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HESTEC celebrates 10 years of innovation

The University of Texas-Pan American is celebrating its 10th anniversary Sept. 26-Oct. 1 of educating Hispanic youth about the many opportunities available to them in the STEM careers. UTPA and U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) started the weeklong conference to encourage Hispanic students in the Rio Grande Valley to pursue STEM-related careers, since employees in those fields are in high demand.

Mariel Robles wants girls to know that engineering is not just about fixing or designing cars. It also is an industry that needs their input.

"We lack the female perspective in science and innovation," said Robles, a 2006 UTPA graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering. "Everything is designed by men for men."

Read more: HESTEC celebrates 10 years of innovation

 

STC 2011-12 theater season opens Oct. 13-16

South Texas College’s Theatre Department has returned with its second full season of productions for the Valley community.

“We are bringing a little bit of everything from suspense to drama, comedy and romance to the stage this year,” said Joel Jason Rodriquez, STC drama instructor. “All of our productions feature our very own STC theater students cast alongside community members, creating a unique mix of talent that will impress even the most discerning theater pallet.”

The season opens with Steven Dietz’s, “Dracula,” running Oct. 13-16. Neil Simon’s “Rumors” follows Dec. 1-4. In the spring, 2012, the department presents George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Feb. 23-26, and the season ends with the department’s Academic Co-Operative Studio Production of Don Zolidis’ “The Brothers’ Grim Spectaculathon,” May 3-6.

Read more: STC 2011-12 theater season opens Oct. 13-16

   

‘Dog Days of Summer Are Over’ is Saturday

20110916_Dog-Days_Pepe-Saenz_001It’s a day to enjoy man’s best friend – Fido. “Dog Days of Summer Are Over” will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Mission Sports Complex, located on South Shary Rd at the Sharyland Plantation in Mission. This free admission event runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you have a dog, grab a leash and come on down and enter one or more of the contests. If not, just come on out and enjoy the fun. Registration to enter the competition will be held on-site from 8-10 a.m.

The lineup of events kicks off with a Dog Parade at 9:30 a.m. followed by a number of contests, including Small Dog Muttsquerade (costume contest for dogs under 35 lbs.), Large Dog Muttsquerade and Pairs Muttsquerade (two dogs in themed costumes). Other dog competitions will include Best Trick, Quickest Retrieval, Waggiest Tail, Spazziest Dog, Ugliest Dog and Pet Owner Look-alike contests. Prizes and trophies will be awarded the winners.

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McAllen Artwalk returns tonight

20100402_McAllen_Artwalk_0081_PRMCALLEN – The McAllen Artwalk will kick off its season tonight at 6 p.m. on Main Street in downtown McAllen. The event ends at 10 p.m. and will be held the first Friday of every month through May.

Visitors will have the chance to browse sidewalk vendors and venues along Main Street showing and selling everything from paintings and handcrafted jewelry to music. Entertainment will be held at some venues, on the sidewalks and McAllen’s Music After Hours will be held at Archer Park.

Read more: McAllen Artwalk returns tonight

   

Mission musician releases first EP

20110819_MarkRodgers-CMYKCORPUS CHRISTI — Mark Rogers, a 1992 graduate from Mission High School, is releasing his first EP titled Lifeless Touch on Aug. 23. Lifeless Touch will be available as a digital download from various music sites such as Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, Napster and iTunes among others.

His career in the music industry has progressed in behind-the-scenes roles, where he has worked as a stagehand, sound engineer and all around go-to tech person. While he still has the opportunity to record other artists, he has now ventured into the music scene himself.

After releasing a self-released single, Speed Demon, 18 months ago, which featured guest guitarists Zeke Brown of King’s Ransom on lead guitar and Dug Pinnick of King’s X on bass, Rogers has picked up the bass and lead guitars himself. Lifeless Touch features four songs written, performed, recorded, mixed produced and mastered all by Rogers.

Read more: Mission musician releases first EP

   

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