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May ‘15
22
Texas Gas Service provides support for scholarships to UTRGV students
Texas Gas Service has generously donated $10,000 to the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Endowed Scholarship, which will benefit deserving local students enrolling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

May ‘15
20
Faculty standouts garner awards for 2014-2015 academic year
Five faculty members from The University of Texas-Pan American earned the University Level Faculty Excellence Award this spring for going above and beyond in the areas of teaching, research, service and mentorship.

May ‘15
20
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.

May ‘15
16
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.

May ‘15
14
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.

May ‘15
14
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.

May ‘15
11
Legacy institutions sign bylaws for Women's Faculty Network at UTRGV
An historic signing of bylaws in April brought two legacy institutions - The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas-Pan American - into what will be the Women's Faculty Network (WFN) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this fall.

May ‘15
08
Dr. Cristina Villalobos elected to national STEM diversity organization’s board of directors
Dr. Cristina Villalobos, a President’s Endowed Professor in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas-Pan American, has taken her passion for helping Latino students pursue STEM (science, technology, education and math) degrees to the national level.

May ‘15
08
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.

May ‘15
07
Bronc Radio/TV lands 12 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards
Student-journalists representing the University of Texas Pan American's multimedia Bronc Radio/TV (BRTV) won 12 awards at the 2015 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association State Convention held in San Antonio.

May ‘15
07
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.

May ‘15
05
Big boot means big step for UTRGV and City of Mercedes partnership
Many Texans own a pair of boots and wear them with pride. Now, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Vaqueros get their very own, five-and-a-half-foot-tall cowboy boot, proudly displayed in the heart of the City of Mercedes.

May ‘15
04
Contributions and success of student employees at UTPA recognized at annual ceremony
Alumnus Chris Escovedo, who earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas-Pan American in 2008, said some of the best life lessons he ever learned were from working as a student employee at the university.

May ‘15
01
UTPA Theatre production of the musical "Coraline" runs May 7-10
The University of Texas-Pan American's University Theatre Productions will close out its spring season May 7-10 with a Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production of the musical “Coraline.”

Apr ‘15
28
Achievements of UTPA faculty and staff authors, grant writers praised at annual ceremony
In her book, “Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth,” UTPA faculty member Dr. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti is among the first to examine the impact of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy on the U.S.'s undocumented youth, known as DREAMers.

Apr ‘15
27
Forty-one students recognized at annual Awards and Recognition Convocation
When Demetrius Martin, 21, entered The University of Texas-Pan American, he had originally planned to study biology but also had an interest in politics.

Apr ‘15
24
Bravo! PAC premiere opens with packed house, powerful performances
The Grand Premiere of the Performing Arts Complex on April 23 was a prime opportunity to blend performing arts from the Edinburg and Brownsville legacy campuses as they come together to become The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Apr ‘15
23
UTPA dancer gains noteworthy recognition at regional dance conference
The University of Texas-Pan American’s dance department’s first-time, all-student showing at the annual American College Dance Association South Central Regional Conference turned up big accolades for undergraduate dancer Courtney Wantland.

Apr ‘15
22
UTPA Dance Ensemble Spring Concert set for April 30-May 2
The University of Texas-Pan American Dance Ensemble will present its annual Spring Dance Concert at the new state-of-the-art UTPA Performing Arts Complex.

Apr ‘15
20
UTPA to host Folk Healing, Curanderismo, and Practice of Biomedicine conference April 22-23
To increase understanding of folk healing in the Rio Grande Valley and commemorate the 40th anniversary of Proyecto Comprender, a unique research project focused on curanderismo, The University of Texas-Pan American’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will host the conference Folk Healing, Curanderismo, and the Practice of Biomedicine April 22-23.

Apr ‘15
20
UTPA student brings her passion for research to the state Capitol
Taking a trip to Austin to present her research at the "Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol” was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Sabrina E. Herrera, a 23-year-old senior at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Apr ‘15
20
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.

Apr ‘15
17
UTPA University Theatre presents classic Sam Shepard play April 22-26
“True West,” an American classic by Sam Shepard, one of the country’s most celebrated actors, directors and playwrights, will be the final Main Stage performance this spring by University Theatre Productions.

Apr ‘15
14
Performing Arts Complex to take center stage April 23
After two years of construction and planning, the Performing Arts Complex at The University of Texas-Pan American is ready to make its debut on Thursday, April 23, with its Grand Premiere Concert.

Apr ‘15
13
Dr. Havidán Rodríguez receives leadership award from American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education
The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education recently selected Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, president ad interim of The University of Texas-Pan American, to receive the prestigious Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award.

Apr ‘15
10
Experience opera live: UTPA students present Mozart's "Cosí fan tutte" April 17-18
Opera novices and fans are invited to enjoy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular opera, "Cosí fan tutte," or "School for Lovers," April 17-18 at The University of Texas-Pan American. It is the first full-length opera performed in recent history by UTPA students.

Apr ‘15
09
UTPA making strides to win UT System Physical Activity Challenge again
Employees at The University of Texas-Pan American are taking steps toward healthier lifestyles while vying for another win in The University of Texas System's annual Physical Activity Challenge.

Mar ‘15
30
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.

