Honorary doctorate to be conferred at 2006 Winter Commencement

December 8 2006

Indiana State University will conduct its 2006 Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Hulman Center. The processional is scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m., followed by the commencement ceremony at 2 p.m.

About 620 students are eligible for undergraduate degrees; with about 244 eligible for advanced degrees, including master’s and doctoral.

Two graduates, having achieved a 4.0 grade-point average, will receive Hines Memorial Medals for outstanding academic achievement. Both award recipients happen to be education majors. They are Carol Ann Geiger Roberts of New Lebanon, and Kathy Marie Sykes of Fillmore.

The commencement speaker will be Melissa A. Wolter of Marshall, Ill.; and the recipient of the President’s Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service will be Jessica Louise Bush of Boone Grove.

ISU also will be conferring an Honorary Doctor of Law degree upon Alvaro Romo de la Rosa, associate vice president for programs, services and international affairs of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, as part of commencement ceremonies.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Alvaro Romo de la Rosa has been a leader in the development of international educational opportunities for students and faculty. Romo is currently an associate vice president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the only national education association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and whose members include more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

Romo has been an integral part in the creation of a worldwide network of universities, university systems, associations of universities, and government entities that facilitate academic exchange and cooperation among educational institutions, through his work with the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), an organization with more than 600 members from universities in some 80 different countries. In his years with the IAUP, Romo held the positions of vice president, special assistant to the president, secretary general-elect, and secretary general.

As coordinator of International Programs of the University of Houston System, he facilitated 25 new collaboration agreements between the University of Houston System and other universities around the world.

In 1999, Romo took the position of director of Institutional Advancement at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, the oldest private university in Mexico. He had previously served as Universidad’s director of International Programs for 20 years and as dean of graduate studies of the institution for 17 years. Romo also was the founder and head of Universidad’s Language Department in the 1960s and of the School of Linguistics in the 1970s.

With a teaching and administrative career in the areas of education, international education and linguistics that has spanned more than 30 years, Romo’s dedication has been recognized with academic awards and honorary appointments and degrees. The IAUP has presented him with several awards for his distinguished service to this global association, and he has been selected as a visiting professor, lecturer and honorary professor at universities in Japan, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and other parts of the world. Rosa has received two honorary degrees from universities in Brazil and Russia.

Romo graduated with high honors from the University of Texas-Austin, with a bachelor of arts in linguistics and a master of arts in applied linguistics. He holds a doctorate of education from the University of Houston.

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Photo: A publication-quality, high-resolution photo of Dr. Alvaro Romo de la Rosa is available at: Dr. Alvaro Romo de la Rosa

Contact and Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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An honorary doctorate will be conferred at 2006 Winter Commencement on Dec. 16, at Hulman Center. The processional is scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m., followed by the commencement ceremony at 2 p.m.

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