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UTSA's Rudy Reyna receives Community Service Award from Hispanic Chamber

Rudy Reyna

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(July 24, 2014) -- Rudy Reyna, who oversees the Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) and TRIO programs at UTSA, received the Community Service Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC), presented at the 2014 Business Awards Dinner on July 17.

"We are honored to recognize and congratulate these outstanding business leaders in our community," said SAHCC President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos, lauding nine honorees from different categories. "Their dedication to our city's economic well-being has helped develop San Antonio into the great city that it is."

A San Antonio native, Reyna graduated from South San Antonio High School before obtaining a bachelor's and doctorate from Texas A&M University, as well as a master's degree from Columbia University. As the executive director of PREP, Reyna heads a challenging academic program designed to motivate and prepare middle and high school students for success in advanced studies leading to careers in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Because of their historical underrepresentation in STEM fields, PREP provides special outreach to Hispanics, African-Americans, Native Americans and females.

Reyna also leads the federally funded TRIO programs, dedicated to helping first-generation, low-income students succeed in their precollege performance and higher education pursuits.

Jude Valdez, UTSA vice president for community services, said, "Dr. Reyna is an engaged member of the community, as he serves on various boards and committees aiming to better the lives of individuals and the community at large."

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UTSA makes the grade with a strong core curriculum

UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.

For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.

Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.

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Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice

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