Last weekend, I returned to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) for its Centennial. When I was an undergraduate there, my mom drove me to the campus for my classes. Sounds so odd today. I am a UTEP graduate and subsequently taught there part-time, and eventually became an administrator there. During my administrator days, I received a letter from a young boy from Houston. Joseph and I became friends, and he’s now a UTEP professor. Sweet story. Dr. Joseph Rodríguez, my amigo who knows my work better than I do, generously created a Centennial session at which we had a conversation with students. We all need friends who believe in us. I am deeply grateful for Joseph’s steady friendship.
Those of us who are fortunate to have Professor Rodriguez as a friend and colleague are most certainly blessed.