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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the STC Libraries

South Texas College’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities will run from mid-September through mid-October with activities across several of our campuses that will feature award-winning authors and a film-series.

Hispanic Heritage Month is officially celebrated across the country from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. All 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 and the college’s Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Author Lecture: Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at the Starr County Campus Library at 10:00 am and Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm

Dr. Cathryn J. Merla-Watson is a former Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Literatures and Cultural Studies Department and affiliate faculty in Women and Gender Studies as well as Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas, Río Grande Valley. Dr. Merla-Watson has published articles in journals such as Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. (MELUS) and chapters in collected works including Research Justice, edited by Andrew Jolivette, and The Un/Making of Latino Citizenship: Culture, Politics, and Aesthetics, edited by Ellie D. Hernández and Eliza Rodriguez Y Gibson. She recently co-edited with B.V. Olguín, Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture, the first collected works to coalesce scholarship dedicated to codifying and theorizing Latin@ speculative aesthetics. Currently, Dr. Merla-Watson is completing a book examining queer Latinx performances employ the gothic genre and post/apocalyptic subgenres.

Author Lecture: Monday, October 2, 2017, at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm

Dr. Timothy P. Bowman, Americo Paredes Book Award Recipient for his book entitled Blood Orange: Colonialism and Agriculture in the South Texas Borderlands.

Author Lecture: Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 3 pm, Wednesday, October 4 at the Starr Count Campus Library at 10:00 am and Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 5:00 pm

Mr. Valentin Sandoval was born in Juarez, Mexico. He currently lives in El Paso, Texas and is a commercial videographer.  He studied film at the University of Texas-El Paso, but his film-making skill and style is mostly self-taught, honed by hands-on work experience with writer/documentarian Jimmy Santiago Baca, cinematographer Lee Daniel and Emmy-winning documentary filmmakers Paul Espinosa. His book South Sun Rises is a poetic narrative of a pursuit of the American dream on one of the world’s most compelling and dangerous international borderlands, El Paso/Juarez. Reminiscent of Jimmy Baca’s epic poem, “Martin and Meditations in the South Valley, it has a narrative arc expressed in a series of long and short poems. It is the story of Sandoval’s mother’s quest to define her identity and provide the foundation for a family in the United States

Author Lecture: Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Mid-Valley Campus Auditorium G-191 at 10:00 am and Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm

Jennifer De Leon is an author, editor, speaker, and creative writing instructor who lives in Boston. She is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, published by the University of Nebraska Press, and the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library. After a decade teaching in Boston Public Schools and Teach For America, De Leon is now a freelance writer, editor, and a consultant, and a creative writing instructor at Emerson College, GrubStreet Independent Creative Writing Center, and elsewhere. She also has an active career as a public speaker on issues of diversity, college access, and the power of story. She has presented at dozens of colleges and universities around the country, including Dartmouth, Fordham, Tufts, Swarthmore, and others. She lives in Milton with her husband, fiction writer and educator, Adam Stumacher, and their son.

Author Lecture: Thursday, October 12 at the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room at 6:00 pm

Dr. Benjamin Johnson, teaches history at Loyola University Chicago. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he is author of Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans Into Americans.

Hispanic Heritage Film Series

“Precious Knowledge: Fighting for Mexican American Studies In Arizona Schools” and  “Stolen Education: The Legacy of Hispanic Racism in School” will be shown at four of our campus libraries throughout the months of September and 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

Inspired by the Deep Blue

South Texas College exhibits work by UTRGV Master of Fine Arts Candidate

South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents an exhibit, “Inspired by the Deep Blue,” with Natalia Soto. The exhibit opens Tuesday, September 6 and will be on view through Friday, December 8, 2017. An artist lecture will be held at 6 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library on November 14. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Natalia Soto Sanchez is an active artist with the Women of Action Collective and is in her last semester of the MFA program at UTRGV. In this exhibit of drawings, lithographs, and collage, Soto pays close attention to line detail in a series of fantastical underwater images.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information contact Gina Otvos at (956) 872-3488, or visit

Emerging Artists: New Additions to the Collection

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STC’s Library Art Gallery celebrates new additions to the college’s Permanent Art Collection with an exhibit that features new artists in Texas (and one from California). The exhibit will be on view at the Technology Campus June 5 through August 11, 2017. The STC Technology Campus Library Art Gallery is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features works by artists who have exhibited and donated within the last two years at one of the college’s four library art galleries throughout the Rio Grande Valley in Hidalgo and Starr counties. Artists include Coco Rico, Xavier Perez, Manny Chapa, Xochi Solis, Jessie Rodriguez, Conrado Gonzalez, and Jesse Burciaga.

“It’s always interesting to be able to bring together our donated works of art into one exhibit,” said Max Garcia, South Texas College Librarian. “It creates a type of visual timeline of what we have exhibited. I’m excited to see the connections we see with these new artists.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Gina Otvos at or (956) 872-3488. For a complete listing of events, visit:


South Texas College Libraries Open House 2017

The South Texas College Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

“Service to the South Texas College community has always been the focus of the library,” said Cody Gregg, Dean of Library and Learning Support Services. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library. The events are free and open to the public.



