UT RGV at the Capitol
Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the Rio Grande Valley Higher Education Day at the Capitol with about 50 of our students and staff, joined by our colleagues from The University of Texas Pan American.
Our students sleepily boarded a bus that left from the Casa Bella residence hall at 4 a.m. Wednesday to make the trip to Austin. Although they tried to nap on the way, one student said there was too much excitement and good conversation to miss even a moment of the experience.
After a quick lunch at the Capitol Grill, the Rio Grande Valley took over the Rotunda with the UTPA Mariachi festively announcing that South Texas had arrived. Although our UTB guitar ensemble was a little anxious as they waited their turn to perform before the boisterous crowd, I assured them that they did not need to play loud to be good and that they should perform in their own style. When it was time for their cue, Director Michael Quantz elegantly led them through the first poignant notes,
and the delegates fell silent, as if in a grand performance hall, absorbing every strum of the guitars.
The students then paired off and met with legislators and staff members in their offices throughout the capitol. They spoke from the heart about why investing in higher education in South Texas is an important thing to do and why this is the right time to do it.
Our entire community can be very proud of the high caliber of the young adults in our region. They are talented, very smart and articulate. We are very fortunate to have had them represent us in Austin this legislative session.
Submitted Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.