TAMIU D. D. Hachar Honors Students Attend National Conference

TAMIU D.D. Hachar Students
Attend NCHC Convention

Four Texas A&M International University D. D. Hachar Honors Program students attended the recent 43rd Annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Convention in San Antonio.

Maria Gomez, Kesia Rodriguez, Mayor Salinas, Cristina Martinez, and Alyson Martinez
At National Conference
Texas A&M International University D. D. Hachar Honors program students join presenter Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas at the 43rd Annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Convention in San Antonio recently. From left to right are Maria Gomez, Kesia Rodriguez, Mayor Salinas, Cristina Martinez, and Alyson Martinez.

The students, juniors María Gómez, Cristina Martínez and Kesia Rodríguez, and sophomore Alyson Martínez, joined 1,970 registrants attending the Conference themed “Crossing Frontiers.”

Among guest speakers were Laredo’s mayor, Raul Salinas who presented “Immigration: Impact on the American Economy;” National Book Award finalist and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker John Phillip Santos, who offered “What Will Scholarship Look Like in our Emerging Republica Cosmica?” and award-winning Massachusetts Institute of Technology materials chemist Dr. Angela Belcher, who presented “From Nature and Back Again: Giving New Life to Materials for Energy, Electronics, and the Environment.” Augusta State University history professor Michael “Cowboy Mike” Searles affirmed the western experience of the Black cowboy.

In addition to regional workshops, awards presentations and specialty discussions, the group participated in a Tour of the Institute of Texan Cultures and enjoyed a performance by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Youth Dancers. The students wrote of their experience in class essays.

Kesia Rodríguez said the experience left her awed.

“I was truly awed to discover that many other campuses do not have half of the benefits that our Laredo TAMIU D. D. Hachar Honors Program offers,” Rodríguez wrote.

Maria Gómez said she enjoyed the networking opportunities with peer students.

“We were able to learn about and spend time with people in honors programs in other universities. It was an eye-opener regarding our program as well as a learning experience to find out how to improve,” Gómez wrote.

Cristina Martínez, said she felt she had an opportunity to realize the Conference theme.

“Attending different sessions and discussions made me realize that the Honors Program is a great way to expand your knowledge, as well as ‘cross frontiers,’ “ Martínez noted.

According to its website, the NCHC is the professional association of undergraduate Honors programs and colleges, including program directors and deans, faculty, staff, and students. It provides support for institutions and individuals that develop, implement or expand Honors education via curriculum development, program assessment, teaching innovation, national and international study opportunities -- in addition to internships, service and leadership development, and mentored research.

The NCHC Conference is intended as an opportunity to access Honors networks that incorporate expertise in areas of administration, learning and teaching.

TAMIU’s D. D. Hachar Honors Program offers selected students the opportunity to demonstrate greater personal responsibility for their education, providing scholarship incentives for serious scholars to take further advantage of the support the University provides its students. The Program is directed by Dr. Carlos E. Cuellar, associate professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences.

For additional information on TAMIU’s D. D. Hachar Honors Program, call 326.2133, visit offices in Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library room 418, or click on http://www.tamiu.edu/ddhachar/

For more information on NCHC, click on: http://www.nchchonors.org/aboutnchc.shtml

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