News

Jan ‘15
28
"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.

Jan ‘15
26
Gone Country: Bling it up for final Alumni Ball Feb. 28
With a theme of “Boots and Bling,” rhinestones and ropers are welcome at The University of Texas-Pan American’s last Alumni Ball before it starts a new chapter in Fall 2015 as The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Jan ‘15
21
UTPA alumna seeks community’s vote to win international film competition
With the awards season in full swing, a group of alumni and students from The University of Texas-Pan American are giving Hollywood filmmakers a run for their money.

Jan ‘15
20
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.

Jan ‘15
20
John Legend takes stage Feb. 2 as UTPA’s next Distinguished Speaker
The University of Texas-Pan American is proud to present nine-time Grammy award-winning R&B artist John Legend as the second guest of its Distinguished Speakers Series for the 2014-2015 school year. Legend will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Jan ‘15
15
From patient to physician assistant; UTPA cancer survivor, new alum finds his life's calling
Edgar Garcia found a silver lining during his battle against cancer – no chemotherapy would be needed. That good news, combined with the care provided by physician assistants, inspired the 28-year-old to make the switch from dental school to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Jan ‘15
13
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar motivates students to become innovators in technology
To Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, the scientists and engineers who contribute to the advancement of society through their innovations and discoveries are heroes of the modern world.

Jan ‘15
13
Ballet Folklórico UT Pan American presents Alegría Gira 2015
The Ballet Folklórico UT Pan American will present its tour of Alegría Gira 2015 with four shows throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Jan ‘15
12
Physician assistant student at UTPA lands health policy fellowship in Washington, D.C.
Marc Geller, a second-year student at The University of Texas-Pan American’s Physician Assistant Program, was one of the select few students in the U.S. to travel this fall to Washington, D.C., to learn more on advocacy, leadership and PAs in the health care environment.

Jan ‘15
12
UTPA to host Critical Issues in Health Care discussion on infectious diseases
The University of Texas-Pan American's College of Health Sciences and Human Services plans to separate fact from fiction regarding infectious diseases at its second Critical Issues in Health Care Event Thursday, Jan. 22.

Jan ‘15
09
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.

Jan ‘15
06
Dr. Virgil Pierce is creating new formulas for success in math education
When a math-challenged person asks Virgil Pierce, an associate professor of mathematics at The University of Texas-Pan American, if there is hope for mastering the subject, he has a quick response.

Jan ‘15
05
A message from Chancellor McRaven
Dear Friends, 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.

Dec ‘14
19
Turtle Power: Dr. Frank Judd seeks to preserve a species unique to Texas
The Texas tortoise might have been slow to catch on as a possible mascot for the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, but this region - South Texas and northeastern Mexico - is the only place to find this long-lived and unique creature.

Dec ‘14
18
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.

Dec ‘14
18
UTRGV News: Thanks a million! H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute
Christmas came early to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a $1 million gift from H-E-B.

Dec ‘14
16
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.

Dec ‘14
16
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.

Dec ‘14
16
UTPA completes emergency preparedness drill
The University of Texas-Pan American has completed its regularly scheduled emergency preparedness exercise.

Dec ‘14
15
UTPA graduates urged to use power of their education to better the world
More than 1,300 graduates were challenged to go out and help transform their community and the world at the University of Texas-Pan American's two fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 13.

Dec ‘14
12
Student magazine outruns the competition; Pacemaker award makes its way back to RGV
The University of Texas-Pan American student-run magazine, the Panorama brought home a national Pacemaker award Nov. 2. The magazine was among five of 10 Best of Show finalists that won the top prize in the feature magazine category at the 2014 National College Media Convention, in Philadelphia.

Dec ‘14
12
UTPA mourns the passing of former professor Dr. David E. Vassberg
The University of Texas-Pan American is sad to announce the passing of Dr. David Vassberg, who taught history at the University for 28 years. Read more about Dr. Vassberg and his accomplishments in this obituary published in The Monitor:

Dec ‘14
09
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.

Dec ‘14
05
Undergraduate research conference connects students with their passions
Though they are just beginning their education toward becoming health care professionals, The University of Texas-Pan American biology majors Kristen Ovalle and Kristen Longoria are already contributing to the fight against Parkinson's disease.

Dec ‘14
04
UTPA's Theatre for Young Audiences presents "Pastorela" Dec. 4, 6 and 7
University Theatre Productions at The University of Texas-Pan American invites the entire community to enjoy its Theatre for Young Audiences production of "Pastorela" by Martha Angelica Chavez de Palmerin.

Dec ‘14
01
Russell Skowronek brings the excitement of discovery to students and community
It was in his first stint as an educator teaching a class on human evolution, that Russell Skowronek, now professor of history and anthropology at The University of Texas-Pan American, set a goal to not be one of those professors who, for students, would be as interesting as "watching paint dry."

Nov ‘14
26
A safe haven: UTPA opens new recovery center for students
Raymond Salas, a graduate student at The University of Texas-Pan American, said he is fortunate to work at the UTPA Zen Recovery Center which serves students who are struggling with addiction and substance abuse and are seeking recovery. Salas, who is the center’s program coordinator, said it’s rewarding to help students who were in the same shoes he was years ago.

