Donors honored at fourth annual UTPA Heritage Society dinner
Posted: 06/13/2002
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New inductees into The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation Heritage Society were honored for their philanthropy with a formal dinner Wednesday, June 12 at the University Ballroom.

In honor of University donors, the UTPA Foundation recently hosted the fourth annual Heritage Society dinner. This year's inductees were Dr. Miguel A. and Blanca Nevárez, Roland S. and Donna E. Arriola, Tom and Maggie Birmingham, Wynn and Karen Kilgore, and Paul L. Mitchell. Honored posthumously were Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser and Bernice E. Fowler. Back row, from left, the Nevárezes; Mitchell and wife, Josefa; the Birminghams; Karen Kilgore; and the Arriolas. Front row, scholarship recipients graduate Jesus Montanez and students Maria Gonzalez and Omer Garcia III.
"When you contribute to The University of Texas-Pan American, you have a direct impact on our region and indeed on this great nation's future," said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez. "As inductees into the Heritage Society, you will have a direct impact on the lives of our students, on the future of this institution and on our community."

The Heritage Society - which was created to honor alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have chosen to benefit the University through planned giving - has assisted UTPA students to achieve their educational goals by providing scholarships, charitable funds, charitable gifts annuities, gifts through wills, or other estate planning arrangements.

"The Heritage Society is a vehicle to recognize those who have seen fit to give back to the University," said Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs. "We want to give back to these people with this annual dinner, and we want to acknowledge those who have given back to the institution."

Inductees included Nevárez and his wife, Blanca; Arriola and his wife, Donna; Tom and Maggie Birmingham; Dr. Paul Mitchell, UTPA English professor, and wife, Josefa; and Wynn and Karen Kilgore.

Omer Garcia III, UTPA art student and recipient of the John and Yvonne Anderson scholarship, thanked all those who have contributed to his education and the education of fellow students.

"This scholarship has helped me meet all of my academic needs," Garcia said. "I would like to thank Mrs. Anderson for making this scholarship available to the arts."

Other speakers included UTPA students Maria Gonzalez, recipient of the Dr. Yolanda Vela-Leo Scholarship, and Jesus Montanez, University Scholars participant.

Ed Mercer, executive director of Annual Planned Giving, recognized the lives of Henry and Margaret Hauser and Bernice E. Fowler, former Honor Society member, all of whom were inducted posthumously.

For more information on the Heritage Society, contact The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation at 956/381-2116.