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Marcus Moreno, Allstate Agent

Awarded for Volunteerism $500 Grant

Presented to Texas A&M International University

It pays to be in the Good Hands of local Allstate agent Marcus Moreno. Marcus Moreno '92, '98.  He is the 2006 AutMus Fest Chairman.  In recognition of Marcus Moreno's volunteer efforts in the community, The Allstate Foundation awarded a $500 grant to Texas A&M International University.

The grant is part of Allstate's "Agency Hands In The Community" program. Allstate agents are recognized for outstanding commitment to community service with a $500 donation to the charMarcus Morenoitable organization where they volunteer. To qualify for the grant, agents must show evidence of volunteer work that has had a positive impact on the local community.

"Volunteering with Texas A&M International University is a great way to give back to the community I serve and another way to make a difference in my neighbors' lives," said Moreno.

The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by the Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate" slogan, Allstate provides insurance and financial investment products to more than 16 million households and has approximately 12,300 exclusive agents and financial specialists in the U.S. and Canada. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America's families achieve their American dream.

Alejandro Kladis -Professor for a Day

We recently had a short visit with Alejandro Kladis ’94, BBA-Management. Kladis was one of the participants in the Professor for a Day, an event organized by the College of Business Administration in Alejandro Kladiswhich Laredo professionals were invited to campus to share their career experiences with students. We caught up with Kladis at Dr. Jyotsna Mukherji’s Principles of Marketing Class. Kladis is an account executive for FedEx Services.


During this opportunity we were able to ask Alejandro a few questions regarding TAMIU.  Kladis told us he decided to attend TAMIU because of the quality of education it offers and because he wanted to make a contribution to his community, Laredo. Kladis continued to say, “My education at TAMIU prepared me for real life scenarios. Studying in an international environment such as Laredo also helped me understand the complexity of international trade.  We were fortunate to be able to learn from faculty members who had traveled widely and had worked in various companies in the United States and abroad.”


As per his fondest memories from TAMIU Alejandro told us, “I really enjoyed the class presentations with Drs. Jacqueline and Milton Mayfield, and Dr. Parhizgar’s classes, which taught me real life experiences.”  For Alejandro the most important lesson learned at TAMIU was “not taking anything for granted.” According to Mr. Kladis, “Your education is your ticket for life, but you’ve got to apply yourself 110%.”  Finally, Kladis concluded, “I will recommend TAMIU to prospective students because TAMIU offers a small classroom environment, a one-on-one learning opportunity with faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and equipment, as well as a well-rounded education.”

Congratulations to Susana Hinojosa '00

"I have an update that I am very excited about," stated Susana.  I was nominated by a former student to the "Disney" annual recognition of teachers.  They will be selecting the 40 winners from nominees around the U.S. sometime in April or May 2006.  In addition, last year I was selected as Teacher of the Year and the Golden Apple nominee for my school, J.B.J. Muller Elementary, where I have worked since I graduated from TAMIU on Dec. 2000.  As you can see, my education from TAMIU has served me well!   Susana Hinojosa BIS in Education TAMIU 2000."

Priscilla Salinas '95, Jessica Palacios '03, Danielle Gomez, '03, '05


Priscilla Salinas ’95, BBA, Jessica Palacios “03, BBA, and Dannielle Gomez, ’03 “05, met recently to put the final preparations together for the American Heart Walk, which provides funds for many local entities.

Kamel Shrek



“A retreat to work off stress” is Kamal Shrek “82, MBA-IT and Emma M. Shrek ’93 back yard garden, a sanctuary away from crowded malls and shopping centers.


Manuel Sanchez, President and CEO of Laredo National Bank talks to the audience about BBVA


COBA holds 1st Annual Business Week, with the goal of bringing executives and alumni in more regular contact with the college’s business programs.  Participating in the Professor for a Day program were among others, Alejandro Kladis ’97, BBA, an account executive for Longhorn District Sales with FedEx Services and Carlos A. Guzman ’97,’98-MBA, first vice president of Laredo National Bank.

Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez, chairman of BBVA (left) joins Dr. Ray Keck for the presentation of Laredo National Bank-BBVA Group's $1 million gift


Francisco Gonzalez Rodriguez, chairman of BBVA (left) joins Dr. Ray Keck for the presentation of Laredo National Bank-BBVA Group's $1 million gift in support of an Endowed Professorship in International Finance for the College of Business Administration.


Rep. Henry Cuellar;  Arturo Volpe, owner; Mercurio Martinez; Triana Volpe, owner; and Juan Esparza, manager.

La Paletera HEB South held a grand opening recently. Celebrating are from left to right Rep. Henry Cuellar; Arturo Volpe, owner; Mercurio Martinez; Triana Volpe '00, owner; and Juan Esparza, manager.



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Jose M. Cerda



Jose M. Cerda '90, '96, director of the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts with LISD, has been an educator for 15 years.


Belinda Zuniga-Silva sits with students Marco Perales, Oziel Espinoza and Natalie Alfaro


Belinda Zuniga-Silva '86, '94, advanced academics director at Alma Pierce Elementary School. Is pictured here with some students.



Yvette de Leon with students from Fasken Elementary



Yvette de Leon '05 (bottom - left) pictured here with her 4th grad class celebrating "College Day at Fasken Elementary."  The students learned about TAMIU and look forward to being part of the class of 2018. 

Yvette with her students

Engagements, Weddings, Baby Announcements and Anniversaries


Roxana Peña ’04 and Cedric Sosa.


Roxana Peña ’04 and Cedric Sosa celebrated their wedding in Acapulco, Mexico on February 18, 2006.



Delfino and Trinidad Sarmiento celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary with family



Celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary, Delfino and Trinidad Sarmiento ’88, BA were honored by their sons and daughters Delfino Sarmiento Jr. ’04, Daniel Sarmiento ’00, and Juan, Sabrina, and Trinidad Sarmiento.



Alan Patricio Gonzalez, son of Gina and Gilberto Gonzalez



Alan Patricio Gonzalez son of Gina D. Gonzalez ’99,’01 and Gilberto Gonzalez born April 26, 2006.  He was 7lbs 2 oz and 18 inches long.

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