Donors honored during fifth annual UTPA Heritage Society dinner
Posted: 06/30/2003
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The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation Heritage Society honored new inductees during a formal dinner June 26 at the University Ballroom.

Pictured above are new inductees for the Heritage Society, along UTPA students. Also pictured is Joe Ramirez, chair for the UTPA Foundation and Roland S. Arriola, vice president for External Affairs.

The Society - which was created to honor alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have chosen to benefit the University through planned giving - inducted seven new members: Sherry and Benjamin Goodier, Debbie Gonzalez, Gilbert Maldonado, Anna Malick, Joy and William Nolen Jr., Maxine and Edward Nichols and Josephine S. Langley.

"State support for higher education has diminished, and how are we going to make up for the difference? With your contributions," said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez. "On behalf of the University, I would like to express my gratitude for your generous commitment to the University."

With support from the Society, UTPA students have been able to achieve their goals by utilizing scholarships from charitable funds, gift annuities, gifts through wills or other estate planning arrangements.

UTPA student Raul Cabrera said he could not have attended college without the generous gifts provided by the Society. Originally from Mexico City, Cabrera came to the United States in hopes of becoming educated.

"My goal to come to the United States was to acquire an education - something that no one can take away from me," said Cabrera, who is a University Scholar. "I thank the Heritage Society for making the University Scholars program grow because the impact that you are causing in each one of us is and will continue to render fruit."

Former Society members and those who were inducted posthumously were also recognized at the dinner.

John Martin, CFP and Bill Martin, financial consultant of A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. sponsored this year's dinner.

For more information on the Heritage Society, contact the UTPA Foundation at 956/381-2116.