Category Archives: Member Briefs

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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American Advertising Federation – Media Auction November 9

The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, will be holding its annual fundraising event on November at South Texas Buick-GMC in McAllen at 6 p.m. The Media Auction is an opportunity for all businesses to save on media, donated by our member suppliers, in radio, television, outdoor, print and digital for a substantial savings. The proceeds of this auction will fund the programming, education and public service activities of the AAF-Rio Grande Valley. Find out more about the AAF-RGV at www.aafrgv.org.

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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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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South Texas College to begin offering Continuing Education Credits to nurses and nursing faculty

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  McAllen, Texas (March 28,2017) — Two and a half years in the making, South Texas College will now be offering specialized Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) in the Rio Grande Valley.   Working in collaboration with STC’s Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) campus, the college is now approved for CEUs for CNE-specific training for nurses and nursing educators throughout the region. “We are doing all we can within STC Continuing Education to develop programs for the community to take them here locally,” said Juan Carlos Aguirre, Dean of Continuing Education at South Texas College. “This is one of the most important components of our mission. It’s to develop programs here as opposed to having to travel out of the Valley to get those CNE units.” Nurses require at least 10 Continuing Education credits per year while nursing educators require at least 20. STC will begin…

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We’re Open!!! The NEW Home 2 Suites by Hilton® McAllen is now open and ready to serve you!

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  The hotel is located by the McAllen Convention Center, and the brand new McAllen Performing Arts.  Our Home2 Suites is an all- suites, extended-stay hotel designed with the savvy and thrifty travelers in mind. No matter how long you are out on the road, we want you to feel like this is your Home2. With a unique approach to comfort, flexibility, sustained ability and functionality all included in our rate, we strive to make sure that you not only feel at home but are also inspired. The privilege of being nestled in the middle of all the newest shopping stores, restaurants, and entertainment at Palms Crossing Outdoor Shopping Mall.   Our Home2 Suites is only three miles from the McAllen Miller International Airport, plus we offer complimentary airport shuttle to and from the airport.   At Home2 Suites, all of our guests enjoy: An innovative studio or one‐bedroom suite complete…

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STC named second in the nation for awarding Associate Degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook Magazine

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   South Texas College has been recognized by The Hispanic Outlook on Education (HO) Magazine as one of the leading community colleges for Hispanics in the United States and has been highlighted in the February issue of HO magazine.   STC ranks number two on the 2015 Associate degrees granted by four-year schools according to HO. The designation comes from HO’s “Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanics” ranking published in its February 2017 issue.   STC is the only Texas college that made the rankings, sharing the top 10 spotlight with colleges from Florida, and Nevada. Miami Dade College ranked at the top of the list.   STC offers more than 119 degree and certificate program options including associate degrees in art, science, technology and allied health fields. The college also offers 18 online associate degrees and certificate options through South Texas College Online enabling students to earn their degrees…

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New LASIK Center in McAllen, TX

Leading national LASIK provider, The LASIK Vision Institute (LVI) announces the opening of its new laser eye surgery center in McAllen, TX. A trusted destination for vision correction procedures, the new center offers patients unparalleled expertise, convenience, and affordability. We offer 25% Off discounts to all members and member employees.

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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