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STC Starr County Campus exhibits local artist Ricardo Benavides for Hispanic Heritage Month

McAllen, TX (September 27, 2017) – South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery proudly presents “Receso” an exhibit featuring artwork by Ricardo Benavides. The exhibit opens Wednesday, October 4 and will be on view until Dec. 4, 2017.

A talk and opening reception with the artist will be held on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the STC Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ricardo Benavides is a local artist who earned his Master of Fine Art degree in 2014 from the University of Texas – Pan American. He uses painting, digital photography, and ceramics to explore minimalism and construction inspired by the sophisticated and globalized culture of Mexico. In this mixed-media exhibit, Benavides translates complex societal constructs into minimalistic layers and shapes of color.

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at gotvos@southtexascollege.edu, (956) 872-3488 or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/lag.

 

“McFarland USA”
– Movie Screening

Movie-HHM-Flyer-McFarlandTo celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month the STC Libraries will be screening the acclaimed new movie McFarland, USA.

The films will be shown at the following campus libraries: Pecan, MidValley, Starr, and Tech.

Sept. 28 11am Tech campus Library
Sept. 28 12pm Starr campus Library
Sept. 29 1pm Pecan campus F-102
Sept. 30 12pm MidValley campus Library

 

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

Mcfarland, USA is based on the inspiring true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.

See the trailor below or at https://youtu.be/74eJaVQFybI.

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents

Annual Roma High School Art Exhibit

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STC’s Starr County Campus presents seventh annual Roma High School Art Exhibition

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery presents its seventh annual Roma High School Art Exhibition June 11, 2015, to Aug. 7, 2015, at its Starr County Campus in Rio Grande City. The display features works of art by students who have studied under the tutelage of Roma High School art instructors Gabriela Gonzalez, department head; Mario Godinez, teacher; and Abilene Vargas, teacher. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The STC Library Art Gallery’s collaboration with Roma high school is still going strong and is now entering into its seventh year,” said Gina Otvos, STC Library Art Gallery Associate. “Every year’s submissions are always different from the last, reinforcing Roma’s reputation as an incubator for highly inventive art students.”
The exhibit features mixed media artwork by Roma High School students of all grade levels.

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region. The South Texas College Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery is located in Building F at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City.

For more information, contact Terri Rosalez at mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu or
(956) 488-5822. For a complete listing of events visit: lag.southtexascollege.edu.

Presentation: “Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande”

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Present-day smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border is a professional, often violent, criminal activity. However, it is only the latest chapter in a history of illicit business dealings that stretches back to 1848, when attempts by Mexico and the United States to tax commerce across the Rio Grande upset local trade and caused popular resentment.

This April, Dr. George Diaz will join the South Texas College Library to discuss the first history of smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border based on the research for his book Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande.

Dr. Diaz will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses. On April 6th at 1:00 pm, he will visit the MidValley campus library, and at 6:00 pm, he will visit the Pecan campus library. To conclude his visit, Dr. Diaz will visit the Starr campus library on April 7th at 10:00 am. Following his discussion, there will be an opportunity to purchase his book and have the author sign it.

“The topic is very relevant to the news we hear every day, but it is fascinating to learn about how it happened historically for over 160 years,” said librarian Esther Garcia. “Dr. Diaz visit will help illuminate our border’s history.”

For more information on these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956) 872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents. All events are free and open to the community.

Victor Alvarez: Conquering a Wayward Body with Winning Spirit

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South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery presents “The Art of Victor Alvarez, conquering a wayward body with a winning spirit” an exhibit featuring the paintings of Victor Alvarez. The exhibit opens Thursday, Feb. 5th and will be on view through Monday, May 4th, 2015 at STC’s Starr County Campus Library Art Galley which is located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. There will be an art talk on Monday, February 16th at 1:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Victor Alvarez was a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar at the University of Texas-Pan American. Alvarez had Spinal Muscular Atrophy and could not walk, sit up or lift his head without assistance, nonetheless he was a poet, a newspaper columnist, a motivational speaker, an award-winning artist. “His paintings primarily focused on his understanding of himself and his place in the world as an artist, scholar, and person of value despite his physical frailty” says Yolanda Morado.

The exhibit displays paintings of acrylics, ink, charcoal, pencil and digital media. Yolanda Morado who adopted Victor Alvarez and who will be giving the art talk on his paintings says that art was a driving force for Victor. “Art was Victor’s connection to the world around him and the way he expressed what was in his heart”.

South Texas College’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Terri Rosalez at 956-488-5822 or mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu or visit http://lag.southtexascollege.edu.

 

Preserving Historias Familiares – Sept 22-24 – Hispanic Heritage Month at STC

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

Historian and poet Teresa Palomo Acosta will visit South Texas College Sept. 22-24 as part of the college’s Hispanic Heritage celebration. She will present her lecture, “Preserving Historias Familiares: An Oral History Workshop.”

