WHTC Rooms Formally Dedicated to Recognize Salinas Trust Generosity

Room Dedications at TAMIU Tuesday
Recognize Salinas Trust’s Generosity

The formal dedication of two rooms in Texas A&M International University’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center recognizes the generosity of the Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust while also memorializing family members of the beloved Laredo philanthropist.

The rooms were dedicated Tuesday, May 19.

The Salinas Charitable Trust provided a $1 million gift pledge that was matched by the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. Challenge Grant.

William Gruben, Antonio Rodriguez, Ofelia de la Chica, Anita Averil, Ray Keck, Linda Mann, Javier Santos, Michael Grayson
Recognizing Generosity
Formal dedication ceremonies this month recognized the generosity of the Fernando A. Salinas Charitable Trust while also memorializing family members of the beloved Laredo philanthropist. Left to right: Dr. William Gruben, TAMIU director of the Ph.D. Program in International Business; Dr. Antonio Rodriguez, associate dean of the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business; Ofelia de la Chica, Anita Averill (holding picture of Fernando A. Salinas), Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president; Linda Mann, Javier Santos, Trustee, Fernando Salinas Charitable Trust. and Dr. Michael Grayson, assistant professor, Sanchez School of Business. The ceremonies, held in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center, dedicated Room 111 as the Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Hall and Room 116 as the Roberto Benavides and Beatriz Salinas Benavides (both deceased) Lecture Hall. A third room, a library facility, has been named in memory of Salinas’ deceased aunts Elvira de la Chica and Amelia de la Chica Vela and her husband, Serapio Vela.

In addition to members of the University faculty and administration, the event included Salinas Charitable Trust trustee Javier B. Santos and other honored guests. Ill health precluded the Trust’s namesake, Mr. Salinas, from being present.

The ceremonies will dedicate Room 111 as the Fernando A. Salinas Lecture Room and Room 116 as the Roberto Benavides and Beatriz Salinas Benavides (both deceased) Lecture Room.

Roberto Benavides, a former County Judge, was married to Beatriz Salinas Benavides, also Fernando Salinas’ older sister. A third room, a library facility, has been named in memory of Salinas’ deceased aunts Elvira de la Chica and Amelia de la Chica Vela and her husband, Serapio Vela.

For additional information, contact Candy Hein, TAMIU Vice President of Institutional Advancement, 326.2175, e-mail chein@tamiu.edu or click on tamiu.edu/adminis/vpia


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