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Hispanics on the Move
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July 2013

july 15th
NHU Names Ato New Provost

The National Hispanic University (NHU) has announced that Dr. Gladys Ato has been named the university's new provost. Ato will help advance NHU's teaching and learning environment as well as develop new initiatives that support the university's mission and vision that every student will graduate. She will also oversee academic programs, including curricula, academic policy development and deployment, and academic integrity. Ato most recently was chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. She has a BA in psychology from the University of California-San Diego and a MS and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Baylor University.


Rivera Named SDSU's Acting VP for Student Affairs

In May, Eric Rivera became acting vice president for student affairs at San Diego State University (SDSU). Rivera has more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education, with progressively responsible senior-level experience in student affairs. Prior to his appointment as associate VP for student affairs at SDSU in April 2006, he served for more than five years as the assistant VP for student affairs. In his most recent capacity, he was responsible for the division-wide strategic budget planning and analysis. The first in his family to go away and graduate from college, Rivera has a BS from the University of the State of New York and a master's degree in public administration from the City University of New York-Baruch College. He also recently completed the Harvard Management & Leadership in Education Program.


SACNAS Acting Executive Garza Returning to UTEP

The SACNAS Board of Directors recently announced that Dr. Tina Garza, SACNAS' acting executive director since July 2012 and tenured associate professor at the University of Texas-El Paso, will return to her academic position when her contract with SACNAS concludes this summer. Tina has a long history as a mentor, and her teaching and research responsibilities have called her back to academia. An immunologist, Garza has a BS in biology from St. Mary's University, where she graduated with honors and summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Virginia. She did her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Immunology at the Ontario (Canada) Cancer Institute.


Martinez Helps Unveil BRAIN Initiative at White House

The University of Arizona's (UA) Dr. Fernando D. Martinez, head of the BIO5 Institute, was among the country's top scientists invited to join President Barack Obama at the White House in April as he unveiled the BRAIN Initiative - a bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent and cure brain disorders such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. The BRAIN Initiative - short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies - builds on the president's State of the Union call for historic investments in research and development to fuel the innovation, job creation and economic growth that together create a thriving middle class. Martinez is a practicing physician-scientist with his own research laboratory, in addition to leading three interdisciplinary research centers at the UA.


UFW Vice President Speaks at Fresno State

Armando Elenes, national vice president for the United Farm Workers and a U.S. veteran, delivered the keynote address at California State University-Fresno's 17th annual Cesar E. Chavez Celebration and Garlanding Ceremony in April. Elenes spoke about Chavez's life and legacy and specifically his commitment to community service. He also recognized Fresno State student organizations for their community service efforts. One of four national vice presidents for the United Farm Workers that Chavez founded, Elenes serves as the organizing director for the union's external organizing department in the San Joaquin Valley. He has an AA from Modesto Junior College.