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America Baez '00 works as a talent acquisition professional with Comcast Cable Communications. She leads the diversity sourcing America Baezinitiative in the Greater Chicago Region and is responsible for diversity sourcing and recruiting. She also manages the relationships with partner organizations to support the diversity program.

 

America worked as a management consultant with Innovative Systems Group, a Business and Information Technology Consulting Firm servicing Fortune 500 companies for over three years. In her three and a half years of service, she performed project management activities in the Program Management Office (PMO), in charge of implementing the government regulations at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC). HCSC includes the Blue Cross Blue Shield companies of Illinois, Texas and New Mexico.

America also has experience in developing quality assurance projects, implementing ISO-9000 quality standards and assuring compliance with NAFTA regulations in the technology, publishing and logistics industries. Her international experience includes but is not limited to, working for the Mexican government in performing cost benefit analysis scenarios for an interstate transportation project. In addition, she worked in educational research and development projects.

America has volunteered with organizations such as the Center for Economic Progress on the Tax Counseling Project. She has served on the Boards of the North American Student Forum and Electronic Commerce Association. She was President of the International Business Association at TAMIU from which she was nominated as Leader of the Year for the 1999-2000 school year. She continues her active involvement in professional organizations; primarily the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s in which she has held several positions including Director of Special Events, director of professional development, and executive vice president. She currently serves as Chicago Chapter President. America is also a member of the Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration Dean’s Executive Advisory Council at Roosevelt University.

Ms. Baez holds a B.A. in Information Systems from Tamaulipas State University in Mexico and an MBA in International Trade from TAMIU.

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Hamman Foundation Commits $88,000 to Establish

Scholarship for TAMIU graduate

Monica Guzman '06 was recently awarded the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Scholarship, one of University of Texas Medical Branch’s largest non-endowed scholarships. The award will cover her tuition, fees, textbooks, and room and board for the entire four years of her medical education. “It was something I didn’t expect,” Guzman said about receiving the scholarship. “I’m really grateful for it.”Monica Guzman

The Laredo native graduated from Texas A&M International University in May, earning her bachelor’s degree in biology. Guzman received numerous accolades at the university, such as graduating summa cum laude and earning a graduate fellowship from Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society. She also completed the TAMIU honors curriculum, graduating as a D.D. Hachar Honors Program Scholar, and was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic Athletic Scholar. Guzman is the first member of her family to attend medical school.

Guzman, who took courses this summer at UTMB to help prepare for the fall term, plans on to return to Laredo or elsewhere in the state’s Rio Grande Valley to practice medicine. She said receiving the Hamman Scholarship will make it much easier for her to help medically underserved communities upon graduation because she won’t have to worry about paying off large student loans. “It’s a huge relief for me to receive this scholarship,” said Guzman, who is considering surgery or obstetrics and gynecology as her medical specialty, “It will help me focus on my studies more and do some volunteer work. I’ll be able to start helping in medically underserved areas earlier.”

Engagements, Weddings, Baby Announcements and Anniversaries

Kristina K. Villarreal and Ivan Hernandez

 

Kristina K. Villarreal '07 and Ivan Hernandez

were married July 22, 2006.

Rosslynn R. Hines and Michael E. Gonzalez

 

Rosslynn R. Hines and Michael E. Gonzalez '04 have plans to get married on February 10, 2007 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Dawn Marie Van den Bosch and Luis Alonzo Vela

Dawn Marie VandenBosch and Luis Alonzo Vela '96 announced their engagement.  The couple plans to exchange their vows on November 4, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Church in San Antonio.

Jesus and Sylvia V. Holguin

 

Jesus and Sylvia V. Holguin '75 recently celebrated their 40th wedding Anniversary.

Have You Seen?

Jorge O. De la GarzaJorge O. De La Garza '06 Texas A&M International University graduate and ROTC Cadet stands at attention as his parents, George and Janie De La Garza, pin on his second lieutenant bars during an on-campus ceremony Monday  morning. He will join the U.S.Army Reserve.  TAMIU’s Army ROTC program has graduated seven second lieutenants to date.

 

Armando SalazarArmando Salazar '99 is the new principal at UISD’s Los Obispos Middle School.  Salazar began his teaching career with UISD in fall 1993 as a mathematics teacher and served in that capacity until spring 2000. More recently, between fall 2000 and spring 2006, Salazar was serving as an assistant principal at John B. Alexander High School. Armando is married to Belinda E. Salazar, a senior staff accountant at Laredo Independent School District. They have one daughter, Alyssa Marie, and they are expecting the arrival of their son, Armando, Jr., in late October or early November.

Sandra Alvarez del Castillo

Sandra Alvarez del Castillo '76 has the new position of executive director of Campus Intervention. Alvarez, formerly the Principal at UISD’s J. B. Alexander High School,was named to her new position at the July regular Board of Trustees meeting held at the Student Activity Complex.

Christine Uribe Flores

Christine Uribe Flores '90 is the new director of guidance and counseling for UISD. Flores, previously a counselor at L. B. Johnson High School from 2001-2006, brings many years of experience in the field of counseling, teaching and business. Christine is married to Fred A. Flores '79; they have two daughters, Andrea and Evita.

Julio L. Delgado '86 along with his father Jaime A. Delgado celebrated the 10th Julio L. Delgadoanniversary of their business, Delgado Insurance.  After working in the medical field for 17 years, Julio Delgado wanted to do something different with his life, and he decided selling insurance would be a good way to still work with people, but on a different level. After all, he had a good role model to follow — his father, Jaime A. Delgado, who sold life and health insurance to support his family.

South Beach Restaurant in the Reinhart Plaza on Jacaman Road, has added a new Adrian Ramirezitem to the menu, a martini bar, and after more than nine months of planning and renovating, the business had a grand opening Thursday, August 24th.

 

According to Daniel Bahena, “The original idea was to have a restaurant and bar section. Since I didn’t have any capital at first, I just started with the restaurant.”  At Reinhart Plaza he met young entrepreneur Adrian Ramirez '03 of Exclusive Realty, and they sat down and talked about Daniel’s plans for the restaurant. Before he even realized, Adrian was in the restaurant business.  There was a total change in concept.  The only thing left of the old business is the name and most of the items on the health food menu.

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