According to George Gause, UT Pan American’s Special Collections Librarian, nomination guidelines require that the nominee be living and of Hispanic origin and must have been born in the Rio Grande Valley or now living in the Valley.
Persons nominated should generally be involved in either civic and/or humanitarian activities and be considered a community leader and have conducted significant work or activity in the Valley. Persons who have previously been named Notable Valley Hispanics should not be renominated.
Selected as a “Notable Valley Hispanic” in 1997 were Joe Cardenas, Abel Fernandez, Maria Gomez, Gilbert J. Gonzales, Enrique Guerra, Roberto Gutierrez, Noe Hinojosa Jr., Amelia Molina, Anabella Ramos, Sam Saldivar, Dr. Santiago “Jimmy” Silva and Dr. Carmen Tafolla.
Those honored in 1996 were Micaela Alvarez, Elena Farias Barrera, Yolanda de la Garza Barrera, Ruben R. Cardenas, Leticia Hinojosa, Evy Ledesma, Berta Guerra Longoria, Benjamin Ivan Longoria-Valadez, Dr. Guillermina Lozano, Francisca “Paquita” Perez de Lozano, Joe Ochoa, Joe Antonio Perez, Alfonso Ramirez, Jesus E. Morales, The Eddie Lucio Jr., Ramon Montalvo III, Jesse Torrez, Jesse S. Trevino, Letty Valadez-Garza, Raul Yzaguirre and Aminta C. Zarate.
And those for 1995 were Carmen Anaya, Patricia Anzaldua, Dr. Cayetano E. Barrera, David Barrera, Dr. Eduardo Cantu, Juanita Valdez Cox, Estella De Anda, Dr. Gilbert Diaz, Pete Diaz, Freddy Fender, Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, Lillie Gonzalez, Dr. Lauro Guerra, Dr. Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Robert and Laurie Lozano, Antonio Orendain, Roberto Pulido, Dr. Mario Ramirez, Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, Valente Rodriguez, Ben Trevino and Estella Zarate.
In conjunction with the 1998 exhibit, the UT Pan American Friends of the Library will sponsor a Notable Valley Hispanic program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Media Theater, adjacent to the University Library.
For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Gause at 956/381-2799.