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UTRGV officials finalize tuition increase proposal

EDINBURG — University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials completed a tuition increase proposal to be presented to the UT Board of Regents next month. It will be the first to include additional charges for several majors mainly in the engineering and business departments.

More Valley School Districts Offering Dual Enrollment Courses

HARLINGEN – Harlingen CISD signed a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley allowing students to take college courses while completing a high school degree.

Sculpting away Local professor has made a satisfying career out of what he loves

Sculptor Douglas Clark’s fingers work a malleable material as he sits in his Edinburg home studio.

Tapia’s Basketball Adventure

EDINBURG – Valeria Tapia’s story begins in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. A place where basketball is not exactly the sport of choice.

New UTRGV bike patrol to help promote better safety on campus

With increased staffing, the UTRGV Police Department will now have officers patrolling on bikes on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses.

UTRGV Math department utilizes active learning to encourage STEM students

EDINBURG — Once a week students in professor Cristina Villalobos’ Calculus I class form groups of four to solve math problems. They are encouraged to talk to each other, use their phones to create graphs and ask as many questions as possible.

A fresh face for the Mission business community

MISSION - Whether it’s their newfound social media presence or their revamped Buenas Tardes Luncheons--The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce has certainly gotten a face-lift in the past months, and people are beginning to notice.

Alum breaks cycle, finds rewarding career

Olga Garcia is director of data systems at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District — a career she never dreamed of while growing up because of her family’s circumstances.

Workforce efforts need coordination to attract manufacturing

Any discussion on how to attract advanced manufacturing to Brownsville inevitably leads to the workforce conundrum.

Health clinic to open in Laguna Vista

LAGUNA VISTA — A health clinic is on the horizon for the town of Laguna Vista.

The effects of a government shutdown

The House voted to fund the government for less than a month and now the government awaits the Senate’s decision.

UTRGV Rusteberg and Brownsville Museum of Fine Art collaborate on ‘Borderlands’ exhibit

UTRGV’s Art Gallery at Rusteberg Hall and the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art have collaborated on “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an exhibit curated by Diana Molina and organized by the Juntos Art Association.

He nailed it: An analyst's 2014 report predicted Upstate New York casino woes

TYRE, NY -- Clyde Barrow, a Texas college professor and gaming industry expert, has this to say about the recent financial struggles facing Upstate New York's newest casinos:

UTRGV official now leading UT System emergency committee

EDINBURG — Being a point of contact for all emergency responders in the area is one of Pablo Mendez’ main concerns as emergency management coordinator for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and now his focus will widen as he will lead an emergency committee for the entire UT System.

UTRGV to Open Health Clinic at Laguna Vista

LAGUNA VISTA, Texas - The university of Texas Rio Grande Valley will open a health clinic at Laguna Vista.

Cortez: UTRGV School of Medicine will be huge for Hidalgo County

EDINBURG, RGV – Hidalgo County Judge candidate Richard Cortez has pledged his full support for the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

Hernandez: UTRGV is coming to Pharr

PHARR, RGV – In his 2018 State of the City Address on Thursday, Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez announced UT-Rio Grande Valley will soon have a presence in the city.

Census change may be costly

Census surveyors already have a hard time getting undocumented immigrants to talk to them, and a mix of current political rhetoric and a proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census likely is making their jobs more difficult.

UTRGV’s Mendez named chair of UT System Emergency Management Committee

Pablo Mendez is a man with a plan. After all, it’s his job, and his decisions can carry the weight of life and death.

Organic Produce, Homemade Treats Available Each Month at UTRGV Farmers Market

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Fresh produce, home baked goods and vegan and vegetarian items are available for a small cost to university students and the public every month, through the UTRGV Environmental Awareness Club’s Farmers Market..

Learning Code: Creating a pipeline of computer programmers

HARLINGEN — A wise man once told a group of young students the secret to success is, “wake up early, work hard and learn as many languages as you can.”

UTRGV Engagement Zone ties special volunteer activity to MLK Day of Service

UTRGV students will have the opportunity to learn about volunteering and service-learning opportunities at the Engagement Zone, where local nonprofit agencies will have representatives on hand to connect with students.

UTRGV pushing internships for business students

HARLINGEN — On-the-job training can be a paying experience for business students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

UTRGV student turns adversity into positive action in Puerto Rico

Studying abroad can bring new experiences for students looking to add some adventure to the curriculum. But when UTRGV education major Michelle C. Hernandez decided to spend a semester in Puerto Rico this past summer, she hadn’t bargained on Hurricane Irma, and much less on Hurricane Maria.

When Hometown Waters Draw You Back Again

Public service is the common thread winding through Dr. Jude Benavides’ resume, even as he is still in the middle of his career as a professor and hydrologist.

UTRGV researchers plan to study high rates of Alzheimer's and dementia in the Valley

Researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley plan to study the region's usually high rates of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

All In Internships provide job experience in high-demand occupations

College juniors and seniors are recommended to complete an internship before they graduate to see if they want to continue with their chosen career path.

Founding president employs frenetic schedule to run UTRGV

EDINBURG — A small briefcase containing paperwork, a laptop, cellphone, and more than likely a Diet Coke are some of Guy Bailey’s essentials for his daily commutes across the Rio Grande Valley. This includes an extra suit and tie in the case of an impromptu meeting or event.

Meet Rodney Dorsett Jr., a UTRGV unsung hero

BROWNSVILLE — It’s 11 a.m., and the infamous South Texas summer heat is in full effect.

UTRGV collaborates in catching cosmic collision

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is basking in the glow of another major advance in the science of detecting ancient cosmic cataclysms.

McAllen pays up to UTRGV med school

EDINBURG — While the contribution was appreciated, a bigger plan is being discussed. The city of McAllen presented a check for $1 million to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at its School of Medicine on Wednesday.

Unsung Hero: Karina Reyna

BROWNSVILLE — UTRGV police dispatcher Karina Reyna sat alone on the third floor of the biomedical building on the Brownsville Campus, answering phone calls even as her eyes constantly move from camera to camera.

UTRGV looking to open recruiting offices in Mexico

EDINBURG, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley is looking at setting up a couple of recruiting offices across the border as it expands its outreach into Mexico.

UTRGV renews seven-year GEAR UP grant, looks at long-term college guidance

EDINBURG — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley secured a continuation of a seven-year $21.2 million federal grant intended to continue guiding at-risk students in the area toward a college education, especially in science and technology fields.

Hernandez enjoys working with UTRGV’s HESTEC events

When Milton Hernandez first joined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to oversee Robotics Day, it was September, one month before the event was supposed to be held.

UTRGV art major illustrates book for children

EDINBURG — While some UTRGV students spent the summer traveling to new destinations via airplane or road trip, studio art major Karely Gallegos made her way to Washington, D.C., via illustration and a pressed penny.

UTRGV panel discusses sexual harassment

Allegations of sexual harassment against powerful men in media, politics and business are populating social media networks and creating headlines at a frantic pace.

UTRGV listed fourth in Top 20 in Texas ranking

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked fourth on a list of the Top 20 Best Online Colleges in Texas by OnlineCollegePlan.com.

UTRGV medical students train early by giving flu shots

MERCEDES — Patrick Ojeaga had all the practice he needed to inject the flu vaccine on patients in the Indian Hills colonia.

Arturo Lopez Levy discusses Fidel Castro’s legacy

Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro died one year ago, but his legacy is still having an impact across the world. From the Caribbean to Africa, his actions shaped the history of the 20th century. Arturo Lopez Levy, a lecturer on Latin American and American politics at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and New York University, discusses with CGTN’s Susan Roberts.

UTRGV School of Medicine dean participates in Texas Tribune’s Conversation on Health Care Reform

Dr. John H. Krouse, dean of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and vice president for Health Affairs, participated in the Texas Tribune’s A Conversation on Health Care Reform panel discussion, held Tuesday at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.

UTRGV provides Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of international students

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, RGV – Hundreds of international students gathered at UT-Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville campuses to share a staple Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and, naturally, pumpkin pie.

Students, area artists showcase work at #Subculture

The corner of Adams Street and 12th Street was feeling the beat of students showcasing their artwork Saturday at UTRGV’s annual #Subculture event.

Jumpstart Program Helps Gear Up Students Succeed Prior to First Year of College

EDINBURG – Being a successful high school student doesn’t ensure college readiness.

UTRGV professor: Border wall would cut access to 900-year-old tree

MISSION — A half-mile down an unmarked dirt road, past a set of houses stands the “grandfather” of all trees in South Texas — out of sight and out of mind.

UTRGV students walk out of classes over immigration policy

EDINBURG — Nearly 100 people “walked out” of their classrooms and gathered around the Tree of Solidarity on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus as part of a coordinated national effort to urge lawmakers to work out a deal for Dreamers.

Reddit.com Online Discussion: Greener Drug Discovery AMA

Debasish Bandyopadhyay, chemistry faculty and researcher at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, participated in an online discussion on the Reddit Journal of Science.

Alaniz looking to earn more gold at Las Vegas powerlifting meet

Jerry Alaniz was introduced to weightlifting five years ago as a high school junior.

Artist finds fulfillment through self-expression

Ana María De La Garza Dunn is busy keeping art alive in Brownsville, where she has a studio at 1200 Central Blvd., teaches art to children and pursues her own career as an artist.

Benton helps women move forward

It was just too far from home, never mind the winters. Although the executive director of the Women’s Business Center of Cameron County was born in Mexico City, she’s lived nearly half her life in Brownsville since moving here with parents 17 years ago, and this feels like home now, she said in a recent interview.

Teacher of the Year: Ricardo Ramirez

SAN BENITO — With a book published, winning teacher of the year at HESTEC and being inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Rick Ramirez has made 2017 his year.

Father's work ethic inspired VC art professor

When Jason Valdez walks into a greasy and grimy auto repair shop, he sees nothing but art.

UTRGV Studio Art Major Illustrates Book for Children

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS - While some UTRGV students spent the summer traveling to new destinations via airplane or road trip, studio art major Karely Gallegos made her way to Washington, D.C., via illustration and a pressed penny.

UTRGV Hosts Career Expo for High School Students

MCALLEN, Texas - Texas Workforce Solutions and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are partnering up to get high school students on the right path in reaching their career goals.

New grant helps UTRGV establish clinics

Rio Grande Valley is getting ready to be the home of three new healthcare centers. This is thanks to a $3.75 million federal grant given to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

Califican con menor deuda a la UTRGV

Edinburg, Tx.- La Universidad de Texas RÌo Grande Valley ha sido clasificada como una de las 10 mejores en Texas por la menor deuda de prÈstamos estudiantiles. UTRGV ocupÛ el puesto No. 6.

Juli·n Castro kicks off UTRGV speaker series

EDINBURG - Former San Antonio Mayor and Obama administration cabinet member Juli·n Castro launched the Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday in front of students, area residents and local elected officials.

Harlingen bar owner protests against NFL

After this past weekend's league-wide protests during the national anthem, a Harlingen bar owner says he's not showing games in which players kneel.

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration today announced the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.

COMMENTARY: It's our UTRGV medical school

If youíve stopped and looked around the Rio Grande Valley lately, youíve noticed new businesses, restaurants and housing developments that have been built or are under construction.

McAllen Agrees to Fund UTRGV Medical School

MCALLEN ñ The city of McAllen is agreeing to help fund the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley medical school in a four to two vote.

McAllen OKs $1M medical school payment

McALLEN ó After months of disagreement and in what was likely Commissioner Richard Cortezís final commission meeting before he is expected to announce his candidacy for Hidalgo County judge, city commissioners voted on Monday to pay the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $1 million for its School of Medicine.

CONGRESSMAN GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $340,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO LAUNCH UTRGV CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION PROGRAM

EDINBURG, TXó Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Offices of Public Health and Science and Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $344,689 to establish a childhood obesity prevention program.

When Hometown Waters Draw You Back Again

Public service is the common thread winding through Dr. Jude Benavidesí resume, even as he is still in the middle of his career as a professor and hydrologist.

EDITORIAL: Fulfilling a promise: Hidalgo Co., McAllen approve $1M each for UTRGV medical school

The question of whether to fund the UTRGV School of Medicine was brought before two different governmental entities within two days this week and, thankfully, resulted in the same outcome: to give the fledgling medical school much-needed money.

‘Journey of being’: TLU hosts acclaimed Chicana writer

The sound of conjunto music engulfed the Dunne Conference Center at Texas Lutheran University (TLU) as Bárbara Renaud González twirled around and gave a few gritos toward the crowd.

Google Doodle Celebrates Gloria E. Anzaldúa's Birthday. Here's What to Know About Her

Tuesdayís Google Doodle celebrates the 75th birthday of American scholar Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

Grant to study how to protect Laguna Madre

EDINBURG — A new endeavor to identify and prevent pollution of the Laguna Madre is about to begin with the help of a grant received by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Search Data Reveal Top Alternative Medicines — Remedies Shared With Family, Not Doctors

Depending on who you ask, there are many ways to cure a cold. Some people turn to brand-name cough syrup and others, to herbal teas.

CONGRESSMAN GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $250,000 TO UTRGV FOR UPWARD BOUND MATH AND SCIENCE PROGRAM

EDINBURG, TX — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $277,134 in federal funding for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

UTRGV med school gets grant to establish area clinics

EDINBURG — Three new healthcare centers are slated to be created throughout the Rio Grande Valley as part of a $3.75 million federal grant awarded to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

Otorgan beca a UTRGV para atención de la salud

Edinburg, Tx. La Universidad de Texas Valle del Río Grande podrá aumentar el acceso a la atención primaria en áreas rurales y subatendidas gracias a una beca otorgada por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos.

UTRGV med school awarded $3.75M to help underserved areas

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $3.75 million to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to develop three Area Health Education Centers (AHEC).

UTRGV’s CHAPS Project studies Valley’s Civil War past

If you’ve wondered about the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail markers in and around Brownsville, they mark key historical locations in the U.S. Civil War, of which the Rio Grande Valley and deep South Texas have a surprising number.

Obtiene alto grado de certificación de BPS

Edinburg, Tx. La directora del Programa de Farmacia Cooperativa UTRGV / UT Austin ha agregado otro nivel de experiencia en su campo logrando la certificación de la Junta Nacional de Especialidades de Farmacia (BPS).

UTRGV offering resources to help with DACA uncertainty

EDINBURG — With much still left up in the air for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival permits, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is trying to reassure students of its commitment to educate every student regardless of immigration status.

UTRGV Medical School Help Colonia Residents

EDINBURG, Texas - The UTRGV School of Medicine helping less fortunate families by offering free health care services.

UNT rehabilitation and addiction faculty member honored by national association

Rachita Sharma, a faculty member in the University of North Texas Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, received the President’s Award from the National As sociation of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns for her work on the organization's annual conferences.

Palomarez: Entrepreneurial spirit drives Hispanics in U.S.

MISSION, RGV – Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, says that Latinos are increasingly becoming the face of entrepreneurship in America. Palomarez spoke at The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce “Buenas Tardes” luncheon on Thursday, where he gave statistics about the economic contributions of Hispanics in the country.

Dreamer Says Coming Out Of The Shadows Has Been Worth It

To Abraham Diaz, the uncertainty of his immigration status in 2017 feels a lot like it did in 2012, when he felt hopeless about advancing his education and making a better life in the United States.

UTRGV online MBA ranks nationally

According to master-of-finance.org, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is sixth in the nation among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees. 

Texas' losing streak on voter-rights decisions could complicate 2018 primaries

AUSTIN -- With two federal courts again blasting Texas for "intentional discrimination" against blacks and Hispanics in drawing political boundaries, concern is mounting that voter-rights litigation could upend the state's 2018 elections calendar. 

Labs in Texas Batten Down the Hatches

With Hurricane Harvey now upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane and set to make landfall late today (August 25) or early tomorrow, researchers in its path have prepared their facilities and are waiting to see if their experiments, equipment, and samples can survive the storm. 

New study looks at a Bi-National Economic Development Zone for Brownsville-Matamoros

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – A new study analyzed for the first time the Brownsville-Matamoros manufacturing sector to determine what the region needed to create a competitive advanced manufacturing hub in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. 

UT Regents approve $20 million for UTRGV’s School of Medicine

AUSTIN — The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved Thursday the allocation of $20 million from the Permanent University Fund for the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

Anderson: $246 million worth of construction underway at UTRGV

MCALLEN, RGV – Rick Anderson, executive vice president for finance and administration for UT-Rio Grande Valley, says five major construction projects underway at UTRGV are worth about $246 million. 

UTRGV celebrates successful year with two Convocation ceremonies

The UTRGV Division of Academic Affairs celebrated the accomplishments of its faculty, students and staff during two 2017 Fall Convocations, held Monday, Aug. 21, on the Edinburg Campus, and Tuesday, Aug. 22, in Brownsville. 

Hundreds gather at UTRGV to witness solar eclipse

More than 400 people gathered at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus Learning Center on Monday afternoon to bear witness to the much-anticipated solar eclipse. 

Califican a UTRGV en lugar 17, institución que sirven minorías

Edinburg, Tx.- Además de ocupar el tercer lugar en el Sistema UT, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley se encuentra entre las 20 instituciones académicas que sirven minorías en la nación, por recibir la mayor cantidad de fondos federales de investigación para la ciencia y la ingeniería. 

Avocados May Be Much Healthier Than What You Think

In the last few years, avocados have been regarded as a superfood being a source of healthy monounsaturated fats. These good fats have been credited with keeping you full and satisfied for longer and thus, helping in weight loss. A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley adds more to its list of benefits. 

Mission EDC Welcomes New Interns

Mission EDC welcomed four new interns in July to the CEED Building. Here, they will work alongside professionals in their chosen field of study through December 2017. 

HCISD and UTRGV sign Dual Credit MOU

Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that will create a new opportunity for Harlingen students to take Dual Credit college courses on pathways designed to meet the University’s core requirements for a bachelor’s degree. 

UTRGV receives suicide prevention grant

EDINBURG - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is soon to receive a federal grant intended to kick off a suicide prevention program. 

Teen earns rare opportunity for genetics research

HARLINGEN — She’s breaking new ground. Camryn Hale just spent two weeks of graduate level work — as a high school freshman — performing research on genetics and how different animal parts affect traits. 

Gradúa primera generación de promotores comunitarios

Weslaco, Tx. Una nueva generación de promotores o trabajadores comunitarios de salud recibieron su diploma del Community Health Worker Training Network del Colegio del Sur e Texas. 

Border Patrol welcomes head of Brownsville station

The Rio Grande Valley Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol recently selected Jaime Salazar as the newly appointed Patrol Agent in Charge of the Brownsville Border Patrol Station. 

Congressman Vela At UTRGV For Manufacturing Summit

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - U.S. Congressman Filemon Vela made a visit to UTRGV for a manufacturing summit. Several panelists met for a discussion on potential future opportunities. 

Congressman Gonzalez Announces More Than $100,000 To UTRGV Medical School For Suicide Prevention Programs

EDINBURG, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Center for Mental Health Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine $101,539 to establish a robust suicide prevention program on its medical school campus. 

UTRGV Medical School To Implement Suicide Prevention Program

EDINBURG, Texas - The UTRGV School of Medicine will soon implement a Suicide Prevention Program. 

UTRGV Receives Funding for I-Corps Site

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the recipient of $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps Site. The I-Corps site, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be in the university’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization. 

UTRGV ranked 6th in the nation for its online MBA in financial planning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked sixth among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees in the country by master-of-finance.org. 

UTRGV medical resident, colleagues study flea-borne disease in the Valley

Dr. Zeeshan Afzal wants fellow physicians in the Rio Grande Valley to keep an eye out for murine typhus when treating patients with acute fever. 

Teachers participate in UTRGV’s special workshop

The UTRGV Center for Bilingual Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies recently brought Dual Language K-5 teachers to campus for a special workshop titled “Project Culturally Relevant Education in Social Studies (CRESS). 

UTRGV, Harlingen CISD sign Dual Credit MOU

Guy Bailey, president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, met with the Harlingen CISD School Board to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will let Harlingen students take Dual Credit college courses on pathways designed to meet the university’s core requirements for a bachelor’s degree. 

UTRGV associate professor works to preserve honey bees

Honey bees play an vital role in the agricultural economy of South Texas and a Rio Grande Valley professor has embarked on research that could help combat losses of these important pollinators. 

Congressman Gonzalez Announces More Than $200,000 In Hhs Funding To UTRGV

EDINBURG, TX— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has received $217,950 in federal funding to plan and prepare for a clinical trial on the effectiveness of exposure therapy as a viable treatment option for dental phobia in children. 

Harlingen school district, UTRGV partner to offer college courses to high school students

The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley expanded their partnership Tuesday night by signing a memorandum to offer expanded post-secondary opportunities for students at HCISD’s Early College High School. 

UTRGV's latest grant may be boon to local business

EDINBURG — Local technology-based research and entrepreneurship could be getting a boost thanks to a federal grant awarded to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to establish the third Innovation Corps Site in the state. 

Last Battle of the American Civil War Trail Has New Markers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Many may not know it but one of the last battles of the Civil War happened right here in the Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV’s Phi Iota Alpha fraternity and members earn national accolades

The UTRGV chapter of the national Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc. earned awards at the fraternity’s 85th national convention, held July 26-30 at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. 

Incoming ninth-grader completes genetic study

Taking advantage of an opportunity traditionally reserved for graduate level studies, incoming ninth-grader Camryn Hale completed a two-week long genetic research experience at the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute this summer. 

New medical provider in Tieton building relationships to reach those long wary to seek care

TIETON — Off came the stethoscope and white lab coat as Jennifer González-Broadt reached for her workout gear. It was time to change for Zumba class. 

In dad’s footsteps: Father’s example guides UTRGV student

EDINBURG — When UTRGV senior Andres Garcia starts his internship at NASA this summer, he will be thinking about his father. 

Health conference touches on access to health care in the Valley

EDINBURG — After months of uncertainty over health care nationwide, the focus fell on the health needs along the border Friday as lawmakers and physicians came together for the annual Border Health Conference. 

UTRGV Honors College Students Take On Peru’s Daunting Ausungate Trek

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Ten UTRGV Honors College students pushed their mental and physical limits this June, during the university’s second of two summer study abroad trips to Peru. 

CONGRESSMAN GONZALEZ ANNOUNCES ALMOST $500,000 IN NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FUNDS TO UTRGV

EDINBURG, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. The University’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization (CIC) will house the site and Dr. Mark Kroll will serve as the site’s director. 

UTRGV applying to become DHS research center

EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court gave Hiram Moya his 31st letter of support for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s application to establish the first U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (COE) in the Rio Grande Valley. 

First BLAST Camp undergoes successful lift off this summer at UTRGV

Middle school students had a chance to navigate an underwater robotics vehicle and experiment with hovercraft, among other activities, during the first BLAST (Boys Learning Advanced Science & Technology) Camp at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV receives federal grant to continue helping migrant students

BROWNSVILLE — A program aimed at helping migrant students get a solid start in college was renewed for the next five years though a $2.25 million federal grant. 

UTRGV communications students experience cultural immersion in Mexico City

Bianca Lopez, a graduate communications student at UTRGV, sat in the pews of the Basílica de Guadalupe this summer, gazing at the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and art, as she expressed her faith in one of the oldest Catholic shrines in the world. 

Destaca la UTRGV entre las mejores universidades

Edinburg, Tx.- Ubicada en la posición 13, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley ha sido clasificada en la lista anual de las mejores universidades en Texas. 

UTRGV ranked among best colleges in Texas

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked on the annual list of the Top 25 Best Colleges in Texas by BestColleges.com, a leading provider of information about higher education. 

UTRGV Medical School White Coats’ Rite of Passage

EDINBURG – The lobby outside the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley auditorium is filled with anxious students clasping on to white coats over their arms, but these aren’t just any white coats. 

UTRGV professor immersed in local watersheds

Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Laguna Madre, the Rio Grande, resacas and oxbow lakes, Jude Benavides picked a good place to study water. 

UTRGV students studying in Scotland

McALLEN – Finding the perfect rhythm and sound was in tune by the UTRGV School of Music Percussion students for the International Percussion Institute Benefit Concert on Sunday at Temple Emmanuel. 

South grad Bianca Torre set for second stint with Mexican National Team

Bianca Torre is no stranger to the hardwood or international basketball tournaments. 

Instructor by day, nurse by night for 35 years

Over the past 35 years, Surgical Technology Program Director Robert Sanchez has inspired learning and growth among his students and colleagues at Texas State Technical College. 

New Algorithm Helps Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Navigate Strong Currents

The Underwater Unmanned Vehicle (UUV) market is predicted to grow to $5.2 B by 2022 according to a 2017 Research and Markets report. The UUV market is broken into two sub categories including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV). 

UTRGV announces interim vice president

EDINBURG — Officials at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Friday that Patricia Alvarez McHatton will take on the role of interim vice president for academic affairs effective Aug. 1, as founding Vice President Havidán Rodríguez departs this summer. 

Vela announces $2.25 million federal grant to UTRGV for CAMP services

U.S. Rep. Filemón Vela (D-TX 34) announced this week that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $2.25 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). 

Trump immigration plans risk more incidents like Texas deaths, experts say

After deaths in a hot truck and drownings in the Rio Grande, border security experts warn migrants likely to take increasingly dangerous routes into US. 

How Tractor-Trailers Help Undocumented Immigrants Get Past 'Two Crossings'

The deaths of 10 migrants in a sweltering 18-wheeler in San Antonio has raised a lot of questions. One of them: Why transport people in the back of a tractor-trailer, especially after they have already crossed the border?. 

Helping Foster Youth to Succeed

EDINBURG, Texas - Many teens turn to mom and dad to help prepare them for the future. Kids in the foster care system may feel like they have no support to help them succeed. The state of Texas is working hard to raise well-rounded young adults. 

UTRGV Honors College students take on Peru’s daunting Ausungate Trek

Ten UTRGV Honors College students pushed their mental and physical limits this June, during the university’s second of two summer study abroad trips to Peru. 

Students see engineering careers in action

Brownsville middle school students got an up-close look at STEM careers in action Wednesday afternoon at the new Cameron County building, which is nearing completion downtown. 

Family Friendly Spaces at UTRGV Campus

EDINBURG, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is working to beautify its campus for not only students, but also their families. 

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs as 'VIP Treatment' to US

When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants. 

Town Hall event looks to prevent prescription drug abuse

WESLACO — Members from various sectors — including health care, education and law enforcement — met Tuesday evening for the final regional Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention town hall event organized by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 

UTRGV holds white coat ceremony in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort Saturday in Brownsville, during a special white coat ceremony for its newest 50 students. 

Development Corporation of Mercedes: Ramirez named interim executive director

MERCEDES, RGV – The board of directors for the Development Corporation of Mercedes has named Melissa D. Ramirez as interim executive director. 

Stories From The Border: Walk a Mile in Their Soles

A few miles across the Texas-Mexico Border is the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a historical sanctuary in McAllen, Texas. In a single day, hundreds of people crossing the border might be dropped off at the doors of the church after passing through immigration. 

Eva Garcia in the national spotlight for trail work

Eva Garcia of the city’s department of planning and development aims to move the city and the region forward by helping make the Lower Rio Grande Valley Active Transportation and Tourism Plan a reality. 

UTRGV holds white coat ceremony in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort Saturday in Brownsville, during a special white coat ceremony for its newest 50 students. 

EDITORIAL: Expanding healthcare education to the Mid-Valley

As healthcare reform and debate consumes Washington (and most of the country) with projections of the millions of potentially uninsured changing daily, it’s refreshing to hear when healthcare services are improving and looking up for a region. 

Mid-Valley family practice clinic for UTRGV residents unveiled

MERCEDES — Nestled among some of the poorest colonias in the area, elderly homes and public schools is a new family practice clinic that will host the first-of-its-kind residency program for graduate students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Summer camp teaches ballroom dancing

A smattering of next year’s fifth-graders this week filled the gymnasium at Oliveira Middle School for what amounted to free private lessons in ballroom dancing. 

Presentan nuevo programa de residencia de práctica familiar

Mercedes, Tx. Funcionarios del Centro Médico Knapp y de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley presentarán un nuevo programa de residencia de práctica familiar en la ciudad de Mercedes. 

UT researchers keeping a close eye on mosquitoes

A UT-Rio Grande Valley mosquito monitoring collaboration will cross borders to swat down Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. 

UTRGV research ranking grows

EDINBURG — In recently released data by the National Science Foundation on minority institutions with the most federal funding for science and engineering research, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ranked among the top 20 in the nation. 

Trump’s Restrictions Will Not Change the Future of US-Cuba Ties

It’s unlikely the administration has either the will or the means to roll back the full suite of Obama-era reforms. 

UTRGV students develop prototype to help people with Parkinson’s

EDINBURG — The final year of college can be a whirlwind of exams, projects and exhaustion for most. But what kept four mechanical engineering students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley focused were letters from a local resident asking for help recovering what most people can take for granted, writing by hand. 

Construirán laboratorio de agua con la UTRGV

Brownsville, Tx.- El Condado Cameron construirá un laboratorio de agua conjuntamente con la UTRGV (Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley) avanzando de esta manera en materia de educación. 

DACA recipients worried about program’s uncertainty

McALLEN — On the heels of a closed-door meeting between Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus where the legality of a program that shields more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants was questioned, local recipients now must wait and worry about the program’s future — and theirs. 

Visiting artist Raheleh Filsoofi talks crossing mediums and cultural bridges

With several upcoming exhibitions in progress, Raheleh Filsoofi drove 17 hours over the course of a few days, traveling from Providence to D.C. to Buffalo, before finally landing in Chautauqua on Sunday. 

There’s Always Something to Do in Brownsville

There’s nothing to do in Brownsville.” It was a constant refrain when Eva Garcia was growing up in the midsize Texas city, situated just across the border from Mexico. 

DACA recipients worried about program

McALLEN — On the heels of a closed-door meeting between Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus — during which the legality of a program that shields more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants was questioned — local recipients now must wait and worry about the program’s future, and their own. 

Quinta Mazatlan Could Become An Education Classroom for College Students

MCALLEN,Texas - The Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center is in the works of expanding. With the help of Governor Greg Abbott this venue received five million dollars with a state grant. 

UTRGV students find new confidence, cultures, in London study abroad trip

Prior to taking off for her first study abroad trip, UTRGV freshman Lesley Gomez feared she would get lost in her destination city of London, England. 

UTRGV Continuing Education to Offer Innovative New Alternative Teacher Certification Program

McALLEN, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Education and P-16 Integration (CEP) and the Office of Continuing Education have partnered to offer the UTRGV Practitioner Reflection-Based Educator Preparation Academy (PREP-A) an innovative one-year alternative teacher certification program. 

UTRGV Students Participate in Binational Zika Research Program to Monitor Border’s Mosquito Population

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Six students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are helping with research to combat Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses on the Texas border with Mexico. 

EDITORIAL: The importance of raising future RGV teachers

Fostering a future generation of teachers is essential to the academic growth and success of our future students in our state and Rio Grande Valley region. Therefore we applaud a generous new scholarship program announced Monday that will provide $50 million over the next decade to help develop new teachers, including those in the RGV. 

‘Dolores’ the movie seeks to inspire all generations

At age 87, Dolores Huerta continues to stand at the forefront of the fight for human rights with the same ganas and stamina of the fearless 32-year-old woman who formed the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez in 1962. 

South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute Uses Opossums to Combat Zika Virus

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has over one thousand opossums on campus, but this isn’t a pest control problem. 

UTRGV receives student success grant

EDINBURG — As part of a system-wide effort to improve graduation and retention rates, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will receive a $1.6 million grant to create support systems to help guide students from entry to graduation. 

County, UTRGV to build water lab

Cameron County has pledged to support the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the building of a Water Education Laboratory and Training Center. 

Becarán estudiantes que buscan profesionalizarse

Edinburg, Tx.- La Universidad de Texas Valle del Río Grande es parte del grupo de diez instituciones educativas que se verán beneficiadas por la iniciativa Texas Teachers Program. 

