Apologies Are in Order!

In the December issue of the DDCE newsletter, we incorrectly noted Robiaun Charles' title. Robiaun is the director of development and not assistant director as we stated. We apologize for that error!

Staff Spotlight:
Katherine Antwi Green, J.D.

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Katherine Antwi Green

Katherine Antwi Green began working as director of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS) on November 3. Before joining Associate Vice President Linda Millstone's team, Green was an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the University of Texas System. Previously, she worked as general counsel for the Texas Commission on Human Rights and as an assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Texas.  Learn More »

Student Spotlight:
Nathan Bunch

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Nathan Bunch

Junior Nathan Bunch has managed to acquire an impressive resume as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Student Government At-Large Representative for two-years, he was co-director of Campus Fusion 2008, served on the student committee for the Cesar Chavez statue, received a 2008 Texas Exes President's Leadership Award, and has served on various committees throughout the campus. He also is a brother of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated, a Latino-based fraternity. Nathan's experience is a perfect example of what can happen when service learning is an integral part of higher education. Learn More »

In This Issue

A Message from Dr. Vincent

News Briefs
» UIL Executive Director Bill Farney Retires
» Charles Breithaupt Named UIL's 7th Executive Director
» Documentary Showcased
» James L. Hill Receives Award
» Journal of Hispanic Higher Education Article Discusses IE Program
» Annual Abriendo Brecha Conference Feb. 20-21

Spotlight Events
»Martin Luther King, Jr. Honored on Campus



Dr. Gregory VincentDear Colleagues,

Our new year and new semester are off to a great and busy start as you'll see in this newsletter. It was an honor to speak at the gathering before the annual march from campus to the Capitol in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. It serves as a reminder that there is strength in the numbers at our university and in the Austin community to make real progress in our efforts to advance equity, equality, and social justice.

Dr. King's birthday is also a reminder for us to think about how we can serve. Service, as you know, is one of the university's core activities. Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we "will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.” He also said that life's most persistent and nagging question is “What are you doing for others?” As we carry out our DDCE work this year with partners in communities around the state and around the campus, we should remember that service is always at the heart of our mission.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership
Professor of Law

UIL Executive Director Bill Farney Retires

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Dr. Bill Farney, University Interscholastic League (UIL) executive director, retired on Jan. 30, following 31 years of service.

Dr. Farney has been UIL executive director since 1995, and was UIL assistant director and athletic director prior to that. But UIL had been part of Farney's life long before he began working for the universityhe first competed in UIL's Declamation competition as an elementary school student. Later, as a coach and principal worked to increase the number of girls' athletic programs. He was instrumental in getting girls' track added to the UIL set of sports. Learn More »

Charles Breithaupt Named Farney's Successor

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Dr. Charles Breithaupt has been named executive director of the University Interscholastic League after a nationwide search conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.

Breithaupt served as associate director and director of athletics of the UIL. He was promoted to UIL associate director in August 2004 after serving as the director of athletics since March 1995. Learn More »

Documentary Showcased on UT Home Page

Rosa Parks was once called an “improbable warrior.” The history of civil rights in America is filled with stories of “ordinary” people like Rosa Parks taking actions that most anyone could do, but that most of us wouldn't have had the courage to do. “My Grandmother Is a Warrior,” a short documentary written and produced by Mason Jones and Christopher Palmer, features another improbable warrior. Learn More »

Dr. James L. Receives "Friend of Education" Award

Dr. James L. Hill, senior vice president and special assistant at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected by the Austin Independent School District's African American Heritage Program Committee to receive its "Friend of Education Award." Learn More »

Study Finds IE Program Supports First Generation Students and Students of Color

The benefits of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program are discussed in an article to be published in the April issue of the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Learn More »

Upcoming: Abriendo Brecha VI–Activist Scholarship Conference

This year's Abriendo Brecha will be part of Freedom Weekend which runs February 19-21. Freedom Weekend offers a variety of programming that promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness within a social justice context and fosters community dialogue by inviting a variety of voices to the table through forums, performances, activism, and scholarship. Learn More »

Sharepoint is More than an Icon on Your Desktop

Are you disappointed that you missed a fabulous DDCE event or that DDCE's IT department has ignored your emails about updating your unit's website? Could it be that you haven't been using Sharepoint? Learn More »


New Program Director Joins UOC– Dallas

Photograph of Angel RoyalPlease welcome Dr. Angel Royal, the new program director for the DDCE's University Outreach Center in Dallas. She is responsible for overseeing academic enrichment and college preparedness initiatives in target middle and high schools within the Dallas Independent School District. Prior to joining the DDCE, Dr. Royal served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, where she was responsible for leadership and governmental relations, strategic planning, institutional research, board relations and statewide professional development initiatives. Learn More »

Hogg Foundation Welcomes Two New Staffers

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Please join us in welcoming Stephany Bryan (shown left) and Tammy Heinz (below right) to the Hogg Foundation and DDCE. Bryan and Heinz are consumer and family liaisons, working to bring the perspectives of consumers of mental health to the foundation's strategic planning, grant making, programs, and policy activities.

Photo of Tammy HeinzBryan previously worked with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health and the American Institutes for Research. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative and Texas Mental Health Transformation Working Group, both efforts to improve the state's mental health system.

Heinz has worked in the mental health arena for more than 15 years, providing mental health services,consumer training and workshops, career coaching, and job development. Learn More »

COS Office Says Farewell to Weafer

February 2 was the last day on the job for John Weafer, the director of financial services for DDCE's Chief of Staff. Weafer began working at UT as an accounting clerk 18 years ago and worked his way up to financial director. Along the way he worked in a couple of IT-related jobs. Weafer spent 7 years at the Dean of Student's Office, 2 years at the UT Quality Center, and 7 years at Community and School Relations, before joining the DDCE staff. Of his post-UT future, Weafer says he plans to move to New Mexico eventually. We wish John well in the Land of Enchantment.

Congratulations to Paredez, Speed

Dr. Deborah Paredez, director of Arts and Community Engagement, and Dr. Shannon Speed, director for Engaged Research and the Indigenous Studies Initiative in the Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement recently received tenure. Dr. Paredez is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance; Dr. Speed is an associate professor in anthropology. Our congratulations to both women. ¡Adelánte!

Hogg Foundation Extends Fellowship Deadline to Feb. 23

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has extended the deadline for applications for the annual Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship. Doctoral students from any University of Texas at Austin department may apply for the award of $20,000. Learn More »

Help Spread the Word–McNair Scholars Deadline Feb. 20

Please help spread the word to students who you think may qualify for the McNair Scholars Program. The deadline for the program is February 20, 2009. Learn More»

Screening of The Color Purple on Feb. 19

There will be a screening of The Color Purple on Thursday, February 19, 12-2 pm, SSB 3.406. Shane Whalley, education coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) will lead a discussion following the screening. For more information contact the GSC at 232-1831.

Spotlight Events

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

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St. Edwards students get ready for the MLK, Jr. Day march.

The on-campus observance of Dr. King's 80th birthday began on campus on Thursday, January 15, Dr. King's true birthday. The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) treated about 250 to a luncheon and program at the Union. Associate Dean Darlene Grant engaged the audience with her moving presentation, but most of all with her beautiful singing voice. Ernest McMillan, founder of the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program in Houston, Texas, was the keynote speaker. McMillan's presentation, “His Dream, Our Reality” served as a reminder that there is still much work to be done regarding equality, equity, and social justice and that is the personal responsibility of each of us to see that work is carried out. Learn More»


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