Author Archives: Gerry Garcia

South Texas College receives $929,800 grant from the U.S Department of Education

The Department of Childhood Development at South Texas College (STC) received a four year grant from the U.S Department of Education of $929,800 as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program. The grant will provide affordable childcare services for eligible students at the Child Development Center, located at the South Texas College Mid Valley Campus. Funds will be utilized to cover tuition and fees for 50 eligible children of STC student-parents each semester and 40 children in the summer. STC’s Mid Valley Campus Child Development Center, which is nationally accredited, is committed to providing a lab program to train future early childhood professionals and has served as a catalyst for quality care and education for children and their families for the past 10 years. Veronica Rodriguez, Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Child Development, says this grant will serve students greatly and believes that the Child Development…

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Couture Ravel “Piano Trio in A minor”

Join us for a romantic evening and experience “Piano Trio in A minor” by Maurice Ravel that will captivate you from the very first measure. Written for cello, piano and violin — Ravel’s piece is a true sonata for three players, rich in the harmonic and textural innovations with a passionate final movement filled with shimmering, never-ending trills from the strings and a wild whoosh or two from the piano. Featuring VSO Concertmaster, Geoffrey Wong, violin; Benjamin Ponder, cello and Daniel Steenken, piano. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Sky Tower Club, Chase Bank, 17th Floor, 200 S. 10th St., McAllen, Tx Contact: Valley Symphony Orchestra at  956-661-1615 or www.ticketmaster.com

AMÉRICA, AMÉRICA

The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Trudie Elmore Abbott invite you to América, América. Let the music move you with Latin-inspired symphonic music from Cuba, Brazil & Mexico with Col. R.T. (Ret). & Carol Ann Dixon sponsored guest artist, UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán. A concert so energetic, so rhythmic, so explosive, you’ll have a hard time staying still in your seat. Friday, February 2, McAllen Performing Arts Center, 8:00 p.m.  Musical Director/ Conductor: Peter Dabrowski Contact: Valley Symphony Orchestra at  956-661-1615 or www.ticketmaster.com  

Final Mile of the McAllen Kids Marathon

On Saturday, January 20, at McAllen Convention Center, our students will run the Final Mile of the McAllen Kids Marathon. As you know, we are a school district that has been recognized nationally for encouraging physical and nutritional health. This is the culmination event for our district-wide effort.  Please encourage students to register by going online at www.mcallenkidsmarathon.com. McAllen ISD students can receive a medal and a t-shirt for completing their  Final Mile. This free event is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Adults are encouraged to also sign up to run in the adult marathon on Sunday, January 21. Adults can sign up at www.mcallenmarathon.com/ Employees and students (13 years and older) will receive a 50% discount (PROMO CODE: MISD17) when they sign up for the McAllen Marathon/Scott Crane Memorial Run!  McAllen Kids Marathon Final Mile WHAT: Joint press conference WHEN: 10:30-11 am, Friday, Jan. 19 WHERE:…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Villarreal To Texas Facilities Commission

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rigo Villarreal to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. The Commission manages state government buildings and handles the sale of surplus property, including property donated to the state by federal programs. Rigo Villarreal of Mission is the superintendent of bridges for the City of McAllen. He is a board member of the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and the Border Trade Alliance Executive Board, and a member of the Texas Transportation Commission Border Trade Advisory Committee. Additionally, he is a former member of the Freight Advisory Committee and the Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group for the Texas Department of Transportation. Villarreal received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas – Pan American.

MAKE SOME COOL GIFTS FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS!

Design 6 unique pendants in just 2 hours! We will guide you through the design process and provide all the materials and tools needed for your exquisite jewelry pieces.  These pieces will be fired and picked up later. CLASS FEE:  $35, 16+ yrs. Prior glass cutting experience is not required. For your safety, open toe shoes are not allowed in the classroom.  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  

South Texas College Seeking Partnership with Department of Homeland Security Agencies Ahead of Center Opening

Maintaining security on the border requires the highest level of advanced specialized training. South Texas College has begun a series of law enforcement stakeholder meetings with Hidalgo and Starr County mayors, city managers, police chiefs, and Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioner Cynthia Leon as part of Phase II for its Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence (RCPSE). The latest phase includes the expansion and development of professional continuing education training for federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To accomplish this, STC is pursuing a partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), which is reviewing the College’s master plan for the upcoming Regional Center Public for Safety Excellence in Pharr, slated to open June 2018. Based in Glynco, GA, FLETC is the name of the interagency law enforcement training body for 91 federal law enforcement agencies. With an annual budget of $272 million, it also…

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FUSED GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE VOTIVE

This fused glass votive will surely add to your Christmas decor.  Create it in just 2-hours!  We will guide you in designing and preparing a beautiful piece of glass and also take care of the firing process.  Materials included. For your safety, open toe shoes are not allowed in the classroom.  16+ yrs. TWO CLASSES OFFERED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  CLASS FEE:  $35   SPACE IS LIMITED.

