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Volume 1 Number 2A Bilingual Publication October, 2011

Inside ThisIssue

People in

the News

In Search of the

American Dream

The Battle

of Medina

Social Security

Traps to Avoid

Hispanic Women’s

Network of Texas


The Battle

of Medina

Now I Believe!

En las palabras

hay poder

(512) 944-4123


Hispanic Heritage MonthSeptember 15th to October 15th

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People in the News

Juan Perez WinsPoetry Award

La Pryor Poet and History Teacher,

Juan Manuel Perez has officially

taken the title of the 2011-2012

Poet Laureate for the San Antonio

Poets Association. On September

17, 2011 Juan delivered the

traditional “Annual Poet Laureate

Address” to those in attendance at

this poetry meeting.

This Poetry Society of Texas

chapter and South Texas based

poet organization established in

1979, have been selecting their

Poet Laureate since 1981. Juan is

the first native born poet from

Zavala County and the surrounding

Middle Rio Grande area to be

selected as their Poet Laureate.

Each year, the San Antonio Poets

Association selects a poet to be the

next Poet Laureate through a

points-value system in which Juan

scored exceptionally high due to

his presentation ability and

accessibil ity, plus numerous

speaking engagements and

publication credits.

Texas State’s de laTeja honored as

Regents’ Professor

Texas State University-San

Marcos Department of History

professor Frank de la Teja has

been recognized as a recipient of

the 2011 Regents’ Professor

Award by the Texas State

University System (TSUS) Board

of Regents.

The TSUS recognizes an individual

within the system as a recipient of

the Regents’ Professor for

showing an exemplary

performance and contribution in

the areas of teaching, research

and publication.

All of the Regents’ Professor

Awards include a $5,000 award

and commemorative medallion.

Selected professors will also

maintain the title of TSUS Regents’

Professor for the duration of their


In February 2009, de la Teja was

appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to

serve the first-ever two-year term

as the state historian of Texas. In

this job, de la Teja will enhance

Texans ’ knowledge about the

state’s history and heritage;

encourage the teaching of Texas

history in public schools; and

consult with top government

officials on the promotion of Texas


Since 1991, de la Teja has taught

various history courses at Texas

State, including critical issues in

Texas history, Spanish

borderlands, history of Mexico to

1848 and introduction to American

Indian history.

While de la Teja was born in Cuba

and raised in New Jersey, he has

become one of the foremost

experts on Latino history in Texas.

He earned both his bachelor’s

degree in political science and his

master’s degree in Latin American

history from Seton Hall University

in New Jersey. He ventured to

Texas to earn his doctorate in

colonial Latin American history

from the University of Texas.

La Voz de Comal County - October, 2011

The Alamo Colleges congratulate

Chief Budget Officer Dr. Lily F.

Tercero on her selection by the

Texas Southmost College (TSC)

Board of Trustees as its college

president. Tercero will become the

first strictly TSC president the

community college has had since

it began a 20-year partnership with

the University of Texas at

Brownsville, a partnership that is

now coming to an end as TSC

becomes an autonomous


Tercero has served in her current

position at the Alamo Colleges

since fall 2010. Before joining the

Alamo Colleges, she served for 12

years as associate vice chancellor

for planning and budgeting at the

Tarrant County College District.

Tercero holds a Ph.D. in

educational administration from

the University of Texas at Austin,

where she graduated from the

Community College Leadership


Shaina Sandoval can be seen in

the films “In Search of the American

Dream: El Nacional,” “Midnight

Clear,” “Rain,” and “Nico-The

Millionaire,” in addition to the music

video “Saved.”

A native Texan, Shaina is currently

enrolled in the Herberger Institute

for the Arts at Arizona State

University, and is a member of

Alpha Phi Sorority at ASU. While

in Texas, she was the winner of the

“Junior Female Actor” award at the

MB Talent Expo and an academic

honor roll student.

Shaina has extensive

commercial and print credits,

including national spots for, Cowboys &

Indians Magazine, AT&T, Pei Wei,

WalMart, and Denny’s.

She has trained with Cathryn

Sullivan, Cody Linley and Mitchell

Gossett at Everybody-Fits,

Theresa Bell at Theresa Bell

Studio, Cathryn Hartt at Hartt and

Soul Studio, Suzie Torres, Q4U

Productions in Texas and Amanda

Melby of Verve Studios in Arizona.

As a dancer, she was a principal

with Anita N. Martinez Ballet

Folklorico in Dallas, has studied

with Dance Continuum in Bedford,

TX and Les Jordan at North

Central Ballet in Texas. She is

proficient in Ballet, Pointe, Tap,

Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop and has

soloed for the National Hispanic

Celebration at the Majestic

Theatre and guested for “The

Ancestors,” also at the Majestic.

Dr. Lily F. TerceroTapped as

President of TexasSouthmost College

Shaina SandovalComes Out in

New Movie


Loaf of Bread$.22

Gallon of Gas$.33

Gallon of Milk$ 1.03


$7,300.00Dow Jones Avg: 905President: Lyndon B. JohnsonVice-Presidenet: Hubert Humphrey

NEW CAR: $2,750.00 NEW HOUSE: $14,250.00

Domingo Medina Jr. has made

a career move to Regional Sales

Manager for Restorative Health

Care. In this new position he will

be managing the marketing teams

in New Braunfels and Austin.

Restorative Health provides

clinical health care for home bound

seniors. It also provides an array of

services in the area of pediatric


Domingo was born and raised in

New Braunfels. He grew up in Mill

Town (near the Mission Valley Mill

area) and attended school in

Comal ISD where he graduated

from Canyon High School. After

high school he played football at

Angelo State University and later

transferred to University of

Incarnate Word (in San Antonio)

where he finished his degree in

Business management. Domingo

is married and has 4 children.

Domingo MedinaSwitches Companies

and Gets Promtion


Editor & PublisherAlfredo Santos c/s

Managing EditorsYleana SantosKaitlyn Theiss

MarketingCarlos Cedillo

DistributionEl Team

Contributing WritersYvonne de la Rosa

Franco Martinez

La Voz de Comal County is

a monthly publication. The edi-

torial and business address is

P.O. Box 19457 Austin, Texas

78760. The telephone number

is (512) 944-4123. The use, re-

production or distribution of any

or part of this publication is

strongly encouraged. But do

call and let us know what you

are using. Letters to the editor

are most welcome.



