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UTSA announces University Excellence Awards nominees for 2022

UTSA announces University Excellence Awards nominees for 2022

APRIL 18, 2022 — UTSA has announced the nominees for this year’s University Excellence Awards — the annual event that celebrates the achievements of Roadrunner faculty and staff, including exceptional teaching, innovative research, exemplary team spirit and impactful advocacy.

The pre-recorded ceremony will air from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The event will feature UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Myron Anderson, Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar and Staff Senate Chair Brandy Barksdale.

Roadrunner faculty and staff are invited to attend an on-campus watch party where they can watch the broadcast on a big screen with colleagues. The parties will take place on the UTSA Main Campus in the Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04) and the Downtown Campus in the Durango Building, La Villita Room (DBB 1.116). Alternatively, viewers may access the ceremony at utsa.edu/excellence awards to join in the celebration from their home or office.

UTSA’s University Excellence Awards are given in three categories:

  • President’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards, which recognize the achievements of faculty who have excelled in teaching, research or service

  • President’s Distinguished Diversity Awards, which recognize the work of individuals or groups that help the UTSA community think about and practice diversity and inclusion in creative and collaborative ways

  • University Excellence Staff Awards, which honor outstanding UTSA employees who demonstrate excellent work performance


PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARDS


Richard S. Howe Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Andrew Bergmann
  • Catherine Nolan-Ferrell
  • Kathryn Brown

Teaching Excellence Award

  • Yongcan Cao
  • David Han
  • Amir Karimi
  • Yvette Sands
  • Ian Thacker
  • Van Lac
  • Crystal Kalinec-Craig
  • Eva Wikberg
  • Cindy Ermus
  • John Zarco
  • Matthias Hofferberth
  • Kevin Desai
  • Michael C. Hanna
  • Eddie Hernandez
  • Rafael lopez-Mobilia
  • Isabel A. Muzzio
  • Rocky Slavin
  • Gina Amatangelo
  • Favor Campbell
  • Kelly Cheever
  • Chantal Fahmy
  • Kelley J. Reno
  • Corey Sparks
  • Jelena Todic
  • Erica Wallace

Core Curriculum Award

  • Rebecca Schroeder
  • Susan Gelb Rosenberg
  • Jessica Beckham

University Service Award

  • Wei-Ming Lin
  • Ronald Sweet
  • Deepa Chandrasekaran
  • Jason Yaeger
  • Turgay Korkmaz
  • David B. Jaffe
  • Doug E. Frantz
  • Willam Land
  • Sara Oswalt

Advancing Globalization Award

  • David Akopian
  • Rosalind Horowitz
  • Nicolas Large
  • Katelyn Sileo
  • Bonita B. Sharma

Innovation & Impact Award (I2)

  • The Graduate Grand Challenge Team (Rebecca Weston, Lindsay O'Day, Emily Lerma, Juan Alvarado, Angela Grant)
  • Explore STEM @ UTSA (Wei Wang, Kathy Ewoldt, Mimi Xie, Alberto Mestas-Nunez)
  • Dallas Police Department Violence Reduction Project (Michael Smith, Rob Tillyer)

Community Impact Award

  • Neda Norouzi
  • Carmen Fies
  • Gabriela Gonzalez
  • Rebecca Bria

Research Achievement Award 

  • Wei Gao
  • Vikram Kapoor
  • Miltos Alamaniotis
  • Stewart R. Miller
  • Kim-Kwang Choo
  • Richard T. Gretz
  • Xunwu Chen
  • Omar Valerio-Jimenez
  • Fernando Campos
  • Jessica Nowlin
  • Thomas G. Forsthuber
  • Brian P. Hermann
  • Amanda Fernandez
  • Francis Yoshimoto
  • Terence Hill
  • Jeffrey T. Howard
  • Sandra B. Morissette
  • Marie Tillyer
  • Willie Hale

Mentoring Award

  • David Akopian
  • Betty Merchant
  • Thad Bartlett
  • John Quarles
  • Johnelle Sparks

Performance, Creative, Production Award 

  • Tracy Cowden


PRESIDENT'S DISTINGUISHED DIVERSITY AWARDS


Faculty/Staff (Groups)

  • La Raza Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association
    • (Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Belinda Saldaña Harmon, Rachel Cruz, Sonya Aleman, Sylvia Mendoza, Mario Flores,  Noelani Cubillos-Sanchez, Cynthia Arreola)
  • ECE Female Faculty
    • (JoAnn Browning, Chunjiang Qian, Joo Ong, Wei-min Lin, Mo Jamshidi, Ram Krishnan, Yufang Jin, Ruyan Guo, Michelle Zhang, Justin Briham)
  • HSI Career Collaborative
    • (Mario Vela, Michelle Schenk, Regina Gomez, Melissa Ramirez, Shruti Anand, Cristina Sanchez)
  • Office of Professional Preparation and Partnerships
    • (Belinda Bustos Flores, Kristen Lindahl, Michael Vriesenga, Youmna Dbouk, Tiffany Farias-Sokoloski, Claudia Garcia, Lucinda “Nicki” Sohn, Jennifer Swoyer, Lorena Claeys, Kimberly Perez)
  • Pride FSA
    • (Luca Pozzi, John Shaffer, Derek Robertson, Sharon Nichols, Amy Manning-Thompson, Madison Cowles, Damaris Ibarra, Tim Palese)
  • Racial Justice Book Club
    • (Ammi Bui, Ann Margaret Trujillo)
  • UTSA Racial Justice Equity 21-Day Challenge
    • (Laura Munroe, Brandi Scott, Alvin Curette)