COMMENTARY: Musings on what life would be like to have been rich and famous

In class, I sometimes talk with students about their goals and plans beyond college. They may have specific ideas or just a vague notion of the future. Most commonly they just tell me they want to be rich and famous, without a clear idea of how to achieve either. 

UTRGV among 10 universities selected for Raising Texas Teachers program

EDINBURG — Aspiring teachers at the University of Rio Grande Valley received news of a new scholarship opportunity aimed at helping create better prepared teachers. 

Three San Benito CISD educators earn scholarship towards master’s degree

Three teachers from San Benito CISD received an all expense, tuition-paid scholarship towards earning a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Early Childhood Special Education through the district’s partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Border SPICES (Special Interventionists in Childcare and Education Services) scholarship program. 

State Teaching Foundation Names UTRGV 1 of 10 Recipients of Scholarship Initiative

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of 10 universities in Texas selected by The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation to participate in the inaugural Raising Texas Teachers scholarship initiative. 

Say bye to 'Absent Abbott' as governor gets hands-on with special session politics

AUSTIN - He was called "Absent Abbott" for his hands-off approach in this year's legislative session that ended in disarray a month ago. 

Time to end agricultural trade restrictions with Cuba

It has been nearly 17 years since Congress passed a law involving Cuba. The last time was in 2000 when the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act allowed food products to be sold to Cuba on a cash only basis as an exception to the comprehensive embargo. 

BULLETIN D'INFORMATIONS DU DIMANCHE 2 JUILLET 2017

Alexandre Couture Gagnon, assistant professor in UTRGV’s Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, discusses American politics with ICI Radio-Canada and RDI (Canada’s public broadcast station). 

UTRGV students participate in binational Zika research program

Six students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are helping with research to combat Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses on the Texas border with Mexico. 

Young entrepreneurs explore smart-farming at UTRGV’s TMAC camp

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s McAllen Teaching Site was crowded with eager IDEA high school students waiting to showcase their smart-farming robots, whose yield ultimately would determine the fate of their newly founded small businesses. 

UTRGV, Knapp Medical Center welcome first family practice residents

WESLACO – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday welcomed the inaugural cohort of medical residents for its Family Practice Residency Program with Knapp Medical Center. 

Exploring Abroad

EDINBURG — As Angelica Rodriguez, a UTRGV graduate student and mother of two, hiked up the Salkantay Trek on her way to Machu Picchu, she began to question whether she would be able to make it through to the end. 

Ohio city council member wants 911 to ignore drug overdose calls

An Ohio city council member has a relatively novel solution to the opioid crisis ravaging his city: Let the most severe addicts fend for themselves. 

Recital by UTRGV music students Cedillo and Rivera a hit with Brownsville audience

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 27, 2017 – UTRGV music students Doris Cedillo and Clemente Rivera captivated the audience at the Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Center on Sunday, June 25, during an early evening recital. 

On the border, a case for tech over concrete

ROMA, Texas — From a compact, portable shed on the outskirts of this border town, Jonathan Hoyt has an expansive field of vision. His computer is linked to cameras and surveillance equipment that allow him to see rubber rafts on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande nearly three miles away, simply by moving a tiny joystick. 

UTRGV School of Medicine to open specialized pediatrics clinic

EDINBURG — Plans to open outpatient clinics as part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine are solidifying with the construction of an upcoming pediatrics clinic. 

Mariachi music ‘kind of like being home away from home’

The impassioned, joyous yells of Mariachi musicians — known as gritos — filled the air at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park Sunday evening. 

Lights, Camera, Harlingen: Local artist helps produce Christmas horror film in town

HARLINGEN — Melissa Vega is usually on the other side of the camera — acting. 

Four UTRGV faculty named recipients of UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

Three UTRGV faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and one professor from the College of Engineering and Computer Science have been honored with one of the highest and most prestigious awards in the nation that recognizes teaching excellence – the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA). 

UTRGV hosts summer training program for aspiring educators

Gabriela Martinez,16, a rising junior at Palmview High School, said she has always felt a calling to teach. 

Military's control of tourism may influence Trump policy on Cuba travel

TAMPA — If President Donald Trump takes his cue from opponents of new and open relations with Cuba, he will decry how an influx of U.S. visitors there is filling the coffers of the Communist nation's military. 

UPDATED: Funding for UTRGV’s McAllen Teaching Site, Starr County Center, ‘decimated’

PHARR, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley has seen its funding for “special items” drastically cut in the new state budget. 

Young Girls Seek To Break Glass Ceiling in Computer Science Field

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, only 25.8 percent of employees in computer and mathematical occupations in Texas were women. 

UTRGV Medical School to Open Specialty Pediatrics Clinic

EDINBURG, Texas - The UTRGV School of Medicine is planning to open a pediatrics clinic, to help meet the needs of specialty pediatric care in the community. 

UTRGV med school to open specialty pediatrics clinic

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is planning to open a pediatrics clinic soon, to help meet the needs of specialty pediatric care in the community. 

Pharr makes UTRGV med school donation

The city of Pharr continued its support of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine by presenting the school with a check Tuesday for $500,000. 

City of Pharr Donates $500,000 to UTRGV School of Medicine

PHARR,Texas - The city of Pharr donates $500,000 to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

RGV lawmakers secure $5 million for new Urban Ecology Center at Quinta Mazatlan

MCALLEN, RGV – McAllen City Commissioner Richard Cortez has praised the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation for helping secure $5 million for an Urban Ecology Center at Quinta Mazatlan. 

Tech camps aim to narrow gender gap

At four Camp Code sites this summer, middle school girls are learning how to perform the wizardry behind Facebook, Snapchat and other popular apps — in other words how to code, or program, computers. 

The Tejana- Another State of Mind Part 1

Just in time for summer reading, 30 Minutes features a panel from the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books from the Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage. Mari Herreras moderated this panel with authors Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Emmy Pérez entitled The Tejana: Another State of Mind Celebrating the Rio Grande Valley and the people that shaped it in poetry and prose. 

Camp Energy: Inspiring and being inspired by kids with diabetes

Camp Energy in Mission is bustling with loud music, lively children and enthusiastic counselors. The campers dance, hike, canoe, and swim. And several times a day, they line up inside a colorful abode to have their blood sugar checked. Each camper is a child from the Valley with diabetes. 

Professor and Poet: Emmy Pérez awarded NEA poetry fellowship

Emmy Pérez, UTRGV associate professor of creative writing and interim director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, has been selected as a 2017 Literature Fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts. 

UTRGV Professor and Student Researchers Discover, Name New Species of South Texas Snail

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Just when you think the 85,000 species of snails found worldwide are a lot, researchers at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley go and add one more. 

EDITORIAL: Cities pay up $7M in unpaid funds to UTRGV medical school

Last week the Texas Legislature agreed to give the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine $54.1 million for the next two years — $7.2 million short of what lawmakers approved in 2015 — pending the governor’s approval. 

UTRGV receives $1M to promote STEM inclusiveness

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one of only 24 institutions in the nation to receive $1 million in the first round of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative (IEI). 

Remembering Nation Wide Sorority Founded By RGV Women

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A local sorority is defying the stereotypes of Greek life. For these women in pink and maroon, they say its about self-esteem, empowerment and community service. One of our interns, Cynthia Carrizales is part of the Kappa Delta Chi Alpha Beta Chapter at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Terror Attacks Cause for Concern for UTRGV Groups Studying Abroad

EDINBURG - A University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor said he's worried about future student trips abroad following the terror attacks in the United Kingdom. 

Bailey, Vela highlight student opportunities

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey on Monday hosted a group of Rio Hondo Upward Bound students on UTRGV’s Brownsville campus. 

UTRGV School of Medicine will welcome new dean next month

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine will welcome a new dean next month. 

Filemon Vela Talks Importance of Funding Education

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Trump Administration recently proposed budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 18 percent. 

New Snail Identified, Makes Home in the Rio Grande Valley

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - There are more than 85,000 species of snails in the world. Add one more to the list. 

Calculus program helps high school students cross over to UTRGV

Incoming freshmen looking to strengthen their math skills before the start of the Fall 2017 semester have until June 30 to apply to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Summer Bridge to Calculus program. 

"En mi cabeza siempre estuvo continuar, seguir mis sueños": Katherine Vega

Katherine Vega, jugadora que milita en el Cúcuta Deportivo Gol Star, se ganó la confianza de Director Técnico Carlos Alberto Quintero y es titular indudable del cuadro motilón. 

UTRGV president addresses budget cuts with faculty, staff

EDINBURG — University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey sent an internal memo to faculty and staff Friday addressing new challenges brought on by the recently approved state budget that fell short of past state funding levels. 

Oliveira reflects on legislative session

It was the worst legislative session State Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, had ever seen. 

State funding falls short for UTRGV School of Medicine

EDINBURG — After months of lobbying in Austin by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine for state funding, state legislators produced the final numbers granting $54.1 million for the next two years for the newly created school, $7.2 million less than the last biennium. 

The Welch Foundation Announces Nearly $25 Million in Texas Research Grant Funding

HOUSTON, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Welch Foundation, one of the nation's largest sources of private funding for basic research, has announced its 2017 research grant funding, which totals nearly $25 million. The funds will be allocated over the next three years, with annual payouts of $8,315,000, all within the state of Texas. 

Rep. Filemon Vela, educators aim to create apprenticeship program for students

Rep. Filemon Vela met with local educators in Brownsville on Wednesday to discuss a possible workforce opportunity for students. 

UTRGV professor and student discover new species of South Texas snail

Just when you think the 85,000 species of snails found worldwide are a lot, researchers at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley go and add one more. 

UTRGV School of Medicine faces funding gap

MISSION, RGV – The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley will face a funding gap after receiving $53.5 million for the School of Medicine in state funding, says its president, Guy Bailey. 

History teacher illustrates lessons with mementos from the past

Diego Garcia has memorabilia to display on his classroom walls, and to accompany virtually any period in American history about which he is teaching. 

Longoria: UTRGV School of Medicine gets $53.5 million in new state budget

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is to receive $53.5 million for its School of Medicine, state Rep. Oscar Longoria has confirmed. 

UTRGV receives $14 million in federal grants for college preparedness program

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is using nearly $14 million over the next five years to help high school students learn how to be college ready. 

College readiness program expands to five more communities

MISSION — A federally-funded program that has been guiding and mentoring students on their way to college for 45 years was not only renewed this year, but received $13.9 million to also expand to more Rio Grande Valley communities over the next five years. 

UTRGV psychology student to conduct NSF-funded research on trauma

Reymundo Ortiz is pursuing his dream of helping fellow veterans this summer. 

UTRGV’s Tuition Cap Saves Money and Time

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Raul Martinez is on track to complete his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering a year ahead of schedule, thanks to a 12-credit tuition cost cap UTRGV offers to students who pay in-state tuition. 

Partnership Between UTRGV and City to Bring Resources, Continuing Education to Community

During a meeting at the beginning of the year the La Feria City Commission and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley signed a memorandum to work together in a community outreach program. 

Representative Cuellar Announces Nearly $14 Million for UTRGV

MISSION, Texas - Congressman Henry Cuellar announced an award of nearly $14 million in federal grants to UTRGV. 

Peace Corps and UTRGV announce new Peace Corps Prep program

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Peace Corps have announced a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program called Peace Corps Prep. 

UTRGV prof’s 1970s race relations course still resonates today

Peter Kranz keeps busy traveling the country these days to speak about a race relations course he created in the 1970s at the University of North Florida. 

PSJA Alumn Headed to Law School at Age 20

PHARR, Texas - PSJA North Early College High School alumna Brianna Karina Garza was recently accepted to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at the age of 20. 

Hilda Rendon named acting Superintendent

Hilda G. Rendon has been unanimously appointed by the San Benito CISD Board of Trustees to serve as the district’s Acting Superintendent effective Friday, June 9. Trustees appointed Rendon to serve in that capacity during a Special Board Meeting held on the evening of Wednesday, May 24. 

McAllen honored as Playful City USA; opens park at main library

MCALLEN – The national non-profit KaBOOM! named McAllen one of the 258 honorees with the 2017 Playful City USA designation for the seventh time. Playful City USA honors cities and towns across the country for putting kids first. 

UTRGV’s tuition cap saves money and time

Raul Martinez is on track to complete his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering a year ahead of schedule, thanks to a 12-credit tuition cost cap UTRGV offers to students who pay in-state tuition. 

Gilman Scholarship UTRGV students to study abroad

Twelve UTRGV students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships that will enable them to participate in various study programs around the world this summer. 

UTRGV medical school holds health screening for La Feria residents

LA FERIA — Christina Flores was scrolling down here facebook wall when she found the announcement that a health screening was taking place at the local recreation center. 

University Students to Evaluate Designs in NASA's Astronaut Training Pool

HOUSTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-one student teams from across the country will test their designs in simulated microgravity this year as part of NASA's Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Test sessions will be May 22-27 and June 5-10. 

13 ROTC cadets receive U.S. Army commissions before UTRGV graduation

Thirteen cadets from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Reserve Officers’ Training Corps were commissioned as officers in the United States Army on Thursday, May 11, at a ceremony in the student union theater on the Edinburg Campus. 

Experts, congressmen talk trade, NAFTA

WESLACO — A need for higher skilled workers was one of many points made during a Tuesday roundtable featuring two congressmen and cross-border trade experts. 

Remembering the Birthday of Juan Cortina, The ‘Robin Hood of the Rio Grande’

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Almost two hundred years ago on May 16 a man who defeated the Texas Rangers twice, had a war named after him and is considered one of the first people to advocate for the rights of Mexicans and Mexican Americans on the Texas-Mexico border was born. 

UTRGV Police Chief talks campus security updates

EDINBURG— After a few years filled with many transitions the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department continues to reorganize in order to fit the needs of a widespread student population. 

KEYS teacher named semi-finalist in Excellence in Education Awards

KEYS Academy math teacher Juan Antonio Fraga was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. 

Chancellor’s Excellence Award: Jose Villegas

Texas State Technical College Veteran Program Officer Jose Villegas has been with the college for a short time, but has already made a difference in students’ lives earning the 2017 Chancellor’s Excellence Award. 

Incoming UTRGV School of Medicine dean talks vision and challenges ahead

McALLEN — News about the selection of a new dean for the fledgling University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine broke Thursday afternoon and now the institution is getting ready to turn another page with new leadership. 

UT Rio Grande Valley names John H. Krouse dean of its medical school

EDINBURG — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday announced that Dr. John H. Krouse has been named vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. 

UTRGV gets two new graduate degree programs

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved two new graduate degree programs for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – one, a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology, and the other, a Master of Science in civil engineering. 

UTRGV partners with city of La Feria for community outreach program

The city of La Feria and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley signed a memorandum on Jan. 1, to work together in a community outreach program. 

UTRGV Named Second Most Affordable University in the Country

EDINBURG, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the second most affordable university in the country. That is according to recent data on studentloans.net. 

Mole contest held to showcase Border Studies Archive at UTRGV

EDINBURG – Tucked away in the corner of the third floor of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) library is the Border Studies Archive. 

UTRGV archives hosting mole cooking contest

In an effort to bring awareness to its traditional Mexican folklore collection, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Border Studies Archive is hosting an open mole cooking competition. 

Gadson named dean of students at UTRGV

EDINBURG — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced the appointment of a new dean of students on Tuesday afternoon. 

Activists Reaction to Governor's Signing of SB 4

MCALLEN, Texas - In the Rio Grande Valley, immigration activists are making their voices heard in opposition of SB 4. 

Protest held against sanctuary cities law

McALLEN — About 50 people gathered Monday to rebuke the new sanctuary cities law that Gov. Greg Abbott signed Sunday. 

Schools developing master’s program for teachers

HARLINGEN — The world of teaching. It is indeed a world unto itself. It’s layered with grade levels, limitations and advantages. Teaching strategies are interwoven with individual learning styles. 

Abbott tells local officials to step up Zika efforts

Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt were in Brownsville on Friday to deliver an emphatic message to local officials: Get the jump on Zika before it gets the jump on us. 

Crawfish integrated into UTRGV community garden

Students on Wednesday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley integrated crawfish with its community vegetable garden. 

Gov. Abbott Attends Zika Conference at UTRGV

BROWNSVILLE – Governor Greg Abbott is asking local Rio Grande Valley leaders to be ready for mosquito season, given the continued threat of Zika. 

UTRGV symposium targets teaching innovation, enhanced learning outcomes

More than 100 faculty and staff members from the Brownsville, Harlingen and Edinburg campuses of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley participated in the first Teaching and Learning Symposium held May 5 at the Edinburg Campus. 

Texas Governor Talks About Zika in the Valley

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Governor Abbott visits the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to discuss Zika. Cameron County is the first and only region so far where the virus has been acquired locally in the state of Texas. 

Creating a lasting partnership

LA FERIA — When the UTRGV College of Medicine approached City Manager Jaime Sandoval about the desire to create a partnership with the small community, he said, “What do we have to do?”. 

UTRGV Named 'Tree Campus USA' for Third Consecutive Year

EDINBURG, Texas - For the third consecutive year, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is named a ‘Tree Campus USA’ school. 

UTRGV chemistry assistant professor receives $195,000 Welch Foundation grant

Dr. Shervin Fatehi, a UTRGV assistant professor of chemistry, has received a three-year, $195,000 grant from the Robert A. Welch Foundation to research accurate methods for simulating the motions of molecules and the flow of energy and charge within and between them. 

Sixteen UTRGV faculty members advance their leadership skills through institute

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ADVANCE Leadership Institute held a graduation celebration for its fifth cohort of faculty members who successfully completed the program during the Spring 2017 semester. 

Op-ed: MGM bill a net loser for Connecticut

Right now, in Hartford, state legislators are facing a decision that will have repercussions for Connecticut workers and taxpayers for years to come. 

Don't Wait Until You're Overwhelmed To Seek Counseling

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - How often do you remember how you’re feeling? When was the last time you felt happy?. It’s not taboo to tell a family member or friend they have a cold and should go to the doctor. 

Using Radio to Detect the Gravitational Waves of Merging Black Holes

The detection of gravitational waves topped nearly every chart highlighting the most important science stories of 2016. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, made headlines by detecting direct evidence of ripples in spacetime caused by two merging black holes. Historic and exciting, this discovery will probably be the first of many gravitational wave signals we see over the coming years—and not all of them will come from gravitational wave observatories. 

A new safe haven for children nearly complete

HARLINGEN — It was an evening of dramatic, emotional storytelling. The story of Kassy Elizondo, a 13-year-old, was told because one of the rooms in the Valley Haven Emergency Children’s Shelter in Harlingen is named after the young girl who loved everyone but passed away last year. 

Mission names Chamber of Commerce president

A former banking executive has been named president of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce. Robert Rosell, a former assistant vice-president and corporate compliance officer for BBVA Compass Bank was introduced to Mission’s mayor and city council during the council’s April 24 regular meeting. It was Rosell’s first day on the job. 

Psychic toll of almost daily gunbattles marks the new ‘normal’ in Reynosa

REYNOSA, Mexico — Residents in this border city quickly took refuge indoors as the familiar echo of gun battles and odor of burning vehicles hung in the early morning air. 

UTRGV swears in newest SGA officers

The UTRGV Office of Student Involvement swore in the newest officers of the UTRGV Student Government Association, Thursday, April 27, at the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus. 

Thousands Learn to Live Healthier at McAllen Event

MCALLEN – Thousands around the Rio Grande Valley were offered free diabetes screenings and free lessons on how they can enjoy a healthier lifestyle at an expo. 

University Observes Denim Day

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Jeans were hanging on the top of the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley’s courtyard in Brownsville, and it was not a fashion statement. 

UTRGV Creative Writing Series: Kids

In the canned goods aisle, she tries to hush her son who is pretending to shoot people with his toy gun. He doesn’t listen to her, and he obstructs her way to the canned tomato sauce she needs. She told her husband to not let their son take his toy gun with them. 

Reformas en Cuba no cambian un país que vive a un ritmo cadencioso

En la Cuba del presidente Raúl Castro pareciera que el reloj se detuvo en los años de 1960. Las reformas emprendidas hace una década lograron cambiar el paisaje cubano, pero sin imponer un nuevo ritmo a la isla. 

Edinburg kicks off bike-share program

EDINBURG — Bikes are becoming more accessible in Edinburg than ever before. 

STEP-UP at Cano Academy: School district expands student teacher opportunities

A new student teacher program at Lee Means Elementary has worked so well the district will offer a similar imitative next year at the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy. 

Trump’s Border Wall ‘Catastrophic’ for Environment, Endangered Species: Activists

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The promise of a "big, beautiful wall" along America's southern border was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's campaign. From the moment he announced it during his candidacy kickoff address in June 2015, the proposal was hit with charges of racism and questions of effectiveness. 

Joe Steven Announces debut EP "Relentless Love"

LOS ANGELES - April 28, 2017 - PRLog -- Joe Steven has announced the release of his new EP titled "Relentless Love." The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist began playing piano at the age of 8 and has continued to compose songs leading up to his exciting debut release. 

Cruz Names Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has named Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director, serving in his South Texas office. 

Revitalizing Downtown: San Benito names new coordinator

SAN BENITO — For decades, rows of empty storefronts have lined Sam Houston Boulevard, once a commercial hub of northern Cameron County. 

Here’s why Cuba is the perfect destination for a quiet, lazy vacation

Despite a succession of sweeping changes in recent years – rapprochement with the US, Fidel Castro’s death – the rhythm of life on the island remains as languid as ever. 

4 Your Education: UTRGV pre-med students help families in Haiti

A group of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley biomedical science students traveled to Haiti during Spring Break to help families in need. 

UTRGV honors community partners at awards ceremony

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Office of Community Engagement and Assessment presented its Distinguished Community Engagement Partner Award to the City of Edinburg Solid Waste Management and the United Way of South Texas for providing learning and volunteer opportunities to students. 

Rep. Oscar Longoria appointed to state budget conference committee

AUSTIN — State Rep. Oscar Longoria, D-La Joya, has been appointed to the powerful Conference Committee for the state’s appropriations bill which will determine funding for state agencies, including the Valley’s new medical school, for the 2018-19 biennium. 

UTRGV anthropology program ranked among best values in the country

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 20, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been identified as one of the best value colleges for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, in a recent ranking by College Values Online.com. 

UTRGV student research in the spotlight at Engaged Scholar Symposium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – APRIL 20, 2017 – Day two of the annual Engaged Scholar Symposium that showcases undergraduate student research and engagement projects in the community continued April 19 at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg Campus. 

UTRGV kicks off Earth Fest celebration in Brownsville

The Office of Sustainability at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held their annual Earth Fest, Wednesday, April 19, which brought sustainable living experts and representatives to the campus to promote how we can make a difference in our environment each day. 

Before the Flood

On a recent morning in Nuevo Laredo, Marciano Santiago sat in a white plastic folding chair waiting his turn to use the phone at the Instituto Tamaulipeco para los Migrantes, a state agency that provides humanitarian assistance to migrants. 

UTRGV UTeach students present research at Interventions conference in San Antonio

Nine students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s UTeach program presented their research findings at the ninth annual Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers conference. 

Lt. Governor appoints 'Chuy' Hinojosa to critical budget committee

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick brought relief to many in the Rio Grande Valley by appointing state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa to the critical budget conference committee on Tuesday, a move that could be beneficial for the new medical school. 

Engaged Scholar Symposium highlights student research, recognizes community engagement

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2017 – The annual Engaged Scholar Symposium that recognizes undergraduate student research and community engagement opened its first day on the Brownsville Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, April 18. 

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico

Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign that he wanted to keep “bad hombres” out of the country. He told the Mexican president, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press, that he wanted Mexico to stop "bad hombres down there" from coming across the southern border of the US. 

UTRGV nears appointment of new School of Medicine dean

EDINBURG— New faces are visiting the year-old School of Medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as officials are nearing the hiring of its new dean. 

UTRGV top two student Student Employee of the Year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named two Student Employees of the Year, during ceremonies held for the university’s National Student Employment Appreciation Week. 

UTRGV’s Brownlow named to UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Dr. Art Brownlow, professor of music in the UTRGV Department of Music, is one of just four UT System faculty members inducted April 11 into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. 

New CSU-Pueblo president 'ready to make a difference'

A new chapter in the life of Colorado State University-Pueblo began Friday at the Belmont campus. And Timothy Mottet, who was introduced as the school's 15th president, is just as diverse as the institution itself. 

Former Mexican Governor wanted in Texas, arrested in Italy

A former Mexican governor accused of conspiring with two violent drug cartels while in office, is in police custody. He was arrested Monday in Italy while he was wanted man here in the U.S. 

Cuando pasado y presente se entrecruzan en Cuba

En la Cuba de Raúl Castro, parece que el reloj se detuvo en los años 60. Las reformas emprendidas hace una década lograron cambiar el paisaje cubano, pero sin imponer un nuevo ritmo a la isla. 

Cruces fronterizos en su punto más bajo en 17 años; el Valle del Río Grande es cada vez más tranquilo

Poco a poco, el camión de la Patrulla Fronteriza se abrió paso a través de la oscuridad; sus faros iluminaban un camino desértico y arenoso, enmarcado por largas hierbas y árboles de mesquite amarillo. 

Living in Cuban time

Havana (AFP) – In Cuba, it sometimes seems time stopped in the 1960s. Despite a succession of sweeping changes in recent years — rapprochement with the US, Fidel Castro’s death — the rhythm of life on the island remains as languid as ever. 

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes back prospective students for Class of 2021

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—APRIL 10, 2017—The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine gave prospective students who have been accepted for its second cohort a chance to take another close look at its campuses. 

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico

Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign that he wanted to keep “bad hombres” out of the country. He told the Mexican president, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press, that he wanted Mexico to stop "bad hombres down there" from coming across the southern border of the US. 

United Way unites volunteers with causes

SAN BENITO — It’s like Facebook but for volunteering. Three new volunteer platforms have been introduced to the community, making it easier for the volunteer and organization to recruit and track opportunities. 

Making Summer Work

With the end of the academic year approaching, many faculty members are thinking about the few months that will follow and the promise of huge chunks of uninterrupted time to write and do research. In short, they’re dreaming of a summer of maximum productivity. 

Trump promised a border wall. Now these Texans worry the government will take their land

For 2½ centuries, Cecilia Benavides’ family has owned land tangled with honey mesquite trees and towering clumps of cactus on a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande. 

Local professor testifies before Congress

Laguna Vista resident Dr. Terence Garrett, professor and chair of the Public Affairs and Security Studies Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was one of three expert witnesses who provided testimony in a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the topic of border fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. 

Local artist to be featured Saturday

SAN BENITO — The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center will present University of Texas Rio Grande Valley art professor Alejandro Macias in an art exhibit called “The Mark Between.” 

¿SERÁ PERMANENTE DISMINUCIÓN DE CRUCES ILEGALES DE FRONTERA?

MCALLEN, Texas, EE.UU. (AP) -- Apenas cinco personas cenaban una noche reciente en una iglesia de Texas que en la que se asiste a migrantes que acaban de cruzar la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. 

UTRGV dean to head airport board

HARLINGEN — UTRGV business school dean Mark Kroll has been selected as chair of the Valley International Airport board. 

North Las Vegas businessman submits proposal for border wall

Dr. Terence Garrett, professor and chair of the Public Affairs and Security Studies Department at UTRGV said: “There’s no way you can get 100 percent border security. That’s a fantasy.” 

Health Resources Needed in Deaf Community

EDINBURG – Diabetes can strike anyone at any age, even if there isn’t any family history of the disease. Even individuals with existing health problems or disabilities can be susceptible to it. 

Texas In Need of Bilingual Teachers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - School districts across Texas need bilingual teachers, and they are coming to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to find them. 

Recruiters turn out at UTRGV Spring Teacher Jobs Expo

BROWNSVILLE – The first of day of the Spring Teacher Jobs Expo at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was a blockbuster event. 

People Living at the Border Think the 'Trump Effect' Is Keeping Immigrants Away

(MCALLEN, TEXAS) — Just five people were eating dinner on a recent weeknight at a Texas church that is a stopping point for newly arrived immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Local Professor Calls Border Wall "Waste" Of Money To Homeland Security Committee

Brownsville, TX - Tuesday served as the deadline for border wall bids from contractors looking to cash in on government work to make good on president trump’s campaign promise. 

UTRGV Medical Resident Named 'Resident of the Year' by NHMA

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - Dr. Alejandro Bocanegra, a second-year resident in the Family Medicine residency program at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, has been named 2017 Resident of the Year by the National Hispanic Medical Association. 

UTRGV hosts second annual Club Code Summit

BROWNSVILLE - UTRGV Continuing Education hosted the second annual Club Code UTRGV summit, Saturday, April 1, on the Brownsville Campus. 

UTRGV hosts ‘Mujeres in RGV Politics’ panel discussion

Four female Rio Grande Valley mayors shared their experiences as public officials at the “Mujeres in RGV Politics” panel, held March 30 at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV’s Model United Nations club attends NYC conference

Six UTRGV students attended the annual Model United Nations conference in New York City, March 19-23, as part of a special topics in political science course that focused on the activities of the UN. 

Expert shares national Hispanic trends

EDINBURG — Students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are hosting a special guest this week to talk about the importance and changes of the Latino or Hispanic community across the nation. 

Garden Project Teaching Donna ISD Student Healthy Habits

DONNA - A partnership between two Rio Grande Valley entities are teaching elementary students the importance of eating healthy. 

Shirley Wells recognized among top 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) has named Dr. Shirley Wells, chair and associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, as one of the 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy (OT). 

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico

The government has also started receiving applications from companies across the country to continue construction of a southern border wall. 

Women we love: Veronica Gonzalez

Veronica Gonzales is a recognized leader in the public and private sectors as an attorney, mediator, legislator, fundraiser and now working in government and community relations for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Women we love: Dahlia Guerra

This Edinburg native is a trained pianist and a promoter of the arts, using her various positions at the University of Texas-Pan American and then the University of Texas Rio Grande to bring cultural awareness to the area. 

UTRGV hosts Hispanic Heritage Foundation and U.S. Army’s first Coder Summit

EDINBURG - UTRGV hosted the first Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summit on Thursday, March 30, at the university’s Community Engagement and Student Success building in Edinburg. 

UTRGV professor selected for a competitive liberal arts fellowship

Dr. Matthew Christensen, professor of literature and cultural studies at UTRGV, has been selected as a 2017 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. 

Pew Research Center official talks latest Hispanic trends

EDINBURG — Students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are hosting a special guest this week to talk about the importance and changes of the Latino or Hispanic community across the nation. 

You might could Google what in tarnation is going on with Texas slang, but this helpful little segment will help you learn the twang and vocab in no time

Hollywood will pay a pretty penny for an actor to master the elusive Texas accent and all that comes with it, but the Texas Standard may save the silver screen a ton of money with its newest segment on Texas Grammar: 

A race to document rare plants

Millions of years ago, a cluster of coral reefs stood firm on the Kampong Trach Mountain in Cambodia as the water receded, leaving them surrounded by the marshy, mangrove-studded Mekong Delta. 

Valley legislator seeks study on bilingual zones

A local lawmaker has drafted legislation to evaluate the effect that designated “bilingual zones” would have on compelling local and state governments to conduct official business in both English and Spanish. 

EDITORIAL: UTRGV med school funds needed — Tell Texas lawmakers

The Texas Senate is scheduled to take a critical vote today that many experts say could be the difference between a top-tier medical school in the Rio Grande Valley — and a mediocre medical school. 

UTRGV’s Mariachi Aztlán brings its music to San Diego, Chicago, for Spring Break

UTRGV’s Mariachi Aztlán spent Spring Break attending, performing and teaching at two national mariachi festivals. 

UTRGV medical school facing dangerous funding cuts

EDINBURG— The Texas Senate is scheduled to vote on a state budget this week and local officials are scrambling to overcome what they fear could be a detrimental shortfall in funding for the year-old University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

Immigration and Border Security in the Age of Trump

Wall or no wall, Mexico, the United States, and Central America face a migration crisis that will only continue to worsen. 

Texas Holmes Cadets Present Research at AACTE Annual Meeting

Did you notice a fresh burst of energy at AACTE’s Annual Meeting this year? Then you might have been lucky enough to interact with the high school students from the South Texas Independent School District (STISD) who attended as participants in the AACTE Holmes Program. 

