Texas border affairs
By Amanda L. Alaniz
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – When the holidays approach, people come together to celebrate, and many exchange tokens of appreciation – like holiday cards with unique designs.
The annual UTRGV Greeting Card Competition this year awarded six students scholarships for their greeting card submissions, each of which is a testament to the artist’s appreciation for the University and the Valley community.
For the first time this year, in addition to the three winners of the President’s Holiday Card, the UTRGV has added three winners of the Provost Holiday Card.
The participating students handed in their cards at the end of October. The artworks were judged by a panel comprising UTRGV President Guy Bailey and Executive Vice President and Provost Janna Arney, and each piece was judged on its ability to portray the spirit, traditions , creativity and artistic merit of the UTRGV.
Arney said the university was thrilled to showcase UTRGV students and their work.
“We support our students and want them to be successful, and these greeting card contests are a great way for us to show their creativity,” she said. “We are proud of all of the students who entered the Greeting Card contests, and we congratulate them on their artistic vision and UTRGV spirit.
PRESIDENT’S HOLIDAY CARD WINNERS
EMILY GUERRA, a junior and major in graphic design, wanted to create a classic greeting card that showcased inclusiveness for everyone at UTRGV, and her design won first place in the President’s Greeting Card contest .
Guerra of Mission received a scholarship of $ 1,000.
She said she wanted to create a map that not only represents the valley, but also what the university means to the community.
“I wanted to create a design that properly combined the spirit of the holidays with the iconic symbols of the UTRGV, to represent how the university honors all the holidays,” she said.
The UTRGV student was surprised to learn that she was the winner. She said she was grateful for the opportunity to showcase her art and really give a good representation of the School of Art and Design.
“Every method I used to create this map came from the lessons I learned from my teachers,” she said. “In a way, it’s like a centerpiece to promote the school and show the potential that students have as they learn from these great teachers. ”
She said winning first place boosted her confidence in her art and her future career.
“It gives me great pleasure to know that the President and staff of UTRGV consider this the winner of this year,” she said.
The two finalists also said that they are also keen to share their appreciation for college in their greeting card designs.
ASHLEY HINOJOSA DIAZ, a junior writing and creative writing student, said he was shocked to learn he had placed and received a phone call from President Bailey. The first person he called to break the news was his mother.
The inspiration for his card came from various places – university life, his colleagues and his culture.
“I added some noche buenas, gifts, a giant Christmas tree, a teacher disguised as Santa Claus. I also added a Jewish menorah, students, a marching band, and people doing villancicosSaid the McAllen resident. “I did my best to portray a posada type atmosphere, something that represented the warmth you feel when you are around people you love.”
VALERIA GARZA, a second year art student, created her design idea with the UTRGV spirit in mind.
“I used the colors of the university and its main symbols, while applying some of the holiday symbols to incorporate the holiday spirit,” explained the Harlingen resident. “I used the UTRGV symbols to form a Christmas tree and topped it with a UTRGV star.”
As someone looking to get into graphic design, she said, finding out that she had entered the competition gave her a sense of validation.
Garza and Hinojosa each received a $ 500 scholarship.
WINNERS OF THE PROVOST CARD
Three students were selected as the top entries for the inaugural year of the Provost’s Greeting Card Contest.
The first place went to KARLA ZURITA, a resident of Edinburgh studying for her Masters in Dietetics.
Zurita, who received a $ 1,000 scholarship, said she was thrilled when she got the call telling her she had won.
“It was always something that I wanted to enter but was afraid to do,” she said. “However, I made sure to do it this year and I am very honored to have won.”
Inspiration for her card design came from her friends and family, and her desire to represent the Valley community.
“I wanted to incorporate elements that made the valley so special,” she said. “I have asked many of my friends and family, ‘What comes to your mind when you think of RGV? The adornments were the responses I received. This card is not only something that I invented myself, but it is something that was inspired by my friends and family, which makes it even more special to me.
Zurita said she was honored that her piece of art was selected and that she sees it as a gift that she was able to create something special for the college.
“I have grown to love the UTRGV for its unique and amazing culture, and I hope that every time people look at my artwork, they can see it as well,” she said.
MARITZA FLORES and SANDRINE AGBEKO were the two finalists in the Provost competition and each received a $ 500 scholarship.
Both said they took inspiration from the deep roots of the valley for their card designs.
Agbeko, a freshman and graphic design major from McAllen, said she wanted to create a holiday card that highlighted and encapsulated the school’s pride and local traditions.
“Winning this competition means being able to contribute to a special holiday tradition at UTRGV,” she said. “And that means my vacation card design is being distributed to individuals and families for the vacation in a way that brings them a sense of joy and belonging.”
Flores, a resident of Edinburgh, a sophomore and another finalist, said that each symbol included in her card represented something unique but always connected with the others. She worked to include UTRGV, Texas, Hispanic traditions and a token of appreciation for new travel.
“The book on the map symbolized our own chapter in our life that makes our traditions unique, as we are surrounded by our classmates, teachers and staff who make up a diverse college campus, a place where we can share those traditions with others. others, ”she said.
And with the holiday spirit fast approaching, “We must always remember that the university is not just a campus, but a big family,” said the cybersecurity major.
The UTRGV Holiday Card contest is an annual tradition in which students celebrate the holidays and eventually have a chance to win scholarship money. Winners receive a framed copy of their card as a special gift from UTRGV and are invited to a reception.
“The participation of each participant is always so creative and I am impressed by all the talent of our students,” said Bailey. “I thank all those who took the
it’s time to create a special vacation card for the UTRGV.
SPREAD THE HOLIDAY LIFE
For the first time, the university will put its UTRGV vacation cards on sale, with all net proceeds going to the UTRGV Student Food Pantry.
Each card set costs $ 12 and contains 12 cards featuring artwork from past and current greeting card contest winners.
Cards can be purchased at UTRGV campus stores in Brownsville and Edinburgh, as well as like online.