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Jul '10
30
Discover Engineering at UTPA Camp opens doors to possible careers
Middle school students got a glimpse into possible career opportunities they can pursue in the future at the first "Discover Engineering at UTPA Camp" July 26-29 at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Jul '10
29
Threat assessment training held at UTPA to increase campus safety
Violence prevention is not rocket science; it’s quite feasible and the average person can do it with the right training, Dr. Marisa Randazzo, president of Threat Assessment Resources International, told an audience at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Jul '10
26
New My UTPA student portal set to launch in August
With one simple click of the mouse, UTPA students will be able to open a virtual front door to the campus customized to their personal interests and needs through the new My UTPA portal, which will launch in late August.


Jul '10
23
UTPA celebrates 25th anniversary of Tex PREP
In 1985 gas cost less than $2 a gallon, people made calls using pay phones, and The University of Texas-Pan American began a summer enrichment program that has inspired many middle and high school students like Zaragoza Briseño to pursue careers in science.


Jul '10
23
UTPA to offer Medical Interpreter Training Seminar
Ample medical research findings show that language barriers impede access to health care, compromise quality of care, and increase the risk of adverse health outcomes among patients with limited English proficiency.


Jul '10
22
Department of Music earns accreditation by National Association of Schools of Music
The University of Texas-Pan American announces its Department of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines which establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees focusing on educational quality and institutional integrity.


Jul '10
22
National recognition puts UTPA GEAR UP program on the map
The University of Texas-Pan American GEAR UP program was awarded a grant in 2005 for $42 million to implement programs that educate Valley students and parents on the importance of education beyond high school. Five years later, the program received special recognition at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) and GEAR UP Annual Conference in Washington, D. C. July 18-21.


Jul '10
19
UTPA hosts first Dell Scholars conference
College students from all over the Rio Grande Valley learned the Dell Scholars Program is more than just a check.


Jul '10
19
Magazine ranks UTPA No. 4 in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics
The University of Texas-Pan American received another distinction this summer, the No. 4 spot on the “Top 100 Degree Producers” listing for master’s degrees awarded to Hispanics as reported by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.


Jul '10
16
Bernard Harris ExxonMobil Summer Science Camp returns to UTPA
Jackie Vasquez and her fellow teammates escaped Harris Island, thanks to the raft they made using straws and aluminum foil. The rising eighth-grade student at Valley View Junior High School in Pharr is one of about 50 students from all over the Rio Grande Valley who is attending the Bernard Harris ExxonMobil Summer Science Camp, which runs from July 11-23 at The University of Texas-Pan American.


Jul '10
16
Youth and opportunity to meet at BizFest entrepreneurship training July 30-Aug. 1
The College of Business Administration at The University of Texas-Pan American is teaming up with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation to offer BizFest, a free innovative entrepreneurship training program for high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates.


Jul '10
16
New transfer event helps students make an easier transition to UTPA
"Step into Summer Transfer Thursday," held July 16, is a new event hosted by The University of Texas-Pan American in effort to help students make an easy transition from another college or university into UTPA.


Jul '10
16
Drapers leave lasting legacy of learning at UTPA
The late Margaret L. and Louis Copeland “L.C.” Draper will long be remembered as two of The University of Texas-Pan American’s most generous and dedicated friends. Their names grace a special meeting place in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department of Military Science. The walls of the “Louis and Margaret Draper Conference Room” are lined with photos and memorabilia that bring to mind two exceptional individuals who took a personal interest in seeing that UTPA Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets become well-educated officers.


Jul '10
15
More UTPA grads earn M.D. degrees from Baylor College of Medicine
The University of Texas-Pan American’s Premedical Honors College (PHC) program added to its success with nine additional UTPA graduates earning their medical degrees from the Baylor College of Medicine this past May. Even as the program honors its most recent graduates, it seeks to expand its funding base to graduate even more medical doctors.


Jul '10
14
Mariachi Aztlan tops all groups as Grand Champion of national mariachi competition
The tradition of award-winning performances of an important folk music genre - mariachi - continues at The University of Texas-Pan American.

UTPA's Mariachi Aztlan placed first in the University level and was also named Grand Champion, beating out professional groups, at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque competition July 10.


Jul '10
14
UTPA to host Dell scholarship conference
The scholarship Luis Leal, a rising sophomore at The University of Texas-Pan American, received from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation did more than help pay his tuition bills.


