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Yvonne Pena named director of student leadership development

Yvonne Pena

Yvonne Pena

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(April 6, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Student Life announces the hiring of Yvonne Pena as director of student leadership development. Pena comes to UTSA with a wide range of leadership experience from institutions including the University of Nevada, Reno; Illinois State University and the University of New Mexico.

"We are so excited that Yvonne has joined the Student Life team. She brings a wealth of student leadership experience and a strong desire to work with our students," said John Kaulfus, associate dean of students. "Our students are hungry to engage in leadership development as they prepare to enter a very competitive job market. I am confident that Yvonne's presence on campus, in conjunction with the opening of the Student Leadership Center, will help many of our students reach their leadership potential and achieve their career goals."

Pena received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree from Texas A&M University in student affairs administration in higher education. She also has been an active member of NASPA for the last 10 years. NASPA is a respected higher education organization for student affairs administrators.

"It's exciting to be part of something new and innovative with the creation of the Student Leadership Center at UTSA," said Pena. "My hope is that students will embrace the concept that leadership is more than a position or a title, but it is an experience. In time, the Student Leadership Center will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring and resources for the students at UTSA. All students are encouraged to stop by and get involved."

The UTSA Student Leadership Center is in University Center Room 1.002 at the Main Campus, under the Roost game room and next to the Honors Alliance and Greek Life offices.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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