To give, to remember, to honor, to share
PUTTING HER LAND TO WORK
Dr. Eloisa G. Taméz, Associate Professor of
Graduate Nursing, established an endowed
scholarship in honor of her late parents using a
portion of the settlement she received from the
U.S. Government for constructing an 18-foot iron
fence that cuts her property into two.
“I see myself as a custodian of this property,”
Taméz said. “This was my parents’ property – they
worked hard to keep it, to pass it on to us – and so
I want their names to be remembered forever, in a
meaningful way. The best way to use that money is
to put it into a scholarship fund for nurses seeking
the Master of Science in Nursing.”
Family and friends are joining Taméz to grow the
José Cavazos García and Lydia Esparza García
FROM NORTH DAKOTA TO SOUTH TEXAS
Norman “Joe” Binder, retired UTB professor of
34 years in the Department of Government, passed
away on January 10, 2013. Binder grew up on a
North Dakota farm and became a telegrapher for
the railroad; at the age of 22, he set off for college
with his wife, Arlene, and one child.
“Joe just fell in love with teaching,” Arlene said.
“He stayed in contact with students, and to see
them succeed meant so much to him. He helped
many students throughout the years, in many ways,
including financially. With this scholarship, Joe’s
name will live on and he will continue to lend a
hand to students for years to come.”
The Joe Binder Scholarship Endowment for
Students of Politics will award its first scholarship
for the fall semester 2014.
STUDENTS HONOR DEDICATED PROFESSOR
After 25 years as a hospital nurse, Joe Lacher,
M.S.N., has spent another 25 years at The University
of Texas at Brownsville, teaching and sharing his
vast knowledge with hundreds of nursing students.
“Our class wanted to show our gratitude to this
wonderful man by establishing an endowed
scholarship in his name,” said Andrea Salonga,
former Vice President of the UTB Student Nursing
Association, who received her RN in May of 2013.
Classmate Margaret Rubi encourages all of Lacher’s
former students and colleagues to consider making
a contribution to the Joseph R. Lacher Scholarship
“I am humbled that my students have made this
gesture in my name,” Lacher said.
A MOTHER'S LOVER IS FOREVER
Former Associate Professor of Nursing Sonia
Cunningham has created UTB’s first privately
endowed faculty chair in memory of her son, Sgt.
Keith A. Ferguson, a New York Police Department
officer who suffered a heart attack in January 2004
while responding to a call.
From donations and proceeds from the 5K Run
across the Brooklyn Bridge – celebrating its 10th
anniversary this year – the Keith A. Ferguson
Scholarship Endowment for Criminal Justice was
established. Cunningham’s long-term goal of
creating an endowed faculty chair came to fruition
in April of this year when she gifted more than
$100,000 to create the Keith A. Ferguson Endowed
Professorship in Criminal Justice.
“Attracting meritorious faculty to keep improving a
university’s standards is as important as providing
assistance to students through scholarships,”
Cunningham said. “Education levels the playing
field, which is why I have chosen education as the
vehicle to celebrate Keith’s life.”