Dec '09
Maville and Huerta appointed to fill Lillian O. Slemp Endowed Chair and Professorship in Nursing
Two long-time nursing faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American have been appointed to endowed positions in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services that were funded by gifts from the late Bascom and Lillian O. Slemp, Winter Texans who became strong supporters of UTPA during their stays in the Rio Grande Valley.

Dec '09
UTPA among most admired companies for minorities in research science
The University of Texas-Pan American was named by the 24th Black Engineer of the Year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Conference Dec. 17 as one of the 2010 Most Admired Companies for Minorities in Research Science.

Dec '09
UTPA Police Department brings national organization to campus
Have you thought of a career in law enforcement? Does being a police officer or federal agent appeal to you? The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department is going to help you get the experience you need to be successful by offering the Law Enforcement Exploring Program.

UTPA awards 1,297 degrees at fall 2009 commencement ceremonies
Thousands of family members and friends joined the 1,297 graduates of The University of Texas-Pan American to celebrate their accomplishments and hear some expert advice for the future at one of three fall graduation ceremonies held throughout the day Dec. 19 at the McAllen Convention Center.

Dec '09
State praises College of Education’s educator standards
The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education recently learned the state has recognized its teacher curriculum as exemplary according to a report by the Texas Education Agency Division of Educator Standards.

Dec '09
Mechanical engineering student's dream of working for NASA comes true
Rick Ybarra, a mechanical engineering student at The University of Texas-Pan American, will begin working his dream job as an aerospace engineer with NASA Jan. 18, 2010.

UTPA makes local high school students’ wish lists a reality
Scholarships, laptops and calculators are on many students’ wish lists. The University of Texas-Pan American has recently made those wishes come true for 16 Rio Grande Valley high school GEAR UP students.

Dec '09
Students document migrant experiences through creative writing course
Growing up in a migrant farmworker family has given Nancy Chapa a life full of rich experiences, and this semester at The University of Texas-Pan American she is learning how to document her life’s story through creative writing.

Chapa, a freshman majoring in nursing, enrolled in a Spanish course for migrant students, which helps them explore and preserve their migrant journeys while strengthening their Spanish creative writing skills.

Dec '09
Solar panels lead UTPA into a brighter future in sustainability efforts
Imagine being able to generate your own electricity and produce energy. Dr. Jaime Ramos, an engineering professor from The University of Texas-Pan American, is teaching his electrical engineering students to do just that with the addition of solar panels on the roof of the engineering building at UTPA.

Dec '09
Student authors present children's book to community
Children across the Rio Grande Valley will have the opportunity to read about one of the area’s environmental treasures thanks to three student authors and artists at The University of Texas-Pan American who presented their book to local libraries and community organizations Dec. 3.

Dec '09
National Computer Science Education Week to be observed Dec. 8
The week of December 7 has been designated National Computer Science Education Week by the U.S. House of Representatives and The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Computer Science will celebrate it for the first time with an afternoon dedicated to the technology field.

Student literary arts works win national awards
Three students The University of Texas-Pan American recently received Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their published submissions in the “Gallery” – a student literary arts magazine at UTPA.

Dec '09
First cohort of Certified Public Manager Program participants at UTPA graduate
The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated the graduation Dec. 7 of its first class of students to complete the Certified Public Manager (CPM) Certification Program now offered at the University.

UTPA student’s poetry to be published by award-winning poet
One of The University of Texas-Pan American’s undergraduate student poets was selected to have four poems in a forthcoming publication edited by award-winning poet and writer Naomi Shihab Nye.