Women we love: Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt

At 35, the 449th State District Court judge is the youngest district court judge in Texas. She is also the second-ever juvenile judge elected to the court. Rodriguez-Betancourt ran based on her experience working alongside school districts in Texas. 

Women we love: Zenett Bernal

Art is life for fire performer Zenett Bernal, known professionally as Zen Wildfire. The 25-year-old, who graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2015, 

Women we love: Blanca Cardenas

Blanca Cardenas is a 20-plus year employee of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, where she holds the title of vice president of membership services. 

Mission’s EDC awards $42,500 to three start up businesses

A math teacher, web page designer, aeronautical engineer and jeweler-cum- party designer are the latest recipients of grants from Mission’s Economic Development Corporation, each of whom have start up businesses in Mission. 

UTRGV releases sexual violence crime report

EDINBURG— A recent safety study at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley revealed 5 percent of surveyed students said to have been raped since enrollment, 16 percent reported being sexually harassed by classmates and 11 percent by university faculty. 

UT System, UTRGV announce results of student survey on sexual assault and misconduct

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 24, 2017 – In an ongoing effort to provide the safest learning environment possible for students, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), in conjunction with The University of Texas System (UTS), announced Friday the results of an unprecedented, in-depth student survey that looks at the prevalence, perceptions and experiences around a range of acts of sexual assault and misconduct that affect students. 

Mexican-American writers discuss the significance of their literature when all eyes are on the border

Dagoberto Gilb did not know much about his white father, but one thing has stuck with him since his youth. “Never tell anyone you’re Mexican, say you’re Spanish,” his father used to tell him. 

First UTRGV ring revealed

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 23, 2017 – UTRGV students and graduates who want to show off their Vaquero pride can now put a ring on it. 

UTRGV ranks in Top 30 ‘most beautiful’ campuses in Texas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 24, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked #22 among the more than 170 colleges and universities in Texas on a list of most beautiful campuses in the state. 

Wynn reduces luxury retail space at Everett casino

When gambling mogul Steve Wynn pitched his idea for an Everett casino three years ago, the Wynn Resorts CEO told gaming regulators that a star-studded array of high-end retail brands would line up to join him. 

COMMENTARY: The price of liberty is eternal vigilance

Dr. Philip Zwerling, associate professor of creative writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at UTRGV: Multiple “Big Brothers,” a la “Brave New World” and “1984,” are watching and listening now. Can our democracy survive unlimited surveillance? The short answer is: No. 

UTRGV School of Medicine gains 56 new residents, three new residency programs

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—MARCH 17, 2017— The UTRGV School of Medicine this year on Match Day 2017 has gained 56 new medical residents, who will begin their post-graduate training here in six specialties throughout the Valley. 

Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall’ will require him to take big swaths of other people’s land

The order has been issued for the immediate construction of a Mexico border wall. The specs have been outlined: 30 feet high and “aesthetically pleasing.” The next thing on President Trump's to-do list for building his “big, beautiful wall”: Hire more lawyers for a long and expensive battle over private land. 

UTRGV Undergraduate Students Ranked 18th at CME Group's 2017 Trading Challenge

Congratulations to our UTRGV undergraduate team members who ranked 18th out of 595 participants at the CME Group's 2017 Trading Challenge! 

5th Administrative Judicial Region of Texas Announces New Appointment to Hidalgo Title IV-D Court

Nereida Lopez-Singleterry, who graduated from UTPA in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, has been appointed new Associate Judage of the Title IV-D Court, Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County. 

Local, State, Mexican Officials Teaming Up for Zika Research

WESLACO – Local, state and international health officials are joining forces for Zika research. 

UTRGV Professor Explains Drug Cartels’ Control on Border

WESLACO - Border experts said the area near Fronton is a hotbed for narcotics and human smuggling. 

DHR, UTRGV create Gender Care Clinic

EDINBURG — While lawmakers in Austin weigh the merits of a proposed bill requiring transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding with their biological sex, local healthcare stakeholders are moving to prioritize transgender health care. 

Bill filed to end passenger car state inspections

A Texas state senator has filed a bill that could possibly end yearly vehicle inspections.Officially known as Senate Bill 1588, Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, filed the bill earlier this month that would repeal the requirement for all passenger vehicles to receive a state-certified inspection. 

UTRGV partners with US Census on new campaign 'The Road to 2020'

UTRGV’s Office of Community Engagement partners with U.S. Census on newest campaign, The Road to 2020. 

Fomenta UTRGV el éxito estudiantil

Edinburg , Tx. - La Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley ha sido reconocida por la Sociedad de Honor Phi Theta Kappa como una de las instituciones en el país que abre la ruta para apoyar la transferencia del colegio comunitario. 

University bird researcher in South Texas monitors parrots

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - While it’s common for the nation’s heavyweight higher education institutions to rake in National Science Foundation grants, it’s exceedingly rare for smaller, younger institutions like the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017

The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) is proud to bring you its list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in corporate America. 

Four Latina writers make donations to UTRGV

Four Latina poets and writers donated material to the Special Collections and Archives Department of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during FESTIBA, the Festival of International Books and Arts. 

UTRGV named among top universities for transferring community college students

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been recognized by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as one of the top four-year universities in the country for creating a dynamic pathway to support community college transfer. 

TOP SHELF: FESTIBA helps broaden cultural awareness in the Rio Grande Valley

Though I didn’t get a chance to finish reading the books I’m in the midst of, I ironically spent last week more involved in the celebration of literacy than during most of the previous six months. 

Honran a 2 mujeres en día internacional

Edinburg, Tx.- En el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer , la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley dedicó dos días a la celebración mundial que desde 1975 reconoce los logros sociales, económicos, culturales y políticos de las mujeres pasadas, presentes y futuro. 

District partners with UTRGV to offer masters program

HARLINGEN — Harlingen teachers who want to move up to the administrative level may soon have their chance. 

STDOI Director Williams-Blangero named H-E-B Distinguished Chair for Diabetes and Genomics

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 9, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named Dr. Sarah Williams-Blangero as the endowed chair of the H-E-B Distinguished Chair in Diabetes and Genomics for the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute. 

UTRGV celebrates International Women’s Day on two campuses

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 8, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held a two-day celebration of International Women’s Day, a global celebration since 1975 of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women past, present and future. 

No more smoking at UT System campuses

All 14 institutions in the University of Texas System will be tobacco free at the end of this academic year, officials report. 

Apoyan estudiantes con temporada de impuestos

Edinburg, Tx. - Los estudiantes de Contabilidad de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley están haciendo el pago de impuestos un poco más fácil para residentes de la región en el Palm Valley Community Center en McAllen. 

Fine arts meet healing arts during FESTIBA Librarians & Educators panel

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 6, 2017 – A panel of physicians, educators and artists shared their experiences and opinions on the connection between arts and sciences and the subsequent benefits, at a special panel during UTRGV’s Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA). 

Serious Money Flows to a Texas Campus for Brain Research from a Quiet Health Funder

The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation focuses its grantmaking on organizations that are working to improve the quality of health for those living in the lower Rio Grande area. 

Exhortan a usar voces literarias para promover la justicia social

Edinburg, Tx. Con un exhorto a usar sus voces literarias para elevar sus comunidades y hablar en contra de la injusticia, el laureado poeta Juan Felipe Herrera y el escritor y editor Bryce Milligan enfatizaron la importancia que la literatura tiene en promover la justicia social. 

LA FRONTERA: DITCH DIGGER OR CITY FOUNDER? ASSET-BASED DEVELOPMENT SAYS ‘BOTH’

An oral history project taught South Texas high school students to look for strength and pride in things that others dismiss as unimportant. That lesson now undergirds efforts to create the nation's first bilingual university. 

PfISD names principals at four elementary schools

March 10, 2017 - The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees named four principals to fill upcoming vacancies at several elementary schools for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. 

Wisconsin-Platteville Professor Spotlight: Dr. Enrique Reynoso

Dr. Enrique Reynoso, Jr., assistant professor of English writing, began teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in fall 2016. He teaches Technical Writing; Writing, Editing and Publishing in Multiple Media; College Writing and News Writing, and is piloting Business Writing this spring. 

BIG CHIEF: Juan Cipriano the man behind the Warriors’ success

SANTA ROSA — With their trip back to the UIL state tournament this week, the Santa Rosa Warriors have established themselves as arguably the Valley’s most successful basketball program. 

Valley native, journalist urges people to tell “their story”

EDINBURG — Acclaimed journalist, academic and Valley native, Macarena Hernández, spoke to a room of childhood-literacy stakeholders Friday during the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Librarians and Educators Day.  

UTRGV to offer Asian studies minor

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will offer a minor in Asian studies starting in the fall. 

Tax time made easier with help of VITA and UTRGV students

Accounting students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley were making paying taxes a bit easier for a number of RGV residents Feb. 25 at the Palm Valley Community Center in McAllen. 

Poet Laureate headlines books, arts festival at UTRGV

EDINBURG — United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera headlined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s annual Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) Thursday, speaking at the Performing Arts Complex. The National Endowment of the Arts’ (NEA) Big Read keynote panel focused on “Literature and Social Justice.” 

Authors urge students to use their voices for social justice

EDINBURG - U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Texas-based author and publisher Bryce Milligan stressed the importance literature has in promoting social justice and encouraged students to use their literary voices to uplift their communities and speak out against injustice. 

Reading Rock Stars share magic of books with young Valley students

Fifth grader Edgar Hurtado was ready to wow Texas Book Festival Reading Rock Stars author Diana López with his clever card trick during her March 2 visit to Carl Waitz Elementary School in Alton. 

UTRGV instructors combine works to form annual exhibit

Students of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley get an opportunity to see their instructors’ artwork once a year. 

Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday with Mass at UTRGV

The Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held its annual Ash Wednesday Mass celebration Wednesday on the university campus. 

These colleges are better than Harvard at making poor kids rich

When the development offices of massive, astoundingly wealthy universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia make their pitches to prospective donors, the No. 1 message is always the same: financial aid. 

U.S. Poet Laureate Herrera visits UTRGV’s FESTIBA, talks borders, challenges and lifting up one’s voice

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 1, 2017 – As the twice-seated U.S. poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera admits he often walks a fine diplomatic line between not naming names and bridging political and cultural gaps, especially in today’s unique climate. 

Educate Texas Unveils Recommendations From Year-Long Texas Teacher Preparation Collaborative To Place Effective Teachers In Every Classroom

DALLAS, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Every August approximately 27,000 first-year teachers enter classrooms across Texas. And while the state leads the nation in providing the largest number and most varied pathways to become an educator, the current system does not ensure teachers are well prepared. As a result, Texas students – whose academic success is deeply affected by the quality of teachers – suffer the consequences. 

Ornithology professor studies birds from Venezuela to Brownsville

While it’s common for the nation’s heavyweight higher education institutions to rake in National Science Foundation grants, it’s exceedingly rare for smaller, younger institutions like the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Endangered plants in Cambodia documented

Scientists are racing to document rare plants and animal species in Cambodia found nowhere else in the world before they are lost forever. Why? Because they are only present in limestone cliffs known as karsts which are being ground up to make cement to fuel Cambodia's building boom. 

Inside the Nation’s First Bilingual University

The question of the day is: Are you smart?” professor José Saldívar announced at the start of class. “Don’t just give me a yes-or-no answer. Tell me why.” Seated in a sparkling new classroom at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus, with rolling chairs in the school colors — blue, green and burnt orange — students inched closer together to debate the value of innate ability versus hard work. 

Veteran journalist urges students to pursue their passion

Edinburg native and award-winning CBS News national correspondent Mireya Villarreal urged local high school students to find something in which they’re passionate, believe in and improve themselves daily. 

Three challenges for Cuba's Raul Castro in his last year

Raul Castro says he will step aside as Cuba's president a year from now. Here are three challenges facing the island as it prepares for the handover: 

The countdown begins for Raúl Castro’s retirement in 2018

A year from now — on Feb. 24 — something is expected to occur in Cuba that hasn’t happened in more than 40 years: a non-Castro will occupy the presidency. 

Kranz’s historic, 1970s race relations class has lasting impact

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 24, 2017 – A revolutionary race relations class conducted by Dr. Peter Kranz in the 1970s soon will be the subject of a book that chronicles the class’s indelible impact on its students, and its possibilities to address racial and ethnic discord today. 

Mr. Amigo 2016-17 delivers powerful message of solidarity at Charreada

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 24, 2017 – Solidarity, mutual respect and a call for peace were the overriding themes of Charreada 2017, hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas Southmost College on Thursday, Feb. 23. 

Vela, Mr. Amigo meet with UTRGV, TSC students

Charro Days could not have come at a more important time in the history of the United States than in this moment, according to Congressman Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville). 

Despite protections, immigrant students fear deportation under Trump administration

Immigrant students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley fear deportation despite protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

Peruvian educators visit UTRGV College of Education & P-16 Integration

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 22, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Education and P-16 Integration recently hosted a group of 22 education specialists from Peru on the Brownsville Campus. 

5 Ways Trump's Deportation Plan Helps Criminals

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to stop. 

UTRGV selected to participate in national student success project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been selected, along with five other universities in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), to participate in a national initiative called the “Frontier Set” project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

RGV Families Fear New Immigration Policies

SAN JUAN - Communities across the Rio Grande Valley feel uncertain about their future with the president’s new executive order. 

Going bilingual at University of Texas

Officials in the United States are expected to discuss border security and immigration later this week. As Mexicans protest President Donald Trump's wall and undocumented immigrants get rounded up, some living in the US border state Texas are offering a more inclusive approach. 

Border Security? Texas governor tweets about robbery at Church's Chicken in McAllen

McALLEN — After a gunman robbed her grandpa on Friday, Cassie Luevano started tweeting at anyone who would listen. 

UMB Bank adds Lana Harris as vice president

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), announces it has hired Lana Harris as vice president of commercial business development. In her role, she is responsible for leading business development activities while supporting clients and associates. 

'Dreamers' living at border remain fearful, President Trump undecided on DACA

EDINBURG, Texas - Immigration raids, anti-sanctuary city bills and the future of dreamers: Those are just some of the issues facing pro-immigrant groups across the nation. 

UTRGV, PSJA ISD celebrate ongoing renovation of Early Head Start center

PHARR, TEXAS – FEB. 17, 2017 – Officials from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District on Feb. 15 celebrated the launch of the future site of the district’s Early Head Start campus. 

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera to visit UTRGV Edinburg Campus

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 17, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on Thursday, March 2, to the Edinburg Campus. 

UTRGV named among Top 50 School for Latinos by Latino Leaders Magazine

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been selected as one of the top 50 universities for Latinos in the United States by Latino Leaders Magazine. 

UTRGV moving forward with Weslaco business incubator

WESLACO — A project one-year-in the making is moving forward as the University of Texas Board of Regents gave the green light for UT Rio Grande Valley to lease space in the upcoming business incubator in Weslaco. 

THIS OTHER ‘UNDERGROUND RAILROAD’ RAN THROUGH TEXAS

You likely know a thing or two about the underground railroad that helped hundreds escape to the north. But just 15 minutes outside of McAllen there are forgotten pieces of a lesser-known underground railroad that went in a southerly direction. 

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? 

Rescatan jóvenes la lengua zapoteca

Edinburg, Tx.- Una organización estudiantil de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley (UTRGV) está trabajando en un libro de cuentos para niños que podría ayudar a salvar a un idioma indígena moribundo. 

Man Questions Local Permits after New Building in Cameron Co.

BROWNSVILLE – A building in Brownsville built without permits is going up near Boca Chica Village. The problem is no one seems to know where the water and sewer is coming from and why they were allowed to build without a permit. 

UTRGV: Research - Students study indigenous Zapotec language, aid in its preservation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 16, 2017 – A UTRGV student organization is working on a children’s storybook that could help save a dying indigenous language. 

UTRGV faculty to share bilingual, bicultural focus with Peruvian educators

BROWNSVILLE – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Education and P-16 Integration will host a group of 24 education specialists and ministers from Peru on Friday, Feb. 17, on the Brownsville Campus. 

Campus Management Partners with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to Engage Diverse Population with Large Alumni Network

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwired - February 13, 2017) - Campus Management Corp. today announced that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will use the CampusNexus® CRM solution to transform the way it connects and engages with constituents. 

A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust

The species native to Cambodia’s limestone karsts exist nowhere else. Now these unique environments are being pulverized for cement. 

RECORD BREAKING 1,451 VOLUNTEERS PICK UP 72,481 POUNDS OF TRASH FROM TEXAS BEACHES DURING 2017 ADOPT-A-BEACH WINTER CLEANUPS!

AUSTIN - The results for Friday's South Padre Island Winter Cleanup and Saturday's Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup organized by the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office are in. At the Winter Texan Cleanup at Andy Bowie Park on South Padre Island, 721 volunteers showed up to remove 54,075 pounds of trash from five miles of Texas coastline. The Coastal Bend Winter Cleanuphad 730 volunteers at eight sites who removed 18,406 pounds of trash from 30.5 miles of beach. 

MORE FAST FOOD?

HARLINGEN — Tex-Mex may be a fine and popular cuisine, but new competition for diner attention and dollars is becoming as hot as the salsa. 

Students file for financial aid on Super Saturday

Colleges and universities combined their efforts Saturday to help Rio Grande Valley students apply for aid for the 2017-2018 school year. 

UTRGV officials update Regents on School of Medicine

EDINBURG— One year into the inauguration of the awaited School of Medicine, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials presented its progress to the UT Regents for the first time. 

EDITORIAL: Ex-Monitor reporter among 'Top Latinas' to watch

As parents, we always want better for our children than what we had. So allow us a moment to be a bit familial toward one of our own who we are so proud of and whose future seems oh so bright. 

McAllen Creative Incubator welcomes artist Ivan Quiroga

Meet McA2’s newest and talented Tenant, Ivan Quiroga. Ivan graduated from UTPA in 2014, he is a graphic designer and photographer. 

Designan director ejecutivo de EDC

Víctor Pérez , se había desempeñado como administrador de Operaciones Escolares en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Progreso, hasta antes de su nombramiento como director ejecutivo de la Corporación de Desarrollo Económico de Pharr (EDC) la semana pasada. 

EDITORIAL: 'Transformative' gift to UTRGV School of Medicine

The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is to be commended not only for its generous $15 million gift to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine — but for the perfect timing in announcing the gift. 

Reps from U.S. - Mexico Border States gather at UTRGV to talk Zika prevention

EDINBURG— Healthcare officials and epidemiologist representing 11 states from both sides of the United States-Mexico border met at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this week to plan a pilot program aimed at monitoring mosquitoes capable of spreading viruses such as Zika as a preventive measure. 

México y EU Colaboran para Combatir el Zika

EDINBURG - Los Estados Unidos y México están colaborando para minimizar la propagación del Virus del Zika. 

UTRGV hosting regional science and engineering fair

BROWNSVILLE - UTRGV will host the 57th annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair tomorrow at the Brownsville campus. 

Estrada earns McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholars Award

Dr. Veronica Estrada, UTRGV professor in the College of Education and P-16 Education, accepted an honor Jan. 30 at the national inaugural Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE) in Las Vegas. 

UTRGV med students spend month in the field, engage with underserved population

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – FEB. 9, 2017 – The South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program at The UTRGV School of Medicine has been selected to receive the university’s 2017 Community Engaged Scholarship Champions Award. 

UTRGV professor participates in Latin American crime panel

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, UTRGV associate professor of Public Affairs and Security Studies, was in Washington, D.C., to participate in a panel discussion Feb. 7 on “Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Prevention and Migration.” 

National Kite Flying Day De-Stresses UTRGV Students

EDINBURG, Texas - Clear skies are bringing UTRGV students outdoors to celebrate National Kite Flying Day. 

UTRGV School of Medicine interim dean updates Regents on progress

Dr. Steven A. Lieberman, interim dean of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine, on Feb. 8 gave the Board of Regents’ Health Affairs Committee an update on the progress of the UT System’s newest medical school. 

Teaming up to build skills

HARLINGEN – Research, research, research. You can’t do anything without research. Wanna build a space shuttle? Research. Looking for a fresh oil field? Research. Cure for cancer? Research, definitely. 

Laverne Cox speaks to more than 1,000 attendees at UTRGV PAC

EDINBURG — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Performing Arts Center swarmed with students and area residents Wednesday evening anxiously waiting to see actress and equal rights advocate Laverne Cox. 

Strategies for Saving the Liberal Arts

The challenges facing the liberal arts are well-known. Humanities departments, in particular, struggle to attract students. 

UTRGV CELEBRATES ‘RGV DAY’ IN AUSTIN

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, participated in RGV Day at the Texas Capitol. 

UTRGV seeks waiver for medical school hiring

EDINBURG — With a statewide hiring freeze in place until at least August of this year, officials at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are preparing to begin submitting waivers in order to fill necessary positions, especially for the new School of Medicine. 

UTRGV kicks off workshop focused on yellow fever prevention

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is hosting a week-long workshop focused on yellow fever. 

UT Rio Grande Valley Receives $15 Million for Neuroscience Institute

The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley has announced a $15 million gift from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to create an institute for neuroscience research and education on its Harlingen campus. 

Official: STARGATE doesn’t need building permits

While construction on the SpaceX site is underway at Boca Chica Beach, Boca Chica Village resident Sam Clauson has concerns about the STARGATE property, which is being built by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Super Bowl ad presents lumber company’s vision of border wall, door

Building material company 84 Lumber featured their version of the border wall and its “big beautiful door” Sunday during the Super Bowl with a commercial and accompanying web video that fueled the already raging immigration debate nationwide. 

UTRGV med school matches with 50 students for its second cohort

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has identified 50 prospective students for its second class. 

Valley working as whole to address issues

After decades of division, the Rio Grande Valley has improved its cohesion over the past several years. There is still frequent Valley tension, but the birth of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is perhaps the largest example of the Valley working to be united. 

Library, UTRGV receive $16K grant to host National Endowment for Arts Big Read Program

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), in partnership with the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, is the recipient of a $16,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program. 

Tensions entre les É.-U. et le Mexique

Discussion avec Alexandre Couture Gagnon, professeure en politiques publiques à l’Université du Texas Rio Grande à Brownsville, Texas 

Jorge Plata Moreno Named General Director of OnStar Mexico

General Motors announced Jorge Plata Moreno as the new CEO of OnStar Mexico. Plata Moreno Takes over for Michael Szachta in the role, and will lead the GM subsidiary in its operations as overseer for the implementing of 4G LTE and various other technological advances. 

Scobee’s ‘voice of the stars’ retires after nearly four decades

Scobee Education Center bid farewell Jan. 31 to planetarium Director Bob Kelley, who spent the last 39 years overseeing planetarium operations while also coordinating and presenting close to 14,000 planetarium shows to nearly 1 million people. 

UTRGV kicks off workshop focused on yellow fever prevention

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is hosting a week-long workshop focused on yellow fever. 

UTRGV School of Medicine receives $15M gift to start neuroscience institute

HARLINGEN– The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced a $15 million gift Friday by The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation, the largest contribution to the School of Medicine yet. 

Trump’s Order for a ‘Big, Beautiful’ Wall Renews Fears at a Border Campus

When President Trump ordered that construction begin immediately on the "big, beautiful, powerful wall" he had promised his supporters, he probably wasn’t imagining the green, 10-foot-high fence that runs along the southern perimeter of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV, area healthcare leaders provide update for state legislators

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JAN. 27, 2017 – Dr. Leonel Vela, senior associate dean for Education and Academic Affairs at The UTRGV School of Medicine, participated in a panel discussion with leaders from three area hospitals Thursday night and provided an update on the SOM’s progress for visiting legislators. 

Changes in Rainfall, Temperature Expected to Transform Coastal Wetlands This Century

Sea-level rise isn’t the only aspect of climate change expected to affect coastal wetlands: changes in rainfall and temperature are predicted to transform wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world within the century. 

UTRGV one of 77 organizations nationwide to receive NEA Big Read Grant

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN 31, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a recipient of a $16,000 grant to host the NEA Big Read in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Immigrant students seek reassurance from UTRGV

EDINBURG – In light of recent events threatening the status of immigrants in the United States, students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley met with President Guy Bailey on Monday asking for a public stance to protect students. 

TSC rare book collection moving to Market Square

The John H. Hunter Collection, featuring a treasure trove of early Brownsville history in the form of books, maps and other documents, will have a new home at Market Square thanks to an agreement between the Brownsville Historical Association, Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV professors part of new CDC efforts to combat Zika

EDINBURG – With an anticipated highly active mosquito season right around the corner, local officials and two University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley professors are partnering to better collect, examine and share information on potential spreading viruses such as Zika and West Nile. 

Economists unsure about Mexico-U.S. outlook

McALLEN – Most presenters at a Border Economics forecast conference on Friday didn’t account for President Donald Trump potentially imposing a 20-percent tax on all Mexican imports, which the White House announced on Thursday. 

Getting to the Core of It

What do Columbia University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have in common? 

Newly Created University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is Named CollegeNET’s Second Social Mobility Innovator for 2017

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE). CollegeNET, Inc., a leading provider of web-based on-demand technologies for higher education, and the creator of the Social Mobility Index (SMI), a data-driven system that ranks 4-year US colleges and universities according to how effectively they enroll students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into promising careers. 

UTRGV ADVANCE Leadership Institute luncheon launches Spring 2017 cohort

BROWNSVILLE – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held an ADVANCE Leadership Institute luncheon, Jan. 24 at the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus. 

UTRGV tuba-euphonium ensemble getting ready to perform in Washington

EDINBURG– Preparations for one of the year’s biggest performances began last September for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble. In just a few weeks, the group will be traveling to Washington to perform as the only college at the U.S. Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop. 

UTB transition behind UTRGV’s probation issues

EDINBURG – Miscommunication and timing issues during the creation of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are confirmed to be behind a recent decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ decision to place the university on probation, university officials and new documents say. 

UTRGV professor finds inspiration in local cultures

When University of Texas Rio Grande Valley theater professor and playwright Eric Wiley was introduced to the local Winter Texan community nearly 20 years ago, he said he immediately saw the comedic potential of that group. 

UTRGV engineering students take on San Benito flood issue

SAN BENITO – What areas in town flood the most? What would San Benito do in the event of catastrophic flooding? 

UTRGV: Research - Psychologist Mercado focused on mental healthcare for Latino population

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 18, 2017 – Improving mental healthcare for Rio Grande Valley residents drives the work of Dr. Alfonso Mercado, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV awarded $500K to help CDC research Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding nearly $40 million to four consortiums to create research centers that will help address Zika in the United States. 

Day of Service honors Martin Luther King Jr.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held its second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday when organizations volunteered at nonprofit agencies in honor of activist Martin Luther King Jr. 

Agradecen futuros doctores el apoyo

Edinburg, Tx. Un total de cincuenta y cuatro futuros médicos se presentaron ante los comisionados del Condado Hidalgo para agradecer su continuo apoyo a la Escuela de Medicina UTRGV . 

Security expert: Weigh online risks with benefits

More than half of Americans, and 61 percent of internet users, utilize online banking, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center report. But University of Texas Rio Grande Valley information systems associate professor Jerald Hughes isn’t one of them. 

VAMOS Recipient Shares Struggles as First-Generation College Student

MCALLEN – A former Rio Grande Valley student said two programs helped in his transition from high school to college. 

Undocumented immigrant vows to fight for rights when Trump takes office

MCALLEN, Texas - With President Donald Trump in the the White House, undocumented immigrant and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient Maria Ibarra, 23, said communities like hers feel that their rights may be in jeopardy. But many like her are taking action to make sure that doesn't happen. 

A Voice for History

As a scholar, Aída Hurtado has marked multiple firsts in her study and teaching of Chicana/o studies and feminist theory. And now she’s made history of another kind, as a featured speaker at the recent Women’s March in Washington D.C., said to be the largest such civic event ever in the U.S. 

Bailey provides update during state of campus address

One of the concerns State Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, often heard from Brownsville stakeholders was whether the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley would neglect the Brownsville campus. 

Guy Bailey uses annual bonuses to help students

EDINBURG – Fifteen years ago University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey learned a lesson: If he wanted full control over at least a portion of a university system’s assets, one way is to make good use of annual bonuses. 

Texas A&M garners $10 million grant to establish center, fight vector-borne diseases

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife recently received a substantial monetary boost to bolster its aggressive fight to stem the spread of vector-borne diseases for the public good, said Dr. David Ragsdale, Texas A&M University entomology department head at College Station. 

Continúa UTRGV en total expansión

Edinburg, Tx. En un repaso sobre los logros alcanzados durante el año que recién terminó, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley reconoce que el 2016 fue determinante para su crecimiento con cuatro edificios actualmente en construcción y otros dos aprobados por la Junta de Regentes del Sistema UT. 

THE 2016 RGV CITIZEN OF THE YEAR IS ROBERT C. VACKAR

Last May, Robert C. Vackar gave the largest gift to any educational institution in the history of the Rio Grande Valley, when he donated $15 million to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Former client accomplishes goals, lends helping hand at Moody Clinic

From 6 months to age 18, the Moody Clinic was a second home to Benny Tamas. Through physical, speech, and occupational therapy, Tamas learned to cope with his disability – cerebral palsy. 

Longtime judge Aida Salinas Flores steps down after decades in county courthouse

EDINBURG – Judge Aida Salinas Flores learned about the importance of service to the community at an early age. 

2016: UTRGV completes blockbuster sophomore year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 29, 2016 – From its first cohort of medical students, to the naming of its business college, to a football feasibility committee headed by Mack Brown and an international prize for a physics discovery, UTRGV’s second year of operations was packed with student and faculty accomplishments that highlight the ongoing success of the university community. 

UTRGV has four new buildings under construction, plans for more

EDINBURG– The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is finishing the year with four buildings under construction, two recently approved and many plans for expansion in the upcoming year. 

Six new buildings concrete proof of UTRGV’s growth in 2016

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 26, 2016 – As 2016 closes, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley marks its bricks-and-mortar growth with four buildings currently under construction and two more buildings recently approved for construction by The UT System Board of Regents. 

UTRGV Growth in 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas. As 2016 comes to a close UTRGV marks its bricks and mortar growth with four buildings currently under construction and two more recently approved for construction. 

Obtiene GWSP un premio económico

Edinburg, Tx.- El Programa de Género y Estudios de la Mujer ( GWSP ) de la UTRGV obtuvo un premio económico de poco más de 68 mil dólares Beca de Iniciativas Humanísticas del National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

New tour signs add focus to history

Texas – and the Rio Grande Valley especially – often get excluded from retellings of Civil War history. 

Grant to fund energy-use studies for manufacturers

EDINBURG – With a new grant of $1.25 million on hand, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is getting ready to open the first Industrial Assessment Center in South Texas to help local manufacturers become energy efficient. 

On the Road Again

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 21, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chess Team will participate in the 2016 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships, Tuesday, Dec. 27 through Friday, Dec. 30, in Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans. 

Former provost enjoying his stint on faculty

Bill Fannin has filled many roles in his academic career from dean to interim president, but now he’s filling one of his favorites as a full professor in management at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. 

Study Examines Drug and Human Trafficking Overlap in Mexico

A recent study from a pair of academics specializing on border issues finds a wide degree of overlap between coyotes and drug traffickers along the US-Mexico border, with government policies helping to encourage the blurring of the lines between the two illicit activities. 

Posadas, like Hidalgo will celebrate Wednesday evening, date back centuries

The posada is a religious celebration that commemorates the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. It centers on the biblical figures of Mary and Joseph and their plea for shelter as Mary prepares to give birth. 

Future UTRGV center to provide free energy assessments to local businesses

The UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to house the South Texas Industrial Assessment Center and has been awarded a $1.25 million grant to fund the five-year project. The STIAC will provide industrial energy assessments, at no cost, to local small- and medium-size enterprises, potentially helping manufacturers save millions of dollars each year in energy, productivity and water management costs. 

Electoral College Members in Texas Help Seal Trump's Presidential Win

WESLACO – Electoral College members in Texas put President-elect Donald Trump over the 270-vote threshold needed to seal his presidential win. 