Para cualquierpreguntallámenos

Alfredo R. Santos c/s

Editor & Publisher

Page 3

Editorial Welcome to another issue of La

Voz de Austin. There are so

many things going on, no se

donde empezar. Certainly the

death of Steve Jobs is on my

mind. His pioneering work with the

McIntosh is what led me into

desktop publishing and the news-

paper business.

While I had experience laying

out newspapers using the old fash-

ion cut and past methods, the

McIntosh was the technology that

allowed me to really take off in

1990. His death at the age of 56,

while tragic, reminds all of us that

we are only here for a short a time.

On the Passing

of Steve Jobs


Virginia Raymond

La Voz de Comal County - October, 2011

Why Can’t Fidel

Acevedo Get Any


Here is something that I have

been wanting to comment on for

some time. It is the election of the

Texas Democratic Party Chair-

man. One of the candidates in the

running is a man named Fidel

Acevedo. He is a long time com-

munity activists. He has worked

on many campaigns and volun-

teered for many events. Yet when

people hear that he is a candidate

for Texas Democratic Party

Chairman, they tend to dismiss

him. In Spanish we say que “ lo

estan tirando a leon”. Just be-

cause Fidel is not an attorney,

not a millionaire and doesn’t al-

ways wear a suit is not a reason

to dismiss him.

Joaquin Castro

and Lloyd

Doggett Race

The race for the new congres-

sional spot in District 35 contin-

ues to percolate. One the one

hand, you have Joaquin Castro

who has raised half a million dol-

lars and already filed ready to go


Then you have Lloyd Doggett,

who is the current congressman

of the 25th Congressional Dis-

trict who says he is also running

the new 35th Congressional Dis-

trict and has about 3 million dol-

lars in the bank. But with the re-

districting issue in the courts, it

looks that a lot of people are hold-

ing back and waiting to see if the

maps are going to hold up.

The sign below. Is it real or is

photoshop involved? We are look-

ing for comments.

An Invitation to


La Voz de Comal County is

looking for stories and photos

for its November, 2011 issue.

Contact Alfredo Santos c/s

for more details. 512-944-


Juliana Cruz is the young

lady on the cover.

Is it for real?

La gente en el estado de Ala-

bama estan preocupados. El

estado acaba de implementar

una nueva ley que permite a las

autoridades chequear si los

estudiantes tienen papeles o no.

Por su puesto, muchas padres

de familia ven a esto como el

comienzo de un esfuerzo para

detener y deportar miembros de

la familia.

En los ultimos tres semanas,

various padres de familia han

sacado a sus hijos de la

escuela. Otros ya han decedido

salirse del estado de Alabama por

causa de esta ley.

Los autoridades de las

escuelas no son los unicos que

estan viendo impacto de esta

nueva ley, si no también los

dueños de operaciones de

agricultura. Ya se estan quejando

de que no pueden conseguir

trabajadores para lavantar las

cosechas. Unos estan hablando

de que van a tener que usar per-

sonas de las carceles para hacer

las piscas.

Los politicos que estan en fa-

vor de esta ley dicen que los

Estados Unidos tiene que tomar

control de quien esta entrando al

pais. Dicen que esta ley si les va

ayudar a protejer a todos. Otros

dicen que el estado de Alabama

no tenia porque pasar esta ley

porque los asuntos inmigración

es el negocio de gobierno federal

y no lo de el estado.

La Ley

en Alabama

On the Cover

Page 4

“In Search of the American Dream” is the story about four children and their adult brother

as they desperately race across Texas for survival. They are running because their parents,

undocumented for 30 years, were caught, arrested and thrown in jail in one fell swoop.

Deportation is only a matter of time. When CPS separates them, the children are forced to

abandon the only home they’ve ever known, leaving behind their friends, their school,

neighbors, sweethearts and their youngest brother, age 3, and their dog, Frijol.

A routine traffic stop by a police officer goes terribly wrong and now they are not only

running from immigration officers but also from the law.

If forced, what would you do to keep your family together? Learn about the Martinez’s

and their heralding journey to deal with the issues that threaten to tear their family apart. “In

Search of the American Dream” will grip you and your family. Journey with the Martinez

family as they face a challenge beyond their worst fears. This movie will make you love your

family even more.

In the United States we see media coverage of huge “immigrant roundups” (raids) but

the story of what happens to children who are torn from their parents when the parents are

deported is rarely seen. Yet it happens every day in this country. The present law must be

enforced. The parents must go but the American-born children stay.

“In Search of the American Dream” tells the story of one family torn apart… and the fear

and agony the children are forced to bear alone.

“In Search of the American Dream” is currently in post-production and is slated to be

released in early 2012

On November 5th, 2011 on the school grounds of the South Side Independent School

District 1460 Martinez-Losoya Road in Losoya Texas, (20 miles South of San Antonio on

Highway 281) Dr Juan Jasso, Superintendent of Schools and the Tejano Genealogy Society

of Austin invite you to attend the annual schools Cardinal Days. Battle of Medina Film

Productions will be filming the Memorial Service of the Battle of Medina and is seeking

volunteers for the reenactment of the biggest and bloodiest battle ever fought on Texas soil.

The parade will start at 12 noon and will end at the school stadium. The Battle of Medina

Service will start at 1: 15 P.M. in the stadium. If you wish to be in the parade you should arrive

at 11 A.M.

Actors and reenactors should wear appropriate attire. Tejano’s to wear 1800 Tejano attire,

not Texan. Anglo volunteers to wear colonial period attire or frontier dress eg buckskin: Native

Americans to wear buckskin or appropriate Native American attire. Spanish and Mexican

soldiers are also needed in 1800 military attire with muskets if possible. Instructions will be

given on site. This event will be professionally filmed, edited and produced by San Antonio’s

TV personality Maclovio Perez and directed and produced by Author and Historian Dan

Arellano. Southside High School is located 20 miles south of San Antonio on Hi 281 South

(Roosevelt Rd) and Martinez-Losoya Road.

