Mar '12
Roundtable calls for cultural diversity and the arts to boost literacy
Ways to boost literacy and improve educational success, particularly by Hispanic children, was the issue of the day March 30 at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Mar '12
Rock Star authors, Perez Elementary students hooked on reading
McAllen's Perez Elementary School student Joel Garza has plenty of time to read books by one of his favorite authors - J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter series.

Garza, who even received a letter from Rowling in response to one he sent her, isn't allowed to watch TV during the week.

GEAR UP students learn to find their voices at FESTIBA
About 500 seventh grade students from middle schools spanning Brownsville to Laredo came to The University of Texas-Pan American Thursday, March 29 to hear from faculty, students and famous authors about the importance of continuing their education to "find their voice" in life.

Dr. Christopher Keller appointed interim OIP director
The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning at The University of Texas-Pan American has announced the appointment of Dr. Christopher Keller, associate professor in the Department of English, as the interim faculty director of the Office of International Programs (OIP).

FESTIBA, STLC bring two worlds together through literature
Elementary school students from both sides of the Texas-Mexico border grew closer Wednesday during an international book discussion hosted by the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library as part of The University of Texas-Pan American's weeklong Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA). The festival began March 24 and runs through April 1.

Mar '12
Sale of Shary-Shivers Estate to provide scholarships for UTPA
When John H. Shary, father of the Texas citrus industry, came to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago, he saw opportunity.

Though Shary passed away in 1945, his commitment to moving the Valley forward continues through a new scholarship being made available to students of The University of Texas-Pan American.

Students learn about opportunities during FESTIBA
Dr. Jose Hernandez, an associate professor of modern languages and literature at UTPA's College of Arts and Humanities (COAH), gives information about UTPA master's degrees in Spanish to students (pictured left to right) Ezequiel Garza, a senior majoring in criminal justice; Jesus Zarate, a junior majoring in English; and Andrew Salinas, a sophomore majoring in marketing, during the COAH graduate fair held during FESTIBA March 27.

UTPA applauds South Texas TBEC Honor Roll schools at banquet March 26
The University of Texas-Pan American applauded 26 South Texas schools March 26 for their high performance in landing on the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) 2011 Honor Roll of Schools.

Mar '12
FESTIBA begins magical week with exhibits and art
UTPA students Stephanie Aguilar and April Garay take time out from their studies to view the Harry Potter exhibit on display at the UTPA Library during FESTIBA 2012.

Longtime UTPA professor puts service first
After four decades of service to The University of Texas-Pan American, Dr. Layne Jorgensen is still going strong.

The health and kinesiology professor credits his upbringing, religious background and his commitment to service for his educational success.

PACE bioethics conference discusses importance of teamwork in health care
No matter what laws are passed, how many hospitals are built or what insurance policies are established, the crux of health care is the relationship patients have with their physicians, Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas said at The University of Texas-Pan American's fourth annual bioethics conference held March 20-23.

UTPA a stop on 11-campus tour by American Sociological Association President Erik Olin Wright
The significance of the discipline of sociology and the opportunities available to students in the field were in the spotlight March 22 when Dr. Erik Olin Wright, president of the American Sociological Association (ASA) visited the campus of The University of Texas-Pan American.

Mar '12
New program makes sure degree plans work for students
Students at The University of Texas-Pan American, as well as their advisers, will now have a better way of keeping track of their degree plans.

UTPA student consultant team provides answers to a Mexico ministry's prayers
Three young female business students at The University of Texas-Pan American recently gained valuable real life skills while providing solutions for real life needs in their community along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mar '12
UTPA's CaPS offers counseling to students in need
Luis Cano and fellow students at The University of Texas-Pan American orchestrated an event recently to celebrate life and honor the family of Brenda Dominguez.

Farmers Insurance donates $2,000 to support UTPA
Alumna Norma Linda Villarreal (BBA, Accounting, '85), now a district manager at Farmers Insurance, joined other representatives of Farmers Insurance who were on the campus of The University of Texas-Pan American recently to present a $2,000 sponsorship gift for the Financial Services, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) Symposium held at the University.

Mar '12
FESTIBA 2012 aims for literacy and justice for Valley families
The 58 percent literacy rate in South Texas is an alarming statistic.

Simple Solutions for Safety videos land students awards from State Farm
It may not have been the Oscar’s but the awards ceremony for the State Farm Simple Solutions Video Contest was still special for a number of students at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Mar '12
Teaching program in the planning stages at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American is searching for even more career options for students.

Essay winner hopes to follow in Distinguished Speaker Thomas Friedman's footsteps
New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman has been an important beacon in Ben Jones' intellectual and literal journey.

Jones recently met the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner when he came to The University of Texas-Pan American campus as the third speaker in the University's Distinguished Speakers Series.

UTPA to host fourth annual bioethics conference
The University of Texas-Pan American is hosting its fourth annual bioethics conference March 20-23.

Mar '12
UTPA’s Ballet Folklórico wins national recognition at American College Dance Festival
The Ballet Folklórico of The University of Texas-Pan American was selected as one of three best choreographies from the South Central American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) to advance to the National College Dance Festival in Washington, D.C., in May. The national recognition includes performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts along with advancing universities from nine other ACDFA regions.

Broncs learn to steer in the right direction with choices they make
Michael Miller, a senior mechanical engineering major at The University of Texas-Pan American, had the opportunity to learn about the perils of drunk driving as he operated a simulator on campus March 5.

Mar '12
Social work program highlighted in Puerto Rico
Drs. Héctor Luis Díaz and Denise A. Longoria, faculty members of The University of Texas-Pan American, received a top prize for a presentation they gave on the social work program they developed with Laredo Community College (LCC) and The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB).

Spend an evening with “Larry King Live”
There have been many personalities on television, but few are equal to Larry King, who has been a mainstay in network broadcasting for 50 years.

Mar '12
Donors thanked for their investment in students at Guiding Stars, Rising Stars event
First generation college student Reynaldo Leal says he is gratified that donors of endowed scholarships at The University of Texas-Pan American chose to invest in students.

Mar '12
Research and Minority Serving Institutions meet at UTPA
Almost 100 representatives from 21 institutions of higher learning — some from as far as Puerto Rico — came to The University of Texas-Pan American Feb. 20 and 21 to network and find ways for their universities to collaborate on research projects.