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Jul '14
29
UTPA mourns passing of Jim and Jerry McKone
The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is saddened to announce that former Sports Information Director (SID) Jim McKone, an inaugural member of the UTPA Athletics Hall of Honor, and his wife Geraldine (Jerry), have passed away.


Jul '14
24
From physicians to professors: Online certificate program prepares leaders in medical education
After completing the Medical Academic Scholar Certificate Program (MASCP), Dr. Humberto Hidalgo is hoping to see a future for himself in medical academia not far from home.


Jul '14
23
UTRGV: A message from the president
Dear UT Brownsville and UT Pan American Communities,

As we move forward with plans to open the new UT Rio Grande Valley in one short year, many activities are underway by a number of working groups at UTB, UTPA, and the UT System, and I remain grateful to you for your engagement and support of the process.


Jul '14
17
Students encouraged to dream big at ExxonMobil camp at UTPA
They may have kept an astronaut alive in a makeshift spacecraft, but for four Rio Grande Valley middle school students, making new friends who share their love of math and science was the most rewarding part of participating in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Jul '14
15
Students, alumni ideas sought for UTRGV
All alumni and students are encouraged to attend or watch live and tweet (#UTRGV) to join the discussion about the future colors, word mark, and mascot of UTRGV. #UTPA #UTB #Alumni

We need your ideas for UTRGV

Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the UTPA Student Union.


Jul '14
10
UTRGV News: Regents approve medical degree program for UTRGV
AUSTIN – In another historic step in the march to higher education opportunities for the Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday unanimously approved the establishment of a doctor of medicine degree at UT Rio Grande Valley.


UTRGV News: Regents approve admissions standards for UTRGV
AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday approved admissions criteria for first-time students, transfer students and graduate students at UT Rio Grande Valley, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.


Jul '14
2
Speak Your Mind about mental health and substance abuse issues July 14 at UTPA
Mental health and substance abuse issues usually arise early in one's life and occur more frequently than many people think.


Jul '14
1
Dedicated UTPA PD officers recognized by MADD of the RGV
Three police officers with The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department were recently recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of the Rio Grande Valley at their Fourth Annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Law Enforcement Recognition event, "Take the Wheel."


Jun '14
30
Dr. Bin Wang named top mentor for new faculty at UT Pan American
Dr. Joseph Nwankpa, a first-year faculty member at The University of Texas-Pan American, said he has received invaluable information and mentorship from this year's New Faculty Mentorship Excellence Award winner Dr. Bin Wang, associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods.


Faculty success for 2013-2014 academic year takes a bow
Four faculty members at UT Pan American took home the University level Faculty Excellence Awards this year for their outstanding work in the areas of teaching, research, service and mentorship.


Jun '14
27
CHAPS, community pave path for Civil War trail
It's not too well known that the Rio Grande Valley played a key role in the American Civil War, but Dr. Russell Skowronek, a history professor at The University of Texas-Pan American and principal investigator of UTPA's Community Historical Project with Schools (CHAPS), hopes to change that.


Jun '14
26
Texas Bar Foundation grants $16,000 to UTPA’s Law School Preparation Institute
More students at The University of Texas-Pan American will get an extra boost toward achieving their dream of a law career thanks to a generous grant from The Texas Bar Foundation to support the University's Law School Preparation Institute (LSPI).


Chancellor Cigarroa announces transition leadership for UTB and UTPA
The University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., visited the campuses of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American Wednesday, June 25, to discuss administrative functions and day-to-day operations for both campuses during the 2014-15 academic year.


Jun '14
25
Stripes® Convenience Stores fuel dreams for UTPA students
The University of Texas-Pan American has received $50,000 from the Stripes Convenience Stores College Scholarship Fund to assist local students in obtaining higher education.


Jun '14
23
Dreams do come true for UTPA students receiving the TheDream.US scholarship
When Kristov Martinez, 18, was brought illegally to the U.S. 10 years ago from Monterrey, Mexico by his parents, they told him that it was to build a better life.


Jun '14
19
UTPA hosts supply collection drive in response to immigration surge
In response to the recent influx of immigrants to the Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas-Pan American is collecting toiletries and other basic needs supplies starting Friday, June 20 and Monday through Friday, June 23-27.


Jun '14
11
DACA renewal enrollment now open, info forum at UTPA June 14
Students at The University of Texas-Pan American who received approval from the initial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can now renew their enrollment in DACA for another two years. The first DACA approvals will begin to expire in September 2014.


Jun '14
6
UTPA readies for 2014 hurricane season
Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. The UTPA Crisis Management Team – a group of key individuals from across the University charged with securing your safety in the event of an emergency – has met and reviewed UTPA’s Hurricane Preparedness Plan. The plan outlines the responsibilities and courses of action the University community will need to follow should a hurricane threaten the lower Texas Gulf Coast. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the procedures in place.


