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Family 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 Brownsville.

Binder was a longtime member of the faculty at The University of Texas at Brownsville. He passed away in January 2013.
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 teacher.
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
For information, contact Serena Putegnat, University Relations Office at 956-882-04326 or


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