News

Aug ‘14
29
UTPA celebrates Food Pantry dedication; doors open Sept. 8 to help hungry students
A new door will open Sept. 8 to help students hungry and in need at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Aug ‘14
26
Construction begins on first new building for UTRGV medical school
Medical, academic and community leaders from throughout South Texas gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical Academic Building, the first new construction for the UTRGV School of Medicine.

Aug ‘14
22
New UTPA Food Pantry to assist students in need
College students should be hungry for knowledge, but with rising tuition costs and living expenses and some with families to support, many have also become hungry for food. Food insecurity or hunger is an escalating problem on campuses nationwide according to recent surveys, including The University of Texas-Pan American.

Aug ‘14
21
UT Regents Approve Academic Structure of UTRGV
The University of Texas Board of Regents Thursday approved the academic structure of the new UT Rio Grande Valley, taking an essential step forward in making the new university and medical school a reality. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has also approved the structure.

Aug ‘14
21
McRaven appointed as next chancellor of The University of Texas System
AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the appointment of Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the United States Special Operations Command, as chancellor of The University of Texas System, effective Jan. 5, 2015.

Aug ‘14
21
UTPA hosts 4th annual Bronc Roundup
The University of Texas-Pan American’s newest students are learning what it means to be a Bronc at the fourth annual Bronc Roundup on campus.

Aug ‘14
19
Curanderismo Collection at UTPA Library Border Studies Archive now accessible worldwide
Scholars, students or any persons worldwide interested in Curanderismo can now access an exciting new collection on this Mexican American tradition of health care at The University of Texas-Pan American's Border Studies Archive.

Aug ‘14
18
Nelsen shares lessons learned from his UTPA familia at commencement
President Robert S. Nelsen bid farewell to 761 graduates and their families at The University of Texas-Pan American’s Commencement ceremonies Aug. 16, but said wherever he and his wife Jody are, UTPA will always be his familia.

Aug ‘14
08
UTPA's TexPREP continues to spur student interest in STEM careers
The Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) at The University of Texas-Pan American offered Valley students some exciting hands-on opportunities this summer to learn more about the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Aug ‘14
08
New funds better equip Bronc Radio and TV
The University of Texas-Pan American's Bronc Radio and TV (BRTV) garnered a little help in preparing future communicators.

Aug ‘14
07
Seven UTPA faculty members win UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
Seven faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American were selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents to receive the prestigious 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. It is the largest contingent of winners from UTPA since the award was initiated in 2008.

Jul ‘14
30
The jury is in: UTPA's Law School Preparation Institute is a great success
Going to law school is Stephanie Rodriguez's dream. To help turn her dream into reality, Rodriguez, a senior English major with a double minor in political science and legal studies, turned to the Law School Preparation Institute (LSPI) at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Jul ‘14
30
McRaven named sole finalist for UT System chancellor
AUSTIN - The governing board of The University of Texas System has selected Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the United States Special Operations Command, as the sole finalist for chancellor of The University of Texas System.

Jul ‘14
29
UTPA's Upward Bound celebrates national program's 50th year, 43 years of success at UTPA
April Villarreal said in high school she really wasn't focused on what she needed to do to enroll and be successful in college. However, her lack of direction changed when she entered the Upward Bound Program at The University of Texas-Pan American.

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
18
New funds better equip Bronc Radio and TV
The University of Texas-Pan American's Bronc Radio and TV (BRTV) garnered a little help in preparing future communicators.

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.

Jul ‘14
10
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
02
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
01
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
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
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.

Jun ‘14
28
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).

Jun ‘14
26
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
06
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.

Jun ‘14
06
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
02
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.

May ‘14
30
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.

May ‘14
22
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.

May ‘14
20
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
09
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
02
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
01
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
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
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
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.

Apr ‘14
24
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
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.

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.

Apr ‘14
15
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.