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It’s not too well known that the Rio Grande Valley played a key role in the American Civil War, but Dr. Russell Skowronek, a history professor at The University of Texas-Pan American and principal investigator of UTPA’s Community Historical Project with Schools (CHAPS), hopes to change that.

Skowronek and his team at CHAPS are joining with historians throughout the Valley and beyond to develop a Civil War trail here.

“It’s a very important thing for our region, an entity, once it is created for our region because it will actually knit together the entire valley from the Gulf of Mexico to Laredo and we’ll be able to talk about the significant activities that took place here, basically from the 1840s to the 1870s,” Skowronek said.

The trail will highlight important landmarks from Laredo to Brownsville. Sites include Palmito Hill Ranch near Brownsville, where the last battle of the Civil War was fought, as well as Forts McIntosh in Laredo, Ringgold in Rio Grande City, and Brown in Brownsville.

Recently, a group of a few dozen historians, educators, as well as representatives from state and federal agencies, met at UTPA’s McAllen Teaching Site to begin work on this endeavor.

Dr. Tony Zavaleta, a professor of anthropology at UT Brownsville and owner of the Palmito Hill Ranch battle site, said he supports the creation of the trail because it will tell the story of the Civil War that not many have heard and create more tourism to the area.

“It’s important to develop this project because not only is it historical development, it’s economic development,” Zavaleta said. “One of the things that we Valley natives have not done completely enough is to promote our eco-tourism and our historical or cultural tourism. Once people realize and recognize that there’s a Civil War trail in south Texas they’ll come to south Texas, not only to see birds and butterflies, but to stand on a site.”

Dr. Stephen McBride, director of interpretation and archaeology for Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in Kentucky, a Union recruiting center for black troops during the Civil War, shared Zavaleta’s sentiments on why the trail should be created.

“There is a lot of history here and a lot of really important events that took place that need to be brought out to the public,” McBride said. “It has the potential to bring other people and visitors in.”

Skowronek said he and his collaborators hope to garner community support so that they can have a website, podcast and brochure promoting the trail by the beginning of next year.

“This is a legacy that will have payback in this Valley for a century to come, perhaps longer, Skowronek said. “Right now we are marking the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War; more people died in that war than all other wars combined for the United States. Here the war ended, the last battle was fought in 1865, and here we’re hoping we can mark this so that, by the time that we are marking the bicentennial of the civil war in 50 years, those children that will be part of that will be able to say well there’s always been a civil war trail.”

Learn more about the project in this video:

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Original Post by Office of Public Affairs  on June 27th, 2014.

photoFlutist Baltazar Diaz has a passion for music. Go to a concert in which he is performing, and you will likely see him playing from memory. A native of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Diaz performs in the University of Texas-Pan American Concert Band, University Orchestra, Flute Ensemble, and as a member of several UTPA chamber music ensembles. His enthusiasm, love of music, helpfulness to fellow students, and diligent quest for knowledge are all qualities that have helped Diaz secure the highly competitive Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship administered by the Texas Association of Music Schools.

Full-time music majors enrolled in a Texas Association of Music Schools member institution of higher education are eligible to apply for the Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship. Recipients from four-year state institutions such as the University of Texas-Pan American receive their renewable award for up to four years, to cover expenses until the student graduates. Applicants apply during the second semester of their freshman year.

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A group of RGV K-12 teachers learned how to make an atlatl spear-throwing mechanism in a Native American Peoples of South Texas Workshop conducted June 6 by the Community Historic Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) faculty and staff. The teachers will take the hands-on learning activities into their classrooms this fall.

 

The Community Historic Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a group of local area K-12 teachers at a Native American Peoples of South Texas workshop June 6 at the Community Engagement and Student Success building.

The four-hour workshop included lectures about prehistoric and historic Indians who inhabited the Rio Grande Valley region as well as a hands-on activity of building an atlatl spear-throwing mechanism which included a lesson in physics about Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion. Ashley Leal, a Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas member, was also on hand to discuss Native American peoples in contemporary society.

Each school district represented at the workshop was given a traveling trunk of items to use in their classrooms. As the majority of the teachers in attendance were 7th grade Texas History teachers, this particular subject matter is very relevant to the curriculum for their students, said Roseann Bacha-Garza, CHAPS program coordinator.

“Our program is driven to inspire and intrigue regional educators and their students with relatable material for use in the classroom,” Bacha-Garza said. “We look forward to classroom visits with these teachers as the academic year begins again in the fall.”

Funding for the traveling trunk project was made possible through a generous donation from The Summerlee Foundation out of Dallas, Texas.

