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From The Valley to The Hill – UTRGV graduates Matthew Rodríguez from Pharr and Anthony Hernández from Edinburg benefit from Archer Center Fellowships at nation’s capitol

From The Valley to The Hill – UTRGV graduates Matthew Rodríguez from Pharr and Anthony Hernández from Edinburg benefit from Archer Center Fellowships at nation’s capitol - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley seniors – Matthew Rodríguez from Pharr and Anthony Hernández from Edinburg – spent their final undergraduate semester during 2024 in Washington, D.C., as part of the Archer Fellowship Program, interning for Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, D-Brooklyn, New York. Jeffries has served as House Minority Leader and Leader of the House Democratic Caucus since 2023. The Archer Center provides students in the University of Texas System opportunities to develop their skills in local, state, federal and international public service, through internships and experiential learning.

Photograph Courtesy THE ARCHER CENTER

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ECMO Program, the world’s most advanced life support system for critically-ill patients with cardiac or respiratory failure, is another successful part of DHR Health’s “vision to create a world-class health system” for deep South Texas region

ECMO Program, the world’s most advanced life support system for critically-ill patients with cardiac or respiratory failure, is another successful part of DHR Health’s “vision to create a world-class health system” for deep South Texas region - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Dr. Carlos Cárdenas, President, Board of Managers, DHR Health; Dr. Phillip Mason, Medical Director for Cardiothoracic and Transplant ICU, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and Dr. Andrew Phillips, Medical Director, ECMO Program, and Associate Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit, DHR Health. On Wednesday, March 7, 2024, Cárdenas, Mason and Phillips were joined by other medical professionals and community leaders at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance to mark the one-year anniversary of its EMCO Program, which is featured at DHR Health. The ECMO Program is the most advanced life support system in the world for critically-ill patients with cardiac or respiratory failure.

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Sen. Hinojosa helps Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi break ground on new $81 million, 85,000-square-foot Arts and Media Building set to open in 2026

Sen. Hinojosa helps Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi break ground on new $81 million, 85,000-square-foot Arts and Media Building set to open in 2026 - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Dr. Kelly M. Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen; and John Sharp, Chancellor, Texas A&M University System. On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Miller, Hinojosa, and Sharp were major speakers at the university campus to break ground for the university’s new $81 million, 85,000-square-foot Arts and Media Building. The three state leaders are displaying the “Shaka” hand signal, which is the universal university greeting. It can be used as a greeting or goodbye, a sign of approval or praise, as well as a symbol of school spirit.

Photograph Courtesy TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI

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Dr. Fred Farias III of McAllen, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, awarded UTRGV President Medal of Honor during the Spring 2024 Commencement

Dr. Fred Farias III of McAllen, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, awarded UTRGV President Medal of Honor during the Spring 2024 Commencement - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Dr. Fred Farías III of McAllen, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, speaks during the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Spring 2024 Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2024 in Edinburg. On that day, UTRGV President Guy Bailey presented Farías with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Medal of Honor – the university’s highest tribute – bestowed upon those whose extraordinary contributions and exemplary dedication have profoundly impacted the university.

Photograph By PAUL CHOUY

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$135.5 million Student Housing and Dining project, $9 million renovations of college football stadium, and optometry program in Edinburg among major projects to be considered by UT System Board of Regents on May 8 and May 9, 2024, reports Dr. Luis “Louie” G. Alamia, PT, DPT

$135.5 million Student Housing and Dining project, $9 million renovations of college football stadium, and optometry program in Edinburg among major projects to be considered by UT System Board of Regents on May 8 and May 9, 2024, reports Dr. Luis “Louie” G. Alamia, PT, DPT - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Letty Flores, Member, Board of Trustees, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District; Dr. Luis “Louie” G. Alamia, PT, DPT, Secretary, Board of Trustees, ECISD; and Carmen González, President, Board of Trustees, ECISD. Alamia has announced that Edinburg could see more advancements in construction, sports and medicine when the UT System Board of Regents meets in Austin on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9, 2024, to consider approving for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg a $135.5 million Student Housing and Dining project, $9 million in field renovations of the recently-acquired Robert and Janet Vackar Stadium, and plans to seek state approval for an optometry program, reports Dr. Luis “Louie” G. Alamia, PT, DPT. This image was taken at the Edinburg CISD Scholarship Golf Tournament held in late April 2024. 

Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

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Cancer prevention, health insurance, and nursing-related postsecondary education and scholarships to be reviewed Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the Texas Capitol by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, reports DHR Health

FEATURED: Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, is featured on the floor of the Texas Senate in 2023. Her committee has been assigned by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to study major topics relating to the following major health-related issues: Children’s Mental Health; Access to Health Care; Health Insurance; Cancer Prevention; COVID Vaccine Mandates; Five-Year Plan for Family Support Services; Nursing Education, Scholarships; Mental and Behavioral Health Programs; Background Checks on Certain State Employees; Medicaid Fraud; and Medicaid Managed Care. The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will submit a report with its specific findings and policy recommendations to Patrick before December 1, 2024, according to DHR Health.

FEATURED: Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, Chair, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, is featured on the floor of the Texas Senate in 2023. Her committee has been assigned by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to study major topics relating to the following major health-related issues: Children’s Mental Health; Access to Health Care; Health Insurance; Cancer Prevention; COVID Vaccine Mandates; Five-Year Plan for Family Support Services; Nursing Education, Scholarships; Mental and Behavioral Health Programs; Background Checks on Certain State Employees; Medicaid Fraud; and Medicaid Managed Care. The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will submit a report with its specific findings and policy recommendations to Patrick before December 1, 2024, according to DHR Health.

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Border security, stopping use of deepfakes technology and artificial intelligence by child predators, further cutting property taxes, and broadband infrastructure among legislative issues to be examined by Sen. Hinojosa and other state senators in the coming weeks and months

Improving border security, stopping child predators from using deepfakes technology and artificial intelligence to harm or exploit minors, further cutting property taxes, and improving broadband infrastructure in Texas are among the major legislative issues to be examined by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen and other senators during the coming months.

FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission; Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen; and Julián Álvarez, Executive Vice President-Director of Community Relations, Lone Star National Bank, on Monday, February 19, 2024, at an event in the Jackson Medical Plaza in McAllen. Improving border security, stopping child predators from using deepfake and artificial intelligence to harm or exploit minors, further cutting property taxes, and improving broadband infrastructure in Texas are among the major state legislative issues to be examined by Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and other state senators during the coming weeks and months.

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Edinburg City Attorney Omar Ochoa, champion of open government, to leave position in order to focus more on his successful private legal practice

Edinburg City Attorney Omar Ochoa, champion of open government, to leave position in order to focus more on his successful private legal practice - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Omar Ochoa, who has served as the Edinburg City Attorney for more than five years, will be leaving his position in the near future to dedicate his professional time as founding attorney of the Omar Ochoa Law Firm in McAllen. Reflecting on the longtime city attorney’s tenure, Mayor Ramiro Garza Jr. on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, expressed gratitude to Ochoa for his exemplary service to the city. “Omar’s leadership and legal expertise have been invaluable assets to the City of Edinburg. We are grateful for his unwavering dedication and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. The council will now explore the possibility of transitioning to an in-house full-time attorney, and this matter will be deliberated at our next city council meeting.”

Photograph By JOHANA ZARATE

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Futuro RGV, McAllen officials to bring leaders of government and nonprofit organizations to meet and serve residents of Commissioner Castillo’s District 4 on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in first-ever “Government for a Day” gathering at Palmview Community Center

Futuro RGV, McAllen officials to bring leaders of government and nonprofit organizations to meet and serve residents of Commissioner Castillo’s District 4 on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in first-ever “Government for a Day” gathering at Palmview Community Center

FEATURED: “Government For A Day”, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Palmview Community Center, located at 3401 Jordan Avenue in McAllen, on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We created ‘Government for a Day’ to inform our community who they have to call for any situation or problem they may face, such as how to get passports, water and garbage services, public safety, serving on city boards, career opportunities, and so on,” said District 4 McAllen City Commissioner Rodolfo “Rudy” Castillo. “All these departments and more, people can call and get information. That’s one of the main things we will be doing – letting the people know.”

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DHR Health, Texas hospitals praised for “keeping the lights on during a total time of darkness” during COVID-19 pandemic disaster in America

DHR Health, Texas hospitals praised for “keeping the lights on during a total time of darkness” during COVID-19 pandemic disaster in America - Archer Center - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: John Hawkins,  CEO, Texas Hospital Association, was the keynote speaker  on Monday, March 4, 2024, during the inaugural COVID-19 Heroes and Memorial Day state observance, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. “This day is critical because it establishes a clear moment in time to honor and recognize the contributions and sacrifices of Texans who played crucial roles during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he explained. “March 4 also marks a time for us to memorialize the nearly 100,000 people in Texas who have lost their lives to COVID-19 since March 4, 2020 – the date the disease was first diagnosed in Texas. A day we will never forget.” Also shown in this image is, seated, Sen. Morgan LaMantia, D-South Padre Island.

Photograph By CAMERON AUSTIN

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