(Nov. 29, 2012) -- The San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce has named Martha Lundell, Raquel Marquez and Betty Merchant among the recipients of its Constellation of Stars Awards. The awards recognize women of the community who advocate for, connect and empower women through political or business influences, networking or teaching. The awards were presented Nov. 9 at the Constellation of Stars Gala.
Martha Lundell, associate professor of biology, has contributed to the development and expansion of UTSA's biology program and the academic preparedness of its students. In an effort to evolve the curriculum of Biosciences 1, Lundell incorporated mandatory weekly tutorial/recitation sessions for the 2,000-plus students who take the course every semester. Her role as a chair of the department's academic policy and curriculum committee has contributed to the growth of the undergraduate biology program and its entrance requirements. She assisted in the creation of the cell and molecular Ph.D. program and has been an asset in the recruitment of new faculty.
Raquel Marquez, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, is a distinguished author and is working on a documentary film. Her work focuses on social issues that affect women and their families. She has developed a curriculum which studies gender issues with an emphasis on Latinas in society. Recently, she participated in an Oxford University roundtable on women's leadership, and consequently helped create the UTSA Women's Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy. The workshop series for female faculty and staff members focuses on the development of women's leadership and professional roles.
Betty Merchant, dean of the College of Education and Human Development, is an advocate for women's rights and social equality. Merchant helped establish the Consortium for Social Transformation -- an initiative for UTSA's academic programs in women's studies, African-American studies and Mexican-American studies -- and was involved in the transfer of the Women's Studies program to the COEHD. She is a strong supporter of the Women's Rape Crisis Center and other organizations designed to assist women and their families. Merchant is widely recognized for her authenticity and genuine dedication to social change and the advocacy of women.
"We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of Martha Lundell, Raquel Marquez and Betty Merchant," said John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Each of them -- in their daily work at UTSA -- teach, promote and exemplify the values that are celebrated through this awards program. More important, they each serve as outstanding role models for their colleagues and our students."
The San Antonio Women's Chamber of Commerce was established in 1988 to promote the business, economic and leadership development of women.
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.
Various residence halls, Main Campus
This come and go session allows Roadrunners and their families to explore all the great things the UTSA Libraries offers to help students succeed. Join a group on a quest through the library for a chance at prizes and enjoy some ice cream.
John Peace Library, Main Campus
Fast Action Trivia is a game where participants interact with fellow Roadrunners to test their brain skills while learning some interesting things about UTSA and have a chance to win actual cash money!
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.
Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.
Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.
Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus
Following Kickback, stick around the Union for a free screening of Avengers Infinity Wars.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
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