From top are UTSA Alumni Association honorees Linda Foster,
Cindy Jorgensen and Alfonso Barrientez III
Alumnae of the Year, Distinguished Service awards to be presented Aug. 15
By Marcia Mattingly
Communications Consultant, Office of Alumni Programs
(Aug. 6, 2009)--UTSA alumni reflect the past, the present and the future of UTSA. Two outstanding alumnae and a community business leader will be recognized at the 10th annual Reflections Alumni Gala on Saturday, August 15, at the Westin La Cantera Hotel and Resort.Wayne Terry '85, chair of the nominations and awards committee for the UTSA Alumni Association, said: "It was a highly qualified field of nominees. In fact, not since the first year of the gala have there been multiple award recipients for Alumnus of the Year. The two selected were eminently deserving."
Linda Foster M.A. '76 and Cindy Jorgensen E.M.B.A '00, will receive the Alumna of the Year Award. Foster is principal of Alamo Heights High School. Jorgensen is senior vice president, chief financial officer, for SWBC in San Antonio.
Alfonso Barrientez III will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award. He is group vice president, U.S. warehousing operations and Mexico supply chain, for H-E-B.
Gala honorary chairs are Robert Crittenden and Yolanda Crittenden '92. The gala chair is Yvonne Fernandez '85. Special guests will be UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo.
A gala cocktail reception will feature the UTSA Jazz Ensemble and a silent auction beginning at 6:15 p.m. Dress for the evening is black tie optional for men and cocktail attire for women. Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz will provide dance music until midnight.
Table sponsorships are available: Diamond level for $5,000, Emerald level for $3,500, Ruby level for $2,500 and Sapphire level for $1,500. The Diamond, Emerald and Ruby sponsors will have a student scholarship named for them for the 2010-2011 academic year. Individual tickets are $125. Each table seats eight.
Money raised at the gala provides scholarships for UTSA students and a portion of the proceeds benefits alumni programs and services. Make reservations or purchase Power Drawing tickets online at the UTSA Alumni Gala Web site or call (210) 458-4133.
2009 Award Recipients
Alumna of the Year
Linda Foster M.A. '76
Principal, Alamo Heights High School
Foster has never stopped teaching and her influence has meant good things for UTSA and the Alumni Association. She recalls that "helping Yvonne Katz start the UTSA Alumni Association was a special opportunity. And, teaching classes at UTSA for over 25 years is a connection I cherish." Foster exemplifies lifelong learning. She received her B.S. from Iowa State University, M.A. from UTSA, M.E. from Trinity University and her Ed.D. from Texas A&M University.
Throughout her formal classroom preparation, she was busy moving her career forward. She became department chair at MacArthur High School and then assistant principal. She was next tapped to be director of special programs and coordinator of academic enrichment for the North East Independent School District. Since 1986, Foster has been in the Alamo Heights School District, first serving as principal of the junior school and later as principal of the high school, the position she holds today.
Her resume is filled with many accolades, testimony to her extraordinary professionalism and dedication to mentoring and helping others. She served on numerous community boards including the National Kidney Foundation of South Texas, YMCA and San Antonio Area Council of Girl Scouts. In 1986, she was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in the category of elementary/secondary education. That year, she was recognized as a Woman Achiever -- one of six selected in San Antonio and the only public educator ever recognized. She was a regional finalist for a White House Fellowship in 1985 and 1986.
She is married to Stephen Foster and they have two children, Jeff and Andrea. Foster is a life member of the UTSA Alumni Association.
Alumna of the Year
Cindy Jorgensen E.M.B.A. '00
Senior Vice President, CEO, SWBC
If UTSA alumni could bleed orange and blue, Cindy Jorgensen would be one of them. She is the consummate Roadrunner. Jorgensen immediately adopted San Antonio on her arrival in 1982, and eventually UTSA, where she received her Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 2000.
Her professional career in San Antonio began with Price Waterhouse, where she worked for eight years, achieving the level of audit manager. In 1990, she decided to leave the world of public accounting but wanted to stay in San Antonio. She was hired as controller by Southwest Business Corp. in 1990 and has been there since. Today, she is the chief financial officer for SWBC, where daily she displays passion and enthusiasm for her work.
An avid golfer, Jorgensen took an interest in the UTSA Intercollegiate Women's Golf program and in 2008 joined UTSA24, a volunteer support program for young women in the golf program. She mentors team "to help them understand more about life after college."
Volunteering her time, talent and resources to numerous good causes and organizations in the community has brought great satisfaction to Jorgensen. And UTSA has benefitted greatly from her wise counsel, commitment and enthusiasm. She serves on the college's business advisory board and the Department of Athletics advisory board. Jorgensen speaks to classes and has volunteered several times to be "professor for a day." She serves as a great advocate for the UTSA Alumni Association.
Joregensen is married to Kirk Jorgensen and is a life member of the UTSA Alumni Association.
Distinguished Service Award winner
Alfonso Barrientez III
Group Vice President, U.S. Warehousing and Mexico Supply chain, H-E-B
Al Barrientez acknowledges that he came from humble beginnings in Brownsville, Texas, and is truly experiencing the American dream. Perhaps this is why he has dedicated himself to helping others. "I feel it is my obligation to give back having been so blessed," he said.
Barrientez received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from UT Austin. An employee of H-E-B for 25 years, he now serves as group vice president, U.S. warehouse operations and Mexico supply chain.
Although not an alumnus of UTSA, his dedication to the university, the College of Business and the development of UTSA students is commendable. He is a champion and passionate advocate of education, and works tirelessly to support UTSA in its mission, knowing that the experiences of so many UTSA students mirror his own growing up in south Texas.
One award nomination letter stated, "besides his general strong character and work ethic, Al demonstrates values of international respect, diversity and different ways of approaching challenges. These are UTSA values that he continues to spread to others though his work and service."
Barrientez is married to Blanca Estala, and they have three children, Alfonso Julian, Ileana Isabel and Estevan Adrian. He is a member of the UTSA development board and an associate member of the UTSA Alumni Association.