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Top photo: Jennifer Tamez receives a laptop computer from
Gateway representative Charles Kennedy. Lower photo:
Jennifer Tamez (center) is joined by her mother, Jo Ann
Tamez (left), and sister, Elaine Tamez (right).
(Photos: Hector Benavides)

Academic success, volunteer work inspire computer award for UTSA May graduate

(May 16, 2005)--Jennifer Tamez, a May graduate of the UTSA College of Sciences, is the spring semester winner of the UTSA Office of Information Technology Laptop Award.

Selected from May graduates of the UTSA Academic Development Program (ADP), Tamez received a commemorative certificate, Gateway laptop computer, printer, digital camera, software and carrying case at a May 5 ceremony. The award is given each spring and fall semester with sponsorship by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Gateway.

"The ADP program was really good," said Tamez. "It helped me stay on track by checking on my grades. I am very grateful for it. Now, I will apply what I learned at UTSA to go into the medical examiner field."

Tamez plans to pursue a degree in clinical laboratory sciences and attend medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

ADP is a bridge program between high school and college for students that are accepted to UTSA on a provisional basis; the program helps those students achieve academic success. A committee led by Cynthia Rodriguez, ADP associate director in UTSA's Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, selected ADP students with GPAs of 2.5 and above as award finalists. Finalists were asked to submit resumes detailing their academic and work experience, and UTSA and community activities.

A biology major, Tamez impressed the committee with her extensive volunteer participation at Santa Rosa Hospital and her involvement in the Pharmacy Club and UTSA Christians on Campus. While completing her rigorous degree program, Tamez worked as a registered pharmacy technician.

The award was presented by Jeffrey Noyes, UTSA associate vice president and CIO for information technology, followed by congratulations from Lawrence Williams, UTSA associate vice president for undergradute studies and academic support; Cynthia Rodriguez, ADP associate director; Patricia Glenn, UTSA Tomas Rivera Center executive director; John Moder, HACU vice president and COO; Lorena Blanco, HACU interim director of development and Charles Kennedy, Gateway director of public sector sales. Tamez was accompanied at the ceremony by her mother, Jo Ann Tamez, and her sister, Elaine Tamez.

--Hector Benavides

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