Please go to my Facebook page for examples of appropriate attire. For More Information

Contact: Dan Arellano, President Tejano Genealogy Society 512-826-7569

The Tejano Battle of Medina

A Fight to The Last Man

A call for Volunteer Reenactors

La Voz de Comal County - October, 2011

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La Voz de Comal County - October, 2011

En Oklahoma somos muy generosos y

probablemente estará repartiendo

golosinas a los duendes disfrazados y

fantasmas en su vecindario la noche de

Halloween. Pero no se deje engañar por un

tipo de estafador en busca de información


Debería siempre salvaguardar su

información personal tal como su fecha de

nacimiento, nombre de soltera de su madre,

y su número de Seguro Social. ¿Por qué?

Porque ese es el tipo de información que

los ladrones de identidad andan buscando.

Tal vez piense que está seguro

simplemente al no llevar su tarjeta de Seguro

Social consigo y al no proveer su información

personal por Internet o por correo

electrónico. Pero los estafadores son muy

astutos. Nunca conteste a un correo

electrónico reclamando ser del Seguro Social

y que le pregunte su electrónico reclamando

ser del Seguro Social y que le pregunte su

número de Seguro Social o información


E l robo de identidad es uno de los

crímenes de más alto crecimiento en

Norteamérica. Si piensa que ha sido víctima

de un robo de identidad, debería

comunicarse con la Comisión Federal de

Comercio (FTC, siglas en inglés) visitando

espanol/index.html. También puede llamar

al 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-


Algunos trucos pueden serhorribles para su registro

Por José M. OliveroRelaciones publicas del Seguro

Social en Oklahoma City

Oklahomans are very generous and you’ll

probably be passing out treats to costumed

hobgoblins and ghosts in your

neighborhood this Halloween night. But be

cautious that you’re not tricked by a different

kind of trickster looking for a handout, such

as your personal information.

You should always safeguard your

personal information such as date of birth,

mother’s maiden name, and your Social

Security number. Why? Because it’s that type

of information identity thieves are after.

You may think you’re safe simply by not

carrying your Social Security card with you

and not providing your personal information

over the Internet or by e-mail. But scam

artists have become tricky. Never reply to an

e-mail claiming to be from Social Security

and asking for your Social Security number

or personal information.

Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing

crimes in America. If you think you’ve been

the victim of an identity thief, you should

contact the Federal Trade Commission at Or

you can call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-

4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261.

Another trick: Some people who receive

Social Security and Supplemental Security

Income (SSI) benefits are victimized by

misleading advertisers. Often, these

companies offer Social Security services for

a fee, even though the same services are

available directly from Social Security

free of charge. These services include

getting a:

· Corrected Social Security card

showing a bride’s married


· Social Security card to replace

a lost card; and

· Social Security number for a


If you receive or see what you believe

is misleading advertising for Social

Security services, send the complete

mailing, including the envelope, to:

Office of the Inspector General, Fraud

Hotline, Social Security Administration,

P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. If

you see misleading advertising online,

you can report this information online at

w w w . s o c i a l s e c u r i t y . g o v / o i g /

guidelin.htm. Also, advise your State’s

attorney general consumer affairs office

and the Better Business Bureau.

Learn more about identity theft at

w w w. s o c i a l s e c u r i t y . g o v / p u b s /

10064.html. Read about misleading

advertising at


Enjoy the treats of the season, but be

cautious of tricksters trying to steal more

than a sack of candy. The results of

becoming the victim of identity theft can

be horrifying. Protect your identifying



By Jose M OliveroSocial Security Public AffairsSpecialist in Oklahoma City

de anuncios engañosos. A menudo, estas

compañías ofrecen servicios del Seguro Social

por un honorario, aunque los mismos servicios

están disponibles directamente del Seguro

Social gratuitamente. Estos servicios incluyen

el obtener:

· Una tarjeta corregida de Seguro Social

mostrando el nombre de casada de

una novia;

· Una tarjeta de Seguro Social para

reemplazar una que se perdió; y

· El número de Seguro Social para un


Si recibe o ve lo que cree es propaganda

engañosa de los servicios del Seguro Social,

envíe la correspondencia completa, incluyendo

el sobre, a: Office of the Inspector General, Fraud

Hotline (Oficina del Inspector General, Línea

directa de Fraude), Social Security Administration,

P.O. Box 17768, Baltimore, MD 21235. Si ve

propaganda engañosa por Internet, puede

reportar esta información a través del Internet


index.htm. También, advierta al Procurador

General de su estado o a la oficina de asuntos

del consumidor y a la Oficina pro honradez


Infórmese mejor acerca del robo de identidad


Para leer acerca de propaganda engañosa visite

Disfrute de las delicias de la temporada, pero

tenga cuidado de los estafadores que quieren

robar más de un saco de dulces. Los resultados

de convertirse en víctima de robo de identidad

pueden ser horribles. Proteja la información que

lo identifica.

Otro truco: Algunas personas que reciben

beneficios de Seguro Social y Seguridad de

Ingreso Suplementario (SSI) son víctimas

Page 6

The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, a statewide Latina organization with eight chapters across

Texas, is hosting its 25th Annual Conference “Serve, Lead & Empower-Celebrating 25 Years” on October

28-30th at the Sheraton Austin Hotel located at 701 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

Anticipating over 300 conference attendees, Latinas from all over the state will come together for two days

of workshops and training sessions. HWNT will be providing training sessions in the areas of health,

professional and leadership development. This year’s Honorary Chairs include Texas Secretary of State

Esperanza “Hope” Andrade, Travis County District Clerk Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza and Former Texas

State Representative Christine Hernandez. HWNT is proud to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary as an

organization and we invite you to join us for this historical affair.

To kick off the conference, HWNT will have a ribbon cutting ceremony, hosted by the Greater Austin

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, October 28th at 12:45PM. Secretary of State Esperanza

“Hope” Andrade will welcome the guest along with our State Board of Directors. In addition, HWNT has

named Teresa Lozano Long our 2011 Latina Trailblazer. On Friday, October 28th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., a

special reception will be held honoring Teresa Lozano Long for her long-standing relationship with the

community through her education and fine arts initiatives. HWNT will hold its Estrella Awards Luncheon on

Saturday, October 29th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Each year, HWNT proudly recognizes a member from each

Chapter for devoting their time, talent and resources to promoting the advancement of Hispanic women in

the civic, corporate and public life.

