Sep '97
UT Pan American to distribute bar codes for teachers, future teachers for ExCET exam
The University of Texas-Pan American will distribute bar codes to its current and former students who are planning to take the November administration of the teacher certification exam or ExCET from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 1 at the university's annex at 2412 S. Closner in Edinburg.

Sep '97
Vice President Gore Visits UTPA in June
Vice President Al Gore, at UT Pan American to conduct a Town Hall Meeting June 13, announced that UT Pan American will be the recipient of a $100,000 technical assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

75th Legislature: University fares well
The following UT Pan American-related legislation was approved by the 75th Texas Legislature in its regular session this spring:

Deans selected for College of Education, College of Health Sciences & Human Services
The University of Texas-Pan American has appointed two new deans — Dr. Hilda Medrano for the College of Education and Dr. Helen M. Castillo for the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

UT Pan American featured in Wall Street Journal story
In a front page story in the July 16 Texas Journal, a special state section of the Wall Street Journal, prominent Hispanic leaders in the area credited The University of Texas-Pan American with helping them to achieve economic and professional success.

First Faculty Forum scheduled for Oct. 8
The Alumni Association’s annual Faculty Forum luncheon series will continue this year, beginning at noon Oct. 8 at the McAllen Country Club.

Rudy Franco Remembered at UT Pan American
Rudy R. Franco, general manager of Pepsi Cola in San Antonio and a member UT Pan American Foundation Board of Trustees since 1994, passed away in San Antonio Aug. 15.

Founders Day Dinner Scheduled for Oct. 21
Plans are underway for "An Evening Among the Stars," the 1997 Founders Day celebration that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of The University of Texas-Pan American.

Foundation Notes
Trustee William R. Fields, former chairman and chief executive officer of Blockbuster Entertainment, is the new CEO of the Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Company.

Foundation Trustees to Honor Past Members at Fall Meeting
The Board of Trustees of The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation will honor its founding members and other past trustees and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the university-related nonprofit organization during the board’s regular fall meeting Friday, Sept. 26, in Edinburg and McAllen.

Groundbreaking scheduled Sept. 16 for Library Addition
The public is invited to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for the new addition to The University of Texas-Pan American's University Library at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the plaza on the south side of the library building.

From Astro-scientist to Administrator
When William Lee "Bill" Morris walks the grounds of The University of Texas-Pan American’s new Science Building, he can’t help thinking back to his earliest days on campus — when there were just 1,300 students and the astro-science program was going strong.

Planetarium brings stars ‘down to earth’
The Planetarium, a much-visited part of the Pan American University campus after its construction in the summer of 1963 during the "space race" and the arly days of artificial satellites, is coming to life again this fall — with a new look and a new name.

Yang new chair of Math Department
Dr. Kichoon Yang, a program director at the National Science Foundation, became chair of the Department of Mathematics beginning Sept. 1.

Changing face of UT Pan Am:Construction goes on
Although construction of the new Science Building has been completed (see related story), construction and planning on other projects continue.

New Science Building Crosses Final Frontier
The newest building on The University of Texas-Pan American skyline, the $26 million Science Building, combines similarities to the rest of the campus' architecture on three sides with startling differences inside its courtyard.

Sep '97
Alumni Directors seek '97 award nominations
The Alumni Association Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the organization’s 1997 Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Family Awards, as well as the Distinguished Service Award, which will be presented Nov. 20 at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet.

Alumni Association, Peppers to host 'Thirsty Thursdays'
The UT Pan American Alumni Association and the newly remodeled Pepper’s Bar & Grill on 10th Street in McAllen are launching a new "Thirsty Thursdays" program.

Dallas-Fort Worth alums plan September reunion
A Pan American mini-reunion is being planned for the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September. The planning group hopes to join together enough alumni to form an alumni chapter for the region.

Sep '97
UT Pan American breaks ground on addition to University Library
Representatives from the state legislature and The University of Texas System joined students and faculty in breaking ground for a $7 million addition to the University Library at The University of Texas-Pan American Sept. 16.

Sep '97
Engineering Programs earn ABET accreditation
Students and faculty in the Department of Engineering at The University of Texas-Pan American are applauding the accreditation of the university's undergraduate programs in electrical, manufacturing and mechanical engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the national accrediting agency for engineering programs.