The people and school districts represented at the workshop were: Nicole Cain and Maria Nino, Sharyland ISD; Reymundo Quiroga and Rachel Quiroga, Donna ISD; Ronald Claflin and Benjamin Vela, Alton ISD; Alicia Loya and Norma Vega, La Joya ISD; Ruby Aguilar, Rio Hondo ISD; Patrick Twist, Edinburg CISD; Jennifer Longoria, Josette Ramirez and Cynthia Maldonado, South Texas ISD; and Lisa Adam and Judy McClelland, Museum of South Texas History. Not present at the workshop were but who will also use the curriculum this coming fall in their classrooms are Raul Pena and Eulalio Gutierrez, Roma ISD.

Learn more at the CHAPS website.

Original Post by By Office of Public Affairs on June 6th, 2014.

Canciones y Arias A combo of opera and mariachi drew cheering sold out audiences again this spring in Chicago when The University of Texas-Pan American’s acclaimed Mariachi Aztlán teamed up with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to perform “Canciones y Arias.”

This is the second year in a row that the Mariachi Aztlán has collaborated with the opera company on a production. In 2013, after hearing about the mariachi’s performance with the Houston Opera Company of the world’s first mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (Across the Face of the Moon), the Lyric Opera invited the group to perform the same opera there with the Lyric Opera cast.

“We have found them to be energetic, hard working, ambitious and disciplined. Their performances are high energy and their musicianship top-notch,” said Cayenne Harris, Lyric Unlimited director. “They are excellent ambassadors of both The University of Texas-Pan American and of Mexican culture.”

Canciones y Arias” traces the drama and the passion of the history of song demonstrated through traditional canciones (songs) of the mariachi genre and classical operatic arias, using as examples the famous Mexican singer Jorge Negrete and the highly regarded Mexican composer Manuel Ponce as well as selections from the operas of Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, and more, said Dr. Dahlia Guerra, dean of UTPA’s College of Arts and Humanities and founder of the University’s mariachi program.

Performing with the group requires hard work, dedication and sacrifice said Adolfo Estrada (BA ’13), a vocalist who also plays the regular Spanish guitar in the Mariachi Aztlán. Estrada, from San Antonio and who will begin a master’s program in ethnomusicology in August at UTPA, said playing with the opera has allowed the group to learn about how different groups practice and train.

“We have been able to work with top tier groups. On the performer level and as a skilled musician it opens a lot of opportunities to expand our arsenal or tool kit per se for rehearsal techniques and getting exposure to how other genres of music rehearse,” he said.

Members of the Mariachi Aztlán and the group’s directors, Guerra and Francisco Loera, participated in community engagement and educational activities last year and again this year organized by Lyric Unlimited, an initiative of the Lyric Opera of Chicago to expand their community engagement and educational programs throughout the Chicago area, particularly those areas where opera is a lesser known genre.

Harris said the engagement activities included lecture demonstrations for students in the nearby community of Waukegan and the largely Hispanic Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, workshops for both instructors and students of the Chicago Mariachi Project and Q&A sessions with students following dress rehearsals and performances. Additionally, Mariachi Aztlán played side by side with student performers at planned and impromptu sessions.

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“We were incredibly impressed by their dedication, musicianship, work ethic and interest and ability to connect with students and community audiences,” Harris said. “The work they have done with mariachi students has had a lasting impact on what is still a new program here in Chicago. They are without a doubt an inspiration to young aspiring mariachis and have brought great joy to audiences of all ages through their dynamic performances.”

Estrada said engaging with the community was one of the most positive aspects of the experience. He said not only were the young musicians excited but also their parents.

“It was exciting to see people’s take on it, maybe people who have never been to the opera but were familiar with mariachi,” he said.

Estrada said the program at UTPA is now attracting students from across the state, nation and internationally.

“Our mariachi program is the banner for any other mariachi program at the University level. No other University can even come close. I say that most humbly because it is an honor to be a part of that ensemble,” he said. “We are ambassadors not only for the University but for those people who have never seen a mariachi in their lives before.”

The Mariachi Aztlán has a growing record of accolades. For several years in a row, they defeated six professional groups to win the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Mariachi Invitational. In 2010, 2012 and 2013, the Mariachi Aztlán won Grand Champions at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque national mariachi competition. In 2011, they were invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, selected from professional groups across the nation. In 2012, the mariachi performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The group has also performed for President Barack Obama at the White House and their official portrait hung at the White House for several months.