Councilwoman Nelda Martinez

has a history of extensive

volunteerism, community

involvement and public service. She

leads by example, with an open

communication policy and works for

the betterment of the community.

She serves on the Corpus Christi

City Council and as Mayor Pro-Tem

on a rotating basis. Councilwoman

Martinez serves on several

organizations: Circle of Red-

member/advocate- American

Heart Association Southwest

Affiliate; Clowns Who Care- Driscoll

Children’s Hospital; Board

Member- Foster Angels/South

Texas-Supporting Foster Children,

Former Board President- Palmer

Drug Abuse Program.

Councilwoman Martinez is

President/CEO- Nueces Title and

small business owner.

Councilwoman Martinez, the first

Hispanic to take first place among

at-large candidates. Unique record

of service, leadership and advocacy

has won her recognitions: Coastal

Bend Area GI Forum Women’s

Chapter –1999 Outstanding

Business Woman of the Year, Small

Business Administration- “Women

in Business Champion”, YWCA- “Y

Women in Careers Award”,

2001Del Mar College-Wall of

Honor, HWNT-CC “2001Las

Estrellas” Award,and Volunteer

Center-2003 Sweetheart of the


She chairs Texas Municipal

League’s Policy Committee –

Utilities/ Transportation, and serves

on the Gulf Coast Strategic

Highway Coalition. Councilwoman

Martinez is an advocate for our

community and HWNT-Corpus


Nora I. Silva is the Sr. Director of

Health Equity for the South Central

Texas region of the American Heart

Association. In this position Nora

has worked to decrease health

disparities by providing health

education and promoting healthy

lifestyles in the African American

and Hispanic/Latino communities.

Prior to joining the American Heart

Association team, Nora promoted

healthy lifestyles as a fitness

instructor for 19 years. She earned

her Bachelor’s Degree in Health

and Wellness Promotion from

Texas State University and her

Master’s of Public Administration

with a certification in Nonprofit

Management and Leadership at the

University of Texas at San Antonio.

Nora serves as the Chair for San

Antonio Chapter of the Hispanic

Women’s Network of Texas

(HWNT). She also serves as the

Education Committee Chair for

San Antonio at the state level of


S ince physical activity is an

important part of a healthy

community, she also leads free

fitness classes at her home

church, South San Filadelfia

Baptist Church two days a week.

Nora has been in San Antonio for

six years and lives with her son

Sergio and their dog Bailey. Her

passion continues to be teaching

and promoting physical,

emotional, mental and spiritual


About HWNT

The HWNT was formed in 1986 by inviting members of existing women’s and Hispanic groups from

around the state to create an organization that would address issues unique to Hispanas. The HWNT is

a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has become the premier Hispanic women’s organization in


HWNT’s History

The axiom “great minds think alike” applies to the origins of HWNT. The Hispanic Women’s Network of

Texas owes its existence to several great women who conceived the development of a statewide

organization, which would fill the void for Hispanic women. Today, HWNT lives up to its mission statement

of promoting diverse women in public, corporate, and civic arenas.

In 1986, Martha Hinojosa-Nadler with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, State Representative

Lena Guerrero, and Travis County Voter Registrar Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza were discussing the

need for a women?s organization. Entering the equation was Jim Estrada with Anheuser-Busch who

had been meeting with Mary Alice Cisneros, Christine Hernandez, and Lupe Ochoa in San Antonio to

discuss funding innovative projects in Texas. The actions that followed involved pulling together a Steering

Committee of ten women from different geographic areas to poll their respective regions and meet in a

statewide stetting. The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) served as the non-profit

organizational structure. Norma Cantu and Dora Tovar of MALDEF provided invaluable assistance and


The result was the 1987 conference in Dallas at which 200 women from every geographic area of Texas,

with diverse backgrounds and occupations, discussed areas of concern to women and Latinos. A

commitment to remain united, address common issues and promote Hispanic Women was a major

concern then and continues now. Today, HWNT chapters exist in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton,

Fort Worth, Houston, Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio.

Nelda MartinezNora I. Silva

Hispanic Women’s Network of

Texas Celebrates 25th Annual State

Conference in Austin, Texas

La Voz de Comal County - October, 2011

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Monica Peña currently works for

locally owned, family business

Escobar Construction, LLC,

She and her husband started the

company over 10 years ago and

she is very well involved in the day

to day activities of the company. She

enjoys being a resource of

knowledge and bridging

connections from different

businesses and organizations.

Monica currently serves the

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber

of Commerce as Social Media

Ambassador and is the Charitable

Events Committee Chair of the

Interior Design Society Texas Hill

Country Chapter with this year’s

main project being a SafePlace

family activity room redo. She found

one of her passions was writing

and is a contributing writer for The

Austin Times Newspaper and La

Voz Newspaper.

She has served on committees for

the following organizations:

Y.W.C.A., Hispanic Women’s

Network of Texas, Hispanic

Futures Conference, and Las

Comadres Para Las Americas.

She has been honored with the

Young Hispanic Professional

Austin Association member of the

Year award in 2009 and is currently

on her second term as the

organization’s vice president.

Angie Perez joined the Hispanic

Women’s Network of Texas-

Dallas Chapter in 2007 and

immediately became involved with

the Education Seminar Series by

serving as a volunteer chaperoning

students on one of the buses.

She went on to co-chair the

program during the 2009-2010

academic school year and took

great pride in helping to increase

the number of students in

attendance. In 2010-2011, she

continued her involvement in the

program by chairing the volunteer

committee. Having become an

HWNT member has been a

blessing to Angie in that she has

made many dear friends and

grown both personally and


Angie is currently a human

resources representative at

Mission Foods/Gruma

Corporation in Irving, Texas. She

is a past board member of the

North Texas Exes Collin County

Chapter and has been a member

of the National Society of Hispanic

MBAs for over eight years.

