Author: Megan Lopez

Ellen Ochoa

After being rejected by NASA Space Program in 1985, Ellen Ochoa resubmitted her application two more times before being hired in 1987. Swiftly moving through the ranks of NASA, Ochoa work as Chief of the Intelligent System Technology Branch at Moffett Field Naval Air Station in California before being chosen as a member of the astronaut class of 1990. Selected from the pool of 1,945 candidates, she became the first Latina in the space-shuttle program. In April 1993, Ochoa also became the first Latina to travel into space on the shuttle Discovery, where she released and later retrieved The...

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Guadalupe Cultural Arts

By Melinda Gonzalez There is a renewed energy in the air and the culmination of efforts to re-establish the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) as the beacon of Chicano Art is paying off. Founded in 1980 and located in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Westside, the nonprofit organization serves over 100,000 people each year on a local, national and international scale through artistic, educational, and community programming. Jorge Piña who is a native San Antonian is back and fulfills a key leadership position for the GCAC after resigning from the organization in 2000. Prior to his resignation, he...

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