In March 2015, the group will perform again with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Because of the response to the first mariachi opera, the Lyric Opera has commissioned another one — El Pasado Nunca Se Termina (The Past is Never Finished) — from the same team that created Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. The Mariachi Aztlán will perform for preview audiences of the opera, which begins on the eve of the Mexican revolution and will tell the story of two families — one indigenous and one European — whose lives become deeply entwined. The opera will expand multiple generations with the audience meeting the modern day ancestors of the two families who are now reconciling their pasts in the context of modern life in the United States and Mexico.

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UTPA’s Mariachi Aztlán performed in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Canciones y Arias” in April. It is the second time the group has collaborated with the celebrated opera company on a production. Photo courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography.

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Making connections is a goal that The University of Texas-Pan American’s Ballet Folklórico UTPA and Southwest Airlines have in common.

This year the airline industry giant will provide flight accommodations for 15 members of the Ballet Folklórico to travel to Washington, D.C., June 5-7, to appear at the prestigious 2014 National College Dance Festival held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There the troupe will perform a folk dance suite that showcases the “cowboy/vaquero” culture of the Rio Grande Valley and Texas.

“The dance is ‘Nuevo León’ (a northern state of Mexico) and very representative of us because it is so close to the border. The music is norteña which includes huapangos and polkas of the area as well,” said Mary Muñoz, associate director of special programs in UTPA’s Department of Music and Dance.

Southwest Airlines representative Anabell Odisho, a senior specialist of Community Affairs & Grassroots, said the corporation’s purpose is “to connect people to what’s important in their lives.”

“Through our support of UTPA, we are able to connect Ballet Folklórico students to the National College Dance Festival where they can carry out their passion for performing arts and connect the audience with this important facet of the Hispanic culture,” she said.

In March, the Ballet Folklórico was selected by a panel of distinguished judges as one of the three best choreographies and performances to advance to the national dance festival during the South Central Regional Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) held in Austin, Texas.

At the regional conference, the group competed among 40 universities from the states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas and against many different dance genres including ballet, modern dance, and hip hop. Only 12 were selected to perform at the regional concert and then three of those chosen to perform at the national dance festival. The other two South Central region troupes that advanced were The University of Texas at Austin and Sam Houston State University.

“From the 12 choreographies selected to present at the gala in Austin, the Ballet Folklórico was honored to close the concert,” said Francisco Muñoz, lecturer/dance program coordinator and the Ballet Folklórico’s artistic director. “The audience received our students with an overwhelming applause, before they even performed, and a heartfelt standing ovation at the end.”

The National Festival, according to the ACDFA, provides a showcase for the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses. The Ballet Folklórico, the first dance troupe to showcase Mexican folklórico choreography at the regional level or at the national concert, also advanced to the national venue in 2012.

Mary Muñoz said advancing to the national level speaks volumes for UTPA’s dance program which includes a major and minor in dance.

“It gives our dance program a lot of visibility and a chance to recruit. People now know that UT Pan American has a dance program and that it is a good program,” Mary Muñoz said.

Jessica Peña, who just graduated May 10, with a BA in dance, said this was the first time she has performed with the Ballet Folklórico at the regional conference and was nervous. But she said the enthusiasm from the audiences was unbelievable.

“They were cheering and yelling…which gave us confidence,” Peña said. “Our piece is very joyful – it celebrates culture, family, friends and community. We did not receive one negative critique from the adjudicators, everything was positive…they said things like ‘you remind us what dance is about.’”

Peña, who described the high level of technique and professionalism the dances require, said she hopes the Washington audiences enjoy them and appreciate the culture from where they originated. Pena said the tremendous support the dance troupe has received from the University and Southwest Airlines illustrates the value of what the Valley offers.

“Sometimes in the Valley we lack self esteem and think we can’t do things as well as in New York City, Boston or Chicago but, hey, we are going to the Nationals,” she said.

It is also not the first time Peña has received support from Southwest Airlines. The airline also helped her travel to Boston in the past to participate in the Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. In addition, Southwest has funded other travel by UTPA students including trips by the Mariachi Atzlán to Washington, D.C., for invited appearances at the 2012 Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 36th Annual Awards Gala in 2013.

“Southwest Airlines is giving us a chance to grow as professionals and artists. They make things happen and are changing lives by giving us the opportunity to see other works and for people to see us,” Pena said.

The Ballet Folklórico UTPA will perform “Nuevo León” in concerts at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 7 in the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ticket information is available at The Kennedy Center website.

 

 

HEBThe University of Texas-Pan American teamed up with H-E-B on May 29 to raise money to benefit UTPA’s Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Aztlán.

