The Guerra Honors Program moved into its new temporary location in POBL #1, between SBSC and ARHU, in anticipation of moving into more permanent facilities later this year. The Guerra Honors Program serves academically talented and ambitious students who value intellectual growth and want to make the most of their undergraduate education. The program provides students a flexible, challenging, and innovative curriculum that helps them develop academically, personally, and professionally. Students of all majors at UTPA may join the Guerra Honors Program. In fact, no one particular academic major or career goal is more suited to the program than any other. Membership in the Guerra Honors Program is a privilege and a commitment, but previous graduates of the program have found it a tremendous source of enrichment as they move through and beyond UTPA into various avenues of success. The Guerra Honors Program is always interested in students who wish to think big when it comes to their academic and professional ambitions. The following are just a few of the important opportunities the Guerra Honors Program avails to students in all colleges and disciplines.
Undergraduate Archer Fellowship: UTPA has been a participant in the Bill Archer Undergraduate Fellowship Program since 2006. We just welcomed back three Archer Fellows who spent the Fall semester in Washington D.C.: Ms. Alexis Bay, Mr. Luis Briones, and Ms. Haley Hodge. This year’s UTPA cohort includes Ms. Daniella Diaz (interning with NBC News in Washington, D.C.); Ms. Vanessa Garza (interning with the U.S. Supreme Court); and Mr. Edward Guerra (interning with the Human Rights Campaign and specifically as a graphic designer for The DC Center for the LGBT Community and also The Consumer Marketing Department). The Guerra Honors Program has received applications and will be selecting next year’s cohort by the end of March, 2015.
Graduate Archer Fellowship: UTPA placed a graduate student in the Graduate Archer Fellowship Program for the first time in the Summer of 2013, Mr. Michael Odum. This year’s search, under the auspices of the Guerra Honors Program, interviewed five candidates and the search was concluded with the selection of Mr. Alberto Espinoza, who will begin his Fellowship in Summer 2014. Congratulations Mr. Espinoza.
Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative: The Guerra Honors Program was pleased to hear from Harvard University that the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative will go forward for the Summer of 2014. This year’s effort is entitled Harvard LLI on the Road and will be held June 8 – 13 in Laredo Texas, generously hosted by President Ray Keck of Texas A&M International University. Andy Zelleke, Marshall Ganz, Allison Shapira Catherine Otis-Cote will teach and organize the program. The Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education has agreed to award certificates with the Harvard insignia for students who participate in this “On the Road”
Great Plains Honors Council: There are two items of note concerning the Great Plains Honors Council. The first item of note concerns this year’s council in Fort Smith Arkansas. The conference is sponsored by The University of Arkansas, Fort Smith. Each year the GPHC hosts a regional conference that includes universities from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas. Due to the largeness of the state of Texas, the conference alternates years between Texas and one of the other participating states. This past year, the conference was hosted in Canyon, TX and sponsored by West Texas A&M University. Coordinating its activities with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Great Plains organization promotes the flow of information, ideas, fellowship and professional encouragement throughout its member programs. Our spring regional conference always emphasizes student presentations and the region-as-text. The second item of note is that the University of Texas Pan American is scheduled to host the 2015 GPHC conference on South Padre Island at the Isla Grand Resort April 10 – 12. Dr. Buckman and Dr. Keller have been in the process of finalizing contracts for hosting the conference.
The Guerra Honors Program invites all UTPA students who have at least 24 hours at the university and maintain and institutional GPA of 3.5, eligible high schools students, and eligible transfer students to become a part of the Guerra Honors Program and the Honors Community here at UTPA.