Feb '09
UTPA promotes arts and literacy at third annual FESTIBA 2009 Mar. 22-28
An intriguing list of presenters, events and activities will delight the community – young and old – at the third annual Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) scheduled for March 22-28 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Feb '09
University Association of Public Administrators recognized at state capitol
State Representative Aaron Peña (Edinburg) welcomed the members of the Association of Public Administrators (APA) from the Master of Public Administration Program at The University of Texas-Pan American Thursday, Feb. 19 on the House Floor and commended the members for their dedication to the field of public administration.

WRSC wins NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award
The University of Texas-Pan American Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex (WRSC) has been selected as the winner of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Outstanding Sports Facility Award.

“We are very proud to be an award winner. A lot of hard work and determination went into the project from concept to completion,” said Dr. Jim Watson, director of UTPA’s WRSC.

Feb '09
Dr. Irmo Marini garners distinguished career in rehabilitation education award
Dr. Irmo Marini, professor and Ph.D. coordinator for the Department of Rehabilitation, was honored with the National Council on Rehabilitation Education 2009 Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Education Award this week at the Ninth Annual NCRE Conference in San Antonio.

Feb '09
Spring Grad Fair set for March 12
The Office of Graduate Studies is providing a one-stop shop for the entire community to learn about the master’s and doctoral programs offered at UTPA during the upcoming annual Grad Fair. With more than 60 master’s degrees and three doctoral degrees, the opportunities are endless for any individual seeking to further their education or advance in their career.

Feb '09
UTPA and UTB/TSC sign agreement to increase number of PAs in Brownsville area
With the only Physician Assistant Studies Program in Texas outside a medical school, The University of Texas-Pan American is expanding its scope to students at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College through the establishment of the Early Physician Assistant Studies Program (EPASP).

Feb '09
Teachers of the Year honored at annual UTPA event Feb. 16
The University of Texas-Pan American honored 41 Rio Grande Valley teachers chosen by their respective school districts as 2008 Teachers of the Year during the Fourth Annual Teachers of the Year Awards banquet held Feb.16 in the UTPA Ballroom.

Feb '09
University community welcomes Sorber
The University of Texas-Pan American community welcomed Dr. Charles A. Sorber, interim president, to the campus as he began his first day on the job Monday, Feb. 16. UTPA held a Town Hall Meeting at the Student Union Theater to greet Sorber and his wife, Linda, to their new home.

UT Pan American Presidential Search Committee Named
The appointment of members of a presidential search advisory committee to advise The University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of a president for UT Pan American was announced today (Feb. 16) by Regents’ Chairman H. Scott Caven, Jr.

Homecoming 2009 kicks off
Homecoming Week will kick off Monday, Feb. 16 at The University of Texas-Pan American with a number of fun-filled activities planned for students, alumni and the community.

UTPA invites public to attend the Davidson History Lecture Feb. 25
The University of Texas-Pan American invites the public to attend the 2009 Davidson History Lecture Feb. 25 to hear Dr. Lisbeth Haas, an Organization of American Historians (OAH) distinguished lecturer, present the talk “Crossing Borders: Indigenous Histories of Spanish and Mexican California."

Feb '09
36th Annual Career Day set for Feb. 26
The University of Texas-Pan American Office of Career Services will host its 36th Annual Career Day Thursday, Feb. 26 at the UTPA Fieldhouse, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb '09
Top researchers at UTPA honored at celebration Feb. 9
Twenty-two faculty and staff members were recognized at a luncheon Feb. 9 for their accomplishments in obtaining sponsored research awards for The University of Texas-Pan American.

Sorber to begin term as UTPA interim president Feb. 16
Until a permanent president is named for The University of Texas-Pan American, Dr. Charles A. Sorber will take on the role as its interim leader starting Feb. 16 and plans to stay the course with UTPA’s mission.

Feb '09
UTPA hosts the third annual New Teacher Conference
The University of Texas-Pan American hosted the third annual New Teacher Conference at the UTPA College of Education Saturday, Jan. 31.

UTPA GEAR UP Project earns state recognition
The Texas Education Agency and Texas GEAR UP has recently selected the Las Platicas Academy program at The University of Texas-Pan American GEAR UP Project as a Texas GEAR UP Promising Practice.

Staff member sworn into Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
Maureen F. McClain, associate director of Disability Services at The University of Texas-Pan American, who was recently appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa in late January to the Governor’s Committee.

College Goal Sunday Feb. 22 offers financial aid workshops to students and parents
Students and parents interested in acquiring financial aid to help pay for a college education can meet with experts Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2-4 p.m. during a free College Goal Sunday event held in the Student Services Building at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Feb '09
Courses in medical Spanish now offered to train bilingual healthcare professionals
To help bridge the language gap among patients and healthcare providers, The University of Texas-Pan American is now offering courses in medical Spanish.

Feb '09
University says goodbye to President Cárdenas
The UTPA community bid a fond farewell to Dr. Blandina Cárdenas Friday, Jan. 30 during a celebration honoring her successes and commitment to the university.

State Farm awards $50,000 to UTPA for service learning initiative
State Farm Insurance Company has awarded $50,000 to The University of Texas-Pan American toward a project to promote service learning and safety awareness among South Texas educators and students.