CHAPS workshop aims to help educators teach history in the RGV
The Community Historic Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a group of local area K-12 teachers at a Native American Peoples of South Texas workshop June 6 at the Community Engagement and Student Success building.


Jun '14
2
Mariachi Aztlán and Lyric Opera of Chicago continue exciting fusion of two genres
A combo of opera and mariachi drew cheering sold out audiences again this spring in Chicago when The University of Texas-Pan American's acclaimed Mariachi Aztlán teamed up with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to perform "Canciones y Arias."


May '14
30
UTPA, H-E-B taste sweet success in fundraiser for Mariachi Aztlán, Ballet Folklórico
The University of Texas-Pan American teamed up with H-E-B on May 29 to raise money to benefit UTPA's Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Aztlán.


State Farm, UTPA unite to bring financial literacy training to Valley students
Students from three Rio Grande Valley high schools had a chance to gain valuable financial literacy education this spring thanks to a generous grant provided by State Farm to The University of Texas-Pan American.


May '14
28
Southwest Airlines spreads its wings to bring UTPA dancers, Valley culture to nation's capital
Making connections is a goal that The University of Texas-Pan American's Ballet Folklórico UTPA and Southwest Airlines have in common.


May '14
27
UTPA, Easter Seals RGV to host The Perfect Pair: Couture with Compassion June 17
The University of Texas Pan-American (UTPA) and Easter Seals RGV are hosting The Perfect Pair event on June 17, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. The two organizations are pairing designer shoes and handbags with entertainment and refreshments to benefit Rio Grande Valley families and UTPA students living with disabilities.


May '14
22
UTRGV News: UTRGV Smart Hospital to be dedicated Wednesday
Medical and academic leaders from The University of Texas System and across the Rio Grande Valley will gather Wednesday (May 28) for the dedication and unveiling of the UT Rio Grande Valley Smart Hospital.


UTRGV News: President Bailey names UTRGV transition team
AUSTIN – Guy Bailey, newly appointed president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, today announced a transition leadership team that will assist in bringing together the talents, assets and resources of both UT Brownsville and UT Pan American to establish the new institution. The transition team members will work closely with a broader team of administrators at The University of Texas System that has been working diligently on UTRGV’s establishment for the past year and half.


May '14
21
Hispanic Outlook names UTPA among best in U.S. for Hispanics
The University of Texas-Pan American ranks No. 5 in the nation in the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students according to the May 2014 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.


May '14
20
Celebration of student employees highlights benefits to students and University
Dr. Ala Qubbaj, vice provost for Academic Affairs, said he often forgets that the student employee in his office, Seham Obaid, is not a experienced staff member.


UT System Regents officially select first president of UT Rio Grande Valley
The University Of Texas System Board Of Regents on Tuesday formally named Guy Bailey the first president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.


May '14
16
Regents keep plan to establish UTRGV moving forward
AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted Thursday on its first official action to consolidate programs at UT Brownsville and UT Pan American in order to establish a new institution, UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).


May '14
12
Graduation is a family affair at UT Pan American
It's all about family.

At The University of Texas-Pan American's Spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies May 10 at the McAllen Convention Center, UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen hailed the accomplishments of the 1,600-plus graduates, as well as the rest of the UT Pan American community, during the four and a half years he has been at the helm.


May '14
9
UTPA honors employees at 26th Annual Staff Employee Awards Ceremony
When Virginia Haynie Gause started at then-Pan American University 40 years ago, there were about 6,000 students enrolled and not much flora on campus.


May '14
2
Internship with Conan O'Brien lends lessons in life & late night TV for UTPA student
Many people in the Rio Grande Valley enjoy watching Conan O'Brien on his late night TV talk show, but few - if any - know what it is like to work for him or will never have a chance to touch his signature mane of red hair.


May '14
1
José Saldivar tops in nation at inspiring first-year college students
When a student steps into the circle José Saldivar sets up in his classroom at The University of Texas-Pan American, the UNIV 1301 Learning Frameworks lecturer wants it to be, above all else, a safe and nurturing environment.


Apr '14
30
UTPA an early voting site May 19-23 for Primary Runoff Election
The University of Texas-Pan American will again host an early voting site to accommodate registered voters in Hidalgo County who want to cast their ballot in the upcoming Primary Runoff Election.


Apr '14
29
Theatre for Young Audiences presents "12 Dancing Princesses"
Theatre for Young Audiences at The University of Texas-Pan American presents "12 Dancing Princesses" adapted from the Brothers Grimm by Dr. Brian Warren, assistant professor in the Department of Communication.