Faculty/Staff (Indivduals)

  • Neda Norouzi
  • Loretta Long
  • RaLynn McGuire
  • Shelby Scott
  • Vincent Perez

Student Organizations 

  • National Society of Black Engineers

Students (Indivduals)

  •  Alpha Martinez-Suarez 
  •  Priscilla Okolie 
  •  Quyen Do

UNIVERSITY EXCELLENCE STAFF AWARDS


Richard S. Howe Service to Undergraduate Students Award 

  • Gail Taylor
  • Najim Center for Innovation (Hugh Stevens, Rachael Fletcher, Erica Clark)

Leadership Award

  • Barbara Smith
  • Christopher Kibbe
  • Frances Whitaker
  • Kelly Rock
  • Michelle Schenk
  • Molly Ralph
  • Shawn Farrell
  • Judy Olivarez

Rising Star Award

  • Amy McManus
  • Daniel Ramirez-Escobedo
  • Danielle Gawronski
  • Josie Medel
  • Katherine Madden
  • Marko Krekovic
  • Shruti Anand
  • Debra Leal
  • Kevin Desai
  • Elizabeth Tate

Extra Mile Award

  • Allyn Rede
  • Annele Gonzalez
  • Dionne Davila
  • Iselda Rodriguez
  • Johnathan Jarrell
  • Jolyn Demarest
  • Joseph Milne
  • Joshua Guerra
  • Kelsey Thias
  • Laura Sheehy
  • Melissa Platt
  • Rachael Fletcher
  • Rebecca Weston
  • Regina Gomez
  • Wendell Griffith
  • Kalia Glover
  • Melanie Zulaica
  • Evangelina Torres

Team Spirit Award

  • Accounting Tutor Team
    • (Marko Krekovic, Tina Qiao, Sigfredo Cruz, Victor Montoya)
  • Carnegie Tier One Team
    • (Arya Singh, Jerome Keating)
  • Classroom Scheduling Team
    • (Ramiro Hernandez, Flor Hernandez, Donald Swinson)
  • Defining Moments Team
    • (Jodi Peterson, Humberto Saenz, Mark McCoin, Ethan Wickman, Jourdan Howell, Megan Rulewicz, John Bagarozy, Emily Johnson, Will Smith, Ernest Hernandez, Claudia Arcolin)
  • Giving Day Development and Alumni Relations Team
    • (Heather Green, Jessica Wojda, Madison Underwood, Jennilee Garza, Kristine Garza Benson, Erica Dixon, Jessica Rios, Stephen Skinner, Veronica Dominguez, Mario Maldonado, Christian Jensen)
  • Libraries Team
    • (Adam Zaby, Hejin Shin, Del De la Cruz, Karina Franco, Cheri Bratton, Joshua Cox, Marcus Tapia, Richard Quini, George Akech)
  • Music Department Team
    • (Naomy Ybarra, Steven Hill, Francisco Chavez-Silva, Wesley Uchiyama-Penix, Donald Marchand)
  • Pandemic Response Team
    • (Mary Hernandez, Lauren Beaver, Andrea Fernandez, Kareem Salama, Jolyn Demarest, Elyse Brown)
  • RowdyLink and R25 Integration Team
    • (Jessica Dawson, Jessica Stanford, Douglas Carter)
  • Transportation Team
    • (Ricardo Escobar, II, James Greene, Irasema Boatright, Michael Silva) (Special Shoutout to University Drivers: Kristin Boatright, Jimmie Booze, Brian Buggs, Yevgenia Capriatti, Markus Carter, David Castillo, Almaluz Cornejo, Benjamin Espinosa, Martin Gaytan, Israel Gaytan, Richard Guerra, Kenneth Johnson, Maria Lopez, Catherine McKalpain, Farah Nadela, Steven Ruiz, Emmanuel Ruiz, Natie Sutton, Michael Talbert, Robert Taylor, Gilberto Vadillo, Larry Woytasczyk, Yolanda Young)
  • Facilities Team
    • (Fred Weidner, Della Reyes, George Martinez, Raymond Rosalez, Henrietta Mercado, Eunice De La Cruz, Juan Morales, Scott Reuter, Juan Villarreal, Kim Norton)
  • Terri Matiella
  • Andres Vazquez

Order of the Roadrunner

  • Tina Garza

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