Angie began her higher education

journey at the University of

Pennsylvania Wharton School;

later earning a Bachelor of

Business Administration Degree in

Marketing from the University of

North Texas while married and

raising a young daughter.

In 2005 she fulfilled her goal of

earning her Masters Degree of

Business Administration (with a

Human Resources concentration)

from the University of Dallas – an

achievement which made her

family extremely proud, including

her late father.

Tomasa has owned her own

company, TLG Language

Resource & Training Center, in

Denton, TX, since 1993. Serving

primarily the Spanish speaking

communities, TLG Language

Resource and Training is an

established support center with a

variety of professional services,

including: Immigration/Income Tax

document preparation;

Translations; since 1995,

publisher of La Cronica Latina;

Language Academy; GED Classes;

Computer Classes; Consultation

and support to the self employed

and small business owners,

including bookkeeping services.

Her past experience and passion

has always been education.

Tomasa is a founding member of

the Denton chapter of HWNT and

has stayed committed to its

success. Besides HWNT, she was

the Founder and past Chairman

(1995-2000) of the Denton

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;

TAMACC Past-Vice Chair for

Networking; Communities In

Schools, Denton Co, Founder;

American Heart Association

Board of Directors; Denton

(LULAC), Co-Founder and past

President and Artz & Jazz Festival

Board of Directors.

Born in New York City, Lucie came

from a large Puerto Rican family.

The family moved back to Puerto

Rico in 1961 where she finished

high school and studied at the

University of Puerto Rico. Lucie

worked in newspaper advertising

since 1968. In ’81 she moved to

Texas looking to expand her

horizons. Lucie was lucky and

landed in DFW and worked at the

Dallas Times Herald. This was a

great break for her – it changed her

life. In ’83, she met Robert Allen of

Laredo, Texas, and fell in love. They

were married 2 years later.

Lucie states, “Texas has been very

good to me, the people who were

my friends in 81 are still my friends

today, Bob and I have celebrated

our 26th anniversary, and now I am

involved with a fabulous group of

women whose works in educating

young women heading for college

(LIP program), sharing experiences

with other Hispanic women

(Mindshare) and giving out

thousands of dollars in

scholarships, have really inspired


Lucie is extremely proud of being a

member of the Fort Worth Chapter

of HWNT, and says, “The women in

this group make a difference in their

communities, their work places and

in the lives of others. I am honored

to be a part of this great group”

Cristina Castro Clark is the

present Vice Chair of Marketing and

Development of the HWNT Houston

Chapter, as well as a member of

the Education Committee. She is

the owner of The Clark Designs,

co-owner of Pinky Promise

Photography and the Marketing

Coordinator at Beyond Controls,


Cristina earned a Bachelor of

Science Degree in Public Relations

from the University of Texas at

Austin and distinguished

certif ication of Business

Foundations from the McComb

School of Business.

Cristina was selected for this

award because of her unwavering

commitment to the advancement of

women through education. Over the

last two years she has served as a

role model to the young women that

have participated in the Latinas

Leading Latinas Educational

Houston program. Specifically, she

has continuously made time to

assist the young women applying

to college by reviewing their

essays, resumes, and providing

them with SAT preparatory material.

She worked tirelessly through the

course of the last year to help raise

scholarship funds so that many

young women could be provided

assistance to pay for the high costs

associated with obtaining an


Cristina’s professionalism and

continued willingness to volunteer,

support, and make herself

available to the continued success

of the HWNT educational program

is the reason why the Houston

Chapter believes she is an


2011 Estrellas de Tejas

Angie Perez

Lucie Santiago AllenMonica Peña

Tomasa Garcia

Cristina Castro Clark

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Compramos Oro y Plata

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ABOVE: Sonya Munoz-Gill, formerNew Braunfels City Council memberaddress the crowd.

ABOVE: Eva Paniagua one of the foundingmembers of the Ballet Folklorico in New Braunfels.

ABOVE: Denise and Bryan Miranda weretwo of more than 100 people who attendedthe mixer.

ABOVE: Hilda Medina chats with one of theattendess at the Comal County Hispanic CouncilMixer on September 26th, 2011.

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Comal County Hispanic Council Mixer

ABOVE: A crowd of over 100 gathered outside the lawn of the law firmof Rose Zamora to participate in the Comal County Hispanic CouncilMixer during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Bait’ wins Tomás Rivera

Children’s Book AwardAlex Sanchez’s young adult novel Bait, which depicts the emotional

journey of a troubled 16-year-old boy, has been named the Tomás

Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award recipient for

works published in 2009-10.

Sanchez will be honored during a series of events Oct. 20-22 on

the Texas State campus and at the Texas Book Festival in Austin.

The author will give a presentation 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 20 in the LBJ

Student Center Ballroom on campus. Sanchez will be signing

autographs, and books will be available for purchase. He will also

take part in the Rivera Award 15th Anniversary celebration 6:30-

8:30 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections in the Alkek Library.

Sanchez will attend the Texas Book Festival Oct. 22, participating

in the Rivera Book Award session along with moderator Minda Lopez

1:30-2:15 in Capitol Extension Room E2.15 in Austin.

The award, established at Texas State University-San Marcos in 1995, is designed to encourage

authors, illustrators and publishers to produce books that authentically reflect the lives of Mexican

American children and young adults in the United States.

The Tomás Rivera considers works in two categories: “Works for Older Children/Young Adult” and

“Works for Younger Children,” with each category under consideration in alternate years. This year’s

winner was nominated as “Works for Older Children/Young Adult.” More than 40 books published in

2009 and 2010 in this category were considered for this year’s Tomás Rivera Award.

In Bait, 16-year-old Diego is forced to confront painful secrets from his past. Diego goes through an

emotional transformation with the help of Mr. Vidas, his probation officer. Over time, Diego recognizes

Mr. Vidas as one of the only trustworthy adults in his life and together they examine Diego’s experiences

and begin to understand how those experiences set up patterns of behavior that continue to haunt him.

The book resists stereotyping and oversimplification, allowing readers to witness the long and difficult

process of dealing with emotional turmoil resulting from past abuse. This groundbreaking work boldly

addresses important issues that are often hidden away and ignored out of fear and shame. A central

message of the book is that through caring relationships with supportive adults, young people are able

to overcome painful experiences to lead healthy lives.

