Del Mar College seeks to fill vacancy on Board of Regents

Following the resignation of Linda Villarreal, Del Mar College’s Board of Regents is looking to fill a now vacant at-large seat. The vacancy of Villarreal’s at-large seat was formally announced Jan. 4 on the DMC website and applications for the position opened the same day. Villareal, who was appointed to the board in 2021, resigned after accepting a dean position at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her resignation was accepted by the board on Dec. 13 and went into effect Jan. 1. Any candidates seeking to apply are subject to certain legal requirements: A candidate must be a Texas resident for at…

Community Spotlight: The People of Saint Nicholas

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church hosted its annual Greek Festival Nov. 6-8. The parish’s youth danced on stage in traditional costume, as attendees enjoyed traditional Greek foods and baked goods. Looked forward to by many in Corpus Christi, the festival has been a means to support the parish and share a piece of Greek culture with the greater community for almost six decades. But the Greek Festival is only the tip of the iceberg for a people who have called Corpus Christi their home since the 1880s, and the community has played a role in the city’s story as far…

Valdar hits the runway with three new outfits

Del Mar College revealed three new outfits for its beloved mascot, Valdar the Viking, at a fashion show-styled event Nov. 3. Valdar, previously known as “the Viking,” was first unveiled in April 2017 after about a year of development, which saw the college work with David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic and owner of Raymond Entertainment. Starting in September 2017 and concluding in November of the same year, a contest was held to decide a new name for the Viking, replacing one that, according to Del Mar lore “has 15 letters, all consonants, and is impossible to pronounce in English…

Del Mar College dedicates ofrenda to family and staff lost during pandemic

In observance of Dia de los Muertos, the Center for Mexican American Studies constructed an ofrenda dedicated to Del Mar staff and family members who died during the COVID-19 pandemic. Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday coinciding with the Catholic holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, which fall on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 respectively. It is believed that the souls of the dead are reunited with their families during this time. In preparation for the return of their loved ones, families traditionally construct ofrendas, altars decorated with flowers, photos of the deceased and…

DMC hosts book signing for local author Diana López

Diana López met with students and staff to discuss Hispanic heritage and promote her new book, “Los Monstruos: Felice and the Wailing Woman” Over the past month, Del Mar College’s Center for Mexican-American Studies and the local branch of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education have hosted weekly events in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The center has held film showings, inaugurated art and literature displays and provided several online presentations. The center brought Hispanic Heritage Month to a satisfying close with a book signing by author and Corpus…