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In memoriam: UTSA's inaugural police chief dies at age 81

Manuel Chavez

Manuel Chavez

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(July 13, 2012) -- Former UTSA Police Chief Manuel Chavez died Wednesday, July 11 at age 81.

On April 20, 1973, Chavez was appointed by then UTSA President Peter T. Flawn as UTSA's first chief of police. When appointed, the UTSA Police Department consisted of one chief, one sergeant, three patrolmen and 10 uniformed guards. They provided security to the UTSA campus, the Lutcher Center in Terrell Hills and the Institute of Texan Cultures. At the time, there was no on-campus housing or a Downtown Campus. When Chavez retired in 1994, after serving for 21 years, there were nearly 30 police officers employed by the department and the student population had more than tripled.

Chavez also served for 17 years in the 1950s and 1960s as a patrolman and lieutenant of detectives at the Harlingen Police Department, then as chief of police at the Pharr Police Department. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, he was a member of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and served as president of the Harlingen Jaycees and Boys Club of Harlingen.

One of the few remaining UTSA Police Department employees who worked with Chavez is Captain Douglas Sonego, who said, “Virtually everyone at UTSA who knew and worked with Chief Chavez liked and respected him as a person and for his fairness and common-sense approach. Chief Chavez gave me my start in law enforcement and allowed me to learn as an officer and as a detective through hard knocks, which helped me to grow as an officer and as a person. I was very fortunate that he was my first chief."

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 14 at the Rudy Garza Funeral Home, 1702 E. Harrison St. in Harlingen. There will be a graveside service in San Antonio at 10 a.m., Monday, July 16 at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches Road.

 

 

Events

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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