Call for Poems & Artwork: 3rd Annual Art & Memory Exhibition


DEADLINE: Feb. 12, 2024
Participation is free and open to youth ages 6 – 18. 

You’re invited!

Dive into the realms of memories through your artistic interpretation. Illustrate moments, emotions, and scenes that have left an indelible mark on your heart. Let your drawings and poetry become a window to the past, a visual memoir that speaks to the power of art in preserving cherished memories.

Poetry and art submissions should address a significant experience or emotion from the poet/artist’s childhood or teenage years.

*Due to space limitations, if submitting as a class assignment, teachers select up to 5 student works to showcase.

If participating in the Art and Memory art contestplease complete the entry form and then deliver your artwork to: The STC Pecan Library (Bldg F – Main Circulation Desk) c/o Gina Otvos, 3201 W Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX  78501. 

Guidelines are below: Artworks must be framed and be ready to hang. Artworks can in any medium (example: painting, collage, ceramic, photography, etc). For more information on general Call for Art Guidelines, visit:

If participating in the Art and Memory poetry contest, please complete the entry form and then email your final work to: Daniel Mendoza Include Art and Memory Poetry Contest Submission as the subject line.

Guidelines are below:
Poems can be of any structure (example: structured verse, free verse, prose-poems, experimental. etc.)
Please use 12-point Times New Roman font. Poems exceeding 60 single-spaced lines will not be considered. This includes stanza breaks, spaces between poem titles, and the poem’s opening line. In addition, please submit a brief biography of not more than 100 words. Remember to include the category in which you are submitting: Ages 6-10 Imprints of Childhood; Ages 11-15 Echoes of Time; Ages 16-18: Memories Revived.


Washed Up Texas: Saving the Ocean One Sculpture at a Time

Artist talk: November 14, 10 – 11 a.m. | Large-scale sculptures made from trash collected at SPI and Boca Chica.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery has teamed up with Washed Up Texas and artist Connie Lovell to present a captivating eight-foot Great Blue Heron sculpture made from discarded plastic trash found at South Padre Island and Boca Chica beach. The artist, Connie Lovell, has utilized plastic bottles, toy brushes, phone parts, and other items to create intricate details on her approximately 300 pound sculpture. The organization collaborates with various state programs and volunteers who participate in beach cleanups to create thought-provoking artwork that promotes awareness and education. As of August 2023, approximately 3,653 pounds of trash has been picked up from the beach at South Padre Island.

The sculpture will be on display at the STC Pecan Campus Library, 3201 W. Pecan Blvd Bldg. F in McAllen, TX from September 18 to November 14, 2023. On November 14, from 10 – 11 a.m., Connie Lovell will give an artist talk at the STC Student Union. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For more information, call (956) 872-3488, email, or visit

Handmade paper sculptures of churches

STC Alumni Series: Karla Gabriela De La Fuente

Two handmade paper church sculpturesArtist Talk: November 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow at the STC Technology Campus Library

The South Texas College Technology Campus Library Art Gallery celebrates its annual STC Alumni Series, featuring “Hecho a Mano: Paperworks,” an exhibition of handmade paper by artist and alumna Karla Gabriela De La Fuente. The series aims to support artists who began their education at STC and have since continued their work in the arts.

Flyer for Karla. All information in blog post.De La Fuente is in her last semester of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In her handmade paper art, De La Fuente investigates the human experience on the border, incorporating Rio Grande Valley organic materials and traditional Mexican techniques developed by the Otomi people from Central Mexico.

De La Fuente will lead an artist talk on November 28, from 3 – 4:30 p.m., where participants can learn about her process, techniques and inspiration behind her artwork.

Admission is free and open to the public.

STC’s Library Art Gallery Program organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ understanding of art and its role in culture, support the academic curriculum and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars and original works of art.

For more information, call 956-872-6120, email, or visit

Trick or Treat at the Library

Trick or Treat at the Library

Trick or Treat at the Library

STC Library invites all students, faculty, staff, and community to Trick or Treat with us! Stop by for spooky goodies, popcorn, and information from various campus departments.

