Valley native and game design expert to speak at UTPA
Contact: Office of Public Affairs (956) 665-2741
Posted: 11/20/2012
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Sheri Graner Ray, internationally known game designer, speaker, author, avid gamer and Corvette race car enthusiast, will present her lecture "Game Design" Monday, Nov. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at The University of Texas-Pan American Student Union.

- Sheri Graner Ray
The lecture, which is free to the public, is part of the STEM Lecture Series sponsored by the Graduate Office at UTPA.

Ray, a 1978 graduate of McAllen High School, is a senior game designer for Schell Games and has designed games for Sony Online Entertainment and the Cartoon Network. A designer since the 1990s, Ray is the co-founder of Women in Games International and is a 2005 recipient of the "Game Developer's Choice Award" from the International Game Developer's Association. She will discuss the basics of game design and the game design industry.

The STEM Lecture Series is part of a national initiative to inspire more students to enter and succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To compete globally, the United States needs a generation of more STEM field graduates.

"Through the STEM Lecture Series we try to bring dynamic speakers who pose thought provoking ideas to our students and the community," said Sylvia Saenz, director of Graduate Studies at UTPA. "We want our students to learn about and be inspired by these leaders in their field."

The Graduate School at UT Pan American actively promotes the advancement of higher education in the Rio Grande Valley. For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (956) 665-3661 or at Graduate school registration is available online at