Dec '01
Students receive degrees during fall commencement
Graduates of The University of Texas-Pan American received an early Christmas present this year with the awarding of their degrees Saturday, Dec. 22 at the UTPA Fieldhouse during four fall commencement ceremonies.

Dec '01
UTPA nursing department hosts pinning ceremony
The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Nursing conducted a pinning ceremony Friday, Dec. 21, and Bachelor of Science candidates received their pins.

Top fall graduates honored at dinner
The UTPA Alumni Association recently honored the top two fall graduates in each of the six colleges at the 2001 Winter Academic Excellence Dinner at McAllen Country Club.

Dec '01
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program student to attend national seminar
Lisa Hall Irby of Mercedes, a doctoral student in The University of Texas-Pan American Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, has been chosen to participate in the 2002 David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy.

Dec '01
University Gallery to host art exhibit
The University of Texas-Pan American Art Gallery will host a fine arts exhibit, “Departures,” Jan. 2 to Feb. 3 in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. The exhibit features new drawings by artist Jeffrey Whittle.

University Gallery announces new exhibition at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American University Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a Fine Arts exhibition entitled "Departures," Wednesday, January 2nd, - Sunday, February 3rd, 2002 in the University Gallery in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building at UTPA.

Dec '01
MMC donates $15,000 for scholarships; UTPA Foundation to match
The second installment of a 10-year commitment to scholarships was presented by the McAllen Medical Center Foundation to The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation on Monday, Dec. 17.

Dec '01
Autism disorders and treatment teleconferencing linked to UTPA
A partnership between The University of Texas-Pan American and the Autistic Treatment Center (ATC) of Dallas was announced during a news conference Friday, Dec. 14.

UTPA math conference attracts mathematicians from across the country
The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Mathematics welcomed mathematicians from various universities to the annual NSF/CBMS Regional Research Conference, Friday, Dec. 14 at the University.

Bank of America donates $10,000 to benefit upperclassmen
The Bank of America Foundation recently donated $10,000 to The University of Texas-Pan American for scholarships, and the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs will match the contribution.

Dec '01
UTPA, corporate recruiters honored at Partners in Excellence Banquet
Faculty, staff and students at The University of Texas-Pan American joined corporate recruiters recently at the third annual Partners in Excellence Banquet to be honored and recognized for their support and participation in internship and cooperative education programs during the 2000-2001 academic year

RAHC research division architectural rendering unveiled
An architectural rendering of the Hidalgo County Medical Research Division of the Regional Academic Health Center was unveiled Thursday, Dec. 13 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

January auditions for spring theatre productions
Audition dates for spring productions at The University of Texas Pan American Theatre are Jan. 13-14 at 7 p.m. “Fiddler on the Roof” and another play will be cast, and smaller one-act productions will audition at the same time.

GEAR UP tuition assistance component for teachers begins
The University of Texas-Pan American Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs effort is helping GEAR UP teachers further their education through tuition assistance (TA).

Dec '01
UTPA engineering lab celebrates 1,000 accident-free days
The UTPA engineering lab recently celebrated 1,000 days of being accident free.

Dec '01
Valley students visit campus during UTPA Day
More than 300 Rio Grande Valley students and parents converged Saturday, Dec. 8 on The University of Texas-Pan American campus for a firsthand look at the premier higher education institution in South Texas and to meet University faculty and staff during UTPA Day.

Dec '01
Third annual Night of Lights attracts record crowd
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Night of Lights turned out a record crowd Saturday December 8, 2001 with more than 8,000 participants.

Dec '01
Theatre formally renamed in honor of philanthropist Jeffers
In honor of Albert L. Jeffers, the philanthropist who earlier this year contributed a $2.6 million unitrust to The University of Texas-Pan American, the theater in the Communication Arts and Science Building was formally renamed the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in a Friday, Dec. 7 ceremony.

GEAR UP hosts Con Padres Conference
The University of Texas-Pan American GEAR UP Project hosted a Con Padres Conference Thursday, Dec. 6 to help fathers get more involved in their children's lives and education.

Training Dec. 12 on recordkeeping rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will provide training to employers on its new recordkeeping rule via a satellite broadcast Dec. 12 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Dec '01
Birminghams donate living trust to UTPA
Tom and Maggie Birmingham of Mission presented a charitable living fund Dec. 5 that will benefit The University of Texas-Pan American.

Dec '01
Music Department Faculty Trio performs 'Musical Holiday Memories' at Faculty Forum
The College of Arts and Humanities Classical Trio performed "Holiday Memories in Music" at the Dec.5 Faculty Forum held at the Tower Club in McAllen.

Dec '01
University Retention Advisement Program recognized
The University Retention Advisement program (URAP) at The University of Texas-Pan American was selected as a Texas Higher Education (THE) Star Award Finalist – an award that recognizes institutions working to improve academic quality – by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at a recent ceremony in Austin.

UTPA Student Union food court welcomes new vendors
After months of anticipation, The University of Texas-Pan American administrators, staff and student advisors marked the opening of four new food vendors in the Student Union food court with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, Dec. 3.

Mission teachers participate in physics program
Sixteen teachers from the Mission school district recently participated in the Physics for Teachers Program at The University of Texas-Pan American.