Apr '14
28
Regents name Guy Bailey sole finalist for president of UTRGV
AUSTIN –- Guy Bailey, a proven leader with extensive experience at the helm of large research institutions, has been selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents as the sole finalist for the historic position of founding president for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.


Top Edinburg CISD migrant senior students welcomed during UTPA campus visit
The University of Texas-Pan American recently hosted the top 10 migrant senior students from each of the four Edinburg CISD high schools at a luncheon and to meet with Dr. Francisco Guajardo, a professor in the College of Education and director of UTPA's Bilingual Studies Center.


Apr '14
24
UTPA's authors, grantees receive recognition and praise at annual reception
In their book "Hispanic Entrepreneurship in the 2000s," published in 2013 by Stanford University Press, Economics Professors Dr. Alberto Davila and Dr. Marie Mora examined the growth of Hispanic entrepreneurship in the United States over that time period.


Rising Stars bond with Guiding Stars at annual donor scholarship luncheon
When Maria Diola Gonzalez came to then-Edinburg Regional College, she said she brought $50 to pay for her courses and bought her books second-hand.


Apr '14
22
UTPA Continuing Ed launches new hospitality management training program
Tourism and travel professionals in the Rio Grande Valley may soon have the opportunity to learn and network with hoteliers worldwide without having to leave their computer.


Apr '14
15
Social Justice & Peace Conference April 23 to examine "The 'Real' Border Wars"
The Department of Criminal Justice at The University of Texas-Pan American invites the public to its annual Social Justice & Peace Conference scheduled for April 23 at the UTPA Ballroom.


University Theatre Productions Presents "Real Women Have Curves"
For its final spring Main Stage production, The University of Texas-Pan American Theatre presents the comedy "Real Women Have Curves," written by Josefina Lopez.


Apr '14
11
Broncs go green for Earth Week
Green is not just one of The University of Texas-Pan American's colors, it's a way of life on campus.


Apr '14
10
Aetna Foundation supports CHECK Program hosted by UT Pan American
Hundreds of schoolchildren, parents, and community members came together at the Lyford Elementary School Health Fair on March 7 to thank The Aetna Foundation for their $35,000 gift supporting the Creating Healthy Eating Choices for Kids (CHECK) program.


Mar '14
31
UTPA celebrates five distinguished alums and Valley legislative delegation at Alumni Ball
The University of Texas-Pan American turned the clock back to the Roaring Twenties March 29 at its annual Alumni Ball.


Mar '14
28
BBVA Foundation and SBDC partnership offers businesses free financial management training
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The University of Texas-Pan American in partnership with the BBVA Foundation is offering free workshops and a conference to small business owners where they can sharpen skills related to operation a successful business.


UTPA Library kicks off National Library Week on April 14
The slogan for National Library Week April 13-19 is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” Believing this to the fullest, The University of Texas–Pan American Library has several events planned for the week.


RGV legislators to be honored as Presidential Pillars
We’ve come a long way since December 2012 when UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and then Chair of the UT System Board of Regents Gene Powell unveiled plans to transform higher education in the Rio Grande Valley with a new UT University.


Mar '14
27
UTPA Symposium Apr. 10 addresses disaster resiliency
The Rio Grande Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Yet one hurricane or massive flood could bring this growth to a halt and even cause the Valley to lose people and businesses similar to New Orleans after Katrina.


2014 Pillar of Success: Examining a stellar career
Deputy commissioner of the Financial Regulation Division of the Texas Department of Insurance Jose Daniel "Danny" Saenz said determination, focus and a lot of hard work is what led him to a successful 26-year career with the Texas Department of Insurance. Those three characteristics also landed him as one of UTPA's 2014 Pillar of Success.


2014 Pillar of Success: Making a difference in Bronc Country
In recognition of his professional achievements as president and CEO of Martinez & Associates, L.P. and his contributions to his alma mater, Dan Martinez has been selected as a UTPA 2014 Pillar of Success.He along with four other alumni will be recognized March 29 at the 2014 Alumni Ball.


Mar '14
26
2014 Pillar of Success: Making college a priority for all students
Dr. Daniel P. King has been called a “Valley treasure” and has twice been named the most outstanding school superintendent in Texas, and on March 29 he will be honored by his alma mater as a 2014 Pillar of Success during the Alumni Ball. King is also known nationwide as a visionary and an innovator in college readiness and dual-language education.


2014 Pillar of Success: De La Viña's Road to Success
As an economist, a university professor and dean, and an entrepreneur, Lynda de La Viña has a distinguished résumé that has led to her being named one of UTPA's 2014 Pillars of Success. From becoming the first Mexican-American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in economics to being appointed as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy during President Bill Clinton’s administration, de La Viña is a true role model and Bronc at heart.


