May '09
Art and creative writing courses to be offered in San Miguel de Allende
Students can still register for an exciting study abroad program that will include art and creative writing courses in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, July 18-25, 2009 that is being sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American.

May '09
UTPA GEAR UP participant to attend national youth summit
Angel Castillo, a University of Texas-Pan American GEAR UP participant, will represent the Rio Grande Valley at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) Youth Summit in San Francisco, Calif. in July.

May '09
UTPA student-athletes score well academically
Student-athletes at The University of Texas-Pan American are scoring well in the classroom according to statistics compiled and released by the University regarding their academic performance during the 2008-2009 school year.

May '09
UTPA Celebrates National Employee Health and Fitness Day
To promote healthy lifestyles among faculty and staff, The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated National Employee Health and Fitness Day May 20.

May '09
UTPA student leader’s “Bare Necessities Diaper Drive” benefits Valley families
Julissa Barrera learned over her years as a student at The University of Texas-Pan American that leadership requires creativity, determination and perseverance.

For her final project as a member of the four-year Student Leadership Program at the University, Barrera created, researched and implemented a drive in which she successfully collected nearly 8,000 diapers to give to clients of AVANCE Rio Grande Valley, a local nonprofit agency providing services to lower income Valley families.

Students commemorate famous Valley writer
More than 100 students, faculty and staff gathered at The University of Texas-Pan American on Friday, May 14 to celebrate the life of UTPA alumnus and Rio Grande Valley native Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, internationally recognized cultural theorist, creative writer and independent scholar.

May '09
Middle school girls learn about engineering
More than 200 female middle school students participated in a daylong educational conference May 12 to learn about the field of engineering. Hosted by The University of Texas-Pan American and the Region One Education Service Center, the Girls in Engineering Summit was created as a way to show young ladies what a career in engineering has to offer.

May '09
Summer Science Camp at UTPA accepting applications
The University of Texas-Pan American is accepting applications for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp set for July 19-31 at the Edinburg campus.

This year’s camp titled “Fueling Great Minds for the Future” is a free academic program that provides activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences to Hidalgo County students who will be entering sixth, seventh or eighth grades in the fall of 2009.

May '09
Mechanical engineering students compete for first time in Human Powered Vehicle Challenge
For the first time The University of Texas-Pan American sent a team of mechanical engineering students to participate in the 2009 Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Challenge - West Division organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Portland, Ore.

CAMP student to intern with Congressman
Miguel Cobos, sophomore international business major at The University of Texas-Pan American, and College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) student has been selected for a summer internship with Congressman Rubén Hinojosa’s (TX-15) office in Washington, D.C. June 1-July 31.

May '09
Broncs claim victory in NASCAR Kinetics Marketing in Motion competition
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) has announced that the five-member Kinetics Marketing in Motion student team from The University of Texas-Pan American has won the national competition among five schools in the first year of the program designed by NASCAR to provide college students hands-on experience in sports marketing.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Sister trio graduates with master’s degrees in bilingual education
“Little Women” author Louisa May Alcott once said, “helping one another is part of the religion of sisterhood.”

No need to tell that to the “Trigo sisters,” as they have come to be known in the College of Education at The University of Texas-Pan American. The three siblings – Iliana Trigo, Elda Trigo and Armidia Trigo Rios – all celebrated earning their master’s degrees at the same time in the same field – bilingual education – at one of three UTPA commencement ceremonies held May 9 at the McAllen Convention Center.

May '09
UTPA awards more than 1,700 degrees at spring ceremonies
Family, friends and loved ones gathered together Saturday, May 9 to celebrate the milestones of 1,767 graduates, who walked across the stage during The University of Texas-Pan American’s spring 2009 graduation ceremonies.

May '09
Trio to earn first computer engineering degrees at UTPA
Samantha Lozano, Christopher Martinez, and Esteban Torres will be the first to earn Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degrees from The University of Texas-Pan American’s two-year-old Computer Engineering Program. The trio, who has grade point averages ranging from 3.1 to 3.5, will be awarded their degrees Saturday, May 9 at the McAllen Convention Center during spring graduation ceremonies.

May '09
First Social Justice and Peace Conference draws hundreds to discuss issues
Close to 400 students, presenters and other visitors participated in the first Social Justice and Peace Conference/Exhibition held May 1 at The University of Texas-Pan American. Sponsored by the UTPA Department of Criminal Justice, the event’s activities centered on the theme “Conceptualizing Injustice: Images/Voices of Resistance.”

Counseling and Assessment Preparation Center at UTPA offers free help to community
The University of Texas-Pan American is offering free counseling services to the community through the recently opened Counseling and Assessment Preparation (CAP) Center in the College of Education.

May '09
UTPA maintains rankings on "Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics" list
The University of Texas-Pan American maintains its top spots in the number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics as listed in the annual review of the “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics” by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine.

U.S. Army ROTC program at UTPA recognized as one of nation’s top performers
The United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) unit at The University of Texas-Pan American was recently recognized among the top performers of the Cadet Commands’ 273 units nationwide for the school year 2007-2008.

May '09
New art gallery opens at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American held an opening reception Monday, May 4 for the opening of a new art gallery – Gallery Off The Wall – located at the UTPA Annex.

May '09
Faculty members recognized for excellence in teaching, research and service
Sixteen faculty members in the six colleges at The University of Texas-Pan American were recognized for excellence in one of three categories – teaching, research and service – at the first Faculty Excellence Awards Program ceremony May 1. Three of the 16 college-level honorees were chosen by a National Selection Committee to be recognized at the University level.