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DDCE @ UT Newsletter


Message from Dr. Vincent

Dr. Gregory VincentWith the fall semester well underway, I am reminded of the excellence of our division’s students and staff every day.  In this issue of DDCE@UT, you will read about two of our staff members that have recently received awards for their excellent work: UT Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Mary Ledbetter and Dr. Rick Cherwitz, professor and director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium. Congratulations to Mary and Rick for their outstanding work!

All of us at the university were saddened in early September by the death of Dr. James L. Hill, the first African American vice president at The University of Texas at Austin.  Although he was salutatorian of Austin’s Anderson High School, Dr. Hill was not permitted to attend the university because of race. He instead attended Huston-Tillotson College, graduating in 1953. In 1959, he was admitted to graduate school in the College of Education at The University of Texas.

We are fortunate that Dr. Hill cared so much about the university. He ended up serving as vice president under the administration of four different presidents. He embodied excellence and was a role model for students, faculty, staff and administrators. He helped make the university and the world a better place. We will miss him greatly.



First UT African American Vice President Dr. James Hill Passes Away

Dr. James HillDr. James L. Hill, senior vice president of The University of Texas at Austin and life-long educator, who helped the university make significant progress in the recruitment of students from underrepresented communities and build strong relationships with the East Austin community, died September 2. He was 84.

Hill became the university’s first African American vice president, serving under four presidents. President Robert Berdahl appointed him to associate vice president for administration and public affairs in 1993. He went on to become vice president for community and school relations in 2000, a position he retired from in 2007, after which he remained a special assistant to the president until his passing. Read more.

Ledbetter named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year by NCSS

Mary Ledbetter The University of Texas Elementary School’s Mary Ledbetter, fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher, has been named Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

The honor will be presented at the 92nd NCSS Annual Conference in Seattle on November 16, 2012. Ledbetter will receive a $3,000 award from co-sponsor Farmers Insurance and a commemorative gift. In addition to receiving her award, Ledbetter will present at the conference. Read more.

Cherwitz Selected for NAC Teaching Award

Rick Cherwitz The Washington, D.C.-based National Communication Association recently selected Richard A. Cherwitzcommunication studies professor in The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Communication, as its 2012 Donald H. Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education recipient.

The award, which the association will formally present in November at its 98th Annual Convention in Orlando, honors professors for excellence in teaching. The association established the award in 1988. John Daly, professor in the Department of Communication Studies and McCombs School of Business, received the award in 2002. Read more.

Students Get an MEC Welcome

MEC Welcomes Students

Last month, Multicultural Engagement Center (MEC) students from all six student agencies hosted welcome events for incoming and returning students at the university to kick-off a new academic year.

The events varied by agency and featured entertainment and activity and resource tables that included the Gender and Sexuality Center, the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and Project MALES. Several highlights from the week-long festivities included a lock-in at the Highland Lake Camps and Conference Center as part of the new black student weekend, a Native American round dance, and a student talent show showcasing skits, Latin dance and fraternity and sorority stepping. Read more.

Rising Stars Celebrated in San Antonio

UT Outreach Staff with Julian Castro
Belinda Celis, director University of Texas at Austin Admission Center, San Antonio; Rosie Zapata, administrative assistant, UT Outreach-San Antonio; Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio; and Lori Reyes, director of UT Outreach-San Antonio enjoy the Rising Stars celebration.

Written by Dr. Rose Martinez, Executive Director UT Outreach – San Antonio

The San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP) Rising Stars Celebration took place at Café College on Tuesday, September 11. The event celebrated the students academic achievements and successful transition to higher education. It also raised money to support scholarships for high achieving students to attend college. A large group of scholarship recipients and their parents were in attendance. San Antonio city officials, pre-college service providers and college representatives were also present, and included UT Outreach-San Antonio staff.

Deb Duval Retires from UT Austin

Deb Duval

On August 28, DDCE staff and friends held a retirement ceremony for Deb Duval, executive director of external relations, to celebrate her dedication and service to the division.

Deb was instrumental in managing many of DDCE’s annual signature events, including the Community Leadership Awards and the Heman Sweatt Symposium, and serving as a liaison to campus and community partners. Besides events, she oversaw the division’s strategic communications, including marketing and branding. Read more.


UTES Education Dialogue
Mon. Oct. 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Sid Richardson Hall, Bass Lecture Hall

Community Action Network Policy Palooza
Wed. Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

RFL 50th Anniversary Celebration
Tues. Oct. 23, 9 - 11 a.m.
Community Engagement Center

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