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Outstanding ’Runners honored at University Life Awards virtual ceremony

Outstanding ’Runners honored at University Life Awards virtual ceremony

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

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