Author Archives: Gerry Garcia

STC names faculty of the year honors

MCALLEN, TEXAS (July 16, 2021) – Even while managing through a global pandemic, Dr. Jennifer Guerra worked diligently to develop the pathways that would connect Culinary Arts to academic and workforce programs statewide and on a national level. At issue during the pandemic, Chef Guerra placed a priority on ensuring that classes continued in person while ensuring a safe and active learning environment as well as student involvement. Through Guerra’s efforts, South Texas College also developed a food pantry program to assist students in need during the pandemic. “We are focused on being a model program. We are intentional about our actions and efforts to serve both our students and our community,” said Dr. Guerra, Chair of STC’s Culinary Arts Program. “While so much focus has been placed on the struggles created by the pandemic, we are focused on building a bright future for our students, the program, the college,…

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Driscoll Children’s Hospital to independently operate freestanding children’s hospital in Rio Grande Valley

MCALLEN – Plans were announced for Driscoll Children’s Hospital to open and independently operate a freestanding pediatric hospital in the Rio Grande Valley. The name of the hospital will be Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley. The new eight-level hospital will be located on the campus of DHR Health, making it the only designated, freestanding children’s hospital in the Rio Grande Valley. Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will further the mission of Driscoll Children’s Hospital founder Clara Driscoll to provide medical care to all the children of South Texas. In early 2019, Driscoll began discussions with DHR Health to expand pediatric services to the Rio Grande Valley to include inpatient acute care. From there, plans developed in which DHR Health would build a hospital on its campus to be leased to and operated independently by Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Driscoll Children’s Hospital Rio Grande Valley will provide the following pediatric…

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South Texas Buick GMC earns two 2020 Dealer of the Year awards

General Motors recognizes South Texas Buick GMC with both the 2020 Buick Dealer of the Year and 2020 GMC Dealer of the Year awards for outstanding performance in the last calendar year. The program annually honors the top 1% of Buick and GMC dealers across the country for their performance in sales and their ability to provide their customers with an exceptional ownership experience. With nearly 2,000 Buick and 1,700 GMC dealerships nationwide, being among the class of only 44 Buick and GMC retailers to achieve Dealer of the Year is a demanding and highly respected accomplishment. “Last year brought many new challenges to auto dealers across the country,” said Duncan Aldred, GM vice president, Global Buick GMC. “Every dealer faced uncertainty and difficult decisions as they worked their way through the multiple stages of the pandemic. Today, we honor those who navigated the challenges best and helped to move our company…

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UTRGV celebrates a momentous day in the history.

UTRGV is happy to announce it has received a transformative $40 million gift from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to enhance its mission of student success and expanded educational opportunities. The grant will provide much-needed scholarship money for students not just as they enter college, but throughout their educational journey. Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett chose UTRGV based on UTRGV’s success as the second-largest Hispanic Serving Institution in the country and its proven ability to transform the lives of underserved students through higher education. Recently, UTRGV ranked first in Texas and fifth nationally in the performance of Pell-eligible students; first in Texas and 11th nationally in the performance of first-generation students; and second in Texas and 29th nationally in the social mobility of its students. UTRGV is also the first among national public universities with the lowest student debt. To read more about the donors and their gifts, click…

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Kemper Insurance is hiring for an AVP, Customer Service Field Operations

Kemper Insurance is hiring for an AVP, Customer Service Field Operations – Location in McAllen, Texas Category – Customer Service / Operations Job IDR-21-0013071 POSITION SUMMARY: Assistant Vice President of Customer Service/Field Operations will regionally oversee Kemper Auto Customer and Agent Service as well as Direct to Consumer Sales. This position is responsible for leading and delivering policies and procedures for the effective operation of the Kemper Auto call centers to ensure operational efficiency and compliance with Kemper standards. Responsible for planning and directing regional operations at the field level, including development and maintenance of staffing plans, KPI’s, goals and objectives, and overall agent and customer interaction. The position will work closely with the head of Operational Effectiveness to drive adherence standards. This role will have responsibility for all Operational professionals in the regional field office as well as site responsibilities including safety, business resumption, leadership communication, agent engagement, and…

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Biden administration changes PPP rules to help reach the smallest businesses

By Katie Lobosco, CNN Updated 12:55 PM ET, Mon February 22, 2021 (CNN)The Biden administration announced several changes Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program in an effort to reach minority-owned and very small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing loans to help weather the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Wednesday, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees will have a two-week exclusive window to apply for the funding. Bigger businesses will be blocked during that time period. MORE ON COVID-19 RELIEF Here’s what’s in the House Democrats’ stimulus relief plan Congress already approved $4 trillion in Covid relief. What happened to it? Here’s what budget reconciliation is (and why it matters for Biden’s stimulus) Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far The administration will also change some eligibility rules, effective the first week in March. The self-employed, sole proprietors, and independent contractors can now qualify for more money. They previously were…

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The Monitor offers great advertising deals for small businesses!

The Monitor is helping small and locally-owned businesses with some great advertising solutions for the month of March.  Stevan with The Monitor is offering some great advertising deals.  These “post-it” notes are great for getting your promotion out to the public and great visibility being right on the front page of The Monitor newspaper.  These will be $250.00 for 10k “post-it” notes – that’s 70% off!          Myrgv.com (formally Themonitor.com) receives millions of visits per month to their site, and Steven has great ideas for getting in front of this audience.    You can call him directly or email him: 956-601-6390 or Stevanp@rgvmedianetwork.com.    

