Category Archives: Author / Scholar Visit

From Wrestling Cows to Educating Astronauts to Writing LesFic: “A Tale of Taking the Less Obvious Career Path”

Lacey L. Schmidt, Ph.D. is an Industrial-Organizational Psychology consultant who specializes in team building and leadership assessment and development. She conducts individual assessments as well as designs and implements assessment centers and work samples to help clients make key hiring, promotion, and training and development decisions. She also conducts organizational development assessments and provides coaching to leaders.

Dr. Schmidt has worked with a variety of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies as an internal and external consultant as well as an operational leader. She has assessed and coached thousands of manager, director, and executive level candidates (including astronaut candidates and executive chefs), designed and validated numerous assessment tools and processes, implemented award-winning organizational development initiatives to achieve significant P&L improvements, and facilitated ultra high-performance teamwork across industries in extreme environments. Prior to co-founding Minerva Work Solutions, she served as the Senior Scientist for Astronaut Selection and Training with the Behavioral Health and Performance group at NASA-JSC.

Please join us, Monday, February 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the Pecan Campus Library 2nd floor.  There will be a book sale, for those interested in getting her book, she will also be available for book signing.

Event is being sponsored by the South Texas College English Department, Library Services, and the Student LGBTQ group, Open Equal & Free.

For more information please contact; Ms. Colleen Brooks, Faculty English Instructor 956-872-8348




Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the STC Libraries


South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities will get underway on this September with several campus-wide activities, including the “Pláticas Sol de Aztlan Lecture Series” that will feature several award-winning authors.

Hispanic Heritage Month is officially celebrated across the country from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The STC library events during the month-long celebration are free and open to the public.

The guest speakers are sponsored by STC’s Library Services, Center for Mexican American Studies, the college’s Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the PUENTE Program.

We begin our festivities on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6:00pm at the STC Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, with Dr. Mary Ann Villarreal.  Dr. Villarreal  grew up in Tivoli, Texas, a small town where Hwy 239 and Hwy 35 intersect in Refugio County. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned her Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. Her area of study is U.S. history with a specialty in oral history. She previously held faculty positions at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of History and at the University of Utah as a joint appointment in History and Ethnic Studies. She is currently Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, at California State University Fullerton.  She has authored and co-authored journal articles related to Mexican American women’s entrepreneurship, civil rights activism, and race/ethnic identity. Her recent manuscript, Listening to Rosita: The Business of Tejana (University of Oklahoma Press, October 2015) reveals how ethnic Mexican entrepreneurs developed a unique identity in striving for success in a society that demeaned and segregated them. In telling their story, this book adds a critical chapter long missing from the history of the West.  The event will be followed by a book sale and a book signing.

Monday, September 26, 2016, at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 1:00 pm, Ms. Amanda Jasso will be visiting us, Amanda is the Mexican American and Latin@ Community Archivist at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. She actively seeks out archival materials through outreach efforts and programming while also giving presentations, conducting oral history interviews, coordinating programs and events, providing reference service to the public and acting as a local subject specialist in the history of Austin and Travis County’s Mexican American communities. Born and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Amanda was compelled to learn about her father’s family history in Mexico, as well as their journey to Texas and the rich history of the Rio Grande Valley. While she studied Borderland Theory and Chicana feminism, it quickly became her goal to work with communities who are barred from access to resources in many forms, thus pushing her in the direction of preservation, access, information literacy and community engagement.  Amanda holds an MLIS from the University of Washington and a BA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and advocacy includes sustainable practices for serving immigrant communities and undocumented persons within public library systems and building upon the powerful link between archives, memory and identity formation. Amanda is also a member of the Austin Public Library’s Culture and Diversity Committee and currently serves as the Chair for the City of Austin Hispanic Network’s Community Engagement Committee.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm, we will have musical guests ” YETLANEZI” with their “Musica Pre-Hispanica”

To conclude the lecture series, author Stephanie Elizondo Griest, will give a presentation at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room on Oct. 20  at 6:00 pm. Her book Mexican Enough, won the PEN Southwest Nonfiction Book Award; and Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 won Gold for Best Travel Essays in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The event will be followed by a book sale and a book signing.

In addition to the “Pláticas Sol de Aztlan Lecture Series,” the South Texas College libraries will show the film, “Spare Parts” throughout the month October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information about these events and STC’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, visit or contact Angelica Maria Garcia at (956) 872-2277 or

National Poetry Month Speaker Series


The South Texas College Library and English Department would like to invite you to join us to attend the month of April’s speaker series. We will have award-winning poets Laurie Ann Guerrero and Rossy Lima here to speak to our students and community on their works. Please spread the word. Laurie Ann Guerrero Monday, April 18, 2016 Mid Valley Campus: G191 at 1:00 p.m.  Pecan Campus: Library’s Rainbow Room at 6:00 p.m.  Laurie Ann Guerrero is a Poet Laureate and award-winning author. She has written the collection A Crown for Gumecindo and A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, which was the winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. In addition, Guerrero’s chapbook, Babies Under the Skin, won the Panhandler Publishing Award. Her poetry and critical works have also appeared in various journals and magazines.


Rossy Lima Tuesday, April 19, 2016  Mid Valley Campus: G191 at 1:00 p.m.  Pecan Campus: Library’s Rainbow Room at 6:00 p.m. Rossy Lima is an international award-winning Mexican poet who has published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was a featured poet in the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum in 2015 and was invited to speak at TEDxMcallen about her experience as an immigrant writer in the U.S.


