(May 18, 2011)--University of Texas at San Antonio graduate students Federico Cantu and Jennifer Quinones have been awarded scholarships from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support bilingual mental health services in Texas. Both are students in the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy.
Cantu returned to UTSA for graduate studies after receiving his bachelor's degree in social work. He also earned a master's in business administration through the University of Phoenix. Cantu works with the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio and formerly was with the Department of Family and Protective Services in Houston.
"My ultimate goal is to open an education center where both individuals and their families can learn about disorders and treatment options," he said. "Family support is one of the best methods to help manage an individual's diagnosis."
Quinones also returned to UTSA for a master's degree after receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology. In addition to her interest in social work, Quinones spent time working as a research scientist associate for the UTSA Department of Biology.
"As a social worker, I plan to tap into the knowledge I have gained through my studies to better serve the Spanish-speaking population in Texas," she said.
The scholarships are part of a statewide strategy to increase Spanish-language mental health services. The strategy has proven so successful that the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is investing an additional $1.5 million to extend the program three more years.
The foundation pays tuition and fees for new bilingual students entering graduate social work programs in Texas. In return, students agree to provide mental health services in Texas for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. The foundation has awarded 82 scholarships in just two years.
The Hogg Foundation was founded in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James Hogg to improve mental health for the people of Texas. The foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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