Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities, posted this photo on Twitter. She said the baby is a refugee at the welcome center in McAllen, Texas. The center, at Sacred Heart Church, has food, clothing and Christmas presents for recent refugee arrivals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
H-E-B on Thursday announced a $1 million donation to the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute. The newly formed institute is part of the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Laura Gump, group vice president and general manager for H-E-B, said her company donates $8 million a year to education. She commended UTRGV.
Dr. Francisco Fernandez, dean of the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, said Thursday that a phrase in the documentary Diabetesville, USA, grates him. The phrase is, “Don’t be as sick as the Rio Grande Valley.” Fernandez said his medical school plans to turn that around. He spoke at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen.
Dr. Steven H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, says TAMUK and UT-Rio Grande Valley officials will explore more ways to collaborate in South Texas. This week, the two institutions agreed to work together to improve educational opportunities in the engineering arena. TAMUK is opening an engineering school in Weslaco.