For more information about these events, please contact Richard Coronado at (956) 447-6651 or via email at

National Poetry Month Events at Starr Campus Library

Please join us Wednesday, April 6 at 10:00 am for a special book/author talk

Cantos del alma y del corazón—Poesía Original a collection of 50 Spanish poems will be presented by Dr. María Alma González Pérez. The poems express feelings and emotions from personal experience and provides the reader with a sensitive, yet realistic perspective of love, the family, and culture among other topics.

Dr. Pérez is a former bilingual education professor and director for UT PANAM Starr County campus, poet and writer. She writes Spanish poetry, children’s bilingual and local South Texas history books as well as teacher training material.

Her poetry book will be available for purchase at the event.


Please join us Thursday, April  14 at 1:00 pm for a special book/author talk

Gabriel H. Sanchez is a writer and poet from the Rio Grande Valley. He is the author of “The Fluid Chicano: Poems by Gabriel H. Sanchez,” by Slough Press, 2015. He is also co-author of “Nuevas Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue About New Chicana/o Identities,” published by Slough Press, 2015. Sanchez has publications in scientific journals, scholarly publications, several anthologies, and has served as a transcriptionist and translator for a Rio Grande Valley newspaper. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Pan American with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Alongside writing, Gabriel is also a film maker, director, and an actor, having had starring roles in productions such as the play “Pat and Lyndon” by Archer Crosely;  the movie “Blood for the Sun” by Mar Motion Media; and the digital series “Who Shot Me,” by Fluid Chicano Films which he also writes and directs. Recently he has accepted a lead role in another film by MQV Media.  He writes a blog titled “Cross Sections” for The Raving Press website, and Chicano Blogabout on his website

“The Fluid Chicano” is a book of poetry that encompasses four different aspects of life: 1) A societal/historical poetry; 2) An intimate look into internal questions about love; 3) The exploration of love loss; 4) A philosophical view of identity as a non-static, fluid construct of the self by the self and by others.


Women’s History Month Jovita Gonzalez Lecture Series


Don’t forget about these great events celebrating Women’s History Month!

Cassandra Rincones, Associate Professor of History, joined LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Prior to that, she had taught at South Texas College for seven years. Rincones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University in Kingsville. She holds a Master of Arts degree in U.S. History from the same institution. Rincones earned a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in May of 2015, specializing in U.S./Southwest Comparative Border studies. She has received several accolades including being awarded the Chancellor’s Dissertation Research Grant, Lone Star College and the Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship in Latino History.

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March in the United States every year, and it highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Cassandra Rincones visit is part of the annual Jovita Gonzalez Women’s History Month Lecture sponsored by the South Texas College Library and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

For more information about these events please contact Angelica Maria Garcia at (956) 872-2277 or

John Valadez, filmmaker, presents “The Head Of Joaquin Murrieta”


We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

Filmmaker John Valadez will visit South Texas College Sept. 22 at 6pm at the Pecan Campus Rainbow Room as part of the college’s Hispanic Heritage celebration. We will be screening the film “The Head of Joaquin Murietta” with a special introduction and followed by a Q&A with the director.

Director John Valadez has produced and directed award winning, nationally broadcast documentaries for the past 18 years. Valadez was also a writer, producer, and director of the six-hour PBS series “Latino Americans.”

For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or, or visit

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Felipe Hinojosa “Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture”

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We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

On Sept. 30 at 6pm at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, historian and scholar, Dr. Felipe Hinojosa will give a presentation and receive the Américo Paredes Book Award for his work titled Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith, and Evangelical Culture.

Dr. Felipe Hinojosa is a professor of History at Texas A&M University focusing on Latina/o-Chicana/o and Religion.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

The Americo Paredes Book Award was established through the college’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) to highlight the best non-fiction work in the fields of Chicana/o or Latino/a studies.


For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or, or visit


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Antonia Castañeda “Writing Chicanas Into History”


We are thrilled to invite you to attend South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.

On Oct. 5, historian, scholar, and author Dr. Antonia Castañeda will give her presentation “Writing Chicanas Into History.”

  • Oct. 5 at 10:00 am at STC’s MidValley campus library in Weslaco
  • Oct. 5 at 6:00 pm at STC’s Pecan campus library in McAllen

Tejana born feminist historian Antonia Castañeda received her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University. Now retired, she taught in Chicana/o and Women’s Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and in the Departments of History at UT Austin and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Her research and teaching interests focus on gender, sexuality, and women of color in California and the Borderlands from the 16th century to the present.

Her current projects include a cultural history of Mestizas in colonial Alta California, a bilingual critical edition of 19th century Californian narratives, and a cultural history of Tejana farm workers.

She has previously held academic appointments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Following the lecture, there will be an opportunity to purchase her book Three Decades of Engendering History and to have her sign it.

The Americo Paredes Book Award was established through the college’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) to highlight the best non-fiction work in the fields of Chicana/o or Latino/a studies.


For more information about these events please contact Esther Garcia at (956)872-6485 or, or visit


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Presentations: Stephanie Fielding “Reviving Heritage Through Language”

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Stephanie Fielding will be joining us on March 30 at the MidValley Library and on March 31 at the Pecan Library.  Ms. Fielding is a member of the Council of Elders for the Mohegan Tribe, and she is working on resurrecting the Mohegan language since the last speaker passed away in 1908.

For more information call 875-6485 or visit