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UTSA Gilman Scholars go to Belize, Cambodia, Italy, Spain this summer

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Elle Farias, David Bernal, and Andrew Nicholl will travel abroad this summer; all three received scholarships from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program. Awardee Tiffany Williams is not pictured.

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(May 25, 2011)--Four UTSA students are among the first summer scholarship awardees of the nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program.

"We're thrilled that our students will be able to study abroad this summer with the help of the Gilman program," said Holly Hill, director of education abroad services in the UTSA Office of International Programs. "These students understand the value of gaining experience studying in a foreign country, and they worked hard to make it happen."

Six UTSA students applied for the summer Gilman scholarship program, which is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell grants and planning to study abroad. Other Texas universities with scholarship recipients are Texas A&M University, 8, Texas Tech University, 2, University of Texas at Arlington, 2, and University of Texas at Austin, 10.

The UTSA winners include:

  • David Bernal, junior, Dallas, kinesiology, Italy, $1,500
  • Elle Farias, senior, San Antonio, physics, Cambodia, $4,000
  • Andrew Nicholl, senior, history and anthropology double major, Belize, $2,000
  • Tiffany Williams, senior, Sugar Land, electrical engineering, Spain, $3,000

Elle Farias will travel abroad for the first time this summer. Her trip to Cambodia will expand her international experience. Farias, a physics major with an international studies minor, picked Cambodia because it wasn't the typical study abroad location.

"It seemed very adventurous," she said, adding that with courses in international relations, this was a good way to determine if she wanted to add a political science double major to her studies.

Andrew Nicholl will study with UTSA faculty members Jason Yaeger and M. Kathryn Brown in Belize to learn the ins and outs of archeology fieldwork. The faculty-led study abroad program will investigate ancient Mayan civilization, visit archeological sites and spend four weeks in Belize while earning six credits in the study of anthropology.

"I've always been completely and utterly fascinated with history and archeology and seeing how we are all the same," Nicholl explained.

Tiffany Williams has done multiple internships with Raytheon, starting in 2009. They were gracious enough to let her do study abroad in Spain and then come back later this summer to continue her internship.

"I chose to study abroad because I wanted a chance to master Spanish, and the website showed promising results," said Williams. "The duration of my program is perfect because it allows me to study in Madrid half of the summer and the opportunity to continue an internship with Raytheon the second half."

To apply for a scholarship, visit the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship website.

 

 

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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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