Odessa College and the UT Permian Basin Recognized as Steinway Spirio Institutions

Odessa-Midland, Texas/April 14, 2024-Odessa College recently hosted representatives from Steinway and Sons during a special recognition ceremony at the college. OC is recognized as one of only a few institutions in the U.S. to earn the distinction as an “All-Steinway Spirio Institution. 

(Pervis Evans, Senior Dean for the School of Liberal Arts and Education-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

The Steinway Spirio demonstration included a collaboration with New York pianist Michael Cabe, who performed live from New York City. 

(Bryan Elmore, Director of Institutional Sales/Educational Services-Steinway and Sons) 

The Steinway Spirio presentation also featured an Odessa College music faculty member, and an OC music student who performed an excerpt from Waltz in C sharp minor by Chopin. 

The University of Texas of the Permian is also recognized as an All-Steinway Spirio Institution. UTPB became an All-Steinway Spirio school in 2012 and acquired three pianos in 2022. 

(Dr. Oliver Lucero Institutional Sales/Educational Services-Steinway and Sons/Dallas, Texas) 

The Spirio system is billed as the world’s finest high-resolution piano, capable of live performance capture and playback. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Hispanic Heritage of Odessa and L U L A C Present Señoritas Hispanas 2024 at Odessa College

Odessa, Texas/April 13, 2024-Odessa College recently hosted Senoritas Hispanas 2024 an event sponsored by Hispanic Heritage of Odessa and L.U.L.A.C. Female students from secondary schools from Ector County ISD participated in the empowerment workshop that covered topics that included: personal finances, art, self-forgiveness. 

(Liliana Marquez, President-Hispanic Heritage of Odessa/Odessa, Texas) 

Odessa College Wrangle Promise Director and the Financial Aid Director introduced to the workshop participants the Wrangler Promise and what financial aid is and the importance of having a plan as students prepare for college. 

(Jessica Gomez, Director of Financial Aid-Odessa College, Odessa/Texas) 

Scholarships are available to eligible graduating students on any career path as well as focusing on careers that will contribute to the workforce in the Permian Basin and West Texas. 

(Roxanne Mitchell, Director of Wrangle Promise-Odessa College/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 



A Scandanavian Viking Traveled to Texas to Do Storytime

Odessa, Texas/April 11, 2024-The Ector County Library Hosted Kid’s Storytime featuring Dr. Jan Gustafsson, associated professor of Latin American studies at the University of Copenhagen. The Kid’s Storytime event was sponsored by a grant provided by the TEGNA Foundation. 

(Howard Marks, Director-Ector County Library/Odessa, Texas) 

Professor and author, Jan Gustafsson talked about his experience and the enjoyment of reading at an early age. 

(Jan Gustafsson, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies/University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 

 The Latin American series is an activity organized every semester by The University of Texas Permian Basin. Authors are invited to the come to the Permian Basin to discuss issues affecting Latin America and the U.S.  


(Antonio Moreno, Professor-Latin American Literature and Cinema-University of the Texas Permian Basin/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Congressman August Pfluger Hosts Town Hall Featuring Chairman Jim Jordan at the Odessa Marriott & Conference Center

Odessa, Texas/April 4, 2024-Congressman August Pfluger, Texas 11th District hosted a Town Hall featuring Congressman Jim Jordon of Ohio 4th District on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Odessa Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Congressman Pfluger and Chairman Jordan discussed their efforts to fight government corruption. 

(Kevin Sparks, Texas Senator-31st District/Texas) 

State Representatives and local officials were very pleased with the efforts of Congressman August Pfluger and Chaiman Jim Jordan in representing the needs of the citizens of West Texas and the Permian Basin. 

(Brooks Landgraf, Texas Representative-House District 81/Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Judie Porras Celebrating Her Birthday with Family, Friends after Kidney Transplant Surgery

Odessa, Texas/July 3, 2024-Judie Porras, whose kidney was a perfect match for her husband Javier Aguirre who suffered from kidney failure, celebrated her birthday and a new view on life with family, friends and her colleagues at the Odessa Family YMCA. Judie’s mother praises the divine power for keeping her daughter safe during surgery and saving her son-in-law and giving Javier a new lease on life. 

(Agueda Bernal, Judie Porras’ Mother-Celebrating Her Daughter’s Birthday-Odessa Family YMCA) 

Judie’s Birthday is on March 14th, ironically on World Kidney Day celebrated a new life with her husband in fellowship with her closest family members. 

(Judie Porras, Donated Kidney to Husband Javier-Celebrating her Birthday) 

Judie is a beloved exercise trainer at the Odessa Family YMCA. Many of her female clients are inspired by her courage and spirituality.  

(Lubet Duarte, Judie Porras’ Exercise Training Client-Odessa Family YMCA) 

Her brother Jovanie Bernal is happy and grateful that his sister is having a speedy recovery and back at the Y training her clients and happy that his brother-in-law Javier to doing well and back at work. 

(Jovanie Bernal, Judie Porras’ Brother-Celebrating his Sister’s Birthday) 

If you would like to help Judie Porras and her husband Javier financially, the Odessa Family YMCA still has t-shirts available for purchase. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.