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February 26, 1999 - VOL. 26, NO. 10
Rick Cherwitz and Stefanie Sanford, Office of Graduate Studies
Editor's note: Arete is an ancient Greek word for virtue, describing the quest for individual excellence. In this regular feature of On Campus, the University salutes its graduate students--whose considerable contributions to the academy and larger community are truly virtuous.
Name: Mark Ramíez Rincón
Hometown: Baytown, Texas
Department: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Supervisor: Edwin Dorn (Dean)
Publications: Policy research project: Intergovernmental Relations between Mexico and Texas (Rodriguez and Ward
Awards: Named a U.S. Department of State Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow Rotary International Foundation: Ambassadorial Scholarship (1999-2000) to Belgium
Mark Rincón currently is a master's student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Before coming to UT, he attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude with a joint degree in Government/International Studies and French in 1998.
He followed his undergraduate studies with two years studying abroad at L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest in France, and at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute of Theological Studies in Jerusalem. He then was awarded a Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholarship to study in Belgium for the 1999-2000 academic year.
As a first year student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Rincón has acquired a solid arsenal of policy-making and analytical skills, and is augmenting that skill set with courses in foreign affairs and international relations. As a result of his excellence in his studies of international affairs, Rincón was selected to be one of just 10 students nationwide by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the prestigious Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program -- and the only student selected from the state of Texas. The fellowship entails two summer internships: one in Washington, D.C., and the other one overseas. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Rincón will be named a Foreign Service Officer upon graduation in 2001. Rincón credits the professionalism of UT personnel with helping him succeed.
"The committed faculty and dedicated staff have played an integral part in my continuing professional development," he says.
NOTE: Nominations (including self-nominations) for ARETE should be sent to Stefanie.Sanford@bus.utexas.edu (232-1613).
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