College of Liberal Arts Honors Three Outstanding Alumni with Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Mr. Jesus "Gilbert" Rodriguez, Jr., BA Political Science and Spanish, 1979
Mr. Rodriguez transformed his family's business, Del Rio Welders Equipment, Inc., into a multinational high-tech company. He has served as director-at-large for the Texas State Alumni Board of Directors, as CFO of the Alumni Executive Committee, and as head of the Del Rio Bobcat alumni group, one of the most active in the state.
Dr. Randa Safady, BA, Psychology (minor in Sociology), 1980
Dr. Tino Villanueva, BA Spanish, 1969
Dr. Villanueva is a nationally recognized poet who has taught at Wellesley College and is currently Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Boston University. His many publications include three highly regarded poetry collections: Hay Otra Voz: Poems (1972); Scenes from the Movie GIANT (1993), which won an American Book Award; and So Spoke Penelope (2013).