Red-carpet premiere to showcase MIRA student videos

WHAT: It’s Laredo, not Hollywood, but for 13 highly motivated South Texas college students, this red-carpet premiere will be special. The students, selected through a competitive application process for their interest in the health professions, will present videos they produced.

The video premiere is the final activity of the Make It Real Academy (MIRA), a program of the UT Health Science Center’s Regional Campus in Laredo held Aug. 16-21. MIRA will give the students an in-depth look at the health professions to help them decide which higher education path to choose to realize their dream of achieving a health career.

During the week, students will have experienced hands-on activities, field trips, behind-the-scenes tours and interviews with local health professionals to learn why they pursued higher education and chose their profession. This final activity will showcase four videos the students produced summarizing their “look” at the health professions.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 21 — 5:45-6:15 p.m.: Paparazzi-style arrival of Make It Real Academy students, UT Health Science Center faculty and staff members, and Douglas Murphy, interim dean of the School of Health Professions. A red carpet will lead attendees into the building.

Bilingual interviews of students and MIRA program leaders will be available.

7 p.m. — Students will present their videos.

WHERE: The auditorium of the D.D. Hachar Building on the UT Health Science Center campus, 1937 E. Bustamante St.

NOTE: MIRA is funded by a grant from South Texas Outreach Foundation of Laredo.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 2 percent of all U.S. institutions receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled a record $259 million in fiscal year 2009. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced 27,000 graduates. The $753 million operating budget supports six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit

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