May '08
UTPA launches first Chinese Language and Culture Summer Institute for Concurrent Enrollment students
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Integrated Global Knowledge and Understanding Collaboration (IGkNU), the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and South Texas Independent School District are co-sponsoring the first Mandarin Chinese language and culture courses for concurrent enrollment students.

May '08
UTPA announces resignation of Director of Athletics Scott Street
Scott Street, director of athletics for The University of Texas-Pan American since February 2005, announced his resignation today to be effective Aug. 31, 2008.

Street said he was proud of the accomplishments of the UTPA Athletics Department over the past three years.

UTPA Summer Creative Writing Institute offers unique opportunity for aspiring writers
The Summer Creative Writing Institute, now in its sixth year at The University of Texas-Pan American, is offering a one-week intensive writing program June 2-6 followed by two weeks of independent study for aspiring writers who want to hone their creative skills.

UTPA president shared her story at American Heart Association's Go Red for Women event
Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, spoke during the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon and Showcase, at the Cimarron Country Club Thursday, May 22.

WRSC celebrates National Health and Fitness Day
The University of Texas–Pan American Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex (WRSC) celebrated National Health and Fitness Day Wednesday May 21, with fitness games, booths and classes for UTPA faculty and staff.

May '08
Sophomore Academic Program seeks new mentors
Sophomore year may be challenging for some students adjusting to college life at The University of Texas-Pan American. The University Retention Advisement Program (URAP) has employed a group of qualified student mentors to help. The Sophomore Academic Mentoring program (SAM) ensures sophomores or protégés, as they are called, receive the help they need to reach their academic goals. SAM is now accepting applications from students interested in applying for this on-campus, paid position for the fall semester.

Summer Youth Camps at UTPA now registering children
Come explore the fun side of fitness this summer with The University of Texas-Pan American’s Summer Youth Camp at the Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex, located at the corner of Sugar and Schunior Roads in Edinburg.

May '08
UTPA invites public to attend planetarium shows and night sky observation days
Enter a world of wonder and excitement when you journey to The University of Texas-Pan American this summer to explore the universe in the H-E-B Planetarium or to marvel at the night sky during a weekly Night Sky Observation Session, both free and open to the public.

UTPA Mini Baja team hopes to place high at international competition
There are high hopes for “Archipos” and the Mini Baja team from The University of Texas-Pan American to do well as they gear up to compete in the international Mini Baja competition, June 11-14 in Orford, Quebec in Canada. The UTPA team will be among 120 teams competing from the United States and around the world in the international competition.

May '08
Learn more about ESP at UTPA public lecture May 28 by parapsychology expert
Have you ever wondered about the abilities of Allison in the popular TV show “The Medium” to talk to dead people, read people’s thoughts or see into the future? Or did you ever contemplate the possible reality of the unsolved cases involving paranormal psychology agents Mulder or Scully investigated in the cult TV classic “The X Files?”

Texas House of Representatives members visit UTPA
Members of the Texas House of Representatives visited The University of Texas-Pan American’s Rapid Response Manufacturing Center (RRMC) Thursday, May 8.

Defending champions top opponents in robotics competition
The robotics team at The University of Texas-Pan American proved they were “Bulletproof” as they upstaged their competition to remain the defending champs at the 2008 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 5 Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

May '08
Message from Student Financial Services Regarding Switch to Direct Lending
Effective for the periods of enrollment starting with the fall 2008 semester, all Federal Stafford and PLUS loans for attendance at The University of Texas-Pan American will be provided through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP).

New student orientation registration underway at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American is preparing to welcome new students for the summer and fall semesters through several new student orientation sessions that will be held on campus in May and June.

Creative products from UTPA students land three international awards
The creativity of two groups of students at The University of Texas-Pan American gained international recognition recently when presented a gold and two silver awards in the 2008 Summit Creative Awards (SCA) competition.

May '08
Florence Nightingale Benefit at UTPA goes Hawaiian this year
Break out the hula skirts and Hawaiian shirts for the 20th Annual Florence Nightingale Benefit, hosted by the The University of Texas-Pan American Nursing Advisory Board and Department of Nursing, Saturday, May 31, 6 p.m., at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium.

UTPA first in Texas to provide campus information in new database for public
The University of Texas-Pan American became the first higher education institution in the state May 13 to post its College Portrait to the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) Web site – a site planned to provide an accessible, transparent and comparative source of undergraduate college information to prospective students, parents and others.

May '08
More than 1,400 earn degrees during spring commencement
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Spring 2008 Commencement celebrated the achievements of more than 1,400 graduates, who on Saturday, May 10 earned their degrees and a ticket to a more prosperous and hopeful future.

May '08
University leads nation in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanics
The University of Texas-Pan American continues leading the nation in the number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine’s annual review of the “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics.”

UTPA houses historical marker honoring Emilia Schunior Ramirez
The first historical marker on The University of Texas-Pan American grounds was unveiled April 26 honoring Emilia Schunior Ramirez, a South Texas educator. More than 40 community members, family and friends attended the celebration commemorating her life.

Engineering organization teaches the ABC’s of Science to elementary students
More than 100 elementary students from across the Rio Grande Valley participated in El ABC de la Ciencia (The ABC’s of Science) design competition at The University of Texas-Pan American April 7. The program was developed and organized by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a UTPA student organization.

May '08
Students help spruce up city of McAllen neighborhood during annual service project
Close to 130 student volunteers from The University of Texas-Pan American were able to help make a huge difference – literally in tons – in a Rio Grande Valley neighborhood April 19 when they teamed with Keep McAllen Beautiful to conduct UTPA’s fifth annual United to Serve project.

May '08
The University of Texas-Pan American administration has been closely monitoring the situation with the student loan credit crunch and the potential impact to students for the fall 2008 semester. While a serious loan access problem may be averted, UTPA has been tracking all developments as they occur and is taking action to ensure that student loan funds are available to all eligible students.

May '08
Student leaders honored during UTPA Student Leadership Week
Five student leaders at The University of Texas-Pan American were honored during the Salute the Leaders Awards luncheon held April 17 as part of the annual National Student Leadership Week held April 14-19.

May '08
UTPA staff honored at annual staff awards ceremony
Staff at The University of Texas-Pan American were honored during the 20th annual Staff Employee Awards ceremony April 30.

Employees were recognized for their length of service and meritorious contributions. Also honored were employees who retired during 2007.