By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist
(April 14, 2010)--For nearly a decade, the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists has awarded scholarships to Bexar County residents majoring in journalism or communication. More than $100,000 in scholarships has been distributed by the organization to promising students who want to further their education. The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 14.
Established in 1986, SAAHJ is comprised of local journalists, public relations professionals and students interested in communications or the public relations industry.
SAAHJ has worked to diversify the U.S. newsroom and has offered scholarship awards of up to $5,000 to Bexar County students, committed to pursuing careers in communications. That includes broadcasting and print media, advertising, public relations, photojournalism, visual arts and multimedia journalism.
High school seniors and undergraduate and graduate college students who will be enrolled full-time at a college in the 2010-2011 academic year can apply. Scholarships are open to Bexar County students who attend local colleges and universities as well as those who attend school anywhere in the United States.
Scholarship applications are available at the SAAHJ Web site. Completed forms must be postmarked by May 14, For more information, call Jorge Zarazua at 210-250-3234 or 210-250-3514.
In addition to the scholarships, SAAHJ also will recognize Martha Tijerina with the Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism. Tijerina was the first Latina reporter in the nation's first Spanish-language television station, KWEX-TV in San Antonio. Called the "first lady of Spanish-language television," Tijerina was KWEX's first female director of public affairs and a talk show host for 20 consecutive years.
The Community Service Award will be awarded to Rosie Castro, a longtime political activist and community organizer. She ran for city council in 1971 under the Committee for Barrio Betterment and was active in La Raza Unida Party. Today, she is coordinator of the Palo Alto College' Center for Academic Transitions.
Winners will be celebrated at SAAHJ's 12th annual gala in the Grand Hyatt Hotel on July 22. Tickets and table sponsorships are available for the event. For more information, call 210-250-3402.
UTSA Associate Dean/Associate Professor Francine Romero will sit down with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg for a wide-ranging conversation about the Mayor's vision for the City's future. Seating is at capacity but the San Antonio Express-News will stream it live.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The sympoisum will focus on the interface between aging and neurodegenerative diseases, will educate the wider research community about advancements in this fast-paced field and stimulate collaborative research in this area. Register online for this free event.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106), Main Campus
The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics is offering four special panels open and free to the San Antonio public July 31-Aug. 3 to mark the tricentennial next year. The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Research.
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., San Antonio
Orientation marks a major step toward becoming a Roadrunner. It is a unique experience designed to welcome freshmen and transfers to UTSA and ensure a successful transition into college. They will learn about UTSA, prepare for their first semester and have fun meeting other students. There is also a special Family Orientation program too.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
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