Sanchez is an award-winning author of novels geared for young adults. He received his master’s

degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a

youth and family counselor. His novels include the Lambda Award-winning So Hard to Say, the Meyers

Award-winning Getting It, The God Box and the Rainbow Boys trilogy. When not writing, Alex tours the

country talking with teens, librarians and educators about the importance of teaching tolerance and

self-acceptance. Alex was born in Mexico City and his family moved to the United States when he was

five. He now divides his time between Thailand and Hollywood, Fla. He maintains a website at

About the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award

Texas State developed the Tomás Rivera Award to congratulate and acknowledge authors and

illustrators dedicated to depicting the values and culture of Mexican Americans. Rivera, who died in

1984, graduated from Texas State with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before receiving a

Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. A Distinguished Alumnus of Texas State, Rivera published his

landmark novel in 1971 titled ...y no se lo tragó la tierra/ ...And the Earth Did Not Part. In 1979, Rivera was

appointed chancellor of the University of California-Riverside, the first Hispanic chancellor named to

the University of California System.

For more information on the Rivera Award, please visit the Rivera Award website at

Texas State receives

grant to assist familiesTexas State University-San Marcos has received $670,000 from the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and

Families to implement the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families

program, a relationship education program for pregnant and parenting


The program, administered by Michelle Toews and Ani Yazedjian, associate

professors in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, will provide pregnant

and parenting adolescents with critical relationship skills.

“These federal funds will give Texas State students the opportunity to help

young people in Central Texas develop the relationship, job, and financial

skills necessary to be better parents,” said U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett. “This

program is another example of the good that Bobcats are doing in their

community, making a real difference in the lives of Texas families.”

“The Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families program will provide

pregnant and parenting adolescents with relationship education, as well as job

readiness and financial management skills that will ultimately enhance their

well-being and strengthen their families,” said Toews.

Previous research has found adolescent pregnancy and parenting often result

in poorer psychological functioning, higher levels of relationship instability, and

an increased risk of intimate partner violence. In addition, SR/SF will incorporate

job readiness skills because adolescent parents are less likely to graduate

from high school, more likely to be unemployed, and more likely to receive

government assistance.

The program will also provide financial management education in order to

strengthen young families because Toews and Yazedjian have found many of

the conflicts adolescent parents experience revolve around money.

To reach the goal of strengthening families, four SR/SF Facilitators will implement

the program during the school day with the assistance of undergraduate and

graduate interns at Texas State from a variety of disciplines. The program will be

delivered to adolescents enrolled in Pregnancy, Education, and Parenting (PEP)

programs located in Central Texas each week over the course of the school

year. These sessions will cover topics such as healthy relationships,

communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, job readiness skills, and

financial literacy.

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Comal County Hispanic CouncilParticipates in the Parade

La Voz de Comal County - October, 2011

ABOVE: Back row, lert to right - Alex Garcia, London Villegas, Ava Medina.

Front row, left to riht - girl -not able to identify, Brandon Medina, Elijah Villegas, Emily Medina

ABOVE: Diana Villanueva, Dolly Ruiz, Annette Medina, Petra Villegas, Able Villegas,

Joaquin Castro, Domingo Medina, Joe Ayala, Albert RuizABOVE: Diana Villanueva, Annette Medina, Petra Villegas, Dolly Ruiz

ABOVE: London Villegas and Ava Medina

ABOVE: Emily Medina with friends at the parade.

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What you are about to read is a

true story. It took place in 1968 in

Uvalde, Texas, where I grew up as

a teenager. Many of the individuals

who were with me when this event

took place still live in Uvalde.

This story first appeared in print

in 1977, in a community

newspaper called El Uvalde

Times, which was published by

Olga Muñoz Rodriguez. To this day,

I am still looking for an explanation

of what really happened that

unforgettable night at the Uvalde

Memorial Golf Course.

Although it has been more than

40 years since it happened, I will

never forget what we saw that night

in the in Uvalde, Texas. It was just

a typical summer night in South

Texas. The scorching 100 degree

heat from the day had kept most

people inside their homes. But now

night had fallen and people were

outside on their porches visiting

with neighbors or cruising up and

down Main Street in their cars.

Dando la vuelta was the thing to

do back then. Gasoline at the Fina

Service Station only cost $.22 a

gallon. But for me it didn’t really

matter, because I did my cruising

on a Honda 50 motorcycle and I

could get 50 or 60 miles per gallon!

I loved my motorcycle. It was my

freedom machine and I rode it every

chance I could.

As I cruised up and down Main

Street, I came upon a tan and white

1956 Ford Crown Victoria that was

stopped at a traffic l ight by

Churches Chicken. It was

Chema’s car. Jose Chema

Martinez always had nice cars. I

remember very well his purple

1955 Cheverolet with the white tuck

and roll upholstery job he had done

in Mexico. I guess this Ford was

another one of his project cars.

I peaked inside, and lo and

behold I saw a bunch of familiar

faces! Inside were none other than,

Rata (Richard Garcia), Nevarez

(Ricardo Nevarez), Mofle (Onofre

Morales), David Luna y otro vato

whose name escape me at the

moment. Rata, Nevarez, Mofle and

I all played high school football

together and were good friends.

“¿Que estan haciendo?” I asked

as I threw my head al estilo Uvalde.

Rata answered first,“Aquí nomas.

No hay nada más que hacer. No

tenemos feria.” I nodded in the

affirmative when he mentioned

money, porque yo también andaba

mrdio quebrado.

“Vamos ir al parque a oir rolas,”

Rata said as the traffic light turned

green. I took that as an invitation

and fell in behind them as they

continued to head East on Main

Street. We crossed Getty Street,

la calle Camp and then Wood Street

before arriving at the Uvalde

Memorial Park.

Thornton’s Texaco Station was

located right next to the park

entrance and I remember looking

at the big clock inside, that

read11:00pm. Once inside the park

we pulled up to the tennis courts

and parked. Today, those courts are

gone and have been replaced by a

volleyball area and road that went

all the way around the park is also

gone. Presently, that same road

just wraps half-way around the park.

