new group of student leaders will take that same oath that my team and I took a year ago, and I can say with complete sincerity that I am incredibly excited for them. We as an institution are on a great trajectory and we have a bright future. I plan to be an active and supportive alum after I graduate this summer.
With that, it has been an honor to serve you, the UTSA community for one incredibly meaningful year of my life. Birds up, and Go 'Runners!
- Andrew Hubbard
In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos EcheverriaMain Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.Radius Center, 411 E. Martin, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
Join fellow Runners to walk for 10 minutes on the Main Campus. The event reminds us of the importance of exercise, diet and healthy habits in protecting our hearts.Outside the North Paseo Building, Main Campus
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Bryan Gervais, UTSA assistant professor in the Dept. of Political Science & Geography, for his presentation "Political Incivility in the Digital Age." Pizza will be provided to UTSA students while supplies last.John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22)
Level up your career with a graduate business degree from the UTSA College of Business. Join us for this Open House to learn which of our 13 degree programs is right for you.Business Building (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus