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FOR STUDENTS, BY STUDENTS volume three | issue two | apr/may 2008

Ms. TSTC 2008 TSTC has partnered with 3n National Notification Network, to keep students and employees informed of possible emergency situations at our campus.

Celebrities at TSTC

two big names visit for political campaigns

Inspirational Students receive awards

During an emergency situation, this system will allow TSTC to contact you and provide specific instructions to help ensure your safety. This may include weather related emergencies, school closures, potential dangers, etc.

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All TSTC students should have received an e-mail from 3n during the week of March. 24-28.


If you did not receive an e-mail or if you need additional help updating your information, contact the TSTC Help Desk at 956.364.5000.

This e-mail was sent to the address that the TSTC Office of Admissions and Records has listed as your preferred account.

In this email, you should have been given instructions on how to log on to the 3n Web site and update your contact information. The information you provide to 3n will only be used to contact you during an emergency. It will not affect your official school records. To update your school records, contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 956.364.4320.


rgv viper tip-off party

photos by Melani Zuniga and Freddy Rodirguez

TSTC hosted a tip-off party for the new basketball team, the RGV Vipers, on February 5, 2008. The event included a game (student vs. employee), food, dancing, and meet and greets with Viper players and their dancers, the Snake Chamers.

contents COVER FEATURES Ms. TSTC 2008 Cristi Navarro becomes new Ms. TSTC

Celebrities at TSTC Caroline Kennedy and George Lopez

Students Given Inspirational Awards Juan Martinez and Michelle Galvez

SCHOOL EVENTS Students Thankful for Scholarships Long Scholarship helps accomplish goals

National Women’s History Month Celebration helps kick off annual event

STUDENT OPINION Itadakimasu! A lesson on Japanese eating etiquette

Student Art Gallery The work of talented TSTC students

STUDENT FEATURES Student Feature Jordan Trott overcomes difficulties

Club Feature Computer Networking & Security Club

Beary Good Lessons TA Club collaborates with Head Start

ENTERTAINMENT New Releases at the LRC

add us!

See what new books are available to you

Movie Reviews I Am Legend & La Vie En Rose

Restaurant Review

‘Cause school doesn’t have to be boring.


Horoscopes What do the stars have in store for you?

intramurals Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday - 10 am to 9 pm Friday - 10 am to 2 pm Saturday - 1 - 5 pm Aerobics - Monday-Friday at 12 noon, Wednesdays at 5:15pm. Dance (Silver Spurs) - Monday & Wednesday 5:30-6:30, Tuesday & Thursday 6-8, and Friday 4:30-6:30

Intramurals Department Personnel: Armando “Brany” Dominguez, Supervisor Room 101 Phone: 956.364.4341 Email: Sidney “Sid” Lewis, Assistant Supervisor Room 104 Phone: 956.364.4340 Email:

credits EDITORS Melani Zuniga Coordinator of Publications Keri Gutierrez Director of Public Information

1902 N. Loop 499 Harlingen, TX 78550 1.800.852.8784

STAFF WRITER Dave Ralph Communications Writer

TSTC Harlingen is a twoyear higher education institution emphasizing courses of study in technical education for which there is a demand within the state of Texas.

DESIGNER Alma Garcia Digital Media Design Technology CONTRIBUTING WRITERS credited CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS credited

College Events

April 11 - Final Exams Begin (Graduates Only) April 16 - Techsan Day April 18 - Final Exams Begin (All Students) April 25 - End of Spring 2008 Semester April 25 - Spring 2008 Graduation (Harlingen Auditorium) May 14 - 16 - Registration for Summer 2008 Semetser (Fieldhouse) May 19 - First Day of Summer 2008 Semester May 26 - Student and Staff Holiday (Memorial Day) May 30 - Summer Mini-Session I Registration June 2 - First Day of Summer Mini-Session I June 13 - Last Day to Apply for Summer 2008 Graduation


April 11 - “James and the Giant Peach” (Harlingen Auditorium) April 18 - 20 - RioFest (Harlingen Fair Park Grounds) April 19 - 20 - State Surfing Championship (South Padre Island) April 21 - Juanes (Dodge Arena) April 24 - Avril Lavigne (Dodge Arena) May 10 - Blues On The Hill - (Harlingen McKelvey Park) May 14-18 - High School Musical On Ice (Dodge Arena) July 11 - George Lopez (Dodge Arena)

Intramurals Roster Deadline:

April 11 - Raquetball Sign-Up Deadline

Announce your events! Club events and fund-raisers, community events, school events, Valley events and concerts. E-mail your events to and have them featured on the calendar.

on the cover The crown given to the winner of the Ms. TSTC scholarship contest on February 27, 2008. See full story on page 7. photo by Alma Garcia, DMDT


calendar presidents events

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get involved!

Write a story. Write a poem. Take a picture. State your opinions. Cover an event. Review a restaurant. Take more pictures. Show off your digital or traditional art. Review a movie. Promote your club. Review a game. Be creative! Send your submissions to, or call 956.364.4116 for more information.

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Dr. J. Gilbert Leal - TSTC President

e continue to hear about the many tragic emergencies around our country on college and university campuses. While I do not anticipate any type of emergency in Harlingen, one never knows what might happen. In an effort to be prepared for any type of emergency, TSTC Harlingen has chosen to implement an Emergency Notification System through 3n. This is a mass notification system alert. The alert provides TSTC with a powerful way to


communicate with our students and employees in case of an EMERGENCY. Should the need arise to notify you of an emergency event, you will hear my voice stating there is a TSTC EMERGENCY. This will be followed by short instructions for you. Please follow the instructions as they are for your protection. We will also test the system at various times during the year. Please do as you are directed in the emergency communication alert. TSTC makes every effort to make sure you are safe while you are on our campus. Should you observe any suspicious behavior or see an emergency event unfolding, please notify our college police immediately. For more information about the emergency system and how to register see the back cover of this magazine.

Veronica Sanchez - SGA President ello fellow Mustangs!

This semester has been buzzing with excitement and there has been so much going on at TSTC! In February we had great leaders from different walks of life come to our great college to support the future of politics. It was a great chance for our student body to expand its knowledge and gain different perspectives in the election process. We also had social and cultural enhancing events, such as the Black History Month celebration and the Valentine’s In Vegas Bash, provided to you by your dedicated and hard-working Student Government officers. One more note on February events and on behalf of the student body, I want to say thank you to our former Ms. TSTC, Amanda Perez, for representing our college so well. We appreciate all she has done through out her reign. The Ms. TSTC

Scholarship contest was a fun-filled, “Passport to Paris” themed event, and the competition to be the next Ms. TSTC was tough. All hopefuls had to undergo a series of interviews and the planning of performances and skits showcasing each of the sponsoring department or club on campus. In the end, the judges had a very difficult decision to make; all the girls are winners, but only one could be Ms. TSTC. A special congratulations goes to our new 2008 Ms. TSTC, Cristi Navarro, who will, without a doubt, represent TSTC proudly. April will be overflowing with much more of the same fun for all of our students. With events and activities such as TSTC Karaoke and Techsan Day, the students are sure to have a blast. Students had a chance to prepare themselves with all the necessities before Spring Break with the Hook-up and de-stress by singing their heart out with Karaoke - TSTC style. Remember to check out Techsan Day! There will be plenty of food, fun and games going on. This is always a good fund-raising opportunity for student organizations and clubs so come on out, show your support, and have a blast at same time.

Throughout the nation, the presidential campaign has brought excitement to our election process. If you are not a registered voter, please take the time to register to vote to take advantage of your right as a U.S. citizen. You can access the form online at and mail it in, or stop by the Student Government Office in the Student Center and they will help you register. You can create positive change in your community by exercising your right to vote. This is a great year to become involved in the political process. You can make a difference by utilizing your vote. I hope you will take advantage of this privilege in our great country.

SGA will also be proudly representing TSTC at the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in April. With this year’s theme set as Texas H.E.R.O.E.S., we are sure to return home as “heroes” with an amazing show of professionalism and outstanding leadership. Last year’s performance is going to be hard to beat when SGA brought home first place in the media competition category and honorable mention essay on best event essay, but this year’s officers are up to the challenge! In other news, keep your eyes peeled for our “TSTC Minute” news programs being aired on; it’s the best way to find out what’s going on at TSTC. Check it out! It will be updated weekly with useful information about upcoming workshops and events.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact the Student Government at 956.364.4343 or at Don’t be afraid to contact us with comments and/or suggestions; that is what we are here for.

- Veronica Sanchez

events students thankful for scholarships


ms. tstc scholarship contest



quest for gold motivates student government association secretary Michelle Galvez. The prize Michelle Galvez seeks is a gold sash worn by graduates over their black gowns at commencement in recognition of earning a perfect 4.0 academic grade point average. Galvez is close to accomplishing her goal thanks to a Lozano Long Promise Opportunity Scholarship that boosts her toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Chemical-Environmental Technology from Texas State Technical College Harlingen she will receive in August. The scholarship is made possible by an annual contribution from Joe and Teresa Long of Austin that’s matched with funds primarily raised through the annual Noche de Gala celebration of education and the arts. The fourth annual event, scheduled for May 3, will honor Connie de la Garza, the former mayor of Harlingen who recently completed eight years as chairman of the TSTC System Board of Regents. Other special guests have included U.S. Army Lt. Genl.


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Ricardo Sanchez, federal Judge Filemon Vela (posthumously), Jim Solis and the Longs.

Mitch Long – executive director of The Long Foundation, which helped TSTC establish the scholarship fund eight years ago – said that the Lozano Long Promise Opportunity Scholarship is the favorite and most successful program of its kind set up by his aunt and uncle.

“These scholarships assist students of all ages to achieve their goals of learning employable skills and obtaining better paying jobs. While these scholarships are only a part of the cost of obtaining a college education, they often help students stay in college and continue or complete their education.” “Gaining the Lozano Long scholarship is what convinced me to come to TSTC after I graduated from Los Fresnos High School in 2006. When I got the scholarship, it was like ‘Wow!’” Galvez said. “I’ve always been a gold-oriented person,” she said with a smile, recalling two gold medals she earned in Junior Olympics swim events, “and I want to wear that big, gold sash symbolic of an honor student.”

She recently gained a position at Formosa Plastics in Victoria that will provide a starting annual salary of $50,000. Galvez, who also is president of the CET Club, will finish her college credits through an onthe-job cooperative experience. The Lozano Long scholarship allowed Galvez to live in a dormitory on campus to save time and money she would have spent commuting from Los Fresnos; thus, she became active with SGA, the CET Club and focused more on studies. She’s featured as a modern era version of “Rosie the Riveter” with the “We can do it!” motto on posters and T-shirts

dental assistant student crowned ms. tstc

by Dave Ralph

that promoted the college’s kick-off celebration of National Women’s History Month held March 5. “I hope to personally thank the Longs at Noche de Gala,” she said.

Lozano Long scholarship money also benefited the college career of SGA President Veronica Sanchez, a Dental Hygiene Technology student who’s president of the parents’ committee at NINOS Head Start on campus. She and her husband are the parents of three daughters, 7-year-old twins and a 5 year old. “The Lozano Long scholarship paid for my tuition this academic year; plus, it allowed me to buy my dental hygiene instrument kit, which cost $1,600,” Sanchez said. Without the assistance she probably would have needed a part-time job, which would have postponed her AAS degree – scheduled for April 2009 – by taking fewer credits per semester.

“The scholarship added to my motivation,” she explained. “I like to show my daughters that strong, positive role models come in different forms. I want them to be independent and active in the community. I want them to see that they can accomplish anything if they have the will to do it.” “Valley Baptist Health System sees TSTC as a community partner because it trains some of our employees and it’s a tremendous resource for many of our employees who pursue higher education degrees,” said Randy Baker, senior vice president for the Valley Baptist Medical Foundation, who also works with marketing and public affairs.

by Paul Villarrel, EA

also had to represent their sponsors in the pageant by wearing the sponsor attire and giving a short speech about their sponsor. Cassie Patina represented her sponsor Culinary Arts, by quickly creating French crepes for judges.

he stage was set with a Paris skyline, authentic-looking Paris street lamps and a scale model of the Eiffel Tower towering next to the stage. Passport to Paris was the theme for the 2008 Ms. TSTC Scholarship Contest.

Ten women competed for the chance to represent the TSTC student body at community events and have the right to be called Ms. TSTC. Contestant Georgeann Calzada, BOT, had friends rooting for her in the stands. Friend Robert Foshie, BOT, thought that Calzada was a good contestant for this year’s event because of her Georgeann Calzada, BOT positive attitude and strong personality. “She’s very good spirited,” said Foshie.

A Mr. TSTC was not crowned at this year’s scholarship competition due to lack of participation. Joshua Hernandez, DMDT and VISTA Service Learning Coordinator, took the title of Mr. TSTC 2007 after last year’s winner, Christopher Balli, graduated. Hernandez was saddened that no male would be crowned this year and wished more men would want to represent their school. “A lot of excellent contestants ran for Ms. TSTC this year; it’s a shame only one can be crowned Ms. TSTC,” said Hernandez.

Veronica Wick, Cassie Patina and Cristi Navarro were the final three contestants chosen by judges. The final three contestants were asked by Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Rio Grande Valley USA, Lisa Garcia, what charity they would donate money to and why. Patina told judges she would donate to the American Red Cross because of all they do for people around the globe. When the time came to announce the new Ms. TSTC, Garcia thanked all of the contestants for participating and said they were all winners. Cristi Navarro was named Ms. TSTC 2008 to a roar of cheers by an excited audience.

First runner-up, Patina had her reasons for wanting to compete at this year’s scholarship pageant. “I wanted to help out with SGA and wanted people to know TSTC has so much potential for so many things.” The newly crowned Ms.TSTC had different reasons for competing. Navarro said her parents weren’t sure if their daughter should do the scholarship contest but she was determined to try. “I hope to fulfill everything I need to fulfill,” said Navarro about her ambitions for being Ms. TSTC. Ms. TSTC 2007, Amanda Perez, proudly passed her crown and duties to Navarro and said she is confident that Navarro could be a great Ms. TSTC. “I think she can be the best Ms. TSTC possible. She’s a great person.”

SGA President Veronica Sanchez, DEH, also had supporters in the audience wishing she would win the coveted title. Sanchez’s three daughters showed a lot of enthusiasm for their mother. “I ‘m excited for her,” said Sanchez’s twin daughters, Jada and Jasmine. Sanchez’s youngest daughter, Jocelyn, said that if her mother wins, she wins with her. “I feel like winning with her, ” she said. The Silver Spurs provided entertainment before and during the contest with a complex dance routine that wowed the audience. Guitarist Jair Dave provided entertainment with his blend of classical, world music.

For information online about the Lozano Long Promise Opportunity Scholarship, go to holarship.aspx. Questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office in the Student Services Building, located at the corner of Loop 499 and Oak Street, at 800.852.8784, ext. 4330, or 956.364.4330.

Veronica Wick, EA

The scholarship event had four parts to introduce the crowd and judges to the contestants competing against each other. Contestants wore Parisian clothing, including barrettes, to introduce themselves. Contestants

Ms. TSTC 2008, Cristi Navarro, DEA

It’s your future...

future is here!

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SUMMER FALL Meet with your department advisor today.

SUMMER • pay day | 5/14 | 9AM - 3PM • arena registration | 5/15 | 8:30AM - 7PM • last day | 5/16 | 9AM - 5PM • classes begin 5/19

summer mini-session II • registration | 7/03 | 9AM - 5PM • Student Services Building • classes begin 7/07

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national women’s history month


celebration kicks off with a showcase of non-traditional programs

osie the Riveter, portrayed by TSTC student Michele Galvez was on shirts of students who attended TSTC’s annual “Calling all Rosies.” The event is held every March in honor of National Women’s History Month, which runs through March.

TSTC President Dr. J. Gilbert Leal gave a speech to students who attended the event. Dr. Leal stated that Calling all Rosies is an event to honor and respect women who have contributed to the building of America. Dr. Leal also stated that when he began teaching at TSTC in the late 1960’s, women only made up 25 percent of the student body and now that number has jumped to 53 percent. The college president ended his speech by encouraging students to bring female students to TSTC so they can discover a non-traditional field. Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell kicked off National Women’s History Month at TSTC by reading a proclamation. The event’s slogan, “building traditions in non-traditional careers,” was displayed on the shirts of women who represented their nontraditional programs.

Sarah Zamarripas was one of the non-traditional students on hand at the event to promote Auto Collision Technology to other potential nontraditional students. Zamarripas said she entered the program because, “I’ve been around cars for a long time. I wanted something hands on and I thought it’d be exciting.” According to Zamarripas, it was “nerve racking” being in a classroom surrounded by men and she doubted

whether she should continue in the program after the first semester. But she wanted to prove a woman could do the same job as men and decided to continue with the program. “I went from cosmetology, to Digital Imaging Technology, to this. And I’m a lot happier now. I guess the third time was the charm.”

Francis Quintanilla, AGT, also promoted her program at the event. Like Zamarripas, Quintanilla grew up around agriculture thanks to her grandfather’s pig farm. One of the things Quintanilla enjoys about the program is that everyone is equal and no one, regardless of gender, receives special treatment. “It feels good that we can do what they (men) do. It gives you a little more confidence,” Quintanilla said. At the end of the event, Director of Support Services Edda Urrea honored two students who inspire others on campus by giving them the Inspirational Award. Michelle Galvez and Juan Martinez were the recipients of the awards. Urrea said that Galvez has “truly learned the art of balancing work, faith and school,” and that Galvez “can truly be called a role model.” Martinez also received words of praise from Urrea, saying he is “nothing but inspirational, not only to his peers but to his air conditioning faculty and staff.” “Anything is possible if you put your mind and heart to it,” Galvez said.

For more on the Inspirational Award recipients Michelle Galvez and Juan Martinez, please turn to page 11.

Keeping pace with the trends


hree new courses – Pharmacy Technician, Electrocardiogram Technician and Physical Therapy Aide – are scheduled to open this April within the Continuing Education department at TSTC.

The expanding curriculum is one of the priorities for Continuing Education Director Angie Gonzalez, who took the position in December. The Los Fresnos native – a 1995 graduate of Los Fresnos High School – earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Brownsville and taught history at Los Cuates Middle School in Los Fresnos. She also has worked for the San Benito Housing Authority and in 2003 became a field executive for the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. She replaced Steven Salinas, who took a position as assistant director of the Human Resources Office at TSTC. “A strong Continuing Education department is a necessity for our communities to grow and be effective. We’re open to welcome any collaboration with other entities and organizations to capitalize on available resources,” she said. Continuing Education courses generally award CE units or CE credits to those who pass the courses. The CE credits are not the equivalent of college-level credits toward graduation, but valuable for specific, customized skills and business purposes.

“We’re placing a big emphasis on strengthening our connections and cooperation with private enterprise,” Gonzalez said. “I want businesses to come to TSTC for their training needs. We have a lot of professional development opportunities to offer.”

by Paul Villarrel, EA

by Dave Ralph

The CE curriculum covers numerous topics in health care, food handler certification, foreign language, industrial safety, business security, and real estate. Some of the popular courses are Basic Motorcycle Operator Training, Emergency Medical Technician for paramedics, Sign Language, Spanish for Professionals, Substitute Teaching, High School Equivalency Review for the General Education Diploma, Hazardous Materials Awareness, industrial training, online courses for computer and business purposes, and apprenticeship training for carpenters, electricians and plumbers. The CE department also includes the regional firefighter academy and the regional police academy. She would like to add courses such as bank teller, customer service and non-profit corporation management.

Gonzalez added, “I will do anything possible to help our students and clients reach their highest potential. Working and volunteering for non-profit organizations allowed me to see the need for the services non-profits offer. I will continue to be an advocate for nonprofit groups and the valuable services they provide to communities; plus, I want to help individuals realize the advantages they achieve by furthering their education.”

For details online about Continuing Education at TSTC, go to the college’s home Web page of and click onto “Corporate College.” The phone numbers for Continuing Education are 800.852.8784, ext. 4606, and 956.364.4606. Send e-mail to Gonzalez at Mustang Messenger | April / May 2008


celebrities at tstc

big names come to tstc in support of a presidential candidate*

by Paul Villarreal, EA

inspirational awards


two students recognized with awards for their leadership

“I’m very happy about the award. I’m looking forward to showing the plaque to my family in Houston,” he said.

eadership demonstrated by Juan Martinez and Michelle Galvez resulted in their selection as recipients of “Inspirational Awards” from the Support Services Office of TSTC.

Arnold Corona, ACT laboratory teaching assistant, said, “It has been a joy to get to know Juan. The students get along with him well and he’s an inspiration to us all because nothing stops him.”

Support Services Director Edda Urrea presented both students with plaques at the National Women’s History Month Kick-off Celebration March 5. The event focused on students in non-traditional technical programs with the motto, “We can do it!”


Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former president John F. Kennedy, visited TSTC February 26, 2008 to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. he 2008 presidential campaign is in full swing with hopefuls Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a dead heat for their party’s presidential nominations. Both Clinton and Obama are campaigning hard in South Texas making appearances at the University of Texas-Pan American and University of Texas at Brownsville to sway young, undecided voters in their direction. With the two Democrats campaigning in different locations, they have sent big name celebrities to campaign for them.

Former First Daughter Caroline Kennedy and Hispanic Comedian, George Lopez came to TSTC to campaign for Senator Obama. Both celebrities received huge and often star-struck crowds of college students and members of the Harlingen community.

Kennedy was the first to visit in late February before the Texas caucuses took place on March 4. Kennedy packed the TSTC Cafeteria full of excited employees and eager students. Before speaking to the crowd, she was introduced by Vice President of Student Development Cathy Maples, who called Kennedy’s visit “an honor” for TSTC. The former first daughter was campaigning for Obama and brought up several keys reasons why she has strong support for the Democratic candidate.

A key issue with Kennedy was Obama’s experience. According to Kennedy, Obama has the experience necessary to run the country well. Another key issue with Kennedy was that she believes Obama is a different type of candidate who can bring the change he promises. “He’s someone who comes with a fresh vision and new ideas,” said Kennedy. Caroline urged the mostly college crowd to vote on March 4, Kennedy said that the crowd has the chance to change history and she hopes that by voting they do so. After only a few days another influential celebrity came to TSTC to urge college students to vote, comedian George Lopez. A large crowd of 2,000 gathered at the student commons to hear the influential Hispanic express his support for Senator Obama. Lopez thanked the

Comedian George Lopez visited TSTC February 28, 2008 to endorse Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. crowd for showing up and immediately began telling jokes to warm up the crowd. “My father was a migrant farm worker…and he’d only pick enough fruits and vegetables to make his own salads,” Lopez said as the crowd exploded in laughter. Lopez was joined on stage by a select group of outstanding TSTC students who were picked based on their paricipation in school activities. One person selected to be on stage with Lopez was Katy Castillo, DMDT. About the experience she said, “At first I was a little scared … It was a roller coaster type of feeling.” After he joked with the crowd, Lopez urged the crowd of mostly Hispanic students to vote and to vote for who they think is the best candidate. The comedian thanked the crowd for attending and told the crowd how he was proud so many young people were getting an education. “We want America to be better for our children than it was for us,” Lopez proclaimed. In his speech Lopez decided to dispel critics who say Hispanics will vote for Obama simply due to his ethnicity, “It’s not about the color of your skin, it’s about the American dream,” said Lopez. In an interview with the Mustang Messenger, Lopez stated that he wants college youth to get involved with the 2008 campaign. “One of the reasons is the future of the country is theirs.” Lopez then added, “I’m 46 years-old. If I were 18 or in my early 20’s, I’d wanna take an aggressive effort to make my voice known politically.” Lopez stressed how the college youth can change the future of American simply by casting a vote on Election Day. The comedian said that the direction of their future is in their hands.

Lopez also added his dislike for the current administration by saying, “At some point the government got very disconnected from the working class.” When asked how Latinos can change America, Lopez simply said by voting. “We’re an underestimated vote and, in fact, they don’t think that we vote,” said Lopez. But Lopez added that if those Latinos who are citizens get up and vote “we can change the direction of politics.”

* TSTC does not endorse or support any political candidates. 10

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Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell read a city proclamation and he saluted American women – such as his wife, who is a top-level manager in banking, which is traditionally dominated by men – who challenge the gender barrier. He urged students to learn about the leadership examples set by individuals who succeed through personal experiences, not just following men and women who achieve fame.

College President Dr. J. Gilbert Leal said that he was honored to recognize all the contributions women have made throughout U.S. history. Recalling the World War II image of “Rosie the Riveter,” who represented the rise of women in the nation’s workforce while millions of men served in the military, he noted that the percentage of women in the college’s student ranks grew from 25 percent in 1967 to 54 percent in 2008. Martinez is working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology. He serves as a role model for students with his enthusiasm for learning and by involvement in community service and ACT fund-raisers.

go vegan


by Dave Ralph

Martinez enrolled for fall semester 2007 and originally intended to earn a Certificate of Completion, but he set the goal higher by striving toward the AAS. He learned about TSTC while doing career search on the Internet and visits his family in Houston during school breaks.

“Juan is always one of the first students to assist others and he always participates in club events. Juan’s confidence and willingness to ask questions to learn more impress his instructors,” Urrea said. Galvez will earn an AAS degree in Chemical-Environmental Technology as she starts a lab technician job with Formosa Plastics in Port Comfort, near Victoria, on April 21. The career move, which will pay a starting salary of $50,000, is her first job beyond campus. “High schoolers ask me about how college is different and I tell them that everything in college can become a great learning experience. There are opportunities to help others and multi-tasking translates into job responsibilities,” she said.

The Support Services Office works with students to provide services such as interpreters, child care, textbook assistance and community referrals. For more information go online to or call 800.852.8784, ext. 4520, or 956.364.2450.

tstc instructor lives a vegan lifestyle

hen I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1998, doctors immediately put me on a pain management program. For the next five years, I took different medication including Celebrez, Lodine, Plaquenil, Prednisone and Aralen, some of which resulted in very unpleasant side effects that sometimes felt worse than my joint pain.

In 2003, I began a vegetarian diet plan because of my love and compassion for all animals, but I never thought that my new lifestyle would eliminate my need for all those medications. Within a month and a half of cutting out red meat and poultry, I was virtually pain-free and felt great.

A year later, I took the next step and became a vegan, one who does not consume any animals or animal by-products such as dairy and eggs. I saw this decision as a way to live a healthier life and keep my rheumatoid arthritis under control. Because dietary cholesterol is only found in animal products, my cholesterol is at an optimal level. In fact, a diet rich in nuts, seeds, berries and whole grains can raise the good (HDL) cholesterol.

by Jessica Garcia, English Instructor

A vegetarian diet provides the recommended amount of fiber and essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables, especially those that are dark green, red, purple and orange. Contrary to popular belief, a vegetarian diet provides adequate protein from nuts, legumes such as beans and lentils, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, oatmeal and whole grain bread.

Even if many people cannot give up meat, they can become healthier and leaner by simply adding more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Like me, they may see an improvement in their way of life.

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let’s eat

torture exhibit

valley museum showcases instruments of torture

mentioned that using torture to punish and using it to gain knowledge are two different things. Although she would not discuss modern questionable interrogation methods, she did say that it causes a great debate. When asked about who is worse, the government that orders torture or the torturer, McWilliams responded, “They’re both wrong.”

we hear ya! Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.

by Kristina Vela, EA

n many different cultures there are different ways to begin a meal. For example, here in America it is a custom for families to start feasting by saying grace. Yes? No? Well, either way this is not an article about American etiquette, but Japanese.

Japan is a country located to the southeast of China; separated from the continent of Asia by the Sea of Japan. Here they were able to develop a culture quite similar and yet so different from the countries closest to them. The culture, though very strange to the untrained eye, is rich with tradition. Sitting, drinking tea, even using a Japanese toilet is done in a "proper" and specific manner. But, we're not here to talk about how to use a Japanese john: we're here to discuss the etiquette of Japanese dining! In fact, just mentioning the very idea of toilet usage before or during meals is considered rude in Japan. Here are a few rules for dining at a Nihon [Japanese] table:

• Blowing your nose at the table, or even in public places is bad. • Do not burp. • Finishing ALL of your food is polite. • Do not stick your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of rice. Doing this represents the burning of incense in the Buddhist temples. • Do not pass your chopsticks around the table. It represents the Buddhist Bone Ceremony. • After eating, make an effort to replace your dishes in the exact same way they were presented. Replace the cover (if it came with one), and put your chopsticks back on the stand or in the paper sleeve they came in.

It is also a nice gesture to bring the persons you are dining with a small gift. This shows that you appreciate the invitation.

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- Mark Twain

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At the beginning of the meal it is customary to say the word "Itadakimasu!", which in literal translation means "I gratefully receive!". Way back when, it was a religious saying meaning "I receive from the gods," similar to the English "grace". Now, however, it has lost all religious meaning and basically transformed into "Let's Eat!"

he International Museum of Arts and Sciences is having a different type of exhibit in 2008. Instead of displaying art or science, the museum is spreading information and awareness to the people of the Rio Grande Valley. “Torture Instruments Through the Ages” is the name of the exhibit and its focus is not to celebrate torture or torture devices but instead to spread awareness about torture.

Since most meals are served in large portions you should either cut the food with your chopsticks, or separate the pieces and take a bite then place the rest on your plate for later. Sushi is supposed to be eaten in one bite and you can use either your chopsticks or your hands.

Dr. Cynthia McWilliams said “It’s wonderful that a museum has taken on an exhibit to make people think.” Dr. McWilliams, who is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Pan American, said that most of the devices shown in the exhibit were used to gain information during the Middle Ages in Europe. She also

Amelia Acosta Morales, a human rights and anti-torture activist in Reynosa, Mexico, said in the exhibit that may people couldn’t have imagined that many of the tools used to torture others existed. “To make the instruments of torture work, it takes the hands of men and women,” Morales said. All of those speaking about the exhibit had one common thing to say. They all hoped that people can see the darkest parts of man’s actions and that hopefully everyone who views the exhibit will take a stand against torture in all of its forms and other human rights violations around the world.

For the actual eating of the meal you are not supposed to add soy sauce to your white rice. Shocking, yes I know. Other customary ways to eat Japanese food comprise of sipping your soup bowl like a cup and then picking out the solid bits when you are done and Kare Raisu (a Japanese style curry dish) is eaten with a spoon rather than chopsticks.

Arturo Alaniz, one of persons at the press conference and whoworks closely with anti-torture organizations, said the purpose of the exhibit was to “launch a message against torture.” Alaniz shed light on the exhibit, saying that the exhibit is not new and that there are five cities in Europe and Mexico City that have museums dedicated to spread awareness and education on torture. “Torture doesn’t belong to any particular time or place,” Alaniz noted, but he wants people to know that the exhibit is intended to cause shock against torture and the violations against humans rights. Museum curator, Maria Elena Macias said that the exhibit is a matter of humanity and shines light on one of the darkest parts of human history.

At the end of the meal the most proper way to thank everyone who was involved in preparing the meal and serving it to you is to say "Gochisosama-deshita," which basically means "Thank you for the meal." And, if they happen to take you out for a drink there is a small phrase you can use to impress your Japanese buddies, "Kampai!" It’s literally translated as "Cheers!"

tstc. it’s the environment and the world

>> DID YOU KNOW? While eating in Japan never put in your chopstick upright into the bowl. In the past this was the way to offer food to the dead.


by Paul Villarreal, EA

The Texas State Technical College Police Department is responsible for the collection and storage of all lost property found on campus. Lost and found property can be retrieved at the college police department located in the Auxiliary Services Building Monday through Friday 8:00AM- 5:00PM by providing proper identification such as a Texas driver’s license and identifying the property. You may contact the college police at 956.364.4220 to check if missing property has been turned in. When property is missing on campus, the department recommends you first check with the building secretary of the last place the property was seen, then contact the college police to see if the property has been turned in. Unclaimed property will be disposed of in accordance with state law. Some of the most common items turned in are keys, glasses, rings, pen drives, cell phones, necklaces, backpacks and books.


ver the past two semesters, I was a work study student in the Counseling/Advisement Center. During my tenure in this department, I learned that students are not only traveling from other states in the U.S. to attend our school, but we attract students from all over the world, including Mexico, the Philippines, and Africa. This means that our TSTC campus not only represents Harlingen to the rest of our 49 states, but it represents Harlingen to the rest of the world.

During my first semester, as I sat outside of building “W” (Irma Rangel Science and Tech.) reading a book, I was appalled by the amount of litter scattered about the campus. After walking from building “U” (Sen. Eddie Lucio Health Science and Tech) to the Auxiliary Services Building, the Fieldhouse to the dorms, I couldn’t help but feel that changes on our campus needed to take place. With the help of several motivated students and enthusiastic staff members, the TSTC Environmental Club was formed.

The exhibit stirs emotion and at times is tough to witness. Although some devices shown are up to 400 years old, they still look as dangerous as the day they were made. The International Museum of The Iron Maiden of Nuremburg, Arts and Sciences is definitely touching on a reproduction circa 1828. subject that will cause a lot Private collection, Italy of people to stop and think about the dark side of humanity. Ninety pieces are shown at the museum and the exhibit runs through November of 2008. Call IMAS at 956.682.1564 for more information.

by Veronica Wick, EA

The Environmental Club goals include spreading awareness, promoting recycling, and above all, campus clean up. Along with dorm clean ups, the TSTC Environmental Club would like to implement “Adopt a TSTC Building.” This would involve students working together over the entire campus to control the litter situation. If we band together, we can make TSTC an environment that will not only make it a better place for us to learn, but also an environment to make us “Texas Proud.”

Let’s take it old school by remembering that classic slogan, “Don’t Mess With Texas.” And we can just start small by putting trash in its place and not just your own trash. If you see litter, don’t be shy! Pick it up and put it in the trash can! Chances are there’s one near you. The Evironmental Club can be contacted for club meetings and information at Mustang Messenger | April / May 2008





Bridge From Afar

Reach digital photography

Ladybug digital photography

Good Morning Heavenly Father

Anne-Marie Huff, EA

digital photography

Patti Quiroga, CSMT

digital photography

Alyssa Rocha, DMDT

Ruth Reyes, BOT

Gundam digital art

Flowers digital photography

Katy Castillo, DMDT

Untitled stencil on paper bag

Jose Luis Iracheta, DMDT

Promising Future digital photography

Sal Ramirez, DMDT

Jacquelyn Garza, EA

If you have any artwork or poetry you want featured, stop by the Public Information Office in the Auxiliary Services Building (A) with your artwork or e-mail your high-resolution digital photos, art or poetry to:

features jordan trott student

International Student Overcomes Difficulties to Find Victories

by Amanda Perez. DMDT

by Ernie Perez, CNST

we hear ya!

Human beings only use ten percent of their brains. Ten percent! Can you imagine how much we could accomplish if we used the other sixty percent? - Ellen Degeneres

ordan Trott was born and raised in the islands of Bermuda. He came to the states in 2003 to attend Texas State Technical College and to unite with his fiancé. At this time, Jordan felt that his life needed a change, a change for the better, so although he would be leaving everything he ever knew behind he was ready to make the big move. Jordan admits that he keeps a low profile around campus and that not many people know him, so he was surprised that I wanted an interview. However, he is a fascinating student who deserves to have his story told.

Before coming to the states, Jordan used to work as a deliveryman. He would drive the delivery trucks and deliver masses of paper and Xerox machines to various businesses. He had a job and was going to school, anyone would think he had it all. However, his family was struggling. His mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was at a young age. He remembers her coming into the room crying and telling him that she had cancer. All he can really remember at that moment was thinking she was going to die. His father was also going through a tough time. He had heart disease and needed to have a quadruple bypass surgery. As a result, Jordan had no choice but to begin working at the age of 12. He had to move in with his grandparents, mature very quickly, and learn how to live one day at a time. He attended high school in Bermuda and was a member of the ROTC program. He also enjoyed volunteering at the local hospital, earning him the nomination of “Teen of the Year.” Jordan stated that he did not win, but it was an honor just being nominated. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the Bermuda military. It was not really something he wanted to do, but in Bermuda he could either enlist or be drafted between the ages of 18 through 33. Either way, he would have to be a soldier in the military, so he is grateful that at least he is getting it out of the way. Jordan has served in the Bermuda military for two years, but is on academic leave because of his student status at TSTC. Upon returning to Bermuda, he still has one year of service left. “I feel that the military should not be forced on anyone and that this law should be changed,” said Jordan.

Despite the hectic life Jordan was leading, his number one hobby was using his computer. Actually, he still enjoys being in front it all the time. It is not a bad thing, though. He likes visiting different chat rooms and signing people’s guest books. Well, he accidentally signed a particular girl’s guest book twice. She eventually confronted him about the situation, from that moment on they continued to talk, until eventually they fell in love. This young lady is Patti Quiroga and she is a Valley native from Port Mansfield. Miss Quiroga is a big part of why Jordan made the big move. Although the long distance relationship was working out, he wanted a better life for himself and he wanted to be closer to her. Jordan said that long distance relationships are not for everyone because they are not always easy, but with 16

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maturity and trust it can be accomplished.

In 2003, she invited him to a “Ludicrous” concert. She told him about TSTC and he became very interested because he had been thinking of going to college to further his education. He researched it, liked what he saw, and decided to enroll as a Computer Systems Management Technology student. Jordan wanted something he could enjoy doing, and sitting in front of his computer was what he enjoyed the best. He has two or three semesters left before graduating with an Associates of Applied Science Degree. It is taking Jordan a little longer to graduate because instead of taking classes in the summer, he goes home to work and see his family that has survived through the difficult times. Unfortunately, Jordan is not able to work in the states due to his visa status. “I miss working so much. I am used to working for everything I have and for my money and now that I cannot even get a work-study job it is hard for me,” said Jordan. He says that he will eventually finish school and that it will be worth it. His goal is to find a good paying job with a medium-size company back in Bermuda, where he hopes to help his parents with any debts that they might have acquired. Not only does Jordan want to help his parents because they are his parents, but he wants it to be a thank you for all the support they have always given him for school and his relationship with his fiancé. He would also like to thank his fiancé who always keeps him on track and who continuously pushes him to be the best he can be. Jordan is also thankful for his best friend Tim who is his “go to guy” for advice. He also added that his biggest celebrity role model is Bob Marley. Both Jordan and his dad admire Marley for his promotion of peace when times were chaotic.

As our interview was wrapping up, Jordan remembered something important he wanted to share. “I remember having a teacher in high school tell me that I would never be anything. But I want to prove him wrong,” Jordan added. Every time he goes home in the summer he will see this teacher around town and when he asks Jordan how he has been, Jordan adds that he is doing great, and that college is going great too. Jordan wants to remind students not to let anyone stand in their way. “Work for what you want because anything is possible.”


he Computer Networking & Security Technology (CNST) Club is a Texas State Technical College non-profit organization.

Our main goals are to prepare, organize, and develop leadership skills for the future. Every semester we offer a variety of tours at potential future job sites, invite guest speakers and participate in community volunteer work to help fulfill our club goals.

The CNST Club is also involved in SkillsUSA, which is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to make sure America has a skilled workforce. Because of SkillsUSA, the CNST club gets hands on experience while also preparing to enter the

workforce with the right skills needed to succeed.

We promote our club through the where we discuss and share ideas. We welcome all individuals who hold a strong desire to learn, participate, and generate new ideas to join our active club where you will learn and receive interesting experience while having fun and making new friends. Our meetings are held in the George F. Young Engineering Technology Center, every Friday from 12 - 1 pm in room S-143. We welcome anyone interested in our club to come join our meetings. Our club advisor, Tony Santos, can be reached at 956.364.4850.

recycling implemented on campus


n Friday, February 22, 2008 recycling was implemented for plastic bottles on the TSTC Harlingen campus. This was able to happen for the very first time through the efforts of the Environmental Club and donations from the Physical Plant. Two large containers have been placed in Building “W” and the Student Center, and we could use your help. You can’t miss them, they are giant yellow cans that not only read, “Plastic Bottles Only,” on them; but they have the recycling logo on them as well! The Environmental Club would appreciate it if you only put your empty plastic bottles in them. Remember, these bins are not trash cans, and the Harlingen Recycling Center does not recycle trash or glass.

by Veronica Wick, EA

So, take your empty plastic bottles and place them in the bins. If they are not empty, be sure to keep the lid on tight to prevent a sloppy mess. Another way to recycle your plastic bottles would be to refill them with water, or your beverage of choice. This will not only help the environment, but it will save you $1.25 at the machines. Also, be sure to tell a friend. We lead not only by example, but through words as well.



>> DID YOU KNOW? Plastic does not biodegrade; rather, it breaks down into smaller and smaller toxic bits that contaminate our soil and waterways.



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new skillsusa chapter



by Dave Ralph

ual Enrollment students from Rio Hondo and Los Fresnos high schools, who attend a front suspension class in Automotive Technology at Texas State Technical College Harlingen, organized SkillsUSA Chapter 3557 to enter regional competition. J.C. Rodriguez of Rio Hondo placed second in the speed and skills competition March 1 that Texas District 13 of SkillsUSA held at TSTC and he qualified for the state competition in San Antonio. Three of the Chapter 3557 students – Rodriguez and Leeroi Sanchez and Epimanio Atkinson, both of Los Fresnos High School – entered AUT notebooks in the regional event. The other three chapter members include Nick Bella of Los Fresnos and Eddie Zepeda and Alex Alcantar of Rio Hondo. The youngsters simultaneously earn tuitionfree credit toward high school graduation that also goes on their college transcript through Dual Enrollment. More than 1,000 students representing schools from Brownsville to Laredo participated at the District 13 event in technical skills ranging from leadership and organization to computers, business and construction. Rodriguez, however, will be unable to compete at San Antonio due to a lack of funds.

It’s a successful start for the chapter, Bella said, and more SkillsUSA projects could take shape for the 2008-2009 academic year as he, Sanchez, Rodriguez and Alcantar return to the AUT program. In fact, Sanchez, Alcantar, Zepeda and Atkinson plan to enroll as TSTC students in the AUT program after high school graduation. “The possibility of us forming a SkillsUSA chapter came up in class discussion and then it became a team effort,” said Sanchez, the chapter president. “SkillsUSA preparation and the competition helped us because we were required to put more effort into our work.”


In recognition of these outstanding achievements, TSTC Harlingen is proud to announce the availability of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, this award is given by the president of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months. TSTC has teamed with hundreds of organizations and businesses across the country to deliver this award to our most outstanding volunteers. As a certified organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, we can nominate potential recipients - students and employees - and distribute the award to those who meet or exceed the award criteria. “TSTC is extremely proud to join the president of the United States in recognizing the volunteers who consistently take the time to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Richard Kirk, director of the Office of Student Success. “We are proud to honor our volunteers 18

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STC graduate Armando Rangel uses his Associate of Applied Science degree in Machining Technology to simultaneously pursue both of his career interests – machining technician and guitarist – because he’s producing guitars and looking for auditions to become an entertainer. After commencement in spring 2007, he enrolled in August at the Guitar Luthiery in Phoenix. The school specializes in making guitars and he completed studies there in February. Now, he is employed with the Paul Reed-Smith Guitar Co. in Stevensville, M.D.

“I know what guitars do and I know how they’re made,” Rangel said. “The reason I chose to make the machining part of the guitars is because I will get paid more than the hand craftsmen.”

Dual Enrollment students include, left to right, J.C. Rodriguez, Eddie Zepeda and Alex Alcantar of Rio Hondo, AUT instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Frank Viramontes, Lee Sanchez, Epimenio Atkinson and Nick Bella of Los Fresnos. Three of the students participated in the District 13 SkillsUSA competition.

“We teach our students to work clean and utilize the most modern techniques and computerized equipment. That image of automotive technicians being grease monkeys is outdated,” said Frank Viramontes, AUT instructor and the chapter’s advisor. He helped the youngsters fill out and submit the chapter application, which gained approval in February. He also worked with Wal-Mart, Fitness Zone and Marina’s Cleaners to provide SkillsUSA shirts for the group. “There’s already SkillsUSA in the high schools, so why not have a team from TSTC? This chapter should help student retention because it makes these kids feel like they’re part of something,” Viramontes concluded.

volunteer service award exas State Technical College Harlingen has a long, proud history of volunteer service. Our volunteers are working to meet the needs of their peers and the community by participating in TSTC clubs/organizations.

guitar man

by Joshua Hernandez, VISTA Learning Coordinator

who are answering the call with this award.”

To qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours through the appropriate Web Site and TSTC’s Student Success Office will verify the service and deliver the award.

Volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf of TSTC. In fact, service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout the year. The only requirement is that the necessary hours be completed within 12 months; recipients can qualify for a new award each year. “Our volunteers should strive to earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award every year,” said Kirk. “Even if you’ve never volunteered before, the award is within your reach.” The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation – created by President George W. Bush - to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make to our nation. To learn more and find out how to qualify for the award, contact Joshua Hernandez, our VISTA Learning Coordinator, at 956.364.4142 or visit

In Phoenix, he built two guitars, an acoustic based on a Martin dreadnaught and an electric based on a discontinued Gibson model. Each project required a lot of gluing, cutting, sanding, body preparation and finish work. His machining background prepared him for making precision measurements within one-thousandths of an inch, working with fractions and decimals, and using sharp equipment. The projects required meeting industry specifications associated with companies such as Martin, Fender, Gibson and Paul Reed-Smith. Different types of wood produce variations in sound. Rangel said that mahogany, spruce and Spanish cedar are woods frequently selected by craftsmen. Many companies are gradually starting to use more exotic woods such as zebrawood and Bolivian rosewood although some of the exotic woods are becoming scarce due to deforestation in jungles or production regions. The endangered woods are becoming increasingly expensive and the purchase requires special clearance through exportimport policies.

Guitar designs could go to radical extremes, but young guitar-makers attempt to impress companies with quality craftsmanship and sound by making Fender, Gibson, Paul Reed-Smith and Martin models, he said. He began playing guitar at age 12 under the guidance of his older brother while they lived in Alice. “My brother was pretty good and he demanded a lot out of me. He has the ability to teach people to teach themselves,” he added.

Rangel said that becoming a professional guitarist presents special challenges. “The music industry is difficult to enter because often success is based on popularity and not necessarily real talent. Right now, singing and dancing are driving the entertainment industry.”

He listens to and appreciates many types of music ranging from classical to hard rock ‘n’ roll, but he admitted to a slight preference for the rhythm and blues. His first public appearance as a guitarist came in 2007 during “Colors of the Diaspora” at TSTC, which celebrated the progress of African-Americans and ethnic diversity.

overcoming challenges


ictoria L. Ambriz represented more than the Students Promoting Anime & Manga Club during the 2008 Ms. TSTC Scholarship Competition. Rolling onto the stage in her wheelchair, she also represented the ability of handicapped people to overcome what some people might perceive as substantial challenges.

The 2007 graduate of Harlingen High School enrolled at Texas State Technical College Harlingen for fall semester with lofty goals. She plans to eventually pursue a degree in education to become a high school teacher or enter a pre-law program for a career in law.

Her participation in the scholarship competition did not surprise alumni from Harlingen High School familiar with her previous

by Dave Ralph

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activities and involvement. Ambriz, the daughter of Elida Velasquez, enrolled in the leadership class at Harlingen High School, where she did 30 hours of community service in projects like helping children undergoing physical therapy make name tags. “I like to experience things and see what’s out there,” said Ambriz, who volunteered as a tour guide during Tech Day at TSTC on March 5. “I don’t let my wheelchair hold me back and I don’t use it as an excuse. I like to be independent and move forward.”

She likes to spend time with friends and family, and she appreciates art. She described listening to Spanish music as a passion. “It has more rhythm and I feel more into it,” she explained. Ambriz served as a Muscular Dystrophy Association representative in 2006 and helped raise funds for the Jerry Lewis telethon. Spinal muscular atrophy type II restricts her to the wheelchair. She admitted that she was quite shy in elementary school, but she gradually increased her participation in student activities in middle school and high school.

A fan of the television series “Law & Order,” she chose to attend TSTC to gain college experience and then decide on a path to further her education. And, she offered some advice to children who face any type of disability: “Don’t let your disability hold you back.” Mustang Messenger | April / May 2008




by Dave Ralph

community service project sponsored by the Dental Assistant Explorers Club at Texas State Technical College Harlingen stretched thousands of miles to benefit U.S. Army forces in Iraq.

“These products represent the fact that we care for our troops,” Anissa Sayas said, looking over a table filled with items surrounded by cardboard boxes for shipment.

She said that Manuel calls her almost daily on her cell phone. “He listens to me eat because he usually calls at lunch,” she said with a smile. “We usually just talk about how the day is going for each of us.” Anissa Sayas also regularly records their two children – their 7-monthold son and 5-year-old daughter – to transmit the images to Manuel so he keeps up with their progress.

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Manuel Sayas left for his second tour of duty in Iraq in November 2007. He’s scheduled for a two-week leave in August before completing service in Iraq in February 2009.

Jill Brunson, Dental Assistant instructor and Explorers Club advisor, said that this is the third straight year the club chose to send materials to U.S. troops in Iraq as a community service project. National Guard troops from Weslaco stationed in Iraq received supplies the previous two years.


tstc sga hosts a Valentine Day event, las vegas style

by Anne-Marie Huff, EA

here was no gambling. Your prospects of fun involved play gambling and an Elvis impersonator (Rene Davis) and you couldn’t say that anyone was lonesome the night of this year’s successful Valentine’s in Vegas Bash.

Students showed their support by bringing Teddy bears (not tigers, they play too rough) for Sunny Glen Children’s Home and had a night full of free games, prizes, food, and love.

Chips were given at the door and attendees tried their “007 Casino Royale” skills at games like craps, roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, and good ol’ Texas Hold ‘Em. Those with enough chips went on to bid for prizes in an auction, ranging from a wide-assortment of gift cards to technological gizmos that included DVDs, pen drives, Web cams, and the grand prize, the iPod suffle (unless you had your eye on the toaster oven). [Fake] Marriages were administered by Mr. Presley and the twitter painted newlyweds could have their photos taken for free by CNST sudent SIgurdur Hannesson, with an annulment booth available if spouses realized that if their spouse was unphotogenic now, imagine in 20 years? However, my sources have informed me that I was the only person to experience this.

Rene Davis, an Elvis impersonator, “married” students to each other in between performances. So “don’t be cruel, to a heart that’s true” and be sure to take your 20

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Teacher Assistant Class Collaborates with Head Start NINOS

by Irma Larios, Instuctor

group of 24 four year olds enjoyed planned age-appropriate activities on the morning of February 13 at the VIP room in the Cafeteria. Students from TA’s 1311 chose active and playful lessons to teach language development and social skills. The lessons centered around the theme of St. Valentine’s Day with a focus on the book The Best Loved Bear by Diana Noonan. It was read aloud by Nancy Garcia , TA student.

The Explorers teamed up with the American Legion in Raymondville and Boy Scouts Troop 76 in McAllen to send snacks, sunscreen, foot powder, footballs, board games, bug spray, moist wipes and personal hygiene products to support the husband – and his unit – of Dental Assistant student Anissa Sayas of Raymondville. Her husband, Manuel Sayas, is an Army specialist based at Fort Hood on his second tour of duty in Iraq as a communications specialist.

Manuel Sayas and his Army unit will use many of the items during lengthy missions in the desert conditions and when they’re unable to shower for several days, she explained.

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inamorato to next year’s Valentine’s event!

Nancy would pause and quiz the young learners while reading the delightful story. She said, “…After I finished reading I asked questions and all the kids were able to answer in their own words which told me they liked the book and paid attention.” Most TA students agreed the children were attentive. Anita Juarez recalled, “The children all looked happy and eager to learn with a mouthful of questions.” Also, Sandra Macias observed, “The children had a great time and paid great attention to detail when recalling the story. I noticed how they all responded to the questions and wanted to share their own experiences about their bears.” The read-aloud was followed by active sessions when the children made stuffed bears, assembled a heart puzzle, engaged in a pattern recognition math lesson and moved to the age-old rhyme of “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear.” Letty Davila said, “In my group we were showing them how to make patterns with

different colored shaped hears. At first they seemed confused and wanted to just play with the hearts but then they started picking up on what to do and what color was next.” Group member Adrian Saldana noticed, “There was one child who was very shy, but most of the children enjoyed the activity of patterns with colors. They picked up on the patterns rather quickly and all. I learned that each child has a unique character and comprehension level.”

A first-time event for some TA students brought various reactions with the experience of teaching the young children. Elizabeth Guillen noticed the children’s excitement. She said, “In our group just painting eyes on the bears and filling with stuffing made them excited to wear their own red bear they helped to prepare.”

Bear.” TA students joined with the Head Start children to move and sing together. Allison Chapa remarked, “At the end when they sang the Teddy Bear song I noticed they almost memorized the whole song and movements we had them do.”

The experience of teaching children gives TA students an opportunity to apply theoretical principles and methods of teaching to an improvised classroom with children. “In conclusion I think that the Head Start project was very good and we should do it again,” said Carlos Juarez. Norma Fuentes added,” The children had a lot of energy and enjoyed participating in the activities. They were very cooperative and well behaved.”

Another group focused on the language from the book. “The students were very talkative,” Heather Fears said. “When we took the puzzle apart and gave two pieces to each student they would push each other to get the pieces on the board. The students would try to do the [puzzle] pieces for each other but we encouraged them to help each other but not do it for [each other].”

A culminating activity included a whole group movement to “Teddy Bear, Teddy Mustang Messenger | April / May 2008


entertainment for your

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at your local Learning resource center

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The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.


The Killing Room

by James W. Hall

by Peter May

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston

The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind. Will the

by Philip Shenon

The official title was the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, but everybody knew it simply as the 9/11 Commission. By threatening to issue subpoenas to the White House, the commission forced the Bush Administration to open up the government's most secret files on terrorist threats. President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and CIA Director George Tenet were all compelled to submit to hours of the commission's questions. But did the commission tell the public everything that it learned about the events of Sept. 11, 2001? The Commission addresses the conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around the worst terrorist attack on American soil, and around the commission that was charged with explaining how Sept. 11 could have happened.

All you need at the LRC to borrow a book is a valid TSTC student ID.

by Flor Elizondo, TA

I need to hear your voice to know you’re okay.

Hell’s Bay

The Commission

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Beijing detective Li Yan is called in to investigate a series of 18 murders, all women, found in a mass grave in Shanghai and one in Beijing. This leads the police to think another killing spree is starting in Beijing and they want to stop it before it progresses.

The Appeal by John Grisham

The TSTC Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides a variety of services aimed to help students and faculty meet educational goals. The LRC houses the library, media center and board conference room. Whether for work or leisure, there are 93 computers, 4 printers and a scanner available for students. To see what software is offered at the LRC, please visit its Web site at The library offers the best of both worlds - a large print collection and some of the finest electronic resources available. The LRC staff provides online collections free of charge to our staff and students in the same way that it provides books, videos and other resources. Looking for a quiet place to study, read or relax? The library has 10 study rooms and a spacious lobby. The LRC also has a conference room for instructional and business meetings. To reserve the Orientation Room, please call the circulation desk at 364.4609. Display cases are available to showcase TSTC activities, services, programs and to commemorate special observances. To reserve a display case, call Anna Cortez at 364.4608. The Learning Resource Center staff encourages cultural and information literacy by organizing events such as database orientations, puppet shows, art exhibits, poetry readings, workshops and seminars. The LRC’s courteous, professional staff helps students find what they need whether it’s in a book, journal or database. The library may be the only place on campus where students and educators are not expected to know the answer because it's the staff's job to help clients "discover the answers" as they "Discover TSTC."

In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. “ - Richard Steele

i need to see your smile... to know I make you happy. I need to see your eyes to see me happy in them. I need you in my life... to know my life is complete.

Injustice Injustice It is not only a word in the dictionary

My whole existence for him now, My life time goal, to make him proud. Keeping the sanity, a daily routine, Depression is hardly ever seen. Never spoken, Never thought of, Like I said my Lord is above.

It comes in all different forms It can be found in all parts of the world It can be seen in day to day events No one person is its target But it takes just one to stop it. Me, Myself and I. Looking past all the others who deem it necessary. Look for the hope of a future without it

unleash your creativity Send in your poems to and have them published in future issues of the Mustang Messenger!

Been left out for no reason at all, Just so the world could have a ball. Never thought this could happen to me, Always thinking of what I should be. What will this life bring this lost soul, Would it become a life time goal?

Writing nonsense on this paper, Rhyming, flowing don't be a hater. Love Illimani for lifetimes to come, Love Illimani, my only son. Only with him my soul is complete, Without him my heart skips a beat.

by Veronica Sanchez

Get your poetry published!

by Alyssa Rocha, DMDT

I've lost and been lost, There was always a cost. Where is this life going? What can I do not knowing? Making something of myself, Wishing for any type of wealth. I have my world, my life, my love, With the Lord behind me from above.

I need to hold your hand to feel myself be safe.

Look for the hope of one day having only justice in our path.


A sketchy childhood, but a good past time; Nothing can bring me down during my prime. Trying not to hurt or shed a tear, There is nothing left for this heart to fear.

- Dr. Seuss

Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of Heaven?

The Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in the Peace River, a chain of events is set into motion, embroiling Thorn with a family he never knew he had and a fortune he doesn’t necessarily want.

poetry corner student

Watching, waiting, anticipating, Sorrowed hearts always regretting. Trying just to make it count, I still question what it’s all about. Unexpected twists and turns, Makes it clear what my heart yearns. Feeling what I want to feel, Taking time to make it real. Let me take you to the day, Remember when we used to play? It used to be so simple then, Times like these...remember when? Looking at reality, It’s starring back at me. My life for Illimani, Can't seem to break us free. Free of burden, free of harm, Back like when he kept us warm. Free of pain, free of sorrow, Just looking for a better tomorrow...

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movie review: i am legend


the last man on earth isn’t alone

ur world, our lives and all that we have grown to know and love ends - vanishes with only traces of its existence. All of this occurs in the film “I am Legend.”

Rated PG-13 1 hour 41 minutes Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi

Will Smith stars in the film and plays Robert Neville, a doctor and scientist who worked for the U.S. Army. The film takes place in 2012 New York City after a manmade virus called the K-V virus has wiped all human life out. Neville is alone on Manhattan except for his faithful companion and dog Sam but Neville knows he’s not alone. In the dark corners of once great buildings in New York City, lies a de-evolved human race of vampires. During flashbacks, the back-story of how he came to be alone on Manhattan is

explained. Neville stayed on Manhattan in order to find a cure for the KV virus but he is trapped when the Brooklyn Bridge is destroyed to keep the infected victims on Manhattan.

In his lab, Neville attempts to cure the infected sub-human race. Continually, Neville has hope that there are more uninfected person. He and his dog don’t remain alone on Manhattan for long. I won’t spoil it for you but the movie is worth watching. Who knew that someone who starred in the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” could become such a versatile actor? Will Smith proves his acting skills when you feel every ounce of desperation and all range of emotions this film has. Neville survives alone and alone is how you feel. You will feel alone with Smith.

“I am Legend” is a chilling account of what might happen in the future. There is no intergalactic war to destroy the earth; man did it alone. When this movie is over and you walk out of the theater you will wonder; can this really happen? “I Am Legend” is now on sale on DVD.

movie review: la Vie en rose


Rated PG-13 2 hours 20 minutes Biography / Drama / Music

the extraordinary life of edith piaf

pectacular. The biopic of Edith Piaf, the famous French singer, is simply that. Spectacular. This movie reminded me of what movies should be about. I have always been a fan of movies that leave you with that wonderful feeling as the credits roll as if you have just witnessed something so monumental and unforgettable that you don’t want it to end. Remember when people were not afraid to feel emotions and films were made to tell a story? They did not follow the “formula” of movie-making simply to be number one at the boxoffice? This is what a classic movie is about. No confusing plot twists, raw human emotion, no surprise endings and no digital special effects.

Edith Piaf was born into a traumatic life. She was the daughter of a circus acrobat (father) and a street singer (mother). Her mother abandoned her in search of a big chance to become a singer which never came. Her father abandoned Piaf at a brothel owned by her grandmother, where she became temporarily blind and deaf due to keratitis. One of the prostitutes at the brothel adopts Edith as her own until she is taken away by her father and is made to perform in his street circus act. One day, while helping her father in a circus act, he told her to "do something" to keep the crowd entertained. Having heard her mother sing all her young life, she sang a song - "La 24

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by Paul Villarreal, EA

by Alma Garcia, DMDT

Marseillaise." The crowd was stunned at how such a little girl could produce such a large voice. And thus, Edith Piaf blossomed.

In 1935, Piaf (Marion Cotillard, Big Fish, A Good Year) was "discovered" at the age of 20 while singing on a street corner in France by Louis Leplée (Gerard Depardieu, The Man In The Iron Mask, The Last Holiday), owner of a music hall. Leplée taught her the basics of stage presence and had her wear a black dress, which would later become her trademark apparel. She almost instantly became the most beloved singer of her time. Her music hall gigs led to her first two records produced that same year. In a car accident in 1951, Piaf broke an arm and two ribs and developed serious morphine and alcohol addiction to ease her pain. Piaf died at age 47 due to liver cancer.

The film plays out Piaf’s life beatifully showing her at her best when she was in love and at her worst when everything seemed lost. We encounter Piaf’s struggle to reach the top and stay there despite her failing health for a final performace (in the film) of her song “Je ne Regrette Rien,” which roughly translated means “No, I Regret Nothing.” Marion Cotillard - in my opinion - truly deserved the Oscar she received for Best Actress for this role. Her performance as Piaf was seamless and full of raw emotion that it is almost hard to believe that we are watching an actress and not an old reality show with Piaf herself. Director Oliver Dahan delievered a fabulous movie with beautiful cinematography and beautiful editing, despite some confusing scene changes here and there.

