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Campus Briefs: University to host events celebrating African American History Month

Campus Briefs: University to host events celebrating African American History Month - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Koda Bear, a Shiba Ino, in the courtyard of the Central Academic Building at Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Feb 3,2021. Photo by Maegan Mendoza

University to host Puppy Pride Prance

By Lauren Mayes and Jason Wentworth

Updated Feb. 23: The Jaguar Puppy Pride Prance has been rescheduled due to inclement weather to 1:30-5:30 p.m. March 27 in Lot 3. 

Students and their dogs can attend the Jaguar Puppy Pride Prance from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 in Lot 3 of campus. 

The Office of Family Engagement at Texas A&M University-San Antonio will host the event as part of African American History Month. 

It is intended to highlight how man’s best friend has played an important role in Black culture and continues to serve its community.

There will be a 3K Fun Run/Walk that is pet friendly from noon to 1 p.m. along the Miracle Mile, which will go from the fountain on campus, down University Way to the Torre de Esperanza and back, said Reba Sims, coordinator for the Office of Family Engagement. 

The event, which will include a costume contest, also will feature a scavenger hunt and interactive trivia in the app Action Bound.  

A vendor display will promote Black-owned businesses that sell items for dogs, including two companies from San Antonio. The merchandise also will be used as prizes for a contest and raffle.

Participants can order food from a food truck called Tasty Balls.

Sims expects at least 100 attendees at the Puppy Prance and said safety precautions of social distancing and mask wearing will be in effect.

Treats and disposable water bowls will be available for dogs, as well as bags for waste. A complimentary bandana will be given to the first 100 attendees.

The event will provide the chance for physical activity, stress relief and a new atmosphere for the dogs and students to enjoy, Sims said.

“It just creates a different kind of atmosphere, especially on campus where you don’t typically see dogs or pets,” Sims said. 

Students can register at

There are no fees associated with this event. A dog is not required for attendance. This is the first event of its kind to be held at A&M-San Antonio.

For more information contact New Student Programs at or 210-784-1452.

This story was updated at 12:19 p.m. Feb. 12 to add information about vendors, a food truck and a change from Kahoot to Action Bound.



University to host virtual Lip Sync Battle

By Ashley Sosa and D’Mitrius Rios


Julianna Garcia, marketing senior and social media coordinator for Student Success and Engagement, demonstrates how students should record and present themselves for the lip sync battle in a sample video.

The Office of Family Engagement is accepting entries for the Love Jones Lip Sync Battle. The organizers will be announcing the winners live at noon Feb. 17 on Facebook. To enter the Lip Sync contest, students must submit their videos to between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14. 

Prizes will be given to the winners. First place will get a Facebook Portal Mini, second place will get a Mini Projector and third place will get a Ring Light. 

The theme for this contest is “Love Songs by Black Artists”. Dr. Reba Sims, coordinator for Family Engagement, said the theme was set because of Valentine’s Day being the same month and “Love Jones” is an iconic movie in Black history.

When students are submitting their video, the organization asks to keep the video less than one minute. Music, wardrobe, gestures and dance moves should be kept appropriate. Entries that fail to comply will result in an automatic disqualification. 

“If you enjoy singing and being creative, I think it’s a really good opportunity to do it,” said Gabriela Santiago, student coordinator for Family Engagement. “It’s just for fun and it’s not even in person, anybody can enjoy it.”

According to sources from the organization, this is the first time A&M-San Antonio is hosting a lip sync battle in celebration of African American History Month.

For more information, email Family Engagement at or visit the website 

This story was updated on Feb. 11 at 5:54 p.m. to add the sample video.

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