Regional collaboration key to student success
The importance of regional collaboration in student success from cradle to career was under the microscope Wednesday, May 20, in McAllen, during a panel discussion hosted by RGV Focus. The group also unveiled its Baseline Report and Community Report, highlighting student success in the Rio Grande Valley.
Bucky the Bronc earns degree along with 1,828 UTPA graduates
After decades of cheering for others and serving as The University of Texas-Pan American’s spirit leader, Bucky the Bronc, completed his studies to earn his degree along with 1,828 graduates, the largest graduating class in the history of UTPA, on Saturday, May 16.
UTPA ranks high in awarding degrees in health care to Hispanics
According to a new report by Excelencia in Education, Finding Your Workforce: Latinos in Health, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services ranked first in the number of bachelor’s degrees and third in master’s degrees awarded to Latinos in health professions or related programs in the nation.
Final Bronc Ring Ceremony comes full circle at Performing Arts Complex
If it had been up to Norma Linda Rodriguez, she would have stayed home with her grandchildren while her daughter, Celine Rodriguez Schulz, attended the final Bronc Ceremony May 11 at the newly opened Performing Arts Complex at The University of Texas-Pan American.
But Schulz, a member of the UTPA Alumni Association Board, had a surprise awaiting her mother.
UTPA Rehabilitation Counseling student receives two national awards
Noel Ysasi, who will graduate with a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling on May 16, recently received the Outstanding Doctoral Student of the Year awards from both the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.
Staff honored at 27th Annual Staff Employee Awards Ceremony
Presidents come and go. Faculty come and go. Even students come and go.
Staff members, however, are the ones who stay and keep a university running, Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, The University of Texas-Pan American's president ad interim told a packed Student Union Theater on May 7 at UTPA's 27th annual -- and final -- Staff Employee Awards Ceremony.
UTRGV joins UTPA in discussing diabetes at MORE Health @UTPA
Dr. Francisco Fernandez, inaugural dean of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, and Dr. Sarah Williams-Blangero, director of the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute, are scheduled to speak at the third annual MORE Health @UTPA, which runs from April 30-May 2 at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Youth mental health focus of UTPA conference April 10-11
The University of Texas-Pan American and the Texas State Department of Health Services will host a conference April 10-11 at the UTPA Ballroom to discuss how to help children and adolescents who might suffer from behavioral issues and substance abuse.
UTPA Police Department receives two TxDOT public safety grants
The University of Texas Pan-American Police Department (PD) recently received a total of $6,000 in grants from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). UTPA PD was awarded $3,000 each from the TxDOT’s Click or Ticket It (CIOT) and Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) programs.
Dr. Robert Nelsen named president of Cal State Sacramento
Today, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees appointed former UT Pan American president Robert. S. Nelsen, Ph.D., as president of California State University, Sacramento (officially known as “Sacramento State”). He will assume leadership of the university in July 2015.
Donors and scholarship students come together to celebrate success
Philanthropist Wanda Boush loves cats and has a large collection of feline statues in the RV she has lived in for 30 years in the Rio Grande Valley. But what the 93-year-old transplant from Illinois loves even more is helping students at The University of Texas-Pan American fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college degree.
UTPA FESTIBA Community Festival at Jardín del Arte rescheduled for March 27
The University of Texas-Pan American has rescheduled its annual Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) Community Day at Jardín del Arte for 6 p.m. Friday, March 27 at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, 415 W. University Drive. Community Day at Jardín del Arte is free and open to the public.
New Paralegal Certificate Program offered by UTPA Continuing Education
The demand for paralegal professionals is on the rise as employers seek to hire specialists to fulfill some duties traditionally carried out by attorneys. To address this change in the industry, and to develop more locally trained legal workers, the Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American has introduced a brand new Paralegal Certificate Program to begin April 18.
Texas Book Festival Reading Rock Star tells Valley students: be curious and read more
More than 200 pre-k and kindergarten school children, many clad in birthday party hats and festive party clothes, gathered excitedly in the library of the Emiliano Zapata Elementary School in Mission, Texas March 5 ready to meet the author and illustrator of the birthday-themed number book they recently read and enjoyed in their classrooms.
FESTIBA bridges students from both sides of the border through literature
Though they couldn't solve the puzzles of Mr. Lemoncello together in person, elementary school students from both sides of the Rio Grande found a way on March 4 to unite and share their love of literature at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library.
For the past five years, students from the Oxford School of Reynosa and St. Matthew's Episcopal School in Edinburg have met at the library to discuss a book they have read, and to participate in a variety of activities. Their annual International Book Discussion is sponsored by the South Texas Literacy Coalition (STLC), of which The University of Texas-Pan American and the library are partners. The event ties in with UTPA's Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA).
UTPA honors its last Pillars of Success
The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated its last homecoming before it becomes The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by honoring five of its successful alumni Feb. 27 who have made countless contributions to their alma mater, the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.
2015 Pillar of Success: Inspiring enterprise and impact
To hear John David Franz’s story, one gets the impression that he has always been in a hurry – completing high school in three years at age 16, becoming a municipal judge in Hidalgo at 18, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Pan American University at 20, graduating from the University of Texas Law School at 23, being elected mayor of his hometown at 29 and appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Board at 34.
2015 Presidential Pillar: Reminiscing with a Bronc legend
Though it’s been nearly 20 years since he last laced on the cleats as the Bronc coach, baseball is never very far from his heart or mind. In fact, the players Al Ogletree mentored through 40 seasons – 29 of them at Pan American (1969-1997) and its later incarnation, UTPA – still keep in touch.
2015 Pillar of Success: Constructing excellence for an All-American City
Honoring his family’s legacy is important to Richard H. Garcia, who can trace his roots in South Texas back to the late 1700s. “When Escandon was colonizing the cities in this area on the river, 38 families came to Mier, which was one of the original colonies here,” he said, “and my family was part of that group.”
2015 Pillar of Success: Charting the future
Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood on Houston’s north side, Jo Ann Gonzales Gama didn’t know she wasn’t getting a good education and didn’t know that it wasn’t the norm to have police – “like tons of them” – outside the school at dismissal each day. “It was just our reality,” recalls the 2015 Pillars of Success honoree.
Public invited to Graduate Fair at UTPA Fieldhouse March 12
The public is invited to explore the potential to increase their income, advance their careers or hone their professional skills at the annual Graduate Fair hosted by The University of Texas-Pan American Office of Graduate Studies March 12.
UTRGV offers assistance finding money for college on Super Saturday
Students can receive help in finding money to finance college expenses for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this fall. All future Vaqueros are invited to Super Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the UTPA Campus Visitor’s Center where the Office of Student Financial Services will provide free one-on-one assistance to students and their families in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) forms for college financial aid.