and Friends to Honor Dr. Norman “Joe” Binder
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-APRIL 15, 2014-Family
and friends of the late Dr. Norman “Joe” Binder will gather to share stories, memories
and raise awareness for a scholarship endowment in his honor at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24 in the historic Cueto Building, 1301 East Madison St. in
The Joe Binder Scholarship Endowment for Students of Politics will support
scholarships for students and to honor his legacy.
“Joe loved teaching. He especially enjoyed
working with and encouraging the students in his classes,” said wife, Arlene
Binder. “He was a great believer in furthering one's education and the
opportunities that will arise from the scholarship endowment will be a great
memorial to him.”
Binder was a popular teacher. Whether they were
Government majors or majors in other disciplines, students were enthralled with
his broad knowledge of life’s subjects beyond those related to politics and
American Government. In the classroom, he was an energetic figure, challenging
students and leaving them both enthusiastic and exhausted at the end of a
class. He was a performer in that regard, an academic entertainer, but always a
Luciana Morales Mendoza first met Binder on a study
abroad trip to Berlin in May 2009.
“I was taking European Politics, and that is when I
met Dr. Binder. He had a brilliant mind, always asking thought-provoking
questions and enlightening us in the process,” said Mendoza. “But he was also kindhearted
and down-to-earth and encouraged me to strive to do better.”
During his 34-year career, Binder served as chair of
the Departments of Political Science and Social Sciences, Director of the
Office of Assessment and Evaluation and the University Experience, and was a
valuable participant on countless university committees.
He also served as interim chair of the Criminal
Justice Department before retiring in 2007. At the time of death, he was
scheduled to teach again that spring semester.
“A dear, dear friend and an unfailing advocate for
his students, he cannot be replaced,” remembered William Harris, a professor of
History at UTB. “I remember Joe was excited because he was scheduled to teach
that next semester. I miss him dearly.”
Gifts can be made to The University of Texas
Brownsville, One West University Blvd., Brownsville, Texas, 78520 or donate online at utb.edu/giving.