Connecticut's Bessy Reyna,
an opinion columnist with the Hartford Courant,
will receive the Outstanding Latina Cultural Arts,
Literary Arts and Publications Award
On Saturday March 7, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas.
Reyna is being recognized for her poetry, editorial opinion pieces, essays and short stories, and for her commitment to bringing the arts to the Latino community. Reyna, who is one of the few women opinion columnists in the country, has published her work in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Her book, “Battlefield of Your Body,” was published by the Hill-Stead Museum publications.
AAHHE is proud to be the sole organization that honors key leaders, scholars, teachers, and artists that have advocated, supported, and championed Latinos in higher education. These awards have been developed to honor individuals who, through their expertise, energy, productivity, and contributions, have improved the conditions of Latinos pursuing a college degree or a career in higher education. The awards are based on open nominations, and the winners are selected by a subcommittee of the AAHHE Board. AAHHE will recognize the winners each year at the Annual AAHHE National Conference Awards Luncheon.
The AAHHE award categories and sponsors are:
Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education (sponsored by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education)
Outstanding Latino/a Faculty: Research/Teaching in Higher Education, Research Institutions (sponsored by PepsiCo Inc. Foundation)
Outstanding Latino/a Faculty: Service/Teaching in Higher Education, Teaching Institutions (sponsored by NORDSTROM)
Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education (sponsored by State Farm Insurance Companies)
Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award in Fine or Performing Arts
Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award in Literary Arts or Publications