Jul '10
14
UTPA hosts financial literacy workshop for educators
The University of Texas-Pan American teamed up with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Texas Council on Economic Education to host "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Teaching Students Economics and Personal Finance," a one-day workshop for secondary school-level educators on July 13.


Jul '10
14
MUSE program: A living college experience for local migrant students
Summers for Laura Ybarra, Edcouch-Elsa High School senior, are usually spent in Minnesota with her family working in factories and fields sorting through fruits and picking cotton, but this year she stayed behind to attend the Migrant University Summer Experience (MUSE) program held at The University of Texas-Pan American June 5-July 18.


Jul '10
14
Alumnus selected to intern at NASA's National Space Biomedical Research Institute
University of Texas-Pan American alumnus Carlos T. Ramos Jr. got a unique opportunity this summer to learn how studying the physical effects of spaceflight on NASA astronauts can improve their journey as well as human lives here on earth.


Jul '10
13
UTPA summer camps help prepare students for STEM careers
The University of Texas-Pan American College of Science and Engineering wants students to make educated decisions on whether a career in engineering is for them.


Jul '10
9
Hollywood actor directs a student film at UTPA
Room 107 in The Communication Arts and Science building at The University of Texas-Pan American has become the set for the Pan American Summer Television (PAST) production of "Big Dreams, Little Balls," and is unlike any other.


Jul '10
9
UTPA alumnus elected State Bar of Texas Chair of Board
Pablo Javier Almaguer, a 1994 alumnus of The University of Texas-Pan American, recently was elected as Chair of the Board of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.


Jul '10
9
UTPA's call center focuses on top notch customer service
An unknown person once said, "If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will."

The customer in The University of Texas-Pan American's case is the student and with its BroncLINE call center, the university is trying to provide prompt, responsive answers needed to questions that occur in the most critical academic times for its students close at hand.


Jul '10
8
College of Health Sciences and Human Services nets $1 million in grants to train health care professionals
To help increase the diversity in the health professions work force, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at The University of Texas-Pan American was recently awarded more than $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Jul '10
8
UTPA professors honored again for nanofiber technology
Ever since The University of Texas-Pan American unveiled the ForceSpinning Technology™ developed by two of its faculty members last fall, news of this invention has spread all over the globe and garnered its creators awards.


Jul '10
7
Outgoing SBS dean reflects on his time at UTPA
Five years of leadership and accomplishments by Dr. Van Reidhead, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) at The University of Texas-Pan American, were celebrated at a July 7 reception at UTPA before he leaves to become provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa.


Jul '10
7
Library receives grant to preserve Congressional Papers of Kika de la Garza
The University of Texas-Pan American Library has been recently awarded a $61,695 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to process the Congressional Papers of Eligio "Kika" de la Garza II, who served the 15th Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives for 32 years.


Jul '10
7
Martin V. Baylor selected UTPA vice president for business affairs
The University of Texas-Pan American has named its next vice president for business affairs Martin V. Baylor, associate vice president for budget and resource planning, from The University of Texas at Dallas.


Jul '10
7
Summer enrollment increased by nearly 18 percent for UTPA
Summer I enrollment numbers at UTPA increased by nearly 18 percent and semester credit hours jumped 35.5 percent, according to unofficial numbers released by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.


Jul '10
7
UTPA’s strategic planning seminar targets future thinking groups
As the business, government and nonprofit sectors become increasingly competitive, developing a strategic approach to getting things done becomes more critical. To meet that need, The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Continuing Education will hold a strategic planning seminar in August 2010.


Jul '10
6
University begins use of new 665 telephone prefix across campus
UTPA will begin the phasing out of the eight different telephone prefixes currently being used and replace them with a unified prefix of 665.


Jul '10
6
Graduate student awarded special scholarship from Hogg Foundation
Marisa Pineda, a student at The University of Texas-Pan American, is one of 10 students at Texas graduate social work programs to receive $50,000 in special scholarship awards honoring the 70th anniversary of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.


Jul '10
5
UTPA employees benefit from expert training on Clery Act compliance
Staff from The University of Texas-Pan American and other area higher education institutions had an opportunity to learn more about compliance with federal regulations regarding the monitoring and disclosure of crime statistics on campus during a training session conducted June 29 at UTPA.


Jul '10
1
UTPA to reopen July 5
The University of Texas-Pan American campus will officially reopen for business Monday, July 5 in the wake of Hurricane Alex.