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Dave & Buster’s in McAllen Now Hiring

Dave & Buster’s in McAllen Now Hiring


The Ultimate Entertainment Destination to Fill 280+ Positions

Ahead of 100th Opening in June

McAllen — Dave & Buster’s will open its 100th location this June, and is looking to hire over 280 enthusiastic individuals to join the team at its new McAllen location near Expressway 83 and 29th street. Positions are available in both front and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and more.

The new location in McAllen marks the 100th opening of Dave & Buster’s, which will serve a flourishing residential area and help to cement McAllen as the region’s entertainment hub. Dave & Buster’s McAllen will bring over 30,000-square-feet of entertainment to the area and will offer all-new, chef-crafted food like the Hawg-A-Sauras Loaded Cheese Fries and BBBacon Burger (featuring 3 types of bacon!), innovative cocktails like Glow Kones and Luxe Patron LITs, and hundreds of the latest arcade games. The new location will also feature a D&B Sports Bar, making it the ideal sports viewing destination for residents to cheer on local favorites like the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers with massive HD TVs and “better than the stadium” seating.

Dave & Buster’s offers its employees far more than the average restaurant or bar by providing a fun and exciting work atmosphere with like-minded individuals who pride themselves in delivering a top-notch guest experience. Dave & Buster’s employees are encouraged to take advantage of:

  • Great Benefits: Dave & Buster’s offers a comprehensive benefits package for a number of positions. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and a 401K.
  • Internal Promotion Opportunities: Dave & Buster’s offers a High Potential program, encouraging high-performing employees to move up quickly into new positions. More than 30% of the brand’s current management base was promoted from within the company.

FUN!: Dave & Buster’s employees love working in an entertaining atmosphere that offers upscale dining, shows the biggest sporting events on huge televisions, and features hundreds of the latest arcade games.

Elementary students get their first lesson in robotics

By Raul Garcia Jr.

A total of 100 Mercedes ISD migrant students from Kennedy, North, Travis and Hinojosa Elementary were given a presentation on Wednesday about robotics and aerospace engineering by local robotics expert, Heriberto Reynoso.

“It was really good and we learned a lot about robots,” said Michael Carrion, Kennedy Elementary fifth grader. “I want to build robots too.”

Carrion said he has been studying about space for two years now since starting in the third grade. He won a tyrannosaurus Rex 3D puzzle for answering Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. The puzzle is one of many educational training assembly tools Reynoso builds in Mercedes with his specialized laser cutter that is used mainly to build robot parts.

The robotics presentation was a first for the migrant student initiative in Mercedes. However the Mercedes Migrant program and the school district are very proactive according to the director. The presentation was the first of a two part series with the Reybotics Institute. On the second day Reynoso will meet with middle school students who will build a robot, a rocket and a drone on Thursday.

Reynoso told the students it takes nitrogen and oxygen to push a rocket into space. He asked the youngsters who were the first two men to walk on the Moon. A sea of little hands in the air showed the excitement and eagerness to be called on to help and answer questions from the robotics expert.

“The presentation was very effective,” said Rolando Herrera, district migrant director. “Our migrant students are involved in different initiatives and Beto was very informative of what’s upcoming and what areas our kids can be in route to.”

Reynoso said the kids are already in love with robots and are using technology and have seen it in movies. He attributes student attention to his presentations on account that all kids like robots. He said his talks about STEM is a great introduction into robotics. He continued saying it’s easy to capture the young minds by sharing my experiences and robot creation across the Valley.

“Hopefully my story acts like a driver for them to pursue the sciences and engineering fields,” said Heriberto Reynoso, the Robotics expert. “Theses students were quite receptive and in love with the idea of STEM as it is.”

As a college student he earned an internship opportunity with NASA where he did computer programming and worked on the Mars Rover. Reynoso earned a college degree from the University of Texas- Brownsville in computer science. Prior to that he had began building robots out of spare parts at home when he was 14-years-old. And it has become a passion of his to help students build robots and get into a career in robotics and aerospace engineering.

Reynoso partnered his business Reybotics with the Mercedes based nonprofit Texas Valley Communities Foundation in 2013 to continue engaging students for college readiness and a career in STEM. The non profit’s ENCORE program partners with Mercedes and area districts to give lessons in STEM.

Educators learn exciting ways to engage students in STEM at HESTEC

Edcouch-Elsa High School teachers Oliver Sabedra and Felicia Urbina learned about ways to teach students about the STEM fields during HESTEC Educator Day on Monday. And, they got to play with robots during an engineering breakout session. UTRGV Photo by Josué Esparza)

Edcouch-Elsa High School teachers Oliver Sabedra and Felicia Urbina learned about ways to teach students about the STEM fields during HESTEC Educator Day on Monday. And, they got to play with robots during an engineering breakout session. UTRGV Photo by Josué Esparza)

By Cheryl Taylor

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2015 – HESTEC 2015 created a world of wonders on its first full day of activities, during a series of special breakout sessions dealing with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Clorandy Taborda, a PSJA North High School science teacher, was among hundreds of Rio Grande Valley educators who attended HESTEC Educator Day on Monday, Oct. 5, on the Edinburg Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Tabordy chose the NASA workshop on teaching heat transfer for his first session.

