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UTSA English doctoral program honored second time as Excelencia Award finalist


UTSA Professor Jeanne Reesman and Rep. Charlie Gonzales at Excelencia Award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 17, 2012) -- For the second consecutive year, the UTSA doctoral program in English
was recognized as an Example of Excelencia Award finalist in the graduate school category at
a recent ceremony at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Excelencia in Education is one of America's top programs in increasing degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor's and graduate degree levels. The organization aims to accelerate higher education success for Latino students by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latino students and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement.

UTSA's program was nominated by Jeanne Reesman, UTSA professor and graduate adviser of record, and Norma Cantu, UTSA professor emeritus.

"Our program deserves recognition for its focus on promoting and achieving the dramatic success of Latino and Latina students at the graduate level in the field of literary and cultural studies," said Reesman. "While the doctoral program is only 12 years old, it has demonstrated a record of achievement in graduating Latino and Latina students."

Since its establishment in 2000, the doctoral program in English has awarded 20 degrees, and 12 recipients or 60 percent, were Latina or Latino students. Of the current doctoral degree candidates, 46 percent are Latina or Latino and 52 percent of the students enrolled in the doctoral program are Latina or Latino.

With an emphasis on cross-cultural studies, Latina and Latino studies, and rhetoric and composition, the UTSA doctoral degree in English addresses the need for more doctoral degrees in English with emphasis in Latino and Latino studies and rhetoric and composition to enter academia and train future leaders and professionals.

Twenty faculty members teach in the program and have received numerous accolades including 12 Fulbright lectureships and grants from the National Education Association, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. Additionally, faculty members have garnered fellowships with the Huntington Library, California Historical Society, Newberry Library, Folger Shakespeare Library and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and a Catedra Laboris at the Universidad de Monterrey.

Faculty honors include the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Scholar of the Year in 2008, International Latino Book Prize for Poetry Translation in 2008, Nora Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing in 2007 and the Modern Language Association Prize for Distinguished Bibliography in 2003.

Doctoral students in the program have received five Ford Foundation fellowships, Presidential Dissertation fellowships, Smithsonian Graduate fellowships, UTSA Graduate School H.E.B. fellowships and Louise and Michael Beldon doctoral scholarships.

>> Learn more at the UTSA Department of English website.


Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

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

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