|The Golden Key International Honour Society at The University of Texas-Pan American held an induction ceremony and reception April 11 at the UTPA Ballroom. Ford Motor Company scholarship recipients, chosen by the Golden Key Headquarters, were Raul Cabrera and Rosa Esthela Gonzalez. New honorary Society members included UTPA Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, the keynote speaker. Society officers and advisers are, top row, left to right, Jessica Ramirez, concepts/newsletter editor; Faranak Zarnani, webmaster; and Mara Garcia, secretary. Bottom row, Enedelia P. Kidd, co-adviser, Kareem Abdullah, treasurer; Ariana de la Garza, public relations director; Monica Cantu, vice president/corresponding secretary; Rene Palomar, president; Fabio Hernandez, historian; and Velinda V. Reyes, co-adviser.|
Honorary memberships were awarded to Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, UTPA provost/vice president for Academic Affairs and the induction speaker this year; Alonso Cantu, president and CEO of Cantu Construction; Letty Valadez-Garza, news anchor at Channel 5 TV; John Lopez, IBM program manager for electronic packaging and integration; and Mahoud Zaqout, store director at an H-E-B in Mission.
The Golden Key Honour Society is an international non-profit honors organization. The UTPA chapter was chartered in 2002. By invitation only, it recognizes junior and senior students of all majors in the top 15 percent of their class with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
The Society’s goals include working with students and faculty to maintain high standards in education, providing economic assistance through scholarships, promoting altruistic conduct, and connecting students with employment opportunities.
Two UTPA staffers are co-advisers for the group – Enedelia Kidd, director of UTPA’s Career Placement Services, and Velinda Reyes, assistant director of Career Placement Services.
Ariana de la Garza, a Golden Key officer and a senior majoring in the physician assistant program, said the group has also been involved in several community service projects.
“I’m proud of being part of Golden Key because it gives the opportunity for people to be involved in an organization that believes in academic excellence and leadership,” said de la Garza.
For more information on the Golden Key Honour Society, log on to email@example.com or contact Velinda Reyes at 956/381-2245.