“This will be a good way for my students to learn about heat transfer with a hands-on activity,” Tabordy said. “They will like this way of figuring out this concept. I’m glad I came.”

He said he had been to HESTEC Educator Day in the distant past, and was glad to attend this year, grateful his registration fee was paid by GEAR UP. PSJA North High School is a Texas Education Service Center Region One GEAR UP campus.

The heat transfer session was led by Brandon Hargis, a NASA education specialist for educator professional development. A Texas State University faculty member, Hargis is on loan to NASA for five years.

“Remember to impress the process upon your students – brainstorm, design, build, test, review, redesign, test, and keep the cycle going,” he said.

Hargis was assisted by Alicia Cortez, program manager for NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS).

“Educators are one of NASA’s special audiences,” Cortez said. “We create content and provide opportunities to help them teach STEM. We encourage K-16 teachers to refer to the great resources available on the NASA website.”

Amanda Knies, a sixth-grade math and science teacher from the Lasara Independent School District, said her first breakout session was informative, covering the numerous career options that intertwine directly or indirectly with STEM.

“Students have many different career options now. And we have so many talented students. We are trying to recruit and keep our students here in the Valley,” she said. “There are so many more opportunities, no matter what you want to be – a SCUBA diver, a scientist, a doctor or a nature photographer. Students can and should look at their broader career options.”

Knies also attended “El Nino: A Driver of Global Weather and Climate,” a session conducted by Tim Smith, meteorologist from KRGV TV Channel 5, and Alex Garcia, meteorologist from FOX 29 News in San Antonio. Smith and Garcia have been teaming up for about 15 years to provide educational opportunities to educators and school children.

“You teachers are on the front lines of education,” Garcia said. “We know you want to go over concepts that students can relate to, such as El Niño. Everyone asks about El Niño, and kids hear the term. We have some ideas to share with you – ways for the students to use various websites in the classroom to learn about ocean-water temperatures and uncover the mysteries of what El Niño really is and why it occurs.”

Knies said the weather presentation was “awesome,” and she plans to use what she learned from Garcia and Smith in both her science and math classes.

This is the first year UTRGV has directed the weeklong HESTEC conference, but this is the 14th anniversary for the event

Gov. Abbott, astronaut Harris, encourage students during HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at UTRGV during HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. He urged students to meet challenges head on and determine their own destiny. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at UTRGV during HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. He urged students to meet challenges head on and determine their own destiny. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2015 – The 1,200 high school students who attended HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day expected to hear about the many opportunities that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers could offer them.

But no one expected a spelling quiz.

Gov. Greg Abbott asked the teenagers how to spell the word “money.” In unison, students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Fieldhouse shouted it out.


The governor, however, corrected them.

“The way you spell money,” Abbott said, “is S-T-E-M. The reality is, your focus on STEM education and career is going to put you on the pathway to making more money when you graduate from college.”

Even more important than making money, he said, is obtaining the skills and training that will allow them to change the world around them with their ideas and innovations. They all have the
potential to create new technologies and inventions that will revolutionize the world they live in, but it will take hard work and they will face obstacles along the way.

“You will face many challenges, but those challenges don’t determine your destiny. You do,” he said. “So wherever your paths may lead, the reality is, it’s not going to matter if you end up rich or poor or what you do for a living. What will matter is the unique fingerprint that you leave on this world.”

Students also heard from UTRGV Founding President Guy Bailey and Region One GEAR UP Director Dr. Tina Atkins. Each encouraged the students to go to college, preferably UTRGV.


Students said they enjoyed learning about the programs UTRGV has to offer, as well as the variety of jobs available at various organizations.

J.J. Castillo, a 17-year-old junior at Santa Rosa High School, said he was glad to hear about the range of job opportunities at NASA.

“People think it’s just about astronauts, but there are many other fields you can go into,” said Castillo, who is interested in studying business administration when he goes to college. “There’s accounting, there’s marketing, there’s everything you can possibly do at NASA. It’s just amazing; I didn’t think you could do that many things.”

Andrea Garcia, 16, a junior at Lyford High School, said it was the nurses who cared for her infant son two years ago who inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.

Her son, Michael, was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, a condition which affects the large intestine and impedes bowel function.

“I was there in the hospital, in and out of the hospital, until he was almost 1 year old, and I loved the nurses. It just inspired me … I want to help people like they helped my son,” she said.

Garcia said she appreciated learning about all the different STEM-related careers and receiving advice on going to college.

“It’s great what these people are doing to help us out today,” she said.

After attending breakout sessions, where they learned about STEM-related career prospects, students heard from Elise Longpree, director of Community Investment Corporate Brand and Reputation for Time Warner, and from José Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.


Dr. Bernard Harris, former astronaut and founder of the Bernard Harris Foundation, delivered the afternoon keynote address.

