Alumni honored at second annual President's Ball
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Posted: 11/22/2005
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With The University of Texas-Pan American Fieldhouse decked out in a New York City skyline and the sounds of two orchestras playing everything from salsa to disco, the Second Annual President's Alumni Ball Nov. 19 proved to be an unforgettable evening for those who attended.

UTPA President Dr. Blandina Cárdenas dances with Dr. Peter Dabrowski of the University Department of Music during the Second Annual President's Alumni Ball Nov. 19.
The event - hosted by the UTPA Alumni Association - honors UT Pan American alumni, administrators, as well as key business and civic leaders. The money raised from the Alumni Ball goes toward University student scholarships.

This year's ball celebrated three distinguished alumni: Noe Hinojosa, vice chair and public finance manager of Estrada Hinojosa and Company, Inc.; Joseph F. Phillips, president and CEO of Tex-Best Travel Centers, Inc.; and Dr. Sylvia Hatton, executive director of the Region One Education Service Center.

Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president, welcomed the attendees to the ball and thanked them for their support in higher education. She also introduced the three honorees of the evening.

"I am delighted to share this evening with you because it is a second year of what we hope will become a tradition that will solidify the bonds between this extraordinary group of people who have come to this University and who are contributing to the development of the Rio Grande Valley in every way," Cárdenas said.

Pictured left to right are Joseph F. Phillips, Dr. Sylvia Hatton, Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, and Noé Hinojosa Jr. Phillips, Hatton and Hinojosa were honored as this year's Distinguished UTPA Alumni during the ball.
Throughout the evening, Rio Grande Valley community members and UTPA administrators, staff and faculty had the opportunity to kick up their heels to the musical styles of New York-based band, Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra, and the Sounds of the South Dance Orchestra from Houston. In addition, a silent auction was held during the night.

Sponsors for the evening included: Platinum - Region One Education Service Center; Gold - AEP, city of Edinburg, CoSTEP, KB Homes, L & F Distributors, SPI Bike Fest, Texas State Bank, Tex-Best Travel Centers; and Bronze - city of McAllen, International Women's Board, Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Draper, Rio Grande Surgical Associates, South Texas Health Systems, Willette & Guerra L.L.P., and Wells Fargo Bank.