Mar '14
24
UTPA economics students take top award in national Up to Us competition
A student team of economics majors from UT Pan American topped 21 other university teams nationwide to win first prize in the 2014 Up to Us competition designed to educate, engage and inspire action on the challenges the nation faces from the rising long-term national debt - now at $17.5 trillion.


Mar '14
21
Students celebrate language and culture with Texas Book Festival Reading Rock Stars
Paulo Yap, a fifth grade student at Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary School in McAllen, said it "feels good" to have the author of a book his class read come to his school, meet and talk to the students, and to give each of them a book.


Librarians, teachers encouraged at FESTIBA to build up a head of STEAM
About 200 librarians and teachers from throughout the Rio Grande Valley attended The University of Texas-Pan American's Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) for its Librarians and Educators Day Friday, March 21.


Mar '14
20
FESTIBA moves full STEAM ahead with GEAR UP Days
Aspiring physician Dominique Montelongo learned that the arts and humanities can help her with her dreams of entering the medical field.


NCAA 6th Fan contest loss brings a winning solidarity to UTPA and Valley community
Broncs' fingers were achy, eyes were bleary and tired, and anxious minds were on the verge of meltdown March 9, but the spirit never waned. In fact, it soared.


Mar '14
18
2014 Pillar of Success: Longtime CPA builds a ledger of accomplishments
Pablo Vela Jr., a retiring partner and “of counsel” in the prestigious Rio Grande Valley accounting firm of Long Chilton, LLP, has been breaking ground all of his life.


Mar '14
14
Students learn about the real life of a commodities futures trader in international competition
Eric Muñoz calls the hands-on experience in commodities futures trading he is getting at The University of Texas-Pan American "very real."


Mar '14
13
New UTPA art exhibition – Arte de México – on display through April 18
A glorious art exhibition featuring 26 works sampling the great art of Mexico from the Colonial Period to the 1970s is now on display through April 18 at The University of Texas-Pan American's Visual Arts Gallery located in its Visual Arts Building.


Mar '14
7
Scientist and Comedian, Bill Nye "the Science Guy” is next UTPA Distinguished Speaker
Scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor, Bill Nye, will be the next presenter in The University of Texas-Pan American’s Distinguished Speakers series April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.


Mar '14
5
President Nelsen receives Hispanic Chamber's Golden Eagle Award
UT Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen was honored March 1 with the prestigious Golden Eagle Award by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RGVHCC).


To honor UTPA president, IWB contributes to Robert Seth Nelsen Emergency Assistance Endowment
To celebrate the selection of UT Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen as this year's recipient of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Golden Eagle Award, the International Women's Board (IWB), an arm of the UTPA Foundation, gathered Feb. 18 to honor Nelsen with a contribution to the Robert Seth Nelsen Emergency Assistance Endowment.


Feb '14
28
UTPA to host annual Graduate Fair March 6
The University of Texas-Pan American invites you to the annual UTPA Graduate Fair 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at the Community Engagement and Student Success Building, 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive.


Feb '14
27
UT Pan American gives a welcoming thumbs up to new medical school dean Francisco Fernandez
The Rio Grande Valley community - including a large throng of white-coated Physician Assistant (PA) Program and pharmacy students at The University of Texas-Pan American - enthusiastically welcomed the new medical school dean Dr. Francisco Fernandez to the campus Feb. 26. His visit followed one to the University of Texas at Brownsville where the founding dean was also introduced.


Feb '14
24
University Theatre to perform Les Liaisons Dangereuses
University Theatre Productions presents their first spring Mainstage production "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Christopher Hampton, directed by Professor Peter Mikolasky.


Feb '14
21
New Teacher Conference at UTPA helps beginner educators thrive
The University of Texas-Pan American hosted its eighth annual New Teacher Conference recently, where educators starting their careers learned new techniques and received advice on how to excel in the classroom.


Feb '14
19
India Association of RGV thanks UTPA president, establishes an endowed scholarship
UT Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen and a number of UTPA administrators and staff joined members of the India Association of Rio Grande Valley Jan. 26 to celebrate their donation of $10,000 to establish the India Association of Rio Grande Valley Scholarship, an endowment that will help provide scholarships and support for students studying in the College of Science and Mathematics at the University.


Feb '14
16
50+ Club inductees rejoice in remembrance of their Pan Am years
Stuart Klein is still proud of the moment when the then-Pan American College's (PAC) literary magazine "PSST" won the top award at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) college magazine competition in 1955.


Feb '14
14
UTPA Office of Continuing Education offers course for aspiring wedding planners
Event planning has always been a hobby for Debbie Jimenez, a Mission resident who is busy coordinating weddings for her loved ones.