Harris, the first African American to walk in space and a medical doctor by trade, started the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, a two-week enrichment program for middle school students interested in the STEM fields. UTRGV’s legacy institution, The University of Texas-Pan American, has been a host site for the camp since 2009.

Harris shared stories about his missions with NASA and the work that goes into preparing for space travel. He also talked about his love of science fiction, and how many technologies that were imagined in movies, television shows and other works of science fiction have now become realities.

“Start thinking about those technologies, those ideas, those solutions that haven’t been invented yet,” Harris said. “Some of you will be the next Steve Jobs or the next Bill Gates. Who knows what you can do? Only you know that.”

Harris told the students they were born with great potential, and unique skills and talents, so they can do anything they want to do in life. They were also born for a reason, he said: to use their intelligence, talents and skills for the benefit of themselves and others.

“If you’re doing it, you’re not only doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for the rest of us,” he said. “If you don’t accomplish that thing or those things that you were meant to do, then it won’t only be a travesty to you, but you will miss out, the rest of us will miss out, on the gift that you had.”

HESTEC continues Wednesday, Oct. 7, with Latina Day, when more than 1,000 teenage girls and their mothers are expected to visit the UTRGV Edinburg Campus to learn about opportunities available to them if they go to college and pursue STEM careers.

TV anchor Soledad O’Brien bringing ‘I am Latino in America’ tour to UTRGV’s HESTEC

SoledadOBrien_HS2EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 14, 2015 – Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is bringing the “I am Latino in America” tour to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Oct. 5, 2015.

The national tour of conversations will amplify the Latino voice on critical community issues. The tour is also being hosted in conjunction with UTRGV’s nationally recognized HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology) Week, now in its 14th year, and promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers and pathways for students in the Rio Grande Valley.

The “I Am Latino in America” Tour kicks off Sept. 28 at Florida International University, with plans to roll out in five more cities including Edinburg, and Los Angeles, CA. Additional tours are planned for the spring and summer 2016, with more than 15 cities expected to host the live event.

“The opportunity to host a respected and well-known journalist like Soledad O’Brien and the ‘Latino in America’ tour at UTRGV highlights the significance of our university within the Latino community and in higher education,” said Veronica Gonzales, UTRGV vice president of Governmental and Community Relations. “After opening our doors as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas, the timeliness of hosting such an event is monumental.

“The issues that will be debated are pertinent to the Latino community-at-large, especially in the South Texas region. UTRGV is expanding educational opportunity in the Valley and educating our future leaders. ‘Latino in America’ will not only bring a spotlight to UTRGV, but to the pressing issues faced by Latinos in the U.S.

“We look forward to welcoming Mrs. O’Brien and the entire ‘Latino in America’ production to our Edinburg campus, and thank Ingenuity for its partnership in facilitating the inclusion of UTRGV as part of this tour,” Gonzales said.

O’Brien is a former CNN and NBC anchor and the CEO of multimedia production and distribution company Starfish Media Group. She previously hosted two “Black in America” tours that highlighted issues like police brutality and civil rights. The “I Am Latino in America” tour will address voting, the economy and education issues.

Influential celebrities, national and local advocates, business leaders, students and academics will join O’Brien along the tour.

“Latinos are 54 million strong, make up a quarter of the children in this country, and include 25 million voters with $1.5 trillion in buying power,” O’Brien said. “Our tour will empower the U.S. Hispanic community’s collective voice in a crucial election year.”

More than 4,000 college students, as well as local and national Latino leaders, are expected to attend the first three events hosted by the following colleges and universities.

· Sept. 28: Miami, FL – Florida International University

· Oct. 5: Edinburg, Texas – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
· Oct. 15: Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College

Making the tour possible are presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual and sponsors Macy’s and Southwest Airlines. “Northwestern Mutual representatives and advisors are proud to serve as trusted partners helping Latino families and business owners achieve financial security,” said Conrad York, Vice President-Marketing and a member of the company’s diversity and inclusion committee. “Through our commitment to improving the lives of children, families, and the communities where they live, we are pleased to sponsor this conversation important to the Latino community.”

The tour is co-produced by INGEÑUITY, a content and experiential event firm that creates, designs and produces groundbreaking signature platforms connecting brands to people experiences. “I Am Latino in America” is the inaugural tour from INGEÑUITY’s Success Stories Live! Tours Division. “We are excited to develop such an important event with an exceptional talent as Soledad O’Brien,” said David Chavez, CEO, INGEÑUITY. “We’re designing the full experience for attendees from red carpets and musical performances to special guests!”

Soledad O’Brien has covered race, ethnicity and compelling social issues her entire career, creating a franchise of Latino in America and Black in America documentaries, books and speaking tours that provoke conversation. She is the author of “Latino in America, a Memoir” (2009) and “The Next Big Story” (2010), the story of how her Black Cuban mother and Australian immigrant father came together to give their children a world of opportunities during the civil rights era.

For Tour information, visit www.iamlatinoinamerica.com.

To host a Tour stop, media inquiry and sponsor partner opportunities, contact Sarah Chavez at INGEÑUITY at (913) 397-8850 or schavez@WeAreIngenuity.com.