(AUSTIN) —The Texas Senate today (Wednesday) passed a resolution by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, paying tribute to students from Mexico and Spain who attend The University of Texas at Austin.
Senator Zaffirini also celebrated the students with a reception, sponsored by BBVA Compass, in the historic Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room in the Texas Capitol. The event gave students an opportunity to interact with legislators and top-ranking UT officials, including UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven and UT-Austin President Bill Powers.
“As the first Hispanic woman in the Texas Senate and a proud Texas Ex, I am delighted to welcome these students from Mexico and Spain to the Texas Capitol,” Senator Zaffirini said. “Excellent exchange programs such as those offered by UT-Austin not only promote intercultural exchange and understanding, but also enhance the educational experience for students both in Texas and abroad.”
Welcoming the students to the State Capitol were Senator Zaffirini; McRaven; Powers; BBVA Compass Vice Chairman of the Board Bill Helms; and BBVA Compass Austin Market CEO Joe Petet.
“BBVA, our parent company in Spain, has operations all over the world, so the idea of learning about new cultures and collaborating across borders is really important to us,” Petet said. “Every one of the students here today has shown a great deal of determination in coming here to study, and we honor their bright futures.”
Aniela Zarzar Toraño, an undergraduate student from Mexico studying chemical engineering, gave the students’ official response by thanking Senator Zaffirini, legislators, UT officials, guests and the event’s sponsors. Alicia Bodas Fernández, a graduate student from Spain studying advertising, accepted an official Senate proclamation commemorating the event.
Students from Mexico have studied at UT since 1940, and the university’s Graduate School of Business offers joint degree programs with Mexican higher education institutions. More than 580 students from Mexico and 33 students from Spain are enrolled at UT. What’s more, 89 UT students are studying in Mexico, and 447 are studying in Spain.
“We hope that international students will master not only their selected fields of study, but also develop deep relationships that will help them promote friendship, harmony, and commerce between our sister countries,” Senator Zaffirini said.
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 672 branches, including 341 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 77 in Arizona, 62 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico, and commercial and private client offices throughout the U.S. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass earned the top ranking with customers in American Banker’s 2014 annual reputation survey of the top 25 largest U.S. retail banks. It also has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and in 2014 ranked 12th nationally in total SBA loan volume. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com, by following @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visiting newsroom.bbvacompass.com.
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.