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February 2007

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Alumni in the News



Picture of Mario C. Lopez, ABC Hobbies

Even though Mario C. López is only two semesters away from graduating from TAMIU with his BBA, he has already made his dreams a reality.  Mario is the young co-owner of ABC Radio Controlled Hobbies. He, along with other family members, discovered long ago a niche market for entertainment and radio controlled vehicles.  The business has recently moved to a 3,600 square-foot store that specializes in electric and gas powered planes, cars, boats and helicopters.  For Mario, hobbies can stimulate creativity and promote patience.  “It takes time to build one of the plastic cars or plane models,” Mario said. He has also started a line of large die-cast collectable cars.  The store offers trains and rocket models - great for high school physics projects.  Mario attributes his business success to the family’s collective efforts in keeping the business going.


Picture of Wings, Pizza N Things Grand Opening CeremonyCongratulations are in order for Miguel Portilla 98 on the grand opening of Wings, Pizza 'N Things on December 22, 2006.  Miguel brings his business expertise with this new Dallas based franchise.  Miguel has worked in the restaurant business alongside his father, general manager of Bob Evans Restaurants in Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico) and in Indiana.



Sandra Alvarez del CastilloSandra Alvarez del Castillo 00 developed a passion for education when she was 10 years old.  At this young age, Sandra would gather young children at her Colonia Guadalupe neighborhood teaching them the alphabet and numbers.  This love for education, led her to a career in education.  Today after 30 years as an educator at United Independent School District, she continues with that passion as Executive Director for Campus Intervention. Sandra enjoys her job to the fullest because "It entails working very closely with the principals of UISD schools to provide leadership in implementing instructional accountability." 

“The past 30 years have blessed me with countless, priceless experiences that will certainly assist me in my present position.  I firmly believe that as educators we can make a difference in our students’ lives by meeting their diverse needs," she adds, "All students can learn and will learn, maybe not in the same way and at the same time, but they can learn. After all is said and done, the students don’t care how much you know, but they know how much you care.”

Sandra is married to Homero Alvarez del Castillo, Jr., a registered nurse. They have one son, Homero Alvarez del Castillo, III, a pharmacist in Dallas, TX.


Picture of Jessica Palacios

Congratulations are in order for Jessica Palacios ’03 former president of the Laredo Association for Human Resource Management. Current president Roxanne I. Vedía ’90 recognized Jessica's hard work and dedication to the association at a meeting held January 10th, 2007.





Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejadKudos to Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejad!

Meet Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejad, Distinguished Professor of International Business/ Director of Ph.D. Program. Dr. Tagi has created a Ph.D. program designed to provide students with coursework and research in international business administration while allowing coursework in other concentrations, including accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems and marketing.


Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M International University, Sagafi-nejad served one year as chair of the International Business Program at the Stillman School of Business located at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Before his appointment at Seton Hall, Sagafi-nejad spent 17 years on the faculty at Loyola College in Maryland, first as associate professor, then as a full professor.

Other academic assignments include the University of Texas at Austin (1980-1984), the University of Washington (1976-1980) and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-1976).




Picture of Abelina Veliz and Gilberto Perez


Abelina Veliz  05 and Gilberto Perez ’01 have announced their engagement and forthcoming  wedding.  The couple plans to be married on March 30, 2007 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Laredo, TX.


Picture of Adriana Sanchez and David Guerra





Adriana Sanchez 05 and David Guerrera will be married June 9, 2007, at St. Patrick’s Church in Laredo, TX.








Picture of Ana Carolina Tiznado and Andres Sillas



Ana Carolina Tiznado, student, and Andres Sillas Jr. have announced their engagement and plans for their wedding for June 2, 2007, at San Martin de Porres Church in Laredo, TX.



Picture of Cristina R. Rendon and Alfonso Garcia



Cristina Rebecca Rendon 04 and Alfonso Gabriel Garcia have set the date for their wedding for April 20, 2007, at St. Peter’s Church in Laredo, TX.


Picture of Jessica Cruz and Juan Carlos Ceja




Jessica Cruz 07 and Juan Carlos Ceja announced their engagement and plans for a wedding in August 18, 2007, at San Martin de Porres Church in Laredo, TX.

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