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UTSA scholar Roxanne Henkin named 2012 Education Headliner

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(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:

  • Elizabeth Ruiz, KTSA 550 AM/Border Media, Media Excellence Headliner
  • Lucy Greer Burton, University Presbyterian Church Source of Light Center, Harriet Ross Individual Achievement Headliner
  • David T. Young, Ph.D., Southwest Research Institute, Professional Achievement Headliner
  • Mary Stanchak, Discovery School, Public Endeavor Headliner
  • Patt Cantú, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Volunteer Service Headliner
  • Susie P. Gonzalez, Trinity University, AWC Maggie Cousins Award

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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