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President’s Alumni Ball set for Nov. 19
By Melissa C. Rodriguez, Public Affairs Specialist
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Posted: 10/24/2005
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Dance like the stars at the second annual President’s Alumni Ball Nov. 19 at The University of Texas-Pan American and become part of an emerging tradition.

Whether you prefer salsa, merengue, rock or rhythm and blues, the President’s Alumni Ball – hosted by the UTPA Alumni Association – promises a memorable night of dancing, food and fun.


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Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president, enjoys dancing at last year's Alumni Ball with Ismael Villarreal, a member of the UTPA Folkloric Dance Company.
“The purpose of the gala will serve as a means through which alumni and their guests, administrators, faculty and friends of the University can congregate with friends, raise money for scholarships and visit the campus,” Debby Grant, director of Alumni Relations, said.

This year’s ball will honor three distinguished alumni: Noe Hinojosa, vice chair and public finance manager of Estrada Hinojosa and Company, Inc.; Joseph F. Phillips, president and CEO of Tex-Best Travel Centers, Inc.; and Sylvia Hatton, executive director of the Region One Education Service Center.

The event will feature an evening of mingling, dinner and dancing with a cocktail reception to commence the celebration at 6:30 p.m. in the UTPA Fieldhouse featuring music by Houston-based Sounds of the South Dance Orchestra. Feast on hors d’oeuvres and peruse the silent auctions, featuring items such as western wear, children’s birthday parties, fishing and hunting trips, fine jewelry, weekend getaways, gift certificates and much more. The auction promises a varied selection of items to please everyone in your family.

Your taste buds will be tantalized as you take your seat at 7 p.m. and enjoy an exquisite three-course meal, masterfully paired with optional choices of wine. Valley dance studios, as well as a student dance group from UTPA, will also perform throughout the evening.

You’ll know it’s time to dance when you hear the sounds of acclaimed New York group Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra and Sounds of the South Dance Orchestra fill the room at 8:15 p.m. The alternating bands will offer an array of salsa, merengue, Latin jazz, classic up-tempo ballads, as well as a dance-oriented mix of hard driving rock and rhythm and blues. Novices can also take advantage of dance lessons which are now underway with studios Valleywide.

Be a part of this growing tradition and celebrate the occasion with UT Pan American alumni, administrators, as well as key business and civic leaders.

Individual tickets for the President’s Ball are on sale now for $100 per person; however, quantities are limited. Eight-person tables will be available for sponsorships from corporations and organizations in the amounts of $3,000, $4,000 and $5,000. All proceeds raised from the evening will benefit University student scholarships, which will be named after the corporations and organizations that sponsor tables for the 2006-07 academic year. Evening or black tie optional attire is suggested.

For more information about taking dance lessons or the President’s Alumni Ball, contact the Alumni Office at 956/381-2500.