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Dr. Richard Tapia addressed the audience of the 37th Annual Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Conference at the Tremont Hotel in Galveston in February 2012.

Dr. Richard Tapia is a big name in mathematics research and was recently (October 2011) awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for a scientist. Dr. Tapia is a current professor at Rice University, Houston, TX. Dr. Tapia told the audience, “math has never let me down.” Throughout his professional career he has influenced and helped students of diverse backgrounds, especially Hispanics, African-Americans and women. He strongly believes that the only way to change the future is through students. He jokingly added that when he was young, he thought he could change the world; and now realizes that the way he can change the world is by producing students and the students he produces can provide the changes the world needs. A large applause from the numerous students attending the conference ensued. For many students, Dr. Tapia’s story resonates. His mother arrived in Los Angeles from Mexico at age 11, accompanied by a younger sister. His father had come at the age of 8. “They really believed in the American dream, that through hard work, good things can happen,” Tapia says. He was always good at math but said he received little encouragement from teachers until he enrolled in community college, where faculty members urged him to aim higher. He ultimately earned three degrees, including a doctorate in mathematics, from the University of California-Los Angeles. Dr. Tapia has been named one of 20 most influential leaders in minority math education by the National Research Council; listed as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Hispanic Business magazine (2008); and given the “Professor of the Year” award by the Association of Hispanic School Administrators, Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas. In 2009, Tapia received the Hispanic Heritage Award for Math and Science.

Linda Contreras-Bullock TACHE President 2012

Dear TACHISTAS, Conéctate! A simple, but powerful expression that will be heard throughout the coming year. With the state of Chicano/Latin@ civil rights presently in Texas and throughout the nation, it is our time to come together to unite and raise our voices. We just celebrated the 37th Annual TACHE Conference in Galveston, Texas. The theme “Too Big to Fail: Promoting Social Connections for Latin@ Success – Conéctate” served as the catalyst for a variety of discussions that brought us together with one common objective – unity. It was an opportunity for us to engage in dialogue, share ideas and knowledge, network with colleagues and emerge with a strong resolve to move our community forward. Several speakers, including Dr. Richard Tapia, Rice University, Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner, THECB, Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez, University of Texas-

Arlington, Luis Figueroa, MALDEF, Dr. Carolina Castillo Crimm, Retired Professor, Sam Houston State University, Dr. Jude Valdez, University of Texas-San Antonio and Terri Daniels, THECB, addressed the current climate and issues in higher education. A Presidents Panel led by Dr. William Flores, University of HoustonDowntown, Dr. Judith Garcia, University of Texas-Brownsville and Dr. Juan Maldonado, Laredo Community College discussed ways to develop our future Latino leaders in higher education. The TACHE Board is committed to continue to build a strong organization that will serve the needs of our community in higher education. Several initiatives are planned to transition into the next year. Communication is an essential tool that will be used to build our strengths. Outreach to current and potential members, current and new chapters, and to students and new professionals is vital.

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At this year’s conference, special attention was focused on a student development component. Students demonstrated strong leadership in a variety of settings. From those experiences, a renewed energy emerged for us to continue the mentoring and support of our students and new professionals. This particular venue for communication will change during the year. As initiatives take place, data becomes available, issues arise, challenges are addressed and successes, achievements and accomplishments are made, this letter will be updated so that you have the latest information regarding TACHISTAS throughout the state. I invite you to check our website for the latest information at Abrazos, Linda Contreras Bullock TACHE President, 2012

“Laredo TACHE Brings Community Together to Run for Scholarships� By Marissa Guerrero-Longoria, LCC TACHE Secretary nesses also stepped up to sponsor this event including Ed's Trophies, Dr. Dagoberto Gonzalez, Casa Juarez, T&H Telephone Services, HEB, Ciclo Mania, Pena's Insurance, and of course, LCC.

On Saturday, March 31, the Laredo Community College TACHE chapter hosted the first annual 5K run to raise funds for scholarships and organizational support at the LCC Paso de Indio Nature Trail. Over 100 professional and amateur runners raced for medals and trophies in various divisions while enjoying scenic views of the Rio Grande River and an abundance of blooming trees and plants. This event was directed by TACHE PR representative and active runner, Leticia Spillane, as well as the officers and members. The Laredo Community College family also showed their support by volunteering man hours for water stations, timekeeping, registration, and other duties. Several local busi-

Jerry Sifuentes, a runner at the event, commented on the exhilaration of the trail stating, "Most of the running that I do is on sidewalks, paved roads, or on track fields; however, the TACHE run was quite a different experience in that it consisted of a few zigzags on a dirt road with plenty of down/ uphill culverts... [and] the final leg of the run had a steep killer uphill. This run gave me the opportunity to socialize with other runners, and after sharing some running experiences, I was invited to join them in another 5K run in a couple of weeks. As you age, it's hard to say no." This was the first event of this kind for the Laredo TACHE chapter, and it proved to be a great success. Both members of the community and the TACHE chapter look forward to holding this run again next year. "Overall, I enjoyed the ambiance, the after-run nutri-

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tional goodies, and the camaraderie," stated Sifuentes, "and God willing I will be back for TACHE's roller coaster run next year."

Laredo TACHE officers: Race Director/PR RepresentativeLeticia Spillane President- Mary Sue Galindo Vice-President- Rene Montemayor Secretary- Marissa GuerreroLongoria Treasurer- Ramiro Rodriguez Technology/Historian-David Arreazola

MENCHACA & SALAZAR RECIEVE THE 2012 TACHE DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY AWARD Hector Menchaca, M.Ed. Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology Tarrant County College District, Trinity River Campus Mr. Menchaca is tenured faculty member of Tarrant County College District for the last thirty years. He has served as counselor, faculty member, department chair, and assistant testing administrator as well as mentor and pedagogical advisor. Mr. Menchaca has been an active member of Texas Community College Teachers Association for many years and advisor to other organizations in the community including LULAC, Johnson County Migrant Initiative, and Crossroads Church. He has been faculty sponsor of MECHA, Mexican American Student Association, Hispanic Employees Association, and has been actively involved in recruiting students for the college and professional employees for employment. He is

actively involved in the University of North Texas Hispanic student recruitment emphasis and recruits for all universities in the area through his teaching and volunteering. He is a volunteer for North Side Interchurch Agency of Fort Worth where he encourages his students to help the organization by disseminating food, cleaning up the “barrio”, and other areas that need assistance. He has been on several commercials for the college and has spoken on numerous television and radio stations about the importance of higher education for Hispanic, African American, and Caucasian students. He has been nominated for the Mini Piper Teaching award, The Tarrant County College Chancellor’s Teaching Award, and numerous other teaching acco-

Hector Menchaca, M.Ed. lades. He has also served as Chair of the Hispanic Employees Leadership Council for Tarrant County College and is a major college recruiter for inner city high schools students to attend higher education including Tarrant County College.

Dr. James Salazar Associate Professor of Biology Coordinator-Biology Program Galveston College

Dr. James Salazar Dr. Salazar’s main field of teaching is general biology and biotechnology courses. His research expertise is in environmental biology and molecular toxicology using invitro (cultured cells, bacteria) and

invivo (knockout mice) systems and molecular biology approaches. Dr. Salazar earned a degree of Doctor of Science (1997) from the Graduate School of Biomedical Science, field of molecular biology, at the University of Antioquia (UA) in Colombia. This was the first Doctoral degree granted by UA on a cooperative international exchange program in conjunction with The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, TX. His students have expressed their admiration for his ability to teach and willingness to work with them outside of the classroom. He was recognized by the students as Faculty of the Year last year and has earned the respect of the faculty and administration on campus. He works with the faculty TACHE Noticiario


to bring various presenters in the STEM fields to campus so that the students are more aware of their opportunities. He works in collaboration with UTMB and Texas A&M Galveston as well as the Galveston Independent School District to ensure that the science fair is hosted and organized in a manner that is conducive to the student’s needs. Dr. Salazar has been working in the field of higher education for 12 years and has remained involved with faculty organizations, college committees, and community organizations. Dr. Salazar serves as mentor to interns, many of which are Hispanic students and is committed to the learning of the community college students.

Tejano Monument Unveiled on Capitol Grounds Early History - Dr. Cayetano Barrera during the summer of 2000 first made his realization (and conceived the project) after attending a medical seminar in Austin and driving through the Capitol grounds. He soon thereafter picked up the phone and called Richard Sanchez, a nephew and then Chief of Staff for State Representative Ismael “Kino” Flores and asked if he knew of any statues or monuments on the grounds that resembled “us.” Sanchez replied no, confirmed their suspicions over the next couple of days and did the research to begin drafting the original legislation. Over the subsequent weeks, Dr. Barrera began collaborations with Homero Vera, a colleague associated with the Hispanic Genealogy Society, and Dr. Andres Tijerina, a professor of History at Austin Community College and author of Tejano Empire. The three agreed, along with Sanchez, that an effort should begin to design and place a Tejano Monument on the Texas Capitol grounds. Dr. Barrera and Sanchez met with Rep. Flores in August 2000 to discuss the possibility of proposing legislation required to gain authority for the monument. Rep. Flores loved the idea and an expedited effort began. William and Estella Zermeño and Benny Martinez were contacted and formed the organizing committee. The group held its first meeting at the historic Agricultural Museum inside the Capitol building which Mr. Sanchez chaired. During the meeting, Dr. Barrera was named chair and work on the project began.

Monument. Rep. Flores and Rep. Ryan Guillen led the effort to secure the appropriation in the House of Representatives and Senator Judith Zaffirini led the effort in the Senate. Tejano Monument, Inc. and its supporters raised more than $1 million privately for the monument.

Legislative Facts – In 2001 (77th Texas Legislature), State Representative Ismael “Kino” Flores authored and passed a House Resolution (HCR-38) to establish a monument commemorating the early Spanish and Mexican pioneers of Texas…the Tejano Monument. The measure was sponsored in the Senate by Mario Gallegos and signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 15, 2001. The 79th Texas Legislature in 2005 approved an appropriations rider that was for completion of the Tejano Monument. The efforts of Rep. Ismael Flores, Rep. Vilma Luna and Speaker Tom Craddick’s office led to the appropriation. The appropriation was contingent upon passage of legislation allowing for the use of public funds for the monument (HCR 12 passed in 2006 satisfied this contingency) and successful application for Department of Transportation grant funds. Despite a torrent effort by Tejano Monument board members, these funds were never realized. The 79th Legislature during its 3rd Called Session in 2006 approved HCR 12 by Rep. Flores allowing for the use of public funds for the monument. The resolution was signed by the Governor on May 15, 2006. The 80th Legislature in 2007 approved $1.087 million for completion of the Tejano

Mr. Renato Ramirez, IBC Zapata Bank President, joined the group in 2001, and formed an incorporated entity. Dr. Barrera, Dr. Tijerina, Mr. Vera, Mr. Ramirez, and Mr. Sanchez made up the Executive Board of the Tejano Monument, Inc.

The 81st Legislature in 2009 passed HB 4114 by Trey MartinezFischer authorizing the placement of the Tejano Monument on the Historic Capitol Grounds. The monument would be placed on the south, or front of the Capitol building. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini and was signed by Governor Perry on May 29, 2009. Also during the 81st Legislature, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Sen. Zaffirini, and Representative Richard Raymond were able to pass a critical measure in the appropriations bill which extended the original state funding into subsequent years. Final Approval – Legislative authorization and complete funding of the Tejano Monument culminated on January 5, 2010 at a meeting of the State Preservation Board in Austin. Governor Rick Perry, Chairman of the State Preservation Board, led the meeting to approve the final design and location of the Tejano Monument. The action marked the final critical administrative step before bronzing of the statues and construction could begin on the Historic Capitol Grounds in Austin. Source:

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When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity by Paul Taylor, Mark Hugo Lopez, Jessica Hamar Martínez and Gabriel Velasco Nearly four decades after the United States government mandated the use of the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to categorize Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, a new nationwide survey of Hispanic adults finds that these terms still haven’t been fully embraced by Hispanics themselves. A majority (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin; just 24% say they prefer a pan-ethnic label. Moreover, by a ratio of more than two-to-one (69% versus 29%), survey respondents say that the more than 50 million Latinos in the U.S. have many different cultures rather than a common culture. Respondents do, however, express a strong, shared connection to the Spanish language. More than eight-in-ten (82%) Latino adults say they speak Spanish, and nearly all (95%) say it is important for future generations to continue to do so. Hispanics are also divided over how much of a common identity they share with other Americans. About half (47%) say they consider themselves to be very different from the typical American. And just one-in-five (21%) say they use the term “American” most often to describe their identity. On these two measures, U.S.-born Hispanics (who now make up 48% of Hispanic adults in the country) express a stronger sense of affinity with other Americans and America than do immigrant Hispanics. The survey finds that, regardless of where they were born, large

majorities of Latinos say that life in the U.S. is better than in their family’s country of origin. Also, nearly ninein-ten (87%) say it is important for immigrant Hispanics to learn English in order to succeed in the U.S. This report explores Latinos’ attitudes about their identity; their language usage patterns; their core values; and their views about the U.S. and their families’ country of origin. It is based on findings from a national bilingual survey of 1,220 Hispanic adults conducted Nov. 9 through Dec. 7, 2011, by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. For a full description of the survey methodology, see Appendix A. (In this report, as in all Center reports, the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” are used interchangeably). Among the report’s key findings: Hispanics and Identity •When it comes to describing their identity, most Hispanics prefer their family’s country of origin over panethnic terms. Half (51%) say that most often they use their family’s country of origin to describe their identity. That includes such terms as “Mexican” or “Cuban” or “Dominican,” for example. Just one-quarter (24%) say they use the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to most often to describe their identity. And 21% say they use the term “American” most often. •“Hispanic” or “Latino”? Most don’t care—but among those who do, “Hispanic” is preferred. Half (51%) say they have no preference for either term. When a preference is expressed, “Hispanic” is preferred over “Latino” by more than a two-to-one margin—33% versus 14%. •Most Hispanics do not see a shared common culture among U.S. Hispanics. Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) say Hispanics in the U.S. have many TACHE Noticiario


different cultures, while 29% say Hispanics in the U.S. share a common culture. •Most Hispanics don’t see them-

selves fitting into the standard racial categories used by the U.S. Census Bureau. When it comes to race, according to the Pew Hispanic survey, half (51%) of Latinos identify their race as “some other race” or volunteer “Hispanic/Latino.” Meanwhile, 36% identify their race as white, and 3% say their race is black. •Latinos are split on whether they see themselves as a typical American. Nearly half (47%) say they are a typical American, while another 47% say they are very different from the typical American. Foreign-born Hispanics are less likely than native-born Hispanics to say they are a typical American—34% versus 66%. The American Experience •Hispanics say their group has been at least as successful as other minority groups in the U.S. Most Hispanics (55%) say their group is about as continued on page 7

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successful as other racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. More than one-in-five (22%) say they have been less successful, while 17% say they have been more successful. •The U.S. is seen as better than Latinos’ countries of origin in many ways—but not in all ways. Fully 87% of Latino adults say the opportunity to get ahead is better in the U.S. than in the country of their ancestors; some 72% say the U.S. is better for raising children than their home country; nearly seven-in-ten (69%) say the poor are treated better in the U.S.; and a plurality of 44% say moral values are better here than in their homelands. However, when it comes to the strength of family ties, a plurality (39%) say the home country of their ancestors is better, while 33% say the strength of family ties is better in the U.S. •Most Hispanic immigrants say they would migrate to the U.S. again. Some 79% of Hispanic immigrants say that if they had to do it all over again, they would come to the U.S. When asked why they came to this country, more than half (55%) of immigrant Hispanics say it was for economic reasons, while 24% say it was for family reasons. Reprinted with permission from Pew Hispanic Center. Full report available at http://

U.S. Secretary of Education Holds Town Hall Meeting at Austin Community College The Austin Community College District hosted U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Thursday, March 8, for a town hall meeting at Eastview Campus. The event was designed to connect students, educators, business leaders, and policy makers for a discussion on topics including: • Changing trends in higher education • Aligning education programs with in-demand skills • The importance of community colleges in training America’s workforce “It is an honor for the college to host the Secretary of Education, and we want to see a lot of students come out for the town hall,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “This is a unique opportunity for ACC students to have a voice in a national conversation.” The event began in the morning with roundtable discussions with students and a tour of workforce programs at Eastview Campus with Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier, the assistant secretary for vocational and adult education. Secretary Duncan arrived in the afternoon and lead the town hall discussion on the state of higher education, the growing demand

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

for skilled workers, and how community colleges can partner with business and industry to benefit the American economy. ACC students were invited to take part in the town hall meeting. The event was co-hosted by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and TechNet.

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Board Briefings...

Linda Contreras-Bullock University of Houston Clear Lake TACHE 2012 President

Linda is diligently working hard to keep TACHE on track as we prepare for the incoming legislative year. There is much work to be done--we will continue to work on upgrading the website, communication with the current membership as we look for ways to increase membership. Linda welcomed the incoming board at the first quarterly meeting in Austin. Committees have been assigned. Linda encourages anyone to share any thoughts by e-mailing her at

George Reyes Austin Community College TACHE President-Elect

George is already busy getting things rolling for the 2013 Conference. Mark your calendar! The 38th Annual TACHE Conference will be January 27-30, 2013 in Austin, Texas at the Doubletree Hotel. More information on the conference program and registration will be provided on the TACHE website in the coming months.

Carmelino Castillo, Jr Laredo Community College South Region Representative Laura Rosales Texas A&M Corpus Christi South Co-Representative

TACHE welcomes Laura as a Co-Representative for the South Region. She will assist Carmelino Castillo with the ever-growing South region. The South Region is very active and she looks forward to serve TACHE.

Carmelino represents the South region of Texas with chapters at Laredo Community College and Del Mar College. Both chapter are very active. He will be assisted by Laura Rosales. The South region is planning a regional meeting--stay tuned for more information.

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Arturo Martinez Tarrant County College VP of Technology

Arturo is continuing with improvements to the TACHE website and communication capabilities through an email database for the membership. Additional features are coming very soon to the website--buy your favorite TACHE accessories, register for the conference, view the Noticiario online, archive meeting documents and other important items. Stay tuned for these exciting technology upgrades.

Becky Gustamante Lonestar College VP of Membership

Becky is working diligently to update TACHE institutional and memberships database. Becky is working with the Publications Committee to update the TACHE membership brochure and with VP of Technology to ensure that renewal of memberships can transition into an electronic format with ease. Becky reminds us that membership in TACHE begins September 1 and ends August 31. Registration for the conference will be separate from any kind of membership, although you can also choose to become a member at the time of conference registration.

Board Briefings... Maria Aguirre-Acuna, Texas State Technical College VP of Communications

Maria AA (as she has become known to TACHE to distinguish her from Maria Guerrero) welcomes your articles for the NOTICIARIO. She will chair the Publications committee and will be developing marketing pieces for TACHE. New guidelines and application process are underway for the Distinguished University and Community College Faculty awards and Fellowship program.

Leticia Gonzalez Austin Community College Central Region Representative

Leticia Gonzalez is now the Central Region Representative. She is no stranger to the board, she served as the co-rep for this region and assisted George Reyes. Leticia stays busy with the TACHE chapters at Austin Community College and the San Antonio Chapters. Another chapter in Waco seems on the cusp of formalizing. This region will serve as the LAC for the 38th Annual conference in Austin.

Saul Zarco San Jacinto College Gulf Coast Region Representative

TACHE welcomes Saul as the Gulf Coast Region Representative. The gulf coast has renewed life after recovery from natural disasters in the recent past. Saul will be working with Luis Cano to increase and fully activate membership from the gulf coast region. If you live in this region and want to become part of TACHE, call or email him at (281) 998-6150 ext.1014

Maria Guerrero TACHE Executive Assistant

Maria is continuing her work as the Executive Assistant for TACHE. She supports the entire board, makes us wonder how we functioned without her before. Maria wants you to take note of the new TACHE address: (see back page of newsletter) You can contact Maria G at or at P.O. Box 398, Canyon, TX 79015, 806-651-5350. She is always ready to assist you or point you in the right direction.

Luis Franco Texas A&M Commerce Northeast Region Representative

Luis has two chapters within the northeast region; the Tarrant County Chapter (TCC) and the Northeast Chapter that keeps him busy. Luis will be working with George and Marissa to formalize a permanent student track for the annual TACHE Conference.

Lorenzo Cano University of Houston Gulf Coast Co-Representative

TACHE welcomes Lorenzo as the co-rep for the Gulf Coast. He will assist Saul Zarco and can be reached at (713) 743-3133 or

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TACHE San Antonio Chapter Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Fifteen Recipients

TACHE Northeast members volunteer for Educate Texas and TxCAN

Educate Texas and TxCAN (Texas College Access Network) held their inaugural TxCAN FAFSA/TASFA Super Saturday Workshop on March 24, 2012. The event was a huge success, reaching over 270 high school students and 250 parents from 20 different school districts. Families were provided access to bilingual one-on-one help in completing tax returns, submitting FAFSA or TASFA applications as well as guidance on scholarship applications. TACHE Northeast Representative Luis Franco and other area members were part of the team of 70 volunteers that facilitated the event at Moises E. Molina High School in Dallas, TX.

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2012-13 TACHE STATE BOARD MEETING DATES March 29-30, 2012 Austin June 22-23, 2012 Amarillo October 19-20, 2012 Laredo November 30December 1, 2012 Ft. Worth January 27-31, 2013 38th Annual Conference DoubleTree Hotel Austin

And the 2012 TACHE Graduate Fellowship Award goes to ... Fernando Fuentes, Jr., M.S. Texas A&M University Commerce Higher Education Currently enrolled in a higher education doctoral program. Fernando is a U.S. Army veteran and serves as a mentor to Hispanic/ Latino students in Freshman and Sophomore courses. He is presently working with the university to implement a program that will assist Latino men and women in leadership positions within the university and assist Latino graduate students in the graduate school process.

Cynthia Denise Alvarado Texas A&M University Kingsville Bilingual Education Currently enrolled in a bilingual education doctoral program. She states, “working in higher education is something that is very dear to me since I have worked with migrant students who are first generation college students.” Her future goals are to help begin programs similiar to those that have helped her. She believes in these programs so much that when she is given the opportunity she works and volunteers her time.

Cecilia Lopez University of Texas at Austin Higher Education Administration Currently enrolled in a Master of Education with a major in College and University Student Personnel Administration. She was fortunate to serve as a graduate intern for the Hispanic College Fund in Washington, D.C. which sparked her interest in student affairs and in particular working with first generation college students . Every summer she works members of Congress to raise awareness of college access issues of Hispanic students with immigration issues.

Manuel Gonzalez University of Texas at Austin Higher Education Administration Currently enrolled in a higher education administration doctoral program. Manny states, “The state of Latino education is in need of help and attention, and I feel it is my responsibility to instill the same sense of passion for education to these students that has been instilled in me.” He believes in “pay it forward” and intends to do the same with all the opportunities he has been afforded.

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Board Briefings...

TACHE 2012-13 Standing Committees

Finance Committee

Rosa Maria Gonzalez, Chair Marissa Guerrero-Longoria Laura Rosales, Luis Franco, Julie Arias

Nominations Committee

Dr. Yvette Castillo west Texas A&M University Plains Region Representative

Dr. Castillo is exploring TACHE chapter interest at Texas Tech University and Angelo State University. The Plains region will host the TACHE Board for the June 2012 meeting.

Luis Franco, Chair Mauricio Rodriguez, Yvette Castillo, Carmelino Castillo, Leticia Gonzalez, Marissa Guerrero-Longoria, Maria Aguirre-Acuna, George Reyes, Saul Zarco

Rosa Maria Gonzalez San Antonio Collegge TACHE Treasurer

TACHE welcomes Rosa Maria as the new Treasurer. Rosa Maria is already busy reconciling and working with our current CPA to ensure TACHE is compliant in all fiscal matters. She welcomes any question you have and is looking forward to serve on the board.

Membership Committee

Becky Gustamante, Chair Mauricio Rodriguez, Yvette Castillo, Carmelino Castillo, Leticia Gonzalez, Saul Zarco, Luis Franco

Constitution Committee

Marissa Longoria, Chair Laura Rosales, Lorenzo Cano 3 additional members

Publications Committee

Maria Aguirre-Acuna, Chair Saul Zarco, Arturo Martinez, Becky Gustamante

Development Committee

Mauricio Rodriguez El Paso Community College Far West Region Representative

TACHE welcomes Mauricio Rodriguez as the Far West Region Representative. El Paso is home to a student chapter and a professional chapter of TACHE. Mauricio invites you to find the Far West Chapter on Facebook under TACHE Far West.

Marissa Guerrero-Longoria Laredo Community College TACHE Secretary

Marissa is entering her second year on the board as secretary. Her teaching efforts have recently gained her tenure at Laredo Community College. Marissa keeps all our meetings minutes and records for the TACHE archives.

Julie Arias, West Texas A&M Immediate Past President Julie was appointed to fill the position of Immediate Past President. She is very active on the board serving on the Development, Legislative and Website committees. TACHE Noticiario


Julie Arias, Chair George Reyes, Saul Zarco (appointed), Linda Contreras-Bullock

Legislative Committee

Linda Contreras-Bullock, Chair George Reyes, Rosa Maria Gonzalez, Jude Valdez, Julie Arias, Manny Gonzalez and Fernando Fuentes

Website Committee

Arturo Martinez, Chair Maria Aguirre-Acuna, George Reyes, Becky Gustamante, Julie Arias

“CONÉCTATE” Too Big to Fail: Promoting Social Connections for Latin@ Success

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Editor’s Corner Deadline Information

Spring Issue - Content due by March 1 Fall Issue - Content due by August 1

Publication Dates

Maria C. Aguirre-AcuĂąa, VP of Communications

Spring Issue - April Fall Issue - September

Welcome to the Spring Edition of the Noticiario. I invite you to send me your ideas, suggestions or any items you would like considered for publication in our newsletter. I would ask that you submit your items in the following electronic format: Single space 12 point font Microsoft Word document format Maximum of 2500 words Longer articles may be subject to edit with consultation of the author. Pictures should be submitted in JPEG format, high resolution You may e-mail articles or information to or I can be reached at 325.235.7349 for any questions.


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