EDITORIAL: UTRGV not a sanctuary institution fit

Guy Bailey, president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, recently said that formally declaring UTRGV a sanctuary university would be unwise, and even counterproductive. At least for the short term, he’s probably right. 

UT Rio Grande Valley probation not about quality

In Texas, we dream big. We tackle challenges head-on, create solutions, and we take “that’s never been done before” as a dare. 

New historical trail signs erected in Brownsville mark Valley role in American Civil War

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 19, 2016 – Fourteen new historical highway and street signs marking the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail have been erected throughout Brownsville, including several on the campuses of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas Southmost College. 

UTRGV Fall 2016 Commencement celebrates 1,974 Edinburg, 604 Brownsville Campus graduates

MCALLEN, TEXAS – DEC. 17, 2016 – More than 1,900 graduates from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley were all smiles as they accepted their degrees during the Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17. 

More than 600 students present to receive UTRGV degrees

Even as she walked onto the stage, it was not the degree Stephanie Elizondo was focused on. 

Graduate Profile: August 2016 graduate Luis Basurto celebrates making the most of his college career

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC 17, 2016 – Luis Basurto, 23, travelled from his new job in Washington, D.C., to be one of 502 summer 2016 graduates who were able to walk in UTRGV’s fall 2016 commencement ceremonies. 

AASHE designates UTRGV International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum (ICSAC)

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2016 – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the UTRGV Office of the Provost has announced that the university have been awarded the designation of Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum. 

UTRGV Gender and Women’s Studies Program receives $68K NEH grant

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2016 – UTRGV’s Gender and Women's Studies Program (GWSP) got an early holiday present – a $68,028 Humanities Initiatives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

PSJA grad developing innovative spacecraft at NASA

SAN JUAN – A simple handshake first helped Hector M. Cerda begin a budding career that has landed him the position of aerospace engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. 

SACSCOC Releases Report on UTRGV’s Probation

EDINBURG - The accrediting body for universities in Southern states explained in a report why UTRGV was placed on probation. 

UTRGV given most serious sanction short of loss of accreditation, agency says

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received the most serious sanction short of completely removing its accreditation, the agency who awards accreditation said in a public disclosure statement released late Thursday. 

UTRGV Fall 2016 commencement ceremonies kick off in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2016 – About 470 of 604 graduates from the Brownsville Campus walked the stage at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Fall 2016 Commencement ceremony on Friday evening.  

UTRGV COEC awarded $1.25M DOE grant

The UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to house the South Texas Industrial Assessment Center. 

Firman acuerdos; activan ruta 2 + 2

McAllen, Tx. Con la firma de un total de 26 acuerdos de articulación, The University of Texas Río Grande Valley y South Texas College aseguran un camino transparente para que los estudiantes lleven sus estudios a un grado superior. 

Darling meets with UT on medical school payment

After three McAllen commission meetings delaying a decision about making a promised payment to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for its medical school, Mayor Jim Darling met with UT System Chancellor William McRaven for an hour in Austin on Wednesday. 

UTRGV Education Students Participate in Teaching Simulation

EDINBURG, Texas. Education students over at UTRGV now have the chance to get a taste of a real-life classroom setting before taking their first teaching position. 

UTRGV Center for Teaching Excellence expands to Brownsville Campus, helps promote faculty success

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –DEC. 15, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Center for Teaching Excellence, a dedicated location where faculty can meet and network, is now open on the Brownsville Campus. 

UTRGV probation fears dispelled

EDINBURG – A bump along a very complicated road – that is how some local politicians and University of Texas officials are taking recent news of UT-Rio Grande Valley’s accreditation being placed on probationary status. 

Good friends share the honor of ringing the UTRGV Commencement Bell

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 13, 2016 – Students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are carrying on a tradition that began in 2011 at The University of Texas at Brownsville – the practice of ringing the university bell at the close of the commencement ceremonies in May and December. 

UTRGV not likely to be deemed ‘sanctuary’ campus

EDINBURG – Even if the term “sanctuary campus” is not adopted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, administrators, faculty and students are meeting halfway to ensure the student’s concerns are acknowledged. 

UTRGV and STC partner on articulation agreements to smooth student transition between the institutions

McALLEN, TEXAS – DEC. 12, 2016 – Twenty-six articulation agreements signed Dec. 12 between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College will ensure a seamless pathway for students to move from an associate’s degree at STC to earning their bachelor’s degree at UTRGV.  

Miscommunication may be at heart of UTRGV probation, documents show

EDINBURG – Festering miscommunication may be at the heart of a decision to place the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on probation, suggest documents obtained by The Monitor. 

COECS seeks to be a supernova in expanding opportunities

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has big plans to engage the community and foster innovation throughout the Valley and beyond. 

EDITORIAL: UTRGV probation questions need specifics

Obviously, the news this week that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been placed on probation by an accreditation agency is a setback for this fledgling institution that plays such a significant role in our region. 

Raymondville Resident Appointed by Governor Abbott to the OneStar Foundation Board

AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benjamin A. Montañez and Randy H. Skinner and reappointed Yvonne S. “Bonnie” Brown to the OneStar Foundation Board for terms set to expire March 15, 2019. The OneStar Foundation provides technical assistance, education, information and other support to Texas’ extensive volunteer community, and improving and strengthening the state’s volunteerism and community service infrastructure. 

Chess King: Grandmaster breaks world record for most games played blindfolded at once

HARLINGEN –Thousands watched chess Grandmaster Timur Gareyev set the world record for most games played blindfolded at the same time. 

UTRGV sends invoice to McAllen for $2 million

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley sent the City of McAllen an invoice for $2 million on Nov. 9, the day after the election, but the city commission has not yet acted on it. The description on the invoice, obtained by The Monitor, said this is per the memorandum of understanding between UTRGV and McAllen – funds for fiscal year 2016. 

Group Brings Awareness to HIV/AIDS

EDINBURG, TX. Since 1988 many observe World AIDS Day. This is a day to show support for those living with HIV and remembering those that died. Some are trying to bring awareness to this issue. An STD roulette spun but no one wanted to know where it stops. That seems to be the attitude some have towards sexually transmitted diseases. 

Mixed-reality simulator gives future educators classroom experience

EDINBURG – With three simple commands – begin simulation, pause simulation and end simulation – aspiring teachers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are getting a taste of the challenges of a real classroom. 

How Trump Could Embolden Cuba’s Hardliners

Since former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s death last Friday, Donald Trump has insulted the longtime leader and pledged to reverse the 2014 agreement to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S. 

Trying to Talk Texan? Let Your Words Lean Into Each Other

UTRGV professor of Culture and Communication, W.F. Strong, says in the traditional or classic Texas dialect, we have a tendency to stretch our vowels and put a lilt into them. 

UTRGV and Harlingen CISD represent Texas at Summit

HARLINGEN, Texas. UTRGV and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District are back from representing the state of Texas at a special summit in Washington, D.C. 

UTRGV’s future educators now can sharpen skills via virtual environment

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 30, 2016 – Before students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Education and P-16 Integration get into a real-life classroom setting, they now will have a chance to fine-tune their craft with some feisty, challenging student avatars in a virtual reality environment. 

Cuba faces renewed tensions with US, but without Fidel Castro, its field marshal

Fidel Castro had once called former United States president George W. Bush a “functional illiterate”. Former US president Ronald Reagan was “the worst terrorist in the history of mankind”, Castro said, with ideas “from the Buffalo Bill era” 

UTRGV officials release further details on salary increases

EDINBURG – Officials at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have announced further details on plans to roll out the previously announced $5 million in salary increases for faculty and staff starting this year. 

UTRGV-Harlingen CISD share new teacher prep program at national summit

A partnership between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Harlingen CISD to improve teacher preparation field experience for bilingual teachers was in the spotlight Nov. 3-4 at the national Teach to Lead summit in Washington, D.C. 

Trump y el futuro del socialismo: las preguntas tras la muerte de Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro llevó las riendas del poder en Cuba durante 48 años y siguió influyendo en el destino de la isla hasta su muerte. Con Fidel se va el rival firme de Washington, el defensor del socialismo a ultranza, el símbolo de la terca resistencia y de la intransigencia que no permitió disidencias. 

Cuba After Castro: How Much Change, and How Quickly?

MIAMI – As the world takes in the news that Fidel Castro has died, many people are asking what will happen next in one of the last remaining Communist countries. 

Moving forward: area leaders re-prioritize after failed merger plan

Less than a month after a proposed merger between two South Texas universities was stopped in its tracks area leaders are looking to move forward. 

Center for women entrepreneurs holds grand opening

The new Women’s Business Center of Cameron County held its official grand opening Thursday at the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, where the center is housed. 

Valley legislators file bills asking for a law school in the area

McALLEN – A new legislative year is bringing renewed hope for Rio Grande Valley representatives who hope to establish a law school in the area. 

UTRGV groups work together to provide 180 meals to RGV families

EDINBURG – What started as a initiative by business students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to donate 25 Thanksgiving meals turned into an effort that provided 180 meals to families in some of the Valley’s poorest colonias. 

Piden declarar UTRGV ‘universidad santuario’

Edinburg, Tx.- Un grupo de estudiantes de la Universidad de Texas del Valle del Río Grande, UTRGV , pretende que el Presidente de la institución, Guy Bailey, la declare como una “universidad santuario”. 

Americans who live near border say Trump's wall is unwelcome

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) – All along the winding Rio Grande, the people who live in this bustling, fertile region where the U.S. border meets the Gulf of Mexico never quite understood how Donald Trump's great wall could ever be much more than campaign rhetoric. 

UTRGV dean has meaningful musical interlude in Cuba

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 22, 2016 – On his 22nd day of employment at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Steven Block spoke at the ceremonial construction launch March 22, 2016 of the $54 million Academic Building on the Brownsville Campus. 

Four UTRGV CAMP freshmen present at state Migrant Educators conference

Four UTRGV students from the university’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) recently presented at the annual Association for Migrant Educators of Texas (AMET) conference, held this year on South Padre Island. 

Trump y el futuro del socialismo: las preguntas tras la muerte de Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro llevó las riendas del poder en Cuba durante 48 años y siguió influyendo en el destino de la isla hasta su muerte. 

Aumento de Construcciones Señal de Mejora en Mercado Inmobiliario Local

EDINBURG - Un reciente repunte en los permisos para construcción muestra que las cosas van bien en el Valle del Río Grande en el mercado inmobiliario. 

Online doctoral education program gets high marks in Gradsource.com rankings

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked eighth in the country as one of the Top Online Schools for Doctoral Programs in Education by GradSource.com. 

UTRGV holds event that highlights impact of local art scene

Art connoisseurs enjoyed an afternoon of workshops on printmaking, photography, UTRGV Radio, virtual reality, Humans of UTRGV and building a social media profile Saturday in historic downtown Brownsville. 

Students Petition to make UTRGV a Sanctuary Campus

EDINBURG, Texas. A group of students from the UTRGV has submitted a petition to the school's president to make the university a sanctuary campus. We report on how the uncertainty of their future in this country has led the students to submit that petition. 

Three UTRGV RISE students win awards at national biomedical research competition

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 18, 2016 – Three UTRGV students won awards and a total of $750 in cash prizes at a recent poster presentation contest, at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida. 

UTRGV Health Occupations students host health fair, promote awareness

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 18, 2016 – Students from the UTRGV chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) recently hosted the group’s first public health fair, in the Ballroom on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. 

Piden que UTRGV sea universidad santuario

EDINBURG, Texas- Estudiantes en la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Rio Grande están recaudando firmas para que la institución se convierta en una universidad santuario. 

Noell embraces retirement after 30-year career as ‘the chamber lady’

Martha Feldtman Noell worked stoically inside her office on Tuesday, seeming somewhat unfazed by her upcoming retirement culminating a 30-year career. And while the occasion would normally warrant some sentiment from most people, she’s not most people. 

Santa Ana announces retirement from AgriLife Research

For a veteran journalist accustomed to noisy newsrooms, working in almost any other capacity is considered somewhat of a nuance that could take some adjustment. 

Brownsville Public Health and Wellness Director Receives Public Health Award

BROWNSVILLE - The city of Brownsville public health and wellness director received a public health award at the Texas Environmental Health Association 61st Annual Educational Conference. 

New photo exhibit honors Mexican and U.S. WWII soldiers

EDINBURG – The friendship shared by the United States and Mexico stretches far beyond borders and deep into both countries’ history and survival. 

Pharr employees evaluate mayor, commission, city manager

PHARR – The fifth biggest concern with city of Pharr employees is that the mayor wears scrubs – all the time. 

Eight students achieve UTRGV’s first Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certifications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 10, 2016 – Eight UTRGV students have earned the university’s first ever post-master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner(PMHNP) certification, awarded by the School of Nursing in the College of Health Affairs. 

UTRGV, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, McAllen Chamber focus on border economics at annual symposium

McALLEN, TEXAS – NOV. 9, 2016 – The presidents of 11 South Texas banks got to share their thoughts on the morning-after impact of the recent presidential election, during the annual Border Economics, Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) held Nov. 9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in McAllen. 

UTRGV nursing program accredited by national agency

EDINBURG – Another accreditation agency has granted the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s nursing program full accreditation in yet another step in the transition from the university’s legacy institutions. 

Beneath the surface of the millennial vote

Millennials, the country’s youngest group of voters, are now tied with Baby Boomers as the largest portion of the electorate, making up 31 percent of eligible voters. While a staggering 139,380 Hidalgo County residents voted early, few are expected to be younger than 35. 

CONGRESSMAN RUBÉN HINOJOSA ANNOUNCES $571,000 GRANT TO UTRGV FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a more than $571,000 grant to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, starting November 15, 2016 for an anticipated total of three years. 

Breaking barriers of communication: IMAS hosts inaugural deaf, hard of hearing event

McALLEN – If someone is in your way while in public, tap their shoulder instead of just speaking up. That is a piece of advice given by Jesse Mendez, who has been deaf since birth. 

UTRGV Compass Leadership Academy helps light the path to a post-military career

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 7, 2016 – UTRGV’s Compass Leadership Academy launched in early October to help student veterans find the best path to a career after their military service. 

Going Green in the RGV, Part 2

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas. You may have seen the wind turbines along the highways in the Rio Grande Valley. South Texas has become a destination for investors interested in renewable energy. 

Religious leaders encourage education

EDINBURG – In a time when politics divides the country, students and community leaders were able to come together across religious lines. 

Students choose Clinton in mock election

If the presidential election were held today, Hillary Clinton would win in a walk, at least in Brownsville, according to the city’s school children. 

National policymakers rely on UTRGV professor’s expertise

Sharing her knowledge of Hispanic socioeconomic outcomes at a national level has become a frequent experience for Dr. Marie T. Mora, associate vice provost for Faculty Diversity and professor of economics at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Environmental sociology students will let the weekend go to “waste"

EDINBURG – To help find creative solutions to sustainable waste management practices, students in the UTRGV Environmental Sociology program will dedicate their weekend learning the ins and outs of the City of Edinburg’s Department of Solid Waste Management. 

UTRGV partners with RGV Food Bank for Healthy Holidays Lunch Workshop

MCALLEN – UTRGV Continuing Education and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley are starting the season of giving with a special Healthy Holidays Lunch and Learn fundraiser, to promote healthy eating and making educated food choices throughout the holidays and beyond. 

Residency, nursing facility on target for early 2017 completion

MERCEDES – Construction of the new Family Practice Residency Program and adjacent Mid-Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation facility are on schedule for an early 2017 opening. 

Legal marijuana may be added to Las Vegas' list of vices

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada already has legal brothels, round-the-clock casinos and a coy catchphrase declaring that "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." If voters approve, the state could soon add another vice in the form of recreational marijuana. 

TAMUCC, TAMUK could merge into one university

Texas A&M Corpus Christi has nearly 12,000 students, and 45 miles away about 9,000 study at Texas A&M Kingsville. However the two campuses could soon be combined into one university with an enrollment of more than 20,000. 

Basilica to Host 'Dia de los Muertos' Art Exhibit

Day of the Dead, or "Dia de los Muertos" festivities are underway, and the city of San Juan is celebrating this special time in a very unique way. 

Undead raise awareness about food insecurity with UTRGV Zombie Walk

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 31, 2016 – Ashen-faced students with bruises, blood stains and infected wounds crept along UTRGV’s Bronc Trail on the Edinburg Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26, to help raise awareness about #theneedtofeed fellow students who experience food insecurity. 

NAFTA lecture informs students about international trade

Alberto Dávila, professor of economics at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, and Tom Fullerton, professor of finance at the University of Texas at El Paso, spoke Wednesday evening in the Stark Lecture Hall in the Gerdin Business Building about free trade between Mexico and the United States. 

Educate Texas Delegation Calls Learning Tour to Study Singapore's World-Class Education System "A Major Success"

Delegation of 37 education, business and philanthropic leaders bring back ideas to Texas after firsthand look at the policies, best practices that have made Singapore an "educational powerhouse". 

Latest Discovery in Zika Research

EDINBURG, Texas. The rise in the number of Zika cases reported south of the border and closer to Texas, is raising concerns for scientists and researchers in the Rio Grande Valley. We tell you about the project a UTRGV professor and his grad students are doing. Their work could to help prevent the spread of the virus and possibly find a cure for it. 

UTRGV professor a trailblazer in STEM

As early as age 4 Karen Lozano knew she wanted to be a scientist. At that young age, she also had the mature understanding there weren’t many female examples to follow, let alone many Latinas in the science professions. 

COMMENTARY: Supporting UTRGV's medical school

One of the absolute highlights of my year so far was the white coat ceremony of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s inaugural class. 

UTRGV hosts first business leader award luncheon in Edinburg

EDINBURG – A five-year-old tradition that originated at the University of Texas at Brownsville honoring local business leaders made its way to Edinburg on Friday with the inaugural Business Leader’s Lunch. 

Slice of Life: Danny Gidora

HARLINGEN - What do you know? Jiminy Cricket was indeed right. Dreams do come true. At least they have for Danny Gidora. 

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos Named Texas Nominee for 2017 National Superintendent of the Year

TASA has selected Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, as Texas’ nominee for the 2017 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award. 

Texas SOS implored UTRGV students to head to polls

Texas voters who are discouraged by the choice between historically unfavorable presidential candidates are not alone, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos said. 

Texas Secretary of State visits UTRGV in Edinburg

EDINBURG, Texas. Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos is traveling across the Lone Star State to promote his ‘Vote Texas’ campaign. Today he visited UTRGV students to promote the importance of voting among the millennial population. 

EDITORIAL: A UTRGV McAllen facility at last

Although the mood and ambience at a groundbreaking on Wednesday morning for the long-awaited UTRGV research facility in McAllen was upbeat and congratulatory, the underlying tensions leading up to this event was the unstated elephant in the tent. 

UTRGV and DHR break ground on research facility in McAllen

McALLEN – Health, education and political leaders gathered Wednesday at what is now empty land adjacent to Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to break ground on what will soon be the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s first research facility in McAllen. 

Texas Secretary of State Cascos visits UTRGV, urges students to vote

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 27, 2016 – Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos brought his statewide bilingual voting initiative, Vote Texas, to UTRGV’s Edinburg Campus on Oct. 27, to encourage more Texans, especially young people, to cast their ballots. 

UTRGV chess team cements Texas brags, brings home first-place Super Finals trophy

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 26, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chess Team A returned home triumphant recently with the first place trophy for the Texas Collegiate Super Finals. 

UTRGV, DHR, City of McAllen tout improved healthcare, economic impact, at research facility groundbreaking

McALLEN, TEXAS – OCT. 26, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and the City of McAllen celebrated the groundbreaking Oct. 26 of a new research facility designed to transform the Rio Grande Valley in terms of expanded research opportunities, improved healthcare and increased economic development. 

UTRGV officials opt for hiring freeze to afford pay increases

After evaluating recent expenses, needs and promises, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey announced a soft hiring freeze that will allow the school to roll out about $5 million in pay raises. 

In Railroad Commission race, a petroleum engineer lifts Libertarian hopes

DRIPPING SPRINGS – Mark Miller’s otherwise unremarkable home office hints at his message to Texas voters. 

High school students get head start at UTRGV Math and Science Academy

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley celebrated the completion of a school-within-a-college model at its Edinburg campus that is giving Hidalgo County high school students the option of starting their college experience in their junior year. 

Professor and author cites women’s professional gains

Machismo is on its way out, and women are increasingly assuming positions of power. 

Edinburg native brings Ballet San Antonio to open new UTRGV art series

Dahlia Guerra remembers Edinburg native Willy Shives dancing as a kid. “You saw him in a crowd, and he would just grab your attention,” said Guerra, who is now the assistant vice president for Public Art at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV Math and Science Academy celebrates expansion to Edinburg Campus with ribbon-cutting, reception

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 21, 2016 – Referring to the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” 16-year-old Andrea Morrison said she and her classmates at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) had to decide which path they wanted to follow. 

Traveling to Cuba? This Q&A has info on visas, credit cards, hotels and how not to run afoul of U.S. law

When Southwest Airlines begins direct service Dec. 12 from Tampa to Havana, it will be cheaper and easier for locals to visit Cuba. 

Texas A&M University gets green light for Rio Grande Valley expansion

State higher education officials gave Texas A&M University a nod of approval last week in the system flagship’s efforts to expand into the fast-growing, high-poverty Rio Grande Valley. 

International Ties: UTRGV COEC signs MOU with university in Thailand

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 21, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University (RMU), a nonprofit university in the Muang District in northeastern Thailand. 

UTRGV included in six-school, $15.4 million NOAA research grant

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was selected as one of six universities to participate in a $15.4 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research grant. 

Dr Pepper: The Story of Texas’ Favorite Soft Drink

My favorite snack as a teenager was a Dr Pepper with salty peanuts. You remember: you pour the peanuts into the Dr Pepper and let them float around and season the drink. Didn’t get much better than that. 

HESTEC fosters opportunity, excellence and innovation in the RGV

As I reflect on the highly successful 15th year of the Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) conference hosted earlier this month by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), I am reminded once again how rewarding it is to witness thousands of young women and men of diverse ethnicities aspire to learn and achieve in STEM fields. Every year, I am amazed by the powerful impact of the week-long HESTEC conference on students and families in South Texas 

New hope in superbug fight: Tasmanian devil milk

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's occasional enemy, the voracious Tasmanian devil, may pose a threat to something we'd actually like to see disappear from this planet: the superbug. 

Survivors, victims honored at Petals on Lake event

That was one of the messages ‘Enchilada Queen’ Sylvia Casares, owner of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, wanted to share with people at the 9th annual Petals on the Lake event Tuesday night on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville campus. 

Stop shaming Hidalgo Co voters over Prop 1

Several eye-opening pieces have been published in The Monitor and local news outlets recently regarding a proposed Hidalgo County Healthcare District, otherwise known as Proposition 1, which is on the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot. 

UTRGV medical school short of funds

The Rio Grande Valley is one of the fastest growing regions in the state and nation, and one of the most medically underserved. Hidalgo County has nearly 1 million residents and 33 percent of those are under 65 years of age and lack health insurance. One in four residents of Hidalgo County and surrounding communities has diabetes, and Hidalgo County is one of the largest urban areas without a public hospital. 

Students take in opera performance of Hansel and Gretel

Several of the children in attendance Friday morning have never seen an opera before. 

Gene Powell inducted into UT School of Business Hall of Fame, thanks Valley for support

The University of Texas celebrated the career and accomplishments of Rio Grande Valley native Eugene “Gene” Powell on Friday evening with his induction into the UT McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. 

Economista Alberto Dávila explica por qué la tabla que define la línea de la pobreza no es aplicable a la realidad actual

El también profesor de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley ha estudiado a fondo la situación de los inmigrantes hispanos en comunidades de bajos recursos. 

UTRGV, Inter National Bank launch business student mentorship program

McALLEN, TEXAS – OCT. 20, 2016 – One conversation can change the course of a day, a career or a life, and that belief lies at the core of the innovative Great Conversations Mentorship Program. 

Motivan a jóvenes a probar programa

Estudiantes de la Universidad de Michi-gan, animan a los estudiantes y padres para tomar ventaja del programa de enriquecimiento de lenguaje dual . 

UTRGV Symphony Orchestra Debut Concerts

The talents of student musicians from both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses melded harmoniously under the baton of Maestro Peter Dabrowski during the inaugural performances of the UTRGV Symphony Orchestra at both campuses. 

UTRGV Master of Physician Assistant Studies program gets expansion approval

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is expanding the number of students admitted to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. 

UTRGV biology major earns first place for her research poster on Zika virus

Brenda Hernandez-Barron, a senior biology major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was awarded first place in her category in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition 

UTRGV JumpStart students score high on latest Texas college readiness tests

Administrators at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are jumping for joy over the latest test results by students enrolled in its JumpStart Program. 

Student Impacted by Federal Aid Change

EDINBURG – New changes are being made to federal aid for Rio Grande Valley college students. One student said the new method means less money for him. 

UTRGV Master of Physician Assistant Studies program gets expansion approval

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 11, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is continuing its efforts to prepare graduates in healthcare professions by expanding the number of students admitted to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. 

Writers Series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will host a reading and cultural discussion panel to observe Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate and promote diversity within and around the university and greater Huntington communities, according to a release from the university. 

Group aims to boost border business

HARLINGEN – Four years after it was proposed, the cross-border economic development agency called BiNED is finally taking form. 

Water Works: Students dive deep into underwater robotics in SeaPerch competition

HARLINGEN – The network of PVC pipe looked harmless enough. 

Local educators collaborate to better understand STEM

McALLEN – The second cohort of Rio Grande Valley professors and teachers are receiving training on how to better engage and understand the skills needed by students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Harlingen High School big winners yesterday

HARLINGEN – After a full day of competition, Harlingen High School won HESTEC 2016’s Navy SeaPerch Underwater Robotic Challenge, held yesterday for the first time at the Harlingen CISD Aquatics Center. 

Valley students compete during HESTEC’s SeaPerch event in Harlingen

HARLINGEN – The network of PVC pipe looked harmless enough. 

UTRGV and Inter National Bank take mentorship to the next level

Sam Munafo, will provide real-world insight and guidance to UTRGV students. Students, mentors and program organizers will be available for 

UTRGV Nursing Program Ranked High in the Nation

EDINBURG, Texas. The Nursing Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was recently ranked as one of the best in the nation. News Center 23's Jose Saenz tells why the program received that recognition, and why students are choosing over other programs. 

America’s Navy hosts Annual SeaPerch Competition at HESTEC 2016

Continuing to spark students' interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Sailors of Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Antonio and Navy City Outreach Southwest Region put students' ingenuity to the test with a SeaPerch Competition held at the Harlingen Aquatic Center during the 15th Annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week, Oct. 7. 

Concern remains for annual visitors Will low dollar exchange slow Winter Texans?

HARLINGEN – The annual migration of Winter Texans is headed to the Rio Grande Valley. 

Millennial Activists Left Unimpressed With Trump’s Stance on Sexual Assault

Before the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Republican nominee Donald Trump called in the traveling press corps for a press conference on his “debate prep.” 

BiNED group aims to boost border business

HARLINGEN – Four years after it was proposed, the cross-border economic development agency called BiNED finally is taking form. 

52 percent of McAllen millennials live with parents

McALLEN – More millennials live with their parents in the McAllen area than anywhere else in the United States. 

Water Works: Students dive deep into underwater robotics in SeaPerch competition

HARLINGEN – The network of PVC pipe looked harmless enough. 

America's Navy at the 15th Annual HESTEC

EDINBURG, Texas (NNS) -- "Celebrating 15 Years" is the theme of the 2016 Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Oct. 3-6. 

TMMTX’s support of STEM education in the Rio Grande Valley aims to inspire the next generation of Latino team members

We’re half way through Hispanic Heritage Month, which continues until Oct. 15. But while many might see that celebration as an opportunity to more fully appreciate the Latino culture’s past, Toyota’s truck plant in San Antonio, Texas, has chosen to place its focus squarely on the future. 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: "L'heure du monde"

C'est l'émergence de créneaux axés sur les secteurs de pointe de la haute technologie et de l'économie du savoir qui ont permis à la région de Québec de connaître un essor sans pareil au pays depuis plus d'un quart de siècle, selon l'économiste Chantal Routhier. 

Conoce a 30 mexicanos exitosos menores de 30 años

Se pensaba antes que la juventud era un impedimento para lograr el éxito profesional y que para alcanzarlo se requería de una mayor experiencia que solo la edad te daba, hoy en día ese concepto ha cambiado. 

Spotlight on Fountain of Mercy Ministries

WESLACO – It wasn’t long before Maria Elena Ramos remembered one of the more emotional cases she’s undertaken. 

Valley Metro seeing ridership boom

HARLINGEN – While the planet obsesses over self-driving cars, one of the oldest forms of mass transportation is enjoying a renaissance in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Writers Series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will host a reading and cultural discussion panel to observe Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate and promote diversity within and around the university and greater Huntington communities, according to a release from the university. 

Group aims to boost border business

HARLINGEN – Four years after it was proposed, the cross-border economic development agency called BiNED is finally taking form. 

BiNED group aims to boost border business

HARLINGEN – Four years after it was proposed, the cross-border economic development agency called BiNED finally is taking form. 

52 percent of McAllen millennials live with parents

McALLEN – More millennials live with their parents in the McAllen area than anywhere else in the United States. 

Honoring a “profound” PSJA theater teacher

ALAMO – Roberto Gomez Jr., was a saint, a mentor and a father figure, in the words of many in the Pharr-Alamo-San Juan school district. His official title was director of PSJA Memorial Early College High School’s theater department. 

Water Works: Students dive deep into underwater robotics in SeaPerch competition

HARLINGEN – The network of PVC pipe looked harmless enough. 

Local educators collaborate to better understand STEM

McALLEN – The second cohort of Rio Grande Valley professors and teachers are receiving training on how to better engage and understand the skills needed by students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Harlingen High School big winners yesterday

HARLINGEN – After a full day of competition, Harlingen High School won HESTEC 2016’s Navy SeaPerch Underwater Robotic Challenge, held yesterday for the first time at the Harlingen CISD Aquatics Center. 

Valley students compete during HESTEC’s SeaPerch event in Harlingen

HARLINGEN – The network of PVC pipe looked harmless enough. 

Latina Sailors Talk with Mothers, Daughters at HESTEC

"Celebrating 15 Years" is the theme of the 2016 Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Oct. 3-6. 

BROWNSVILLE HERALD: Robotics teams compete during UTRGV’s HESTEC event

It took several redesigns before the South Middle School team’s robot was ready for competition at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley HESTEC Robotics Day.

DVids Defense Imagery Distribution System: “Latina Sailors talk with Mothers, Daughters at HESTEC

“Celebrating 15 Years” is the theme of the 2016 Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Oct. 3 - 6. 

RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN: Hinojosa: UT Regent’s HESTEC Speech Inspired Young Latinas

EDINBURG, RGV – Presiding over his last HESTEC as a member of Congress, Rubén Hinojosa said he was moved beyond words by the inspiring speech given by Sara Martinez Tucker, a UT System Regent originally from Laredo. 

THE MONITOR: CNN journalist talks about supportive mom and growing up in the Valley

EDINBURG – Members of the HESTEC 2016 Latina Day audience shed a few tears Wednesday, during the opening keynote address by Progreso, Texas, native and CNN correspondent Rosa Flores. 

THE MONITOR: UTRGV engineering prof shares experiments, stories of her journey

EDINBURG – Female students from the Region One ESC and their mothers were teamed against each other to see who could inflate a 5-foot-long tubular balloon the fastest, during a breakout session led by UTRGV mechanical engineering professor Karen Lozano, during HESTEC’s Latina Day on Oct. 5. 

THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD: CNN journalist talks about supportive mom and growing up in the Valley

EDINBURG – Members of the HESTEC 2016 Latina Day audience shed a few tears Wednesday, during the opening keynote address by Progreso, Texas, native and CNN correspondent Rosa Flores. 

