9:30 – 10:50 a.m.: Olga Campos-Benz, Guest Speaker “Sharing Stories…Including Your Own“, LBJ 3-9.1
11-12:20 p.m.: KTSW Station and University Star tours, Trinity Building
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch in LBJ Student Center
1:15 – 1:50 p.m.: Texas State Admissions Talk, LBJ 3-9.1
2:00 – 3:20 p.m.: Hector Saldaña, Guest Speaker “The Wittliff Texas Music Collections”, The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library
3:30 – 4:40 p.m.: Alkek TV Production Studio Tour, Alkek Library, 1st floor
5:00 p.m.: Depart to Laredo
2017 Speaker: Olga Campos Benz
Olga Campos Benz: In addition to her new career as a novelist, former broadcast journalist Olga Campos Benz also holds the role of Community Relations Director for businessman and honored philanthropist, Milton Verret, and his companies. Olga continues her connection and commitment to the Austin community by serving on several nonprofit boards including The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), the Austin Film Festival, the Joe R and Teresa Lozano Long Center, and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. In 2013, the Austin Business Journal named Olga one of the “Profiles in Power: Women of Influence”. She was inducted into the City of Austin Commission for Women Hall of Fame in 2014.
Olga and her husband Kevin live in Austin and are proud parents of 26 year old twin daughters, Corazon and Allegra.
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.
The D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Texas State University hosts professionals in the field of communications to visit Texas State University during Mass Comm Week. At the same time the program hosts high school students from Laredo to visit the campus, attend and participate of the media professional sessions, tour the communications facilities in Old Main, the University Star, KTSW Radio as well as Alkek Library, the Wittliffe Collection and the Bobcat Studio, among others.
The Vidal M. Trevino School of Fine Arts and Communication magnet school has visited Texas State University from Laredo for the last 12 years bringing over 450 students. The Lyndon B. Johnson High School of the United ISD has also visited San Marcos with its students
The commitment of instructors, advisors, media professionals and faculty members who mentor the dedication and hard work of Hispanic students in Laredo, make the program a one-of-a-kind program as well as living proof of ‘the Hachar promise’ every day of the year.
Don Demetrio David Hachar, a Lebanese born immigrant who moved to Laredo and shared his business’ success with the community, made a promise to help finance young ‘Laredoans’ with their formal education. Upon his death a trust fund, a living legacy to his promise, was set in 1980 and has helped hundreds of Hispanic students from Laredo complete higher education and succeed.
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.
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.