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2015 Press Release Archive

UTRGV kicks off first STITCH outreach at Indian Hills

MERCEDES, TEXAS – JULY 13, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and its partners have begun stitching together their partnership with the community to provide health care to those who lack the resources to seek medical attention. Read the full release.

UTRGV Chess Team makes Final Four, qualifies for President's Cup in 2016

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 31, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chess Team, under the direction of Grandmaster and Coach Bartek Macieja, has qualified for the Final Four of Chess and the President’s Cup, after participation in the 2015 Pan-Am Intercollegiate Chess Championship, held Dec. 28-30 in Cleveland, Ohio. Read the full release.

UTRGV student appointed to health and human services state committee

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 29, 2015 – Leroy Berrones-Soto, a sophomore social work major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been appointed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to serve as a member of the newly formed Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. Read the full release.

UTRGV spreads holiday cheer to international students with exchange program

EDINBURG, TEXAS, DEC. 25, 2015 — Samuel Ogunwale, a sophomore majoring in biology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, says winter holiday traditions in his home country of Nigeria are similar to those of the United States. Read the full release.

Three UTRGV RISE students place at national conference for minorities

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 28, 2015 -- Three students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley attended the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Seattle, Washington, Nov. 11-14, where they earned awards in a variety of scientific research areas. Read the full release.

Music Academy continues mission while anticipating move to downtown Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 24, 2015 – The Music Academy of the School of Music at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is partnering with the Brownsville Performing Arts Academy located in the historic Stegman Building, currently under renovation in downtown Brownsville. Read the full release.

Internship at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center was key to student’s job offer

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 31, 2015 – Weslaco native Abigail Montalvo Schulze looks forward to this time next year, hoping she and her family will enjoy a white Christmas at their new home in Pennsylvania. Read the full release.

Internship at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center was ‘an amazing experience’

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 29, 2015 – When Aaron Hunsaker was growing up in Ohio, home state of 23 U.S. astronauts, he “always wanted to be an astronaut.” That boyhood kinship with astronauts was heightened knowing he and Neil Armstrong were born just 16 miles apart. Read the full release.

UTRGV vocalists land a first place, valuable experience, at regional music competition

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 23, 2015 – 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.  Read the full release.

Engineering intern at NASA designs lodging for space travel to Mars

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 26, 2015 – In the not-too-distant future, when astronauts take off from Earth with Mars as their destination, they will need a “home away from home” during the estimated 500-day journey. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates first commencement, more than 2,000 earn degrees

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 19, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ushered in new traditions and fanfare at its first commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 19, on the Brownsville Campus, followed by two afternoon ceremonies at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. Read the full release.

International graduate ready to make her Valley home more financially savvy

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 18, 2015 – Two days after Fabiola Estefania Urgel Santa Ana graduates summa cum laude from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the native of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico will take an important step to help the region that has become her new home. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2015 – This holiday season, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine received an early gift – a $1,065,510 grant from the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., for its Integrated Care Collaborative Unit (ICCU). Read the full release.

UTRGV graduate in first Biomedical Sciences cohort already accepted to four medical schools

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 17, 2015 – When José Mario Rodríguez graduates on Dec. 19 from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a BS in Biomedical Science, he can rest secure in the knowledge that he already has been accepted to four medical schools in Texas. Read the full release.

UTRGV founding president to debut Chain of Office, Presidential Medallion, at commencement

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2015 – A group of jewelry students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Art took on what may be their biggest academic project yet – not to earn an “A,” but to make history.  Read the full release.

December 21, 2015, UTRGV symposium STITCHes up collaboration with community partners

EDINBURG, TEXAS, DEC. 21, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, its School of Medicine and its governmental and community collaborators drew praise recently for their work in providing family- and community-based healthcare to the Valley’s most vulnerable residents. Read the full release.

Admissions trio bring years of experience, dedication to UTRGV School of Medicine

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – DEC. 21, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Medicine will welcome its #FirstClass this summer, and three veteran admissions administrators have been hard at work to make sure those 50 chosen have a seamless transition into medical school. Read the full release.

BMED graduates make ideal instructional facilitators for undergraduates

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 21, 2015 – Personal experience as a “sickly child” triggered an interest in a medical career for Cecilia Orta. Read the full release.

GED classes at SOM’s Peña Center prepare Valley youths for adult success

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 21, 2015 – Ana’s story is an all too familiar one in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

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.  Read the full release.

UTRGV gonfalons to show colleges’ pride, history, at first commencement

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 15, 2015 – When The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has its first commencement ceremonies Dec. 19, it will usher in a new set of customs and items honoring the accomplishments of its graduates. Read the full release.

Musicians tune into holiday spirit during 2015 Tuba Christmas at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 13, 2015 – The deep, august sounds of more than 300 tubas and euphoniums – many of them festively decorated with holiday sparkles and themes – filled The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Fieldhouse, during the 27th annual Tuba Christmas ensemble concert. Read the full release.

UTRGV students put heart and soul into designing ceremonial mace for new university

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 14, 2015 – Five students, all art majors at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, were on the committee selected to design a ceremonial mace for their new university. Read the full release.

UTRGV political science professor speaks out about dangerous immigration risks

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 11, 2015 – A few dozen people gathered at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville Campus on Thursday evening for “A Dangerous Journey to the US: An International Human Rights Presentation,” held in observance of International Human Rights Day. Read the full release.

UT System grads earned nearly $150K more than non-graduates over 10 years

AUSTIN / RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC 10, 2015 – University of Texas System graduates earned $147,910 more in salary over 10 years than students who enrolled at a UT System academic institution but did not graduate. Read the full release.

