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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 heritage."

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. ceremony.

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.

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