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American RadioWorks |
Image: Sweet Briar College web site

Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.

Recent Posts

  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
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ORTIZ, SOLOMON P, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $108,230.45

Average cost per trip - $6,012.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 156 days
Rank of representative - 31 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (14 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - Fact-finding and to improve trade relations with China
Notes - Days at personal expense: 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/27

Travel Cost - $4,268.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,068.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Notes - Other expenses for transportation in PR

Travel Cost - $496.40
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $195.75
Other Cost - $216.94
Total Cost - $1,629.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $3,600.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $4,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore Technologies Engineering, Dai Nisshin Corp
Dates - January 28, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Japan - Singapore

Purpose - Fact finding with the city government of Corpus Christi & the port of Corpus Christi as it relates to investment opportunities in Texas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,297.00
Lodging Cost - $860.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,432.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $3,835.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost - $185.00
Total Cost - $5,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - March 26, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Singapore

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,747.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,897.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore Technologies Engineering, Dai Nisshin Corp
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai, China

Purpose - fact-finding trip to secure jobs for the 27th district of Texas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,245.70
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,465.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music/Sony Electronics, Altria, Time Warner, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, PhRMA, Puerto Rico Telephone
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Notes - Son, Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.

Travel Cost - $3,696.24
Lodging Cost - $1,139.40
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,736.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 19, 2003 (18 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Dong Guan City, China - Guangzhou, China - Shanghai, China - Shenyang City, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - fact-finding and a trade mission
Notes - 8/11 - 8/18 at own personal expense.

Travel Cost - $7,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,075.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Son, Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.

Travel Cost - $6,346.00
Lodging Cost - $3,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,346.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Marathon Oil Corp.
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - To give briefing on Marathon Oil project to the US Embassy - met with U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza and other Mexican officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,376.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,926.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Beijing, China

Purpose - trade mission
Notes - [Personal financial disclosure statement indicates sponsor is Integrity Communications]

Travel Cost - $3,900.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - April 7, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,500.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican Association of Free Zone Industries
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 26, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Purpose - fact-finding in relation to free trade with the USA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,260.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Intl Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Kao-hsiung, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding trip/meeting with high government officials
Notes - Corpus Christi - LA - Taipei, Taiwan - Kaohsiung - Taipei -LA - Corpus Christi

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access
Dates - March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Guangzhou, China

Purpose - Fact-finding..
Notes - Corpus Christi, TX - Beijing / Beijing - Guangzhou / Guangzhou - Corpus Christi, TX Personal Expense : 3/30 - 3/31

Travel Cost - $3,695.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Integrity Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Hong Kong, China

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Corpus Christi - Hong Kong - Beijing - Hong Kong - Corpus Christi Personal expense: 8/6 - 8/7

Travel Cost - $3,200.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Law Offices of Filemon Vela
Dates - August 1, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (14 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Beijing, China - Hong Kong

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Corpus Christi, TX - Singapore - Beijing - Hong Kong - Corpus Christi Personal expense: 8/10, 8/12, 8/13/05 (4 travel days)

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,400.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,100.00

Additional family members - No

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Sweet Briar Returns

Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.

Recent Posts

  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

    For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.
  • 06.23.15

    Learning from Video Games

    A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.