(July 26, 2013) -- The UTSA Higher Education Administration Student Association (HEASA) will host its fifth annual Texas Higher Education Symposium Aug. 1-2 at the UTSA Main Campus.
The event, "P-20: Educators Bridging, Connecting and Understanding to Enhance Student Educational Success," will bring together educational leaders, professors and students from around the state for a series of presentations and discussions about higher education.
Eyra Perez, the San Antonio Education Partnership executive director and manager of Cafe College, will provide this year's HEASA Distinguished Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. Perez has more than 20 years of experience in higher education including previous work for the Office of P-20 Initiatives, the Honors Program and the Prefreshman Engineering Program at UTSA.
This year, school personnel and community members are invited to take part in the P-20 symposium through a new session, "Online Tools to Promote College-Going," from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104). The free session will feature presenters from the national, state and community levels. Attendees will learn about new online tools for students and their families. These tools, BigFuture, Compare College Texas and the OurSchool Portal, are designed to help middle school through college-aged students explore college options and manage college resources.
On Friday, Aug. 2, the symposium will showcase posters demonstrating P-20 research conducted by scholars from across the state. Vijay Kanagala, postdoctoral fellow with the UTSA Center for Research and Policy in Education (CRPE), organized the poster session.
Following the poster demonstration, conference organizers will host a luncheon featuring a panel moderated by Laura Cortez of the CRPE. The panel will discuss transition points along the P-20 curriculum.
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in higher education administration, professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.
The Aug. 1-2 symposium is sponsored by HEASA, the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Amaury Nora of the Review of Higher Education,and Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services.
All events, with the exception of Friday's luncheon, are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit the UTSA College of Education and Human Development website or contact UTSA Professor Maricela Oliva at 210-458-5832.
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The Club at Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd., San Antnio
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Recreational Field Complex, Main Campus
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Hotel Emma, 136 E. Grayson St., San Antonio
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Confucius Institute at UTSA (MB 1.208), Main Campus
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Convocation Center, Main Campus
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