Author Archives: Gerry Garcia

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

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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

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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

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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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STC brings together leaders of industry in healthcare and information technology

South Texas College is seeking to bring as many leaders as possible from across the Valley to share their concerns about industry in the region. Working with decision makers in the healthcare and information technology industries, the goal is to gather those who recognize that there is a high demand for growth in these sectors throughout the Valley. In a two-day event held at the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 24-25, the RGV Healthcare Industry Partnership and the RGV Information Technology Partnership, in collaboration with representatives from STC’s Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator (TRSDSA), RGV FOCUS, McAllen Economic Development Corporation, Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, Weslaco EDC, Workforce Solutions-Hidalgo, and the Rio South Texas Economic Council continued their discussion to determine priorities for collective action among professionals in healthcare and information technology. “Our plan is to get as many leaders from across the Valley, from Brownsville to Rio Grande City,…

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  ‘No Barriers for Students’ – STC Opens New Student Enrollment Center

Following official ribbon cutting, South Texas College set to open new student enrollment center. For the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters, students registering for classes at the South Texas College Pecan campus will avoid waiting in long lines at the old admissions, info & welcome centers thanks in part to a new Student Enrollment Center the college unveiled Tuesday.  The renovated space, located inside the first floor of Building K, combined these areas into one larger, open-concept space to offer students a virtual one-stop for admissions and registration. “This embodies what South Texas College is all about, no barriers for students,” said STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed. “Everything is open and collaborative. Students will be here in a comfortable environment, and will have the chance to register early and get their services done on time.” The enrollment center should be fully operational by the end of February. When it…

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12 Questions with board member Art Ortega, Ortega Ventures & Investments

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1) What is your favorite book? I would have to say my favorite book is the Bible. It provides guidance for any and all situations whether good, bad or indifferent. In good times you can find inspiration, in bad times you can find hope, and in times of tranquility you get a sense of responsibility of what you could do to make this world better. 2) What is your favorite movie? There are several, but I would say the animated movie, Madagascar. My three kids and I laughed so hard and I guess that’s why I liked it so much. It brings the family together and it gives you a moment of bonding. The movie has a moral, but more than anything it is the companionship and the bonding with the kids you’ll always remember. 3) What is your favorite vacation spot? We went to Honolulu and then to Maui.…

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People You Should Know – Joe Brown, Director of Development Rio Grande Valley Community Foundation

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  Joe Brown is wearing a new hat. Known throughout the area for his years of banking experience, moving into the retirement arena just didn’t quite fit him. Becoming Director of Development for the Rio Grande Valley Community Foundation fit him to a tee. Using his formidable background, it will be an easy switch for him to continue guiding the works of the foundation. In 2000, Steve Ahlenius suggested the area needed a community foundation, and he was the force behind getting it developed into a 501(c)(3). It is a separate entity from the Chamber. Community foundations have been around since 1914, when banker  Frederick Goff convinced the Cleveland Trust board to adopt a Resolution and Declaration of Trust creating the Cleveland Foundation – the first community foundation. Organized to provide philanthropic options for individuals, businesses and organizations, community foundations aid them in intelligent giving and assisting the givers to…

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Business You Should Know – Valencia Event Center

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“Dreamers dream and developers build. Eddie Cantu, developer and Hidalgo County Commissioner, was both when he built Valencia Event Center. “When my sister got married she found it difficult to find a place for the ceremony,” Cantu said. “I decided to build an event center with the idea of simply renting out the facility.” What he rapidly discovered was that it wasn’t that easy. “People wanted us to do it all, from food to linens to flowers to lighting. ‘Everything but the dress!’ has become our motto!” To do that, Cantu added a full kitchen beside the 10,000 square foot facility, which has an additional 7,000 square foot patio. Working with IDEO Art & Design, Cantu designed a building that has been turned into Oz and all manner of magical places for quinceañeras, weddings, fundraisers, and campaign events. “We took the ceiling up to 35 feet to give it a…

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