Nov ‘14
24
Inspiring Joy in Learning: Dr. Laura Grabowski strives to make computer science more relatable to students
A self-professed geek, Dr. Laura Grabowski said she has had a fascination with science and technology since she was a child. Figurines and other paraphernalia from popular science fiction and fantasy stories including "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" line the shelves of her office.

Nov ‘14
21
Unveiling of new building and statue Nov. 18 marks historic day at UTPA
The University of Texas-Pan American dedicated its newest building - the Student Academic Center (STAC) - during ceremonies held Nov. 18 at the Edinburg campus. The $11.9 million, 40,600- square-foot building is the first new building constructed on the campus since 2007.

Nov ‘14
21
Celebrate Merry TubaChristmas Dec. 7 at UTPA
The Rio Grande Valley community is invited to enjoy an oompah-good holiday time at the annual RGV TubaChristmas concert presented at The University of Texas-Pan American Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Nov ‘14
14
Statement from Chairman Paul Foster, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Pedro Reyes
The University of Texas System Board of Regents and the UT System administration fully support President Guy Bailey in his recommendation to make the “Vaqueros” the athletic nickname for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Nov ‘14
13
Dr. Javier Kypuros jump-starts students’ learning through interactive, tech-savvy initiatives
Dr. Javier Kypuros’ enthusiasm for hot rods boosted his interest in becoming a mechanical engineer but it was an educator who inspired him to turn his passion into teaching.

Nov ‘14
10
UTRGV: A Message from the President
Dear Friend, I am sure most of you have heard the news that The University of Texas Board of Regents unanimously approved my recommendation last week to name the Vaqueros as the athletic nickname for UTRGV and to maintain the colors of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American – blue, green and orange – to represent our new university.

Nov ‘14
07
UTPA recognized nationally for having a top online MBA program
The University of Texas-Pan American's online MBA program ranks among the top in the nation according to an analysis published Nov. 6 by the Affordable Colleges Foundation. UTPA's program is sixth on the 2014-15 list among programs reviewed of more than 500 accredited four-year schools nationwide.

Nov ‘14
06
University Theatre Productions presents "The Mystery of the Shady Palms RV Park"
The community is invited to enjoy The University of Texas-Pan American's upcoming University Theatre production of "The Mystery of the Shady Palms RV Park." The play was written by Eric Wiley, professor in the communication department and author of the popular Winter Texan comedy "Late Bloomers," which was also set in a recreational vehicle (RV) park.

Nov ‘14
06
UTPA honors top educators at Teacher of the Year banquet
The University of Texas-Pan American College of Education (COE) honored E.A. Tanner, a retired McAllen ISD choir director, at its 10th annual Teacher of the Year banquet Wednesday, Nov. 5 at its Community Engagement and Student Success Building.The college also honored 58 teachers of the year from elementary and secondary schools from 29 districts throughout the Texas Education Agency's Region One service area, which includes the Rio Grande Valley.

Nov ‘14
06
UT System Board of Regents approves “Vaqueros” as athletic nickname for new university
UTRGV colors will be blue, green and orange A vaquero is depicted as part of the Tejano Monument at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman A vaquero is depicted as part of the Tejano Monument at the Texas Capitol in Austin. Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman EL PASO – The University of Texas System Board of Regents officially and unanimously approved “Vaqueros” as the athletic nickname for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at its meeting Thursday. The board also gave the nod to using blue, green and orange as the colors for the new university, set to open in fall 2015.

Nov ‘14
06
Dr. Alexander Stehn: A dedicated teacher of philosophy inspires students to find personal meaning in education
Stehn believes teaching stems from a deep responsibility to embolden others. “Day in and day out, I work to instill a sense that ideas matter, that they play a crucial role in how we live,” said Stehn.

Nov ‘14
03
United Launch Alliance continues support for College of Engineering and Computer Science
For five years, United Launch Alliance (ULA), the nation’s most experienced and reliable space launch service providers, has partnered with The University of Texas-Pan American to support student organizations and programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CoECS).

Nov ‘14
03
UTPA , Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas host 4th Annual Border Economic, Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium Nov. 14
The public is invited to join experts who will focus on the latest economic issues and trends that will impact the Rio Grande Valley during the Fourth Annual Border Economic, Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) Nov. 14.

Oct ‘14
31
Decision on UTRGV colors and team nickname to happen next week
After months of anticipation, future students of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will soon finally know who they’re rooting for. UTRGV President Guy Bailey, Ph.D., plans to make a recommendation to the UT System Board of Regents next week on athletics colors, nickname and mascot. The regents must approve the recommendation to make it official.

Oct ‘14
23
UTPA ranks high nationwide in awarding bachelor's, graduate degrees to Hispanics
For the second year in a row, The University of Texas-Pan American ranks No. 4 in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics nationwide according to an annual report published in October by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. UTPA also ranked No. 6 in the number of graduate degrees across all disciplines awarded Hispanics.

