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TAMIU Student Selected as Contestant for Nationally Televised Game Show ‘Hispanic College Quiz’ Posted: 7/28/16

TAMIU Student Selected as Contestant for Nationally Televised Game Show ‘Hispanic College Quiz’


Rosaura Martinez  

This September to October, during Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will be prominently represented on national television thanks to the initiative of one enterprising student, Rosaura Martínez.

Martínez, a TAMIU senior Systems Engineering major, will be one of nine contestants appearing on the Hispanic College Quiz, a nationally televised game show produced in partnership by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions. The show was created to encourage a greater understanding of the Latino and Hispanic heritage.

Martínez and other contestants will travel to Nashville, Tenn. for the show’s taping July 29-31 and will vie for the grand prize of a $3,000 scholarship. Martínez will be accompanied by her advisor, Sofía Maldonado, instructor in the TAMIU School of Engineering.

“I am very excited,” Martínez said,  “This is the second time we applied to participate. Last year, Ms. Maldonado and I were selected to participate, but we weren’t able to due to other school events we had to attend.”

Martínez said that initially, she didn’t think she would get selected for the game show twice.

“I will be representing TAMIU to the best of my ability and wearing my University’s colors with pride while participating and showing my knowledge of my Hispanic heritage,” she said.

Martinez, who has been studying and preparing for the show by following a study guide, said she looks forward to answering many questions about Latino and Hispanic culture.

“I have been learning a lot about my Hispanic culture,” she said, “I look forward to participating in this quiz show.”

 Upon graduation from TAMIU, Martínez said she hopes to begin working as an engineer and prepare to obtain her professional engineer’s license.

 According to HACU, students wishing to participate in the show must be an undergraduate student attending a HACU-member institution in the United States.

 Contestants are randomly selected by Central City Productions.

 Three students will compete on each half-hour show for a total of nine competitors. The winners of the three shows will advance as finalists to compete in show four. All four shows will be taped on July 30.

 The game show finalists will be recognized at HACU’s 30th Annual Conference Oct. 8-10 in San Antonio.

 The show will be broadcast on English-language television stations during the air dates of Sept. 13-Oct. 19. Broadcast details will be provided on the HACU website as they become available at

For more information, please contact TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 326.2180, email or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

TAMIU offices will resume regular hours Thursday, Aug. 4. Regular hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.



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