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UTSA hosts Texas Higher Education Symposium on statewide priorities

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Aug. 12, 2009)--The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the inaugural Texas Higher Education Symposium Aug. 13-14 at the UTSA Main Campus. Free and open to the public, the symposium will feature presentations and discussions by higher education scholars.

Evelyn Hiatt, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board deputy assistant commissioner of P-16 initiatives, will provide the keynote speech at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04). As director of the coordinating board's Office of College Readiness Initiatives, her office is responsible for programs that focus on the successful transition between high school and postsecondary education.

The event was organized by the Higher Education Administration Student Association, a newly formed student organization in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.

From 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), research presenters and higher education scholars will discuss the higher education priorities of the State of Texas and their respective universities. Speakers will include Lee Holcombe, Texas Higher Education Policy Institute; Julian Vasquez-Heiling, University of Texas at Austin; Fred Bonner, Texas A&M University; Amy Fann, University of North Texas; Erica Yamamura, Texas State University; Al Kaufmann, St. Mary's University; Terry Walch, San Antonio College of Alamo Colleges; and Amaury Nora, Gloria Crisp, Maricela Oliva, Anne-Marie Nunez and Gerry Dizinno from UTSA.

The symposium is sponsored by the Higher Education Administration Student Association, UTSA College of Education and Human Development, and the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

For more information, visit the Texas Higher Education Symposium Web site or contact Maricela Oliva at (210) 458-5832.

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