We got off our vehicles and

bantered a bit before deciding to

head into the middle of the park to

chill out. Somebody had a 45 rpm

record player which was going to

be our entertainment for the

evening (That was the technology

of the times). I didn’t see anybody

else in the park as we walked into

the center to “make camp.”

As the music was playing softly,

we took turns telling stories, fighting

with the mosquitos and wondering

about all of our friends who had

gone up North for the summer to

work in the fields. “Where is David

Ozuna?” Someone asked. “He went

up North y anda jalando.” “Where

is . . . . so and so? Pués qué también

se fué pa’l norte al betabel.”

We continued talking and

listening to music when suddenly I

began to notice a change in the

temperature. It seemed as though

the temperature had dropped 20

degrees. Then someone

commented that the crickets,

beetles and other animals in the

park had gone silent. That was

strange.However, it was when the

record player began to lose its

clarity and started to slow down that

we really began to pay attention to

our surroundings. That is when we

saw him . . . . or it. I don’t remember

who was the first one to see him

but I do remember that by the time

he got in front of the golf club house

he had definitely caught our


¿Quien EsEse Chamaquito?

As he came toward the road that

went around the park, the light

revealed that he was perhaps a boy

between 12 or 13 years old. He was

also carrying something in his

arms. As he got to the road, he bent

over and opened his arms. We saw

it was a dog. . . . . . .a dog on a

leash. The little boy then began to

walk the dog along the perimeter

of the park heading toward Main

Street. “Quien es ese chamaquito?”

Onofre asked out loud.

Rata and Nevarez grew up in the

neighborhood adjacent to the golf

course (El Barrio de Abajo), so they

were the ones who would most

likely have an answer. But they both

said they didn’t have a clue. We

continued to watch as the little boy

continued to move North along the

park road. When he got to the flag

pole, he crossed over and headed

down into the Leona River. Although

the river was dry, the actions of this

little boy left us curious (But not

curious enough to go follow him

into the river).

With the kid out of sight, we put

him out of mind. The sounds of the

summer night returned and we

continued our conversations,

joking around and listening to the

music. Then, about a half hour later,

somebody in our group looked up

and saw the little boy again. He

was walking back along the road

but this time he didn’t have the dog

with him anymore.Again, the

sounds of the crickets and the other

animals had gone silent.

Now we were really curious. As

he got closer and closer, somebody

in our group said “Vamos a ver

quien es este vato.” “Simon,”

somebody else said as we got up

off the grass. We approached at an

angle so as to intercept him on the

road, but the little boy must have

seen us, because he moved over

to the other side. Mofle and I were

at the head of our group as the kid

headed into the golf course. Again,

Now I Believe!

The Little Boy Who

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he must have seen us or sensed

us because he started moving

quickly. In fact, we had to break into

a full run just to keep up. Over a

fairway and across another we

went until we finally started to get

closer to this kid.

We were now i the middle of the

golf course and maybe about 15 or

20 feet away from the kid when

Mofle yelled out, “Hey vato! Parale

hay!” (Hey dude, stop where you

are). But before we could get any

closer,the little boy started to turn

his head and before we could even

make out his profile, he burst into a

bright, orange flames and

disappeared! That’s right! Right

there in front of us, he just vanished!

“¡En la madre! ¡Baboso!, yelled

Mofle. I couldn’t believe what I just

had seen! We stopped dead in our

tracks. The others, even though they

were maybe 30 feet behind us, saw

the same thing. Este chavalito se

desaparecio! “Wachaste?” Nevarez

asked. “Simon ese” Someone


¿A Donde fue este cabron!?

“Where did he go?” Preguntó otro.

Nadie contesto. Nobody

volunteered a response. We didn’t

know what to think. Then to break

the silence someone said

something about an old Mexican

saying that where there is fire there

is money. Y con eso we all looked

down for signs of scorched grass.

It didn’t take but 5 seconds to see

with the moonlight that there was

no scorched grass.

No one wanted to admit what we

had just collectively witnessed.

After all, we were “tough guys” and

we weren’t about to show any fear.

Someone suggested that we

search the immediate area y como

tontos we broke into teams of two

to “search” for the little boy. But who

were we kidding? This kid

disappeared in the middle of a golf

fairway! There were no bushes to

hide behind. There were no shrubs!

After a minute or two of going

through the motions of searching

of the immediate area, we came

back to the spot where the kid had

disappeared. Of course there was

nothing to report. We looked at

each other and because we were

tough guys, nadie queria enseñar

que tenia miedo.

Then, and I won’t say who, (It

wasn’t me) but one of the guys in

the group started to tremble and as

he tried to say something his voice

began to break, his eyes got real

big and it seemed like he was

having a breakdown. Between a

look of susto and a high pitched

voice, he cried out, “Yo no se que

esta pasando pero . . . .

“Well, he didn’t have to say

anything else. That frightful look on

his face said it all and the need for

us to be tough guys was the last

thing on our mind. Asustados,

escamados, and just plain scared,

we ran for our lives! Over the

fairways and through the golf

course, we ran like hell back to our


We had just witnessed

something beyond our

comprehension. Maybe something

not even human! ¡A la mo!

Although the road coming into

Memorial Park was a one way, I

got on my motorcycle and dashed

out the wrong way. I didn’t even wait

to see what the others were going

to do. I was scared. “What did we

just see?” I asked myself as I raced

home on that Honda at 42 miles

per hour.

The following day, and for many

days, months and even years, we

did not speak of what happened to

us in the park. We didn’t say

anything in part because we didn’t

know what to say. We also felt that

if we did speak of this event, people

were going to say, “que andaban

fumando?” So we just stayed silent

when it came to this incident.

The years passed, and each of

us went our separate ways. Rata

and Mofle joined the Navy, while

David Luna moved to San Antonio.

Chema stayed in Uvalde and I went

out to California and ended up

going to college.

In 1973, I was an undergraduate

at the University of California,

Berkeley. One day friend showed

me a book called the Teachings of

Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of

Knowledge. She told me a little bit

about the book, which described a

sorcerer who could disappear and

fly. Immediately I thought about the

event in the park in Uvalde. I

listened to her describe the book

and thought that maybe here was

the answer to the disappearance

of the little boy.