102-year-old happy to be vaccinated by Driscoll at ABC site

Mary Yager, a 102-year-old from Padre Island, was thankful to be receiving her COVID-19 vaccination Thursday morning from a Driscoll nurse at the City of Corpus Christi and Driscoll Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Vaccination Site at the American Bank Center. She and her two daughters, Patty Albright and Janet Whitehead, got their shot together. Patty said they had been trying to get the shot for a long time. And her mother? “Oh, she had a wonderful experience. She hasn’t stopped talking about it. The shot didn’t hurt and she was so excited about how friendly everyone was,” Patty said. About Driscoll Children’s Hospital … “Devoted to expert care, education, outreach, and advocacy.”  Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 191-bed pediatric tertiary care center with more than 30 medical and surgical specialties offering care throughout South Texas, including Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, Victoria, and Laredo. Through the vision and generosity of…

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So You Want A Bachelor Degree? STC will conduct a Bachelor Programs Live Event

STC will be conducting a virtual live event on January 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.  Event link: Click here! Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership – The Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BAS-OL) program is a competency-based program where students can advance based on their ability to master a competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) at their own pace. A program that prepares students to be leaders and teaches students leadership and management theory and its practical application in organizations. It is an excellent pathway to any leadership or management position in business or public organizations. The program is also available in a traditional format if the student prefers the more structured, deadline-based format. Your employees might be thinking about obtaining their Bachelor’s degree but cannot find the time or the funds to get it done. Well, this program, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BAS-OL),…

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Congressman Gonzalez provides the Framework Summary of the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020

Framework Summary December 9, 2020 Total: $908 Billion Support for State, Local and Tribal Governments Agreement in principle to provide $160 billion as the basis for good faith negotiations Unemployment Assistance Extension of all pandemic unemployment insurance programs by 16 weeks, from their expiration at the end of December Federal supplemental unemployment insurance benefits expanded by $300 per week for16 weeks, from the end of December into April 2021 $1 billion for state systems for technology modernization and fraud prevention Small administrative adjustments, e.g. to certification requirements and overpayment standards Paycheck Protection Program & Small Business $300 billion to Small Business Administration Funding to allow the hardest-hit small businesses to receive a second forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)loan. Eligibility would be limited to small businesses with 300 or fewer employees that have sustained a 30 percent revenue loss in any quarter of2020. Small 501(c)(6) organizations that are not lobbying organizations…

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McAllen Entrepreneur takes second place in a multi-state sales pitch competition

By: Benjamin Treviño Robert Rivera is an owner-operator truck driver by trade. About two years ago, he had a “eureka moment” while performing routine maintenance on his tractor. As Rivera tells it, he was fumbling through his toolbox when he came across a screwdriver with a screw holder permanently attached to the head. “It was an older one from the 70s,” Rivera recalled. “I really didn’t trust the screw not to fall out, but I thought it was a good idea. It was just food for thought at first, but about a year later I finally devised a mechanism that holds screws in place.” According to Rivera, the problem with existing non-magnetic screw holders is that they’re permanently attached to one screwdriver. He felt it would be better to have one detachable device that would work with all screwdrivers, and with a wide selection of screws. It also works on…

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TRAVEL TIPS BEFORE YOU “TAKE-OFF” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

McAllen International Airport shares tips and reminders when traveling by air this holiday season  Prior to arriving at McAllen International Airport (MFE), be sure to check the safety guidelines for the destination that will be visited, including hotel of choice or accommodations. If traveling to an international destination, visit the United States Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for the most up-to-date information. For domestic travel, be sure to visit the official website of the State you will be traveling to for the latest health and safety guidelines in that community. For travel during this pandemic, airline partners have implemented increased opportunities for contactless service including self-check-in kiosks and free downloadable apps to connect travelers directly with the airline in real-time while providing airline and flight information at one’s fingertips. Some examples of airline app tools include booking flights, completing the pre-boarding registration process, access to flight status, and current airline…

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Keep McAllen Beautiful Announces Holiday Home Lights Contest 2020

The Holiday Home Lights contest, sponsored by Keep McAllen Beautiful, is an opportunity for residents to show off their holiday spirit and decorating skills to help beautify and illuminate the McAllen landscape by lighting up their McAllen home. “I really love Christmas and one of my favorite traditions is driving around town and looking at all the beautiful holiday lights and decorations,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “Whether those decorations are religious or traditional, whether homes use white lights or multi-colored lights, or even if they use a simple wreath, this is a beautiful way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  And this is a dazzling way to keep McAllen beautiful!” Residents interested in competing in this year’s KMB’s Holiday Home Lights Contest should follow four simple steps to register to become a contestant – and possible winner. Go all out on holiday home decorations; Snap a…

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Herrman & Herrman, PLLC Announces Its National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Success

Texas legal firm Herrman & Herrman, PLLC is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 firm in Texas. The National Trial Lawyers annually recognizes the top 100 law firms following a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations and extensive third-party research. Membership to this organization is granted by invitation-only to the select few attorneys that meet the stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense attorneys from each state. As stated on The National Trial Lawyers website, these attorneys must “demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile.” “It’s always an honor to be recognized by my peers for the work that everyone here at the firm does to fight for our clients,” said Greg Herrman, Managing Partner. “We are always evolving and learning new strategies to ensure that we are able to provide the best…

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