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Thirty-three UTSA faculty-staff receive honors at University Excellence Awards

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(April 10, 2012) -- A crowd of more than 400 UTSA faculty and staff members and students attended the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony April 10 in the University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus.

This year's ceremony began the new tradition of combining the staff University Excellence Awards and the Faculty Honors Convocation ceremonies. Additionally, the President's Distinguished Diversity Award made its debut in this year's honors.

The awards listed below were presented and 2011 service milestones and retirees were recognized.

>> Download the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony program including the lists of service awardees, retirees and award winners.

The program was opened by Gage E. Paine, vice president for student affairs, followed by retiree and service recognition by Kerry Kennedy, vice president for business affairs.

John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the President’s Distinguished Achievement Awards to faculty members and President Ricardo Romo presented the staff University Excellence Awards, the President's Distinguished Diversity Awards and the Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award.

The University Excellence Awards Planning Committee includes Debbie Jamison, Rebecca Luther, Ileana Aleman, Tim Brownlee, Maria Espericueta, David Diaz, Lisa Firmin, Sonia Martinez, Gina Mendez, Edda Petiton, Dawn Roberts, Sharmane Walker and Claudia White.


2012 University Excellence Awards winners

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Marian Aitches
  • David Han
  • Catherine Nolan-Ferrell

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Core Curriculum Teaching

  • Joel Christensen
  • Kimberly Massaro

The Rising Star Award

  • Christian Corrales

The Team Spirit Award

  • Teaching Assistant Orientation Team: -- (Teaching and Learning Center) Patricia Verdines, Heather Williams, Gregory Longoria and Kimberly McMahon and (Human Resources) Anne Jett, Francisco Erazo and Henry Barrera

President's Distinguished Diversity Awards

  • Joycelyn Moody
  • Academy for Teacher Excellence team: Belinda Bustos Flores, Ellen Riojas Clark, Betty Travis, Lorena Claeys, Maria Kaylor, Mary Riedel, Norma Guerra and Lucretia Fraga
  • Charles Miles

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service

  • Carola Wenk

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service

  • Eugene Dowdy

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement

  • Banglin Chen
  • Jill Hernandez

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Performance, Creative Production or Other Scholarly Achievement

  • Jeanne Reesman

President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization

  • Mohammad Jamshidi

The Extra Mile Award

  • Rebecca Gomez

The Leadership Award

  • Jessenia Skelton

Order of the Roadrunner Award

  • Kelly Kam-Watson

Richard S. Howe Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students Award

  • Kevin Price



Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

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. 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. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, 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

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