The UTSA Ambassadors (or Ambassadors) are the official hospitality committee of the university. Reporting directly to the Office of the President, they are distinguishable in their uniforms, complete with a blazer featuring the university seal. They give tours to special university guests, usher at all commencement ceremonies, and, recently, usher at UTSA home football games.
The UTSA Ambassadors were established in 1988. The Ambassadors' advisor is Dr. Pat Graham, an employee of UTSA since it opened.
"The Ambassadors" won the co-rec league of intramural soccer in Spring 2011. Ambassador sisters Caitlyn and Candice Griffith won Student Leader of the Month together for August/September 2007; Joseph Granado won it for October 2008. Under the revised name for the award, Roadrunner of the Month, Nicci Campbell won for November 2012.
Due to the GPA requirement for Ambassadors being the same as that for Mr. and Ms. UTSA, Ambassadors are frequently finalists and winners, sometimes even having to campaign against each other. Winners include Tahnee Roubidoux (1992), Nicole Wicha (1993), Lisa Crenshaw (1994), James Wenzel (1994), Angela Taylor (1997), Natalie Hall (1998), Gerri Williams (1999), Charles Jones (2001), Kristy Pacheco (2003), Stephen Cheney (2004), Jennifer Villarreal (2006), Rob Linder (2006), Dan Iza (2007), Megan Graham (2009), Akshay Thusu (2009), Krystal Nicholson (Spring 2011), Diana Cuervo (Fall 2011), BJ Winston (Fall 2011), Rebecca Smith (2013), Carl Willis (2014), and Manojna Kintada (2015). Finalists include Brian Wheeler (1994), Siew Sun Tai (1997), Judy Juarez (1998), Marcus Glasgow (1998), Belinda Garza (2001), Dustin Kuhn (2001), Marcus Gilmore (2003), Jennifer Villarreal (2005), Analicia Jaramillo (2005), "Chencho" Pareida (2005), Stephanie Swords (2007), Joseph Granado (2009), JR Buenrostro (2010), Lyndsey Luther (Fall 2011), Christine Velasquez (2013), Korede Osifuwa (2014), Jerome Scott (2014), and Lauren Lopez (2015).
Starting in May 2011, the Public Relations committee of UTSA Ambassadors began publishing a monthly newsletter. It features Ambassador birthdays for that month, tour and hour leaders up to that point, upcoming events, a "photo of the month", a Did You Know? column, and a Guess Who? segment that mentions interesting facts about an Ambassador--only to reveal the answer in the next issue.
Featured Ambassadors and Ambassadors Alumni of the Month
|Month||Vol||Issue||Ambassador||Ambassador in Training||Alumni|
|May 2011||I||1||Ashley Simpson||Rohan Goswami '07|
|October 2011||I||3||Harrison Pierce, Joey Whitehouse||Phillip Caldwell|
|November 2011||I||4||Polet Figueroa, Vee Wilkerson||Kimberly Caldwell|
|December 2011||I||5||Jerome Scott||Miranda Hernandez, Rachelle Mai||Gina Leonard-Ziino|
|February 2012||I||6||Stephen Cheney|
|March 2012||I||7||Joey Whitehouse||James Nyondo|
|April 2012||I||8||Jessica Figueroa||Allison Guettner|
For volume II, Alumni of the Month was replaced with an Ambassador Outreach segment, covering how various Ambassadors are active elsewhere on campus.
|October 2012||II||3||Meagan Bell||Nate Shaw|
|November 2012||II||4||Lois Paatan||Nicci Campbell|
In the February 2012 Valentine-themed edition, Dr. Pat Graham and Sally Crouser of the Special Events Center were honored instead of any Ambassadors.
|1992-1993||Aimee Denison||Nancy Meza||Lisa Crenshaw|
|1993-1994||Nicole Wicha||Lisa Crenshaw||Andrea White|
|1994-1995||Shawn Sily||Andrea White||Rachel Dupnik|
|1995-1996||Brian Wheeler||David Cantu||Lucy Morales|
|1997-1998||Chris Sily||Andrea Hall||Evelyn Miles|
|1998-1999||Angeles Borrego||Evelyn Miles||Astrid Botello|
|1999-2000||Jacob Kluger||Pamela Kilrain||Ana Hernandez|
|2000-2001||Belinda Garza||Rene Rendon||Anica Cortez|
|2001-2002||Nelly Garcia||Jason Bratton||Delma Barrera|
|2002-2003||Nelly Garcia||Martha Ayala||Christina Sanchez|
|2003-2004||Clara Garza||Philip Caldwell||Amanda Haiduk|
|2004-2005||Danny Wilks||Vanessa Amador||Lucia Gonzalez|
|2005-2006||Rohan Goswami||Laurenn Calvo||Lucia Gonzalez|
|2006-2007||Rohan Goswami||Nicole Dewath||Michelle Lindner|
In 2007, the secretary position was replaced with a second Assistant Coordinator position.
|Year||Coordinator||Assistant Coordinator||Assistant Coordinator|
|2007-2008||Robert Garcia||Caitlyn Griffith||Candice Griffith|
|2008-2009||Diana Garcia||Maya Gonzalez||Berenice Coronado|
|2009-2010||Maya Gonzalez||Joseph Granado||Allison Guettner|
|2010-2011||Marissa Ramos||Joseph Granado||Harrison Pierce|
|2011-2012||Harrison Pierce||Jessica Figueroa||Iliana Sanchez|
|2012-2013||Joey Whitehouse||Krystal Nicholson||Meg Tompkins|
For 2012-2013, the secretary position was reinstituted and filled by Karen Gutierrez.
For committee chairs, see List of UTSA Ambassadors committee chairs.
UTSA Ambassadors won Best UTSA Spirit in the booth decorating contest at the 2014 Fiesta UTSA.
|2012 Fiesta UTSA||Onion Rings|
|2012 Best Fest||Fried Oreos|
|2013 Fiesta UTSA||Fried Pickles||$2|
|2013 Best Fest||Fried Oreos||$1/$2||1/3|
|2014 Fiesta UTSA||Fried Oreos||$1/$2||1/3|
|2014 Best Fest||Fried Pickles||$3|
|2015 Fiesta UTSA||Fried Pickles||$3|
- ↑ "UTSA Ambassadors Profile". UTSA Collegiate Link. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
- ↑ "Spring 2011 Intramural Champions". UTSA Campus Recreation c/o Internet Archive from 6/28/11. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
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