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Enter with Hope

The 99th Academic Convocation

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Event Center, Building 49B | Campus Map

Download | Fall 2021 Convocation Program

Roy Juarez, Jr.

Roy Juarez, Jr.

Roy Juarez, Jr. founded the human development company, IMPACTtruth, Inc. in 2005 with a dream to inspire youth and reunite families by sharing his turbulent yet inspirational life story. Juarez has partnered with national organizations such as the U.S. ARMY, Ford Motor Company Fund, and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute to inspire thousands of individuals across the United States and abroad. His work has garnered national media attention on outlets such as CNN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many local and online publications. In 2018, Juarez published his highly anticipated book, Homeless by Choice: A Memoir of Love, Hate, and Forgiveness. This riveting memoir journeys through Roy’s decision to live homeless once again, but this time, Homeless by Choice. His mission was to inspire youth to never give up on life, their dreams, and for them to understand the power of higher education. Juarez’s story began on the Southside of San Antonio, Texas, where he faced dangerous situations and obstacles that could have turned him into a negative statistic. At the age of fourteen, Juarez—due to domestic violence—became a high school drop-out and one of the hundreds of homeless youth on the streets of San Antonio. Carrying with him only a duffle bag of personal items that he called home, Juarez moved from house to house to survive. However, thanks to the mentors and educators who noticed the invisible student along the way, Juarez was able to return to high school as a third-year freshman, graduating in 2000. He then went on to study Business Administration at Hardin-Simmons University and graduated in 2009. Juarez fought the battle to leave the streets only to return to them as an activist after finishing college. Through his work, Juarez has shared his message with over half a million students, parents, educators, and service providers in 48 states and seven countries. Juarez and the IMPACT team are continually creating new ways to make a difference and inspire future generations.

Dr. Charlie McCormick, President
Dr. Travis Frampton, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Mark C. Tuschak, Vice President for Student Recruitment, External Affairs, Marketing & Communications
Dr. Lucien Robert Costley, Vice President for Planning & Finance
Mr. Rex Quick, Vice President for Infrastructure & Chief Information Officer
Dr. Charlie Hueber, Dean of Students
Dr. Diana K. Comuzzie, Developer of Health Professions Program
Ms. Marta Diffen, Special Assistant to the President
Ms. Danielle Jenschke, Assistant Director of Development

Dr. William M. Davis, Dean of Faculty
Dr. William W. Woods, Dean of Academic Support & Student Outcomes

For the Faculty and Bearer of the Mace

Dr. Kristen McAlexander, Associate Professor of Exercise Science & Sprot Management

THE 2021 RECIPIENT OF THE HARRIET GARRETT AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE

THE HOSLER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
Dr. Adrian Zapata, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP, & CREATIVE ACTIVITY
Dr. Martin Lockerd, Assistant Professor of English

THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE
Dr. Susan Klinedinst, Associate Professor of Biology

THE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PART-TIME FACULTY
Mr. Andrew Bevington, Adjunct Instructor of Business

ATKISSION PROFESSORSHIP
Ms. Deborah Wartko—Conner, Professor of Art and Photography

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