(July 19, 2010)--Melba Gomez knows about mental illness. She has seen family and friends battle to live in the grips of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia and major depression. She could write volumes on caring for a husband and son coping with post-traumatic stress disorder after their tours of military duty.
So, helping others through their struggle is natural for Gomez, an attorney for nearly 20 years and a current student at UTSA working on a master's degree in social work. Her determination and passion to help people who have mental illnesses are among the reasons she recently received the Ima Hogg Scholarship in Mental Health.
The annual $5,000 scholarship is given to graduate students in social work who demonstrate a strong commitment to providing mental health services after graduation. Application is open to students enrolled in one of 11 Texas graduate schools accredited in social work, but only five applicants are chosen. Because this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which awards the scholarship, 10 applicants were chosen.
"The Ima Hogg Foundation for Mental Health scholarship is a step forward in my career. It is a prestigious organization in the field of mental health," Gomez said. "The distinction of receiving this award is very encouraging, and I feel honored to be one of the recipients."
After graduation, scheduled for summer 2011, Gomez plans to be an advocate for the rights of the mentally ill along with providing mental health services. She especially would like to help Hispanic/Latino and Spanish-speaking populations who are greatly underserved, and she wants to help veterans and their families as they cope with the effects of traumatic experiences.
"Melba has a great deal of wisdom because of her previous work and life experiences," said Rosalie Ambrosino, UTSA professor and interim chair in the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy. "What makes her especially outstanding is her passion for helping people with mental health needs and her realization after playing other helping roles that she thinks she can do that best as a social worker."
The Hogg Foundation was established in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James Hogg to promote mental health for the people of Texas. In 1956, daughter Ima Hogg created the scholarship program to increase the number of trained social workers delivering quality mental health services in the state.
The UTSA East Asia Institute will host Consul General Tetsuro Amano of the Consulate General of Japan in Houston to give a lecture entitled "The Japan – U.S. Relations: Present and Future--What Lies Ahead for Japan and the U.S."
Business Building (BB 1.01.15), Main Campus
The 12th annual Law School Fair at UTSA is an excellent resource for students to speak with representatives from American Bar Association approved law schools and learn about admissions, financing, course offerings, student life, and program reputation. The event is free and open to anyone planning to attend law school.
McKinney Humanities Galleria, Main Campus
The night begins with an astronomy themed lecture in lecture hall 2.02.02 of the Flawn Science Building on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is given at a middle-school student level and allows discussion of recent topics in astronomy and space. After the lecture, guests will climb to the roof for some stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Houston's Russian Children's Theater presents "Wonderful Journey of Nils Holgerson"
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ART 2.03.02B), Main Campus
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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