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Faculty Honors Convocation
UTSA faculty award winners with administrators

President's Distinguished Achievement Awards: Stephen Reynolds, Marcheta Evans, Sharon Navarro and Joleen Beltrami

(April 30, 2004)--Stephen Reynolds, professor of art and art history, received the 2004 President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Creative Production. Marcheta Evans, associate professor of counseling, educational psychology and adult and higher education, is the recipient of the Excellence in University Service award. Sharon Navarro, assistant professor of political science and geography, received the Core Curriculum Teaching: Tenured and Tenure-track Faculty award. Joleen Beltrami, lecturer III in management science and statistics, earned the Core Curriculum Teaching: Non-tenure Track Faculty award.

Nine distinguished achievement awards and the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award were presented April 28 in the John Peace Library Building Regents' Room at the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Pictured (from left) are the award winners with college administrators: Ronald Binks, professor of art and art history; Daniel Gelo, interim dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts; Carmen Fies, specialist in interdisciplinary studies and curriculum and instruction; Blandina Cardenas, dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Stephen Reynolds, professor of art and art history; Marcheta Evans, associate professor of counseling, educational psychology and adult and higher education; Bruce Bublitz, dean of the College of Business; Belinda Bustos Flores, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and curriculum and instruction; Mary McNaughton-Cassill, associate professor of psychology; Cheryl Linthicum, associate professor of accounting; Gelu Popescu, professor of science and mathematics education; Joleen Beltrami, lecturer III in management science and statistics; Gary Bridges, assistant dean of the College of Sciences; Sharon Navarro, assistant professor of political science and geography; and Ricardo Romo, UTSA president.

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Stephen Reynolds, professor of art and art history, created the ceramics program and established his reputation nationally as a ceramic sculptor in his twenty-six year career in the Department of Art and Art History.

According to Professor Ronald Binks, "He has also expanded his reputation within the international art world with great success -- a strong validation of his mature professional stature in the eyes of his peers."

He served as a Fulbright Fellow in Hungary and a visiting artist in Adelaide, Australia. Additionally, he was one of only two American ceramic artists to be invited to work at the Porsgrunn Procelain Factory in Norway, and was one of only five North American artists elected in 2003 to the prestigious International Academy of Ceramics.

Reynolds received a UTSA faculty-development grant in the fall of 2002 to participate in the International Ceramic Symposium in Fushon, China.

He has served through the six-year presidential cycle of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, the largest professional ceramics organization in the world with 4,500 members. Reynolds has been included in more than 40 juried or invitational exhibitions over the past decade and continues to be an innovative and driving force in the field of contemporary American ceramics, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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Marcheta Evans, who teaches counseling, educational psychology, adult and higher education, is noted for her range and depth of service over a relatively short time at UTSA.

She served as the coordinator of the counseling program at UTSA, the university's third largest graduate program with more than 650 students each year. The program established the Community Family Life Center, which serves as the training facility for master's level students in counseling. Evans developed the center, establishing close working relationships with Family Forward, the City of San Antonio Youth Services program and the YMCA.

Additionally, Evans is the graduate adviser of record for her department. She is chair of the college council and the graduate council committee on courses and programs. Nationally, she has served as the chair of the American Counseling Association's Southern Region, covering 13 states.

She is membership chair for the Texas Counseling Association, a member of its strategic planning committee and a subject matter expert for the Texas Licensing Board for Counseling in multiculturalism.

"(Evans) is truly committed to a life of service at the program, department, college, university, professional and community level," writes Blandina Cardenas, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. "Her commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students, colleagues and others is truly inspiring."

In addition to her varied professional involvements at UTSA, Evans served as a consultant for the United Way and AVANCE, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk families. She has also worked with Baptist Children Home Ministries, Family Services Association and Healthy Families.

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Sharon Navaro, assistant professor of political science and geography, is in her second year of teaching the political science core curriculum course POL 1133. This course is part of a legislative mandate of 6 credits for American and Texas government.

The chairman of Navaro's department persuasively argues that she has instilled high standards for learning in her students, and has shown great compassion for her students.

Her teaching style is effective and invites active participation and discussion. She uses diverse reading materials and moves beyond the textbooks.

She requires newspapers to be read which makes the students fully aware of local and state events. She uses technology in her course, using WebCT to enhance learning opportunities.

She is preparing to teach this course next year in Spanish and to integrate Spanish-language literature into the course.

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Joleen Beltrami, lecturer III in management science and statistics, has received some of the highest teaching evaluations for the Department of Management Science and Statistics.

She was recognized for her ability to explain complex issues with clarity and her passion to help students succeed.

"I'm sensitive to the idea that some people are afraid of math and statistics," said Beltrami, who also coordinates the college's actuarial science program.

"I try to show them the importance of statistics. Students tell me that they hate math, but my class was the first time they understood it," she said.

Beltrami, who is teaching four courses this spring, has taught since Fall 2002. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her master's degree in statistics from UTSA.

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