86R25799 SME-D
  By: Fierro H.R. No. 1229
         WHEREAS, Dr. Maria Alvarez has greatly distinguished herself
  as an educator at El Paso Community College for more than 25 years;
         WHEREAS, A biology professor, Dr. Alvarez has earned an
  outstanding reputation as an instructor, researcher, and mentor,
  particularly in STEM programs; she was instrumental in securing
  $13.2 million in grant funding to create opportunities for students
  in STEM education, and she has worked to ensure that hundreds of
  minority and underrepresented students have the opportunity to
  engage in research projects through the Research Initiative for
  Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program; moreover, she helps her
  students acquire the tools needed to succeed in STEM careers; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Alvarez has received numerous accolades for her
  efforts, including the honor of being named both the Western Region
  and National recipient of the Faculty Member Award from the
  Association of Community College Trustees; and
         WHEREAS, Through her dedication, professionalism, and
  commitment to excellence, Dr. Maria Alvarez has made a positive and
  lasting difference in the lives of countless EPCC students, and she
  has earned the respect and admiration of all who know her; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Dr. Maria Alvarez for her service as an
  educator and extend to her sincere best wishes for the future; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Dr. Alvarez as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.