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Earlene Gonzales elected president of Texas child education association

Earlene Gonzales

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(Feb. 27, 2014) -- Earlene Gonzales, director of the UTSA Child Development Center, has been elected president of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (Texas AEYC) effective June 1. A longtime board member of TAEYC, Gonzales has more than 20 years of child development and education experience.

The Texas AEYC is a state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of the world's largest early-childhood education associations. For more than 50 years, the Texas AEYC has brought focus to the needs of young children and their early care and education. Additionally, Texas AEYC currently works to improve the early care and education workforce through scholarships and help with tuition for higher education degrees through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Texas Project.

"My goal for my term as association president is to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education at a broader level and continue to support higher education of the early childhood education workforce," said Gonzales. "The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, and the national association by extension, does truly wonderful work, and I hope to continue that tradition. I want to emphasize the importance of collaboration and care between educators of young children and their communities, as I have strived to do in my own work here at UTSA."

Gonzales was appointed director of the Child Development Center in 2010. She oversees all day-to-day activities related to UTSA's child-care services for students, faculty and staff. The center is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the NAEYC.

Before joining UTSA, Gonzales served as director of the San Antonio College Early Childhood Center for nearly 12 years and director of the San Antonio Independent School District Learning Center for Teen Parents for nearly four years. She also worked as an educator in infant, toddler, pre-school and kindergarten classrooms for many years.

Gonzales holds a master's degree in early childhood education and teaching and a bachelor's degree in human services with a specialization in child development from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. She received an Associate of Arts and Sciences in Child Development degree from San Antonio College.

>> For more information, visit the UTSA Child Development Center website or call 210-458-6364. 

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

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Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
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