The University of Texas-Pan American College of Arts and Humanities held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the inauguration of its newest and the only program of its kind in South Texas - the Master of Fine Arts degree program in creative writing - March 1. Pictured left to right are Dr. Dahlia Guerra, College of Arts and Humanities dean; Dr. Emmy Perez, creative writing professor; Dr. Rob Johnson, literature professor; Jose Skinner, creative writing professor; and Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president. The 42-hour graduate program will begin in fall 2007 and will prepare students for careers as writers, editors, teachers, literary translators, and other professional careers related to publishing and creative writing. The ribbon cutting was held in conjunction with the first Festival of International Books and Arts on the campus, which runs through Saturday, March 3. For more information on the new program or the festival, contact the College of Arts and Humanities at 956/381-2175.