H-E-B donated $2,500 to the dance and music groups to help them with their expenses after UTPA volunteers helped garner more than 300 people to sample products from the grocery chain at its location at 2700 W. Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg.

The goal was to have 250 people try various foods set up at different stations throughout the store from 5-7 p.m. but H-E-B and UTPA far exceeded that target by 6:30 p.m., thanks to a supportive community.

Pictured are members of the UTPA Ballet Folklórico with the University’s mascot, Bucky and representatives from UTPA and H-E-B.

Newsweek Magazine has described the American Brass Quintet (ABQ) as the “high priests of brass.” The New York Times hailed the ABQ as “positively breathtaking.” Recently, this premier chamber music ensemble and icon in the brass world was named the 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contribution to the field.

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The internationally-acclaimed American Brass Quintet will perform at the City of Edinburg Auditorium Oct. 22. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.(Photo by Peter Schaaf)

The Rio Grande Valley community will have a chance to hear this internationally recognized group free of charge at a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the City of Edinburg Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American, the City of Edinburg and Edinburg Arts.

The ABQ’s 53-year history includes performances in Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and all 50 of the United States; a discography of more than 55 recordings; and the premieres of more than 150 contemporary brass works. In commemoration of the ABQ’s 50th anniversary in 2010, Summit Records released a double CD – “State of the Art—the ABQ at 50″ – of works written for the ABQ in the last decade.

Equally committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the ABQ has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2001, the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring season. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and internationally.

“The American Brass Quintet is a legacy unparalleled in the brass field,” said Dr. Pedro Martinez, chair, UTPA Department of Music and Dance. “I hope our students and the Valley community take this opportunity to hear their extraordinary music-making.”

For more information, contact Martinez at (956) 665-3182 or martinezp@utpa.edu.

Original Post by Office of Public Affairs on Oct 18th, 2013.

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Join the University Theatre Productions for a “Double Screecher Horror Night,” just in time for the Halloween season with two special shows – “Diner of the Dead” and “The Woman in Black.”

Running Oct. 23-26, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27, 2 p.m. at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre is the “Diner of the Dead.” The story follows a group of locals inside a diner as they witness a disaster from their perspective in their own small town.

“The Woman in Black” is heart-stopping play within a play that has been an English favorite since 1983 and has been touring in Mexico for the last 25 years. “The Woman in Black” can be found roaming in the UTPA Studio Theatre (next door to the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre with limited seating) from Oct. 23-26, 10 p.m. and Oct. 27, 5 p.m.

Both theaters are located in the Arts and Humanities Building on the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road. Open seating, $5 per person, is available per performance. No children below the third grade will be admitted.

For more information, call the University Theatre Box Office at (956) 665-3581.

Original Post by Theatre Productions on Oct 17th, 2013.

Faculty members from The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Oct. 4 when they met at the Academic Program Working Groups Kick-Off to begin the process of recreating the academic programs for the new university in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Pictured left to right at the Academic Program Working Groups Kickoff held at UTPA recently to create the academic programs for the new university in the Rio Grande Valley are Dr. Alan Artibise, UTB provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, UTPA president; Dr. Julio León, special adviser to the UT System vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, UTB president; and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTPA provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

More than 129 faculty members, who gathered at the UT Pan American campus in Edinburg, will serve on 13 discipline-based working groups to envision the academic programs for what will be an emerging research institution of the first-class that will also include a medical school. Both universities’ top administrators and college deans also attended the first meeting.

Each working group has equal faculty representation from UTPA and UTB. They are charged with being innovative in making recommendations on the types of academic programs that will best serve the needs of students and the Valley community and best reflect the guiding principles for the new university approved earlier this year by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

“Step out of the 20th century mold and break it. We are looking for new ways of doing things ,” said Dr. Julio León, a special adviser to The University of Texas System’s executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, who was hired to guide the transition to the new university, dubbed Project South Texas.

To set the stage for thinking outside the box, León presented a video from a recent conference supported byTime Magazine, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in which prominent national leaders in education gathered to discuss and present revolutionary solutions to the critical problems of cost, access and quality in higher education. The conference panel’s presentation in the video was “Reinventing the University for the 21st Century.”

At the meeting, working group members were also given a welcome letter from the UTPA and UTB provosts, membership lists for each Academic Program Working Group, and the charge and guidelines for the working groups’ recommendations, all posted at the Project South Texas website.

They also heard from UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and UTB President Juliet V. Garcia who talked briefly about the tasks the groups have been presented and their visions of the new university.

