Rep. Cuellar Announces Affiliation Agreement Between TAMIU And AFAZ
Apr06

Rep. Cuellar Announces Affiliation Agreement Between TAMIU And AFAZ

Special to the Laredo Sun LAREDO, Texas – Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) has announced an agreement between Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) and the Assembly of Friends of Azerbaijan (AFAZ), an educational and cultural organization which aims to build bridges between the United States and the Republic of Azerbaijan, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. The affiliation agreement signed today at the TAMIU Killam Library will allow these two instructions to collaborate on research, sponsorship of conferences and symposia exchanges of faculty and students, and education materials related to the international oil and gas industry. Pictured above from left to right: TAMIU president Dr. Ray Keck, Mr. Kemal Oksuz, Congressman Henry Cuellar, TAMIU provost and VP for academic affairs Dr. Pablo Arenaz “As an alumnus and former professor of TAMIU, I’m pleased to see the university staying true to its international commitment by bringing together world-renowned scholarship and academia in order to examine and gain a better understanding of the petroleum industry world-wide,” said Congressman Cuellar. “South Texas has been blessed with an oil and gas boom and it is important that we provide a framework for our students in this important and growing industry.” “Our students and faculty are looking forward to this new collaborative and the robust opportunities for both research and study in this important part of our world.  As an international university, we are enormously interested in expanding our world of study for all and most appreciative to Cong. Cuellar for his leadership in this initiative with the Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan.”  –  Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU President   “My thanks to Congressman Cuellar for his playing a very instrumental role for this affiliation. He is the cause of this TAMIU-AFAZ Affiliation Agreement. This agreement will give a very ample opportunity to TAMIU faculty and students not only they will study international energy law, politics of energy, environmental impacts and strategy management, but also they will meet and network with people from public and private sectors.” – Dr. Kemal Oksuz This partnership’s initial project will allow students and faculty at both TAMIU and Laredo Community College to participate in the Baku Summer Energy School, an annual two week certificate program held in July in Baku, Azerbaijan. Participants will be issued a certificate by the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy...

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Laredo’s Diana Rendon’s All Star Dance Academy Sweeps Showtime International’s Beach Blast Competition
Mar24

Laredo’s Diana Rendon’s All Star Dance Academy Sweeps Showtime International’s Beach Blast Competition

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – A local dance team recently returned to Laredo bearing 5 Grand Champion trophies from this past weekend’s Showtime International’s Beach Blast Competition held in Corpus Christi. Diana Rendon’s All Star Dance Academy came home with Grand Champion honors (highest achievement in the competition) in every category including: pee-wee, elementary, JV, varsity and officers. The group also received the sweepstakes award, judge’s award, and best category in jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, pom, and flamenco.      85 dancers, comprised of the Academy’s “All Star” group competed in a variety of group and solo numbers showcasing dozens of beautiful costumes. The dancers competed with numerous other dance schools from throughout the state in the day long competition hosted at Tuloso Midway High School in Corpus Christi. The event is part of ShowTime International’s annual contest line-up. Diana Rendon’s All Star Dance Academy, under the direction of Diana Rendon-Gutierrez has been enriching the lives of young girls in the Laredo community for 35 years by teaching them the art of dance. The school is made up of 260 girls ranging from pre-schoolers to teens. Diana Rendon’s All Star Dance Academy is located 4402 Marcella Ave. They can be reached at (956) 727-7225....

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Las Kekas Is New Manager Of LCC Cafeterias
Mar24

Las Kekas Is New Manager Of LCC Cafeterias

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Delicious aromas with a distinct Mexican flair located in contemporary and inviting facilities are satisfying the palates of students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the cafeterias of Laredo Community College’s Fort McIntosh and South campuses. The college cafeterias are now under the management of Nicolas Bellizia, owner of local restaurant, Las Kekas. Las Kekas, which specializes in Mexican food, seafood, and vegetarian cuisine, has gradually become a staple of this border town’s gastronomy in the six years since it opened. Transitioning from an independent business to providing food service for large groups at both campuses is something Bellizia takes pride in, in addition to serving two existing locales and opening an already highly praised location in San Antonio. He looks forward to serving as LCC’s food provider. “Serving college students (and others on campus) definitely does have an impact. It’s not just about serving students; it’s about serving the right flavors and cravings. We try to make it healthier and tastier, and we’re trying to introduce different dishes and welcome suggestions (from the campus body),” said Bellizia. Bellizia also encouraged students and staff to invite friends and family members to dine on campus whenever possible. “I believe it’s a good next step for the restaurant to develop familiarity, as well as for the college, in order for people to witness the renovated Kazen Student Center amenities and help reintroduce the image of LCC,” Bellizia said. The Kazen Student Center cafeteria is open every Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The William N. “Billy” Hall Jr. Student Center cafeteria at the South Campus is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info about the cafeterias, call the Kazen Student Center location at 721.5181 or the Billy Hall Jr. Student Center at...

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Carlos Morton Offers Insight On Chicano Theater At LCC

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – Author and playwright Carlos Morton enlightened Laredo Community College students with the origin and stages of Chicano theater before the start of the socio-cultural movement of the 1960s during a special talk on Wednesday, March 18 at the Kazen Student Center. The former Laredo Junior College instructor discussed the struggles Latinos and Latinas, not just Mexican-Americans, faced within and outside their cultural sphere. The presentation was hosted by the Office of Student Life and the Quality Enhancement Plan at...

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Upcoming Casino Night Benefits St. Augustine School
Mar24

Upcoming Casino Night Benefits St. Augustine School

Special To The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – St. Augustine School will hold its 3rd annual Casino Night on Friday, March 27 at the Laredo Center of the Arts at 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This is St. Augustine’s largest fundraiser in which the community is invited to a fun-filled evening at the Casino tables without leaving the city. Guests will enjoy live music, open bar, delicious food, and amazing prizes! All proceeds  will directly benefit student programs at the elementary, middle, and high...

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LCC Continuing Education Offers PetroTech Program
Mar24

LCC Continuing Education Offers PetroTech Program

Special to The Laredo Sun LAREDO, TEXAS – In response to the oil and gas industry’s need for professionally trained workers, Laredo Community College’s Continuing Education Department is offering a free Petroleum Technician program. The program aims to improve lives by offering a flexible and free course for adults with low income and minimal job skills who already have a high school diploma or GED. The program is open to newcomers to the field, as well as to dislocated oil-field workers, in order to prepare them as technicians and for other vocational positions in the oil and gas industry. Those interested must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and be registered for selective service (males only). A special information session for applicants will take place on Thursday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the De La Garza Building, room 101, followed by a second session on Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. A third session will take place Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the De La Garza Building, room 101. The program is funded through the Vocational Advancement for South Texas (VAST) Project, providing top quality preparation in two months and includes training in various areas pertinent to the oil and gas industry: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and methods, hazardous materials (HAZMAT), Petroleum Education Council (PEC) safeland instruction, among other specialized certifications. The PetroTech program will be held from Monday, May 25 through Friday, July 31 from 6 to 9:45 p.m. at the De La Garza Building, room 108. The course consists of two required components; 96 hours of technical training and 60 hours of academic success instruction. Students are assured that the course meets all requirements and state regulations to ensure concise and optimal instruction. This initiative is made possible by the Texas Higher Education Board and the Eagle Ford Shale consortium. Applicants should register soon as course admission is limited. For more information, contact Raquel Herrera at the Continuing Education Department at 721-5374 or...

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