College of Education hosts ribbon cuttings, tours and reception Nov. 16-19
Posted: 11/16/2004
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The College of Education at The University of Texas-Pan American started a weeklong venue of activities Tuesday, Nov. 16 with a noon assembly in the fountain area for undergraduate students featuring a ribbon cutting of the new Student Lounge/Meeting Room located in Building B, Room 2.510L of the newly renovated Education buildings.

While the large group of students and faculty present enjoyed pizza and drinks, Dr. Hilda Medrano, Dean of the College Education, said she wanted to reward the students for the nine months of meeting in and dealing with portable buildings during the renovation. She said with six active student organizations in the college that students always need places to meet.

Dean of the UTPA College of Education Dr. Hilda Medrano cuts the ribbon for the opening of the new Student Lounge in Building B of the Education Complex. Assisting her are two students representing two of the six student organizations within the college. Pictured are Sanjuanita Picazo (left), a senior from San Juan majoring in bilingual education, who represented UTCARES (United Together Caring Adults Reaching Early Childhood Students); and Gabriela Cantu, a senior from McAllen majoring in bilingual education, who represented SCEC (Student Council for Exceptional Children).
"This lounge is going to be that place. They are going to schedule it, decorate it and take care of it. Our students are the heart of the college. I feel strongly that we need to let them know that we care for them. Student organizations are very important for social reasons, for developing leadership skills and mostly, to give them a sense of community," Medrano said.

Evening and graduate students are invited drop by the new lounge between 4-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday for snacks and refreshments.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, at noon, freshmen and sophomores are invited to assemble in the Education Courtyard for a College of Education tour and classroom and technology demonstrations presented by Dr. John McBride, professor in curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Jamie Curts, assistant professor in curriculum and instruction. Free pizza and refreshments will be available.

The College of Education also declared Thursday, Nov. 18 as "Dr. Bob Reeve Day." A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Tower Club in McAllen which will kick off a fundraising campaign for establishing the Robert (Bob) Reeve Endowed Scholarship for Science Education. Reeve is a 33-year faculty member in the College of Education and was founder of the Rio Grande Valley Science and Math Collaborative. The reception is complimentary and donations are voluntary. Pledge cards will be available.

The week of activities will end Friday, Nov. 19 with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated College of Education buildings in the Education Courtyard at 10 a.m. followed by a lunch for invited guests in the University Ballroom.

The recent renovations are part of a $22 million, nine-month project to revamp Buildings A and B of the existing Education Complex and add an additional building. Building C is expected to be completed summer 2005. Pledge cards will also be available at the luncheon for donations to benefit the Reeve endowed scholarship.

For more information, contact the College of Education at 956/381-3627.