There’s clearly momentum for UTSA in downtown San Antonio. But this school spirit is nothing new. Just ask Austin Smith, a senior Chemistry major at UTSA and San Antonio native. He dons an eccentric orange suit for each game, a tradition built from his early days attending UTSA games with his dad.
Her career had always been in the arts, and she didn’t associate San Antonio with an arts scene. But even though she’s only a few months in, she has already uncovered so much of the city’s artistic heritage. “I have been proven quite wrong. The cultural scene is immense,” she explains, “It’s very different art than what I was used to seeing in Mexico City.”
“One of the most precious joys in life is getting to meet other cultures and other people,” says Embajadora (Ambassador) Reyna Torres Mendívil, Consul General of the Consulado General de México en San Antonio (Mexican Consulate in San Antonio).
“Everybody has something they can contribute,” explains Mariah Kilbourne, Training Coordinator at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The SBDC offers advising as well as classes and seminars to the small business community. Through these services, more people are given the resources and opportunities to pursue their passions.
Having been a bus operator in Chicago and involved in public transit for twenty years, Larnzell creates training programs for adults focusing on operations. He says the most rewarding part of this work is when students tell him they made better decisions based on his training. Whether its new compressed natural gas buses or routine training, Larnzell has grown professionally by helping others adjust to the evolution of transit.
“That’s not a formula, that’s living,” says Andy Benavides, explaining Southtown’s success in fostering a creative community. He is a contemporary artist, entrepreneur and pioneer of Southtown: The Arts District.
“My father told me the most important word in any language is your name,” he remembers, “When someone says our name wrong, we correct them. Pride means who I am. That’s why it’s important.”
“You’re playing for yourself and God. You’re not playing for anyone down below.”
Traditionally, younger dancers are limited in their opportunities to take on roles due to a perceived lack of experience. But after five years teaching classes, Vanessa took action. “I decided to open a children’s company where everybody can audition for all the roles,” she explains.