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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
Future Broncs can find a way to pay for college at College Goal Sunday
Paying for college just got easier. The University of Texas-Pan American is committed to helping students get access to the money they need to obtain a college degree.


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
15
UTPA racing to win the NCAA 6th Fan Contest; Vote now!
A race by UT Pan American is on and the University needs you - Bronc Country - to help win.


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.


Jul '13
26
Youngsters explore their love of math, science at ExxonMobil camp at UTPA
With a few supplies and much ingenuity, middle school students Mateo Vallejo, Giovanna Sagastegui, Joe Fortuna and Alejandro Banda created a "space suit" that could withstand the impact of a micrometeorite.


Jul '13
25
UTPA Provost Havidán Rodríguez appointed to Edinburg EDC board
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American, took on a new role recently to further advance the university's commitment to community engagement.

On June 18 Rodríguez was appointed by the Edinburg City Council as the newest member of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC).


Jul '13
16
Gov. Perry, UT System and RGV celebrate birth of new university
From a young age, Anju Abraham knew she was going to be in the medical field. Today, she is a junior at South Texas High School for Health Professions in Mercedes, Texas, who is looking forward to attending school at the new UT University in South Texas, expected to open its doors in August 2015.


Jul '13
15
Faculty member and alum makes history exciting and relevant to UTPA students
Sonia Hernández (BA '98, MA '01) proudly claims being born in the city with the largest killer bee. When people look at her bewildered, not aware of Hidalgo's famed gigantic sculpture of its mascot, she identifies the Rio Grande Valley city where she grew up in another way.


Jul '13
9
Civil engineering student team earns experience and praise from the City of Pharr
When Paul Rodriguez (BS '13) travels down any street nowadays, the recent civil engineering graduate says he's always looking out for potholes and other street abnormalities. It's a natural reaction after spending eight months covering 205 miles to conduct a comprehensive Street Assessment Inventory for the City of Pharr.


Jul '13
5
Awards handed out to recognize student organizations
Humbled is the word Ruben Delgado used to describe the emotion he felt when he was named “Student Leader of the Year.”


Jul '13
3
Alum and "dreamer" brings his creative talents back to the Valley
Alex Garrido (BS '10) was at The University of Texas-Pan American graduation ceremonies on Dec. 18, 2010 ready to pick up his bachelor's degree in psychology when he got word that the DREAM Act did not pass.


Jul '13
1
King of second chances brings international attention to the Rio Grande Valley
Daniel P. King (BS '76, M.Ed. '77) believes in second chances. So much so that the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) superintendent, along with a team of teachers, staff, and volunteers have gone door to door within their Rio Grande Valley school district to reach out to high school dropouts and convince them to return to high school and earn their degrees.


Jun '13
28
Engineering faculty member inspires students through real-world education
Dr. Kamal Sarkar sees the potential in his students and in the Rio Grande Valley.


Girls experience college life, gain confidence at GAMES Camp
Ashley Solis doesn't consider herself the strongest student in science, but she's hoping the training she is receiving at The University of Texas-Pan American will help her master subjects in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


Jun '13
27
UTPA revising several degree programs to enhance graduate education opportunities
Noemi Martinez, a graduate student at The University of Texas-Pan American, is excited about a new opportunity that will be available for the first time this fall to earn a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in Mexican American Studies at the University.


Jun '13
26
Lozano chosen to meet with President Obama about immigration reform
Dr. Karen Lozano received an unexpected telephone call the night of June 21. It was from a staff member at the White House asking her to fly to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Barack Obama about immigration reform.


Jun '13
20
Nevárez to retire, reception held in his honor
For 23 years, Dr. Miguel Nevárez led the Rio Grande Valley's largest institution and guided it through its merger with The University of Texas System. Under his watch, 30,000 students earned college degrees. After he stepped down as president nine years ago he returned to his first love, teaching, where he trained numerous educators to take on leadership roles.


Jun '13
13
UTPA’s future for the arts inspire a symphony of giving
The harmonious blend of piano and woodwinds and a vibrant plea from The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen to support the upcoming Academic and Performing Arts Center (APAC) resonated with longtime supporter Wanda Boush during a recent benefit concert featuring renowned pianist Dr. Yu-Chi Tai and The UTPA Wind Quartet at the Edinburg City Auditorium.


Jun '13
12
UTPA, Lacks Furniture continue to fight against diabetes
Throughout the past year, The University of Texas-Pan American and Lacks Furniture have gained more allies in the fight against diabetes.


May '13
31
Dr. Miles' love of literature and innovative teaching methods inspire student success
Dr. Caroline Miles said she's frequently asked, "how does a woman from Great Britain become a William Faulkner scholar teaching American literature to predominantly Hispanic undergraduate students?"


May '13
29
Students receive GEDs from UTPA High School Equivalency Program
Yvette Mendoza looks forward to a new beginning in her young life.


May '13
28
Regents' Award winner Fuentes inspires students to succeed
Dr. Arturo Fuentes always knew he wanted to be an engineer, but never dreamed he would become a teacher of the industry he loves, let alone receive a top award for educating future engineers.


Gonzalez named dean of COECS
Dr. Miguel A. Gonzalez said he may not have been among the first group of faculty members to start an engineering program at The University of Texas-Pan American, but he got here as fast as he could.


May '13
23
Aspiring scientists get hands on lesson at UTPA
Cynthia Duran has always been interested in the healing powers of medicine. The 16-year-old plans to become a biomedical engineer, and someday improve prescription medication.


May '13
21
Passion + hard work = a NSF fellowship to study pure math for UTPA grad
Samuel Cavazos wasn't a fan of mathematics until he discovered a book in the eighth grade titled "Prime Obsession" that explores a yet unresolved, over 150-year-old hypothesis regarding prime numbers presented by the little known mathematician Bernhard Riemann.


