|UT Pan American APA members at the state capitol with State Representative Aaron Peña on Thursday, Feb. 19.|
APA members who visited with Peña included Maricela De Leon, association president; Adan Nieto, association vice president; Victor M. de Leon, Edgar Cantu, Esteban Sanchez, Sylvia Quiñones, association members; Dr. Aziza Zemrani, advisor; Dr. Cynthia Lynch, MPA assistant professor; and Dr. Thomas D. Lynch, executive director of UTPA at San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The group was also acknowledged on the floor of the Texas House where Peña authored House Resolution 508, recognizing the association for their efforts and continued participation in the public sector. The resolution also highlighted important projects, developments and activities that the association has created within the UTPA community and the Rio Grande Valley.
This is the first time Peña had the opportunity to host the UTPA Association of Public Administrators at the state capitol. Their primary visit to Austin was to attend the Texas American Society for Public Administrators and Certified Public Manager Conference Feb. 20 at the Texas State University Higher Education Center in Round Rock. The conference offered APA members career and networking opportunities as well as the chance to hear from such speakers as State Senator Rodney Ellis and former Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby.
"I would like to thank Representative Peña for welcoming us the state capitol and making our trip worthwhile and educational. It has truly been an honor. I would also like to thank The University of Texas-Pan American for sponsoring our students and making this trip possible," said Zemrani.