(July 14, 2014) -- The UTSA Women's Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy (WPASA) recently presented its second program with 24 women staff and faculty representing each of the vice presidential areas and the president's office. The academy began with a keynote delivered by Gage Paine, vice president for student affairs at UT Austin, who was introduced by Marjie French, UTSA vice president for external relations.
The academy featured lectures and panel discussions led by Judith Verdon from UTSA HR Training and Development; Cindy Teske, assistant director of the UTSA College of Business Academy of Leadership and Transformation; Alison Smith, UTSA assistant director of fitness and wellness; and Marcheta Evans, vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University.
Workshops were conducted by WPASA alumni and a steering committee including Rhonda M. Gonzales, Ann Eisenberg, Em de la Rosa, Nina Sosa, Raquel Marquez and Rebecca Anderson.
Participant Mary Peters said, "It was a refreshing review of personal career accomplishments and goals. It also served as a very productive and intensive networking opportunity with female faculty and staff that I otherwise might never have had the pleasure of engaging."
WPASA was founded in 2012 to support a cross-section of women in higher education in developing their careers. It focuses on building professional talents, enhancing leadership skills, developing a pipeline of university collaborations and partnerships, and creating opportunity for mentor/sponsor relationships. In spring 2013, the academy achieved a milestone when the President's Distinguished Diversity Award was awarded to the WPASA steering committee.
The 2014-2015 WPASA participants were selected and funded by their respective leadership areas. The cohort members and their leadership areas are:
Andra Kiser, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Anne Jimenez, Student Conduct and Community Studies
April Lawver, College of Business Academic Advising
Ashley Spain, Orientation and Family Programs
Belinda Harmon, P-20 Initiatives
Brittany Pratt, Development
Carol Gonzalez, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Cassandra Porter, Inventory
Denise Boyett, Business Auxiliary Services
Diana Cisneros, Office of the President
Ginnifer Cie Cee, Office of the Registrar
Giselle Diaz, UTSA Art Collection
Karen Daas, Department of Communication
Karen Ivy, Career Services
Kirstin Wilsey, Research Service Center
Lisa Pecor, Student Health Services
Marisela Fuentes, Operations and Gift Services
Marlene Zacarias, Facilities and Engineering Project Management
Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Department of Psychology
Mary Peters, Small Business Development Center
Patricia Cardenas, Office of the President
Patricia Sanchez, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Rebekah Smith, Department of Psychology
Ruth Ann Carrillo, Purchasing and Distribution Services
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.
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.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
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This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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