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HPN Symposium - Spring 2018

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The Innovative Spirit of Our Cultures

Friday, April 27, 2018
LBJ Student Center - Room 3-15.1
700 Student Center Drive (Driving Directions)
San Marcos, Texas 78666
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The HPN Spring Symposium brings together Texas State students, faculty, staff and community members to meet, exchange and learn information, ideas, and best practices that support and serve Hispanics and Latinx communities in higher education. This year's Symposium focuses on the innovative spirit of our cultures and its contributions to our community, society, and the world at large. The Symposium will give us a space to honor past contributions, celebrate present accomplishments and to discuss building a better future together. The symposium will include workshops, lectures, presentations and keynotes.

Deadline to submit proposals:

Sunday, April 6, 2018

General Schedule Overview

Start End Component Location
8:45 AM 9:30 AM Check-In & Breakfast LBJSC Room 3-15.1
9:30 AM 10:10 AM Concurrent Session #1 LBJSC Rooms 3-13.1 & 3-14.1
10:10 AM 11:40 AM Concurrent Session #2 LBJSC Rooms 3-13.1 & 3-14.1
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Poster Session LBJSC 3rd Floor Paseo
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch LBJSC Rooms 3-13.1, 3-14.1 & 3-15.1
1:00 PM 1:55 PM Keynote Speaker LBJSC Teaching Theater
2:00 PM 2:30 PM Presentation LBJSC Teaching Theater
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Presentation LBJSC Teaching Theater
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Latino Stars Award Ceremony & Presentation of HPN Scholarship LBJSC Teaching Theater
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Closing Remarks LBJSC Teaching Theater
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Mariachis - Mariachi Nuevo Cascabel, San Marcos High School LBJSC Teaching Theater
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Keynote Speaker

Romelia Flores - HPN Keynote Speaker

Romelia Flores

IBM Distinguished Engineer & Master Inventor, IBM Global Solution Center

Keynote Presentation

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater (Room 4-16.1)
4th Floor of LBJSC


Romelia Flores is one of IBM's top 500 technical executives, earning the titles of IBM Distinguished Engineer and IBM Master Inventor. Throughout her career, Romelia has personally trained thousands of IBMers, specifically focusing on early-career professionals from the Millennial Generation.  She has collaborated with some of IBM's largest clients around technology innovation, Smarter Cities and Cognitive technology. Examples of her projects include 311/911 Image and Video Integration with City Systems, Beijing Global Rail Innovation Center and Energy Emissions Dashboard. Romelia has contributed significant intellectual capital including 36 U.S. Patents and 28 more pending.

Romelia graduated with honors obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and was honored as a Baylor Alumni by Choice in 2014. Romelia has received the following prestigious awards: 2015 Dallas Metroplex’s Inventor Tech Titan Finalist, 2015 Latina Style Magazine Top 10 Executives of the Year, 2016 Lifetime Achievement award from the Great Minds in STEM, 2016 Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Technology and 2017 InnoTech IT Executive of the Year.

Latino Stars in the Constellation of Rising Stars

Latino Stars

Do you know a Texas State University Faculty or Staff member that has been exceptional in the advancement of Latinos in higher education?

Nominations for the Latino Stars Awards (Faculty and Staff Recipients) are being accepted now. Awards will be presented during the HPN Symposium Lunch to deserving full-time staff and faculty members.

Submit Nomination

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Hispanic Policy Network
Center for the Study of The Southwest
College of Applied Arts
College of Science and Engineering
Dean of Students
Honors College
Jose, Olga and Cadet Conrrada Cristal Trejo
LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research
Mochas & Javas
Partnership for Research and Education in Materials

Past Symposiums

Are you interested in the focus of previous Symposiums? Check them out here: Past Symposiums.