The entire movie plays out in French with a few lines here and there in English. So be prepared to read subtitles throughout the film, although reading subtitles is a small price to pay when watching a brilliant film.

restaurant review: uchi


harlingen features japanese cuisine

wanted to jump the next clueless male passer-by I saw. For a moment I felt as if I had been trapped in the Castle Anthrax and was Zoot herself from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Never did I believe that a woman could be wined and dined into blissful compliance – at least not until I became acquainted with the overseas deity that must be running Uchi Japanese Restaurant, the latest eatery in Harlingen. Most people are well aware of Japanese cuisine’s general pricey standard, yet Uchi’s is a fine dining experience that will satisfy any eclectic college student’s appetite and Franklin-less wallet.

Worried that your honey won’t be open to the idea of rolled up seafood? No problem, Uchi’s wide and varied menu will satiate the most delicate palates, from the escargot connoisseur to the average meat-and-potatoes type of guy (or chicken nuggets girl). There’s an overabundance to offer, featuring more than 70 different Maki and Nagiri sushi rolls, meat stir-fries and skewers, exotic hot teas, and your standard raw sea life (On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the fried Brownsville Roll.) And if you have any questions about any of the tongue-twisters on the menu, don’t hesitate to ask your waiter, because it’s part of their job. Portions are large enough to be shared between two people, and a couple can manage to share an assorted three course meal (not including complimentary Miso soup) for under $30. During my outing, the grand total price came out to $28.25 (including tax) for a pot of Wuji Oolong Tea ($4.95), an order of Kushiyaki (5.95), an order of the Spicy Tuna and California Bento Box ($9.95, including a salad), and an

mini book review


Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked witch of the west

order of Green Tea Ice Cream Tempura ($4.95). Granted, we ordered water to drink, but we had our pot of hot tea, remember? Besides all the other sublime food, some stand-out dishes of the afternoon were the Kushiyaki (marinated steak skewers) and the Green Tea Ice Cream Tempura (a.k.a fried ice cream). The steak skewers were the most tender, moist, meat morsels of flavor I had ever consumed in my life, while the Ice Cream Tempura was one of the most interesting, scrumptious desserts I’ve had. Just to give you a feel for the fried ice cream, it was the size of a grapefruit, and the fried layer was of a funnel cake taste and consistency. Imagine this adorned with dainty lines of chocolate and berry syrup and a cherry to top it all off. It’s a must-eat and I’ve been tempted to stop by many a day for this dessert alone. Finally, the wait can be longer than your regular Chinese restaurant, so going there for a quick lunch in between classes isn’t the best idea, but the wait is still worth it.

After eating at Uchi’s numerous times, I still find myself thinking afterwards “Oh, wicked, bad, naughty Zoot…”

Uchi is open 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. seven days a week. Lunches average about $7.95 and dinner entrees average $13.95 to $16.95. Teppanyaki grill featured in the evening. A full bar is available. 901 N. Ed Carey Dr., Harlingen, TX 78550 956.440.1400 or 956.440.1200

mini book review


a thousand splendid suns

by Alma Garcia, DMDT

as the Wicked Witch of the West born wicked? Or did she have wickedness thrust upon her?

If you go into this story with expectations of a retelling of the classic book/movie, The Wizard of Oz, then be prepared to be disappointed. Instead, enter with an open mind and welcome yourself to the other side of Oz and you'll find yourself incredibly satisfied by the end of this wickedly good book.

by Paul Villarreal, EA

t’s difficult to imagine that Khaled Hosseini could follow up with a book as good if not better than the Kite Runner, but he has. A Thousand Splendid Suns is the tale of two women in Afghanistan during the last turbulent 40 years in Afghanistan’s war-torn history.

For anyone who ever wondered why the Wicked Witch from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz was wicked, this book tells it all. From the imagination of author Gregory Maguire comes a great tale of the life and times of the Wicked Witch - who has a name, Elphaba.

Maguire takes us to where it all began during Elphaba’s infancy. Yes, she was born green and 506 pages yes, her parents resented her for looking like a little “goblin.” Fiction Elphaba is a truly terrifying infant - shark-like teeth and unusually intelligent for a child. She nonetheless becomes the tale's most complex and humane character. But none of these qualities enable a single one of her brave, ethical actions to succeed. A series of events leads Elphaba to her downfall. How is it that Dorothy, the girl who flew in by tornado from Kansas, who committed manslaughter as she landed in Oz, skips down the Yellow Brick Road safe from danger while Elphaba strives only to receive negative results? Why is one protected while the other is doomed?

by Anne-Marie Huff, EA

384 pages Fiction

The book follows the character of Miriam and Laila. Miriam is born the illegitimate daughter of a rich man and his servant. Laila is the daughter of a schoolteacher father and a homemaker mother and is 20 years younger than Miriam. Both women’s lives become intertwined when Miriam is forced to marry Rasheed, an abusive, radical Islamic shoemaker. Later in the novel Laila marries Rasheed.

Throughout the book, the women are beaten at the hands of Rasheed, suffer constant indignities of being a woman under the Taliban’s strict religious rules and yet find the beauty in friendship. In order not to spoil the book, I will not mention all the sad, tragic and heart-warming moments. We have heard about the hardships and abuse women often have to endure in other parts of the world; this book brings it to life for Western readers. At the end of the book, readers will appreciate the liberties often taken for granted in America. This often heart-breaking and heartwarming novel is an eye opening and simply an amazing literary adventure through the times of war-torn Afghanistan.


for your entertainment only

by Paul Villarreal, EA





With Spring Break over, it’s time to continue with the daily grind. Remember: School doesn’t have to be a bore; there are many clubs on campus to keep you busy.

Enjoy the day. Do what you have to do during the day, like assignments, but after that enjoy your day.

Charisma draws people to you and allows people listen to what you have to say.

march 21 - april 19

Try this! The Business Professionals of America club has many things you can get involved with in your spare time. Think of your schedule first to make sure you have time.

july 24 - august 22

Try this! Go to the beach and just walk on the sand or take a tour of Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge to get reacquainted with nature.

Try this! Use your charismatic charm when SGA holds another karaoke event during lunch in the Cafeteria. Let everyone hear what tunes you like.



Don’t forget about the commitments you made before Spring Break and remember the semester ends April 25. So, try to get everything done for class. Time keeps creeping up on you and before you know it, it’s gone.

That problem you’re going through is something that will be resolved quickly. I’m sure you’ll pull out of it OK and at most have a new story to tell on how you overcame it.

Work is your calling, you love it! Chances are Spring Break wasn’t much of a break for you. My advice: Take a break.

Try this! Manage your time well with what’s left of the semester. Get a daily planner if you have to, just to make sure things get done.

march 21 - april 19

Try this! Walk with your head held high and have confidence in yourself when something goes wrong.

december 22 - january 19

Try this! As soon as class lets out on a Friday, take off to somewhere beautiful for the weekend to forget about your worries and work.




Sometimes your feelings get the best of you and the twin sign gets bored easily.

Boldly going where no one has gone before is a brave decision - but be careful. Rather than just jumping into things, plan it out first. Plan where you want to go and what you want to do.

The good times keep rolling along and you’re along for the ride. Smiles accompany you to where you go and everything is good. Don’t let negative thoughts get the best of you and keep smiling.

may 21 - june 20

Try this! So to keep your mind from getting bored, check out the Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) program in the Health Science Technology Building “U.” The program has just the right kind of excitement to keep you from getting bored.

september 23 - october 22

Try this! See an academic advisor to help you along your educational path so you don’t just jump into your future headfirst.

january 20 - february 18

Try this! To keep that smile shining bright, see a Dental Hygiene (DEH) student to make an appointment for a teeth cleaning.




Home is someplace you love. But remember, a world exists outside.

You often let things get to you when working with a team. Budding egos are often at fault. Do your best to get along with everyone else despite varying opinions.

Take a step back and think about what you have due soon. Make sure all your assignments are done, but if you need help just ask.

june 21 - july 23

Try this! So rather than enroll in online classes, check out the Summer/Fall 2008 course schedules located in buildings throughout the campus. Try taking all our courses in a classroom instead of in your bedroom. Registration began March 24.

october 23 - november 21

Try this! This month, take part in the TSTC “cool room” to let off some steam. The cool room is located in the back of the cafeteria in the Student Center.

The priority deadline for financial aid applications for fall semester 2008 is April 30.

november 22 - december 21


april 20 - may 20

need money?

february 19 - march 20

Try this! Tutoring schedules are available with Belle Martinez. Call Belle at 364.4108 for more information about tutoring.

The final scholarship deadline for new and returning students is June 16. Financial aid applications are welcome after the priority deadlines. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 800.852.8784, ext. 4330, or 956.364.4330 and details are online at

tstc headlines College Goal Sunday

About 30 prospective students interested in financial aid applications attended College Goal Sunday in the Learning Resource Center at TSTC.

Region One Adult Education Tuition-free Adult Basic Education classes are under way at Texas State Technical College Harlingen thanks to the Region One Education Service Center.

G Force at Tech Days

Tech Day matched new G Force members and college volunteers from TSTC with an estimated 600 students from nine high schools visiting the campus.

Tech Day

Seniors from nine high schools took an up-close look at more than 30 programs leading to careers at Texas State Technical College Harlingen during Tech Day.

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