ENRIQUE ALEMAN NAMED AVP FOR STUDENT EQUITY AND DIVERSITY
Enrique Aleman has been selected as assistant vice president for student equity and diversity. As an associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the U, Aleman will contribute to the continuing success in improving retention support programs for underrepresented students. Over the last decade, the percentage of underrepresented students of color at the U has doubled, and the diversity of the entering first-year students now exceeds the diversity of graduating seniors in Utah’s public high schools. Students who participate in the U’s diversity programs have a graduation rate nearly double that of the U’s underrepresented students who do not participate.
ERNEST VOLINN RECEIVES FULBRIGHT AWARD
Ernest Volinn, research associate professor, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at West China Hospital in Chengdu during the 2012-2013 academic year. Volinn will assess outcomes of acupuncture for back pain and will explore whether outcomes in China differ from outcomes in western countries, including the U.S. Volinn is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program this academic year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
TWO FROM COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES RECEIVE AWARDS
Fernando Rubio and Anne Lair, both from the Department of Languages and Literature in the College of Humanities, recently were honored at the national American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference—Rubio for excellence in foreign language instruction using technology, and Lair for excellence in the teaching of culture.
Rubio is co-director of the U’s new Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC), where Lair is also involved.