(July 28, 2011)--Jessica Inocencio-Gray, a first-generation college student from Lytle, Texas, was named the fourth recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship.
Michael Beldon and his wife, Louise Beldon, a UT Austin graduate, are longtime San Antonio residents, serving on many boards and volunteering for community causes. They created the merit-based scholarship in 2007, which provides $5,000 to a Texas resident entering a UTSA doctoral program. Michael is chairman and CEO of Beldon Enterprises, a third-generation, family-owned commercial roofing business.
Inocencio-Gray is a first-generation college student and the first member of her family to pursue a doctoral degree. She grew up 30 minutes southwest of San Antonio in Lytle, Texas. Although her parents did not attend college, they emphasized to their children the importance of a receiving a college education. Jessica and each of her siblings have received college degrees, two from UTSA.
Inocencio-Gray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and archaeology from Princeton University (2005). In June 2005, she traveled to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she received a Master of Arts in Media Studies degree (2007). In 2010, she graduated with her second master's, and MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
She looks forward to starting her UTSA doctoral program this fall to earn a degree in business administration with an emphasis in organizational management. Inocencio-Gray's research interests include diversity and cross-cultural issues in organizations, performance of first-generation college graduates in the workplace, and gender and racial diversity among the corporate elite.
With the goal is to be a university professor and researcher, she aspires to emulate UTSA professors Including Judith Vogt, Mark Phillips and Kenneth Allard, whom she says, are "wonderful instructors who have significantly influenced my [career] interests by demonstrating intense passion for the field."
"I never possessed clear career goals until taking MBA classes at UTSA," said Inocencio-Gray. "After starting the program, I knew I wanted to become an organizational studies researcher and faculty member due to an immediate connection to the material."
"I am eager to commit four to five years of my life to develop expertise [in organizational management subjects] and will work diligently to fulfill my goal to become a researcher and faculty member at an institution that values scholarship," she added. "I am very thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Beldon because they have assisted in removing financial barriers that are difficult to overcome and are making the academic and professional goals of a first-generation college student a reality."
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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