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Assistant professor in criminal justice receives award for best journal article

Holly Ventura Miller

Holly Ventura Miller

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(Sept. 6, 2011) -- Holly Ventura Miller, assistant professor of criminal justice in the UTSA College of Public Policy, recently received the Outstanding Article Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA) for her article, "The Social Context of Acculturation: Findings from a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents." The award is given to the best article published in the SCJA official publication, American Journal of Criminal Justice. The article was chosen from 50 articles that appeared in the publication over the last year.

"It is awards such as these that show how serious the faculty is in moving UTSA forward to become a Tier One research university," said Roger Enriquez, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. "Our faculty continues to demonstrate research capabilities consistent with the best criminal justice researchers in the nation. We are proud to say that the Department of Criminal Justice is helping to lead the College of Public Policy to the next level."

Miller's article reflects her research, which attempts to fill gaps in the current literature related to the influence of acculturation on Hispanic drug use and delinquency. Miller examined the relationship between drug use and gang membership, drug availability and peer influence among Mexican American adolescents in the southwestern United States.

"While it's great to be recognized for your work, I'm more excited about the actual substantive topic of the research," said Miller. "No group has grown faster in the U.S. over the past two decades than the Hispanic population, but criminological research has lagged behind. There is a dearth of empirical knowledge out there about Hispanics and crime, and I hope that by bringing attention to this particular article, it will spur on additional investigations of the diverse groups comprising the Hispanic population in the United States."

The Southern Criminal Justice Association is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Officially established in 1972, SCJA is a professional association serving criminal justice educators, researchers, practitioners and students committed to the ongoing development of criminal justice science and practice.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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