May '02
UTPA hosts 39th annual Small Business Week Luncheon
The University of Texas-Pan American Small Business Development Center hosted the 39th annual Small Business Week Luncheon Wednesday, May 29 in Weslaco to honor entrepreneurs and professionals who are making great strides to improve the economic status and quality of life in the Rio Grande Valley.

Health information sought for System inventory publication
The University of Texas-Pan American Border Health Office is collecting information for the eighth edition of "The University of Texas System Inventory of Texas-Mexico Border/South Texas Health Services Activity. "

May '02
UTPA among nation’s best for Hispanics, magazine reports
While The University of Texas-Pan American remains second nationally in total Hispanic enrollment among four-year colleges and universities, the institution now ranks third in granting master’s degrees, based on a recent national magazine’s report of the 100 best U.S. colleges for Hispanics.

May '02
UTPA conducts first emergency mock disaster drill
Police, fire trucks, emergency personnel and local media assisted The University of Texas-Pan American in conducting a campus mock emergency disaster drill Wednesday, May 22 in an effort to prepare the UTPA community for an actual event.

Honour society hosts scholarship and induction ceremony
The Golden Key International Honour Society held its chartering ceremony and reception Monday, May 20. The evening was held to present qualifing students with Ford Motor Company/Golden Key undergraduate scholar awards and also to recognize new honorary members.

IBM executive shares vision, advice with University students
Nicholas Donofrio, senior vice president of Technology and Manufacturing for IBM Corp., is excited about the future and the boundless opportunities and challenges it offers.

May '02
UTPA hosts annual UT System information technology conference
The importance and continued development of technology in higher education and distance learning attracted nearly 300 participants to the recent ITDE 2002-Information Technology and Distance Education conference at The University of Texas-Pan American.

GEAR UP Kick-Off Conference promotes higher education, academic excellence
More than 6,900 middle school students from all over the Rio Grande Valley attended the annual GEAR UP Kick-Off Conference Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-15, featuring Edinburg Mayor Joe Ochoa, Tex-Mex sensation Roberto Pulido, motivational speaker "Happy" Guerrero, UTPA Ballet Folklorico and the UTPA Cheerleaders.

May '02
UTPA, UTHSC San Antonio sign medical student agreement
With an eye toward helping medical students reach their full potential, The University of Texas-Pan American signed an early matriculation program agreement Tuesday, May 14 with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

May '02
Local law enforcement officers honored at UTPA ceremony
In recognition of the dedication and sacrifices made by law enforcement officers, The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a “National Police Week” ceremony Monday, May 13 at the Administration Building.

May '02
Day Two packs in crowds of spectators at commencement exercises
The top educator in Texas and a top executive at IBM Corp. offered advice on achieving success to the 2002 class of The University of Texas-Pan American during commencement exercises Saturday, May 11 at the Fieldhouse.

May '02
UTPA conducts first-ever Friday night graduation ceremony
Dozens of master’s and doctoral candidates at The University of Texas-Pan American received their degrees Friday, May 10 – marking the first time spring commencement has occurred over a two-day period.

Engineering students design fire fighting robots for class project
Electrical engineering students at The University of Texas-Pan American are creating the next revolutionary machine – a robot that can detect and extinguish a fire before it rages out of control.

May '02
University Theatre celebrating three anniversaries in coming year
The 2002-2003 season of the University Theatre at The University of Texas-Pan American happens to coincide with three major anniversaries – the institution’s 75th anniversary, the 70th anniversary of theater at UTPA and 30 seasons of Pan American Summer Stock (PASS) performances.

May '02
18-year-old student receives degree at spring commencement
Norma Ester Borrego of Edcouch began her college career at The University of Texas-Pan American before she was old enough to drive.

May '02
Graduation ceremonies May 10-11
For the first time, The University of Texas-Pan American will conduct graduation ceremonies over two days at the Fieldhouse, with one commencement Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. and four Saturday, May 11. There are 1,308 prospective graduates.

MIM treats UTPA personnel to thank you barbecue
University staff were treated to a thank you lunch for donating their time and materials recently to help complete the Discovery Pavilion portion of the McAllen International Museum.

May '02
Professor Carlson named Senior Fulbright Scholar to Brazil
Dr. Ralph Carlson, educational psychology professor at The University of Texas-Pan American, has been named a Senior Fulbright Scholar for 2002-2003. Carlson will use the grant to lecture and serve as a research consultant to universities in Brazil.