Orientation and Family Programs recognizes UTSA Family of the Year

Family of Year

From left are (back row) father Jeffrey Williams; daughter and UTSA student Justina Williams; Dr. Harriett Romo; President Ricardo Romo; sister Shavon Cormick; sister Sharice Williams; mother Dainer Williams; and (front row) brother Justin Williams

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(Dec. 5, 2012) -- The UTSA Office of Orientation and Family Programs announces the Williams family of Fort Worth, Texas, as the 2012-2013 Family of the Year.

Justina Williams, a senior in the UTSA College of Engineering, nominated her family. Originally from New Orleans, Justina's family has played a cheering role throughout her educational career.

"The pressures of being a first-generation college student can be daunting at times," wrote Justina in her nomination essay. "But, thankfully I always have someone I can go to for encouragement."

The Williamses were honored last month at a Rowdy Rally and the Family Day football game on Nov. 10.

The UTSA Family of the Year contest celebrates the supportive role families play in the lives of students and the university community. Family members include parents, spouses, partners, siblings, extended relations and close friends. All UTSA students are eligible to nominate their families by submitting a Family of the Year application and essay.

There was a record number of entries in the 2012-2013 Family of the Year contest, and the selection committee was overwhelmed with the wonderful accounts of UTSA families. For more information, visit the UTSA Family Association website.