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Two TWU students to intern in the 81st Texas Legislature


Cristal Retana
Photo credit: Ronda DuTeil

Diana Cruz
Photo credit: Shannon Drawe

DENTON – Texas Woman’s University seniors Cristal Retana and Diana Cruz will learn how government works first hand during their internships in the 2009 Texas Legislature.

Ms. Retana, a pre-law senior from Farmers Branch, is one of only 14 students in the state selected for the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program. She is interning for Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) and performing a variety of legislative tasks, including researching legislation, tracking bills and writing constituent correspondence. The Luna Scholars Program is named after the late state Sen. Gregory Luna, a well-known education advocate and former chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus. He served as a senator from Bexar County from 1993 until his death in 1999.

“This internship is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Ms. Retana said. “Being a part of the legislative process will benefit me tremendously as I look ahead to my future career in the law and politics.”

Diana Cruz, a government senior from Hughes Springs, is one of only 50 students in the state selected for the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP), sponsored by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and coordinated by the Mickey Leland Center for World Hunger and Peace at Texas Southern University. TLIP interns work in the offices of ranking members of the Texas Legislature or statewide elected officials. Sen. Ellis created the program in 1990 for students interested in the political process and in the kind of humanitarian service exemplified by the late Houston Congressman Mickey Leland.

“I am excited to experience how state government works first hand,” Ms. Cruz said. “I will learn immeasurable amounts of information and grow as a student and as an individual. I hope this internship will guide me toward a flourishing career.”

Both Ms. Retana and Ms. Cruz plan to attend law school after graduating from TWU in May.

Ms. Retana has been active in many student organizations, including the TWU Student Government Association, the university’s League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) chapter, the Sigma Lambda Alpha sorority and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She has served as president of the TWU G-Force, was listed in “Who’s Who Among American College Students” and has been named to the TWU Dean’s List.

Ms. Cruz is an active volunteer with TWU Helping Hands, and is a member of the TWU government honor society Pi Sigma Alpha and the TWU Barrister’s Club, an organization for legal students. She is a TWU Presidential Scholar and has been named to the TWU’s Dean list for six consecutive semesters. The TWU History and Government Department recently named her an Outstanding Legal Studies Student.



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Page last updated January 22, 2009

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