SCOLAS has moved its home from Baylor University to Texas State Universtiy effective 1 September 2010. Baylor University will still manage the Bertie Acker Scholarship Fund, information on which follows below. You may access the new SCOLAS site and information about the 47th Annual Meeting in Costa Rica through this link:


It is with profound sorrow that SCOLAS announces the passing of one of our most cherished members: Dr. Bertie Acker

Bertie Wilcox Naylor Acker (Oct. 1, 1922 - March 19, 2010) was born in Waco, Texas to Dowell Naylor and Francis Wilcox Naylor. She graduated from Texas State College for Women in 1943 and received her MA from SMU and her doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin in 1971. After having taught in Texas public schools, in Columbia South America on a Rockefeller Foundation Grant and UT Austin, she joined the University of Texas, Arlington Foreign Language Department in 1965 as Professor of Spanish Literature. She retired in 1990 at which time she was awarded the title Professor Emeritus. A founding member of SCOLAS the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, and faculty sponsor of the Spanish Language Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi she also received several prestigious awards for her translation of Iphigenia by Teresa de la Parra. A woman of many interests outside of her profession, Bertie enjoyed travel, Tai Ch'i, belly dancing, raising roses and going to the theater, ballet and museums. She was predeceased by her brother, Dowell Naylor Jr. and is survived by her daughters, Barbara Acker, Phyllis Harmon and Ruth Bilbo, grandchildren, John and wife Gitrada Harmon, Amanda Harmon, and precious great grandson Ethan Harmon, sister-in-law Ollie Naylor, nieces, Nannette Foreman, Kathy Sleeker, and Julie Naylor and great nieces and nephews. In honor of her life, her family would appreciate donations to be made to the SCOLAS Bertie Acker Scholarship, SCOLAS 1 Bear Place #97306, Baylor University, Waco, Tx 76798 -7306.

Published in Dallas Morning News on April 14, 2010

Bertie Acker

Why join SCOLAS?

Here are some of the reasons:

The United States southwest has been and will remain the scene of the greatest contact between Hispanic and Anglo cultures. The region's long Hispanic heritage has helped create a prominent role for scholars of languages, history, and cultures, and for that reason SCOLAS enjoys one of the largest bases for any regional Latin American conference in the United States.

SCOLAS is an interdisciplinary organization that encourages diverse panels, methods, and interests. We welcome participation by any scholars dealing with Latin American-related issues, including studies of immigration, transnationalism, and U.S. Hispanic culture.

SCOLAS has strong participation from both the United States and Mexico, giving it a bilingual atmosphere especially attractive for Latin American scholars.

SCOLAS hosts annual conferences in Mexico and the southwestern United States. Previous conference sites include San Antonio, New Orleans, Morelia, Santa Fe, MTrida, and Monterrey. These conferences offer stimulating panels, opportunities to meet other scholars, field trips to places of historical and cultural importance, and prizes for books, articles, and graduate students.

Participation in SCOLAS is a lifetime investment in your career. It helps you to make friendships and professional contacts among your peers at other institutions, and enhances visibility for yourself and your university.