News and notes from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University
The first 25 Dallas high school students in Texas Woman’s University’s Future Bilingual Educators Summer Camp enrolled this week at the Denton campus.
The five-day camp is sponsored by educators in the Dallas school district, Texas Woman’s University and the Dallas County Community College District to increase the pool of bilingual teachers for Dallas public schools. To address a national shortage of certified bilingual education teachers, they are beginning to groom students in North Texas who are interested in elementary bilingual/early childhood education.
“We know that it doesn’t seem like we’ve recruited enough students into the program to make a difference, but we hope this program will spur the development of other programs to recruit more bilingual teachers,” said Gus Cedillo, the program’s director and a Texas Woman’s faculty member. “We hope that our program will serve as a model. “
Dallas school district must hire 200 certified bilingual teachers each year for five years. It also must retain all of its existing teachers so the district can adequately serve all of its elementary school students who speak other languages.
The program pays for three years of college for students accepted into it. When the students graduate from college, they will be encouraged, but not required, to teach in Dallas public schools.
For information, call Cedillo at (940) 898-2227.
UNT associate professor wins Golden Apple Award
Jack Sprague, associate professor of visual arts at the University of North Texas, has received the Golden Apple Award.
The Dallas Society of Visual Communicators presents the award to a professor who has had a direct, meaningful effect on the design of a community in North Texas.
Sprague, the communication design program coordinator, was recognized for his leadership in the program, which is considered by educators to be among the best in the Southwest. It has garnered many accolades, including best school, from the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators.
Sprague joined UNT in 1990, after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree from Florida State University.
UNT senior is awarded scholarship to study abroad
Angela Lynch, a senior at the University of North Texas, will be bound for the United Kingdom for 2000-2001 to study as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship winner.
Lynch, an art history student who works at the Dallas Museum of Art, received a $ 23,000 scholarship to study at a university overseas. The trustees of the Rotary Foundation will assign a university for her study.
The trip will be Lynch’s first outside the United States. She plans to travel through the United Kingdom and Europe to see museums and churches that she has studied.
“I’m mainly looking forward to experiencing a different way of life, particularly being in a big city like London,” she said.
“London has always fascinated me. “
Lynch is a 1997 graduate of Richardson High School.
Carol Lewis, (817) 685-3957