(June 19, 2012) -- UTSA Professor Roxanne Henkin in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching has been named the 2012 Education Headliner by the San Antonio chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC). Henkin will receive her award at the AWC 32nd annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction on Friday, June 22.
Henkin joined the UTSA College of Education and Human Development in 2003 with 18 years of teaching experience in the public school system and 13 years as a professor at National Louis University in Chicago. Her research interests include literacy and social justice, critical literacy and writing, and she is the author of two books on literacy and social justice, "Confronting Bullying: Literacy as a Tool for Character Education" (2005) and "Who's Invited to Share: Using Literacy to Teach for Equity and Social Justice" (1998). Her work has also appeared in a variety of scholarly journals such as Voices from the Middle, Democracy and Education, Language Arts, English Journal and Literacy Matters.
Henkin established the San Antonio Writing Project in 2006 as a partnership between the National Writing Project and the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching to improve the writing of Pre-K through college students in the greater San Antonio region, particularly English language learners and children from impoverished areas of South Texas. It is one of more than 200 National Writing Project sites that aim to collectively improve writing instruction in K-12 classrooms across the nation. Similarly, she established the Limpopo Writing Project in South Africa, which she and the San Antonio Writing Project continue to support. The Limpopo Writing Project will have its fourth Invitational Institute in July.
"I am honored to be receiving this award, and I'd like to share it with all the teachers in the San Antonio Writing Project who do such incredible work with their students every day," said Henkin.
The AWC will honor six other notable professionals alongside Henkin at this year's awards ceremony. They include:
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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