Tickets to Wall of Honor Awards Banquet On Sale Now for April 14 Event on DMC East Campus

Article by: Rosa LInda Reynoso

 Over the past 16 years, the Del Mar College (DMC) Former Students Association has paid tribute to the distinguished achievements and services of 84 alumni with inductions into the College’s prestigious Wall of Honor. These honorees have been recognized for their contributions in the arts, business, health care, law enforcement, politics, religion and education.

On Saturday, April 14, the Former Students Association and the Del Mar College Alumni Association will induct four more individuals into the ranks of the honored few during the 2012 Del Mar College Wall of Honor Awards Banquet. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Retama Room, second floor of the Harvin Student Center, on Del Mar College East at Ayers and Baldwin. Individual seating is $40 or $320 for tables of eight. Donations are welcome. For more information, call the Office of Development, Foundation and Alumni Services at 698-1031 or email

This year’s select group of inductees includes Anna M. Flores, President and Chief Financial Officer for International Meeting Planners, Inc.; Dr. Mary Jane Garza, Naval Air Station School Liaison Officer; John Marez, Corpus Christi City Council Member representing District 2; and Janie B. Vela, Principal of Blanche Moore Elementary School.

Flores is involved with various community organizations and served as president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Dr. M. L. Garza-Gonzalez Charter School, Northwest Business Association, Tuloso-Midway Education Foundation and the Westside Business Association, among others. Honors she has received include the Outstanding Service Award, the YWCA Women in Careers Award, Advocate of the Year and the Community Leader of the Year Award.

Prior to her current position at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Dr. Garza served as assistant superintendent at West Oso Independent School District. Among her numerous recognitions, Dr. Garza received Leadership America 2012, Leadership Texas 2011 and Leadership Corpus Christi 2006 awards. She is also the recipient of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas “Las Estrellas” Award and the Kellogg Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition to serving on the City Council, Marez is a supervisor with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Among his awards, Marez has received the “CC Under 40” Award by the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and the Distinguished Citizen Award by LULAC Council No. 1. He is also the creator, producer and co-host of the political television talk show titled “South Texas Politics.”

Vela has served as principal, assistant principal and teacher in the Corpus Christi Independent School District from 1978 to the present. Recently, she received the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools award from the U.S. Department of Education. Her other recognitions include the Educator of the Year Award by the United Married Couples and the Administrator of the Year Award by the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

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