Nelsen said the faculty chosen have the ability to think in new ways and be transformative.

“We believe in you and trust you to actually create something new, something that will revolutionize the Valley,” said Nelsen, who asked them to obtain input and collaborate with their departments on what they will recommend.

Garcia said she wanted the faculty groups to not think that they had to have all the answers.

“Our work is long term. You have to just stir your creative juices and imagine where we want to go,” she said.

During the meeting, the faculty also heard from Provosts and Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTPA, and Dr. Alan Artibise, UTB; UTPA Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Dr. Kristen Croyle; and UTB Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Dr. Janna Arney. They reviewed the responsibilities of the working groups, meeting logistics and reporting and the need for collaboration, coordination and communication.

Breakout sessions held by each group in which their leadership and next meeting date were determined was followed by a reception.

Dr. Diana Dominguez (MA ’93), UTB associate professor of English and a member of the Trans-Disciplinary Working Group, sees the creation of the new university as a game-changer that will benefit the Valley.

“I love this place and I see this as an opportunity to really change how people look at us and the opportunities we can give the people here, especially the students,” she said. “It really excites me to be able to create these global connections … and help our students understand that they are part of a global world. This is a chance for them to expand their horizons beyond what they ever dreamed of.”

As a member of the Bicultural Working Group, Dr. Sonia Hernandez (BA ’98, MA ’01), UTPA associate professor of history, described the transition as a challenging but exciting time. She said her group has been given an earlier deadline than others to develop a vision of how being bicultural will work for the new university and to share that with the other groups.

“We have a lot of strengths. We need to think about what we offer, what UTB offers and what we or UTB don’t offer. We see this as an opportunity to craft something that will make us not only unique and different but will also serve the needs of the community … and transform our community and beyond,” she said.

To learn more, view the Academic Program Working Groups Kickoff video.

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Original Post by Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative on Oct 15th, 2013

In the first of several events planned by The University of Texas-Pan American to celebrate Hispanic/Latina(o) Heritage Month, the University hosted a screening of “Justice for My People,” which tells the story of Mexican American physician, World War II veteran and noted civil rights leader Hector P. Garcia, a Pan Am alumnus famous for founding the American GI Forum.

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Pictured left to right at the Sept. 30 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at UTPA of the life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia are Mexican American Studies student Alan Padilla; Dr. Maritza De La Trinidad, UTPA assistant professor of history; Cecilia Garcia-Akers, Garcia’s daughter; Jose Maria Vasquez, America’s Last Patrol and G.I. Forum member; and Dr. Francisco Guajardo, UTPA professor of educational leadership.

A panel discussion at the screening featured Garcia’s daughter Cecilia Garcia-Akers, who talked about his life and legacy, and Dr. Maritza De La Trinidad, assistant professor of history, who described briefly the history of Hispanic civil rights activism in the U.S. The event was organized and moderated by Mexican American Studies student Alan Padilla. The audience, which included a large contingent of Elsa-Edcouch High School students, also heard from Dr. Francisco Guajardo, UTPA associate professor of educational leadership.

“In his story, I find the inspiration to explore my own story … what does his story mean to you, how can that provoke, motivate or inspire you to figure out what you are all about,” Guajardo said following the screening.

Garcia (1914-1996) gained national prominence for his work on behalf of Hispanic Americans, helping end segregation in schools, hospitals and public facilities in Texas and nationally, and went on to serve as alternative ambassador to the United Nations and as a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 and named to the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II in 1990.

Akers described her father – who was known as “Dr. Hector” in Corpus Christi where he practiced – as compassionate, never having an enemy, and always working to help others. She and her husband Jim have established the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation to expand awareness of his legacy and the continued relevance of his fight for equal rights for all.

“Tremendous sacrifices were made so that you all can go to school here, so that you all can get a college education, that you all can do well, and be successful…,” Akers said regarding her father’s impact on future generations. “He knew if you weren’t educated, you were not going to succeed.”

Hispanic Heritage Month activities at UT Pan American will continue on Oct. 2 with the screening of the documentary “Prejudice & Pride” and a discussion with its producer John J. Valadez. The event will be held at 7 p.m.

Valadez will be back on Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. to show and discuss his documentary “War & Peace,” which tells the story of how Latinos were able to make gains in civil rights after World War II.

On Friday, Oct. 18 civil rights activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta – co-founder of what would become the United Farm Workers – will speak at 10 a.m.

All the events will be held in the Student Union Theater.

Original Post by Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative on October 1, 2013.

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