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UT Pan American to honor four at 70th anniversary Founders Day
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Posted: 10/10/1997
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The arts, sciences, business and education will be celebrated Oct. 21 at The University of Texas-Pan American’s Founders Day Dinner 1997, which will commemorate the founding of the institution 70 years ago. This year’s event will also be part of a special week-long “Celebration of Science” that is planned in conjunction with the dedication of the new Science Building at 1 p.m. the same day.

Honorees at the 6 p.m. Founders Day reception and dinner in the Science Building courtyard will be: Yvonne Anderson, well-known Valley arts patron and part-time English faculty member at UT Pan American; Dr. Robert W. Feldtman, associate professor of surgery at The University of Texas at Houston Medical School and a 1968 chemistry graduate of Pan American College; Randal B. (Randy) McLelland Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the Rio Grande Valley Region of Texas Commerce Bank; and Dr. Jerry L. Pulley, long-time professor of education and former acting dean of the College of Education.

"This year’s honorees represent professional and cultural areas to which this institution has been dedicated throughout its 70 year history,” said President Miguel A. Nevárez.

“These four outstanding individuals were selected for our 70th anniversary Founders Day awards because of their achievements and because of their commitment to The University of Texas-Pan American.”

Anderson, Feldtman, McLelland and Pulley will be presented Founders Day medals at recognition ceremonies during the dinner. They will be introduced by Dr. Carl Seale, Dr. Andres Estrada, Bill Ellis Jr. and Dr. Hilda Medrano, respectively.

The Founders Day event will begin with tours of the new Science Building and a reception in the courtyard at 6 p.m., followed by dinner.

Tickets for the 70th anniversary Founders Day are $75, and proceeds will benefit the Greater University Fund, the university’s annual initiative to raise unrestricted gifts for projects and programs that cannot be supported through state appropriations.

For more information, or to make reservations, call the UT Pan American Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 381-2500.