TEXAS TECH CHANCELLOR HOSTS STATE, LOCAL OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION ISSUES IN SOUTH TEXAS

EVENT ADVISORY
Date: October 18, 2005
CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, sally.post@ttu.edu

WHAT: Higher education issue discussions

WHEN: Laredo – 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday Oct. 19, Rosewood Room, 1415 Country Club Drive
Rio Grande City – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 19, La Borde House, 601 E. Main Street
McAllen – 8:30 a.m., Thursday Oct. 20, McAllen Country Club, 615 Wichita Avenue
Brownsville – 11:30 a.m., Thursday Oct. 20, Palm Court Restaurant, 2200 Boca Chica Boulevard
There will be media availability following each event.

EVENT: Chancellor David R. Smith is visiting four cities to hear the concerns and ideas of local and state officials about higher education in Texas. St. Sen.Judith Zaffirini, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee and member of the Senate Education Committee, will join Smith in Laredo. St. Rep. Ryan Guillen, member of the House Appropriations Committee,will join Smith in Rio Grande City. In Brownsville, Paul Cowen, chief of staff for St. Sen. Eddie Lucio, will join the chancellor.

During the two-day trip, Chancellor Smith will listen to new ideas, enhance existing partnerships and begin building new bridges to cooperation. He is further encouraging dialogue on how higher education can better address the needs of communities across the state of Texas.

“The state’s economic future depends on a workforce that has a college education,” said Smith. “There is a significant shift in the socio-economic and cultural makeup of our future labor force. Many of the young men and women who are graduating from high school come from families who have never had a graduate of a college or university. In the face of dramatically declining state funding, we must find innovative ways to ensure that these young people receive undergraduate and graduate degrees.”

CONTACT:Alberto Cardenas, special assistant to the chancellor, Texas Tech University System, (806) 790-9605.