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Lila Flory-Truett
Jerri Mitchell
Top photo (from left): Yvonne Fernandez, UTSA Alumni Association
president, presents award to Professors Lila Flory-Truett with
Toni Maciques, Student Alumni Association incoming vice president
and Derrick Ozuna, economic master's student and her nominator
Bottom photo (from left): Maciques, Fernandez, Lecturer
Jerri Mitchell and student Lisa Tellez, her nominator.

Distinguished faculty honored at University Life Awards

By Anne Englert
Assistant Director of Student Relations, Office of Alumni Programs

(April 28, 2008)--Lila Flory-Truett, UTSA professor of economics, and Jerri D. Mitchell, UTSA lecturer II in the Department of History, were awarded Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awards by the UTSA Alumni Association. The awards were established to recognize faculty members for excellence in teaching.

Nominations were solicited from students and the selection committee were members of the UTSA Student Alumni Association. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the awards were presented at the University Life Awards ceremony on April 3.

Lila Flory-Truett uses real-world examples, many from her own life experiences, to bring the theoretical world of complex managerial economics into a more practical light. She makes economics intriguing by showing how elegant mathematical formulae can affect the U.S. economy.

According to her nominator, he gives 110 percent in her classes because Truett "expects high-quality work and encourages us to be powerful and influential businesspeople. She is a strong contributor to economics research and a strong contributor in the classroom. Dr. Truett is one who makes up the heart of UTSA and we need more professors like her to mentor and inspire students."

Jerri D. Mitchell is described by her nominator as someone who "possesses exceptional qualities that makes learning a labor of love." She sets clear expectations for her students and provides relevant readings to make history interesting. Her pyramid method of teaching begins with laying a cornerstone, building a foundation and then pushing students to more difficult skill levels while guiding them every step of the way. The nominating student, who entered college at age 40, will graduate with honors and plans to teach after graduate school. Mitchell inspired her and helped her learn to believe in herself.

Both award recipients received a $500 gift from the UTSA Alumni Association.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Programs at (210) 458-4133.

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