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Photo of Dr. Gregory J. VincentMessage From Dr. Vincent: Ending 2010 on a Happy Note: The Community Leadership Awards at the Carver
On December 9, the Office of the President and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement sponsored the fourth annual Community Leadership Awards at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Each year the event gets bigger and better. This year more than 350 attended as the honorees were recognized for their significant contributions to community service, civil rights and education. Read more.


Austin's outstanding community leaders receive University of Texas at Austin community leadership awards

More than 350 Austinites attended the Community Leadership Awards ceremony held at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center on December 9, 2010, as seven distinguished men and women and three organizations were honored by The University of Texas at Austin for their dedication to community service, education and civil rights.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE).Now in its fourth year, the Carver event has quickly become a community tradition that recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in making Austin the city it is today. Read more.

PROGRAM Spotlight
Hogg Foundation Invests $1.5 Million to Extend Bilingual Scholarship Program

A statewide strategy to increase Spanish-language mental health services has proven so successful that the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is investing an additional $1.5 million to extend the program three more years.

The strategy is simple. The foundation pays tuition and fees for new bilingual students entering graduate social work programs in Texas. In return, students agree to provide mental health services in Texas for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. In just two years, the foundation already has awarded 82 scholarships. Read more.

PROGRAM Spotlight
UT Elementary Celebrates the Holidays: Posada with a Twist

It looked like a typical Posada celebration at The University of Texas Elementary School (UTES) on Dec. 3. Rows of different colored tissue paper cut-outs adorned the cafeteria ceiling, students were festively attired, and there was music and great food. But the annual Latin American tradition took on a global flair with food and decorations representing many cultures including Mexican, Puerto Rican, Moroccan and Chinese. Read more.
STAFF Spotlight
Rick Cherwitz, IE Receive Academic Accolades
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Rick Cherwitz, founder of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) program. Dr. Cherwitz and IE were honored during Texas Basketball's Academic Accolades program during the Dec. 1 game, Texas v. Lamar.

IE has served more than 1,000 undergraduates through its highly touted Pre-Graduate Internship program since 2003. Read more.

STAFF Spotlight
GRA Kiersten Ferguson Recognized
Sarah Kiersten Ferguson, a GRA in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and advanced College of Education doctoral student, is one of five finalists whose research paper was recognized in The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition's grant competition.

The center, based at the University of South Carolina, awards the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant annually. The grant encourages and enables scholarly research on issues related to college-student transitions and includes a $5,000 stipend. Read more.

George Mitchell and Jody Conradt bring smiles to UT Elementary School students' faces
The holiday season came early for students at the University of Texas Elementary School (UTES) this month. George Mitchell, University Co-op president, also known as “Grandpa George” to the 260 UT Elementary School students, along with his friend Jody Conradt, UT Athletics special assistant and retired UT women's basketball coach, made a lunch time visit to the school on Dec. 10 to hand out Blue Bell ice cream.

Mitchell has been serving up a smile, hugs and student gifts for the past six years, much to the delight of the students. Read more.


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Spotlight on TCEP
Since 2006, under the direction of Dr. Angela Valenzuela, DDCE associate vice president for School Partnerships and professor in Curriculum and Instruction, the Texas Center for Education Policy (TCEP) promotes equity and excellence in public elementary, secondary and higher education. Read more.

The Hogg Foundation: Reaching Out to Improve Mental Health for All Texas
For nearly 70 years, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has been blazing trails across Texas to promote mental health, thanks to the extraordinary vision and philanthropy of Miss Ima Hogg and her brothers. In 2008–2009, the foundation continued its innovative work as part of the DDCE portfolio, but under the direction of a new executive director, Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr. Read more.

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