On April 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Highway in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Furious 7, as well as a photo booth, raffle, snacks and drinks.






On April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 W Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as an appearance of Jerry the Jaguar, games, drawings, popcorn and snacks.





On April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Nursing & Allied Health Campus Library located at 1101 E. Vermont Avenue in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Doctor Strange, as well a raffle, popcorn, drinks and snacks.






On April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Starr County Campus Library located at 142 FM 3167
Rio Grande City,  attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Deepwater Horizon, as well information tables, photo booth, giveaways, raffle, popcorn, drinks and snacks.





On April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at STC’s Mid-Valley Campus Library (CLE A-105) located at 400 N. Border Avenue, Weslaco, Texas,  attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie SING, as well an appearance of Jerry the Jaguar, photo booth, Guess Our Favorite Superhero Contest, popcorn, drinks and snacks.

Black History Month Film Series

The South Texas College Library will be hosting a film series throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

Pecan Campus Library, Rainbow Room

         Loving, Monday, Feb. 20 at 1:00 pm

        Southside With You, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 am

Mid-Valley Campus Library, CLE Room A-105

            Loving, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 pm

            The Good Lie, Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12:00 pm

Starr Campus Library, F 1.500

          Think like a Man, Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 pm

          The Good Lie, Monday, Feb. 27 at 12:00 pm

Technology Campus Library, A179

            Loving, Monday, Feb.27 at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm


Jeff Nichols wrote and directed this biopic about Virginian interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving who were sentenced to prison in 1958 for violating the state’s laws against miscegenation. The Loving’s decided to fight back, and their case led to a landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.


Southside With You 

Young Chicago lawyers Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama spend a sweltering summer afternoon visiting the art museum, eating lunch together, watching Do The Right Thing, getting some ice cream and sharing a first kiss in this dramatization of the President and First Lady’s fateful first date.


Think like a Man

Based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, Think Like a Man follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursing buy Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When the band of brothers realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire to use the book’s insider information to turn the table and teach the woman a lesson of their own.


The Good Lie

A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.


For more information, call Angélica María García at 872-2277.

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Interpreting Vogue


Paintings by Carlos Ochoa

Art Talk & Reception: March 2, 1 PM

On display at the South Texas College Technology Library

January 24 – March 9, 2017

Carlos Ochoa is a graduate of the UTRGV Studio Art Program. In his recent Vogue series, he paints over models to embellish the commercial ideal of beauty by manipulating ads found within Vogue magazines. In his newest Vogue series, the viewer is left to interpret the altered art form as well as their own perspective on how companies sell their products by misusing the viewer’s notion of beauty.




Recharge at the Library and CLE with Free Coffee and Popcorn during Finals Week!

To help make finals a little easier, the South Texas College Libraries and Centers for Learning Excellence (Tutoring) will be offering FREE coffee and popcorn during Finals Week!

Throughout the week the Pecan and Starr Campus libraries, and the CLEs, will be brewing fresh pots of coffee. The Mid-Valley, Nursing & Allied Health, and Technology Campus libraries will be popping fresh popcorn each day. See the flyers below for more information.

Good luck during Finals!

Pecan Campus

 Mid-Valley Campus


Nursing & Allied Health Campus


Technology Campus

Starr Campus

Illustrating Their World

STC Technology Campus features exhibit by UTRGV Studio Art graduates

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Illustrations by Jessie Rodriguez and Roni Cortez

September 6 December 2, 2016 Technology Library

Art Talk: November 3, 6:00 7:00 PM Technology Library

MCALLEN, TX (November 1, 2016) -South Texas College’s Technology Campus Library presents “Illustrating Their World,” featuring illustrations by Valley artists Jessie Rodriguez and Roni Cortez.

An artist lecture and reception will be held at 6 p.m. on November 3 at STC’s Technology Campus Library. The library is located at 3700 W. Military Hwy in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public. . The exhibit opened Tuesday, September 6, and will be viewable to the public through Friday, December 2, 2016.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

The Valley artists being exhibited produce dynamic illustrations that showcase their expertise in a wide range of styles.

“In this exhibit, we see a new generation of professional artist. Through hand-drawn illustration, both of these artists achieve highly skilled and refined drawings that interact with a storyline much like a comic book,” says Gina Otvos, STC Art Gallery Associate. “We are excited to support these emerging artists–one a former student of STC–and look forward to being transported into their illustrated, imaginative world.”

Roni Cortez and Jessie Rodriguez recently graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with an emphasis in Drawing.

Rodriguez is a freelance illustrator residing in Pharr, Texas, and is known for his unique style of dry brush ink and watercolor combined in a character series. Roni Cortez’s illustrated series combines two illustrated characters that were created separately, but together these characters create a new story. Roni only relies on black and white ink to emphasize mystery.

For more information, contact Maximillian Garcia at 956-872-6207, or visit