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 Racial Justice Book Club was established at UTSA by members of the campus community to explore social justice following acts of racial violence across the nation over the last few years. We are reading The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas by Monica Muñoz Martinez. We will meet every Wednesday in September and October at 2 pm on Zoom.Virtual Event
In this workshop, you will learn study strategies to help prepare for midterms and tips to use during the tests! This workshop will be held in person, in the HCAP Student Success Center, with a virtual option via Zoom.HCAP Student Success Center (MS 2.02.36), Main Campus
Join us for a conversation and workshop with local San Antonio author, Anel I. Flores as we discuss her process and professional experiences in publication. As a 'banned' author, she will also offer guidance on being true to your culture and identity in the process of creation.Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24,) Main Campus
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at our very own street fair - Calle UTSA. We will have activities, performances, food, music, and piñatas to break open.Student Union Paseo
In partnership with SA Digital Connects, HCAP will host a Lecture on Digital Divide in San Antonio.Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406,) Main Campus
"La Plática" is a space for thoughtful dialogue to build a sense of connection among the Roadrunner Community by getting to know each other better and sharing what's on our minds and about ourselves to increase to increase awareness of diverse perspectives.Virtual Event
The UTSA Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee is hosting internationally acclaimed poet, writer, storyteller, author, and San Antonio native Dr. Carmen Tafolla. Dr. Tafolla will be sharing her experiences, inspirations, and writing.Virtual Event
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