The University of Texas-Pan American Friends of the Library will be recognizing 12 Rio Grande Valley leaders as "Notable Valley Hispanics" in a special ceremony Sept. 27.
The fourth annual "Notable Valley Hispanics" ceremony, which coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, will be held at the UTPA Media Theater at 2 p.m.
According to George Gause, UT Pan American's Special Collections librarian, the nominees were required to be living and of Hispanic origin and must have been born in the Rio Grande Valley. Nominees also must have been involved in either civic and/or humanitarian activities in the Valley.
"We are trying to recognize the important people along with the people who might be over looked," said Gause. "I was very impressed to see the large number of people nominated this year. The number of nominees just seems to be growing every year."
Selected Notable Valley Hispanics will have a biography and items representing their lives on display at the UTPA Library.
Selected as Notable Valley Hispanics for 1998 are Maria C. Alen, Efrain Flores Jr., Homero Garza, Minerva Gomez, Macaria de la Garza Gorena , Roger R. Heredia, Wifredo Lopez, Nick Molina, Miguel Nevarez, Bob Sanchez, Arturo Torres and Benito Trevino Jr.
Selected as a "Notable Valley Hispanic" in 1997 were Joe Cardenas, Abel Fernandez, Maria Gomez, Gilbert J. Gonzales, Enrique Guerra, Roberto Gutierrez, Noe Hinojosa Jr., Amelia Molina, Anabella Ramos, Sam Saldivar, Santiago Silva and Carmen Tafolla.
Those honored in 1996 were Micaela Alvarez, Elena Farias Barrera, Yolanda de la Garza Barrera, Ruben R. Cardenas, Leticia Hinojosa, Evy Ledesma, Berta Guerra Longoria, Benjamin Ivan Longoria-Valadez, Guillermina Lozano, Francisca Perez de Lozano, Joe Ochoa, Joe Antonio Perez, Alfonso Ramirez, Jesus E. Morales, Eddie Lucio Jr., Ramon Montalvo III, Jesse Torrez, Jesse S. Trevino, Letty Valadez-Garza, Raul Yzaguirre and Aminta C. Zarate.
For more information, contact Gause at 956/381-2799.