South Texas College celebrates third and final cohort of graduating faculty making a difference through STEM-based training

More than 50 educators from across the Rio Grande Valley recently certified by South Texas College are now leaders in Science, Technology Engineering, and Math. As the latest graduates from the RGV STEM Faculty Institute, the faculty has been charged with guiding students into 21st century STEM careers. Working under the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator (TRSDA), 56 faculty members from school districts across the Valley successfully completed intensive professional development training with the intent to enrich students’ learning experience in STEM-related fields. STC held a ceremony for STEM Faculty Institute graduates on Nov. 2. In attendance at the graduation ceremony for TRSDA was new president of Texas Southmost College Dr. Jesus Roberto Rodriguez; Texas A&M-Kingsville Dean for its RGV Engineering Initiative, Dr. Oralia De Los Reyes; Dr. Greg Garcia, Program Evaluator with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Brownsville ISD; as well as representatives from ISDs across the…

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South Texas College professor Liza Veliz becomes regional vice president of national honor society in Psychology

Liza Veliz, a psychology professor at South Texas College, has been elected to serve as the Psi Beta Southwestern Regional Vice-President on the Psi Beta National Council for a two-year term, 2016-18. Professor Veliz was officially installed on Aug. 3 during the 2017 national convention of the American Psychological Association held in Washington DC.  Veliz is faculty advisor of the South Texas College Psi Beta Chapter. Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community colleges and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Psi Beta is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).  Psi Beta’s mission is to professionally develop outstanding students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Active Psi Beta chapters, such as the chapter at South Texas College, provide students with a wealth of…

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85th LEGISLATIVE SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS PASSED IN FIRST CALLED SESSION HEALTH: HB 13 by Giovanni Capriglione (R-Keller) and Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) requires health care facilities and physicians to electronically report abortion complications to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) within three business days for physicians and within 30 days for facilities. The report must include (if known): the date and the type of abortion that caused or may have caused the complication; the gestational age of the fetus; the name and type of facility in which the abortion was performed; the date the complication was diagnosed or treated; the name and type of facility other than the reporting facility in which the complication was diagnosed or treated; a description of the complication; the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, and state and county of residence; the date of the first day of the patient’s last menstrual period; the number of previous…

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National Study: McAllen Heart Hospital Named America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery and America’s 100 Best for Coronary Intervention and Cardiac Care  

Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes in Nearly 4,500 Hospitals Finds McAllen Heart Hospital Among Best in Nation McAllen, Texas – McAllen Heart Hospital released today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for Cardiac Surgery and one of America’s 100 Best Hospital’s for Coronary Intervention and Cardiac Care for 2017. McAllen Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the Rio Grande Valley* to receive any of these honors, and it is one of only 19 hospitals in the nation and two in Texas to be a “triple-crown” recipient. Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.** Annually, Healthgrades identifies the best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated. “Healthgrades’ analysis of quality outcomes reveals…

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South Texas College Police Academy First to Offer Newest Firearms Shooting Simulations Training System

MCALLEN, TX (June 14, 2017) – The Law Enforcement Program at South Texas College is taking their program to a whole new level by being the first police academy in the Rio Grande Valley to incorporate the newest, higher standard in firearms training simulations, the Virtra V-300. Virtra is the newest training tool for law enforcement professionals that demonstrates how quickly decisions have to be made, and if they are not made immediately and rationally, lives can be lost, according to STC Law Enforcement Program Chair Victor Valdez. The program plays out like a VR simulator. Real-world engagements occur in a 300-degree environment. Threats come from all directions. The disadvantages to training on a single-screen simulator, the cadet is only utilizing a 60-degree field of view, and doesn’t have to turn to scan the environment for a potential threat. Valdez says the overall benefit of having this system is to…

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South Texas College gears up for its annual Ceramics Conference with two artists from Alpine, TX

South Texas College begins its 11th annual ceramics exhibition and workshop, “More than Coincidence: Continuations in Clay” in the Rio Grande Valley with an opening reception on June 22 at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on view from June 22 to August 11, 2017, at the Library Art Gallery and at the Art Building B Gallery, located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The event includes a full display of ceramic work by distinguished Texas ceramicists Gregory Tegarden and Amanda Calhoun as well as ceramic work from 12 universities and community colleges across the U.S. “It should be really interesting on several levels once again,” said Chris Leonard, STC ceramics instructor and exhibit/conference organizer. “This year we are blessed to have a pair of artists making their way in and outside of clay with interesting backgrounds and shared histories. This should be an educational…

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McAllen ISD IB Programme students’ space experiment ready for liftoff

A project by McAllen Independent School District students will be launched into space next week. It’s one of only 21 selected from across the entire North American continent.  Three students Sabrina Benitez, Sofia Escobar and Juan Pablo Flanagan from McAllen ISD’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Lamar Academy conceptualized and produced a scientific proposal that will achieve realization on the International Space Station hovering above the Earth. The scheduled launch date currently scheduled for 9:01 a.m. CT on Saturday, February 18 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The results will be shipped back to Earth in March. Students will conduct the same experiment on Earth (under gravity conditions) during the month while it is conducted in space. The results will be compared. Progress on the ISS can be monitored on the SSEP website. http://ssep.ncesse.org/ They wanted to know if you can grow tomatoes on Mars.  A mountain of research over six weeks…

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