Cherry Award Winner to Speak at Diez Y Seis Luncheon Sept. 17

Sept. 10, 1997

In celebration of Mexican Independence Day - Diez Y Seis - Baylor University's Department of Educational Administration and the Fred and Edith Hale Center for Educational Leaders will host a Leadership Luncheon featuring Dr. Mario A. Benitez, the 1997 Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, as speaker. The luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Barfield Drawing Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Approximately 100 people are expected to attend.

Benitez, a nationally recognized teacher and scholar in the field of multicultural and bilingual education, began his undergraduate education in Spain, continued with graduate work in Texas and Cuba, and completed his doctorate in California. Currently, he is a Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, the only faculty member in the College of Education to have received this honor.

Praised by students and colleagues for his speaking and teaching abilities, Benitez focuses much of his teaching on sociocultural issues as they relate to school achievement, and his courses provide students with opportunities to understand the multisocial and multicultural nature of society.

As the 1997 Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, Benitez will be awarded $100,000 at a banquet in his honor on Thursday, Sept. 25. He will return to Baylor for the spring 1998 semester to teach a series of classes for the School of Education.

Tickets for the Leadership Luncheon are $10 per person and reservations are required. For more information, contact Kelly Miller at 710-3117.

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