Feb '14
12
Embrace a bright future during Fall in Love with UTPA Feb. 22
Rio Grande Valley high school seniors, transfer students, and anyone looking to begin a college career have many options when it comes to picking a college and The University of Texas–Pan American wants to be first choice.


Feb '14
11
UTPA enrollment makes a record jump this spring
Preliminary Spring 2014 enrollment figures at The University of Texas-Pan American show a record 18,821 students enrolled, up 6.4 percent since Spring 2013.


Railway center opening puts UTPA on fast track to emerging research university status
Dr. Constantine Tarawneh's research on railway bearings has gained some momentum.

Tarawneh, the mechanical engineering associate professor, Bentsen Fellow and director of the mechanical engineering graduate program at The University of Texas-Pan American, is heading up the new University Transportation Center for Railway Safety, which was made possible through a two-year, $3 million-dollar grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).


Feb '14
7
UTPA to host early voting site for primary elections.
Hidalgo County residents who are registered to vote will have another place to cast their ballots early: The University of Texas-Pan American


Feb '14
5
UTPA student team competes nationally to raise awareness about national debt
A trillion dollar bills laid end to end would reach the sun. Now imagine the distance you will travel to lay out more than 17 trillion dollar bills - the amount of the U.S. long term national debt, which increases by an average of $2.52 billion per day.


Feb '14
4
UTPA a partner in new national effort to help "Dreamers" obtain a college education
The University of Texas-Pan American is among 12 U.S. colleges and universities selected to partner with TheDream.US, a new national program that over the next decade will provide college scholarships for and create a community of support to help highly motivated, low-income DREAMers -- undocumented immigrant students -- graduate with career-ready degrees.


Jan '14
31
Open house Feb. 7 to showcase Graduate Studies' newly renovated one-stop-shop location
Prospective students and alumni seeking information on graduate programs at The University of Texas-Pan American will now have a more convenient, one-stop-shop location where they can learn what is available and receive assistance to apply.


Jan '14
28
UTPA to delay opening until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29
Due to expected sever winter weather, The University of Texas-Pan American will delay opening until 10 A.M. on Wednesday, January 29; classes will start at 10:45.

Please use caution when driving to campus and pay attention to hazardous road conditions and traffic advisories.


Jan '14
27
Broncs celebrate Homecoming 2014 with a variety of activities
Curious to see how much The University of Texas-Pan American has grown? Want to cheer on the Broncs as the men's basketball team takes on Kansas City?

UT Pan American is welcoming alumni and the community to campus the weekend of Feb. 14-16 to celebrate its 2014 Homecoming.


Jan '14
24
UTPA Library presents "America's Music" film series
The first in a six-week program series of documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th Century American popular music will kick off on Monday, Jan. 27 at The University of Texas-Pan American. The series, free and open to the public, will continue on consecutive Mondays through March 3.


College of Education to host conference to help new teachers thrive
The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education wants to make sure new teachers not only survive their first few years in their careers, but thrive as successful educators.


Jan '14
16
University of Texas System first in nation to provide salary and student debt data
The University of Texas is the first system of higher education in the nation to launch an interactive website that provides salary and debt statistics of actual students one year and five years after graduation.


Jan '14
14
Hundreds sign on their support for the new Academic Performing Arts Center
A beam signing ceremony held Jan. 13 for the new Academic Performing Arts Center (APAC) at The University of Texas-Pan American evoked both nostalgia and joy for Dr. Dahlia Guerra.


Jan '14
10
UTPA alum and economics professor Alberto Dávila receives national award
The American Society of Hispanic Economists awarded Dr. Alberto Dávila (BA '77), professor and V.F. "Doc" and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas-Pan American, its 2014 Academic Achievement Award. This biennial national award recognizes ASHE members who have made a vast array of academic accomplishments and contributions throughout their careers to the economics profession.


Jan '14
3
U.S. Dept. of Education Grant to Child Development Center supports student-parents' success
Jose Navarro feels fortunate to have a safe and nurturing environment for his 2-year-old daughter Linah close at hand while he is pursuing his bachelor's degree in psychology at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Leave your mark! Celebrate the construction of the APAC
The University of Texas-Pan American invites students, faculty, staff and all area residents to become a part of the UTPA Academic and Performing Arts Center’s (APAC) history by signing a steel beam that will be permanently placed at the center’s new facility. The beam will serve as an art piece witnessing everyone’s involvement and support. Signatures will be collected on Jan. 13-14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Dec '13
16
Graduates praised at commencement for creating a greater university
More than 1,200 graduates of The University of Texas-Pan American were thanked Dec. 14 for laying the foundation for a great new university — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley — that will shape an exciting future for the region.


