Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, May 7, 1999
Barber visits world heritage site in Mexico
Traci Sims Barber, daughter of Richard and Barbara Sims is participating
in a month long expedition to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in the Mexican
State of Quintana Roo.
The expedition, sponsored by Texas A&M University Corpus Christi,
is part of a cooperative program between the university and the reserve.
The program is designed to provide educational opportunities for university
students as well as important information on the condition of the Reserve.
The 528,000 reserve, designated by the United Nations as a World heritage
Site, is situated along the Caribbean coast of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.
The students will live within the Reserve studing the coastal environments
and its inhabitants.
"I am simply thrilled to have this opportunity to experience the rich
culture and natural beauty of this part of Mexico," says Barber.
Carl Beaver, an instructor at the University states, "This is an opportunity
for the students to explore a truly pristine site with a rich cultural
The group departed Corpus Christi on May 3, and expects to arrive in
Tulum, Mexico by May 7, where the class will study the coral reefs and
nearby Mayan ruins. The group expects to return to Texas on June 3, whereas
Barber, will make a trip to her hometown of Pecos for a reunion with her
parents, Richard and Barbara Sims, grandmother, Doroty Taliaferro of Odessa
and brother, Terry Sims also of Odessa.
"I am looking forward to coming home for a visit with my family after
being gone for an extended period of time and sharing all the things I
have learned, seen and done," said Barber.
Barber will return to Corpus Christi to continue her work and studies
at Texas A&M University.
UTPB schedules graduation events
Spring commencement ceremonies at The University of Texas of the Permian
Basin are scheduled for Saturday, May 8, in the University gymnasium.
Two ceremonies are planned to accomodate the more than 200 graduating
students and their guests. Commencement for students earning degrees in
behavioral science, math and sciences, and business will be held at 10:30
a.m. Education and humanities/fine arts students graduate at the 2 p.m.
A reception in the Student Lounge will follow each ceremony. The public
is invited to attend.
For more information, call the Registrar's Office at 552-2635.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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