Tuesday, August 04, 2015

UTSA student Torrie Jackson honored by sorority at national conference

Torrie Jackson

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(Sept. 21, 2012) -- UTSA student Torrie Jackson was named an undergraduate member-at-large of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. at the group's National Boule Conference in San Francisco. Jackson hosted sessions at the conference to elect new officers and organize efforts for the sorority's worldwide initiatives. With the theme "Gateway to Global Leadership Through Timeless Service," members attended workshops and shared ideas in the spirit of their 104-year-old organization.

For the next two years, Jackson will serve on the international directorate of Alpha Kappa Alpha as one of two undergraduate members-at-large. Additionally, she will serve on the International Undergraduate Activities Committee to help develop, coordinate and promote programs among undergraduate chapters, and present workshops at regional and international conferences and other events.

A senior psychology major from Houston, Jackson is president of the Omicron Tau chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Additionally, she is the VOICES vice president of membership, vice president of NPHC, a resident assistant, a member of the UTSA Honors College and a McNair Scholar. She has completed more than 150 community service hours with VOICES. She plans to graduate in May 2013 and will pursue a graduate degree in higher education administration.

The Omicron Tau chapter at UTSA works to support high academic achievement, ethical standards and civic responsibility through nonprofit events and programs throughout Greater San Antonio including San Antonio Food Bank volunteering, money and credit management programs, health awareness programs and the Mr. Pink and Green Scholarship Pageant. The group will assist with a voter registration drive Sept. 17-21 at the UTSA Main Campus.

Alpha Kappa Alpha has provided service for more than a century with a membership of more than 260,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Korea, Japan and Africa. Since its founding at Howard University in 1908, the sorority has initiated and sponsored civil rights, education, economic empowerment and health programs to better the world.

For more information, contact Torrie Jackson, UTSA chapter president; Pilar Evans, chapter publicity officer; or Donna Millhouse, graduate adviser.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
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Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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