AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today hosted a luncheon to honor Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston who was elevated by Pope Benedict XVI to the main advisory body of the Holy See on Nov. 24. This marks the first time a Roman Catholic bishop from Texas has been elevated to the College of Cardinals.
"Our state’s faith tradition is a strong one, continued by the millions of people who daily live out their faith by obeying the law, loving one another, and helping the less fortunate," said Gov. Perry. "Cardinal DiNardo embodies the example of a life lived by faith. He understands the unique culture of our state and is living proof that the Roman Catholic faith is alive and well and thriving in Texas."
"I have the greatest admiration for Dr. Murano, having watched her revitalize the agriculture program at Texas A&M over the last three years. She is a nationally known researcher and food safety expert, and a visionary leader in the academic and research community. As a former student of Texas A&M, and a graduate of their animal science program, I am excited an agriculture expert will lead the university for the first time in a long time, recognizing agriculture is vital to our future and not merely our past."
We stand poised at a critical juncture in our state’s history. We live in a world where technology is accelerating at a blinding pace, the marketplace has become truly global, and economic power has become truly mobile. Although our country and our state have sustained a remarkable economic pace, our current momentum alone will not carry us where we need to go.
In the global economy, investment flows to the places where the right combination of talent, technology, business climate, infrastructure and markets converge. Texas won’t automatically be that place. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be proud of the innovative policies we have implemented: our state’s economy is one of the most vigorous in our country.
DALLAS – Gov. Perry today participated in the presentation of a $2.4 million grant over a five year period from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas to replicate the UTeach program, which will certify UT Dallas undergraduates to become high school math and science teachers. UT Dallas is one of 12 sites nationally to be awarded a replication grant.
"Texas is once again leading the nation with winning ideas, such as the UTeach program, which will help us close the math and science gap in today’s schools, before it becomes a salary gap in tomorrow’s workplace and an opportunity gap for Texas families."