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DDCE @ UT Newsletter

June 2012

Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentThe Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and UT Elementary School recently celebrated our participation in the Dell Powering the Possible Project, which you will read about in this issue of DDCE at UT. It is one of many ways we are working in the STEM areas to boost student achievement and increase the number of first-generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds to explore careers in these fields.

This year our Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) strengthened its STEM component through increased tutoring and additional boot camps. We think it really paid off as the LCAE Gateway Scholars achieved a cumulative first-year GPA of 3.02.

Additionally, the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium has helped many of its students prepare for graduate school in the STEM fields. In the fall, IE participant Emily Parham will begin her graduate studies in genetic counseling at the University of Texas at Houston Health Sciences Center, while IE Citizen Scholar Oscar Ayala will work on a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt, Sienna Irwin will attend the University of Houston MD Anderson, and Jessica Scott will begin her studies at the Baylor College of Medicine.

We are proud of all of our student accomplishments–from the UT Elementary students involved in Powering the Possible to our graduating seniors who will work on advanced degrees in the STEM fields. We extend congratulations to them all.



Regional Foundation Library Turns 50 This Year

Ellen Moutos-Lee (right) helps a community member

For 50 years the Regional Foundation Library (RFL) has served the Central Texas nonprofit community by connecting nonprofit organizations with grant-makers and philanthropists. But at 50, the RFL is not resting on its laurels. Director Ellen Moutos-Lee along with staff member Julie Gutowski have taken steps to become more involved with the community through workshops at nonprofit organizations and through social media like Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Communication Senior Fellows Learn
about Journalism and Life in East Austin

Senior Fellow Presentation

By Diana Dawson
On the walls of the Workers Defense Project at 5604 Manor Road in Austin are posters of Dolores Huerta and signs touting “Legalizacion Ahora!” Fists pump in the air as everyone chants “el mismo derechos!” Senior Fellows students are wedged into folding chairs beside construction workers, maids and restaurant cooks who have been fighting for wages they were owed but had not been paid. Read More

UTES Students Showcase Tech Skills
at Dell Powering the Possible Event

Dell supports Little Longhorns

Dell employees, parents and community members joined UT Elementary School (UTES) students and faculty for a Dell Powering the Possible showcase on May 31. Fifth-grade students Andrew Lopez and Francisco Guajardo talked about their experiences in the program and students provided a “show and tell” for visitors about their projects using scratch applications, lego robotics and digital storytelling. New UTES STEM teacher Felicia Adams was also introduced. Read More

Cory Redding Honored at NLP Dinner

Cory ReddingFormer Texas Longhorn defensive end Cory Redding was honored at the Neighborhood Longhorns Program tribute dinner on June 3 for his significant contribution to the community. The dinner kicked off the Neighborhood Longhorns Program’s annual celebrity golf classic, and Redding was named the Honorary Chair of the tournament. Read More

IE Students Pruneda, Kettles Great Examples
of How IE Students Succeed

Rosa PrunedaIntellectual Entrepreneurship Pre Grad Intern Rosa Pruneda, the first in her family to attend college, was awarded first place in the 2012 VOCES Oral History Project. The VOCES Oral History Project was founded by Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez in 1999 and was created to recognize and document Latino and Latina contributions to the World War II era.

Sarah KettlesSarah Kettles, incoming President of the IE Citizen Scholars student organization, has been chosen as one of only a handful of current students to be included in Longhorn Profiles–a project and Web site of the Office of Admissions that exposes new and would-be students to some of UT’s best students and their experiences.
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Free Minds Accepting Applications

Free MindsThe Free Minds Project, a program that offers a free college-level humanities class to low-income adults who have faced barriers to higher education, is accepting applications until July 6 for its 2012-13 class.

The only program of its kind in Texas, Free Minds is sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Austin Community College (ACC) and Foundation Communities. It is modeled on the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities, which originated in New York City in 1995.
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