Oct ‘14
21
Social Work, Occupational Therapy programs get new home
On Oct. 16 The University of Texas-Pan American had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new College of Health Sciences and Human Services Social Work and Occupational Therapy (SWOT) Building. UTPA renovated the former bookstore building on the corner of University Drive and Miguel A. Nevárez Drive (N. Fourth Avenue) to accommodate those programs.

Oct ‘14
16
Readers Theatre production of "Locked" will be held Oct. 23-26 at UTPA
University Theatre Productions at The University of Texas-Pan American will hold Readers Theatre for the production of the original play "Locked."

Oct ‘14
14
UTRGV recruits 22-person research team to establish South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its medical school are poised to become an internationally recognized epicenter for the research and treatment of diabetes and obesity.

Oct ‘14
13
Carnival of the Great Pumpkin 1966-2014: UTPA hosts its last ghoulish gala
The 48th Carnival of the Great Pumpkin will provide young ghosts and goblins a howling good time in its last year hosted by The University of Texas-Pan American.

Oct ‘14
10
Longtime faculty member James Hawley passes away
The University of Texas-Pan American is sorry to hear of the loss of longtime faculty member James Abgriffith Hawley, who helped start Pan American College’s (now UTPA) Theatre program. His obituary and information on services for him are below.

Oct ‘14
10
Roma HS sinks the competition at the U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge at HESTEC
With its red watercraft robot, "Gladiator," the Roma High School engineering team left its competitors treading water at the fourth-annual U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge Oct . 10 during The University of Texas-Pan American's Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week on campus.

Oct ‘14
10
Career Expo partners top companies with determined Broncs
By the time The University of Texas-Pan American opened its doors to the Fieldhouse for its annual Career Expo, a line of ambitious students dressed for success and armed with résumés formed a line around the courtyard area.

Oct ‘14
09
Rio Hondo HS defends title at HESTEC Robotics Day
Last year, the Rio Hondo High School robotics team competed for fun. This year, it fought to maintain the championship it had won the previous year.

Oct ‘14
09
HESTEC Latina Day empowers young girls to enter STEM fields
They are smart, they are beautiful and they are highly desired in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

Oct ‘14
07
Teens learn their potential at HESTEC Student Leadership Day
About 800 high school sophomores learned what it takes to lead Tuesday during The University of Texas-Pan American's Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) weeklong conference on campus.

Oct ‘14
07
Middle school challenge sparks interest in STEM fields through hands-on activities
In an episode from the beloved children’s TV series, “The Magic School Bus,” Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a journey inside the human body. Students participating in the Middle School Challenge got to relive the childhood classic without having to shrink in size as they navigated through the world’s only walk-through body and organ exhibits presented by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance during The University of Texas-Pan American’s 13th annual Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Oct ‘14
06
National leaders discuss STEM needs, opportunities at HESTEC 's Science Literacy Roundtable
The kick off of the 13th year of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week Oct. 6 at The University of Texas-Pan American was somewhat a nostalgic one for U.S. Congressman Rubén Hinojosa, who founded the annual event in partnership with the University to encourage more interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) studies and careers by Rio Grande Valley students.

Oct ‘14
06
Teachers encouraged to inspire students, tell their stories at HESTEC Educator Day
Dr. Gerardo Lopez-Mena said it wasn't high test scores that got him into medical school. It was the strong desire to be a doctor and the teachers who encouraged him throughout his journey.

Oct ‘14
06
Four RGV teachers win UTPA HESTEC ExxonMobil Educator Day Award
Four Rio Grande Valley high school teachers were in the spotlight Oct. 6 on first day of the 13th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Oct ‘14
02
New Faculty Support Program welcomes and guides newcomers to UTPA
Dr. Brian Yust, a new assistant professor of physics at The University of Texas-Pan American, said the prospect of growth and opportunities resulting from the creation of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a medical school was an important factor in his decision to join the UTPA faculty this fall.

Oct ‘14
01
UTRGV Athletics Branding Steering Committee launches new survey
HARLINGEN -The athletics branding steering committee for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is launching an online survey to gather additional input from alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members on the UTRGV athletics team nickname, mascot and colors. The short survey will be posted at UTRGV.edu and is available beginning today through Wednesday, Oct. 8.

Sep ‘14
29
UTPA an early voting site Oct. 20-31 for general election
The University of Texas-Pan American will again host an early voting site to accommodate registered voters in Hidalgo County who want to cast their ballot in the upcoming general election.

Sep ‘14
29
South Texas Literary Journal riverSedge launches new issue in 37-year tradition
The University of Texas-Pan American’s College of Arts and Humanities invites the public and University community to celebrate an evening of local literary accomplishments with the relaunch of the literary journal riverSedge from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the ARHU Art Gallery & Lobby.

Sep ‘14
24
University Theatre Productions announces new season
Season subscription sales are in full swing for the upcoming 2014-2015 theatre season at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Sep ‘14
23
UTPA secures Military Friendly status for fourth year in a row
After serving in the military and working several jobs, Juan Esparza, a kinesiology major, decided it was time to continue his education at The University of Texas-Pan American where he had left off back in 2008.