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Apr '10
30
UTPA teacher preparation program among best in the state
The University of Texas-Pan American’s teacher preparation program is among the strongest in the state, according to a national study.

UTPA, alumni to host Dr. Mahdi Memorial Golf Tournament May 23
Mauricio Salinas does not want anyone to forget his favorite professor at The University of Texas-Pan American.That is why he, with the help of the university, has organized a golf tournament to raise money for the scholarship formed in honor of the late Dr. Hashim Salman Mahdi.


Apr '10
29
UTPA releases academic programs assessment
The University of Texas-Pan American is meeting the Rio Grande Valley’s demand for more employees in some sectors, including computer and information sciences and counseling. But there remains a great need for more physicians, nurses, teachers, lawyers among other professionals, according to an assessment the University recently released.


Nelsen to participate in first commencement ceremonies of presidency on May 15
The University of Texas-Pan American’s eighth leader Dr. Robert S. Nelsen will preside over his first commencement ceremonies as president on May 15. Nelsen is expected to confer more than 1,600 prospective graduates with their degrees at the McAllen Convention Center.


Apr '10
27
COHSHS cancels speaker series featuring Dr. Roberto R. Dávila
The College of Health Sciences and Human Services Distinguished Speaker Series scheduled for April 28-29 featuring Dr. Roberto R. Dávila, the former president (2007-2009) of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., has been canceled.


UTPA to offer MCAT Prep Course
College students and graduates worried about the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) can now enroll in a MCAT Prep Course offered locally for a fraction of the cost of the high-priced alternatives.

The Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American has recently added the MCAT Prep Course to its lineup of test preparation courses.


Apr '10
26
COBA VIP Stars earn awards at annual banquet
The College of Business Administration (COBA) at The University of Texas-Pan American rolled out the red carpet for their VIP Stars award winners Friday, April 23 during a banquet recognizing outstanding students for 2010.


Workshop prepares UTPA to help student veterans
Learning to navigate one’s way through a university can be difficult for any student. But veterans who recently returned from war can find the transition from soldier to student even more frustrating. That is why The University of Texas-Pan American is working to make it easier for student veterans to enroll, stay in school and graduate.


Annual Awards and Recognition event honors outstanding UTPA students
The 31st Annual Awards and Recognition convocation held April 11 at The University of Texas-Pan American honored the accomplishments of more than 60 outstanding students before a crowd composed of administrators, deans, faculty members and family.


Apr '10
23
UT System Institutions recall students and personnel from Northern Mexico, review other foreign programs due to security concerns
Due to security concerns in specific international regions, The University of Texas System today announced that its nine academic and six health institutions will immediately review and potentially suspend university-sponsored programs in foreign countries and territories consistent with current travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State, pending a careful and thorough risk assessment by individual campus review committees.


Colleges promote research to UTPA students and the community
Today’s student researchers are tomorrow’s scientists, was the encouraging message from faculty during research days conducted recently by two colleges at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Apr '10
22
Four-time Olympian speaks to UTPA students
Ruben Gonzalez, four-time olympian, award-winning speaker and best-selling author spoke to students during leadership week at UTPA earlier this month.


Second Annual Social Justice and Peace Conference to be held May 7-8
A death-row survivor, documentary filmmakers, artists and poets will highlight the Second Annual Social Justice and Peace Conference “Images/Voices from the Border” May 7-8 at The University of Texas-Pan American.


United To Serve volunteers beautify McAllen’s Veterans War Memorial of Texas
Armed with a shovel under a very warm morning sun, Ivanna Flores, a freshman majoring in nursing at The University of Texas-Pan American, was working hard to clear the planting beds April 17 at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas in McAllen.

Volunteering for the first time in the University’s annual United To Serve project, she was one of 75 students, staff and faculty who gave up their Saturday to help clean and beautify the five acre park adjacent to the McAllen Convention Center.


UTPA Upward Bound student receives Dell Foundation scholarship
Martin Martinez, a member of The University of Texas-Pan American’s Upward Bound program and a student at J. Economedes High School in Edinburg, has received a $20,000 scholarship from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.


Apr '10
21
UTPA Mini Baja team places 15th in international competition
Hard work and ingenuity helped The University of Texas-Pan American Mini Baja “Potro” team outpace many well-known universities during an off-terrain vehicle competition earlier this month.


Apr '10
20
Communication Showcase brings key media professionals to UTPA
Media are evolving and the multimedia skills students at The University of Texas-Pan American are learning will make them more competitive in the job market, said media professionals at the first annual Communication Showcase at UTPA April 20.


