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An illustration from UTRGV legacy alumnus Xavier Garza’s award-winning book, Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid (2010). Illustrations for the book are by the author. (Courtesy photo provided by Xavier Garza)

UTRGV legacy alumnus pens, illustrates books on growing up in the Valley


Xavier Garza remembers the bedtime stories his mother would tell him before he drifted off to sleep as a child. Instead of traditional fairy tales filled with castles and magic, the stories were filled with lechuzas, la llorna and plenty of cucuys.

Pablo Mendez, emergency management coordinator at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been selected chairman of The University of Texas System Emergency Management Committee, which includes EMCs from the UT System’s 13 institutions. It is a two-year appointment, and calls upon Mendez to make sure each campus has what it needs to operate effectively during an emergency. He will be responsible for correlating a complex network of departments and entities, including branches in public health, police departments, FEMA, facilities, and transportation offices on and off multiple campuses and university properties. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

UTRGV’s Mendez named chair of UT System Emergency Management Committee


Pablo Mendez is a man with a plan. After all, it’s his job, and his decisions can carry the weight of life and death.