The University of Texas-Pan American 75th anniversary celebration will begin this fall with faculty, staff, students and the community participating in various events and activities including special musical and theatrical shows, UTPA alumni reunions and historical depictions of the University.
"This is a year long celebration, and we are involving everyone from the entire Valley," said Dr. Martha Tevis, director of the 75th anniversary celebration.
The celebration - which will run from September through August 2003 - will feature the grand opening of the new Visitors Center and the unveiling of a bronze bronc scheduled for Saturday, November 2.
"The Visitor Center will provide general information regarding events taking place around campus as well as provide directions when visitors are trying to find their way," Yvonne Epps, associate director for New Student and Visitor Services. "In addition to viewing the suspended exhibit, visitors will be able to schedule several different types of tours, view six college videos, one recruitment video and the 75th anniversary video."
During the grand opening, participants will be able to enjoy a day of fun with music, a barbecue and various activities. Also, tours of the 7,200 square-foot Visitors Center will be available. The center was designed to provide a central point of entry and friendly access for visitors and prospective students to the University.
A 14-foot bronze statue of a bucking bronco - symbolizing the University's Broncs athletic nickname and mascot - will stand in front of the Visitors Center.
Throughout the year, University departments will be organizing events dedicated to the anniversary celebration. The University Theater will feature two special plays: "Good News," a musical comedy that opened in 1927 when the University was founded; and a play especially commissioned by the University Theatre to be written for the 75th anniversary.
The music department has planned to feature a zarzuela, an operetta for all ages; a special performance from the UTPA Mariachi; and a UTPA Latin Salsa concert.
UTPA's six academic colleges will also contribute to the celebration. The College of Education will host an alumni reunion; the College of Business has written a history of the college; and the College of Health and Human Services has written a biography on Dr. Julian Castillo, a UTPA health consultant who initiated the Physicians Assistant Studies program.
Other activities include, a karate championship; a year long physics program for public school teachers; a Women's Athletics Masquerade Ball; a special Night of Lights celebration; and a folio of reminiscences from former faculty, staff and students from the "Remember When" committee.
A mural - designed by UTPA Tex PREP students depicting the University's past, present and future - will be placed in buildings across campus throughout the year.
For more information on the University's 75th anniversary celebration, contact Tevis at 956/381-3434.