The next day, I went and bought a

copy. I read the book slowly and

was fascinated by what the author

was revealing about his

experiences with the sorcerer, Don

Juan Matus. Over the next two

years, I read four of what came to

be a series of about seven books

by Carlos Castaneda. While the

books were fascinating, in the end,

they did not bring me any closer to

an explanation of what happened

with the kid in the golf course.

In 1992, I was living in Newark,

Delaware and going to school once

again. By chance I came across a

book called Other Worlds by a

physicist named Paul Davies. In

this book, Dr. Davies describes in

layman’s terms Albert Einstein’s

theory of relativity and how it is

possible for there to exist “parallel

worlds” in the same space and


What Davies suggests, is that

what we may have witnessed that

summer of 1968 was someone

moving from one world and into

another, or as in our case, the little

boy in the golf course was moving

between different realit ies or

worlds. Yes, I know that sounds

strange. How can someone move

from one world and into another?

And it is here that we enter into the

heart of the debate of what is


Was the kid real? What does it

mean for something to be real? As

I now approach my 60s, I can only

say that what happened back in

1968 continues to weigh on my

mind. Should I feel privileged that

my friends and I were given a peek

at something that shows that the

world is much bigger than most

people imagine? Or should I feel

fear knowing that the things most

of us believe are important in this

world are but minor i l lusions

whose purpose is to distract us?

I must now confess that the more

I learn, the less I know, only

because I know there is so much

more to learn. If Paul Davies’ theory

is on target, the question remains,

who is the little boy?

Now I Believe!

Disappeared at the Golf Course

En Las Palabras

Hay Poder

Word Power

No one can ever argue in the name of

education, that it is better to know less

than it is to know more. Being bilin-

gual or trilingual or multilingual is about

being educated in the 21st century.

We look forward to bringing our read-

ers various word lists in each issue of

La Voz de Comal County.

Nadie puede averiguar en el nombre de la

educación que es mejor saber menos que

saber más. Siendo bilingüe o trilingüe es

parte de ser educado en el siglo 21.

Esperamos traer cada mes a nuestros

lectores de La Voz de Comal County una

lista de palabras en español con sus

equivalentes en inglés.

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What happened? ¿Qué pasó?

When did it happen? ¿Cuándo pasó?

Where did it happen? ¿Dónde pasó?

Who was there? ¿Quién estaba ahí?

Did you see it? ¿Usted lo vio?

How many parents came? ¿Cuántos padres de familia vinieron?

Were they mad? ¿Estaban enojados?

Who was arrested? ¿Quién fue arrestado?

Are you going back again? ¿Va usted a volver?

Were you afraid? ¿Tenía usted miedo?

Good luck! ¡Buena suerte!

José A. Cárdenas, a nationally recognized teacher, researcher and pioneer in the field of

education for U.S. Latino children whose civil rights work zeroed in on educational justice

and equity, hasdied. An authority in school finance reform and early childhood, multicultural

and bilingual education, Cárdenas was found deceased in his homeSaturday. He was

remembered for pioneering educational approaches and programs now considered

standard, including what longtime colleague Rosie Castro called the “Cárdenas’ theory


“He pioneered the idea that children who are bilingual learned differently,” she said. “It was

a novel idea that the education culture had never looked at and was well proven out later. In

the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was verynew.” Cárdenas, who was 80, suffered strokes in the last

several years, his son Dr. Michael Cardenas said, and never fullyrecovered.

A Laredo native, he started college at the University of Texas at Austin at 15. Described as

brilliant, with a keen intellectual curiosity, UT named him a distinguished alumnus in1997.

The José Cárdenas Early Childhood Center in the Edgewood Independent School District

is named forhim. He served as superintendent of Edgewood schools in the late 1960s and

early ’70s on the heels of student-led walkouts that brought to light unqualified teachers,

deteriorating facilities and unequal educational opportunity for its poor, Mexican


He played a role in the landmark case brought by Edgewood parents against the state that

reached the U.S. Supreme Court. He testified in, or consulted on, more than 70 education-

related civil-rightscases. “We have lost a real champion,” said Al Kauffman, former attorney

for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “He was the leading Latino

educator in the history of the UnitedStates.”

“He was a man of great vision, great courage and great action,” said María “Cuca” Robledo

Montecel, president and CEO of the Intercultural Development Research Association, a

nationally known institution that produces research and develops curriculum and

educationtheory. Cárdenas founded IDRA in1973.

“Dr. Cárdenas legacy is one that would have all of us focus on children to provide them the

best, highest quality education and to do so without regard for the language they speak, the

side of town they come from or the color of their skin,” Robledo Montecelsaid.

“Many of us throughout the country will remember him as a man who cared deeply about

children, about education and about opportunities that education brings to young children,”


Cárdenas earned his bachelor’s degree at UT in 1950, a master’s from Our Lady of the

Lake University in 1955 and a doctorate, again from UT, in1966. “He was an incredible

thinker, intellectual and strategist,” said Castro, who taught in an early Cárdenas-inspired

program that put teachers on the road to Michigan, following children of migrant cherry

pickers, so that they wouldn’t fall behind. “He was a realinnovator.” Cárdenas also was

remembered as a civil rights activist who challenged the statusquo.

As superintendent of Edgewood, he denied the Texas Cavaliers’ King Antonio from visiting

schools, said fellow educator Rebeca Barrera, who began her teaching career atEdgewood.

“He spoke his mind, and he was a role model for so many educators that followed,” shesaid.

“His greatest contribution has been the huge number of young people who pursued their

doctoral studies,” said retired educator Bambi Cárdenas, another longtime colleague. “It’s

hard to imagine the progress that would not have been made without his undaunting pursuit

of that goal. His contributions will be hard tomatch.” She recalled Cárdenas’ visits to

Edgewood school counselors in the early ‘70s in which he directed them — individually —

“to stop ranking students and concentrate on getting them into college and finding

scholarships for them “to help our kids transition tocollege.”

Latino education leaderJosé Cárdenas dies

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