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Migrant Student Program Wins a Bronze Award

For the sixth consecutive year, Continuing Education is the recipient of a University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) award for its Exemplary Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony. This year the ceremony received a bronze award in the Promotion/Publicity: Public Relations Event category of the 2008 UCEA Strategic Marketing competition. The award was presented during UCEA’s 94th Annual Conference on April 1-4, 2009, in Boston. The team for planning the 2008 event included marketing director Kevin Wier, art director David Grosvenor, program coordinator Peggy Wimberley, assistant program coordinator Luz Hinojosa, migrant student services staff members Eusebia Vargas and Alma Carrillo, and college student worker Daisy Cantu.


2007 HOW In-HOWse Design Honorable Mention Award for 2006 Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony and Exemplary Student Booklet

The K-16 Education Center received an Honorable Mention Award from the In-HOWse Design Awards Program for the 2006 Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony and Exemplary Student Booklet. The K-16 Education Center Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony team included Art Director Kevin Rathge, Program Coordinator Peggy Wimberley, Assistant Program Coordinator Luz Hinojosa, Migrant Student Services staff members Eusebia Vargas and Alma Carrillo, and student worker Daisy Cantu.


2007 UCEA Gold and Silver Awards for Outstanding Marketing and Publications

Each year, The University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) recognizes the best marketing pieces in the field of continuing education. This year, the K-16 Education Center received a gold award for the K-16 Catalog and a silver award for the 2006 Exemplary Migrant Student Program. The gold award honors the K-16 Catalog team of Graphic Designer, Gina Miller; Art Director, Kevin Rathge,and Writer, Cathy Buschemi. The Exemplary Migrant Student Program design team included Art Director, Kevin Rathge, Program Coordinator Peggy Wimberley, Assistant Program Coordinator Luz Hinojosa, Migrant Student Services staff members Eusebia Vargas and Alma Carrillo, and student worker Daisy Cantu.


LUCHA™ Program receives the UCEA Outstanding Program Award

The University of Texas at Austin K-16 Education Center’s LUCHA™ Program received the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Outstanding Program Award for the southern region. This award honors credit and non-credit continuing education programs at UCEA member institutions for excellence in achieving their educational objectives.

The LUCHA™ (Language Learners at the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Hispanic Achievement) Program is an innovative K-16 Education Center initiative designed to help Hispanic English Language Learners transition into public schools, thereby helping them to achieve success in school, college, and life. The program offers school districts the following services: obtaining transcripts from Mexico, analyzing transcripts, aligning Mexican curriculum to Texas curriculum, online courses in Spanish, and diagnostic assessments in Spanish. The program has been implemented by school districts throughout Texas.

The LUCHA™ Program has also been nominated for the UCEA National Award. The winner of this prestigious award will be revealed in March 2008 at the UCEA National Conference in New Orleans.


Donald Haughey’s Painting

ainting of several caskets with United States flags from slightly different prespectives; painterly negative space; the painting is refined at the bottom and becomes sketchier and gives less information as you progress up the imageDonald Haughey’s watercolor painting, “Remembrance -3000+” was featured in the Austin American Statesman with an article on the Dougherty Arts Center exhibit entitled, “War: Artists Respond”. Donald’s thought behind his painting was to “stop and remember all of those who have died in this war. I wanted people to see it in a quiet way, no matter what their feelings on the war. These three fully developed caskets represent 1000 soldiers each, and the fourth one is developing.” Donald Haughey is the UT K16 Education Center’s high school Art 1 instructor. Donald also teaches at St. Edward’s University.


2006 UCEA Gold Award for 2005 Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony and Exemplary Student Booklet

Three piece system, shows covers; textile texture with flower etching imagery, stitched detailThe K-16 Education Center has received national recognition from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) for outstanding marketing and communications initiatives. The Center won a gold award for the 2005 Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program recognition ceremony. The K-16 Education Center Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony team included Art Director Kevin Rathge, Program Coordinator Peggy Wimberley, Assistant Program Coordinator Luz Hinojosa, Migrant Student Services staff members Eusebia Vargas and Alma Carrillo, and student workers Priscilla Camacho and Daisy Cantu.


2005 UCEA Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards for Outstanding Marketing and Communications Initiatives

Three matching brochuresFor the third consecutive year, the Distance Education Center at the University of Texas at Austin has received national recognition from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) for outstanding marketing and communications initiatives. The Center received two gold, one silver, and two bronze awards out of 109 total awards announced in 26 different categories in this year’s UCEA Marketing & Publications Awards of Excellence Program competition.

The division of Continuing Education’s 2004 holiday e-card won a gold award in the e-communications category, the K-16 Education Center won a gold award for the 2004 Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony in the public relations category, a silver award for a series of brochures created for our K-12 and College courses, and a bronze award for its “ASKME®” brochure and logo design.

The honors award Flash Developers Caleb Watson and Danny Hummel, Art Directors Chris Duncan, David Grosvenor, and Kevin Rathge, Program Coordinator Peggy Wimberley, Assistant Program Coordinator Luz Hinojosa, Migrant Student Services staff members Eusebia Vargas and Alma Carrillo.


2004 UCEA Gold Award and Best In Show Award for K16’s 2003 Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony and Exemplary Student Booklet

Three pieces of a system; imagery of farmland and migrant workersThe K-16 Education Center’s 2003 Migrant Student Recognition Ceremony and Exemplary Student Booklet won a gold award in the Public Relations Event category in University Continuing Education Association’s 2004 marketing award program. Furthermore, the event materials have also been recognized for the honor “Best In Show.” The awards honor art director Kevin Rathge, Program Coordinator Peggy Wimberley, Assistant Program Coordinator Leticia Gonzalez, Student Development Specialist II Ryan Hill, Migrant Student Services staff member Eusebia Vargas, and the 2003 event’s key note speaker, Elva Trevino Hart for their contributions to the program. Learn more about the program.


K-16 Education Center Course Management Tool (Speedway) Wins TXDLA Award

The University of Texas at Austin Continuing Education’s K-16 Education Center (DEC) development efforts for Speedway, the Center’s proprietary course management tool, won the Texas Distance Learning Association Award for Outstanding Commitment of Excellence and Innovation in Distance Education. This award is for the person, institution, or corporation who has done the most to benefit and advance the applied practice of Distance Education, in the opinion of association membership, during the past year.


Fran Ebbers Wins Texas Distance Learning Association Award

Fran Ebbers, K16 instructor, won the Texas Distance Learning Association John A. Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in K-12 Distance Learning. Awarded in memory of President-elect John A. Baker, this award recognizes the work of a K-12 teacher in the distance learning arena.

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