UTPA to recognize 13 as 'Notable Valley Hispanics'
Contact: University Relations 381-2741
Posted: 09/11/2002
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The University of Texas-Pan American Friends of the Library will recognize 13 Rio Grande Valley leaders as "Notable Valley Hispanics" in a special ceremony Sunday, October 6 at the UTPA Library Theater. This year 38 people were nominated from the Valley and as far away as Austin, Houston and California.

"We are trying to recognize the important people, as well as the people who might be otherwise overlooked," said George Gause, UTPA special collections librarian. "I was very impressed to see the large number of people nominated again this year. The number of nominees just seems to be growing every year".

The eighth annual "Notable Valley Hispanics" ceremony - which coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept.15-Oct.15 - will be held at 2 p.m.

Inductees will have a biography, photograph and items representing their lives on display at the UTPA Library.

The 13 "Notable Valley Hispanics" for 2002 are Amancio Chapa of Mission; Eustolio "Tolo" Gonzales of Raymondville; Commissioner Sylvia S. Handy of Weslaco; Representative Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa of McAllen; Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa of McAllen; Gilma Salinas Longoria of McAllen; Hilario "Larry" Rincones of Weslaco; Gary Rodriguez of McAllen; Noe R. Sanchez of Rio Grande City; Tessie F. Sarmiento of Brownsville; Rene Torres of Brownsville; Judge Moises V. Vela of Harlingen; and Francisco G. Zarate of Rio Grande City.

Inductees must have been born or now live in the Valley and be involved in either civic and/or humanitarian activities.

Selected as a "Notable Valley Hispanic" in 2001 were Homero Gallegos of McAllen; Mayor Baldemar Garza of Rio Grande City; Yvonne "Bonnie" Gonzalez of Mercedes; Carlota M. Gutierrez of Edinburg; Maricela Hernandez of Weslaco; Blanca Estela Meckel of McAllen; Hector "Tito" Palacios of San Juan; Alma Irene Peña of Weslaco; Judge Rose Guerra Reyna of McAllen; Delisia T. Rios of Mission; and Robert Sepulveda, MD of Weslaco.

For more information on the Notable Valley Hispanics ceremony, contact Gause at 381-2799.