UTPA to be featured in PBS documentary series
Posted: 04/02/2007
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The University of Texas-Pan American will be featured in one of 13 episodes of the State of Tomorrow documentary television series, which begins airing this month on PBS stations across the state.

The series examines some of the most exciting work being done by researchers and academics in public higher education to address major challenges facing Texans today. The University of Texas Foundation and Alpheus Media, Inc. in partnership with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, co-produced the series, and it is paid for with private funding from sponsors including AT&T Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp., and IBC Bank, among others.

UTPA will be highlighted in the eighth episode of the series titled "Faces of the New Texas." The episode focuses on the increasing population of the state, particularly the growing Hispanic population, and education and access. Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president, will discuss how higher education can better serve and reflect its community.

"We are proud The University of Texas-Pan American was chosen to participate in this series and this particular episode, which will highlight our growing Hispanic student population and our dynamic efforts as a University and member of the UT System to make access to higher education possible and affordable for all," Cárdenas said.

Also featured in the episode will be The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas at El Paso.

The wide-ranging series explores major challenges in areas including public health, homeland security, energy policy, economic development and education, and highlights new research in biosafety, nanotechnology, and proton therapy.

Faculty from Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, University of Houston, University of North Texas and University of Texas systems are featured in the series, representing a collaboration among Texas' public higher education groups that is thought to be unprecedented.

"Public higher education offers solutions to many of the major challenges facing Texas, and it is important for Texans to know that whether or not they ever set foot on our campuses, we work to ensure that they are the beneficiaries of education's service to society," said UT System Chancellor Mark G. Yudof.

The State of Tomorrow series will begin airing on the local PBS station, KMBH-TV60, Sundays at 7:30 p.m. starting April 8.

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