Dec '13
12
UTPA, community welcome UT-RGV
Members of The University of Texas-Pan American community are warming up to the new name for the institution once it unites with The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB): The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.


Dec '13
9
UTPA celebrates Broncs forever at ring ceremony
Jacob Sollner is following in his family's footsteps.

Sollner, who will graduate from The University of Texas-Pan American on Dec. 14 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, will join his mother and brother as an alumnus of the University.


Celebrate the Holiday Season with UTPA's Award-Winning Mariachi Aztlán!
The University of Texas-Pan American invites the public to ring in the holiday season with the pageantry and beauty of the Mariachi tradition. Come and enjoy the beauty and exuberance of Mexican folk music as the award-winning UTPA Mariachi Aztlán celebrates the festive customs associated with a Mexican Christmas celebration.


Dec '13
6
Alumni and supporters network and celebrate UTPA's past and future at holiday mixer
Hundreds of alumni gathered Dec. 3 to celebrate Bronc spirit and the holiday season during The University of Texas-Pan American's Second Annual "Jingle. Jingle. Let's Mingle" event at the Art Village on Main in McAllen.


Nov '13
26
College of Education honors teachers of the year and legendary educators
The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education honored more than 40 educators at its ninth annual Teacher of the Year Awards Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the UTPA Community Engagement and Student Success Building.


Come and make merry at the RGV TubaChristmas concert Dec. 8 at UTPA
The Rio Grande Valley community is invited to The University of Texas-Pan American to celebrate the sounds of Christmas in a oompah-terrific way this year at the annual RGV TubaChristmas concert scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.


Nov '13
25
Cristina Villalobos: A Valley grown national leader in STEM education
Challenging students has always played an important role in the teaching philosophy of Cristina Villalobos, professor of mathematics at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Nov '13
15
Regents approve PUF funding for new university, medical school in South Texas
Nearly $200 million in Permanent University Fund money will fund new construction in South Texas for the first time, thanks to action taken by the University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday.


Nov '13
14
UTPA and Team McAllen Cycling go the distance to support student scholarships
Not quite ready to tackle a full triathlon, Bryan Smith teamed up with two others Nov. 10 to participate as a team in the Second Annual Triathlon for Education held at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Nov '13
11
Cooperative Pharmacy program receives support from the City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County
The University of Texas-Pan American's Cooperative Pharmacy Program with The University of Texas at Austin's College of Pharmacy has received accolades from the City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County.


Nov '13
10
Dr. Michael Abebe: A passionate advocate of research-infused business education
Growing up in a developing country, Dr. Michael Abebe said he saw early on in life the impact of education.


Nov '13
7
UTPA, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas partner to host symposium focused on border economy
The current and future state of the economy in the Rio Grande Valley, the state of Texas and the nation will be the focus of the Third Annual Border Economics, Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) 2013 on Friday, Nov. 22 sponsored by the Department of Economics and Finance at The University of Texas-Pan American and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.


Oct '13
30
UTPA's NSF ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Program to develop faculty leadership skills
Five faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American will gain hands-on administrative experience to further develop their leadership skills under a new program initiated this fall at the University.


Oct '13
25
President Nelsen honored as "Man of the Year" by Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
“Robert Nelsen is a down to earth, personable guy…no doubt, but he is so much more. He is a true leader. He is one with a clear vision who understands that when you invest in the youth, we will all have a brighter economic future.”


Regents' Award winner Caruntu brings excitement to the classroom
Whether it is making a joke or a pop culture reference or talking about his experience as an engineer in the private sector, Dr. Dumitru Caruntu will do whatever it takes during his lectures to ensure his students at The University of Texas-Pan American not only comprehend the lessons, but enjoy what they are learning.


Oct '13
24
Cigarroa: New university will form with shared governance
As The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville move forward in uniting, The University of Texas System Chancellor Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa stressed that the new university will be a joint project between the UT System, its Rio Grande Valley institutions and the community.


Oct '13
18
UTPA student media competes in the national arena
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Bronc Radio and Panorama Magazine are receiving national attention with recent prestigious nominations.


Oct '13
15
Academic Program Working Groups take first step toward transition to new university
Faculty members from The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Oct. 4 when they met at the Academic Program Working Groups Kick-Off to begin the process of recreating the academic programs for the new university in the Rio Grande Valley.


Oct '13
14
UTPA to host 47th annual Carnival of the Great Pumpkin
Come have a fiendishly good time at The University of Texas-Pan American's 47th annual Carnival of the Great Pumpkin Saturday, Oct. 26.


Regents Award winner Lozano engages her students through research
Students of Dr. Karen Lozano can expect to do much more experiential learning than sitting in a classroom taking notes.