The Brownsville Herald, “Hispanic Education Recognition”

The Brownsville Herald, Page A9, Community Photo: Ceja, Hinojosa, Bailey – “Hispanic Education Recognition” 

The Monitor: “Homegrown robotics entrepreneur shares stories, advice, during Student Leadership Day”

EDINBURG – Heriberto Reynoso’s love of working with robots began with playing with LEGOs as a child. 

The Monitor: “High school seniors help solve medical mystery at HESTEC Student Leadership Day”

EDINBURG – High school seniors from Lasara and La Villa high schools were tasked with finding out what was causing a 13-year-old boy to have extreme fatigue, during a breakout session featuring the School of Medicine at HESTEC 2016’s Student Leadership Day. 

The Monitor: “Corporate leaders at HESTEC 2016: Be confident, follow your dreams, help others”

EDINBURG – Nearly 900 local high school seniors heard the story of how an immigrant to the United States from Uruguay rose to become a vice president at Toyota, during the kickoff of HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. 

UTRGV researchers apply for federal grant to stop mosquito-borne illnesses

Several researchers at the University of the Rio Grande Valley are working on an application to send to the Centers for Disease Control to build a center which will track illnesses spread through mosquitoes and limit their impact. 

Texas Border Biz: “Valley educators gather at UTRGV to open 15th HESTEC Week”

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opened HESTEC 2016 with a prestigious White House recognition of its 15 years of success in encouraging more students, particularly Hispanics and women, to take an interest in and pursue higher education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. 

Brownsville Herald: “UTRGV and HESTEC recognized as Bright Spot in Hispanic Education”

EDINBURG – This year’s Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology week, known as HESTEC, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley began with the presentation of a White House recognition on Monday. 

The Monitor: “Valley educators gather at UTRGV to open 15th HESTEC Week”

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opened HESTEC 2016 with a prestigious White House recognition of its 15 years of success in encouraging more students, particularly Hispanics and women, to take an interest in and pursue higher education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. 

The Monitor: “UTRGV, HESTEC recognized as Bright Spot in Hispanic Education”

EDINBURG – This year’s Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology week, known as HESTEC, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley began with the presentation of a White House recognition on Monday. 

The Monitor: “Educators channel their inner rappers at HESTEC”

EDINBURG – Teachers from school districts across the Rio Grande Valley sang songs about algebra, played with matches to learn about chemical reactions and explored career options for their students among other activities, during a range of breakout sessions Monday at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Conference Educator Day. 

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TOP SHELF: Strong literature flows from UTRGV’s ‘riverSedge,’ faculty

The literary community of deep South Texas has flourished in recent years, and nowhere is that more evident than in the work flowing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s faculty, both original writing and curated endeavors. 

Healthcare district debate leaves several unanswered questions

McALLEN – There were several questions left unanswered Thursday in a debate over the proposed healthcare district between Hidalgo County Pct. 2 Commissioner Eddie Cantu and pediatrician Dr. Martin Garza. 

UTRGV releases fall 2016 enrollment statistics

Rio Grande Valley, Texas- Sept.19,2016- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced today a fall 2016 headcount enrollment of 27,551 highlighted by one of the top freshman classes in the state. 

USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $8.4 million in grants that will be used by organizations in 24 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers. 

RGV Youths Faced with Pressures Related to Gangs, Crime

MCALLEN – Youths in the Rio Grande Valley are sometimes faced with a variety of pressures and making tough choices. Street gangs and criminals usually try to recruit them because they are impressionable, according to experts. 

Researchers examine how education impacts clergy views of homosexuality

Researchers at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions evaluated the role education plays in influencing what members of the clergy think about homosexuality. 

MAYOR GARCIA: WE MUST NOT LET UTRGV SCHOOL OF MEDICINE BECOME TORTILLA TECH

EDINBURG, RGV – Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia says he does not want UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to be so starved of funds that it becomes known as Tortilla Tech. 

UTRGV celebrates 15 years of HESTEC, expands events to Brownsville and Harlingen

EDINBURG – This year marks the 15th anniversary, or quinceañera, of HESTEC – Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology week – and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is commemorating the occasion by expanding the reach of the conference. 

COMMENTARY: The virtues of our Valley's new UTRGV medical school

This summer marked a historic moment for the Rio Grande Valley with the opening of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine. 

The Rocket Launchers at UTRGV soar high at international competition

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 26, 2016 – The Rocket Launchers at UTRGV, a student group at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is off to a soaring start launching not only rockets, but also their careers in the aerospace industry. 

In Texas, Even Trump Supporters Hate the Border Wall

"Nobody likes the wall," says Tony Martinez, mayor of Brownsville, a city in the southeastern corner of Texas across the Rio Grande from Matamoros, Mexico. He's the son of Mexican immigrants and a Democrat, but he's not exaggerating: Even Donald Trump supporters in the town hate the border fence that has been here since 2008. 

Diversity, tuition costs on college campuses addressed at Texas Tribune Festival

Panelists at the Texas Tribune Festival met over the weekend to discuss issues in higher education affecting students across Texas. The slow growth of racial diversity and high tuition costs at Texas colleges were issues panelists wanted to see addressed when the 85th Legislature begins in the upcoming months. 

UTRGV connects Brownsville and Edinburg campuses through interactive TV

Gathered around two TV monitors and with a camera and microphones pointed at them, graduate students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville campus participated in a course taught 67 miles away via video conference. 

EDITORIAL: Why is McAllen reneging on funds to UTRGV School of Medicine?

In November of 2015, The Monitor editorial board criticized the City of Mission for reneging on a financial commitment that it and a group of four other governmental entities made in support of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

UTRGV’S CBEST UNVEILS REPORT ON K-12 EDUCATION IN SOUTH TEXAS

EDINBURG, RGV – Salvador Contreras, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, published a statistical report as part of the Border Business Briefs on K-12 education along the border. 

UT regents approve public-private agreement between DHR and UTRGV

McALLEN – The University of Texas Board of Regents approved a private-public agreement Friday morning slated to bring a research facility to the city of McAllen as part of a deal between UT-Rio Grande Valley and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. 

Cuban Military Expands Its Economic Empire Under Détente

HAVANA – At the height of Cuba's post-Soviet economic crisis, a man with the obscure title of city historian began transforming Havana's crumbling historic center block by block, polishing stone facades, replacing broken stained glass and repairing potholed streets. 

The Monitor: UTRGV officials plan ahead to address issues, improve system

EDINBURG – The excitement of the first cohort, first graduating class and even the controversial change of mascots are now part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s history. This second year, officials said, will be full of reassessments. 

REBusiness Online: Rio Grande Valley Commercial Real Estate Growth is Happening

Growth. It is occurring all across the Rio Grande Valley. From the residential sector to the retail development industry, regional statistics indicate there is an overwhelming boom in the Valley. 

Valley Morning Star: Local women experience what it takes to compete in Ironman triathlons

HARLINGEN – Why do the Ironman?. Why climb Mt. Everest?Because it’s a challenge. That’s why an increasing number of local women are taking on the Ironman triathlon. At the Tri Girl Sprint Triathlon in Harlingen last month, numerous women referred to their participation in the Ironman triathlon, a grueling event which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. 

KENS5.com: Mexican immigrant advances nano technology through startup on the border

She’s a mother, a professor, one of the nation’s most recognized engineers. She’s also a Mexican immigrant. The U.S. government is hoping to attract more people just like her. 

El Manana: Aprueban recursos para nuevo edificio

Edinburg, Tx.- En el marco de las celebraciones del primer aniversario de la Universidad de Texas Rio Grande Valley, se dieron a conocer planes para una nueva facultad en el campus Edinburg. 

El Manana: Otorgan recursos para servicios de preescolar

Edinburg, Tx. - Los servicios educativos para la primera infancia o head start, serán ampliados gracias a una subvención millonaria otorgada por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos. 

El Manana: Realizarán primer simposio ISMER

McAllen, Tx. - Tamer Balci, profesor asociado de historia y el organizador del simposio, dijo que el evento del martes 6 de septiembre, es una oportunidad perfecta para los estudiantes universitarios, profesores, el personal y el público para aprender más acerca de la relación sensible de este país con el Medio Oriente, que data de la última década del siglo 18. 

El Manana: Combaten el sobrepeso y la obesidad

Edinburg, Tx. - Con el objetivo de combatir el azote del sobrepeso y la obesidad en la región, se realizó el Seminario Obesidad y en el Valle del Río Grande; área que ocupa una de las tasas más altas a nivel estado. 

Our London: ‘Mexico will pay for the wall. 100%:’ Donald Trump vows to deport millions

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump went to Mexico and spoke in a hush and called Mexicans "spectacular," and it seemed, for another fleeting moment, like he might be trying to execute the immigration "softening" he was said to be considering. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV SIGNS MOU WITH LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS COMPANY

EDINBURG, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NextDecade, LLC, the company which plans to build a $20 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville. 

Valley Central: UTRGV research program aims to generate disaster plan for impoverished areas

Following the aftermath of recent major flooding in Louisiana, a research program from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley aims to create a plan that will better prepare the Rio Grande Valley for natural disasters. 

Valley Morning Star: Local teacher presents research

La Paloma Elementary fourth grade teacher Ana Richmond, along with two fellow graduate students, had the opportunity to present her research on Differentiated Instruction to the Texas Council for Exceptional Children at their annual conference in Austin. 

CNS News: Obama's New Job-Creation Plan: Bring More Foreign Entrepreneurs to U.S.

(CNSNews.com) - The Obama administration is proposing a new rule that would allow "certain international entrepreneurs" to come to the United States temporarily to start or expand their businesses in this country. 

El Manana: Realizarán Vaqueros visorías a prospectos

Edinburg, Tx.- Los Vaqueros de UTRGV estarán realizado visorías a prospectos que buscan integrarse al selectivo de futbol varonil lo que se realizará el próximo 13 de septiembre en las instalaciones del estadio de futbol soccer en Edinburg. 

3rd Solution: Welcoming International Entrepreneurs: – The White House

Today marks an important step in attracting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next generation of great companies and create jobs here in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing a proposed International Entrepreneur Rule. 

KENS5.com: UT-RGV researchers test for Zika along the border amid need for federal funding

Researchers at the University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley say that they are working hard to find that vaccine despite limited federal funding. 

The Brownsville Herald: Vaqueros soccer wins first South Texas Showdown

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros women’s soccer team won the inaugural match of the South Texas Showdown, presented by Navy Army Community Credit Union, by beating the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders 2-1 on Friday in the UTRGV Invitational at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex. 

Valley Morning Star: Proud achievement: TSTC students celebrate their hard work at graduation

HARLINGEN – It’s been a rough road. Ricardo Ramos, 22, cradled the certification in building construction science he’d just earned from Texas State Technical College. He and other graduates were receiving their associates degrees and certifications yesterday at the TSTC Commencement Ceremony. 

KRGV.com: Football Study Moves on

EDINBURG - Is the Rio Grande Valley ready for its own college football team? That's the question under current consideration at the UT-RGV campus. The feasibility study continues while trying to overcome a big hurdle. Where would the team play? CHANNEL 5's Ruben Juarez has an update on the progress of the committee. 

El Manana: Facultad de enfermería entre las mejores del país

Edinburg, Tx. La Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad Río Grande Valley fue nombrada entre las mejores en el país en dos clasificaciones nacionales publicadas por sitios web que sirven como recursos para los estudiantes de enfermería actuales y futuros. 

TexBiker.net: Texas Bicycling News August 18th 2016

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the City of Brownsville soon will be able to provide a bike-sharing program to the community. 

EdPrepMatters: New Holmes Cadets Pilot Launches in Texas

This month, I visited the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to participate in a kick-off symposium for the new AACTE Holmes Cadets Program starting there. The participating high school students were a dynamic reminder of why AACTE is expanding the Holmes Program: to support historically underrepresented students pursuing careers in education. 

Rio Grande Guardian: MCRAVEN: MAKING HISTORY IN THE VALLEY

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to see history unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. I traveled from Austin for a series of events related to the new UTRGV School of Medicine and the positive impact it is having on the health care ecosystem of the Valley. 

McRaven Discusses Benefits Medical School Will Bring to RGV

EDINBURG, RGV – William McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas System, said cities that have both a medical school and a healthcare district, such as those in Dallas, Bexar and Harris counties, have worked very well together for the community that they support. 

El Manana: Realizan Cumbre sin fines de lucro

Edinburg, Tx. Se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Edinburg la segunda de una serie de conferencias encaminadas a abordar el tema de las organizaciones no lucrativas, esto con el fin de crear más opciones y ampliar las oportunidades de voluntariado en la comunidad. 

El Manana: Finaliza programa que busca más investigadores en ciencia

McAllen, Tx – El programa titulado Investigadores escolares de preparatoria de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río grande (Pos sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) terminó esta semana con la participación de decenas de jóvenes que mostraron su trabajo realizado durante este proyecto en una ceremonia de clausura. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV hosts summit to create bonds with nonprofits

EDINBURG – In a first for the area, Rio Grande Valley’s businesses, nonprofits and university officials met for a one-day summit Tuesday to learn how to better partner to create impact. 

The Monitor: UTRGV hosts summit aimed at creating bonds with local nonprofits

EDINBURG – In a first for the area, Rio Grande Valley’s businesses, nonprofits and university officials met for a one-day summit Tuesday to learn how to better partner to create impact. 

Valley Morning Star: HIGH Scholars Program aims to create future scientists and researchers

Engaging posters and excited students were plentiful during the competition and closing ceremony of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s High School Research Scholars Program (HIGH Scholars) held Aug. 5 on the Edinburg Campus. 

The Monitor: UTRGV partners with South Texas ISD for new education pathway

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas Independent School District partnered to create the first program in the area to mentor future educators while in high school. 

Rio Grande Guardian: IN PICTURES: MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES REBOUNDS AT UTRGV

EDINBURG, RGV – The Mexican American Studies program at UT-Rio Grande Valley is flourishing under the direction of Dr. Francisco Guajardo and Dr. Stephanie Alvarez. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV students to deal with new campus carry policy

As the fall semester approaches, students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will have one more thing to study up on: campus carry. 

Valley Morning Star: Loaded Subject

BROWNSVILLE – As the fall semester approaches, students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will have one more thing to study up on: campus carry. 

KRGV.com: Expert Worries about Potential Ineffective Border Security Policies

BROWNSVILLE – A man arrested and convicted of sexual assault in Cameron County, was a former drug cartel member and witness for the Mexican government. 

KRGV.com: Expertos Preocupados sobre Política Inefectiva de Seguridad

BROWNSVILLE – Un hombre que fue arrestado y encontrado culpable en el Condado Cameron de depredador sexual, es un ex-miembro de un cartel de drogas y testigo para el gobierno mexicano. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV completes gender equity survey, plans solutions

EDINBURG – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley leaders received the results of a study on gender equity in faculty salaries as the first step of bringing fairness in pay across its campuses, which for the most part still reflect salary practices of their legacy institutions – UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville. 

Rio Grande Guardian: In Pictures: Palms Behavioral Comes to Harlingen

HARLINGEN, RGV – A Palms Behavioral Health hospital has opened in the Rio Grande Valley. The hospital is centered in Harlingen and specializes in mental illnesses and substance abuse care. 

Abc15 Arizona: FACT CHECK: Sister of Border Patrol agent killed near Arizona border claims there are few agents

The Arizona-Mexico border became a brief focal point during Day One of the Republican National Convention. 

KRGV.com: Edinburg Woman Loses Small Fortune in Mail

EDINBURG – An Edinburg homeowner waiting for a $13,000 insurance check finally received her money. 

KRGV.com: Mujer de Edinburg pierde pequeña fortuna por correo

EDINBURG – Una residente de Edinburg, quien esperaba el cheque de un seguro por $13,000, finalmente recibió su dinero. 

El Manana: Unidos por la educación

Edinburg, Tx. Este programa es uno de los primeros de su tipo en los Estados Unidos y apoya a los estudiantes de preparatoria de grupos minoritarios para conseguir su diploma o GED y que están interesados en una carrera de maestro, administración escolar o relacionada. 

Whidbey News-Times: Wienermobile rolling into Oak Harbor on Thursday

Taylor Lennox and Mayra Martinez don’t need to wish to be an Oscar Mayer wiener – they already drive one. 

Texas Public Radio: How Black Lives Matter in the Valley

Black Lives Matter: we’ve heard it a lot lately in the wake of more police shootings of black men. It came up – in different ways – at both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions. It’s also showing up in places where there are not a lot of black lives – places like the Rio Grande Valley – with a black population of just one percent. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Cuellar: Streets in Indian Hills East colonia are finally going to get fixed

INDIAN HILLS, RGV – Hidalgo County Commissioner A.C. Cuellar classified the roads in Indian Hills East as the worst in Precinct 1. 

Valley Business Report: First ever RGV Nonprofit Business Summit takes place

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host the first RGV Nonprofit Business Summit Aug. 9, offering tools and ideas for sustainable success, networking opportunities, and session and keynote presentations by social change experts from the region and the country. 

Rio Grande Guardian: García: The Evolution of Education in Texas and Mexico

Hispanics have always enjoyed a penchant for education, and especially for endowing their children this love of learning. 

KRGV.com: Campus Carry Law Starts Today

BROWNSVILLE – Students with a concealed handgun license can now carry their guns at public universities in Texas, including those at UTRGV. 

KRGV.com: Students Comment on Campus Carry Law

BROWNSVILLE – The campus carry law goes into effect today at UTRGV. 

Valley Business Report: Brick by Brick - Building the Valley

Behind every commercial and institutional building going up in the Rio Grande Valley is a general contractor. Years ago, contractors would bid on a project, win a bid, hire numerous subcontractors, oversee the work and strive to finish it all on time and on budget. 

Juliet Garcia writing book about creation of UTRGV

WESLACO, RGV. Former UT-Brownsville President Juliet Garcia is writing a book about the creation of UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

Valley Morning Star: Campus carry debuts today

EDINBURG. Texas will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons onto public university campuses starting today, which is also the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting at the University of Texas landmark clock tower. 

The Monitor: Campus carry goes into effect at UTRGV

EDINBURG. For nearly a year now, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has prepared to roll out the mandated and controversial campus carry law, which allows concealed handgun license holders to carry on campus starting Monday. 

El Manana: Apoya UTRGV a atletas en los Juegos de Texas

McAllen, Tx. Los Juegos de Texas han empezado y con esto la llegada de miles de atletas por lo que La Universidad de Texas en el Valle de rio grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) esta lista para apoyar a los participantes de varias de las competencias. 

The Monitor: Veronica Gonzales carves out decades-long public service career after family tragedy

Isabel Gonzales always wanted her daughter Veronica Gonzales to be a lawyer or a doctor. When I was growing up, there weren't many careers that you knew about, Veronica said. You knew doctors and lawyers were successful. My parents were very smart but had a limited education. We didn't know much about what engineers did. 

Valley Moring Star: UTRGV, county partner on ecosystem projects

San Benito. A new partnership between Cameron County and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will give the county much-needed guidance on environmental challenges and may even bring more grant money to the region for future infrastructure projects. 

El Manana: Pondrá en marcha cumbre empresarial

Edinburg, Tx. Abbott sera uno de varios oradores en la conferencia de un día, que tendra lugar en el Centro de Servicio de Educación Región Uno en Edinburg. La conferencia comienza a las 8:00 y termina a las 16:30 horas. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV Civil Engineering faculty member to serve as LMEP director

A new partnership between Cameron County and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will give the county much-needed guidance on environmental challenges and may even bring more grant money to the region for future infrastructure projects. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Bailey: UTRGV to Become a Billion Dollar Enterprise

EDINBURG, RGV. The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley could become a billion-dollar enterprise within the next ten years, says its president, Guy Bailey. 

Casino Journal: Groundbreaking research published on market saturation in U.S. casino gaming industry

Nathan Associates Principal Economist Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., and academic affiliates Clyde W. Barrow, Ph.D., and David R. Borges, M.P.A. announced the publication of a groundbreaking article in Gaming Law Review & Economics, which is the first systematic analysis of market saturation in the U.S. casino gaming industry. 

The Brownsville Herald: International leaders share vision of a competitive border region

MISSION. International leaders met Thursday to discuss the importance of the Rio Grande Valley for trade and commerce on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and how the region can stay competitive in a global economy. 

El Bravo: Regreso a clases armado?

28/07/2016 Recientemente la Junta de Regentes del Sistema de la Universidad de Texas, llevó a cabo una revisión de las normas y reglamentos que regir·en la implementación de la SB 11, ley que regula la portación de armas de fuego dentro de los campus universitarios. 

KRGV.com: $1.8 Million in Education Grants Awarded to South Texas Colleges

WASHINGTON, DC. Local south Texas colleges awarded grants from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Valley Morning Star: Vela announces education grants for TSTC, UTRGV

A number of Valley schools will be receiving a portion of $1.8 million in education grants aimed at boosting graduation rates and encouraging students to get a higher education. 

EWS: Vela: $1.8M to benefit South Texas colleges

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, announced Monday the U.S. Department of Education awarded $1.8 million in education grants to six South Texas Colleges, a news release states. 

RGVision: Future doctors in training at UTRGV’s medical school!

After a weekend of high emotion and fanfare, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s first 55 students started classes Monday, July 25, 2016. A few days in, students are settling into their new, medical path of study. 

DotMD: Mobile primary care clinic deployed in Texas communities

Thanks to a $2.88 million grant from United Health Foundation, the days of driving long distances to the primary care physician for a doctor's appointment may be over for 4,500 residents of Texas' Rio Grande Valley. 

El Manana: Empiezan clases en SOM de forma official

Edinburg, Tx. Luego de la ceremonia de iniciación donde los estudiantes de medicina recibieron su bata blanca, la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de río grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) empezó de manera oficial las clases en la Escuela de medicina (SOM) por primera vez en la historia. 

Texas Standard: The life of Tom Landry, the man in the hat

Tom Landry and Charles Schulz died on the same day: Feb. 12, 2000. Mike Thompson, the Detroit Free Press cartoonist honored them both with a cartoon showing them entering the pearly gates together. 

Valley Morning Star: USDA grant nurtures new scientists to address food challenges

A new grant to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will help train students to become the next generation of agricultural research scientists focused on future challenges in climate change and food security. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV welcomes School of Medicine’s 2020 class

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony July 23. Families, School of Medicine faculty, state and local dignitaries and others in attendance cheered. 

Valley Morning Star: Classes start for first 55 UTRGV medical school students

After a weekend of high emotion and fanfare, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s first 55 students started classes Monday. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV medical students get taste of yoga’s benefits to overall wellness

The first cohort of medical students at The UTRGV School of Medicine started the second week of orientation with some yoga. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: New era for UTRGV, region

As 55 medical students from the first class of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine entered their white coat ceremony in Edinburg on Saturday morning, most of them peered into the audience gathered at the Performing Arts Center to look for friends and loved ones. 

The Monitor: UTRGV holds first white coat ceremony for the School of Medicine’s inaugural class

EDINBURG – Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who donned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV holds first white coat ceremony

EDINBURG – Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who dawned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV holds first white coat ceremony for med school students

EDINBURG – Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who dawned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony

EDINBURG – Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who dawned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

The Monitor: Q&A with UTRGV faculty senate

A story that ran last Sunday, “Culture of fear: UTRGV Faculty Senate report raises leadership concerns,” inadvertently omitted written responses by Faculty Senate President Bobbette Morgan to Monitor questions. 

Valley Morning Star: Students conduct research in UTRGV’s HIGH Scholars program

Working alongside an astrophysicist at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this summer, Jose Ortiz, a rising senior at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, is learning all about star clusters and what they can tell researchers about stellar evolution. 

Texas Border Business: High school students step up to conduct college research in UTRGV’s High Scholars program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS- Working alongside an astrophysicist at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this summer. 

Excelsior: Exposición busca generar reflexión sobre muro fronterizo

Fotografías, planos arquitectónicos de zonas fronterizas imaginarias, pinturas y arte elaborado sobre el muro que divide ambos países son parte de la exposición que presentaron varios artistas en una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York, que a su juicio representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

Texas Tribune: Scholars and Activists Lambast Proposed Mexican-American Studies Textbook

If the State Board of Education approves a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook this fall, Texas students could learn that the Aztecs waged war because of “bloodlust,” 19th-century Mexican industrial laborers often drank on the job and slavery was in swift decline just before the Civil War, scholars and activists said at a press conference Monday. 

Rio Grande Guardian: SECOND YEAR DHR RESIDENTS DISCUSS HEALTHCARE IN RGV

EDINBURG, RGV – The first class of graduate medical education residents at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance told the second class what it is like to practice medicine in the Rio Grande Valley at a White Coat Ceremony. 

Rio Grande Guardian: BAILEY: MEDICAL RESIDENTS CAN HAVE BIG IMPACT IN RGV

EDINBURG, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey says medical residents can have a bigger impact in the Valley than they can in other parts of the country. 

The Herald: UTRGV Faculty Senate report raises leadership concerns

Less than one year after classes formally began at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a “culture of fear is pervasive” on campus that is exacerbated by poor communication by the administration, concludes a recent white paper study produced by the university’s faculty senate. 

The Monitor: UTRGV administration responds to faculty senate white paper

The Monitor emailed several questions to UTRGV spokesman Patrick Gonzales, who responded to the questions in consultation with the administration, including UTRGV President Guy Bailey and Provost Havidan Rodriguez. 

El Manana: Lista UTRGV para portación de armas

EDINBURG, Tx – La Junta de regentes del Sistema de la Universidad de Texas, llevaron a cabo una revisión de las normas y reglamentos que regirán la implementación de la SB 11, también conocida como la ley para portar un arma de fuego en el campus. 

El Bravo: En agosto inicia ley de porte de armas encubiertas en Universidad

EDINBURG – La ley de armas encubiertas en las Universidades de Texas entra en vigor el próximo mes. Los cambios tienen algunos estudiantes de la Universidad del Río Grande Valley (UTRGV) dudosos. 

El Manana: Ponen en marcha ‘Unimóvil’ de salud. Presentes en evento representantes de UHF

Edinburg, Tx. Con el firme compromiso de crear un modelo sostenible para la prestación de asistencia sanitaria a los más vulnerables de la comunidad, se puso en marcha la “Unimóvil”, una unidad médica móvil de salud. 

Business Wire: UTRGV and United Health Foundation Unveil Mobile Clinic to Deliver Health Care to Rio Grande Valley Communities

EDINBURG, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine and United Health Foundation introduced “Unimóvil” today at a dedication ceremony. 

KRGV.com: Exclusion Zones Unveiled for Campus Concealed Carry Law

EDINBURG – A concealed gun carry law for Texas universities goes into effect next month. The changes have some students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on edge. 

KRGV.com: En Agosto Inicia Ley de Porte de Armas Encubiertas En Universidad

EDINBURG - La ley de armas encubiertas en las Universidades de Texas entra en vigor el próximo mes. Los cambios tienen algunos estudiantes de la Universidad del Río Grande Valley (UTRGV) dudosos. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Chamber asks to help San Benito’s revitalization efforts

SAN BENITO, RGV – San Benito Chamber of Commerce has asked the UT-Rio Grande Valley Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center for help following a report that said the city was one of the worst places for Texas families. 

KRGV.com: UTRGV Opens Primary Clinics to Aid Underserved Community

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is making strides in the medical field. Now, the school of nursing is helping Rio Grande Valley residents get medical care. 

Washburn Review: Vice president of finance and administration accepts new position in Texas

An important member of Washburn’s faculty will soon be relocating to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) in Edinburg, Texas. 

The Archaeology News Network: Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys

University of California, Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species. 

KRGV.com: UTRGV Professors, Students Studying Zika Virus

MCALLEN – One Rio Grande Valley blood bank will soon test blood donations for the Zika virus. And a local university is beginning research of their own into the virus. 

The Monitor: Health district fight gearing up

WESLACO – Two opposing sides are once again gearing up for the fight over the possible creation of a healthcare district in Hidalgo County. 

Valley Morning Star: Three Vaqueros in D.C. as Archer Graduate Fellows

Three UTRGV students are gaining invaluable knowledge and experience this summer, living and working in Washington, D.C., as participants in the prestigious Archer Center’s Graduate Program in Public Policy. 

The Instrumental List: Flute Talk

Creative and Innovative Teaching. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV aims to improve access to healthcare for underserved

HARLINGEN, RGV – State Senator Eddie Lucio says the unity displayed by the Rio Grande Valley’s legislative delegation, along with collaboration between the region’s public and private sectors, has led to improved healthcare for those most in need. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV professor receives award from Ontario Historical Society

The Ontario Historical Society has honored the scholarly work of Dr. Owen Temby, assistant professor of political science at UTRGV. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV aims to become bilingual, bi-cultural, bi-literate institution

EDINBURG, RGV – Evidence of UT-Rio Grande Valley’s commitment to becoming a fully integrated bilingual, bi-cultural, and bi-literate university is the formation of the B3 Institute, says UTRGV Provost Havidan Rodriguez. 

The Monitor: UTRGV researchers taking a lead on Zika research

EDINBURG – Protected by a white lab coat and plastic gloves, Dr. John Thomas, a researcher at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, checked the status of an orange liquid in a plastic container. In that container is the Puerto Rican strain of the Zika virus. 

San Antonio Express: Future brighter for premed students

Opportunities for students seeking a medical education in Texas are growing at an unprecedented pace. 

Rio Grande Guardia: Salinas: How SpaceX can help Brownsville develop an innovation corridor

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – How does SpaceX and building an aerospace cluster in Brownsville align with United Brownsville’s agenda, Brownsville Economic Development Council Vice President Gilberto Salinas was asked. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV Safety Summer Camps host 1,250 students

EDINBURG – This summer, 1,250 students from elementary to high school built LEGO robots, magnetic levitating trains and bumper cars to learn the important roles that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields play in creating safe transportation. 

El Manana: Dan banderazo oficial a dos clínicas de salud

La Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) continúa su compromiso de mejorar la calidad de vida de la comunidad al hacer de manera oficial la inauguración de dos clínicas de salud en el Valle del Sur de Texas. 

The Brownsville Herald: Forbes: UTRGV ranks third in UT System

A year into its existence, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was ranked third in the UT System, according to Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list. 

The Monitor: UTRGV ranks third in UT System, Forbes says

A year into its existence, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was ranked third in the UT System, according to Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list. 

Rock 108:Texas Woman Competes at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

A south Texas woman had an opportunity of a lifetime this past Fourth of July weekend. That’s because she got a chance to compete at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island in New York. 

RGVision: Mental Health Matters

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV launches first primary care clinic in McAllen

McALLEN – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley commemorated Thursday the opening of its first clinic in Hidalgo County focused on undeserved communities and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals. 

The Monitor: UTRGV and Hidalgo County launch first primary care clinic in McAllen

McALLEN – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley commemorated Thursday the opening of its first clinic in Hidalgo County focused on underserved communities and educating the next generation of healthcare professionals. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV Railway Safety students stay on track for engineering careers

Under the direction of Dr. Constantine Tarawneh – mechanical engineering professor and Bentsen Fellow at UTRGV and recently named associate dean for Research – the University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) focuses on rail safety research, education, technology transfer and implementation, and workforce development. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV College of Health Affairs ceremonies launch primary care clinics

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s College of Health Affairs will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies July 7 and 8 for the grand opening of two primary care clinics it will operate in McAllen and Harlingen. 

Becker's Spine: UT System hospitals to establish $12.4M patient data integration network: 5 things to know

A $12.4 million University of Texas System Clinical Data Network will establish integration between six UT health centers, according to Healthcare Informatics. 

RGVision: UTRGV hosts first U.S. symposium for Latin American academic association

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 5, 2016 – Professors and graduate students from seven Latin American countries are visiting South Texas for the first time to attend a multi-disciplinary research symposium hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley through July 9. 

Becker's Hospital Review: UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine dean resigns

Francisco Fernandez, MD – the founding dean and current vice president for medical affairs at Edinburg-based University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine – has stepped down from his position, according to MySanAntonio.com. 

The Monitor: Bacteria affecting other areas of the Gulf, not likely a factor here

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – You’ve likely heard the recent scary stories. A Texas man fighting flesh-eating bacteria after swimming in the Gulf of Mexico off of Port Aransas. 