Tech Campus
October 25th & 26th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Starr Campus
October 30th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mid-Valley Campus
October 31st from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

RCPSE Campus
October 31st from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

NAH Campus
October 31st from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Pecan Campus
October 31st from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Showcase by Roma High School Art Teacher at the STC Starr Co. Library

Artist Talk: Oct. 19, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Starr Co. Library Art Gallery.

The South Texas College Starr County campus Library Art Gallery proudly presents a new exhibition featuring artwork by STC alumna, local painter and Roma High School Art Teacher Yesenia Toscano. The exhibit opened September 12 and will be on view until December 7, 2023.

An artist talk and reception with Toscano will be held on October 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the STC Starr County Library Art Gallery, Bldg. K, located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City. Admission is free and open to the public.

Toscano is an artist and educator who earned her Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Toscano is also an STC graduate, receiving her associate degree in Elementary Education. She said, “At South Texas College, I took my first art class, where I discovered myself as a painter.” She leads the Roma ISD art program and encourages her students to submit artwork to the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE), with students often advancing to the state-level event.

Toscano’s paintings are a means of expressing herself and overcoming fears and uncertainties in life. Influenced by Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical paintings, she uses familiar objects to represent mystery, dreams and childhood.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage students’ understanding of art, support the academic curriculum and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars and original works of art.

For more information, call 956-488-5820, email or visit


Family Reading Night

Family Reading Night 2023

Family Reading Night

Your local South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Library will be hosting their annual “Family Reading Night” event which will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in our library E1.200.  This free event, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with Reading Week.

“We want to help children develop a love of reading and to encourage Valley parents to read with their children,” said Lillian Carrillo, Mid-Valley Campus Librarian. “Our college’s libraries are a gateway to the community, and we hope that participants will not only take advantage of these fun activities, but also learn more about some of the great services that the college has to offer.”

The night’s festivities include a book distribution by South Texas Literacy Coalition, a variety of arts and crafts activities for the entire family offered by The Storybook Garden, The Weslaco Museum and Mayor Joe V. Sánchez Public Library.  As an added bonus, fun opportunities will be featured by several of our STC college departments and clubs with a special visit from non-other than Jerry the Jaguar.

While on campus, attendees have the opportunity to use the library’s free services, view artwork on display in the Library Art Gallery, or anyone 18 years or older may sign up for a Community User Card, which allows community members to check out books at any of STC’s libraries for free.

The library is located in Building E1.200 at 400 N. Border in Weslaco. For more information about the event contact Lillian Carrillo at 956-447-6663.


The Cold War Retrospective Film Series

Cold War Film Series (Fall 2023)

The Cold War Retrospective Film Series

STC Library is thrilled to work with the STC History Department and the Liberal Arts Division to present a film series focused on The Cold War and sentiments at that time.

10/01/2023: New location! All screenings listed below will take place in the Building D Auditorium on Pecan Campus at 5:30PM.

Thursday, September 28th: Twilight Zone Block 1
John Terry, Dr. Robert Miller, J.J. Guajardo – “Conformity during the Cold War”

Thursday, October 26th: The Thing (1982)
Dr. Robert Miller – “Invisible Invaders: The Renewal of the Red Scare in the Reagan Years”

Thursday, November 9th: Rocky IV (1985)
Dr. Christopher Davis – “War by Other Means: The Cold War in the Athletic Arena”

Thursday, December 7th: The Parallax View (1974)
John Terry – “Paranoia and Mistrust during the Cold War”


Health Services Management Guest Speaker

Health Services Management

Dr. Patti McCoyDiscover the future of health services management and the exciting opportunities on the horizon in our upcoming Zoom Webinar featuring Patti McCoy, Ph.D. Gain valuable insights into the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare administration, as Dr. McCoy shares her expertise and vision for the industry.

Event Title: “Health Services Management: Newest Changes and Opportunities”
Speaker: Dr. Patti McCoy
Date: Thursday, November 16th 2023
Time: 2PM CST
Register here: Link


Happy Constitution Day

Constitution Day Resources

Happy Constitution Day

The signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia happened on September 17, 1787. September 17 is now celebrated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Informational Websites

Library Resources