UTPA Alumni Association announces recipients for 2002 Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet
Posted: 11/12/2002
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The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Association will honor alumni and friends of the University at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the University Ballroom.

The annual awards banquet - which recognizes former students and friends for outstanding personal and professional achievements - will honor Senator Eddie Lucio Jr, Distinguished Alumni; the Esequiel Granado, Sr. family of Edinburg, Distinguished Family of 2002; and retired UTPA Spanish Professor Dr. Lino Garcia Jr, Distinguished Faculty/Master Professor.

A Brownsville Native Lucio, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from UTPA. Currently, he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Border Affairs.

Lucio has been instrumental in acquiring funding for the South Texas area, including $30 million plus $1.3 million for operating expenses to begin Phase I of a Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). He is committed to improving public and higher education, economic development and healthcare in the Valley.

The Alumni Association's Distinguished Family award is presented annually to a family with strong ties to UTPA.

This year the association will honor the family of Esequiel (Zeke) Granado Sr. Granado and his wife, Adela, have always stressed the importance of education to all their children.

As a result of their sacrifices and strong values, all six of the Granado children attended and graduated from UTPA. They are Belia (BA '75), Esequiel (Zeke) Jr. (BBA '76, MEd '91), Juanita (BA '78), Sonia (BS '79), Javier (BBA '83), and Robert (BS '89). Both Zeke Sr. and Zeke Jr. also work at UTPA. Zeke Sr. has worked with UTPA Auxiliary Services for over 13 years. Zeke Jr. has been with the University since 1976 and is currently associate vice president for Business Affairs and Comptroller.

Dr. Lino Garcia Jr. - who has taught at The University of Texas-Pan American since 1967 - has dedicated his entire career to serving the students and faculty at UTPA, and the community. He has earned his bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University, his master's from the University of North Texas and his doctorate from Tulane University.

Now retired, Garcia has served the University as chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; assistant vice president for International Studies; director of the Center for International Studies; professor of Spanish and as Dean of Men. Garcia is an internationally recognized Spanish Scholar.

This year's recipients were selected by the UTPA Alumni Association Board of Trustees.

Individual tickets for the event are $40. Reservation deadline is Nov. 15. For more information, call 956/381-2500.