In every community there are people who have knowledge and skills to share — ways of knowing and doing that often passed down across generations. People in the community are primary sources of culture and history. Oral History interviews can bring to the study of local history and culture to life.  By documenting their memories and stories, we can learn about the living traditions — the foodways, celebrations, customs, music, occupations, and skills — that are part of daily experience.

  • Sept. 22 at 1pm at STC’s Starr Co. campus in Rio Grande City,
  • Sept 23 at 1pm at STC’s Pecan campus in McAllen, and conclude
  • Sept 24 at 1pm at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Library in Weslaco.

Teresa Acosta is a seminal figure in collecting and uncovering oral histories and preserving the stories of Mexican-Americans across Texas.

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/libraryevents/.

For a full listing of events: https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/?p=5018

Birds & Flowers

IMG_3780South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery presents “Birds & Flowers,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Minerva Hinojosa Ritchie. The exhibit will go on display from Sept 5 to Dec 4, 2014, with an artist talk featured on Wednesday, Sept 17 at 1 p.m. at STC’s Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ritchie is a La Grulla native and Brownsville resident who has been painting for over 50 years. She has studied oil and watercolor techniques under teachers from Raymondville and Corpus Christi, and has been a member of the Brownsville Art League since 1951.

“Minerva Ritchie has a very keen eye on the natural world around her,” said Dawn Haughey, STC Library Art Gallery associate. “She specializes in painting birds and floral subjects and does so with such precision and sensitivity. Ms. Ritchie continues to be an inspiring member of our local valley artist community.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Terri Rosalez at (956) 488-5822 or mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu; or Dawn Haughey at (956) 872-3488 or dhaughey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/newsevents/libraryartgallery/.

Roma Annual Art Exhibit 2014

lag-romahs South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Library Art Gallery is proud to present its “Roma High School Annual Art Exhibition.” The display features works of art by students, who have studied under the tutelage of Roma High School art instructors Monica Gillette, Mario Godinez and Gabriela Gonzalez.

The exhibit will be on display from June 12 to Aug. 8, 2014 at STC’s Starr County Campus Library (Bldg. F), located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The STC Library Art Gallery’s collaboration with Roma high school is still going strong and is now entering into its 6th year,” said Dawn Haughey, STC Library Art Gallery associate. “Every year’s submissions are always different from the last, reinforcing Roma’s reputation as an incubator for highly inventive art students; many thanks to the students and teachers that make this exhibit possible each year.”

The exhibit features mixed media artwork by freshman, sophomore, junior and senior Roma High School students.

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Terri Rosalez at mtrosalez@southtexascollege.edu or 956-488-5822; or Dawn Haughey at 956-872-3488 or dhaughey@southtexascollege.edu, or visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu/newsevents/libraryartgallery/.

National Library Week @ STC 2014 Open House

 The South Texas College Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

“Service to the South Texas College community has always been the focus of the library,” said Noemi Garza, Director of Library Public Services. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library. The events are free and open to the public.

On April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Gravity, as well as a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes.

On April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s Mid-Valley Campus Library located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco, events will include the showing of Frozen, pictures with college mascot Jerry the Jaguar, a contest, and a Pursuing Education Fair.

On April 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Starr County Campus Library located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, activities include the showing of Gravity, a scavenger hunt, games, mariachis, and a community fair.

On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus Library located at 1101 E. Vermont in McAllen, attendees will be treated to the showing of Gravity, as well as a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes.

On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, festivities will include an information fair, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and the showing of Gravity.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information visit https://library-stg.southtexascollege.edu or call 872-8330.

Ana Castillo to visit STC for Women’s History Month

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Renowned novelist, poet, and scholar Ana Castillo will be visiting South Texas College this March in honor of Women’s History Month.

Castillo will visit three of South Texas College’s campuses, starting with a visit on March 4 at 6:00 pm at the Pecan Campus Library. On March 5 at 10:00 am, Castillo will visit the Starr County Campus Auditorium, and she will conclude her visit on March 5 at 6:00 pm at the MidValley Campus Auditorium.

Castillo is a prolific writer and her work has garnered many awards including the American Book Award for The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other notable works include The Guardians, I Ask the Impossible, and Massacre of the Dreamers. She has been regarded as one of the most original voices in contemporary literature.

Raised in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, Castillo credits the powerful storytelling tradition of her Mexican heritage as the foundation and inspiration for her writing. She currently lives between New Mexico and Chicago where she teaches at Northwestern University.

Later in the month, on March 26 at 4:00 pm, Dr. Leticia Garza-Falcon will visit the Pecan Campus Library.

Garza-Falcon’s seminal book Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Award. The book explores how prominent Mexican American writers of Mexican descent, such as Jovita González, used literature to respond to the dominative history of the United States.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the United States every year, and it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Castillo and Garza-Falcon’s visits are part of the annual Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture sponsored by the South Texas College Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

In addition there are two special exhibits at the Pecan Campus Library which include “Women’s Work,” an exhibit featuring etchings by Debbie Little-Wilson and the photo exhibit “Mexican American Women.” The exhibits are in partnership with the Library Art Gallery and the Pecan Latin@s Club.

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or egarcia10@southtexascollege.edu.