May '13
13
Broncs graduate into a bright future
Graduates of The University of Texas-Pan American received encouraging news: more people with college degrees are finding work since the recession hit, and because they now have a college degree, they will earn far more than those who have only a high school diploma.


May '13
10
Coca-Cola refreshes first generation Broncs with generous scholarship
Alexia Jauregui is the first in her family to attend college. The University of Texas-Pan American student said she plans to become a pharmacist and she encourages her younger brother to follow in her academic footsteps.


May '13
9
UTPA Visual Art Building opens its doors to the community at Service Learning Showcase
Juan Marquez said a presentation on the importance of attending college he heard at the McAllen Boys and Girls Club as a high school student piqued his curiosity about continuing his education beyond high school.


Office for Sustainability honored at 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards banquet
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Office for Sustainability received public recognition recently for their outstanding work in outreach and education at the annual Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA) ceremony held in Austin.


UTPA student selected for esteemed national board
Entering middle school, Hector Garza could barely speak English. The University of Texas-Pan American student said it was a tough obstacle to overcome.


May '13
8
Faculty excellence: A habit recognized at UTPA
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, "we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."


$1.66M NSF grant will help boost graduation rates in engineering and science
Dr. Javier Kypuros, an associate professor in mechanical engineering and a presidential fellow, said he and other faculty members in the College of Engineering and Computer Science have seen more students enter college better prepared to take rigorous classes in recent years. But there are still too few students who have the mathematics skills to pursue degrees in engineering and computer science.


May '13
6
Broncs urged to share their stories of success at ring ceremony
For Ashley Gomez, the Bronc Ring she purchased symbolizes the hard work she put in toward earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from The University of Texas-Pan American.


May '13
3
Dedicated employees applauded at 25th Annual Staff Awards Ceremony
An enthusiastic standing ovation took over the Student Union Theater May 1 as Assistant Registrar Joni Thomas slowly but successfully made her way to the stage to pick up a Distinguished Service Award presented to the longtime employee at The University of Texas-Pan American.


May '13
2
UTPA rally celebrates new RGV alumni chapter and donor generosity
Cheers of "Go Broncs" rang out amid waving fan hands and pom poms at a Bronc Spirit Rally held April 26 for alumni who are also staff and faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American.


May '13
1
Powerful messages painted on T-shirts bring awareness to domestic violence
Zachary Butcher, a senior majoring in history at The University of Texas-Pan American, designed a T-shirt for UTPA’s annual The Clothesline Project – a program focused on the issues of domestic violence – in hopes of raising awareness about a problem that Butcher believes is non-gender specific.


Apr '13
30
University leader encourages students to go to college
Veronica Gonzales urged local students to dream big. The vice president for the Division of University Advancement at The University of Texas-Pan American said like her, their reality will outshine even their own expectations.


Apr '13
29
UTPA to graduate almost 1,800 students on May 11
Michelle Garcia didn't have to travel far to receive an excellent education.


UTPA Theatre to present Mariachi Girl
UTPA–Theatre for Young Audiences presents Mariachi Girl by Roxanne Shroeder-Arce


Norma Cantu: A lifetime fighter for equal access to quality education
Norma Cantu (BS '73) has devoted her life to ensuring all young people have equal access to a quality education.


Apr '13
25
UTPA French Students present a new play, "Nostalgie Révolutionnaire 2013," May 4
Students from The University of Texas-Pan American's French program will perform their new play, "Nostalgie Révolutionnaire 2013," at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the UTPA’s Student Union Auditorium.


Apr '13
23
Bronc Country keeps it green for Earth Week
Jacqueline Ho-Shing, a devoted recycler and bicycle enthusiast, always wanted to become more involved with sustainability around campus. Ho-Shing, a senior at The University of Pan-American, is dedicated to green living but was unsure how she could promote the cause to the UTPA community.


Scholarship helps Broncs stay in school
If it weren’t for academic scholarships and financial aid, Alexis Garza said he simply could not afford to attend The University of Texas-Pan American. The studio art student earns just enough at his stained glass job in McAllen coupled with the financial assistance to go to college.


UTPA to host Generation Texas Day
Vera Boda knows just how important it is for students to have others encourage them while pursuing an education. Boda, a college transition specialist with the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) Independent School District for The University of Texas-Pan American, keeps in touch with graduates of PSJA's high schools to see how they're faring in higher education.


Apr '13
22
Service Learning Showcase on display at Visual Arts Building grand opening April 30
Ivan Barrera, political science major and president of Kappa Sigma and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society at The University of Texas-Pan American, is not a bike-riding enthusiast.


Social scientists address important issues during annual conference
The relationship between a romantic partner's academic support and actual academic outcomes by students was something psychology majors Jesse Acosta and Janelle Martinez were interested in researching. They said there was very little literature on this topic.


Apr '13
19
Washington Monthly ranks UTPA among top schools
Bobbie Myatt chose The University of Texas-Pan American to earn her master's degree because it allowed the single mother of two teenagers to receive a high-quality education close to home.


Apr '13
17
COBA brings the heat with 2013 FIRE Symposium
Ruben Delgado is just about to graduate with an accounting degree in May 2013 from The University of Texas Pan American. This summer, he plans to head north, for a highly coveted internship with the Federal Reserve at the Bank of Dallas and anticipates gathering the hands-on experience he needs before returning to the Rio Grande Valley to acquire his Masters in Accounting at UT Pan American.


Jul '12
6
Jesus "Chuy" Ramirez: Activist, attorney and author
In his debut novel "Strawberry Fields," Jesus "Chuy" Ramirez does not recall these places from the past - the strawberry fields - as fondly and forever, as in the famous John Lennon song.


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.