Alumni of Texas' 10th largest university - The University of Texas-Pan American - are organizing a local chapter for residents of Austin and Central Texas. The UTPA Alumni Association will host their initial Austin/Central Texas organizational meeting 3-6 p.m., Saturday, June 24 at the Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1501 E. Sixth Street in Austin.
"This is the best opportunity to connect with old friends and network with new ones," said Leo Olivares, UTPA Alumni Association board member and first-year law student at UT Austin. "The UT Pan Am that many of us knew is gone. We have new degree programs, new buildings and more students. A local chapter will allow us to reconnect with friends and keep up with our alma mater."
Austin resident and UTPA Alumni Association member Carmen Guerra, a human resource representative at UT Austin, said her experience at UTPA was invaluable.
"My years at The University of Texas-Pan American were ones which were crucial to my early development as an educator, thinker, person and leader. UTPA provided me a solid foundation for my 30-year career in leadership in various levels of education and has given me lifelong contacts that I truly treasure," Guerra said.
The Austin/Central Texas Chapter is part of a larger University initiative to start regional alumni chapters throughout Texas and across the United States. With more than 34,000 alumni, UTPA hopes to begin regional chapters to inform and involve alumni, parents, and friends in the life of the University, regardless of location. Membership is open to anyone seeking closer ties to the University. In 2002, Houston initiated its local chapter.
Organized in the early 1970s, the UTPA Alumni Association is composed of proud graduates, ex-students and friends who have joined together to provide continued support and service to UT Pan American. Visit the UTPA Alumni Association Web site at http://ea.panam.edu/alumni/index.html.