Jan '10
UTPAdvantage extends its outreach to students
As parents and college students you can probably agree that paying for college is a challenge, but for some students at The University of Texas-Pan American, it doesn’t have to be. UTPA offers what is called the UTPAdvantage program, in order to make college more affordable.

Baptist Student Ministry: Out with the old, in with the new
In 1966, Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) opened the doors to their building on University Drive. Now, 44 years later, this organization at The University of Texas-Pan American begins a new year with a new and improved building.

Ballet Folklórico celebrates 40th anniversary with ALEGRIA 2010
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of The University of Texas-Pan American’s Ballet Folklórico with a two-hour, 10-part show enhanced by authentic costumes, special lighting, scenery, and live musical accompaniment. The ALEGRIA 2010, A 40th Anniversary Celebration, concert series will enliven audiences with a fusion of traditional and creative modern footwork, spatial patterns and body postures which will result in high-energy dances packed with innovative style and attitude.

Jan '10
Hauser Communication Research Lab grand opening set for Feb. 11
The University of Texas-Pan American will celebrate the grand opening of the Hauser Communication Research Lab Thursday, Feb. 11 at noon. The lab, which is housed in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building, Room 172, was created to enhance student’s oral competencies, including developing and assessing students’ speaking and presentation skills.

Lisa Ling set to visit UTPA as a Distinguished Speaker
Lisa Ling, a veteran of two decades in TV reporting, will be the third speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series at The University of Texas-Pan American Feb. 2.

Jan '10
UTPA assists Hidalgo County to develop economic development strategy
A kick-off of the strategic planning process for the Hidalgo County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) was held recently at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Jan '10
UTPA awarded $44,000 grant from The U.T. System’s Texas Ignition Fund
The University of Texas-Pan American has received a $44,000 award from The University of Texas System to go toward the commercialization of a discovery by Dr. Yuankun Lin that provides a more precise, simpler and cheaper fabrication method for photonic crystals used in semiconductors.

William and Barbara Holman donate Book Arts Collection
The University of Texas-Pan American Library is the proud recipient of a generous donation of books from William and Barbara Holman of Austin, Texas.

Coastal Studies Lab aids in endangered sea turtle recovery
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Coastal Studies Laboratory (CSL) at South Padre Island worked with Sea Turtle Inc. to help recover 125 endangered green sea turtles from the Lower Laguna Madre during the Texas Gulf Coast’s recent cold temperature shock.

Jan '10
LeaderShape is leading with integrity one student at a time
A just, caring and thriving world where we all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible is the vision set forth by the LeaderShape Institute which has brought more than 50 students together for a one week experience starting Jan. 9-14 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Jan '10
City of Edinburg works with UTPA to improve drainage issue near campus
The University of Texas-Pan American is working with Edinburg officials to address the rain drainage matter affecting campus. James Langabeer, UTPA vice president for Business Affairs, signed a Memorandum of Agreement Friday, Jan. 8, with Edinburg officials to share the costs of cleaning and repairing the drainage ditch off of Sugar Road, near the UTPA Physical Plant that serves the campus and surrounding area, to allow for better drainage of rainwater.

Jan '10
Architect discusses benefits of a mass transit system for the Valley Jan. 26
The University of Texas-Pan American will host Sam Garcia, a young McAllen architect with an innovative plan for a rail mass transit system for the Rio Grande Valley, Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the Student Union Theater.

Jan '10
Student Health Services at UTPA achieves accreditation
The University of Texas-Pan American announced Dec. 18 that its Student Health Services has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Jan '10
State awards UTPA $3.25 million from TETF funding
Administrators, faculty and staff of The University of Texas-Pan American joined Texas Governor Rick Perry Jan. 5 as he announced the awarding of a $3.25 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) Research Superiority Acquisition Award that will go toward helping the University hire top-notch researchers who will enhance the establishment of a world-class advanced manufacturing center.

Jan '10
UTPA GEAR UP receives $509,378 grant to expand AVID college readiness program
The University of Texas-Pan American GEAR UP recently received $509,378 in grant funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to further expand AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), a nationally recognized program promoting college readiness, which is now in 61 middle and high schools across the Rio Grande Valley.

Jan '10
Moving In: Nelsen to live on campus for first month of presidency
Students who live in The University of Texas-Pan American’s Bronc Village and residence halls will have a new neighbor, UTPA’s President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, who will be living on campus for the first month of his presidency starting Jan. 1.