Emerging leaders in the Rio Grande Valley at a rally for Leticia Van De Putte
Young Democrats President at UTPA (far left) with Leticia Van De Putte, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Texas
Eva Longoria speaks for Leticia and for Texas women flanked by local politicians supporting Leticia's candidacy
First time voters in El Paso who are TFA State President Mike Coulehan's students
Degrees Not Debt
TFA is holding information sessions and workshops to give faculty information about how to reduce student loan payments and reduce the amount owed. We kicked off the campaign with a film and discussion led by Nilka Julio, NEA field staff person at Brazosport College. We are following it up with "Paperwork Workshops." There are designated TFA members at Brazosport who are willing to help our members with individual questions.
For more information visit http://www.nea.org/degreesnotdebt and http://www.nea.org/home/60418.htm
Lily Eskelsen García - NEA President
Nilka Julio - NEA staff, Harvey Yarborough - TFA Board Member, Mary Aldridge Dean - TFA Executive Director
Molly Braun - NEA Organizing Institute team member, Harvey Yarborough - TFA Board Member
At El Paso Community College TFA combined a local political update, voter registration, and information on Degrees Not Debt
Gabe Camacho - EPCC Local Chapter President, Mike Coulehan - TFA State President, and an EPCC local member
At UT Pan American TFA worked with Battleground Texas on voter registration, with the Texas Department of Public Safety present to issue state ID cards due to the voter ID law that was passed during the last session, as the law did not allow for student identification cards to be used for voting purposes.
Battleground Texas worker and James Aldridge - local 40 year member, former State President, and TFA Board Member who coordinated with Battleground
Degrees Not Debt hands-on workshop at Brazosport College
Voted Off the Island
By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
The new University of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, set to open in fall 2015, has lofty goals: expand access to comprehensive higher education in South Texas and become one of the biggest and most successful Hispanic-serving institutions in the country.
Most faculty members from the two existing institutions that will be dissolved to make way for Rio Grande Valley support those aims. But as the new university’s inaugural year approaches, professors at the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas Pan-American – who will make up most of the faculty at the new institution – say they’re increasingly worried about shared governance during the transition.
Case in point: Last week, some 25 tenured and tenure-track professors at Brownsville and Pan American received letters informing them that they had not made the cut after an initial faculty reapplication process. There are enough tenure-line jobs for everyone currently at those two institutions to work at Rio Grande Valley, but faculty members at the two feeder institutions still had to reapply for their jobs. While an overwhelming majority were approved, two dozen were not. The reason? They hadn’t met any number of criteria the university’s new administration set for automatic approval.