Sale is looking forward to teaching again
Dr. Paul Sale credits one of his uncles with instilling in him a desire to make sure students with disabilities receive the same opportunities as everyone else. He recalls how his uncle would take him swimming when he was a boy and how he invited another boy with Down syndrome to join them.


Apr '10
19
Webby Awards nominates UTPA group for Web work
The University of Texas-Pan American's Reel to Red Productions has done it again. Less than a year after nabbing its second Lone Star EMMY for their work on the study abroad documentary "The Heart of Experience," they have scored a nomination for The WEBBY Awards for their work on www.reeltored.com.


Apr '10
16
Former president of world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing students to speak at UTPA
The former president of the world's only university designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students will visit The University of Texas-Pan American April 28-29 during the College of Health Sciences and Human Services Distinguished Speaker Series.


Apr '10
15
UTPA recognizes the dedication of student workers
Hard work and dedication for a job well done was honored April 14 at the 2010 Work-Study of the Year Awards Luncheon at The University of Texas-Pan American during National Student Employment Week.


Apr '10
14
MBA Association at UTPA to host charity dinner April 30
The Masters of Business Administration Association (MBAA) at The University of Texas-Pan American are contributing to the creation of thriving communities and the empowerment of responsible homeowners in Hidalgo County colonias by hosting a charity dinner supporting Proyecto Azteca.


Apr '10
13
Conference on ethics and values in health care and medicine opens today
A four-day conference advocating ethics and values in health care and in the practice of medicine in the Rio Grande Valley began Tuesday, April 13 at The University of Texas-Pan American.


UTPA research helps gain nearly $80 million to extend broadband to rural communities
The footwork done by researchers at The University of Texas-Pan American has led to almost $80 million in federal money to bring broadband to rural communities as far as hundreds of miles away.


USDA announces plans for UTPA to house one of six regional directors for Hispanic Serving Institutions
The University of Texas-Pan American has entered into a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to house one of three new USDA regional directors for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide on the UTPA campus.


Apr '10
12
UTPA and Northrop Grumman Foundation prepare teachers for zero gravity flight
McALLEN – Later this month, 30 educators from throughout the state will have the opportunity to live their childhood dreams of floating in space while developing new ways to engage their students in studying math and science.


UTPA funds nutrition gardens for Valley schools
Promoting health and nutrition to Rio Grande Valley high school students is what The University of Texas-Pan American is doing through their South Texas Initiative for Child Nutrition through Agriculture (ICNA) project.


Apr '10
8
President Nelsen a panelist at Latino Magazine’s Education Conference on STEM April 1
The national model of HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology) Week at The University of Texas-Pan American to encourage more students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields was the focus of UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen’s participation at the first Latino Education Conference on STEM April 1 in Washington, D.C.


UTPA is among the top schools to award graduate degrees
The University of Texas-Pan American once again has been ranked among the top schools in awarding graduate degrees to Hispanic students.


Apr '10
6
UTPA Child Development Center is nationally accredited for high quality care
The University of Texas-Pan American Child Development Center (CDC) has recently been recognized as a nationally accredited center for their early child care and educational programs. The center is one out of only two child development centers in the Rio Grande Valley to receive this recognition.


UTPA research leads to USDA grant to expand broadband
Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc., USDA Rural Development and The University of Texas-Pan American will host a press conference Monday to announce Valley Telephone Cooperative has been selected to receive a $40 million loan and $38.5 million grant from the USDA for the construction of last-mile rural broadband infrastructure in the most rural communities of South Texas.


Apr '10
2
Dr. Irmo Marini receives national recognition for achievement in rehabilitation counseling research
Dr. Irmo Marini, professor and Ph.D. coordinator the Department of Rehabilitation at The University of Texas-Pan American, is the 2010 recipient of the James F. Garrett Award for a Distinguished Career in Rehabilitation Research.


Apr '10
1
“Guiding stars” meet with “rising stars” to share their stories at Donor Scholarship Luncheon
A March 11 Donor Scholarship Luncheon at The University of Texas-Pan American brought together the donors, tagged “Guiding Stars,” with UTPA’s “Rising Stars” – the student scholars who received an endowed scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic school year.


UTPA’s undefeated, region-winning ethics team gains valuable experience at national competition
For the first time since 2006, The University of Texas-Pan American Collaboration for Ethics (PACE) student team became the only public university in Texas to be invited to the 2010 National Ethics Bowl.