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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Sarah Gibbens is news editor for Paisano student paper

Sarah Gibbens

UTSA Roadrunner Sarah Gibbens

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(Aug. 6, 2013) -- Meet Sarah Gibbens, a 21-year-old English and political science major at UTSA, who was one of 13 Bexar County recipients to receive a $2,000 scholarship last month from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists. This fall, the San Antonio native also will serve as the news editor for the UTSA student newspaper, The Paisano.

Gibbens has been a Paisano writer for three years and has enjoyed the variety of stories she has pursued, ranging from politics to arts to sports. She looks forward to her new responsibilities at The Paisano.

"I want it to have a cohesive mix of student life, UTSA news, and news locally and abroad that is relevant to UTSA students," said Gibbens. "As the news editor, I will work with a great team of really talented writers, and I hope to foster that passion for news journalism in everyone else who joins our team."

According to Gibbens, journalists play an important role in purveying truth and are responsible for conveying the heart of a matter to their readers.

The UTSA junior is considering graduate school or entering the workforce to achieve her goal of being a political correspondent in Washington, D.C., or traveling the world as a writer for National Geographic.

Since SAAHJ was established in 1986, it has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to journalism and communication majors from Bexar County.

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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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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

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.
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6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

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Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

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

President's BBQ on the Plaza

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Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
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Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

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