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UTPA Education buildings open doors to University community
Posted: 11/23/2004
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To officially recognize the completion of the recently renovated College of Education buildings, The University of Texas-Pan American administrators, faculty and students celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19 in the Education Complex courtyard.

UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas welcomed attendees and introduced Dr. Hilda Medrano, dean of the College of Education, as the driving force behind the development and creation of the new and renovated facilities.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Doug Jowell, onsite project manager for the UT System; Dr. Hilda Medrano, dean of the College of Education; UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, State Representative Aaron Pena (TX-40); State Representative Roberto Gutierrez (TX-41) and Dr. John Edwards, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.
"When you have people work as hard, wait as long and put up with as many inconveniences...it's important to take the time to recognize, to affirm and to celebrate," Cárdenas said.

Medrano urged spectators to take a tour of the renovated buildings and promised the inner appearance of the buildings to be much different than before.

"Today I pledge my commitment to all of you to continue leading this college as we continue to build and make the best use of our renovated buildings," Medrano said. "We look forward to next year's month-long celebration when we dedicate and cut the ribbon on the brand new building."

The recent renovations were part of a $22 million, nine-month project to revamp the Education Complex and add an additional building. The $2.8 million renovations to Buildings A and B are now complete, while Building C is expected to be completed by September 2005. The refurbishings include spacious faculty offices, air-conditioned restrooms, upgraded classrooms and a new student lounge.

Nearly 100 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony including special guest speakers Letty Martinez, president of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and State Representative Aaron Peña (TX-15).

Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said the event was an opportunity for administrators to acknowledge the level of support the institution has for the College of Education.

"I think economic development for the Valley starts with educating children," Arévalo said. "The more we do to improve facilities that improve the quality of instruction in the College of Education, the better the end result will be."

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