laptop award
Back row (from left): Fred Sleezer, MPC-Gateway account executive;
Lawrence Williams, UTSA vice provost and dean of undergraduate
studies; and Lee Gildon, chief operations officer, UTSA Office of
Information Technology
Front row: April Alcorta, laptop award winner, and Lorena Blanco,
HACU executive director of development and marketing

April Alcorta receives laptop award, earns diploma

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(June 24, 2008)--April Alcorta, a May graduate of the UTSA bachelor of arts program in interdisciplinary studies, is the Spring 2008 winner of the UTSA Office of Information Technology Laptop Award. The winner is selected from graduates of the Academic Development Program (ADP) in UTSA's Tomas Rivera Center for Academic Success.

The ninth recipient of the Gateway laptop award, Alcorta is the first in her family to receive a bachelor's degree. During most of her time as a full-time student, she worked 35 hours per week. She plans to teach on the elementary level and will pursue a master's degree.

"We are proud of April and wish her success," said Rosa Garza, ADP adviser. "On behalf of UTSA and our collaborative partners, we also would like to thank April's family and friends for their continuing support."

A Gateway laptop computer and an award certificate were presented to Alcorta by Garza; Lawrence Williams, UTSA vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies; Lee Gildon, chief operations officer of the UTSA Office of Information Technology; and Fred Sleezer, MPC-Gateway account executive. The program is co-sponsored by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

A winner is selected each fall and spring semester from ADP students who apply for the award. ADP students are admitted to UTSA on a provisional basis; laptop awardees are selected from participants in the program who have developed their academic standing and will graduate with a minimum 2.50 G.P.A. Applicants must submit an essay detailing their academic and work experience.

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