The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Association recognized six professors for their efforts May 4 at the Master Professor Banquet at the University Ballroom.
Recognized for their lifetime achievements, the honorees were nominated through their colleges and divisions, with the final sections made by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. This year's honorees were Dr. Bob Dowell, Dr. Charles Ellard, Frank Manuella, Edward Nichols, Dr. Jacobo Ortega and Dr. Carl Seale.
James Langabeer, vice president for Business Affairs, provided the welcome, and Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, vice president for Academic Affairs, gave opening remarks. Opening introductions were made by Jaime Tijerina, Alumni Association president, and personal honoree introductions were given by representatives of each college.
"The many years of service these people have provided at UTPA is really tremendous," Arevalo said. "If you think of all the lives they've touched during their careers, it's really amazing. It's a pleasure for me to see us recognize these individuals."
Since joining UTPA in 1968, Dowell has been an associate professor, special assistant to the President, director of the Institutional Self-Study, dean of the School of Humanities and English professor. He graduated from Baylor University, East Texas State University and the University of Denver.
An associate professor, professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, Ellard has had numerous journal articles published and presented papers at academic conferences. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston.
A graphic art teacher at UTPA since 1982, Manuella has had more than 25 exhibits and participated in more than 45 group shows. He graduated from Cooper Union and received a Master of Science in Communication Design from Pratt Institute.
Nichols joined the UTPA Department of Art in 1966 and received degrees in drawing and painting from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas.
Ortega has been with the University since 1973, had several articles published and was elected Fellow of the Texas Academy of Science in 1999. He graduated from the University of Coahuila, Oklahoma State University and the University of Minnesota.
Seale has been director of the Valley Symphony Orchestra since 1973 and has been at UTPA for 30 years. His works have been performed by the orchestras of San Antonio, Fort Worth, Monterrey and elsewhere.