(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."
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
Celebrate 40 years of BestFest, an annual event hosted by Roadrunner Productions as a part of UTSA Homecoming festivities. The event will feature a carnival, food and drink booths, a golf cart parade, firework and live music from Anthem.
Brackenridge Lot 1, Main Campus
Celebrate homecoming as the Roadrunners take on Rice. Come early for the Spirit Walk, tailgating, games, music and food. Stick around for a halftime show with SOSA and the crowning of Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., Downtown San Antonio
The Leadership Storytelling Homecoming Brunch brings together UTSA alumni and students to share a delicious meal as well as a roundtable conversation about how experiences in college carry us forward on unique leadership journeys.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization. The conference fee is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch & parking. Free for students and non-academic government employees. Register here: https://www.regonline.com/UTSAdataconference2017.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
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