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UTPA Center for Academic Excellence hosts opening event March 1
Posted: 02/13/2007
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The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) at The University of Texas-Pan American will host an opening reception and the first of its new Global Security Studies and Leadership Speaker Series Thursday, March 1.

The CAE at UTPA was established Oct. 1, 2006 with the goal of educating the next generation of national security and intelligence leaders as well as leaders for the global economy at large. The CAE focuses on broadening the skill sets of students through research, team communication, and advanced interdisciplinary studies.

The Honorable Daniel Hernandez will be the first speaker in the Center for Academic Excellence's spring 2007 Global Security and Leadership Speaker Series.
The speaker series will focus on a different area of study each semester and feature a new scholar each month to discuss that semester's issue or topic. The topic for the spring 2007 semester is "Understanding United States and Mexican National Security: Issues of Mutual Interest." The Honorable Daniel Hernandez, Mexican diplomat, scholar in residence at American University's School of International Service, and former consul of Mexico to Laredo, Texas, will be the first speaker in this semester's series. Hernandez will present "A Strategy for a 'Fortress North America,' Will it Work?"

The event is open to the public and will be held 5:30-8 p.m. at the UTPA Engineering Auditorium, Room 1.300.

Future speakers this semester in the Global Security Studies and Leadership Speaker Series will be Dr. Raul Benitez, American University School of International Service and former professor of international relations in Mexico, on March 29, and Dr. David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego on April 19. Both are authors of works on national security and international issues.

For more information or details, call Nick Weimer at 956/318-5342.