APRIL 24, 2020 — Despite the shift COVID-19 has created in everyone’s lives, it hasn’t prevented UTSA from celebrating the contributions of some of its brightest Roadrunners.
UTSA students, faculty and staff were virtually honored during the 44th Annual University Life Awards on Thursday.
First held in 1976, the University Life Awards recognize outstanding students, student organizations, staff and faculty for their contributions to the quality of student life at UTSA. These awards, coordinated by Student Activities, the Student Leadership Center, the Council of Student Organizations and the Student Government Association, are presented annually in the spring.
Cambriege Wesley and Karla Madrigal, 2020 Mr. and Ms. UTSA, hosted this year’s virtual event with presenters LT Robinson, senior vice provost for student affairs and dean of students; John Kaulfus, lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development; Hunter Kim, Council for Student Organizations secretary; Sapna Srinvasan, CSO public relations coordinator; Taylor Edwards, student body president; and Kennedy Caskey, Student Government Association student affairs chair.
This year more than 200 nominations were submitted for consideration in categories that included Registered Student Organization of the Year, Outstanding Student Organization President, Outstanding Students by College and the prestigious Golden Feather Award.
The highest honors of the event go to the recipients of the Jane Findling Award, recognizing individual achievements over the 2019–2020 academic year, and the Golden Feather Award, recognizing students who have crafted a powerful legacy at UTSA.
Here are this year’s winners:
Golden Feather Award: Brittany Hudson, Bryce Hudson, Katherine Rico, Alpha Martinez-Suarez, Kae Roemershauser
Jane Findling Award: Samuel Anene, Forough Askarirad, Arlae Gamez Luna, Hunter Kim, Tristan Penner, Aleya Shedd, Kaitlynn Bri Stevens
Outstanding Registered Student Organization: Biomedical Engineering Society
Outstanding New Student Organization: Blueprints for Pangaea at UTSA
Outstanding Student Organization President: Patrick Lebherz, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
Outstanding Community Activism Organization: Blueprints for Pangaea at UTSA
Outstanding Program Celebrating Culture, Diversity and Inclusion: Vietnamese Student Association
Outstanding Religious/Spiritual Program: Catholic Student Association
Outstanding Community Service Program: Active Minds
Outstanding Professional Development Program: Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
Outstanding Collaborative Program: National Association of Black Accountants
Outstanding Freshman: Oquendo Bernard, Samantha Burg
Outstanding Sophomore: Yohannes Akiel, Kimberly Mata
Outstanding Junior: Grace Clark, Carolina Nanez
Outstanding Senior: Grace Adedipe, Destiny Chan
Outstanding Graduate Student: Adnan Shahriar, Yangting Wang
Outstanding Resident Assistant: Malary Michalka, Alavarez Hall; Ayia Aburahmah, Chaparrel Hall; Robyn Demen, Laurel Village
Diane Abdo Outstanding Adviser: Lauren Lopez
John Kaulfus Outstanding Staff Member: Kristi Meyer
Outstanding Professor: Guan Saw
Outstanding Undergraduate in College of Architecture, Construction and Planning: Ryan Wesler
Outstanding Graduate in College of Architecture, Construction and Planning: Selina Angel
Outstanding Undergraduate in College of Business: Jonathan Gonzalez
Outstanding Graduate in College of Business: Eric Bachura
Outstanding Undergraduate in College of Education and Human Development: Laila Naylor
Outstanding Graduate in College of Education and Human Development: Yangting Wang
Outstanding Undergraduate in- College of Engineering: Mikayla Rahman
Outstanding Graduate in College of Engineering: Syed Hasib Akhter Faruqui
Outstanding Undergraduate in College for Health, Community and Policy: Terence Wayne Shaw II
Outstanding Graduate in College for Health, Community and Policy: Muntasir Masum
Outstanding Undergraduate in College of Liberal and Fine Arts: Taylor Helmcamp
Outstanding Graduate in College of Liberal and Fine Arts: Jamie Crosswhite
Outstanding Undergraduate in College of Sciences: Michael Gardner
Outstanding Graduate in College of Sciences: Vanessa Cerda
Outstanding Student in University College: Julian Rosales
Outstanding Student in Honors College: Christian Strong
The virtial event will feature undergraduate student research and creative endeavors from across the university. Students who have participated in research experiences beginning summer 2020 through Spring 2021 are invited to participate.Virtual Event
By participating in this training you will feel more prepared to recognize potential harm on a spectrum, decide how you would respond in certain situations and take action to keep our Roadrunner Community safe.Virtual Event
At UTSA, there are many ways to connect with others, gain relevant career experience, and leave your mark at a world-ranked university. With over 300 student organizations, there’s something for everyone at UTSA. Hear from various UTSA Students Leaders about their life as a Roadrunner and why UTSA is their new home.Virtual Event
This course is offered by UTSA's Employee Assistance Program EAP Deer Oaks. Every new beginning comes from something else ending, and in our ever changing world, it is essential to develop the ability topositively cope with change. This session provides participants with the insight to understand the nature of change and learn how to effectively deal with both the losses and the gains that change brings to one’s life.Virtual Event
Learn about the Fulbright Student Program and how to apply to travel in the 2022-2023 cycle! The Fulbright Student Program is the educational exchange flagship program that sees thousands of students travel abroad following graduation to study, research, or teach English as a second language. Students travel on 10-month programs that are fully funded by the US Department of State.Virtual Event
Sign up to volunteer to help maintain the Pollinator Garden at the UTSA Main Campus. We are looking for volunteers to help pull weeds, purn plants, and remove any debris that maybe in the area. The Pollinator Garden is located off the BK5 Parking Lot. Please wear clothes that you are able to do yard work in. Spots are limited to 10 volunteers, please RSVP by March 30. As a reminder to social distance and wear a mask.UTSA Pollinator Garden, Located off of BK5 Parking Lot, San Antonio, TX
This production will be live-streamed from the Recital Hall via the Department's Facebook page. Members of the company will perform with masks and remain socially distant. No audience members will be present.Virtual Event
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