Oct '13
11
Lamar Academy wins SeaPerch Challenge at HESTEC
Students at Lamar Academy attributed their success at capturing the top two places at the U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge to one thing: teamwork.


Plenty of opportunities for job seekers at Career Expo
Barbara Salas, a mechanical engineering major in her last semester of school, said she appreciated the chance to get an up close look at employment possibilities when she attended the Career Expo Friday, Oct. 11 at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Oct '13
10
Rio Hondo HS destroys the competition at HESTEC Robotics Day
Having his team's robot knocked out of the competition circle twice, Julio Jimenez felt faint.


Oct '13
9
HESTEC's Latina Day inspires future female STEM leaders
UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen described Latina Day as special.


Oct '13
8
Middle School Challenge opens students' eyes and minds to new ideas, opportunities
As he stood in front of the "Mars Rover Landing" Xbox simulation game, Isaiah Trevino's arms became thrusters as he moved the craft through what Mars mission engineers call the seven minutes of terror: bringing it to a landing safely and on target.


HESTEC Student Leadership Day empowers teens to change the world
Today's youth have been given a daunting task: to determine how to repair the earth's environment and sustain the planet's inhabitants.


Oct '13
7
Teachers inspired to launch future STEM leaders at HESTEC Educator Day
High school teachers from across South Texas performed surgery with the help of robots, prevented the earth from demise from an asteroid and sought ways to combat a zombie apocalypse at The University of Texas-Pan American's 12th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology (HESTEC) week.


ExxonMobil awards top STEM teachers during HESTEC at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American and ExxonMobil Corp. awarded the UTPA HESTEC ExxonMobil Educator Day 2013 Award to four middle school teachers who were chosen by their peers as the best in their field in preparing students for higher education and successful careers.


UTPA kicks off HESTEC 2013 with Congressional Dinner
The University of Texas-Pan American opened its 12th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week with a Congressional Dinner Oct. 6 at the UTPA Fieldhouse.


Oct '13
5
Dr. Cristina Villalobos receives top national award for mentorship in STEM
Mentorship played an important role in Cristina Villalobos' path to success as a math professor and founding director of the Center of Excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Education at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Oct '13
4
Students gain new knowledge at Disability Awareness Days
Hundreds of students at The University of Texas-Pan American now have a greater awareness of the challenges those with disabilities have as well as their capabilities to accomplish things on their own thanks to the University's annual Disability Awareness Days (DADs) held Oct. 2-3 in the Student Union.


UTPA launches HESTEC 2013 Oct. 6
The University of Texas-Pan American is launching its 12th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) week Sunday, Oct. 6.


Oct '13
3
Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. to be next UTPA Distinguished Speaker
Nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. will be the next presenter in The University of Texas-Pan American's Distinguished Speakers series Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the University's Student Union Theater.


Oct '13
1
Excelencia names UTPA Pharmacy program top in Latino student success
Excelencia in Education recently named the UTPA/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program as America’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students at the graduate level.


Sep '13
27
Regents' Award winner Dietrich motivates students to stay in school
Gustavo Dietrich’s “teaching career” started in the sixth grade.


Dr. Marie Mora tapped to lead national Economics Mentoring Program
Dr. Marie T. Mora, professor of economics at The University of Texas-Pan American, has added another national role in her growing reputation of one of America's leading labor economists and advocates for the need for diversity within the profession.


Sep '13
24
UTPA receives NSF grant for next-generation research tool
A powerful new tool acquired by a grant from the National Science Foundation will provide transformative research experiences for faculty and students at The University of Texas-Pan American.


UTPA wins College of the Year Award from NHI
Gloria De Leon attributes her success in co-founding one of the leading nonprofit organizations that trains Hispanic youth to become leaders to the education she received at The University of Texas-Pan American.


20,000 and counting: UTPA reaches record enrollment
The University of Texas-Pan American has reached another milestone this fall with a total student enrollment of more than 20,000—the most in the institution's 86-year history. This number also includes a record 3,500 entering freshmen.


Sep '13
20
Southwest Airlines sponsors UTPA Mariachi Aztlán's trip for CHCI awards gala
When The University of Texas-Pan American's (UTPA) famed Mariachi Aztlán needed to travel to Washington, D.C. last year to perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival, Southwest Airlines extended a generous wing and provided flight accommodations for the group.


Sep '13
19
Latina/o leaders offer words of wisdom at HSI panel at UTPA
Students at The University of Texas-Pan American received some words of wisdom from five successful Latinos with ties to the Rio Grande Valley during a panel discussion the University hosted Sept. 18.


