award ceremony
award ceremony
Top photo (from left): Sandra Welch, Cynthia Vela, Adriana Perez
and Charles Kennedy. Lower photo: Eva Perez, Adriana Perez, Juan
Antonio Perez and Marcelino Perez

Student Adriana Perez wins Gateway laptop award

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Dec. 16, 2005)--Adriana Perez, a Fall 2005 graduate-to-be in multidisciplinary science, is the fall semester winner of the UTSA Office of Information Technology Laptop Award. She is the fourth winner of a Gateway computer in the award program.

Selected from fall graduates of the UTSA Academic Development Program (ADP), Perez received a commemorative certificate, Gateway laptop computer and MP3 player, software, and backpack and briefcase carrying cases at a Dec. 14 ceremony. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Gateway sponsor the award each spring and fall semester.

When UTSA students, faculty and staff purchase Gateway laptop computers as part of the UTSA Student Laptop Initiative, a portion of the sales are returned to UTSA. Money placed in the fund is used to award a laptop computer each semester to an ADP student.

"I want to thank the ADP program for helping me to achieve academic success at UTSA," said Perez. "Also, I want to thank my parents, Juan Antonio Perez and Eva Perez for all of their support and for always being there for me. And, of course, I want to thank Gateway and HACU for this wonderful award."

Perez was accompanied at the Dec. 14 ceremony by her parents and younger brother, Marcelino, also an ADP participant. Additionally, older brother, Juan Antonio Jr., participated in ADP and is a UTSA graduate. The siblings anticipate a third UTSA graduate in the family as Marcelino works toward his degree.

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 (TRC), selected ADP students with GPAs of 2.75 and above as award finalists. The GPA requirement is up a quarter of a point from previous semesters because of an increase in qualified candidates. Finalists were asked to submit resumes detailing their academic and work experience, and UTSA and community activities.

The award was presented by Sandra Welch, vice provost for academic compliance and institutional research and interim CIO for information technology, followed by congratulations from Patricia Glenn, TRC executive director; Cynthia Rodriguez; Cynthia Vela, HACU director of communications; Lorena Blanco, HACU director of development and marketing -- and former Tomas Rivera Center tutor; and Charles Kennedy, Gateway public sector senior account manager for higher education and K-12.

Perez participated in ADP in the summer of 2000. As a UTSA freshman, she volunteered with church retreats and maintained her studies while connecting with students and staff through jobs at TRC as a science tutor and front-desk assistant. She moved on to assist in the Office of the Vice Provost at the Downtown Campus and then the Undergraduate Advising Center, also at the Downtown Campus.

With plans to become a teacher, Perez has teaching experience from Poe Middle School and recently completed field work at O'Connor and John Jay high schools.

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