The Monitor: UTRGV likes experience brought in with consulting firm for football study

Experience and a working relationship with football-hungry Wichita State pushed College Sports Solutions, LLC, to the front of the line when UTRGV went searching for a consulting firm to conduct its football feasibility study. 

KRGV.com: $15M Gift to University of Texas RGV Made Reality

EDINBURG – Bob and Janet Vacker recently announced they donated $15 million to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. It did take some time for the gift to become a reality. 

RGVproud: UTRGV Medical School Founding Dean Steps Down

EDINBURG, Texas. The founding dean who helped shape the school of medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is stepping down from his position. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV announces football feasibility consultant group

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Thursday it has obtained the services of College Sports Solutions, LLC, to conduct its football feasibility study. 

Edinburg Review: Five UTRGV faculty earn prestigious UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley again has multiple faculty members named in The UT System Board of Regents’ 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award. 

RGVproud: Special research on bees adds to UTRGV high scholar program

BROWNSVILLE, Texas. Great things are in the works at UTRTV, from the new medical school to the new high school program... and overall expansion of the campus. 

San Antonio Express News: UTRGV officials appear bullish on football’s role in school’s development

EDINBURG – Amid the swaying palm trees and construction cranes that dot its rapidly expanding campus, UT-Rio Grande Valley is taking shape as a growing university. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine’s inaugural class unveiled

EDINBURG, RGV – The start of something new for the Rio Grande Valley will begin in the fall as the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine inaugurates its first class of 55 students. 

The Brownsville Herald: Founding dean of UTRGV med school steps down

EDINBURG – After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region – the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine – founding Dean Francisco Fernandez will be stepping down from his position effective. 

Valley Morning Star: Med school’s founding dean stepping down

EDINBURG –After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region – the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine – Dr. Francisco Fernandez announced he will be stepping down from as dean of the school effective Friday. 

San Antonio Express News: UT-Rio Grande Valley medical school dean to step down

EDINBURG – The founding dean of the UT-Rio Grande Valley school of medicine, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, announced Wednesday he will step down after two years spent building the region’s first medical school. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

EDINBURG, RGV – Dr. Francisco Fernandez is stepping down as founding dean of UT-Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

EDINBURG, Texas. The founding dean who helped shape the school of medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is stepping down from his position. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

EDINBURG – After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region – the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine – founding Dean Francisco Fernandez will be stepping down from his position, several sources said Wednesday. 

The Monitor: Francisco Fernandez leaving leadership role, will remain on school faculty

EDINBURG – After two years of leading the creation of what is slated by many as one of the greatest steps forward for the region – the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine – Dr. Francisco Fernandez announced he will be stepping down from as dean of the school effective Friday. 

Dallas News: DPS is hiring more Hispanic state troopers, and Texas' border surge is a big reason why

AUSTIN - The face of Texas' border surge is undergoing a makeover, as the security push has helped the state Department of Public Safety hire more Hispanic officers recently. 

RGVproud: UTRGV School of Medicine Welcomes its First Class

EDINBURG, Texas. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has officially welcomed its #FirstClass of 55 students to its School of Medicine, with a first roll call and full day of orientation. 

WAMC: MGM Litigates, Lobbys Over Potential Competition

MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: Is UTRGV football right for RGV?

Texans love football. And they love to get behind their teams. It really builds a sense of community, especially in South Texas, where entire areas can be noted by vivid displays of bright purple (McAllen and Weslaco High Schools), aqua blue (Memorial High) and bright red (Sharyland High). 

The Galveston County Daily News: Lieberman named interim dean at Valley medical school

Dr. Steve Lieberman, senior Dean for Administration in the School of Medicine, has been named interim dean of the new medical school at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley while the school searches for a permanent dean. Lieberman takes over for Dr. Francisco Fernandez, who announced last week that he was stepping down. 

The Monitor Winter Texans on the decline?

HARLINGEN – Winter Texans are aging, becoming fewer in number, and are not being replaced by their sons and daughters. 

The Monitor: Donna native to compete in national Fourth of July hot dog eating contest

By eating 11 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Kassie Zapata earned her spot at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest set for the Fourth of July at Coney Island in New York. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV announces football consultant group

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced it has obtained the services of College Sports Solutions, LLC, to conduct its football feasibility study. 

The Monitor: UTRGV names new executive vice president for finance and administration

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hired Rick Anderson to oversee business and financial operations beginning this fall, according to a news release Tuesday. 

Valley Business Report: Local economist shares expertise with federal reserve chair

Marie T. Mora, professor of economics and associate vice provost for Faculty Diversity at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was among a small group of leading economists who met June 17 with Janet Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, to discuss the need for more diversity within the Fed – the central banking system in the United States. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: New era for UTRGV Medical School begins

As they filed into the foyer for orientation on Monday in the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine building at the Edinburg campus, the 55 students in the university’s first medical school cohort passed a sign that read: “Welcome Class of 2020. One Community. One Mission. One Solution.” 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes first student cohort

EDINBURG – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials met Monday morning at the recently completed Medical Education Building to commemorate another first in the books: the arrival of 55 fresh faces who will represent the School of Medicine’s inaugural class. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes its first class

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has officially welcomed its #FirstClass of 55 students to its School of Medicine, with a first roll call and full day of orientation. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTRGV seeks Carnegie classification as community engaged institution

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley is seeking classification from the Carnegie Foundation for its community engagement work. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV works with students at four-week Art Academy

Six students enrolled in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s ArtAcademy spent their afternoon outdoors, taking photo after photo of nature. 

KRGV.com: Professor Explains Supreme Court Immigration Decision

EDINBURG – What happens after the decision made by the Supreme Court on President Obama’s executive action on immigration all depends on the presidential election. 

KRGV.com: Profesor Explica Fallo de Inmigración por Suprema Corte

EDINBURG - La elección presidencial de noviembre afectará la decisión hecha por la Suprema Corte sobre la acción del Presidente Obama. 

KRGV.com: Students Speak Out about Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision

EDINBURG – A big decision handed down by the Supreme Court affects college applicants across the nation. Universities can continue using affirmative action in the admissions process. 

KRGV.com: Estudiantes Opinan sobre Decisión de Acción Afirmativa

EDINBURG- Otra gran decisión por parte de la Corte Suprema afectará a los que buscan matricularse en las universidades a través del país. Las universidades podrán continuar usando la acción afirmativa en el proceso de admisión. 

KRGV.com: Murals Honor Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

EDINBURG - It's been almost 50 years since Freddy Gonzalez was killed in Vietnam, and once again, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient is being singled out. 

The Monitor: Q & A: Local professors talk importance of ethnic studies

South Texas College history instructor Trinidad Gonzales and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley English instructor Christopher Carmona were among the Valley’s delegation at the Summit on Implementing Mexican-American Studies in Texas Schools on Saturday in San Antonio. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV’s Dr. Marie Mora shares expertise with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 21, 2016 – Dr. Marie T. Mora, professor of economics and associate vice provost for Faculty Diversity at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was among a small group of leading economists who met June 17 with Dr. Janet Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, to discuss the need for more diversity within the Fed – the central banking system in the United States. 

Med India: Understanding the Deadly Zika Virus at its Fundamental Level

Latin American countries most affected by the Zika virus are employing the expertise of researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to fight the deadly epidemic, as the mosquito-borne disease continues to spread around the world. 

Lidtime: Gravitational waves detected for a second time

More than 1,000 scientists from different parts of the world have observed gravitational waves for the second time. 

Social Work Helper: UTRGV Students Share Experiences During Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Carlie Patrick and Leroy Berrones Soto, students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, returned from Washington, D.C., feeling they had contributed to improving and strengthening the child welfare system in the United States. 

UT System: UT Zika research leading global efforts

Los muros, en nuestros días, se han convertido en un perfecto ejemplo de la limitación e incluso de la segregación sin sentido, como se pudo ver en su tiempo con el muro de Berlín o como el muro-reja que ha separado a los Estados Unidos de México; por esto último, 16 artistas presentan distintos tipos de expresiones artísticas que tienen como finalidad el reflexionar sobre la legitimidad de la construcción colocada entre ambos países. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV involved in second detection event in Louisiana

Physicists with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley helped make history with the first ever detection of gravitational waves, which occurred last September and was announced in February at a press conference in Washington D.C. 

Texas Standard: The Story Behind Texas’ Favorite Butter

Texas has a great number of Texas brands: Southwest Airlines. Texas Instruments. Lone Star Beer. Dell Computer. Imperial Sugar. The King Ranch. Now, The King Ranch is a brand that came, quite literally, from a brand. King Ranch even has its own brand of Ford Pickup. 

Tribuna: Exposición en Nueva York cuestiona muro entre México y EU

Nueva York, EU.- Un grupo de artistas presentó una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York que tiene como fin cuestionar la legitimidad del muro entre México y Estados Unidos, una construcción que a su juicio representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

Etcetera: Exponen en Nueva York obra gráfica que cuestiona muro entre México y EU

Con el título de “Amurallando la democracia” (Fencing in Democracy) se exponen las obras plásticas de 16 artistas de la frontera que cuestionan la legitimidad del muro entre México y Estados Unidos, una construcción que a su juicio representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

Oro Radio: Exposición en Nueva York interroga muro fronterizo

NUEVA YORK - Un grupo de artistas presentó una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York que tiene como fin cuestionar la legitimidad del muro entre México y Estados Unidos, una construcción que a su juicio representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

Milenio: El arte contra el muro entre México y Estados Unidos

Un grupo de artistas presentó una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York, que tiene como fin cuestionar la legitimidad del muro entre México y Estados Unidos, una construcción que, a su juicio, representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

RGVproud: Young Artists Prepare for Piano Summer Camp

Young Musicians from around the Rio Grande Valley are participating in this year’s piano camp hosted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

KRGV.com: Local Terror Expert Analyzes Orlando Shooting

EDINBURG – Many students and professors at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are sending their condolences to the Florida shooting victims’ family and friends. 

The Daily Beast: The States That Can't Stop Zika

Mosquitoes bearing Zika–a virus that can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women–are expected to reach the United States as soon as this summer, with Florida and Texas likely to be among the hardest-hit states. 

The Monitor: UTRGV folklórico and mariachi troupes performing at National College Dance Festival

The UTRGV Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán, the university's newest mariachi troupe, are performing today at the 2016 National College Dance Festival hosted by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 

Edinburg Politics: UTRGV Provost Havidán Rodríguez, a former member of the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors, receives 2016 César Estrada Chávez Award

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, who served on the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015, is founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTRGV. Mayor Richard García said Rodríguez’ efforts on behalf of Edinburg and UTRGV have been impressive. 

The Monitor: COMMENTARY: Medical residency programs are transforming RGV

Just a few years ago, the Rio Grande Valley never could have dreamed of the doors now opening before us, or the many opportunities at our doorstep. 

Valley Central: UTRGV works with SpaceX to encourage more women to study science

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and SpaceX have partnered on an initiative to encourage more women to study science. 

DNA Info: Artists Reimagine U.S.-Mexico Border Wall in TriBeCa Exhibit

TRIBECA – A 12-foot-tall photo of a red metal fence with muddy footprints hangs on the wall of a TriBeCa studio. To the artists behind the image, the picture is a close-up view of an expansive problem: the nearly 600 miles of piecemeal border wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico. 

The Monitor: UTRGV students test design with NASA

Mosquitoes bearing Zika–a virus that can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women–are expected to reach the United States as soon as this summer, with Florida and Texas likely to be among the hardest-hit states. 

Rio Grande Guardian: SPACEX CALLS ON LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT TEXAS SPACEPORT TRUST FUND

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – SpaceX is urging the state legislature in Texas to fund the aerospace industry in the same way Florida does. 

El Manana: Ofrecerán maestrías de estudios sobre desastres (june 2)

“Con este nuevo programa, los graduados adquirirán el conocimiento y las habilidades necesarias para manejar las dimensiones del ser humano, al igual que la respuesta de alerta y coordinación intergubernamental, las dimensiones físicas, los peligros comunes como el mal tiempo, las grandes inundaciones y accidentes químicos”, dijo William Donner, coordinador del programa de Sociología que, junto con Walter Díaz, decano de la Facultad de Artes liberales, supervisarán el desarrollo del programa.

Truthdig: Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees

The global refugee crisis and proposed plans for a new, improved and costly wall along the U.S. Mexico border have been hotly debated topics this presidential campaign cycle. Along with Donald Trump, Pope Francis and Bono, artists are weighing in on these contentious issues with their creative interpretations and viewpoints. 

Anthropology News: Anthropology, Art, and the US-Mexico Border Wall

Border walls have become the centerpiece of global policies aimed at increased militarization to deter undocumented immigration and smuggling for the sake of national security in the war on terror. Despite hopes that the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 portended the dawn of a new era, a world without walls, thirty-three nation-states have constructed walls to physically and symbolically demarcate borders. 

The Brownsville Herald: Archer Center impacts D.C.

Daniella Diaz, a digital producer for CNN Politics, never envisioned herself working in Washington D.C.

The Monitor: UT System capitol hill campus offers ‘living classroom’ experience

Daniella Diaz, a digital producer for CNN Politics, never envisioned herself working in Washington D.C. 

The Monitor: Diana Dominguez shares some of her research during Sunday museum presentation

EDINBURG – Diana Dominguez, a literature professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, began researching women of South Texas in relation to the vaquero tradition about two years ago. 

KUT.org: ‘You May All Go to Hell' And 9 More Great Texas Quotes

1. “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” Davy Crockett said this angrily after losing his Tennessee bid for the U.S. Congress. 

The Monitor: UTRGV AmeriCorps program gets grant increase, expands to Hidalgo County

BROWNSVILLE – Part of Abigail Morales’ high school memories is the uncertainty she and her family had about whether or not she would be able to attend college in the United States. Being the first generation to attend school in the country brought along many unanswered questions, but local AmeriCorps members were able to help. 

El Mañana: Avanza la UTRGV en ciencias de la comida

Junto a las instituciones que atienden a hispanos como la Universidad de Texas en San Antonio (UTSA), la Universidad estatal de Nuevo México (NMSU) y la Universidad de Nuevo México (UNM) el IFSEEN busca aumentar el número de hispanos en la industria de la ciencia de la comida, la cual es el estudio de la realización de comida de manera física, química y biológica. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV AmeriCorps program gets increase

BROWNSVILLE – Part of Abigail Morales’ high school memories is the uncertainty she and her family had about whether or not she would be able to attend college in the United States. Being the first generation to attend school in the country brought along many unanswered questions, but local AmeriCorps members helped. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV offers new master’s degree in disaster studies

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accepting applications for its new Master of Arts in Disaster Studies program, a 36-hour program with both thesis and non-thesis options that provides students with formal training in a transdisciplinary and multicultural approach to the study and management of disasters. 

Valley Morning Star: HIGH TUNNEL

LYFORD – Willacy County’s first “high tunnel” rises from swaths of farmland like a model agricultural project. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV to offer new disaster studies degree

EDINBURG – From natural to man-created tragedies, a new graduate program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley hopes to fully prepare those interested in emergency management. 

MegaDoctor News: Local University taking steps toward food science program through IFSEEN collaborative

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 27, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chemistry Department is now part of the Integrating Food Science/Engineering and Education Network, known as IFSEEN, a collaborative program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

KRGV.com: Businessman Makes Historic $15M Donation to UTRGV

EDINBURG – A well-known, longtime Rio Grande Valley businessman and supporter of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley honored the university with a multimillion dollar donation. 

MegaDoctor News: Local University taking steps toward food science program through IFSEEN collaborative

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 27, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chemistry Department is now part of the Integrating Food Science/Engineering and Education Network, known as IFSEEN, a collaborative program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Rio Grande Guardian: MCRAVEN: VACKAR GIFT TO UTRGV IS TRANSFORMATIONAL

EDINBURG, RGV – University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven says a $15 million donation to UT-Rio Grande Valley by businessman Robert C. Vackar will be transformational for the region. 

Valley Morning Star: Teamwork, chance at the heart of UTRGV baja racing program

EDINBURG – Jacky Hay has been drag racing since she was 7 years old. At 18, she started racing with adult dragsters. Hay races twice a month, busing the six-hour round-trip to her hometown of Monterrey to compete during the weekends. 

KRGV.com: Special Report: Overcoming

DONNA – The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, first passed by Congress in 1987, addresses the problems that homeless children and teens face in enrolling, attending and succeeding in school. 

The Brownsville Herald: Brown, Luck at UTRGV meetings

EDINBURG – Mack Brown’s throw skidded across the plate as he delivered the ceremonial first pitch with NCAA executive Oliver Luck before the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s baseball game against Grand Canyon on Thursday night at UTRGV Baseball Stadium. 

The Brownsville Herald: ‘Historic’ gift

There often is a tendency for people to declare that certain events in our community are historic. There also is a tendency for people to fail to realize that other events in our community are transformational. 

Bert Ogden CEO Donates $15M to UTRGV’s Business School

EDINBURG – The largest donation given to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was made Wednesday. 

El Mañana: AmeriCorps aumenta presencia en UTRGV

Este fondo de 1.8 millones de dólares originalmente había sido entregado para el año escolar 2017-2018, sin embargo con el fin de mantener el crecimiento igual en los planteles de la universidad, dicho fondo se incrementó a 2.5 millones de dólares. 

The Brownsville Herald: Officials seek to provide awareness for mosquito-borne viruses

Officials from the state, county and city gathered Tuesday morning to take part in a mosquito-borne virus press conference hosted by State Rep. Eddie Lucio III,D-Brownsville, and the City of Brownsville. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV celebrates first spring graduating class

McALLEN – To many, family plays an important role in their lives, but UTRGV graduates said Saturday they wouldn’t have earned their college degrees without their families’ support. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV School of Medicine accredited for its first psychiatry program

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received initial accreditation for the first residency program in general psychiatry in the new School of Medicine. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV receives $15 million contribution, names college after Robert Vackar

EDINBURG – As it approaches its one-year anniversary, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received what officials say is the most significant contribution yet: $15 million from Bert Ogden CEO Robert Vackar, officials announced Wednesday.

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: An 'historic' moment for UTRGV and the RGV

There is often a tendency for people to declare that certain events in our community are historic. There is also a tendency for people to fail to realize that other events in our community are transformational. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV receives $15 million, names college after Vackar

EDINBURG – As it approaches its one-year anniversary, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received what officials say is the most significant contribution yet: $15 million from Bert Ogden CEO Robert Vackar, officials announced Wednesday. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV receives $15 million contribution; names college after Bert Ogden's Robert Vackar

EDINBURG – As it approaches its one-year anniversary, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received what officials say is the most significant contribution yet: $15 million from Bert Ogden CEO Robert Vackar, officials announced Wednesday. 

PolitiFact Texas: Bill McRaven of University of Texas says UT students graduate with less than $21,000 in debt

The University of Texas System’s chancellor suggests that if you’ve been a UT undergraduate--on any campus--you’re likely not buried in school debt. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine accredited for first psychiatry program (may 12)

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley received initial accreditation for the first residency program in general psychiatry in the new school of medicine. 

KRGV.com: University Board Discusses Campus Carry Regulations

EDINBURG – The University Of Texas System Board Of Regents are expected to consider regulations about concealed handguns on campus sent to them by their schools. 

The Brownsville Herald: Professionals discuss improving health care in Rio Grande Valley

Health care professionals came together Wednesday to address the lack of access to care in the Hispanic community. 

The Monitor: UTRGV hosts panel to discuss improving access to health care in the Valley

Health care professionals came together Wednesday afternoon to address the lack of access to care in the Hispanic community. 

El Mañana: Acuerdo académico beneficiará a jóvenes

Directores y representantes de los estudiantes de cada una de las seis escuelas preparatorias de BISD estuvieron presentes para celebrar la ocasión. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV preps for Friday, Saturday graduations

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will hold its Spring Commencement ceremonies this Friday and Saturday, graduating 3,050 students. 

Washington News Wire: Physicists Share Breakthrough Prize Awarded for Discovery of Gravitation Waves

Physicists at the Brownsville campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will share in a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded for the first detection of gravitational waves. 

Mirror Daily: Physicists are Awesome

A few top physicists from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley made the first detection of gravitational waves. The team will receive a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics of $3 million. 

The Brownsville Herald: Physicists share breakthrough prize

Physicists at the Brownsville campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will share in a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics awarded for the first detection of gravitational waves. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Kroll explains concept of Bi-National Economic Development Zone

Mark Kroll, dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at UT-Rio Grande Valley, has given the most detailed explanation to date of what the Bi-NED project might look like.  

The Brownsville Herald: BISD students to benefit from deal with UTRGV

Students of the Brownsville Independent School District will be able to receive free college classes starting this summer due to a new partnership between the school district and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

RGVProud:  UTRGV faculty expertise recognized at annual excellence awards ceremony

Three faculty members and an academic department at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley were recognized May 5 for their exceptional efforts, during the annual Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: RGV is ready for UTRGV medical students

Although drop cloths were still on the floor in some places protecting the newly laid tile as construction workers were tidying up here and there, and the 55 medical students won’t arrive until the end of next month, a media tour on Wednesday of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s new Medical Education Building at the Edinburg campus still evoked a sense of reverence and an exciting anticipation of great things to come. 

KUOW.org  Three Secrets of Life From My 101-Year-Old Mother

My mom lived to be 101 and five months. She said once you reached 99, you started counting your age like a newborn – in months: 99 and six months, 99 and nine months. She used to advise that if you wanted to live to be a hundred, you should live to be 99 and then be very, very careful. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV tours new building

The University of TexasRio Grande Valley’s new Edinburg Medical Education Building is nearly ready to open its doors to its inaugural class. 

The Monitor and Valley Morning Star: UTRGV hosts tour of new med school building

UTRGV’s new Edinburg Medical Education Building is nearly ready to open its doors to its inaugural class. 

RGVision: Making Waves in Research

The event took all of 0.02 seconds and opened a new chapter in the study of the universe. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV art students open ‘Intersculpt’ exhibit

Joshua Berry carefully polishes the metal of his grotesque creation: the sculpture of a cross between a komodo dragon, a mantis and a scorpion. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Kroll explains concept of Bi-National Economic Development Zone

Mark Kroll, dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship at UT-Rio Grande Valley, has given the most detailed explanation to date of what the Bi-NED project might look like. 

Grand Forks Herald: Migrant student's commitment to classes lands national honor

WARREN, MINN.–Ever since Jose Paz Pruneda Jr. was born, he's divided his school year between Mexico, North Dakota and Minnesota. 

The Monitor: Computer science initiative trains Valley teachers to create sustainable programs

EDINBURG – Middle school teacher Janet Johnson remembers one of her favorite college courses was computer coding. Figuring out the symbols was very interesting to her, she said, but she never thought she would teach a room full of sixth and seventh graders how to code. 

Texas Co-op Power: Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail

The Rio Grande Valley saw more Civil War battles than any other area in Texas, says Chris Miller, a history professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. With most southern ports blockaded by the Union navy, the Mexican port of Bagdad on the Rio Grande played a vital role in supplying the Confederacy. 

VBR: Ben & Jerry on Social Responsibility

When Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream attended a meeting of top American CEOs, they were shocked – shocked! – to find the CEOs had high ethical standards, didn’t exploit their workers, their communities or the environment, and supported worthy nonprofits. 

KRGV.com: Organizations Raise Awareness about Sexual Assault

BROWNSVILLE – UTRGV partnered Wednesday with several organizations to raise awareness amongst students about sexual assault through an event called “Denim Day.” 

El Mañana: Presentan estudio en simposio en UTRGV

Emily Cole y Catarina Gutiérrez, son alumnas de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) y ambas trabajan con células de cáncer cerebral en un laboratorio del plantel de Edinburg, buscan enfermedades cono Parkinson, pero también tratamientos a estos males. 

The Monitor: RGV Diabetes Association partners with UTRGV dieticians for Tuesday cooking class in Weslaco

The Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association (RGVDA) is proud to announce our partnership with University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s dietician program. This partnership will allow the students to share the knowledge they have acquired through this great program and help those who are being affected by diabetes in the community to accomplish a healthier way of life. 

The Brownsville Herald: Texas House committee hearing held at UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville campus was the location of one of four Texas House committee hearings this week in the Valley. 

KRGV.com: GEAR UP Student Enjoys Father-Son ‘TIES’ Event

Last week, a GEAR UP conference was held to build up relationships between fathers and sons. 

Education Dive: University Students to Test Microgravity Research in Underwater Analog

Twenty-five student teams from across the country will brave the depths of the world's largest swimming pool April-June to test their research in simulated microgravity as part of NASA's Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. 

Texas Border Business: Ballet Company will present ‘A Night of Ballet & Spanish Dance,’ May 6-7

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Ballet Company will present its first annual concert, “A Night of Ballet & Spanish Dance,” 7:30 p.m. May 6-7 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex (PAC) on the Edinburg Campus. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV’s Bravo Opera Company puts finishing touches on this weekend’s performances of ‘Street Scene’

Bravo Opera Company at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will present “Street Scene,” an opera by Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes, on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, at the TSC Arts Center in Brownsville. 

El Mañana: Reconoce UTRGV a la alumna-empleada del año

Gómez ha trabajado ya por tres años con el Programa de Apoyo para Alcanzar la Excelencia (ASPIRE), como tutora en el laboratorio de ciencias y matemáticas. 

Krgv.com: UTRGV Instructor Reaches out to Ecuadorean Family after Earthquake

A university instructor in Brownsville said his family lives in Ecuador, where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit. 

KRGV.com: Professor Explains Supreme Court’s Decision Process

The issue the Supreme Court heard on Monday isn’t black and white. There are four Democratic judges and four Republican judges serving on the court. A political science professor told CHANNEL 5 NEWS this makes the immigration decision complex. 

RT&S: USDOT receives unprecedented interest in UTC grant program

There are two Tier 1 UTCs that focus solely on rail: The University of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (National University Rail Center) and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (University Transportation Center for Railway Safety).

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV celebrates author Américo Paredes

Honor. Integrity of work. Those two values were what Richard Flores, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, said he learned under the tutelage of Brownsville author Américo Paredes.

El Mañana: Otorgan premio a profesor de UTRGV

Desde el 2012, el profesor Francisco Guajardo ha compartido su tiempo, conocimiento e ideas con las familias y el personal de la Autoridad de Vivienda de Edinburg (por sus siglas en inglés EHA).

Valley Morning Star: High tech leader: Kristina Stillsmoking

HARLINGEN – Kristina Stillsmoking beamed with pride as she talked about the 15,000-square-foot simulation center she has helped develop.

The Monitor: UTRGV professor to extend research on human trafficking in D.C. fellowship

For nearly a decade, UTRGV Professor Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera has done what very few have dared, documenting the effects of organized crime, immigration and human trafficking along Mexico’s eastern migration routes.

Texas Border Business: National Robotics Week 2016 at Boys and Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV

(Edinburg, Texas) (April 11, 2016) The seventh annual National Robotics Week kicked off April 2 and Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV was a part of the – more than 250 celebrations – taking place across all 50 states. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV cohosting centennial celebration for Brownsville author Américo Paredes

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –APRIL 11, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande will cohost a centennial celebration of author Américo Paredes, a Brownsville native best known for his expertise as a Mexican-American folklorist, teacher, writer, poet and musician. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV cohosting forum to coach business owners on federal, state and city contracts

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 11, 2016 – The Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (RSTR PTAC) at UTRGV, in conjunction with Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, will cohost the 2nd annual South Texas Business Opportunity Forum on Tuesday, April 19. 

The Monitor: UTRGV working with DHR to bring research facilities to McAllen

McALLEN – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is working to finalize a private-public partnership that will allow it to get a new research facility in the City of McAllen by the spring 2017 semester and possibly a mini-medical campus in the future. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV professor researches human trafficking

BROWNSVILLE – A University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor has been selected to participate in fellowship that will allow her to extend her research on human trafficking. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV working to bring in research facility

McALLEN – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is working to finalize a private-public partnership that will allow it to get a new research facility in the City of McAllen by the spring 2017 semester and possibly a mini-medical campus in the future. 

The Monitor: UTRGV class helps bring talent to McAllen’s Sunset Live

Singer-songwriter Amanda Roshelle penned her track “My Sweet” after quarreling with her significant other who moved to Dallas for their relationship. 

The Brownsville Herald: Pending teaching graduates take part in career fair

Dressed in a suit and tie, Adrian Tovar was on a mission to make an impression Thursday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Teachers Job Expo. 

The Monitor: UTRGV forum explores solutions to food insecurity and hunger

EDINBURG – The irony of having hungry residents living in rich agricultural areas was one of the main issues discussed at the second annual hunger forum at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. 

Forbes: Are There More Free-Living Mexican Red-headed Parrots In US Cities Than In Mexico?

People love parrots. It’s difficult to know how many parrots, or indeed, birds, are kept as pets in the United States, but that doesn’t stop the professionals from sharing their guesstimates. For example, in 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that roughly 8.3 million birds are kept as pets in the United States, whereas a 2013 survey by the American Pet Products Association estimates there are roughly 20.6 million pet birds of all sorts. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV student marketing chapter has strong showing at AMA conference

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Some Texans have a special way of saying things; plan your next adventure in Houston; local musicians collaborate in the latest KXT Live Session; and more. 

KERA: Y'all Talk Funny: Hear A Dozen Common Words Spoken Only Like A Texan

EDINBURG – The irony of having hungry residents living in rich agricultural areas was one of the main issues discussed at the second annual hunger forum at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. 

Valley Morning Star: Added Dimension: UTRGV chemistry department grant will fund 3D printers

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chemistry Department will soon own three 3D printers, increasingly important tools in education and research. 

The Monitor: UTRGV forum explores solutions to food insecurity and hunger

EDINBURG – The irony of having hungry residents living in rich agricultural areas was one of the main issues discussed at the second annual hunger forum at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. 

Editorial: Ending diabetes in the RGV and today's World Health Day focus

It’s hard to find someone in the Rio Grande Valley who doesn’t know someone, or isn’t themselves, affected by diabetes. One in three people in the RGV have this mean illness that can render victims crippled, blind, dependent upon medications and, once diagnosed, it alters their lifestyle forever. 

Miami Herald: A Donald Trump convention could see a new era, with new complications, in street protests

Cleveland in 2016 looks almost nothing like the Chicago of 1968, when that convention city fell into what a federal commission later called a “police riot.” 

The Brownsville Herald: Proyecto Juan Diego, TSC help UTRGV professor start Cameron Park scholarship

After her time spent with Cameron Park residents, Kathy Bussert-Webb, bilingual and literacy studies professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, decided she wanted to make a difference and help them show the positive faces of their community. 

NBC Los Angeles: Parrot Species in US Cities May Rival That in

U.S. researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red-crowned parrot -- a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country. 

The Brownsville Herald: U.S. Reps tour UTRGV medical school

EDINBURG – The Rio Grande Valley is a whole lot more than border security, said U.S. State Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville). 

The Monitor: National politicians tour UTRGV medical school

EDINBURG – The Rio Grande Valley is a whole lot more than border security, according to United States Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville. To prove it, he took two of his colleagues from New York on a tour of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Tuesday morning. 

The Monitor: Local doctor talks danger of synthetic drugs, offers advice

Dr. Eron Manusov is the chair of preventative medicine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and has been part of the team leading the John Austin Peña Memorial Clinic in Edinburg. 

VBR: McAllen Medical Center Foundation donates $13,000 to local residency program

The McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program, the longest running graduate medical education program in the Rio Grande Valley, has received a $13,000 donation from the McAllen Medical Center Foundation to assist residents with scholarly activities that promote healthcare in South Texas. 

KRGV.com: Parent Protecting Children from Synthetic Drugs

EDINBURG – The use of synthetic drugs in the Rio Grande Valley is increasing day by day. A center is treating those with addiction and helping to prevent new ones from happening. 

El Mañana: Arrancan obras de edificio de UTRGV

Con una inversión superior a los 54 millones de dólares se iniciaron los trabajos de construcción del primer edificio en el campus de la Universidad de Texas Valle del Río Grande en Brownsville. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV set for Final Four of chess

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held a pep rally for its chess team Monday morning as the players prepared to travel to New York City to compete in the President’s Cup, also known as the Final Four of College Chess tournament national competition. 

