Jeff Corwin, wildlife conservationist and host of the popular Animal Planet show "The Jeff Corwin Experience" and "Corwin's Quest," was the first speaker for The University of Texas-Pan American's annual Distinguished Speakers Series that kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and the general public packed the auditorium for an opportunity to hear from Corwin and meet some of his animal co-stars. At the end of the event, Corwin took questions from the audience. Pictured far right is Corwin with audience members who participated in the presentation by holding one of several reptiles he brought with him. The next Distinguished Speakers Series will feature Dr. Jehan Sadat, the widow of Anwar Sadat and a lifelong advocate for women and children's rights, on Nov. 17 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. For more information on the series, call 956/316-7989.