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Carolyn Orange
Carolyn Orange

UTSA Spotlight: Carolyn Orange receives Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award

By Alexandria Sanchez
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Jan. 11, 2007)--Carolyn Orange, UTSA professor of educational psychology, recently was honored with the Yellow Rose of Texas Education Award at the 14th annual Salute to Quality in Education event at the Doubletree Hotel.

The award honoring San Antonio educators is given by the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning, an educational foundation of the Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Orange earned a Ph.D. degree in educational research and psychology and a master's degree in educational psychology from Washington University. Before coming to UTSA in 1993, she was an assistant professor at St. Louis University.

Currently developing a degree program in educational measurement and evaluation, Orange also created the UTSA course, Psychology of Human Motivation.

Additionally, Orange has devoted many hours to community projects. In 2004, she organized UTSA students to assist with the Kaleidoscope Project, sponsored by the Girl Scout Council of San Antonio. In 2005, she helped sort and distribute donated clothing and household items to Hurricane Katrina evacuees and worked with the Red Cross to set up shelters at KellyUSA and Reagan High School for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita evacuees.

Orange is the author of the books "25 Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make and How to Avoid Them" and "44 Smart Strategies for Avoiding Classroom Problems."

Chartered in 1986, the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning is a nonprofit corporation organized by past presidents of the Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio. Named after Constance Allen, who dedicated 63 years to education in San Antonio, the guild provides scholarships to assist individuals in furthering their education. The governor of Texas named Allen a "Yellow Rose of Texas" in 1985.

Allen was instrumental in providing financial assistance to cover education costs for many women. She was a long-standing member of the Business and Professional Women's Club Inc. of San Antonio until her death at age 100.

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