Valley Morningstar: UTRGV joins initiative to increase grad rates for underrepresented minority students

As part of a national initiative to help increase graduation rates for black and Latino/a college students across the United States, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will collaborate with higher education leaders across the country to start dialogue on how to improve outcomes for underrepresented minorities. 

kut.org: In the Land of Pickups, Texas is King

To paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now, “I love the sound of a diesel engine in the morning.” Could be a pickup, or a tractor, or an 18 wheeler. But I love the sound, because it sounds like adventure. It is the sound that says we’re off on a road trip, or going fishing, hunting, or simply taking livestock to auction, to make more money for more adventure. 

Cuba innovator awaits Amazon and Home Depot

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) - Amidst acres of lettuce fields on a thriving 25-acre organic community farm in the sleepy Havana suburb of Alamar, Isis Maria Salcines Milla tells me the surprising things she would love to get her hands on if the United States trade embargo were to be repealed: "Amazon Prime," "Home Depot." 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV Mariachi, Ballet Folklórico to perform together in D.C.

EDINBURG – For the first time, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Ballet Folklórico is hitting the competition stage armed with not only months of preparation, but with the classic sounds of the university’s own Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV welcomes 42 new residents to School of Medicine

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has gained another 42 medical school graduates from around the country who now will begin post-graduate training as UTRGV resident physicians in Valley hospitals. 

My Harlingen News: UTRGV welcomes 42 new residents in 2016 School of Medicine Match

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has gained another 42 medical school graduates from around the country who now will begin post-graduate training as UTRGV resident physicians in Valley hospitals. 

The Monitor: UTRGV officials expand degree offerings at Brownsville and Edinburg campuses

As the inaugural year winds down at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, administrators are working to bring more course offerings for the second year in business, officials said. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV officials expand degree offerings at campuses

As the inaugural year winds down at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, administrators are working to bring more course offerings for the second year in business, officials said. 

The Monitor: Local educators plan partnerships to tackle synthetic drugs

Educators throughout the Rio Grande Valley are working at trying to tackle an issue that has been brewing nationwide for quite some time – synthetic drug use. 

Progress Times: Ballet Folklórico, Mariachi Aztlán earn trip to Washington

The UTRGV Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán spent part of Spring Break performing their hearts out at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) South Conference. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV summit generates praise

UTRGV Office of Sustainability hosted the 4th Annual Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit on Feb. 1-3 at the South Padre Island Convention Center. 

The Korea Herald: Obama visit fuels hopes for change in Cuba

President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba was heavy on symbolism and light on immediate results, but the aftershocks have the ability to shift Cuba’s future, analysts said Tuesday. 

The Washington Post: Students to Education Dept.: Small changes can make big payoffs in graduation rates

Sometimes it pays for Washington officials to hear directly from the kinds of students they want to help. About a dozen students and recent graduates from minority-serving colleges visited the Education Department in Washington late last week to tell about their experiences and what they think helps and doesn’t help in the quest to get a college diploma. Among them were African Americans, native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and first-generation immigrants. 

Letaba Herald: Obama leaves Cuba, but Obama effect remains

“The most important effect of the whole visit in my view is the ‘I can hardly believe my eyes’ factor that it is happening,” said Paul Webster Hare, who teaches international relations at Boston University. 

EdSurge: The University of Texas Reimagines the Path to a College Degree

When undergraduate students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley apply to medical school in three years, they’ll have diagnosed more cases of epilepsy and diabetes than most of their peers. 

KRGV.com: Experto en Actividad Terrorista Habla Sobre Amenazas Locales

Un experto local en actividad terrorista está analizando lo que significan los ataques del martes en Bruselas, Bélgica, para el Valle del Río Grande. 

KRGV.com: Expert Speaks on Whether Terrorism is Local Threat

A local expert on terrorist activity is analyzing what Tuesday’s Brussels, Belgium attacks mean for the Rio Grande Valley. 

PA Professional: The Perfect Fit

When I was first applying to PA programs, I looked for a program that fit my personal aspirations, including helping medically underserved populations and giving back to my community. 

KRGV.com: Local Expert Analyzes Terror Attacks

Tuesday’s terror attacks have one expert in the Rio Grande Valley analyzing what happened in Brussels. 

Valley Star: UTRGV rides the wave: Physics team in the spotlight since discovery

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy played an integral role in an historic scientific discovery announced just last month. 

Valley Star: High tech leader: Kristina Stillsmoking

Kristina Stillsmoking beamed with pride as she talked about the 15,000-square-foot simulation center she has helped develop. 

Valley Star: Bike share program may be on its way to Harlingen

A proposal for a bike-share program in the city has been approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and now awaits an up-or-down vote from the City Commission. 

The Monitor: UTRGV Mariachi and Ballet Folklórico to perform together in D.C.

EDINBURG – For the first time ever, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Ballet Folklórico is hitting the competition stage armed with not only months of preparation, but with the classics sounds of the university’s own Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán. 

The Herald: Forum celebrates local women writers

Several local female writers will gather today at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito to share their experiences at the center’s sixth annual writer’s forum titled Women’s Voices Celebration in honor of International Women’s month. 

Houston Chronicle: At convention's dismay, GOP nomination truly the voters' pick

AUSTIN - On a day when infighting over the Republican presidential nomination escalated to new highs, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened to lead a floor fight at the upcoming GOP national convention if party bosses try to override the voters' choice of either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. 

The Monitor: Excelencia in Education receives grant to better college transitions in Texas

Excelencia in Education is partnering with the Greater Texas Foundation to find and recreate practices that help Latino high school graduates get a college degree. 

Brownsville Herald: Riding the wave UTRGV Physics team in the spotlight since discovery

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy played an integral role in an historic scientific discovery announced just last month. 

The Monitor: UTRGV Physics team in the spotlight since discovery

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy played an integral role in an historic scientific discovery announced just last month. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science expands Brownsville offerings

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will soon be expanding its engineering and computer science programs at the Brownsville Campus. Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, bachelor of science degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science will be available to students at the Brownsville Campus. 

WFMJ.com: University of Texas Music Programs Set High Standards of Excellence with Yamaha Pianos and LC4 Clavinova Lab

Music students at the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) are now studying in facilities equipped with a state-of-the-art LC4 Clavinova Lab and several new Yamaha grand and upright pianos. Starting in the Fall 2015 semester, the wireless, technologically advanced music lab and finely handcrafted acoustic pianos have expanded music education offerings for music majors and liberal arts students alike. 

The Brownsville Herald: KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR: Better with Time Former scoutmaster talks about growth

Mark Blakemore, associate dean for assessment and engagement at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, considers his success a result of the upbringing he had through the Boy Scouts. 

The Tampa Tribune: Arturo Lopez-Levy: President Obama’s trip to Cuba: Boosting economic reforms through trade and people-to-people cooperation

President Obama’s upcoming trip to Havana expresses the will of the White House to consolidate the new Cuba policy as part of his administration’s foreign policy legacy. Obama has less than a year left in the White House, and the opening to Cuba needs some momentum to change the course away from 50 years of isolation and hostility. 

The Monitor: Local organizations unveil new guide to college for Valley DREAMers

The final years of high school are full of college applications, anticipation and excitement for most students. But for those without a legal status in the United States, uncertainty might cloud the road toward higher education. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV continues celebration of International Women’s day on Brownsville Campus

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley concluded its celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday when the Office of Global Engagement honored Andrea Tellez-Silva as the 2016 Outstanding International Female Student on the Brownsville Campus. 

I’m madd, too, Eddie!

There are three classic Texas ad campaigns that would be shortlisted in the Texas Advertising Hall of Fame, if we had such a thing. 

Hard work is rewarded at UTRGV International Women’s Day celebration

Yuanqing Li and her fellow female international students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley learned Tuesday that hard work really does pay off. 

Never mind SpaceX’s Falcon 9, where’s my Millennium Falcon?

Last week, SpaceX held another successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket. Unfortunately, its landing was not quite as successful as the one in December (it crashed into the ocean).

El Manana: Top Ten, universidades públicas de cuatro años

Brownsville, Tx. Las cifras de inscripción, para el Otoño 2015 dadas a conocer por el Sistema de Responsabilidad en línea de la Junta Coordinadora de Educación Superior de Texas, también muestra que UTRGV está en la primera posición de la matrícula total de hispanos entre todas las instituciones públicas de educación superior en el estado. 

Valley Central: Organization aims to increase employment opportunities for those with disabilities

An organization is working to ensure that people with disabilities in the Rio Grande Valley have the resources available to help them get employed. 

El Mañana: Top Ten, universidades públicas de cuatro años

Las cifras de inscripción, para el Otoño 2015 dadas a conocer por el Sistema de Responsabilidad en línea de la Junta Coordinadora de Educación Superior de Texas, también muestra que UTRGV está en la primera posición de la matrícula total de hispanos entre todas las instituciones públicas de educación superior en el estado. 

Valley Star: UTRGV partners with Weslaco to open incubator

WESLACO – City leaders have announced a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to open a mixed-used incubator designed to promote education, entrepreneurship and economic development in the area. 

The Monitor: UT System implements new approach in dealing with sexual assaults

EDINBURG – Science behind neurological responses of victims of sexual assault is prompting a special kind of training and new protocols to be followed by all University of Texas System police officers. 

The Herald: Touring ocelot puts focus on conservation

An ambassador ocelot named Sihil from the Cincinnati Zoo visited the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville campus on Friday in an effort to raise conservation awareness for the native South Texas species, which is currently endangered in the United States. 

The Monitor: COMMENTARY: Keep RGV giving momentum up

I applaud the challenge issued in the Feb. 19 editorial “UTRGV charitable donations gaining momentum.” 

El Manana: Presentaron carteles alumnos de UTRGV

Estudiantes de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley presentaron carteles ante la Conferencia de Innovaciones en la Educación Médica, patrocinado anualmente por los seis campus de ciencias de la salud del sistema UT. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to host Ocelot Conservation Awareness event

To help enhance awareness of the ocelot and its role in the South Texas ecological environment, UTRGV will host a presentation on these endangered cats and what we can do to help protect them in the wild in the Rio Grande Valley, where the last of the U.S. ocelot population is found. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV A-PRIME TIME teams present posters at Austin conference

BROWNSVILLE – Four groups from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Associated Professional, Relevant, Integrated Medical Education (A-PRIME) Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) students presented posters recently at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference, sponsored annually by the UT System’s six health science campuses. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV P-16 Outreach receives grant to fund two-year cycle of student mentors

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received a grant worth $250,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Work Study Mentorship Program, to fund collegiate student mentors on the Edinburg Campus. 

El Manana: Celebra UTRGV semana Festiba

El día de ayer dio comienzo la Fiesta cultural Festiba, un evento que busca integrar las artes al llamado STEM (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas por sus siglas en inglés) y fomentar la cultura de la lectura sobre todo en los niños. 

The Monitor: Author encourages Edinburg third-graders as FESTIBA kicks off

EDINBURG – Dancing, clapping and tapping their knees to the beat of the drums was part of how a group of third-graders at Betts Elementary School learned about slavery Monday afternoon during a book reading by author Lorenzo Pace. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV University Productions presents “The Miracle Worker” March 2-6

EDINBURG – UTRGV University Productions will present the drama-biography of William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker, the true story of Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, whose world is forever changed by a teacher named Annie Sullivan. 

The Monitor: Faculty artwork on display from Brownsville and Edinburg UTRGV campuses

This year’s University of Texas of Rio Grande Valley Faculty Art Exhibition is an all-inclusive one, representing art faculty from both campuses for a total of 19 artists. 

La Tarde: Realizan fiestas del Charro Days

En el marco de las fiestas del Charro Days, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley llevó a cabo su primer charreada y dio la bienvenida a Mr. Amigo Itatí Cantoral al Campus Brownsville. 

The Edinburg Review: UTRGV awarded $4.2 million from THECB to expand Graduate Medical Education

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $4.2 million from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to expand its Graduate Medical Education programs at the School of Medicine. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV’s marketing creatives garner numerous awards at local ADDY competition

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley picked up more than a dozen honors for creative excellence at the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Rio Grande Valley ADDY Awards competition on Feb. 18. 

The Brownsville Herald: Show of Support

It’s taken a little while, but significant donations to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are starting to roll in. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV’s FESTIBA opens, expands to Brownsville Campus

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is kicking off its annual Festival of International Books & Arts (FESTIBA), an educational and entertaining event that promotes literacy and appreciation of reading for all ages. 

El Manana: Realizan el evento Descubre UTRGV

Más de 1 mil estudiantes de preparatoria y padres de familia fueron invitados a la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) durante el día denominado Descubre UTRGV, un evento en el que los invitados realizaron un recorrido por todo el plantel para conocer las opciones que la institución ofrece. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to host recital, music exhibit honoring the late Dr. Carl Seale

EDINBURG – FEB. 23, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host a recital on Wednesday, Feb. 24, honoring the late Dr. Carl Seale, a composer, conductor and educator at UT Pan American for 30 years in the Department of Music and Dance. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV awarded $4.2M from THECB to expand Graduate Medical Education

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $4.2 million from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to expand its Graduate Medical Education programs at the School of Medicine. 

My Harligen News: UTRGV awarded $4.2 million from THECB to expand Graduate Medical Education

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 23, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $4.2 million from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to expand its Graduate Medical Education programs at the School of Medicine. 

UTRGV recibe donativo de un millón de dólares

Edinburg.- La Universidad de Texas del Valle del Río Grande (UTRGV) recibió una donación de un millón de dólares por parte de PlainsCapital Bank, la cual se destinará a becas estudiantiles. 

Texas Border Business: Recital and music exhibit to honor the late Dr. Carl Seale

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 23, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host a recital on Wednesday, Feb. 24, honoring the late Dr. Carl Seale, a composer, conductor and educator at UT Pan American for 30 years in the Department of Music and Dance. 

The Monitor: UTRGV students competing to build tool for NASA

When NASA conducts manned missions to an asteroid, astronauts could be collecting space-rock samples with a device designed at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – at least that’s the hope of Project Kairos, a three-person team of students competing to solve an actual space challenge. 

Texas Monthly: Mack Brown Will Be Assessing The Viability Of A UTRGV Football Program

Back before the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley folded in UT-Pan American, there was an old joke bragging about the school’s football program: “UTPA Football–Still Undefeated!” 

My San Antonio: Mack Brown will head group studying whether football will work at UT-Rio Grande Valley

Since leaving Texas after the 2013 season, Mack Brown has spent a lot of time flying across the country in his job covering and analyzing college football games for ESPN. 

The Monitor: LETTERS: On UTRGV sustainability conference, Social Security, jury duty and RGV politics

Kudos to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Office of Sustainability, which hosted the 4th Annual Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Summit on Feb. 1 to 3 at the South Padre Island Convention Center. 

Valley Morning Star: Prospective Vaqueros Discover UTRGV

EDINBURG – More than 1,000 high school students and their parents on Saturday explored the many opportunities available at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, during Discover UTRGV, a daylong recruitment event that provided a taste of what college life would be like at the university. 

El Manana: Continúan donaciones, UTRGV recibe 1 MDD

La Universidad de Texas en el Valle de río grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) recibió una nueva donación, ahora por parte del Banco Plains Capital que dio un millón de dólares, esto con el fin de apoyar a estudiantes con becas, gracias a esto, el teatro de la unión estudiantil ahora llevará el nombre de esta institución financiera. 

Underdog Dynasty: UTRGV Announces Football Feasibility Study Led By Mack Brown

Football may finally be coming to the Rio Grande Valley. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV professor becomes Principal for a Day at BISD’s Morningside Elementary

BROWNSVILLE – Dr. Jude Benavides, associate professor of Multidisciplinary Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, served as Principal for the Day at Morningside Elementary School on Friday, at the invitation of the school’s regular principal, Jose H. Martinez. 

World Mag: Knights preparing to joust

BROWNSVILLE, Texas–Struggling cities find different ways to change their reputation. Liberals tend to chase “the creative class,” which includes people in the arts, media, and technology. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV: $1M gift from PlainsCapital Co.

EDINBURG – Accompanied by the classic sound of mariachis, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Corporation on Thursday. The money will go toward scholarships. 

My Harligen News: UTRGV announces $1M gift from PlainsCapital Bank for scholarships

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 18, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Bank that will support student scholarships. 

The Monitor: UTRGV psychologist advocates for ‘culturally competent’ behavioral-health treatments

For Alonso Mercado his election to the Texas Psychological Association’s 2016 board of trustees provides a statewide platform to advocate for mental health in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV students help take the sting out of tax preparation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 17, 2016 – Nora Caballero is one of those rare individuals who loves filling out tax returns. 

The Monitor: Edinburg husband and wife team create bilingual book of poetry inspired by regional music

Prominent not only in the Rio Grande Valley but throughout the southwest, mariachi music remains a powerful influence in Mexican culture as a colorful and engaging form of art. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV finalizes purchase of 52 acres

EDINBURG– University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials are celebrating the purchase of land that had been on their radar long before the creation of the new institution. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV hosts graduate expo and fairs in March

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosts information sessions at its Brownsville and Edinburg campuses to assist those who are considering furthering their education March 3 and March 10, respectively. 

Krgv: UTRGV Criminal Justice Class Reviews 1960 Murder Case

EDINBURG- A criminal justice instructor is reviewing the 1960 murder case of Irene Garza for the second time.

Express News: UT-RGV physicists played role in breakthrough discovery

A century after Albert Einstein predicted it, a euphoric international group of scientists announced Thursday that they have observed “gravitational waves” – ripples in the fabric of space-time – coming from a cataclysmic collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago. 

Health Medecine Network: Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: Waves in space detected

For those of us who aren’t scientists, the importance of Thursday’s announcement by our nation’s leading scientists might have to suffice; terms such as “mind-boggling” gravitational waves had been discovered in space that may lead us to “hear the universe” in new ways never before imagined. 

Valley Morning Star: International collaboration proves Einstein correct

BROWNSVILLE – With a little help from UTRGV, scientists have detected gravitational waves, ripples through the fabric of spacetime, experimentally verifying Albert Einstein’s last prediction of general relativity made a century ago. 

The Brownsville Herald: Former LIGO director reflects on historic wave detection

Mark W. Coles was floored when he got the news in mid-September that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) in Livingston, Louisiana, had detected gravitational waves just a few days earlier. 

The Brownsville Herald: EINSTEIN CORRECT UTRGV physicists help observe gravitational waves

With a little help from UTRGV, scientists have detected gravitational waves, ripples through the fabric of spacetime, experimentally verifying Albert Einstein’s last prediction of general relativity made a century ago. 

The Monitor: UTRGV physicists help observe gravitational waves proving Einstein's theory

With a little help from UTRGV, scientists have detected gravitational waves, ripples through the fabric of spacetime, experimentally verifying Albert Einstein’s last prediction of general relativity made a century ago. 

News Chief: Church talks help make Cuba 'perfect place for negotiations'

HAVANA – The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island. 

Express News: Rio Grande Valley group has belief in the reef

Brothers Gary and Bob Glick grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and fished every chance they got in the bays near South Padre Island and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Brownsville Herald: Trainer’s hugging collies land spot on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Jenisa Myers, a 22-year-old psychology student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said “A lot of well-known dog trainers have a psychology degree, so that’s the degree that I’m pursuing.” 

Asia News Network: Opinion: The Education Antidote to Violence

In an article titled “The Education Antidote to Radicalisation,” published on December 30, 2015 in The Daily Star, former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, proposes education as a remedy for the radicalisation of young Muslims. 

The Brownsville Herald: WALK OF HISTORY: Tours highlight Brownsville’s storied past

The Brownsville Historical Association continued its 2016 Winter Walking Tour series Friday morning in downtown Brownsville, beginning at the Brownsville Heritage Museum next to the Stillman House at 1325 E. Washington Street. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: Telemundo40 launches RGV college aid campaign

The evolving world of journalism has created wonderful opportunities for media companies to serve the community, by forcing them to understand that information is just as vital as the traditional role of providing news. 

Victoria Advocate: County judge appointed to infectious disease task force

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller was one of 31 Texas leaders appointed to a permanent Task Force on Infectious Diseases, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday in a press release. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV Office of Sustainability hosts statewide participants at SPI for annual TRACS Summit

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS – FEB. 4, 2016 – One hundred fifty representatives from universities and community colleges across Texas attended the fourth annual Texas Regional Alliances for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Summit, held Feb. 1-3 at the South Padre Island Convention Centre 

The Brownsville Herald: Late art professor remembered at UTRGV

Even during his battle with brain cancer, Carlos G. Gomez did not give up on painting. 

El Manana: Entregan 2 mdd a UTRGV para becas

Funcionarios de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés) se reunieron con un grupo de empresarios locales para recibir de ellos la cantidad de 2 millones de dólares que serán utilizados para crear becas para los estudiantes. 

Valley Morning Star: Local family donates $2 million to UTRGV

EDINBURG – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced the largest donation to the institution since it was created, a gift of $2 million by the Vackar family, owners of the local Bert Ogden car dealerships. 

El Nuevo Heraldo: Donan 2 mdd a UTRGV

EDINBURG – Oficiales de la Universidad Texas Río Grande Valley, anunciaron el donativo más grande a la institución desde que fue creada, un regalo de 2 millones de dólares de la familia Vackar, propietarios de los concesionarios automotrices locales Bert Ogden. 

Rio Grande Guardian: BERT OGDEN MOTORS DONATES $2 MILLION TO UTRGV

EDINBURG, RGV – The business community is noticeably stepping up its efforts to support the start of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, according to UTRGV president Dr. Guy Bailey. 

Rgv Proud: UTRGV Receives Generous Gift

Very exciting news for UTRGV Edinburg! Robert and Janet Vackar of Bert Ogden auto have donated two million dollars to the university. It is the largest gift in the school's history. They say their wish is to give back to the valley and contribute to the growth of the university. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV receives $2.8 Million from owners of Bert Ogden Auto Group

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Bob and Janet Vackar, owners of the Bert Ogden Auto Group gifted $2 million, the largest contribution in the history of the institution. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV announces $2M donation by owners of Bert Ogden car dealerships

EDINBURG– University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced the largest donation to the institution Tuesday morning, a gift of $2 million by the the Vackar family, owners of the local Bert Ogden car dealerships. 

The Monitor: UTRGV announces $2 million donation by owners of Bert Ogden car dealerships

EDINBURG– University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials announced the largest donation to the institution Tuesday morning, a gift of $2 million by the the Vackar family, owners of the local Bert Ogden car dealerships. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV courts chess standouts at tourney

Jeffrey Serna, a member of the chess club at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, scanned the board, lost in thought. 

Rio Grande Guardian: FORUM LOOKS AT WAYS TO BOOST POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIALS OF BROWNSVILLE STUDENTS

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – A group funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to double the number of young adults in Brownsville who earn postsecondary credentials – certificate, associate or bachelor’s – with labor market value by 2025. 

Texas Border Business: Educators share insight into Brownsville’s ‘State of Education” at annual luncheon

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 5, 2016 – Seven experts representing Rio Grande Valley educational institutions shared their insight at the annual State of Education luncheon and panel discussion on Tuesday. 

Texas Border Business: University develops new program to support advancement of mid-career faculty

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN 4, 2016 – With the goal of becoming a full professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Amy Weimer is taking full advantage of a new faculty support and mentoring program that began this fall at the university. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV bids farewell to 2015 -- a historic, momentous, groundbreaking year

It was the year of our birth – and of many firsts – for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the first public university created in Texas in the 21st century. 

Latarde: Designan a alumno para comité estatal

Leroy Berrones Soto, estudiante de la carrera de servicios sociales de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) ha sido seleccionado para servir como miembro de la Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos del estado en el naciente comité de consejo de salud mental. 

The monitor: UTRGV vocalists land a first place, valuable experience, at regional music competition

Student vocalists from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley made their voices successfully heard at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Texoma Regional Conference, held recently at the Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music. 

Valley Morning Star: $1M for UTRGV med school clinic

We congratulate the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School for recently receiving $1 million from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas to be used by the school of medicine’s first clinic in the region to help high-risk youth. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: Grateful for $1M for UTRGV medical school

We congratulate the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical School for recently receiving $1 million from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas to be used by the school of medicine’s first clinic in the region to help high-risk youth. 

The Monitor: The ‘sense’-ible thing to do: UTRGV hosts blind tennis workshop

Jesus Andrade, a junior studying kinesiology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said he considers himself a pretty good athlete. 

La Prensa: Se gradúa la Srita. Ana Cristina Miramontes Grimaldo

Múltiples muestras de felicitaciones y buenos deseos recibió este fin de semana la nueva profesionista CLS, (Clinical Lab Scientis ) Ana Cristina Miramontes Grimaldo, quien tras cinco años de dedicación y esfuerzo culminó sus estudios universitarios de la Facultad de Ciencias de Laboratorios Clinicos de la escuela: University of Texas Río Grand Valle (UT-RGV). 

The Monitor: UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant for high-risk children and youth

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is celebrating a $1 million contribution to the first clinic opened by the School of Medicine in the region. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV graduates get diplomas at first ceremony

Kayla D. Reyes, business administration major, was one of the almost 2,100 graduates Saturday in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s first commencement. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV students and staff prepare for first graduating class

EDINBURG – Vilma Flores stared through a magnifying glass Friday afternoon, polishing minute flaws on a small piece of medal that will soon make up the first Chain of Office and Presidential Medallion to be worn by Guy Bailey – inaugural president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – during the first commencement ceremonies on Saturday. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV participates in roundtable for Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper +STEM Initiative’ at the White House

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 14, 2015 – Veronica Gonzales, UTRGV vice president for Governmental and Community Relations, and Velinda Reyes, assistant vice president for Community Programs and Operations, are in Washington, D.C., to participate in a STEM-centered roundtable discussion that is part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper +STEM Initiative. 

The Monitor: Growing numbers pursuing quicker, more convenient path to master’s degree at UTRGV

Luisana Lumbreras doesn’t regret the hard work she put into achieving her MBA this year, through an accelerated online master’s degree program offered by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The Monitor: Mercedes breaks ground on Knapp, UTRGV Family Practice Residency

MERCEDES – If Dr. Francisco Fernandez appeared animated during Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony for Knapp Medical Center’s new Family Practice Residency Clinic, consider that the project’s potential impact in the area is such that it elicited excitement he could only describe by evoking the Pointer Sisters. 

The Monitor: UTRGV hosting town hall meetings for deaf

EDINBURG – For people deaf or hard of hearing, important tasks like preventive health screenings might be more tedious than usual. 

Valley Morning Star: A lasting impact: Educator earns honor as Teacher Legend

HARLINGEN – Crafting knowledge and understanding in the mind of a child can often feel like taking a shot in the dark for even the most experienced teachers. 

Curbed: 5 D.C.-Based Firms Ranked in Top 500 U.S. Design Firm List

Washington, D.C.-based firms Gensler, Page, Studios Architecture, WDG Architecture, and Shalom Baranes Associates were ranked in Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the top 500 design firms in the nation in 2015. 

Valley Business Report: SBA exporting webinar Dec. 16

According to the Small Business Administration, 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses. 

Campus Technology: A Mobile-First Approach to Competency-Based Education

Although competency-based education is not a new concept, the University of Texas System (UTS) is taking it to a new level with its recently launched "TEx," a mobile-first application designed by UTS's Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL) to boost student engagement and retention. 

The Brownsville Herald and The Monitor: Carnegie Recognition: UTRGV professor first to win Professor of the Year award in UT System

EDINBURG – In a first for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the entire UT System, a faculty member was recognized as Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 

UTRGV expo talks about protecting students

As part of the Gender and Communication coursework, students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted an expo Wednesday at the Brownsville campus to spread awareness about sexual assault and harassment. 

UTRGV Physician Assistant program wins second Apple recognition

EDINBURG–For the second consecutive time, the Physician Assistant program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley gained worldwide recognition by the technology giant Apple for its use of iPads in the classroom. 

Automotive Industry Today: SOM continues community health support with fair, clinics at Indian Hills

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s commitment to the Indian Hills community was underscored this week with a health clinic at La Iglesia de los Hechos, where medical residents and other healthcare professionals addressed the wellness needs of 57 residents. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV to showcase printmaking

Art students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will showcase their work during their first printmaking show this Thanksgiving weekend. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV snuffs campus smoking

EDINBURG – A policy banning smoking at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg campus might be implemented in the coming year. It prohibits the use of any kind of tobacco-related devices and products throughout its campuses. 

The Monitor: UTRGV graduates first class of health promoters under STITCH program

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in partnership with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, graduated its first class of health promoters, also known as promotores, in the Indian Hills community. 

The Monitor: SOM continues community health support with fair, clinics at Indian Hills

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s commitment to the Indian Hills community was underscored this week with a health clinic at La Iglesia de los Hechos, where medical residents and other healthcare professionals addressed the wellness needs of 57 residents. 

Brazil Business Today: UTRGV School of Medicine joins AMA’s Consortium

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine will join leading medical schools throughout the country in determining best practices for the future of medical education. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV food pantry now open

To address food insecurities among some students, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Student Food Pantry was established in Edinburg last fall, and opened on the Brownsville Campus on Nov. 24, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to help spread the word. 

Krgv: University Program Helps Students Receive Food

Brownsville ’ Universities don’t provide the same free or reduced meals like many primary schools. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials said they’re worried about starving students and are working to change that. 

Rio Grande Guardian: UTMB’S LIEBERMAN LAUNCHES UTRGV BIO-MED LECTURE SERIES WITH INFO ON MED SCHOOL

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – About 40 biomedical science students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 23 attended the first event in the Biomedical Distinguished Lecture Series, to learn more about competency-based education and getting into medical school. 

NewsMax: Kissing Bugs CDC: Insect Spotted in Georgia, but No Cases of Chagas There

One of the many reasons that compelled me to study at Pritzker was its evident focus on community health, disparities, and service toward underserved communities, such as the South Side of Chicago. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV’s Alvarez earns prestigious U.S. Professor of the Year award from Carnegie-CASE

Dr. Stephanie Alvarez, an associate professor of Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been named a U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

Inside Higher Ed: CASE and the Carnegie Foundation announce their annual Professor of the Year Awards, with winners from Illinois, Ohio and Texas.

Curricular innovators and excellent instructors won out for this year's Professor of the Year. 

WAFB: Arbor Day Foundation Awards Huntingdon College and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $10,000 for Student Engagement

Huntingdon College students, in partnership with the City of Montgomery, will assist with planting and maintaining 40 trees around the South Holt and Malvern Street intersection. 

The Chronicle of Higher education: 4 Professors of the Year Are Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service

Most professors hope to have an impact on their students, but their work usually takes place behind classroom doors. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to honor top educators

HARLINGEN – A Harlingen elementary school teacher will be honored as a Teacher Legend Award winner along with more than 50 other educators who will be recognized as Teachers of the Year. 

Latina Lista: Non-traditional graduate art student taps into familia pride to create mural of Rio Grande Valley war hero

If it weren’t for the insistence of Ramiro Peña’s wife that he go back to school, he would not have earned a bachelor’s degree, and he probably would not be working toward his Master of Fine Arts at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The Brownsville Herald: RiSA event encourages young women

The Rio Grande Science and Arts Festival’s Latina Day event Thursday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville campus gave female students from around the Valley an opportunity to meet role models who have been successful in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. 

The Brownsville Herald: Actor will be speaking at RiSA

Efren Ramirez, the actor who played “Pedro” from Napoleon Dynamite, will be present at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville campus today and Saturday to speak to students as part of the Rio Grande Science and Arts Festival. 

The Monitor: EDITORIAL: Public should weigh in on new Texas campus carry laws

Various shootings on U.S. college campuses have changed the higher education atmosphere in our country and have caused many states to change campus weapons laws, including Texas, which has been the subject of much debate here. 

The Brownsville Herald: STEM grads might receive extensions of work permits

McALLEN– When Max Cornejo graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2014, his mindset changed from going back to his hometown in Peru to starting a professional life in the United States – a goal he achieved in part thanks to an extension to his student visa status. 

