2015 Speaker: Domingo Martinez
This year, the D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program is sponsoring New York Times bestselling author Domingo Martinez as guest speaker during Mass Comm Week. Martinez will address approximately 50 high school students from the Vidal M. Trevino School of Fine Arts and Communications, a magnet school located in Laredo, Texas, who will join us in their 12th consecutive year visit with three of their advisors. Greet them when you see them in Old Main, KTSW, The University Star, Evans and other campus sites during their one-day visit.
All students are invited to share in this exciting event. Martinez will be speaking on Tuesday, October 20, 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. Both events will be held at Evans Auditorium. This activity is part of this year’s Common Experience event on campus. Download the flyer here.
About the Program:
The D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program is a joint venture between the university and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Students visit campus for the day to participate in presentations by mass communication professionals and visit campus facilities, including campus media and residence halls. For many of the students, this was their first visit to a college campus. More than half of the students indicated they would be the first in their family to attend college.
The Laredo students traditionally visit campus in October during Mass Communication Week so they can mingle with college students and benefit from a variety of mass communication professionals who speak on campus for the event. About 600 Laredo students have visited Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication since the beginning of the partnership with the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust in 2004.
The Texas State University Office of Admissions also provides financial support for the program as does the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the University Bookstore.
D. Hachar Charitable Trust Fund
2200 Post Oak Blvd., 19th Fl.
Houston, TX United States 77056-4700
Telephone: (956) 764-2811
Fax: (956) 764-1592
Date Founded: Established in 1980 in Texas.
Purpose: Providing funding primarily for higher education, particularly scholarships to financially needy residents (of at least 3 years) of Laredo, Webb County, and surrounding counties in TX, who must maintain a GPA of 2.75. Students planning to attend a technical or vocational school will be considered on an individual basis as far as grade point average is concerned.
Type of Grant maker: Independent foundation.
Getting A Taste of the College Life
Last year, a group of eight parents accompanied the Laredo students from LBJ High School. A program was tailored to the parents with the help of the Center for Study of Latino Media and Markets, a part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Parents explored services available to students on campus, including the Student Health Center and the library. They also discussed the barriers to college with Dr. Sindy Chapa of the Latino media center.
While the parents ate lunch and watched portions of a Spanish-language documentary about college, the students had pizza and listened to Hip Hop Congress, a student organization the inspires youth to get involved through social action and civic service.
Also visiting campus in years past was the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts. About 40 students from the Trevino school make the trip to Texas State each year as part of the D.D. Hachar program.