Aug '12
UTPA, STC celebrate partnership by signing articulation agreements
On exactly a year from the day the leaders of The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College agreed to connect all of the academic programs that both institutions offer, UTPA and STC officials have almost fulfilled their goal by signing 12 more articulation agreements Aug. 30.

Rebecca Mitchell takes on role of vice provost fellow at UTPA
Dr. Rebecca Mitchell, associate professor of English, has been tapped as a vice provost fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at The University of Texas-Pan American.

BizFest jumpstarts students' entrepreneurial know how
Aranza Garza wants to start a business that provides a quick, tasty and affordable cup of coffee while also benefitting the environment.

Aug '12
UTPA ranked by Washington Monthly as top public master's university in Texas
The University of Texas-Pan American is ranked as the top public master's university in Texas in the 2012 rankings published Aug. 27 by the national magazine Washington Monthly. The University was also 16th overall out of 682 public and private master's institutions assessed nationwide.

Aug '12
Physicist, author Michio Kaku to be Distinguished Speaker
The University of Texas-Pan American will welcome Dr. Michio Kaku as its first Distinguished Speaker of the 2012-2013 school year.

Aug '12
UT System Regents honor six UTPA faculty members for teaching excellence
The University of Texas System Board of Regents recognized six faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American Aug. 22 as recipients of the 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards, the board's highest teaching award.

Aug '12
Convocation: Faculty, staff praised for "doing the right thing"
To continue serving the Rio Grande Valley, state and nation, The University of Texas-Pan American must grow. And as it continues to grow, the University must become even more engaged in the community, UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen told a packed Fieldhouse Tuesday, Aug. 21.

UTPA enrollment, payment offices open Aug. 25 for last minute assistance
Need assistance before classes begin at The University of Texas-Pan American on Monday, Aug. 27?

Aug '12
UTPA’s director of athletics co-edits textbook
Since becoming The University of Texas-Pan American’s director of Intercollegiate Athletics three years ago, Chris King has guided UTPA’s 14 men’s and women’s sports programs to produce high-performing student-athletes.

King’s achievements at UTPA, as well as at other Division I institutions as an administrator, have garnered him more prestige: co-editor and chapter writer of a textbook on college athletics.

Student champions bone marrow donations
Alisa Lara may have given the gift of life, but the soft-spoken University of Texas-Pan American student does not consider herself a hero.

Aug '12
President Nelsen to grads: Action trumps symbolism to create change
Wearing all black is no longer the exclusive daily outfit for Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American.

He told more than 700 bachelor's, master's and doctoral graduates at two commencement ceremonies Aug. 18 that he emulated singer Johnny Cash, who said he wore black for all those in poverty, who had been abused, had died in wars or for those who had been murdered or in prison.

Aug '12
Bracero mural engages the community to know and honor their history
Chants of "Sí se pudo, Sí se pudo" (we did it) greeted the unveiling Aug. 9 of a mural commemorating and honoring an important part of the City of San Juan and the Rio Grande Valley's history.

UTPA forms development board to advance its mission and vision
The University of Texas-Pan American has formed its first development board to strengthen its relationship with the community and work together on improving the quality of life in South Texas.

Aug '12
Former Bronc helps capture a Lion at prestigious Cannes competition
Five years after being named one of the nation's most promising minority students by the American Advertising Association, Brenda Hernandez (BA '07) has turned that prediction of success into reality.

Eduroam set to go live in September at UTPA
Broncs will soon be able to access their work and information online even if they’re visiting Jaguar country.

Aug '12
COECS helps entrepreneur heat up his business
The final senior project for students hoping to graduate from The University of Texas-Pan American's College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS) has always generated stress for undergraduates working on their high-stakes assignments.

This year, however, the COECS added an extra challenge for a group of mechanical engineering students: their project would be to design a product for a real-life client.

Aug '12
Angel Investors help colleagues spread their wings
While I don't consider myself an angel, I like the title of "investor."

UTPA to graduate 715 on Aug. 18
When Rebecca Hernandez graduated from Donna High School four years ago, she embarked on to uncharted waters when she enrolled into The University of Texas-Pan American.

Now poised to graduate on Saturday, Aug. 18, Hernandez said UT Pan American helped her come out of her shell and discover her love of marine biology

Aug '12
Motorola Solutions Foundation grant supports HESTEC's Student Leadership Day
The University of Texas-Pan American has received $15,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The grant will support Student Leadership Day during the University's annual Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology Week (HESTEC), scheduled this year on Sept. 24-29.

New OIP director selected
The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning at The University of Texas-Pan American has selected Dr. Sandra Hansmann, associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, as the new faculty director of The Office Of International Programs (OIP).

Aug '12
Grant awarded to UTPA for computer science research program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $171,710 to The University of Texas-Pan American for its computer science program to research new techniques for designing algorithms for hard combinatorial problems.