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Ms. and Mr. UTSA 2006
Ms. and Mr. UTSA 2006: Jennifer Villareal and
Rob Linder

Students: Vote now for Mr. and Ms. UTSA

By Kimberly Durham
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Office of Alumni Programs

(Feb. 13, 2007)--Students can vote online Tuesday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 14 for Mr. and Ms. UTSA.

UTSA students can vote through 11:59 p.m., Feb. 14 by signing on to their ASAP information system accounts.

Ms. UTSA candidates are:

  • Andrea Delgado
  • Kiffini Dula
  • Stephanie Swords

Mr. UTSA candidates are:

  • Dan Iza
  • Edward "Will" Nichols
  • Braden Wells

See bios for each candidate below.

How to vote

  • Log on to ASAO.
  • Click on "Personal Information."
  • Scroll to the Personal Information Page and click "Answer a Survey."
  • Click "2007 Mr. & Ms. UTSA Voting."
  • Vote for the Mr. UTSA candidate.
  • Click "Next Question" to vote for Ms. UTSA candidate.

Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association, the Mr. and Ms. UTSA contest is part of the annual Homecoming celebration. The contest honors students who embody the spirit of UTSA. Candidates must be nominated by either a registered UTSA student organization or by two UTSA faculty or staff members. The contest acknowledges the students' academic achievements, campus involvement and community service.

Applicants are interviewed by a committee of alumni, faculty and staff. The committee chooses the top three male and female candidates. The winners are chosen by student votes.

Winners will be announced during the Homecoming men's basketball game February 17 and will be presented with a 14k gold official UTSA ring, a symbol of UTSA pride and tradition.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Programs at (210) 458-4133.

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Candidate bios: Ms. UTSA

Andrea Delgado, a graduating senior majoring in humanities and pre-med, is sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Delta. She is the historian for Alpha Epsilon Delta and a member of Golden Key International, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi, Honors Alliance and Students in Leadership. Delgado received the Academic Excellence Scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year. In addition to being involved at UTSA, she is in the Edgewood Lions Club and delivers meals for Meals on Wheels. She hopes to become a physician in developing areas to help individuals who cannot afford health care.

Kiffini Dula, a senior graduating in December with a degree in community health, is sponsored by John White and Kim Ellicks-Center of the UTSA Office of Housing and Residence Life. She is vice president of F.A.C.E.S., Campus Crusade for Christ and Feel Good. Dula is a Chaparral Village resident assistant. Her volunteer work includes V.O.I.C.E.S., UTSA Health Services, Invisible Children, Planned Parenthood, San Antonio Food Bank and San Antonio Community Initiatives. Her goal in life is to help make others' lives better by demonstrating concern for her fellow man, honesty, diligence and persistence in striving for equality and justice for all.

Stephanie Swords, a senior graduating in May with a degree in biology, is sponsored by the UTSA Ambassadors. She started at UTSA with a full scholarship in women's basketball and also was active in track and field. Swords has been a UTSA Ambassador since 2005 and is vice president of Golden Key International. She was recognized in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and received a UTSA Ambassador Service Award. She has been involved with the Texas Mission of Mercy Dental Missions, the Methodist Children's Hospital and enjoys walking each year in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure. Swords plans to attend the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, and pursue post-doctoral residency training in one of the dental specialties or open a private practice.

Candidate bios: Mr. UTSA

Edward "Will" Nichols plans to graduate in 2009 with a degree in political science. He is sponsored by Phi Gamma Delta. Nichols serves as president of Phi Gamma Delta, is active within the Greek community in Greek relations for the Student Government Association and Inter-fraternity Council. He received the award of Greek God in fall 2006 and 2006 Officer of the Year for the Inter-fraternity Council. He is involved with the San Antonio Children's Shelter and American Red Cross. His career goals are to obtain a master's degree in public administration and to advance to a career in city management, becoming involved in local, regional and perhaps national politics.

Dan Iza, a major in international business and marketing, plans to graduate in 2009. He is sponsored by UTSA Ambassadors and is a member of the Student Government Association as judicial commissioner. He has been active in the Campus Activities Board as vice president for financial affairs. He has been a UTSA Ambassador since spring 2005 and is director of professional development for Phi Chi Theta. Iza was recognized in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and Who's Who at UTSA. Outside of UTSA, he is active in Mothers Against Drunk Driving, enjoys running in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure and participates in other service projects. After graduation, Iza plans to earn a master's degree and to pursue a career in research for the CIA or international relations for a major corporation.

Braden Wells, a double major in technical communication and English, plans to graduate in 2009. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, he is vice president of service for Alpha Phi Omega and was sergeant-at-arms. Wells recently was invited to join Sigma Kappa Upsilon Honors Alliance. To serve his community, he enjoys walking for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the MS Walk and volunteering with Boy Scouts of America. He plans to attend graduate school and study journalism. His goal is to be an editor with a magazine such as Time or Newsweek.

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