(March 3, 2010)--The UTSA Women's Studies Institute opened Women's History Month this week by honoring state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as Women's Advocate of the Year.
Van de Putte has served five terms in the Texas Senate and is one of only 10 women to hold a Texas Senate seat. For 30 years, she has been a pharmacist and championed issues promoting women's health. In the last legislative session, Van de Putte authored legislation calling for more funding for women's health programs and Texas women veterans' programs. She also sponsored the Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Act.
A Women's History Month reception at UTSA included a welcome from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and keynote address by Elena Gutierrez, professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Gutierrez published the book "Fertile Matters" and specializes in the areas of Latina reproductive justice and women's health.
Women's History Month features a series of educational events celebrating women's contributions and causes from a feminist perspective, while promoting a commitment to diversity and aiming to achieve social justice and women's empowerment. For 25 years, UTSA has celebrated the lives, stories and accomplishments of women, as well as raising awareness about the struggles women continue to experience in the home, workplace and beyond.
This year's theme "Writing Women Back Into History" reflects the diversity of academic interests at UTSA, as well as speaks to both the national theme and the institute's annual theme of "Testimonios: Celebrating our Stories."
View the schedule of events at the UTSA Women's Studies Institute Web site. For more information, contact Larissa Mercado at 210-458-7885.
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
There will be a special UCinema showing following Kickback at the UC at 9pm in Retama Auditorium (located on the 2nd floor of UC North).
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes all new freshmen to UTSA. Join them for breakfast and meet Honors College administrators, staff, and connect with other new Honors students.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Convocation is UTSA’s ceremony to launch the new academic year. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming freshmen because it marks the first step students will take in their higher education journey of discovery. It is also highly recommended for transfer students as they continue their higher education journey at UTSA and become members of the Roadrunner Family.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Visit your College to explore your major before the first day of classes.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
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