A President's Alumni Ball in honor of Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, was held Thursday, Dec. 2 at the UTPA Fieldhouse. The event was one of many held throughout the week leading up to the main event on Friday, Dec. 3 - the investiture ceremony. The ball was hosted by the UTPA Alumni Association and proceeds benefited student scholarships. The evening featured the music of Orquesta Universal. More than 300 guests were in attendance including Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; State Representative Aaron Peña; State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa; numerous alumni and UTPA administrators; and AEP representatives, who donated $10,000 toward the alumni ball and scholarships. Pictured is Cárdenas dancing at the alumni ball with Ismael Villarreal, one of the first UTPA dance major graduates and member of the UTPA Folkloric Dance Company.