The Monitor: DHS proposes work permit extension for STEM college graduates

McALLEN – When Max Cornejo graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2014, his mindset changed from going back to his hometown in Peru to starting a professional life in the United States – a goal he achieved, in part, thanks to an extension of his student visa status. 

The Monitor: UTRGV receives almost $1 million in grants in one week

McALLEN - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has earned three grants from two national organizations in the past six days, totaling more than $789,000. 

The Monitor: Temple Grandin gives autism advice during first visit to UTRGV

EDINBURG– The line only grew longer by the minute as Temple Grandin met, advised and prescribed books to those interested in learning about autism or livestock on Monday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The Brownsville Herald: Dean discusses changes with move to UTRGV

Mark Kroll has more on his plate these days now that he’s no longer dean of the University of Texas at Brownsville School of Business. 

The Brownsville Herald: THRILL OF THE FRIGHT Brownsville gears up for spooky fun

As Halloween approaches, local residents head to stores like Halloween City in Brownsville for the macabre, the sultry, the sweet and everything in between. 

The Brownsville Herald: Professor leads spooky historic tour in Brownsville

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor Jim Mills guided a group tour Wednesday evening during Mills’ Shades of Haunted History Walking Tour at the historic Fort Brown. 

UAV Experts: Drones Survey Waning Red Tide

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas A&M Corpus Christi have collaborated on unmanned aerial vehicle flyovers of the red tide algae bloom that appears to be fading off the South Texas coast, according to experts. 

The Monitor: Community members get a look at the job of campus principal, from the inside

The number of campus principals in Mission Consolidated Independent School District recently doubled; but only for one day, and it didn’t cost the district any additional money for salaries. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV eliminates tuition for dual-enrollment students

EDINBURG – Thousands of students throughout the Rio Grande Valley take advantage of dual or concurrent enrollment courses for college credit before graduating high school. And starting this year, they will be able to do so free of charge. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV celebrates Tree Campus USA designation during Campus Sustainability Day

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus, home to nearly 2,000 trees, recently celebrated a community-wide effort that led to its designation as a Tree Campus USA this summer. 

AgriLife: Drones survey waning red tide at South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas A&M Corpus Christi have collaborated on unmanned aerial vehicle flyovers of the red tide algae bloom off the South Texas coast, according to experts. 

The Brownsville Herald: Students attend UTRGV campus-carry town hall

EDINBURG – For Chris Chapa, a junior at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, being around guns is nothing new. The Navy veteran served two combat tours in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009. 

The Monitor: UTRGV waives tuition for high school students taking college courses

EDINBURG – Thousands of students throughout the Rio Grande Valley take advantage of dual or concurrent enrollment courses for college credit before graduating high school. 

The Monitor: Students share questions and concerns at UTRGV’s second campus carry town hall

EDINBURG – For Chris Chapa, a junior at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, being around guns is nothing new. 

Entravision: se preparan para nueva ley UTRGV

Estudiantes y miembros de la facultad asistieron a esta reunión para discutir lo que significaría la aprobación de la propuesta sb-11. 

Rgv Poud: USDA awards $750,000 in grants to UTRGV

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded two separate grants to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the amount of $500,000 and $250,000. 

Education News: Duncan Touts Education Technology at Hispanic STEM Conference

Outgoing Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about his visions for the future of American education at Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) week. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV med school confirms preliminary accreditation

EDINBURG – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials confirmed its School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in an unusual verbal notification, which is pending a letter of approval, officials said. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV confirms medical school’s preliminary accreditation

EDINBURG– University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials confirmed the medical school received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education Friday. 

The Monitor: UTRGV School of Medicine confirms preliminary accreditation

EDINBURG – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley officials confirmed Thursday that its School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in an unusual verbal notification, which is pending a letter of approval, officials said. 

My Harlingen News: LCME grants preliminary accreditation: UTRGV School of Medicine now accepting applications

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 16, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is now recruiting its inaugural class of students, after receiving preliminary accreditation from the federally recognized Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). 

Valley Morning Star: UK Consul General visits Valley

WESLACO – Karen Bell, Consul General for the United Kingdom in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, toured the Rio Grande Valley this week to learn more about the area’s economic growth and academic impact. 

The Brownsville Herald: UTRGV groundbreaking nears: Academic building will house classrooms, science and music

Underground utility work for a new three-story academic building at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville campus should begin in December, with an official groundbreaking likely to follow in January. 

The Monitor: Local astronaut Mike Fossum talks educational opportunities, ‘The Martian’ at HESTEC

EDINBURG – McAllen High School graduate Michael Fossum has spent 194 days in space – two of those days spacewalking. 

Einnews: Navy hosts HESTEC 2015 SeaPerch Challenge

EDINBURG– Vanessa Gurrola was originally skeptical about showing interest in robotics. 

The Monitor: Young students encouraged during HESTEC community day

EDINBURG – Julia Peralta, a Hidalgo native, has attended HESTEC Community Day for the past three years. Participation in the event was important to her because of her involvement with the TexPREP program for pre-engineering students in middle school and high school. 

The Monitor: HESTEC robotics competition pushes children to think outside the box this year

EDINBURG – The annual robotics match at HESTEC – Hispanic, Engineering, Science and Technology week – took a creative turn this year as students were expected to put the battle aside and worry about task completion instead. 

Valley Central: Slaves called 'workers' in high school textbook, publisher apologies

A high school World Geography textbook created quite a buzz on social media for calling slaves "workers." 

The Monitor: UTRGV hosts interfaith conversation

Hundreds of faithful from across the Rio Grande Valley joined in prayer Wednesday night and listened to Christian, Muslim and Jewish religious leaders talk about their common values and some of the challenges they face in a modern society. 

Topix: Change the World through STEM, America's Navy Attends HESTEC 2015

"Change the World through STEM" is the theme of the 2015 Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week held on the campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley , formally University of Texas-Pan American , October 5-11. 

Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At UTRGV Hispanic Engineering, Science And Technology Student Leadership Day

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks in Edinburg, TX at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week Student Leadership Day. 

The Brownsville Herald: Abbott encourages students to change their world through STEM

EDINBURG – Approximately 1,000 students from 17 GEAR UP high schools from across the Rio Grande Valley filled the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Fieldhouse on Tuesday morning to begin Student Leadership Day. 

The Monitor: Gov. Abbott encourages students to change their world through STEM

EDINBURG – Approximately 1,000 students from 17 GEAR UP high schools from across the Rio Grande Valley filled the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Fieldhouse on Tuesday morning to begin Student Leadership Day. 

My Harligen News: HESTEC leaders: Hispanics are key to the nation’s success

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2015 – A former director of the U.S. Census Bureau got HESTEC’s Educator Day off to a solid start Monday morning by affirming what leaders in the Rio Grande Valley have been saying for a long time now: The Hispanic population in this country is driving the population growth of Texas and the nation, and we have to pay close attention to their education. 

Houston Style Magazine: Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At UTRGV Hispanic Engineering, Science And Technology Student Leadership Day

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks in Edinburg, TX at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week Student Leadership Day. 

Valley Morning Star: Secretary of Education talks tech at HESTEC

EDINBURG – Less investment on textbooks and more on devices, preparing youths for careers in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – plus greater focus on blended learning should be at the forefront of education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said yesterday. 

The Brownsville Herald: U.S. education secretary talks technology, education, and STEM at HESTEC

EDINBURG – Less investment on textbooks and more on devices, the important of preparing youth for careers in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – plus greater focus on blended learning should be at the forefront of education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday during a panel discussion at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

San Diego Newscape: Change the World through STEM, America's Navy Attends HESTEC 2015

Edinburg, Texas - "Change the World through STEM" is the theme of the 2015 Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), formally University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), October 5-11. 

My Harligen News: Soledad O’Brien talks voting, Latinos, and which issues are really of interest

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2015 – With the country’s Latino population at 55 million strong, it would make sense that the Latino vote would be a major factor in the 2016 presidential election. 

The Monitor: Secretary of Education talks technology, education, and STEM at HESTEC

EDINBURG – Less investment in textbooks and more on devices, the important of preparing youth for careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – plus greater focus on blended learning should be at the forefront of education, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday during a panel discussion at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Entravision: UTRGV anuncia Celebracion de HESTEC 2015

(Entravision).-Por decimocuarto año consecutivo se realiza esta celebración dedicada a todos los jóvenes que buscan realizar sus sueños de tener una carrera profesional慑 

The Monitor: O'Brien sparks local conversation

EDINBURG – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley literally rolled out the red carpet in front of the Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg for Soledad O’Brien’s “I Am Latino in America” tour.

Your Valley Voice: HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner

EDINBURG - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley kicked off its Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week with a formal Congressional Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. 

The Monitor: Exclusive interview with Soledad O'Brien about her Latino in America Series

Award-winning journalist and former CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien’s tour, “I Am Latino In America,” will make a stop at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley tonight to kick off the 2015 Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) week.

The Monitor: Valley school districts prepare for a week full of STEM challenges

EDINBURG – Exposure to local higher education opportunities and to careers in the growing STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – field, continue to attract school districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley to the annual HESTEC week.

The Monitor: UTRGV opens first theater season

University Theatre Productions of UTRGV opens its first play of the first theater season with "Juno and the Paycock," an internationally famous masterpiece by Irish playwright Sean O’Casey from Oct. 7 to 11. This play, which is historic in its own right, also is a historic event for theatre on the Edinburg campus.

The Monitor: Edwards Abstract and Title Co. hosts real estate forum Nov. 5

The Cameron County offices of Edwards Abstract and Title Co. will host the 3rd Annual State of Real Estate Forum on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Rancho Viejo Country Club Conference Center. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9 to 11 a.m. The State of Real Estate Forum is coordinated in both Cameron and Hidalgo Counties as a service of Edwards Abstract and Title Co.

Valley Morning Star: Valley schools prepare for STEM challenges

EDINBURG – Exposure to local higher education opportunities and to careers in the growing STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – field, continue to attract school districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley to the annual HESTEC week.

North Texas e-News: Red tide concentrations increasing along South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Evidence of red tide along South Padre Island and the Lower Laguna Madre continues to mount, but airborne effects are not as bad as previously feared, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service marine expert.

Your Valley Voice: Edinburg Housing Authority welcomes UTRGV social work interns

The Edinburg Housing Authority welcomed six social work interns from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley who will be assisting our residents for the fall semester. 

SACurrent: Will Climate Change Impact Bird-Watching in South Texas? Some Say It Already Is

One of the country's premier birding destinations is right in our own backyard. 

The Monitor: Knapp partners with UTRGV, Mercedes to establish residency program

MERCEDES – Knapp Medical Center is partnering with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the City of Mercedes to establish a residency program in 2016. 

The Monitor: A week of STEM returns to Edinburg

EDINBURG – Robots will invade the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg campus next week. No, the apocalypse is not here. This is purely educational. 

Univision: La NASA afirma que existe agua en Marte

Científicos de la NASA aseguran que esta podría ser una señal de que exista vida en este planeta. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV chemistry professor awarded Regents honor for inspiring student excellence

Dr. José J. Gutiérrez was drawn to chemistry in high school, when he was fortunate to have a special professor who opened doors to the “amazing and fascinating” world of chemistry. 

Your Valley Voice: Houston Ballet II to perform UTRGV Performing Arts Center

EDINBURG – Rio Grande Valley ballet fans are invited to enjoy a performance Oct. 16 of the Houston Ballet II, at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg Campus. 

Valley Morning Star: New students in UTRGV’s nursing program don their white coats

EDINBURG – Araceli Rios, one of the new students accepted into the fall 2015 cohort of the bachelor of science in nursing program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said she was born to be a nurse. 

Phys.org: Red tide concentrations increasing along South Padre Island

Evidence of red tide along South Padre Island and the Lower Laguna Madre continues to mount, but airborne effects are not as bad as previously feared, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service marine expert. 

VBR: UTRGV receives $240,000 to help small businesses

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received $240,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America Initiative to help grow existing small businesses 

CBS19: East Texas space lovers excited about new discovery

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Right here in East Texas, there is plenty of excitement to go around related to this discovery of water on Mars. 

Valley Morning Star: Red tide expected to linger on Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – The effects of red tide are lingering across the entire Island. 

About 8K volunteers clean Texas beaches, red tide issues

GALVESTON, TEXAS – An estimated 8,000 volunteers removed trash from 21 Texas beaches on Saturday in a cleanup effort that had to be scaled back due to a "red tide" algae bloom, a state official said. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV graduate student completes prestigious advertising internship

EDINBURG – While many students spent their summer decked out in Nike gear or shooting photos with a Nikon, Carlos Molina was busy working behind the scenes for those respective brands. 

Valley home to nation’s first all-digital degree program

The new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) made headlines recently when it opened its doors because it is the state’s newest four-year university and medical school. Now, it is making headlines again – this time as it becomes the first university in the nation to offer an all-digital degree program. 

Valley Morning Star: Earning certifications: Working in real-world medical environments

SAN BENITO – It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. 

Valley Morning Star: Tracking Red Tide

Volunteers and workers at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Coastal Studies Lab are tracking the conditions caused by an algae bloom, known as a Red Tide. 

Valley Morning Star: It’s Here: Red tide worries, now reality

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Red tide is killing fish along about 25-miles of shoreline as the toxic algae bloom is spraying high concentrations of irritants into the air across parts of South Padre Island. 

KUT.org: 24 Things That Have Changed in Texas

Things are different in now in Texas. 

Lecturer discusses Pope’s trip to Cuba on CNN Español

Discutimos el significado político trás la visita del papa Francisco a Cuba con el profesor Arturo Lopez Levy de la Universidad Rio Grande Valley en Texas. 

The Monitor: Artist takes nontraditional approach in bronze casting procedure

What we first notice about Susan Fitzsimmons’ bronze “Sentinels & Guardians” in the Dorothy and Charles Clark Art Gallery is her unusual technique. 

MySA: UTRGV a bright star in South Texas

The future looks brighter for one of the state’s most poverty-stricken regions with the opening of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus. 

Your Valley Voice: UTRGV looks to expand partnerships to provide health care for veterans

HARLINGEN – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are looking into ways they can collaborate to improve healthcare access for area veterans. 

Your Valley Voice: Soledad O'Brien bringing 'I am Latino in America' tour to HESTEC

EDINBURG – Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien is bringing the “I am Latino in America” tour to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Oct. 5, 2015. 

Arturo Lopez Levy discusses Cuba-U.S. relations

CCTV America's Elaine Reyes interviewed Arturo Lopez Levy, lecturer at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley about Castro's upcoming visit to the United Nations and what it means for Cuba. 

Brownsville Herald: Vaquero connection, September 2015

More than 29,000 Vaqueros rode onto The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s campuses in Brownsville and Edinburg on Aug. 31 celebrating a historic moment – a new university – for the Lone Star State. 

The Monitor: Acclaimed journalist brings community-focused tour to HESTEC

Soledad O'Brien's "I AM LATINO IN AMERICA" tour will stop at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Oct. 5 during the university’s week celebrating Hispanic engineering, science and technology, or HESTEC. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to network with local contractors for new buildings

WESLACO – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is calling all contractors in the area to attend a meet and greet hosted by the Weslaco Economic Development Corp. 

RGV Proud UTRGV's Math & Science Academy seniors explore higher-ed options

Before the start of the fall semester at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Mathematics and Science Academy, 30 second-year MSA students boarded a bus early on the morning of Monday, Aug. 17, and set off on a field trip. 

Texas Border Business: White House names UTRGV a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education”

The White House says The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is doing a great job of helping Latinos get a quality education, and on Sept. 15 named it a “Bright Spot” in the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 

Florida Trend: The increasing importance of Hispanics to the U.S. workforce

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review naturally gives rise for reflection upon how the demographic characteristics of the American workforce have dramatically changed. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV student president addresses peers

The difficulties of the transition to become the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was the major topic discussed at the UTRGV Student Government Association president’s State of the Student Body Address on Tuesday afternoon at the Brownsville campus. 

Rio Grande Guardian:  Alonzo Cantu: DHR Ready to Help with VA Hospital Project

McALLEN, RGV – Following the visit of VA Secretary Robert McDonald to the Rio Grande Valley on Monday, local veterans and members of Congress say they are closer to securing a VA hospital for the region than ever before. 

The Monitor: UTRGV's Mexican-American Studies program continues to grow

Former University of Texas-Pan American president Robert S. Nelsen’s final act before leaving the Valley was fundraising for the school’s Mexican-American Studies program. 

Rio Grande Guardian: VA Secretary McDonalds’s RGV Visit in Pictures

HARLINGEN, RGV – Rio Grande Valley veterans finally got to meet the head of the VA on Monday when cabinet secretary Robert McDonald visited Harlingen and McAllen. 

Brownsville Herald: Taking action: UTRGV teaches students about services

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Student Success department opened its doors to students this week to introduce them to faculty members and show them services the university has to offer. 

The Monitor: 120-mile trips part of daily duties for new UTRGV police chief

EDINBURG – A few piles of paintings and drawings of World War II aircraft sit on the floor of Raul Munguia’s partly furnished office. 

The Monitor: Hinojosa announces $22.9 million in federal grants for UTRGV and Hidalgo County

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Hidalgo County Head Start Program will receive more than $22.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa announced in news release sent Friday. 

Progresstimes: UTRGV opens doors, makes history

Monday marked the first day of classes for students at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. But on the same day two years ago, UTRGV President Guy Bailey was in a hospital room in Birmingham, Alabama, watching his wife live the last 36 hours of her life. 

National Science Foundation: Investing in diversity

With an eye toward improving material science through increased diverse perspectives, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded six Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) awards this year, in its fifth such competition since 2004. 

The Monitor: UTRGV students settle in during first week

Arturo Flores, freshman physics major, has had an interesting first week at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV hosts picnic for students to meet their new president

EDINBURG – Monica Cosby begun her day right before sunrise getting ready to catch the 7:30 a.m. Vaquero Shuttle to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus. This is the first time she travels about an hour and a half to attend classes, she said, and today wasn’t too bad. 

The Monitor: UTRGV hosts picnic for students to meet their new president

EDINBURG – Monica Cosby began her day right before sunrise, getting ready to catch the 7:30 a.m. Vaquero Shuttle to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus. This was the first time she traveled about an hour-and-a-half to attend classes, she said, and Tuesday wasn’t too bad. 

The Daily Texan: System opens UT-Rio Grande Valley campus

Through merging UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, the UT System officially opened the UT-Rio Grande Valley campus Monday. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV begins history-making journey

BROWNSVILLE – Chancellor William McRaven of the University of Texas System was present at a proclamation ceremony yesterday to commemorate the launch of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a moment he said would “change Texas forever.” 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV reaches out to newborns

Newborn boys and girls across the Rio Grande Valley may have a future paved for them already because of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The Monitor: UTRGV celebrates first classes, new possibilities for Valley students

EDINBURG – After devoting her college career playing basketball for the University of Texas-Pan American, Cherrell Price will graduate from a different institution – the new UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

The Monitor: Campus bids farewell to UTB President Ad Intern Dr. William Fannin

Dr. William R. Fannin, president ad interim of The University of Texas at Brownsville, has been leading UTB during its final year and helped facilitate the legacy institution’s transition to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

RGV Proud: Tour de Valley cyclists honor legacy schools, celebrate coming together as UTRGV

HARLINGEN, Texas - Before the sun came up Sunday, about 50 cyclists gathered near the iconic Bronc statue on the Edinburg Campus. Simultaneously, 88 riders assembled at the Main lawn of the Brownsville Campus. 

Brownsville Herald: Cyclists honor legacy schools, celebrate coming together as UTRGV

Before the sun came up Sunday, about 50 cyclists gathered near the iconic Bronc statue on the Edinburg Campus. Simultaneously, 88 riders assembled at the Main lawn of the Brownsville Campus. 

The Monitor: Q&A with Guy Bailey

On Aug. 27, Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez sat down for an hour-long interview with Guy Bailey, founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during a Newsmaker Breakfast Series at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. 

Brownsville Herald: Cyclists honor legacy schools, celebrate coming together as UTRGV

Before the sun came up Sunday, about 50 cyclists gathered near the iconic Bronc statue on the Edinburg Campus. Simultaneously, 88 riders assembled at the Main lawn of the Brownsville Campus. 

Brownsville Herald: Vaqueros to spur UTRGV forward

Through attending city and county meetings to signing memorandums, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley administrators want to make President Guy Bailey’s message clear: the university is for the entire Rio GrandeValley. 

The Monitor: UTRGV professors connect student-centered teaching methodology with Apple technology

"Apple for the teacher" has taken on a whole new meaning for two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professors who have been selected as Apple Distinguished Educators – Class of 2015. 

Valley Morning Star: Ready to saddle up: Vaqueros to spur UTRGV forward

Through attending city and county meetings to signing memorandums, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley administrators want to make President Guy Bailey’s message clear: the university is for the entire Rio Grande Valley.  

UTRGV welcomes #FirstClass graduate students at orientation events 

Claudia Borrego, an English teacher at Brownsville’s Pace High School, and Edith Garcia, a math teacher at Brownsville’s Porter High School, saw an opportunity they couldn’t pass up – to join a graduate cohort whereby The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville Independent School District each would cover a third of their graduate school tuition and fees. 

The Monitor: UT System Regents approve $478M allocation for UTRGV

The University of Texas System Board of Regents for the first time included The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in its operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year. 

Brownsville Herald: Brownsville campus receives millions

The University of Texas System Board of Regents recently approved $478 million in appropriations for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which is expected to help the university better serve the estimated 28,000 students in accomplishing their goals. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV creates scholarship for transferring grad students

EDINBURG – Local graduate students who transferred to the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley should receive a last-minute scholarship to offset tuition increases. 

The Monitor: Editorial: Welcoming a new UTRGV era

Arguably, nowhere else in this giant state is there a regional cohesion as strong as the one that exists in South Texas. Residents here identify themselves as being from the Rio Grande Valley as easily as they identify as being from McAllen or Harlingen or Brownsville – and all points between. 

The Monitor: UTRGV gathers freshman class to celebrate its first school year

EDINBURG – Surrounded by Bronc banners using the classic colors of the University of Texas-Pan American, the first generation of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros filled the Edinburg campus Fieldhouse Saturday in preparation for the first day of classes. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV launches re-imagined biomed program

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students enrolled in the new biomedical sciences program will have the opportunity to do something most college students can only dream of, which is to go through college without needing any traditional textbooks. 

UTB concludes orientation for UTRGV

The University of Texas at Brownsville on Wednesday held its final orientation for freshmen who will become the future first class of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Sexual assault study to include UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be one of 13 campuses in the UT system to participate in a study on sexual assault. 

UTRGV School of Medicine names senior associate dean

HARLINGEN – Dr. John Ronnau, former dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at The University of Texas-Pan American, has a new job. 

Texas Border Business: Bailey honors the past, sees bright future for UTRGV and the Valley

A spirited drumline and cheerleaders clad in sparkly new uniforms greeted students, faculty and staff of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, as they arrived to hear an address on the Edinburg Campus by the university’s founding president, Guy Bailey. 

NPR: Research Biologist Coins Term “Kilo-Author” For Scientific Journal Articles

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Zen Faulkes of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley about the term, which describes the trend of adding more names as contributors to science journal articles. 

Rio Grande Guardian: STC, UTRGV, Sign Historic Collaboration Agreement

When South Texas College leaders first met UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey they were immediately struck by his understanding of and respect for the role community colleges play in society. 

Brownsville Herald: UTB gives way to UTRGV

University of Texas at Brownsville President Dr. William Fannin handed over the keys to the campus to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley president Dr. Guy Bailey as a symbolic gesture Tuesday to mark the transition of the campus becoming UTRGV. 

Brownsville Herald: Cities, counties to recognize UTRGV Day

Several cities in Hidalgo and Cameron County are expected to show their support for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by declaring Aug. 31 as UTRGV Day. 

A Sign of Success: UTRGV and STC forge new partnership via MOU

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and South Texas College on Monday signed the first Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions, signifying their mutual commitment to student success in South Texas and marking a historic partnership developed to yield positive results. 

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Write a Paper? Apparently, Thousands

A Frenchman named Georges Aad may have the most prominent name in particle physics. 

Brownsville Herald: New provider supplying books to university bookstores

The University of Texas at Brownsville is hard at work preparing for the launch day of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to open restaurants with varied menus

Construction workers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville campus are working quickly to build three new hangouts for students by the start of the fall semester. 

KENS5 San Antonio: Could you save a life? #MarrowForMoreno inspires Pablo's gift

Many people who sign up for the bone marrow registry never consider the fact that they might actually get a call to save a life. 

Valley Morning Star, The Monitor and Brownsville Herald: Project DOC aims to reduce diabetes risks

The University of Texas System aims to use social, mobile and cloud technology – with cognitive analytical tools – to develop health care delivery solutions customized for individual patients in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Brownsville Herald: Program develops future med students: UTRGV touts middle school to med school

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is slated to open in August with a competency based educational that prepares motivated students to begin accelerating their careers as early as middle school. 

Brownsville Herald and Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to increase number of course sections

When University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students start the fall semester, they will notice an increase in the number of courses that will be offered. 

Brownsville Herald: My Turn: Funding our future

Every legislative session, hundreds of individuals, non-profit groups, special-interest lobbyists, city and county officials and public and private education representatives, among others, visit legislators and their staff at the Texas Capitol to advocate for or against proposed legislation and to ask for funding. 

The Monitor and Brownsville Herald: Editorial: UTRGV's funding high in UT System

When the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opens in September, it will receive $253.5 million in funding from the University of Texas System – the second most of any UT institution – demonstrating an impressive investment by system officials in our fledgling university and medical school. 

Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star, The Monitor: UTRGV to unify campus bookstores, food vendors

With the creation of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the word “unification” has been thrown around many times. As the Aug 31 start of classes approaches, pending matters like a university bookstore provider are still in the works. 

Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star, The Monitor: UTPA to begin construction on $70M building by end of year

The University of Texas-Pan American, soon to be UT Rio Grande Valley, received the final green light to build what officials say will be the most modern building in the entire UT System. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV aims to lock tuition rates

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley aims to lock its tuition rate for students for up to four years of enrollment. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV receives $100,000 gift for diabetes, obesity research

The McAllen Medical Center Foundation gave $100,000 Monday to support the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s research on diabetes and obesity in the region. 

Brownsville Herald and Valley Morning Star: UTRGV sends first acceptance letters

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter flooded with posts Tuesday afternoon as students excitedly shared photos and tweets regarding acceptance letters to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV welcomes new research VP

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Founding President Guy Bailey has announced the appointment of Theresa A. Maldonado as senior vice president for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development for UTRGV. 

Brownsville Herald: Discover UTRGV: Bailey addresses prospective students

“We’re on target to open our doors in August,” Bailey said after speaking at the new school’s first on-campus recruiting event. 

Valley Morning Star and Brownsville Herald: RAHC pioneer takes senior post

Dr. Leonel Vela, founding dean of the Regional Academic Health Center, has been named senior associate dean for student affairs for the UTRGV School of Medicine. 

Valley Morning Star: Internship in Costa Rica a learning experience

“The minute I started reading ‘Monkeys are Made of Chocolate’ and heard Professor Herring talk about Costa Rica, I knew I had to go there,” said Arnulfo Rodriguez. 

Brownsville Herald and Valley Morning Star: UTRGV to hold open house

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host its first Discover UTRGV program with open houses at the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses on Saturday, March 21. 

Brownsville: Herald Now hiring: UT-RGV focuses on necessary hires as opening nears

EDINBURG - With more than 1,400 positions already filled, the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley continues to search for faculty and staff in preparation for its August opening. 

Valley Morning Star: SpaceX links with UT

The first infrastructure project that will link the University of Texas System to SpaceX’s rocket-launch complex at Boca Chica in Cameron County is on the horizon, public records show. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV to launch new gear

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s new Vaqueros logo will be officially introduced through a branding effort Saturday. 

Brownsville Herald: Neighbors for Life

Business breakfast speaker stressed importance of U.S.-Mexico ties. 

Brownsville Herald: Chancellor to take the lead

New University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven now has the authority to act on behalf of the UT System Board of Regents to “wind up” matters that UT Brownsville and UT Pan American still have pending before UT Rio Grande Valley begins classes in August. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV School of Medicine to receive multiple site visits

Now that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has been approved as a candidate by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, site visits are expected during the charter class’ enrollment to be able to fully accredit the Valley’s first medical school. 

KVEO News Center 23: Life saving act in the air spurs bill to help nurse practitioners on the ground

Qualified to save a life in the air, but not to practice fully without medical oversight from a doctor. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV eliminates remedial courses, plans summer bridge

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is doing away with remedial courses and instead requiring summer classes for struggling incoming students in hopes to better prepare them for college curriculum. 

Brownsville Herald: Editorial by Carlos Rodriguez: On Track

It’s all new – that was the message touted by Dr. Guy Bailey, president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and UT Brownsville President Bill Fannin when they met with our editorial board this week to discuss the Valleywide university that is scheduled to open this fall. 

Valley Morning Star: UTRGV Chief

Raul Munguia, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s inaugural police chief, on Tuesday vowed to forge a safe learning and teaching environment on the cam-pus that will spread across the Valley. 

Rio Grande Guardian: The UTRGV Vaquero is only the beginning

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was approved by the Texas state legislature in 2013. 

Port Isabel Press: UTRGV president keynote speaker at counseling conference

Former president of the University of Alabama and Texas Tech University and first president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Guy Bailey, served as keynote speaker at the Tip of Texas Counseling Association conference held last Thursday at the The Hilton Garden Inn on South Padre Island. 

Brownsville Herald: UTRGV president: Counselors help students move up

On a breezy Thursday morning, hundreds gathered on South Padre Island to celebrate National School Counseling Week, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey addressed the Tip of Texas Counseling Association on the importance of counselors as students move on to higher education. 

The Monitor: UTRGV receives $2.8M grant to provide healthcare access in colonias

A more than $2.8 million grant was awarded Thursday to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to help establish team-based care to all of the Rio Grande Valley. 

H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute

HARLINGEN ,TX – Christmas came early to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a $1 million gift from H-E-B. 

H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute

Valley Town Crier/Edinburg Review: HARLINGEN -- Christmas came early to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a $1 million gift from H-E-B.

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VIDEO: H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV for diabetes research

Valley Morning Star: H.E.B. donated a million dollars to UTRGV for diabetes research in an announcement at the Regional Academic Health Center on Thursday. 

UPDATE: H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV for diabetes research

My Leader News: UPDATE: H-E-B is donating $1 million for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s diabetes research program, it was announced Thursday in a meeting at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. 

City to weigh in on mascot

HARLINGEN – The City Commission on Wednesday could adopt a resolution supporting a new mascot for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Amid calls from Edinburg city leaders and University of Texas-Pan American alumni to keep the Bronc as the mascot for the new university, the City Commission here will consider a resolution that supports an entirely new mascot. 

Community reacts to UTRGV mascot proposals

Upon the announcement of the top 10 student-selected finalists for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley mascot, both UT Brownsville and UT-Pan American alumni are sounding off on what they think about the choices. UTRGV is set to open in 2015. With the new university comes a new identity, including a new mascot. 

UTRGV dean welcomes future med students

The founding dean of the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Francisco Fernandez delivered the keynote address at the Accelerated Professional Relevant Integrated Medical Education - Transformation of Medical Education induction ceremony. 

EDITORIAL: UTRGV's mobile staff - No new admin building for region

An unexpected announcement late last week by University of Texas System officials that they will indefinitely delay the selection of a site for an administration building for the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was genius. 

UTRGV medical school looking for local subcontractors

McALLEN – Business owners and contractors buzzed from booth to booth Friday at the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce business expo, hoping for a big break. 

Event celebrates the new UTRGV and its integrated medical school

HARLINGEN – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey said he was excited about the creation of the first university in Texas in this century. 

UTRGV to begin establishing curriculum for School of Medicine

The University of Texas System Board of Regents have approved a measure to establish a Doctor of Medicine degree program at UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

UT Regents approve RGV medical program and admissions criteria

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved the establishment a doctor of medicine degree program at UT Rio Grande Valley and admissions criteria for incoming freshman, transfer and graduate students.