"A T. Rex Named Sue" makes her South Texas debut
Contact: Office of University Relations 956/381-2741
Posted: 09/12/2008
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Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, welcomed a dozen local media outlets, who were the first to get a glimpse of the newest member of the UTPA family - "A T. Rex Named Sue" - at the Visitors Center Friday, Sept. 12. UTPA held a special Media Day with Sue for media representatives to get the first look at the exhibit, which opens to the public on Sept. 22. During the exhibit, the media had the opportunity to also talk with individuals who made the exhibit possible at UTPA, including Cárdenas; Dr. John Edwards, UTPA vice president for Enrollment and Student Services; Sally Mendiola, associate director of Admissions and New Student Services; Fred Del Barrio, McDonald's owner/operator and president of the McDonald's Rio Grande Valley Co-op, and other representatives of the Rio Grande Valley McDonald's Owners/Operators, who donated $75,000 toward the exhibit. "A T. Rex Named Sue" exhibit will run through Jan. 4. Visitors Center hours for the free exhibition will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. In addition, starting Sept. 29, the H-E-B Planetarium at UTPA will be showing a 30-minute full-dome video titled "The Dinosaur Prophecy" in conjunction with the exhibit. For a complete schedule of the planetarium show, visit or call 956/316-7088. To book your free tour of the Sue exhibit, visit and click on the "A T. Rex Named Sue" button. This exhibit was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald's Corporation.