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
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
This event guides seniors and graduate students on the last phase of their college career and prepares recent alumni within one year of graduation for the world of work. Workshops and sessions will provide information on interview skills, job search strategies and networking.Student Union, University Career Center, 2nd floor, Main Campus
The gala brings together UTSA alumni, friends and guests to celebrate the association's 41 years of scholarships, services, programs and the 2018 Alumni Award recipients.Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio
As part of the citywide Kidcation and the ITC's free second Sunday, kids and families will have an opportunity to interact with cowboy docents, practice their skills at roping, learn about life on the cattle drives, make their own spurs, grab a seat for cowboy story time and work on cowboy-themed hands-on crafts.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Dozens of fun and free events to welcome new and returning Roadrunners.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
After a full day of moving, UTSA students and their families are invited to the party featuring food, swag, dancing and a special performance from the Spirit of San Antonio marching band.Student Union Paseo, Main Campus