AUSTIN, Texas– Dr. Ed Sharpe, vice president for administration and public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named Educator of the Year by INROADS/Central Texas Inc., which is part of a national organization that places talented minority youth in internship jobs with business and industry, and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.
The Educator of the Year Award is presented to an individual educator or educational institution that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the mission of education and the purpose of INROADS. It was among the awards presented recently at the INROADS/Central Texas awards banquet at Austin Marriott at the Capitol.
Five UT Austin students were among nine people who received intern awards. They are Ethan Cruz, Daniel Alvarez, Alfredo Torrey, Christopher Garza and Santos Rodriguez.
The INROADS program nationwide involves about 6,000 college students, including 118 enrolled at UT Austin this fall. The Austin affiliate sponsors 23 of them and the others are from the Dallas and Houston organizations.
Larry Romero is managing director of the INROADS/Central Texas affiliate, which officially began its operations in June of 1996, with nine sponsoring companies and 17 interns. It was established with start-up grants from local companies such as 3M Corp., GSD&M, IBM Corp., KPMG Peat Marwick, NationsBank, Solectron Texas and Texas Commerce Bank. The affiliate has grown this year to include 35 interns from nine universities and 15 sponsoring companies.