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Past Recipients


2011 Photos Video

Jaime Zapata †,
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent
The University of Texas at Brownsville, Alumnus, 2005
Gonzalo Salazar,
Superintendent, Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District
The University of Texas at Brownsville, Alumnus, 1999
Oscar Casares,
Associate Professor, the University of Texas at Austin
Director, Master of Fine Arts Program in English, The University of Texas at Austin
Author, Brownsville, Amigoland
Contributing writer to Texas Monthly
Texas Southmost College Alumnus, 1984

2010 Photos Video

Alma Cardenas Rubio,
Principal, Brownsville's Besteiro Middle School
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Alumna '93 and '99
Ruben Edelstein,
President, Edelstein's Better Furniture from 1946 to 2008,
Former Brownsville Mayor
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’37
Jose "J.J." Guajardo
Social Studies District Coordinator, Mission Consolidated Independent School District
"Godfather of Brownsville Chess"
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’76
Del Castillo Band
Alex Ruiz '92, Albert Besteiro Jr. '85 and '96, Rick Del Castillo '80, Mark Del Castillo '94 and Mike Zeoli '94
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Alumni

2009 Photos

Manuel G. Guajardo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’75
John C. Hunter,
Film Composer, Co-founder Juniper Music Productions,
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’88


Ciro Valent Sumaya, M.D.
Dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health,
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’60
Ruben Gallegos, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, International Education Services Inc.,
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’57


Johnny N. Cavazos
Educator, Philanthropist & Owner, Cavazos Insurance Agency
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’50
Ma. Teresa (Nena) S. Cavazos
Educator, Philanthropist & Owner, Cavazos Insurance Agency
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’50
Guadalupe C. Quintanilla, Ed.D.
President, Cross-Cultural Communication Center and Associate; Professor, Modern and Classical Languages Department, University of Houston
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’68


José Luis Betancourt Jr.
Former Chief Administrative/Operations Officer, San Diego Schools; Retired Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’69
David W. Nunez, DDS
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’83
Welcome W. Wilson Sr.
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, GSL Industrial Ltd.
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’46


Mary Rose Cardenas
Former Trustee and Chair,
Texas Southmost College District,
Co-Owner and Vice President, Cardenas Motors & Cardenas  Development
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’48


Elena L. Marin, M.D.
Executive Director, Su Clinica Familiar
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’75
Maria Alma Solis, Ph.D.
Research Entomologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Smithsonian Institution
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’75


Robert A. Estrada
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Estrada, Hinojosa & Company Inc.; Former Regent, The University of Texas System
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’67
Benigno "Ben" G. Reyna
Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs – Federal  Relations, UTB/TSC; Former Director, United States Marshals Service
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’90


Margaret M. Clark
Retired Educator
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’49


James "Jim" Richard Batsell
Retired Businessman; Former Long-time Commissioner, Brownsville Navigation District
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’40
Raul A. Besteiro Jr
Former Chief Executive Officer/Port Director, Port of Brownsville; Former Superintendent, Brownsville ISD
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’52


Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Ph.D.
Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’51
Miguel Angel Méndez, J.D.
Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law, Stanford University
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’60


Brock "Randy" Stone
Retired Deputy Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’63
Hon. Filemon B. Vela
Former Judge, United States District Court
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’56


Cecilia Anzaldúa
Executive Director of Advanced Academic Services Dallas ISD; Former Director, Barney Brand Management Worldwide
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’69


Bruce Aiken
Executive Director Emeritus, Historic Brownsville Museum
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’41


Américo Paredes, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas at Austin
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’36


Norma V. Cantu, J.D.
Professor of Law and Education, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law & Education
Texas Southmost College Alumna ’71


Hon. Reynaldo G. Garza
Former Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Texas Southmost College Alumnus ’35
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