News

Mar ‘15
04
From Broadway to the RGV, University Theatre presents "Evita," the musical
The University of Texas Pan American will present the production of the Tony Award- winning musical "Evita" March 4-8, 2015 on its main stage.

Mar ‘15
04
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).

Mar ‘15
04
Rio Grande Valley artists return to their roots to inspire students at FESTIBA
High school students received encouragement at The University of Texas-Pan American March 4 from two Rio Grande Valley natives who found success pursuing their love of the arts.

Mar ‘15
03
Best and brightest students show scientific prowess at Regional Science Bowl
Middle and high school students throughout South Texas flexed their academic muscles recently at the annual Regional Science Bowl at The University of Texas-Pan American. This year, 26 high schools and 22 middle schools participated in the Science Bowl.

Mar ‘15
02
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.

Mar ‘15
02
Pan American College graduates welcomed "home" for induction into UTPA's 50+ Club
When John Thobe, a 1965 graduate of then-Pan American College, arrived at The University of Texas-Pan American's 50+ Alumni Reunion March 1, he brought a valuable piece of memorabilia with him - his well-worn 1964 baseball team uniform and cap, which he donated to the University.

Feb ‘15
23
Community invited to launch of the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail Feb. 27-28
Not many people, even South Texans, know that the last land battle of the American Civil War in May 1865 was fought at Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas. Nor are they aware of the visits to the region by Civil War Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

Feb ‘15
18
UTPA welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera March 5
The University of Texas-Pan American welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress and activist America Ferrera as its next guest in the Distinguished Speakers Series for the 2014-2015 school year. Ferrera will speak March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

Feb ‘15
18
Hail to the chief: UTRGV swears in its inaugural police chief
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's inaugural Police Chief Raul Munguia said he credits his former boss, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, with his successful three-decade career in law enforcement.

Feb ‘15
17
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.

Feb ‘15
17
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.

Feb ‘15
17
2015 Pillar of Success: Helping others brings success to alumna
The many children that 2015 Pillar of Success Carmen Pagan has helped over the years as a speech pathologist owe a debt of gratitude, in a round-about way, to one of her childhood friends who attended the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin.

Feb ‘15
17
2015 Pillar of Success: Determination and family drives alumna to prosper
Follow Linda Tovar around for a few hours and you’ll quickly realize several things about this 2015 Pillar of Success: she has a passion for people, she has boundless energy and enthusiasm, and she absolutely loves her job.

Feb ‘15
17
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.”

Feb ‘15
17
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.

Feb ‘15
16
Pan Am among five U.S. locations visited by top students from colleges in Mexico
The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed 100 top notch college students from Mexico Jan. 29-Feb. 3 who were on their last leg of a journey in the United States to gain valuable knowledge and experience to become successful global innovators and leaders.

Feb ‘15
12
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.

Feb ‘15
10
UTPA team participates in national debt awareness competition, seeks community’s support
A team of students from The University of Texas-Pan American hopes to repeat what its predecessors did last year: win the national Up to Us award.

Feb ‘15
06
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.

Feb ‘15
05
UTPA plants seeds on campus to grow sustainable, organic gardening
Organic farming has taken root in a big way at The University of Texas-Pan American.

Feb ‘15
04
John Legend lifts students with powerful message on love, soulful performance
Nine-time Grammy award-winner John Legend empowered students from The University of Texas-Pan American to understand the true essence of love through conquering fears, finding their passion and applying it to a good cause close to their hearts.

Jan ‘15
30
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.

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. 27
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.