Dec '12
2012 election exit poll by UTPA provides valuable insight on local issues
An exit poll of Hidalgo County voters in the Fall 2012 election provided a unique experiential learning opportunity for students at The University of Texas-Pan American and some valuable insight into the issues of interest and concern to the region's residents.

Alumni celebrate holiday spirit by donating food and reconnecting with each other
The Rio Grande Valley has changed quite a bit since alumnus Richard Garza (BBA '72) graduated. He returned to the area only three years ago toward the end of his long corporate career in the Dallas area with two major beer companies - Miller and Coors.

Campus community spreads holiday cheer to children Valleywide
The University of Texas-Pan American college community showed their holiday spirit by contributing more than 300 toys to the annual President's Toy Drive.

Dec '12
UTPA alumna leads Coastal Bend College as president
Dr. Beatriz Espinoza (BS ’90), president of Coastal Bend College (CBC) in Beeville, knows about hard work and the importance of a good education.

Center for Bilingual Studies Advisory Board holds first meeting
The University of Texas-Pan American's Center for Bilingual Studies had its first advisory board meeting Friday, Dec. 14 to discuss the center's mission to address the needs of bilingual and bicultural families in the Rio Grande Valley and how board members can help.

UTPA and STC among top schools in preparing nurses
Yvette Ellis, a registered nurse, decided to continue her education at The University of Texas-Pan American to further her career and take steps toward becoming a nurse educator.

Dec '12
UTPA accepts invitation to join WAC starting in 2013-14
The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced in a press conference on Wednesday that they have formally accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in all sports effective July 1, 2013.

Hidalgo County supports new UT university in the Rio Grande Valley
Hidalgo County showed its support of The University of Texas System's plan to create a new university in the Rio Grande Valley.

Dec '12
Dr. Lino Garcia Colonial Spanish Texas Archives added to UTPA library
The library at The University of Texas-Pan American has a new addition to its Special Collection on the early history of Texas.

Dec '12
Graduates urged to work hard, remember their roots at UTPA commencement
Graduates of The University of Texas-Pan American have accomplished much more than earning a degree. They have proven themselves to be engaged leaders in their community.

Dec '12
UTPA's Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars greet local Coca-Cola manager
The first cohort of Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program scholarship recipients at The University of Texas-Pan American gathered during this Fall semester in the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (SEEL) to meet with UTPA alumnus and local Coca Cola Plant Manager Armando Garza (BSME '97, MSE (MECC) '01, MSE (MANC) '10).

Dec '12
UTPA and Telcel partner to connect students with families, studies
Seventy-five international students from The University of Texas-Pan American who have limited means will be able to keep in touch with their loved ones while they're in school, thanks to Telcel AMERICA.

Dec '12
Dr. Cristina Villalobos recognized nationally for excellence in STEM education
Dr. Cristina Villalobos, associate professor of mathematics at The University of Texas-Pan American, was recognized as a HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) Luminary for her contributions to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and promotion of STEM careers.

Dec '12
Christmas comes early to UTPA, UTB and RGV
The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated news of The University of Texas System's historic decision to merge UTPA with The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and bring a medical school to the Rio Grande Valley Friday, Dec. 7 with a town hall meeting and reception.

Dec '12
A bold new plan for advancing excellence in education and health in South Texas
Students, faculty and staff,

I have some exciting news to share with you – news that will move us closer towards our goal of positively transforming the Rio Grande Valley.

Dec '12
Veterans treated to free wills
When Robert Garza returned from the Vietnam War to the Rio Grande Valley, times were tough and help was scarce for the Army veteran.

Dec '12
UTPA welcomes ECHS Students for University enrollment
By the time Uriel Ureña and Celine Martinez graduate high school, they will be about half way through college.

Dec '12
"Golden Cobwebs" to offer holiday family entertainment
This holiday season bring your family to UTPA and enjoy a special performance the entire family will love of “Golden Cobwebs,” a children’s Christmas play, presented by the UTPA Theatre for Young Audiences.

Broncs continue tradition with ring ceremony
Ester Salinas (BS ’71) and her son Daniel (BA ’09), are proud alumni of the former Pan American University and The University of Texas-Pan American, respectively.