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COEHD professor, student to receive awards at ACA conference

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHDnews Editor    |    January 26, 2015

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By: Jo Ann Jones, COEHDnews Editor

Two members of the UTSA community will receive awards from the American Counseling Association (ACA) at a special gala ceremony during the association’s annual conference March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Gerald Juhnke, professor in the College of Education and Human Development’s (COEHD) Department of Counseling, will receive the 2015 ACA David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award. This award is given to faculty members that have provided exceptional mentorship to students pursuing careers in the counseling field.

“As this year’s award recipient, I am greatly humbled and appreciative to my students, fellow faculty, and professional colleagues,” said Juhnke. “What this award means to me is that I have had an incredible opportunity to mentor, teach, train, and co-author research with exceptional UTSA students who have and will positively impact the profession of counseling and the greater good of San Antonio and the world.”

Juhnke was nominated for the award by the Association for Assessment and Research and Counseling along with letters of recommendation from current and former students, professional colleagues, and Dr. Thelma Duffey, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling.

“This award reflects synergy between a faculty member and incredible students who are committed to their professional development and doing incredible things to help others,” said Juhnke. “Former UTSA students include Dr. Fangzhou Yu, Dr. Elias Zambrano, Dr. Maritza Lebron-Striker, Noreal Armstrong, and Abigail Moore who have gone on to do incredible things in our community and the world. These are the types of students who really are the award recipients. I simply had the privilege of working with them and co-investing in their dreams of helping others.”

Also receiving an award is Angelica Tello, doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling. She will be receiving the 2015 ACA Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Award for her commitment to diversity in counseling in her professional and doctoral work.

“From early on in my academic studies and counseling career, I’ve had a desire to bring positive change to the counseling field,” said Tello. “I completed internships and volunteered counseling hours in community agencies that provided services to children and adolescents from economically disadvantaged communities. I have also presented at conferences on the state, regional, national, and international levels. These presentations have given me a platform to help raise awareness of and advocate for the needs of clients from marginalized and underrepresented groups.”

Tello was nominated for the award by her dissertation chair, Dr. Heather Trepal, associate professor in the Department of Counseling.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American Counseling Association for my commitment and work towards multiculturalism and diversity in counseling,” said Tello. “The lack of diversity in academia led me to pursue a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at UTSA.”

ACA is a non-profit organization with more than 55,000 members and is the largest professional counseling association in the world. The organization aims to promote and enhance the field of counseling nationally and internationally.

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