Greetings from UT Pan American. I have spent much of this month in budget hearings here at UT Pan American,
assessing spending priorities and contemplating inevitable cuts. To say that there will be some difficult
decisions to make in the near future is, at best, an understatement. But, even as we face serious budget
challenges, I am proud to report that UT Pan Am has made some great strides this academic year.
Here are just a few of the 2010-2011 accomplishments:
• Initiated a Civil Engineering Program in what is now the College of Engineering and Computer Science
• Laid the groundwork for a Center for Bilingual Studies — a cooperative effort among the
College of Education, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the University Library
• Established a simulation lab to train nursing, physician assistant, and other allied health students
in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS)
• Started an online master's program in the COHSHS
• Operationalized the Mexican American Studies Program (MAS) and began to initiate a MAS Center
• Increased by 133 percent the enrollment in the Global Security Program —
a career prep program for students seeking career/leadership opportunities in government
• Transitioned to a Ph.D. in Business Administration, giving College of Business Administration students
broader job opportunities
• Celebrated the awarding of the coveted Pacemaker Award, the college equivalent of a Pulitzer prize in
journalism, to the student-produced Panorama magazine
Kudos to the faculty, students, and staff of UT Pan American for the great progress we've made.
The results are testament to the fact that we will persevere, despite
In the next couple of months, the budget picture will be clearer. Despite the challenges ahead,
we are steadfastly committed to moving this institution forward, and we're counting on your help and support.
¡Mano a mano seguimos adelante!
Robert S. Nelsen