First-Generation UTSA Alumna Receives Office of Information Technology, Tomas Rivera Center Laptop Award

September 09, 2016



by Nicole Duff at 11:25 AM in Campus Community, Productivity, Interesting, Events, Student Info

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(from left-right: Director of Customer Service and Operations Support Ben Garcia, Assistant Vice Provost for IT Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., Assistant Director for the TRC Downtown Campus Leticia Longoria-Fisher, M.ED., Award Recipient Martha De Los Reyes, Professor and Chair in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Enrique Aleman, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and COO for the HACU John Moder, Ph.D., Chief Development and Marketing Officer for the HACU Sandra Holt, and Executive Director of the TRC Leticia Duncan-Brosnan, Ph.D.)

The UTSA Office of Information Technology, in collaboration with the UTSA Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success, named Martha De Los Reyes the recipient of its 2016 Laptop Award. De Los Reyes, a '16 alumna, was honored on September 7 at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)/Access College and Excel (ACE) Scholar Program Award Ceremony, which is held annually at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Tomas Rivera Center (TRC) recognize outstanding graduates of the ACE Scholar Program, who have obtained a GPA of at least 2.50, and exemplified strong community and campus involvement while at UTSA. The program is specifically designed to assist freshmen from certain high schools with smoothly transitioning into a four-year university in order to earn their bachelor's degree.

"Another one of the things we look for is that we'd like candidates to graduate in four," said Leticia Longoria-Fisher, assistant director for the TRC Downtown Campus. "That's a big criteria."

De Los Reyes obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in May. During her academic sojourn, she balanced her studies with enriching extra-curricular activities and was actively involved in the UTSA and San Antonio communities. She served as a member of the UTSA Psychology Club, Protectors of Animal Welfare and Safety (PAWS) and the TRC Service Learning project titled "Graffiti Wipe Out."

In addition, she devoted countless hours as a volunteer at the Guadalupe Community Center, the Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption (SARA) Sanctuary in Seguin, as well as Habitat for Humanity. De Los Reyes also frequently volunteered at the Battered Women's Shelter and the San Antonio Food Bank.

"Martha was a very precise student and is a very hard worker," said Longoria-Fisher. "Being a first-generation student, she didn't have that help at home and during our advising sessions or in class she asked those questions that were so important. That helped her to not only graduate with her psychology degree but to graduate in four."

At the award ceremony, De Los Reyes was presented with a laptop, tablet, accessories and an award certificate by Assistant Vice Provost for Information Technology Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., and Executive Director of Development for HACU John Moder, Ph.D. Professor and Chair in the UTSA Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Enrique Aleman Ph.D., served as the ceremony's inspirational keynote speaker.

"We are very proud of her," said Longoria-Fisher. "Martha is looking forward to giving back and working full-time with first-generation students."

In 2003, UTSA formed a partnership with HACU, allowing the university to receive funding from a collaboration that HACU once had with the former technology hardware company, Gateway. This partnership enables OIT to provide laptop awards for selected ACE Scholar Program graduates annually to help expand technology access.

 

 

To learn more about the ACE Scholar Program, visit https://www.utsa.edu/trcss/ace/.

Click here to learn more about the HACU agreement with Gateway.