Leaders, Organizations Serving Austin and Hispanic Community Honored

The University of Texas at Austin celebrated three individuals, a family and two nonprofits for their commitment to education and service to the Hispanic community at an awards ceremony at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin on Oct. 3.

More than 200 people attended the ceremony sponsored by the Office of the President and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Two active community leaders who support causes affecting human rights and the arts received the Community Leadership Circle Award: David Garza, owner of Garza Design and Construction; and Dr. John Hogg, physician and Austin Radiological Association partner. Jody Conradt, former head women's basketball coach for UT Austin, received special recognition as a founder of the Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP), which celebrates its 20th anniversary as an educational incentive program for students in grades 2-8 at Title I schools in the Austin Independent School District. Nonprofit Con Mi MADRE, which has helped Hispanic girls graduate and attend college since 1992, received a Community Partnership Award. A second nonprofit recipient was the Tejano Monument Inc., which recently unveiled a multistatue monument adjacent to the Texas Capitol that celebrates the contributions of the early Spanish and Mexican pioneers.

The family of Severiano ("S.A.") and Viola Garza, both alumni of UT Austin, received the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Legacy Award for their long-time support and leadership to the university.

"These men and women are not only highly accomplished in their own rights in commerce, education and medicine, but they also actively serve on boards, committees and organizations charged with improving our communities," said Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin. "They provide a wonderful example of leading through service for the next generation."

Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, said, "This year's honorees are pillars in the Austin community and in the state. By working on behalf of others, the Community Leadership Award honorees enrich our lives with their dedication to education, the arts and Texas culture."