The University of Texas-Pan American Library is accepting nominations through Aug. 24 for the seventh annual “Notable Valley Hispanics” exhibit, which will coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
According to George Gause, UT Pan American's Special Collections librarian, the nominees must be living, of Hispanic origin and been born or now living in the Rio Grande Valley.
Persons nominated should generally be involved in either civic and/or humanitarian activities and be considered a community leader. Candidates also should have conducted significant work or activity in the Valley.
People previously named Notable Valley Hispanics are not eligible.
Selected "Notable Valley Hispanics" in 2000 were Jose Luis Betancourt of Corpus Christi, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral; David Champion of Weslaco, Hispanic music events; Irma Garcia of Mission, community service; Mariella Gorena of McAllen, school district and civic organizations; Francisco Guajardo of Edinburg, Llano Grande Research Project; Ricardo Gutierrez of Rio Grande City, government and community activities; Roy De Leon of Mercedes, civic organizations; L. Aron Pena of Edinburg, legal and church groups; and Mario Reyna of McAllen, physical education.
Also, Alejo Salinas Jr. of Edinburg, educator; Ofelia de la Santos of Edinburg, lawyer and civic organizations; Mary Lou Trevino of McAllen, community groups; Rosa Valencia of McAllen, civic programs; Ilda Vasquez of Weslaco, church and community activities; and Miguel Wise, state representative and civic organizations.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the UT Pan American Friends of the Library will sponsor a Notable Valley Hispanic program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Media Theater, adjacent to the University Library.
For more information or to request a nomination form, contact Gause at 381-2799.