UTPA Police Department receives two TxDOT public safety grants
The University of Texas Pan-American Police Department (PD) recently received a total of $6,000 in grants from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). UTPA PD was awarded $3,000 each from the TxDOT’s Click or Ticket It (CIOT) and Impaired Driving Mobilization (IDM) programs.
Dr. Robert Nelsen named president of Cal State Sacramento
Today, the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees appointed former UT Pan American president Robert. S. Nelsen, Ph.D., as president of California State University, Sacramento (officially known as “Sacramento State”). He will assume leadership of the university in July 2015.
Donors and scholarship students come together to celebrate success
Philanthropist Wanda Boush loves cats and has a large collection of feline statues in the RV she has lived in for 30 years in the Rio Grande Valley. But what the 93-year-old transplant from Illinois loves even more is helping students at The University of Texas-Pan American fulfill their dreams of obtaining a college degree.
UTPA FESTIBA Community Festival at Jardín del Arte rescheduled for March 27
The University of Texas-Pan American has rescheduled its annual Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) Community Day at Jardín del Arte for 6 p.m. Friday, March 27 at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, 415 W. University Drive. Community Day at Jardín del Arte is free and open to the public.
New Paralegal Certificate Program offered by UTPA Continuing Education
The demand for paralegal professionals is on the rise as employers seek to hire specialists to fulfill some duties traditionally carried out by attorneys. To address this change in the industry, and to develop more locally trained legal workers, the Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American has introduced a brand new Paralegal Certificate Program to begin April 18.
Texas Book Festival Reading Rock Star tells Valley students: be curious and read more
More than 200 pre-k and kindergarten school children, many clad in birthday party hats and festive party clothes, gathered excitedly in the library of the Emiliano Zapata Elementary School in Mission, Texas March 5 ready to meet the author and illustrator of the birthday-themed number book they recently read and enjoyed in their classrooms.
FESTIBA bridges students from both sides of the border through literature
Though they couldn't solve the puzzles of Mr. Lemoncello together in person, elementary school students from both sides of the Rio Grande found a way on March 4 to unite and share their love of literature at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library.
For the past five years, students from the Oxford School of Reynosa and St. Matthew's Episcopal School in Edinburg have met at the library to discuss a book they have read, and to participate in a variety of activities. Their annual International Book Discussion is sponsored by the South Texas Literacy Coalition (STLC), of which The University of Texas-Pan American and the library are partners. The event ties in with UTPA's Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA).
UTPA honors its last Pillars of Success
The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated its last homecoming before it becomes The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by honoring five of its successful alumni Feb. 27 who have made countless contributions to their alma mater, the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.
2015 Pillar of Success: Inspiring enterprise and impact
To hear John David Franz’s story, one gets the impression that he has always been in a hurry – completing high school in three years at age 16, becoming a municipal judge in Hidalgo at 18, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Pan American University at 20, graduating from the University of Texas Law School at 23, being elected mayor of his hometown at 29 and appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Board at 34.
2015 Presidential Pillar: Reminiscing with a Bronc legend
Though it’s been nearly 20 years since he last laced on the cleats as the Bronc coach, baseball is never very far from his heart or mind. In fact, the players Al Ogletree mentored through 40 seasons – 29 of them at Pan American (1969-1997) and its later incarnation, UTPA – still keep in touch.
2015 Pillar of Success: Constructing excellence for an All-American City
Honoring his family’s legacy is important to Richard H. Garcia, who can trace his roots in South Texas back to the late 1700s. “When Escandon was colonizing the cities in this area on the river, 38 families came to Mier, which was one of the original colonies here,” he said, “and my family was part of that group.”
2015 Pillar of Success: Charting the future
Growing up in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood on Houston’s north side, Jo Ann Gonzales Gama didn’t know she wasn’t getting a good education and didn’t know that it wasn’t the norm to have police – “like tons of them” – outside the school at dismissal each day. “It was just our reality,” recalls the 2015 Pillars of Success honoree.
Public invited to Graduate Fair at UTPA Fieldhouse March 12
The public is invited to explore the potential to increase their income, advance their careers or hone their professional skills at the annual Graduate Fair hosted by The University of Texas-Pan American Office of Graduate Studies March 12.
UTRGV offers assistance finding money for college on Super Saturday
Students can receive help in finding money to finance college expenses for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this fall. All future Vaqueros are invited to Super Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the UTPA Campus Visitor’s Center where the Office of Student Financial Services will provide free one-on-one assistance to students and their families in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) forms for college financial aid.
UTPA Continuing Education launches new allied health care certificate programs
As the growing demand for qualified health care professionals increases, so do the educational requirements for these jobs. To meet this need, the Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American has launched six brand-new (non-credit) certificate programs in allied health care. These new programs begin March 24 and run throughout the Spring 2015 semester.
"Journey Stories" from the Smithsonian Institution opening Feb. 17
"Journey Stories," a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, will open Feb. 17, 2015 at The University of Texas-Pan American Library and be on display in the Library's Shary Room through March 27. UTPA is one of only six places in Texas that the exhibit will travel to this year and UTPA was able to schedule it to coincide with the 2015 Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) March 4-8.
UTPA volunteers dig up new ways to help others on MLK Day of Service
Endless rows of potted Asiatic jasmine, mounds of cypress mulch and a pile of tools ranging from post hole diggers to pitch forks awaited volunteers from The University of Texas-Pan American Monday, Jan. 19 ready to give up their holiday to help serve others in the Rio Grande Valley.
UTPA and UTB unite on Martin Luther King Day in service to others
Volunteers from The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville will join thousands of others from across the country Jan. 19 in the annual Martin Luther King Day of service. This is the first year the two institutions will participate jointly on a day dedicated to service to others.
A message from Chancellor McRaven
Today marks the first day of what I hope will be many years serving The University of Texas System. My wife, Georgeann, and I are both extremely excited about representing this magnificent institution.
Texas Society of Architects honors UTPA’s architectural heritage
It was nine decades of presidential leadership and the creativity of renowned architects that paved the way in the formation of the brick walls, arches and Bronc Trail, all which continue to characterize The University of Texas-Pan American’s architectural legacy.
Wells Fargo invests in success at UTB, UTPA, & UTRGV
Wells Fargo continues to demonstrate its support for higher education in the Rio Grande Valley through the company’s generosity to The University of Texas at Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
UTPA to conduct emergency preparedness drill
UTPA is conducting a regularly scheduled emergency preparedness exercise at the Student Union from 5-10 p.m. today, Dec. 16. The Student Union will close at 5 p.m. UTPA is working in conjunction with local, county, state and private agencies to conduct this emergency preparedness exercise.
Dr. Ken Grant believes education expands far beyond the classroom experience
In his very first University teaching job doctoral candidate Ken Grant found himself teaching a very heavy course load of required history classes at The University of Texas-Pan American. Hired as a lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy, for a temporary position he thought was only going to last a year, Grant set out to do his best to leave a lasting impression on his students.