For the tenth
year in a row, HSU’s Hispanic Alumni took time during homecoming activities,
Saturday, October 18, to “catch up” and talk about their continued impact on
other Hispanic students.
Coordinated by long-time
HSU Professor of Spanish, Joe Alcorta, and Dalinda Avila (’69), the group
filled the Connally Missions Center with laughter as they reminisced about
their HSU experiences and shared about their lives after graduation.
(’74) expressed fond memories of her HSU experience.
Hardin-Simmons with all of my heart, and I received a really good education
here,” said Villareal.
As each person
in the group spoke, each expressed joy at being back on campus and the opportunity
to visit with friends from long ago.
“Every time I come back to HSU, I feel like it
is a family reunion,” said Ruth Gloria (’79).
In addition to
the fellowship of friends, Alcorta and Avila announced the alumni group’s success in
raising nearly $4,000 for a scholarship through the Hispanic Education
Initiative of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
which was aided by matching funds from an anonymous donor, was awarded to a
current Hispanic student at HSU. Avila reported that this was the first time an
alumni group from a Texas Baptist affiliated university directly raised funds
for the HEI.
Tony Arriola (’73)
was a scholarship recipient when he attended HSU. He credits those funds for
helping him achieve his goals.
“In a way,” said
Arriola of the group’s participation in raising funds for scholarships, “our
generation has paved the way for other Hispanics to go to college.”
expressed pride at the group’s accomplishment, and encouraged each member to
keep up the good work.
“The one big
thing we all can work on is to recruit Hispanics to HSU,” said Alcorta. “A Christian
education is worth it.”
Alumni Group meets several times a year during many events including homecoming, the BGCT Annual Meeting, and the
Convencion Bautista de Hispana. For more
information on upcoming meetings, contact Britt Jones, Director of Alumni
Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.