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Business Announcements September 25-October 1, 2011 - El Paso Inc.: Border Business

Business Announcements September 25-October 1, 2011

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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011 9:13 am

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers announced that Jorge A. Lopez, Ph.D., professor of physics at the University of Texas at El Paso, is its 2011 Educator of the Year.

The society will present his award during a gala Oct. 29 in Anaheim as part of its annual conference.

The Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Texas at El Paso has been approved for accreditation for 10 years, the maximum available. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education granted the accreditation following review of a self-study submitted by the program and a site visit in March.

Graduates of UTEP's program can take the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

City Rep. Cortney Niland is seeking volunteers to serve on boards and commissions for District 8. The unpaid vacancies are: Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, Construction Board of Appeals, Industrial Development Authority, Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement System Advisory Board, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council, RSVP.

Some boards have requirements; others are community-based and have no requirements.

If interested, e-mail a résumé to or call (915) 541-4268.

The Sun Bowl Association has announced the hiring of Ana Chavez as media relations director. She will coordinate media relations for all Sun Bowl events, including the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational and the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Chavez spent three years as assistant director of athletic media relations at UTEP. The UTEP graduate received her bachelor's degree in organizational and corporate communication in


Two faculty members in the Department of Medical Education at Texas Tech's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine have been named college masters for the department. Martine Coue, Ph.D., associate professor of cell and molecular biology and genetics, and Janet Piskurich, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology and microbiology will provide faculty guidance and oversight to one of four academic student colleges at the new medical school.

They will mentor and advocate for students in the areas of academic achievement and professional development and to promote self-learning and intellectual inquiry.

State Sen. José Rodríguez, D- El Paso, received the Emma Tenayuca Award from the Workers Defense Project Thursday at its annual dinner at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin.

He was honored for his work on Senate Bill 1024, which will help ensure that Texas workers are paid in full for their work.

A former migrant farm worker, Rodriguez said he knows the hardships the workers face daily. The bill, which became law Sept. 1, makes it easier for law enforcement to go after employers who don't pay workers for all of the work that they have done.

The Document Services Division of ReadyOne Industries has received certification from the National Association for Information Destruction for a new program geared to small- to medium-sized medical offices. As part of the program, ReadyOne offers assistance and staff training in managing and controlling their office records.

Clint ISD, El Paso Community College, The Greater Texas Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and the Texas High School Project held a kick-off ceremony marking the establishment of an early college high school in the district Thursday at the Clint ISD Central Administration Building, 14521 Horizon Blvd.

The early college high school will allow students to attend both high school and college in a special campus environment that will challenge students to excel. Students can earn a high school diploma and a two-year associates degree at graduation.

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the City of El Paso a $712,500 federal grant to support alternative fuel efforts. Sun Metro has received over $125 million in federal funding to improve services, including $15 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to construct the Glory Road Sun Metro Transit Terminal and the Westside Transit Terminal, and 200 bus shelters.

Rito E. Carrera has been named the chief operations officer for the Ysleta Independent School District, effective Oct. 3. A reception to introduce Carrera will be held at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in the atrium at the YISD Administration Cultural Arts Center, 9600 Sims.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a four-year, $1.1-million grant to German Rosas-Acosta, Ph.D., to help him research new methods to battle influenza on the cellular level.

Rosas-Acosta is an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, and his team consists of 11 UTEP students: three doctoral students, three master's students and five undergraduates.

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $400,000 federal grant to the West Texas Community Supervision and Correction Department through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The department provides probation and community corrections services to 18 district courts, seven county courts-at-law, two county criminal courts, the jail magistrate court and two county courts in the region.

The Diocese of El Paso awarded 265 students a total of $297,510 in financial aid for this school year. A grant from the Burkitt Foundation, an affiliated foundation of the El Paso Community Foundation, provided $152,000 in tuition assistance to 91 at-risk students.

The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso awarded 63 students $107,910 from the Michael and Clara Miles Scholarship Fund and the Bishop's Scholarship Fund. The Diocesan Office of Education awarded $37,600 in scholarships to 111 students from the Educational Assistance Fund, which includes a General Scholarship Fund and a Hearst Foundation Endowed Fund.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Felix Orji, rector of St. Francis Anglican Church, is to be consecrated Sept. 25 as suffragan bishop in the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.

The ceremony will take place at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Lagos, Nigeria.

The convocation is part of the Anglican Church in North America, which is affiliated with the Anglican Church of Nigeria.

As bishop, Orji will assist Bishop Martyn Minns is providing care for Anglican parishes in the Western United States.


Mitzi Shannon, a partner in Kemp Smith's Litigation Department, has been appointed to the Texas State Bar Construction Law Council. She is the fourth appointee from El Paso since the council was formed 22 years ago. It has 6 members statewide. Shannon's three-year term ends in 2014.

The Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas has over 2,200 members from public and private sectors involved in the practice of construction law. The section provides continuing legal education and a forum to network with construction industry legal professionals.

John W. Long, executive vice president, CFO and COO of JDW Insurance, and his wife Susan Long, have been named to the Hall of Fame by the College of Business at New Mexico State University. They will be guests at a banquet this month. It's the first time a couple has been selected to receive this award.

Sandra Escobar has joined Texas Title Company as an escrow officer in the East Side branch, located at 1360 N. Lee Trevino. Escobar has been in the title business for over 15 years.

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is looking for current and future entrepreneurs to participate in a new program, Empire Builders, or Jovenes Empresarios. Designed to help cultivate El Paso's future business leaders, participants must be under 40. The enrollment fee is $400. The program and its members will be featured during the 21st Annual Fiesta Celebration & PiñÒata Bash at the Camino Real Hotel, Oct. 15. Fore more information, visit

Rio Grande Urology announced that Dr. Lauren Eisenberg has joined its Westside office at 7420 Remcon Cir. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and completed her residency at the Detroit Medical Center. Eisenberg's areas of specialty include endoscopic and kidney stones, prostate cancer and female incontinence.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded part of a $3.2-million grant to the University of Texas at El Paso to help promote awareness of careers in the sciences, especially environmental chemistry, among students from kindergarten through every level of higher education.

UTEP and four institutions of higher education in Puerto Rico will create a Center for Education and Training in Agricultural and Related Sciences that center will focus on education and research, outreach and recruitment, and retention and placement in sciences tied to natural resources.

Leading the UTEP team is Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Ph.D. He will be assisted by a doctoral student, a master's student and five undergraduates. The whole grant will enlist the help of more than 70 college students from the five institutions. 

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