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Sep '09
30
Latina Day inspires South Texas moms and daughters
Hundreds of South Texas mothers and their daughters were invited to participate in Latina Day, a day solely dedicated to inspiring young Hispanic females to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas, during the eighth annual HESTEC Week.


Sep '09
29
HESTEC's leadership day encourages Valley youth to pursue STEM careers
Nearly 1,000 middle school and high school GEAR UP students visited The University of Texas-Pan American during Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week’s Student Leadership Day Sept. 29.


HESTEC Community Day to offer more exhibits and activities for families
Thousands are expected to flock to The University of Texas-Pan American Saturday, Oct. 3 for the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Community Day, which heads into its eighth year as one of South Texas’ most popular family festivals celebrating technology and the sciences.


Sep '09
28
Educator Day opens eighth annual HESTEC Week
The eighth annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at The University of Texas-Pan American “lifted off” Sept. 28 with a day dedicated to South Texas educators and the important role they play in preparing students for the future – a future that will require more students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.


HESTEC inspired McAllen native to pursue engineering at MIT
The Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology (HESTEC) program held annually at The University of Texas-Pan American inspired McAllen native, Juan Antonio Valdez Guzman, to pursue a career in engineering. Now he is back at HESTEC, not as a student, but as a presenter hoping to make a difference in student’s lives, the way presenters made a difference in his six years ago.


Sep '09
25
“Space: A Journey to Our Future” exhibit at UTPA opens to public Sept. 27
If you would like to see a real “moon rock” up close, touch a piece of Mars, or take a spin on a space bike, visit the newest exhibition in the Visitors Center at The University of Texas-Pan American – “Space: A Journey to Our Future.”


Sep '09
24
Ten years of GEAR UP success celebrated Sept. 24
Ten years ago, Alyssa Reyna never imagined she would be where she is today – a junior at The University of Texas-Pan American who plans to pursue a master’s in public administration after graduation. She credits Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) for showing her that higher education opportunities beyond high school were possible, even for someone from a small town like Monte Alto, Texas.


HESTEC begins eighth year of encouraging South Texas youth to pursue STEM careers
The annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at The University of Texas-Pan American blasts into its eighth year, Sept. 27-Oct. 3, of celebrating careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and emphasizing the importance of these areas of study to South Texas youth.


UTPA to host annual HESTEC Career Expo Oct. 2
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Office of Career Services will host the HESTEC Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse and Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex.


Sep '09
23
Final presidential candidate Dr. Robert S. Nelsen visits UTPA Sept. 23
The last of four candidates being considered as a finalist to be the eighth president of The University of Texas-Pan American visited the campus Sept. 23.

Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, met with various UTPA constituencies including faculty, students and staff during a daylong schedule of meetings, lunches and open forums.


Introductory computer science concepts course to feature dancing robots in spring 2010
Starting in spring 2010 students at The University of Texas-Pan American will get a chance to build their own mobile robots during a special section of an introduction to computer science course, which will be offered primarily to females and non-computer science majors.


$280,000 awarded to UTPA by THECB to support Work-Study Mentorship Program
The University of Texas-Pan American has announced it has been awarded $280,000 in Work-Study Mentorship Program funding over the next two years from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).


Sep '09
22
Speakers series in philosophy set to kick off Oct. 9
The Department of History and Philosophy at The University of Texas-Pan American will offer the South Texas community the opportunity to learn about the unique perspective that one of UTPA’s most famous graduates brought to considering race, gender and sexuality at the border through the Anzaldúa Speakers Series in Philosophy.


Sophomore Conference completes its third successful year
MySpace, Facebook and Twitter are a few of the online social networks that were behind the theme of the third annual Sophomore Conference held at The University of Texas-Pan American Business Administration Building on Sept. 18.


Sep '09
21
Library receives grant to bring speakers and fund research
The University of Texas-Pan American Library added to its prestige recently after being selected the only library in Texas to receive the Soul of a People grant sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


NMSU administrator is third presidential candidate to visit UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American continued its search for the next campus leader as it welcomed its third presidential candidate Monday, Sept. 21.


Sep '09
18
Vargas-Aburto visits UTPA as second presidential candidate
The second of four candidates for the presidency of The University of Texas-Pan American visited campus Friday, Sept. 18 to interview and address the University community.


Agreement provides social work distance education courses to Brownsville and Laredo students
The University of Texas-Pan American will increase its educational outreach by partnering with The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College and Laredo Community College to offer distance education courses for area students, which will lead to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree or a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from UTPA.


Sep '09
17
$100,000 Texas Department of Agriculture grant to fund new dual credit program at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American has been awarded a $100,000 grant over two years from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to fund a project providing new opportunities for South Texas students to earn college credit while still in high school.


UTPA receives Big Read Grant from The National Endowment For The Arts
The University of Texas-Pan American has been awarded a $19,965 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host The Big Read, a nationwide initiative to restore reading to the center of American life. UTPA was one of 268 organizations that received the grant and will partner with the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg to host Big Read activities Valleywide. This is the second funded grant UTPA has received from the NEA to host The Big Read. Last year UTPA received funds to host a Big Read for Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Ultima.


Sep '09
16
First presidential candidate Dr. Jeremy Brown visits campus
Dr. Jeremy D. Brown, one of four candidates for the presidency at The University of Texas-Pan American, was the first to visit the campus and interview with key officials Wednesday, Sept. 16 as part of the search process for UTPA’s eighth president.


Sep '09
15
UTPA Student Union undergoes a facelift
Renovations planned for the Student Union at The University of Texas-Pan American mean soon students will no longer have to “sweat” the problem of finding a shaded spot to sit outside under the blazing South Texas sun or a meeting room for their organization to gather, or locating a table inside to eat.


UTPA prepared for the H1N1 virus
The University of Texas-Pan American has taken the steps to be prepared in case of a H1N1 flu outbreak, according to the University’s Student Health Services Director, Rick Gray.


Sep '09
11
Student regent visits UTPA student leaders
The University of Texas System student regent visited the UTPA campus Sept. 2 to meet with student leaders.


Sep '09
4
University police prepare for the unexpected
Safety comes first for The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department. On Aug. 21, University police hosted an active shooter drill at Troxell Residence Hall. Staff and students participated to make the drill a success.


Freshmen convocation welcomes the Class of 2013
“Futures So Bright” was the message sent to students at the fourth annual Freshmen Convocation Sept. 3 at the Student Union, as the class of 2013 was given an official welcome into The University of Texas-Pan American family.


Sep '09
1
Biology department earns $768K grant for Laguna Madre research
The impact of arsenic on the Laguna Madre ecosystem will be the focus of undergraduate research at The University of Texas-Pan American this coming year thanks to a grant of $768,552 by the National Science Foundation’s Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (URM) in the Biological Sciences program.