Sep '13
13
UTPA to host panel on Latino leadership during National HSI Week
In celebration of National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, The University of Texas-Pan American is hosting a panel featuring five successful Latino/as, titled "Insights from Latino Leadership" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Student Union Theater.


Sep '13
12
President Nelsen shares new university, medical school update with Senator Cornyn
Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and other University officials recently met with U.S. Senator John Cornyn to update him on the merger approved by the Texas Legislature this year of UTPA and The University of Texas at Brownsville and the creation of a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.


Sep '13
11
UTPA maintains military friendly status
After serving his country in the U.S. Army for five and a half years, Benjamin Sandoval decided to return to college to better provide for his family.


Sep '13
9
Dr. Marci McMahon’s lifelong passion for Latina/o culture brings Regents’ award
San Antonio native Dr. Marci McMahon has always been drawn to Latina/o literature and early in her life she learned the power literature has in giving a voice to those who are not often heard in society and evoking social change.


Sep '13
6
UTPA welcomes more than 80 new faculty at luncheon
Dr. Thuy Vu is looking forward to helping The University of Texas-Pan American build its civil engineering program.


Sep '13
4
UTPA teams with German university to promote sustainability
Incorporating habits that help the environment is something about which Laura Perez, a senior at The University of Texas-Pan American majoring in business management, said she and fellow Broncs have much to learn.


Aug '13
26
UTPA welcomes newest family members at Bronc Round Up
Alejandra Medina began her experience in the medical field at a young age. Her aunt, a nurse practitioner in the home health field, would take her to various assignments she had. Medina also has been caring for her grandparents.


THECB grants UTPA doctoral institution status
The University of Texas Pan-American has been granted a new, higher peer group status by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), advancing from a comprehensive to doctoral institution.


Aug '13
21
UTPA’s Certified Public Manager Program gaining popularity among public sector employees
Shawn Snider, chief fire fighter from the City of Edinburg, is looking forward to the successful completion of the 14-month Certificate in Public Manager (CPM) Program through the Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Nevárez receives President Emeritus title from UT System Board of Regents
The University of Texas System Board of Regents officially approved bestowing the honorary title of President Emeritus to Dr. Miguel Nevárez, former president of The University of Texas-Pan American, at its Aug. 21 meeting.


Aug '13
20
Nelsen touts UTPA's solid foundation for transition to new University in convocation speech
The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen began his convocation speech today with breaking news.


Six UTPA faculty members receive coveted UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
Six faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American have been selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents to receive the prestigious 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA), one of the nation's largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education.


Teachers become students to enhance learning in high school chemistry classrooms
Marie Smith (BS '89, MS' 97) said she learned something new in every session of a free chemistry workshop conducted Aug. 12 by The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College for area high school teachers.


Aug '13
19
UTPA graduates show that achievement leads to success
Amber Feist has always had the passion to help enhance the lives of people with disabilities. With a background in psychology, sociology and minority studies, Feist sought a way to treat her patients holistically. The South Dakota native found what she was looking for in The University of Texas-Pan American’s doctoral program in Rehabilitation Counseling and was part of its inaugural class in the Fall of 2009.


Aug '13
15
Bronc spirit soars at UCA competition
The Bronc spirit at UT Pan American is alive and well according to the latest results from the Universal Cheerleaders Association's competition held recently at Texas State University at San Marcos.


Aug '13
9
President Nelsen one of two Good Sam-RGV's Community Commitment award honorees
Robert S. Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, stood alongside Dr. Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College, as they were honored Aug. 7 at the Good Samaritan Community Services ("Good Sam")-RGV's Third Annual Celebrating Community Commitment event for the contributions both have made to improve the quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley.


Students celebrate their first taste of medical school
Having both parents in the medical field, it’s no wonder that Briana Gonzalez was just a young girl when she realized she wanted to be a physician.


Aug '13
6
Dr. Lozano appointed to NSF Engineering Advisory Committee
Dr. Karen Lozano's research into nanotechnology continues to pay off in a big way.


Jul '13
29
Veterans Business Outreach Center receives grant to assist Texas veterans
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, is proud of the veteran community and understands the importance of giving back to veterans. He also understands there are veterans in the community who have an entrepreneurial spirit, yet need training and assistance to make their dreams come true.


Aug '11
25
UT System Board of Regents approve new UTPA Fine Arts Complex
The University of Texas System Board of Regents, meeting this week in Austin, gave final approval Aug. 25 for construction of a nearly $42.7 million Fine Arts Academic and Performance Complex at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Jun '11
6
Dr. Greg Selber named best sports journalist in the state
You’ll never find Gregory Selber sitting cozily in a press box while covering one of the many Rio Grande Valley high school sports teams he has been writing about since 1989.