New Students Join TAMIU’s D. D. Hachar Honors Program

New Students Join TAMIU’s
D.D. Hachar Honors Program

Some 34 new student scholars were welcomed into Texas A&M International University’s D.D. Hachar Honors Program Sunday, May 4 by members of the graduating 2008 class of the D.D. Hachar Honors Program.

The program took in the TAMIU Student Center Ballroom. Program director, TAMIU associate professor Dr. Carlos E. Cuéllar, welcomed students and their parents. Mary Trevino, TAMIU associate vice president for academic affairs, served as Master of Ceremonies.

D.D. Hachar graduates
Members of the 2008 D.D. Hachar Honors Program Scholars graduating class were recognized with an Academic Achievement Medal.

Special guests were D.D. Hachar Honors Program benefactors, the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust – The Laredo National Bank and Mrs. Vidal M. Treviño and family members.

Trevino’s late husband, Vidal M. Treviño, longtime local education leader, helped to establish the D.D. Hachar Program at TAMIU and was keenly interested in the success of students selected for the program which provides four years of full tuition and assistance for qualified students.

Guest speakers included D.D. Hachar students Annalie Miravete, Sandra Contreras and Cesar Cardenas.

May 2008 D. D. Hachar Honors Program Scholars were recognized with an Academic Achievement Medal. Those graduates include Rosalie Aguilar, Marc Christopher Pasion Andres, Leslie Carreón, Brenda Alicia Charles, Kimberly Compean, Rodrigo Corral, Christine Alyson Córtez, Francisco Abiel García Cruz, Mónica J. González, Rosa Angelia Hernández, Priscilla M. Hinojosa, Melissa M. Martin, Verónica Montes, Brenda Peña, Jorge Serrato, Brittany Nicole Witt and Arianne Yedith Zecca.

New students accepted into the Program this Fall and their origin high schools are:

D.D. Hachar Honors Program new cohort
The cohort of new D.D. Hachar Honors Program Scholars were welcomed to the Honors Program by the May 2008 graduating class.

Sonia Alvarado, Mayery Barroso, Diana Grace and Anuron Mandal.

Arlyn Martínez and Laura N. Olivas.

Ana K. Coronado, Alejandra Hinojosa, April Jimerson, Guillermo Obregón and Rocio Ramírez.

Raul Castro, Nohely García, Annie Miller, Christine Rojas, Leslie Widales and María E. Zamora.

Edwin Torres, Marissa Treviño, Melissa Treviño, Alma G. Vazquez and Lorie Zamarripa.

Cynthia de la Miyar, Viridiana Santos and Kristen N. Garza.

Anale Dovalina, Wualú Altamira, Samantha Hale, Christina Medina, Alma Rentería, Erika Rojas and Monserrat Vargas.

Adela R. Alvárez and José R. Lara.

The D.D. Hachar Honors Program, founded in 2000, aims to foster a sense of intellectual community among TAMIU’s most talented undergraduate scholars and prepares them for the challenges and rapid changes of our global culture and economy.

A student accepted into the Honors Program is awarded a four-year scholarship that provides funds for tuition, books, and fees. The value of each scholarship is $2,500 per year or $20,000 for all four years. This scholarship is renewable for each subsequent year (sophomore through senior) if the D.D. Hachar Scholar maintains an overall grade point average of 3.0 plus other criteria. To date, over 250 students have been selected for the city’s only four-year Honors program.

Students enrolled in the Honors Program take six hours of Honors courses in the freshman and sophomore years in the core disciplines of English, History, and Political Science. These courses are focused on discussion, critical thinking, and improved skills in writing and in making oral and visual presentations.

In the Junior and Senior years, Hachar Scholars enroll for six hours of Honors courses each semester. At this level, the student enters into a contract with a particular faculty member regarding the work required. In addition, Senior Hachar Scholars enroll in a capstone course focused on a Senior Honors Thesis relevant to the student's major field.

For additional information, contact Program coordinator Gerri Laurel at 326.2133, visit offices in Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library room 418, e-mail glaurel@tamiu.edu or click on tamiu.edu/coas/honors.

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