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“Rio Grande Valley Send-off ’98” allows new president and delegation from UT Austin to build stronger relationships

A partnership forged six years ago started a tradition that will send the new president of The University of Texas at Austin and a delegation of University officials to visit constituents in the Rio Grande Valley next week.

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AUSTIN, Texas — A partnership forged six years ago started a tradition that will send the new president of The University of Texas at Austin and a delegation of University officials to visit constituents in the Rio Grande Valley next week.

President Larry R. Faulkner, who became the University’s 27th president on April 13, will visit Brownsville and McAllen on Monday (July 6) to meet with UT-bound students and their parents, as well as area educators, alumni and other people in the community. His goal is to enhance and expand the University’s relationships with these constituents.

“The Valley Send-off gives us a chance to welcome new students and their parents to the UT family. The University has a strong relationship with our alumni and students in this region, and we intend to make that relationship stronger. This year’s entering freshmen from the Valley are outstanding students and we want to help them take full advantage of the tremendous educational opportunities that exist on our campus,” said FaulknerTraveling with Faulkner to the “Rio Grande Valley Send-off ’98” will be representatives from the UT Ex-Students’ Association and University officials who, during “Longhorn Hook ‘Em Up” sessions, will provide information and answer questions regarding financial aid, student housing, admissions, Camp Texas and college life at UT Austin.

“The send-offs began as a partnership between the University and constituents in the Rio Grande Valley to help the University maintain its position as the academic flagship of the UT System,” said Dr. Bob Galvan, special assistant with the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources and Community Relations.

He said the send-offs nurture stronger relationships with communities visited by University officials and are a way of reassuring parents that UT Austin is genuinely interested in the education of their children. The delegation will visit about 200 UT-bound students during the Valley visit. Similar send-offs will be held this month in Laredo and El Paso.

For additional information, contact Galvan at (512) 475-6061.

Itinerary
Rio Grande Valley Send-off ’98

July 6, 1999 (Monday)

11:15 a.m.  President Larry R. Faulkner arrives at the Sheraton Hotel in Brownsville and will be available for media interviews.

11:30 a.m.  “Send-off ’98” celebration for Lower Rio Grande Valley UT-bound students in Cancun Room of the Sheraton Hotel in Brownsville. The event is hosted by the Brownsville/Harlingen Texas Exes and chapter president Fred Hernandez will be master of ceremonies. The program includes remarks by Faulkner and an address to students by UT student Matthew Dentler of Brownsville.

1 p.m.  “Longhorn Hook ‘Em Up” reception in the hotel for entering freshmen and their parents. Faulkner will make brief remarks and the students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid, housing and the UT Ex-Students’ Association.

4:45 p.m.  McAllen, Texas, Embassy Suites Hotel, (956) 686-3000, Faulkner is available for interviews with the news media.

5 p.m.  “Send-off “98” celebration for Upper Rio Grande Valley UT-bound students at the Embassy Suites Hotel of McAllen. The event is hosted by the Hidalgo/Starr County Texas Exes and chapter president Melinda Bosquez will be master of ceremonies. Faulkner will make brief remarks and UT Austin Student Government President Annie Holland of McAllen will provide an address to the students.

6 p.m.  “Longhorn Hook ‘Em Up” reception in the hotel for entering freshmen and their parents. Faulkner will make brief remarks and the students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid, housing and the UT Ex-Students’ Association.