Mar ‘15
27
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.

Mar ‘15
27
TMAC hosts Latin American entrepreneurs for La Idea conference
A group of 20 successful entrepreneurs from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru visited The University of Texas-Pan American recently to learn more about manufacturing and expanding their businesses to the United States.

Mar ‘15
25
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.

Mar ‘15
23
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.

Mar ‘15
23
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.

Mar ‘15
20
UTPA Nursing Students receive scholarships from Forty and Eight
The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses, an organization of U.S. Veterans committed to charitable and patriotic programs and endeavors, in Fall 2014 awarded $10,000 in scholarships to the University of Texas Pan American Nursing Program.

Mar ‘15
18
UTPA initiative promotes financial literacy to high school students, community
Not many teenagers can say they have achieved an 8.86 percent return above the S&P 500, but a group of students from Harlingen High School South have proved otherwise.

Mar ‘15
13
UTPA welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera April 13
The University of Texas-Pan American welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera as its next guest in the Distinguished Speakers Series for the 2014-2015 school year. Ferrera will speak April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Mar ‘15
11
UTPA, Hidalgo County Bar Association help veterans plan for the future with Wills for Heroes
Juan De La Cruz Reyes and his wife, Martha Reyes, learned a few years ago the importance of having a valid will in Texas when dealing with the estate of a family member who has died.

Mar ‘15
10
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.

Mar ‘15
10
UTPA Rehabilitation Counseling program ranked among top in country
The University of Texas-Pan American's Rehabilitation Counseling Program has been listed among the best in The U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" rankings for its 2016 edition.

Mar ‘15
06
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.

Mar ‘15
06
Making history: UTPA launches Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail
For Margil Vale, the Civil War wasn’t just a topic covered in history class. It was a vibrant narration passed down from generation to generation.

Mar ‘15
06
FESTIBA Roundtable: educators, parents must form partnerships to increase children's literacy
Educators and parents need to work together to make sure Hispanic children are achieving academically, FESTIBA Congressional Roundtable Discussion panelists told librarians and educators March 6 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Mar ‘15
04
From Broadway to the RGV, University Theatre presents "Evita," the musical
The University of Texas Pan American will present the production of the Tony Award- winning musical "Evita" March 4-8, 2015 on its main stage.

Mar ‘15
04
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).

Mar ‘15
04
Rio Grande Valley artists return to their roots to inspire students at FESTIBA
High school students received encouragement at The University of Texas-Pan American March 4 from two Rio Grande Valley natives who found success pursuing their love of the arts.

Mar ‘15
03
Best and brightest students show scientific prowess at Regional Science Bowl
Middle and high school students throughout South Texas flexed their academic muscles recently at the annual Regional Science Bowl at The University of Texas-Pan American. This year, 26 high schools and 22 middle schools participated in the Science Bowl.

Mar ‘15
02
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.

Mar ‘15
02
Pan American College graduates welcomed "home" for induction into UTPA's 50+ Club
When John Thobe, a 1965 graduate of then-Pan American College, arrived at The University of Texas-Pan American's 50+ Alumni Reunion March 1, he brought a valuable piece of memorabilia with him - his well-worn 1964 baseball team uniform and cap, which he donated to the University.

Feb ‘15
23
Community invited to launch of the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail Feb. 27-28
Not many people, even South Texans, know that the last land battle of the American Civil War in May 1865 was fought at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas. Nor are they aware of the visits to the region by Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

Feb ‘15
18
UTPA welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera March 5
The University of Texas-Pan American welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera as its next guest in the Distinguished Speakers Series for the 2014-2015 school year. Ferrera will speak March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Feb ‘15
18
Hail to the chief: UTRGV swears in its inaugural police chief
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's inaugural Police Chief Raul Munguia said he credits his former boss, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, with his successful three-decade career in law enforcement.

Feb ‘15
17
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.

Feb ‘15
17
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.

Feb ‘15
17
2015 Pillar of Success: Helping others brings success to alumna
The many children that 2015 Pillar of Success Carmen Pagan has helped over the years as a speech pathologist owe a debt of gratitude, in a round-about way, to one of her childhood friends who attended the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin.

Feb ‘15
17
2015 Pillar of Success: Determination and family drives alumna to prosper
Follow Linda Tovar around for a few hours and you’ll quickly realize several things about this 2015 Pillar of Success: she has a passion for people, she has boundless energy and enthusiasm, and she absolutely loves her job.

Feb ‘15
17
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.”

Feb ‘15
17
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.

Feb ‘15
16
Pan Am among five U.S. locations visited by top students from colleges in Mexico
The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed 100 top notch college students from Mexico Jan. 29-Feb. 3 who were on their last leg of a journey in the United States to gain valuable knowledge and experience to become successful global innovators and leaders.

Feb ‘15
12
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.

Feb ‘15
10
UTPA team participates in national debt awareness competition, seeks community’s support
A team of students from The University of Texas-Pan American hopes to repeat what its predecessors did last year: win the national Up to Us award.

Feb ‘15
06
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.

Feb ‘15
05
UTPA plants seeds on campus to grow sustainable, organic gardening
Organic farming has taken root in a big way at The University of Texas-Pan American.