The ‘sense’-ible thing to do: UTRGV hosts blind tennis workshop

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 10, 2015 – Jesus Andrade, a junior studying kinesiology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said he considers himself a pretty good athlete. Read the full release.

December 7,2015, UTRGV symposium STITCHes up collaboration with community partners

EDINBURG, TEXAS, DEC. 4, 2015 — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, its School of Medicine and its governmental and community collaborators drew praise Friday for their work in providing family- and community-based healthcare to the Valley’s most vulnerable residents. Read the full release.

Freshman art student wins contest to design first UTRGV holiday card

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 5, 2015 – When Virginia Contreras heard about the contest to create the first official winter holiday card for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, she said she had to “go for it.” Read the full release.

MOU between UTRGV and Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas promotes strong collaboration

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 4, 2015 – A new Memorandum of Understanding signed Dec. 3 between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, the state university of Tamaulipas, Mexico, will provide new collaborative opportunities to students, faculty and staff at both border institutions. Read the full release.

UTRGV holding town hall meetings with deaf community to learn their healthcare needs

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 3, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is reaching out to the deaf community to find out how it can better serve Valley residents with hearing challenges. Read the full release.

Communication students address sexual assault, rape prevention at Gender Comm Expo

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – DEC. 2, 2015 – Sexual assault and rape are difficult topics for discussion for many people. But the communication department at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley got the conversation going in Brownsville on Wednesday, during the Gender Comm Expo for the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Harassment. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s first Printmaking Show wows in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 30, 2015 – Creativity took the spotlight in Brownsville this Thanksgiving weekend at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s first annual Printmaking Show, held at the Brownsville Artists and Musicians gallery, known as BAM! Read the full release.

First UTRGV Commencement ceremonies set for Saturday, Dec. 19

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will graduate about 1,800 prospective students for its first commencement ceremonies for both UTRGV locations this fall. Read the full release.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies program earns second ‘distinguished’ nod from Apple

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 30, 2015 – The Department of Physician Assistant in the College of Health Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley continues a legacy of success built on 16 years of dedication to providing certified Physician Assistant graduates who serve the medical needs of Valley communities. Read the full release.

UTRGV master’s candidate earns state recognition for research on Brownsville resacas

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 25, 2015 – Buford Lessley, a master’s candidate in the School of Multidisciplinary Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has earned Best Graduate Student Presentation honors at the annual conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration-Texas Chapter, for his work on resacas in Brownsville. Read the full release.

UTRGV awarded six-figure DOD grant for advanced textile research and development

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV 25, 2015 – Dr. Mohammed Jasim Uddin has been in the Rio Grande Valley for less than two years, but in that time, he has been involved in a project that could revolutionize clothing worn by the U.S. military. Read the full release.

UTRGV, Valley high school musicians sweep competition at Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 25, 2015 – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley mariachi musicians topped all university-level competitors at the national Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, held Nov. 15-21 in San Antonio. Read the full release.

UTRGV international students gobble up local traditions during Thanksgiving luncheons

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 25, 2015 – International students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley were treated to a lunch feast of Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings, Monday, Nov. 23, on the Brownsville Campus, and Tuesday, Nov. 24, on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV Brownsville Campus Student Food Pantry now open, accepting donations

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 24, 2015 –As we prepare for the holiday season, many of us have family close by and we can rely on the celebratory foods we love. But for some students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, home and hearth are thousands of miles away, and having a full meal can be a daily struggle. Read the full release.

Ring in the holiday season at the RGV TubaChristmas concert Dec. 13 at UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 23, 2015 – Tuba players from across the Rio Grande Valley will join forces to continue a 26-year-old tradition – bringing holiday cheer at the annual RGV TubaChristmas concert. Read the full release.

UTRGV SOM continues community support with health clinics at Indian Hills

MERCEDES, Texas, Nov. 20, 2015 — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine continued its commitment to serving the Indian Hills community Nov. 17 with a health clinic at La Iglesia de los Hechos where medical residents and other health care professionals provided care to 57 residents. Read the full release.

Weeklong ‘Women of Color Writing Retreat’ set for summer 2016

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 20, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will enter a network of seven minority-serving institutions to expand scholarly activities for female faculty in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the social and behavioral sciences. Read the full release.

UTRGV graduates first class of health promoters under STITCH program

MERCEDES, Texas – Nov. 17, 2015 — 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. Read the full release.

Teachers of the Year, Teacher Legend Award winner, honored at UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 19, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s College of Education and P-16 Integration honored 59 teachers from across the region during its Teacher of the Year event, held Wednesday, Nov. 18, on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV wins Arbor Day Foundation award for project to beautify RGV community

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 19, 2015 – A barrage of spirited Vaquero voting propelled The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley past the University of Alabama-Birmingham and the University of Pennsylvania, to garner a $10,000 Arbor Day Foundation award that will go toward beautifying the Valley community. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Alvarez awarded prestigious U.S. Professor of the Year award by Carnegie-CASE

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 19, 2015 – 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). Read the full release.

UTRGV Student Food Pantry to open on Brownsville campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 12, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Food Pantry is set to open Nov. 24 on the Brownsville Campus. Its goal is to help students by providing food supplements for those who are having difficulty meeting their basic nutrition needs. Read the full release.

School district recruiters visit UTRGV job fair to woo bilingual teachers graduating in December

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 12, 2015 – Jessica Hernandez and Roxanne Quintero, seniors at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, spent Thursday morning job hunting, during the first day of the Fall Teachers Job Expo. Read the full release.

Distinguished neuroscientist joins UTRGV School of Medicine to chair Department of Psychiatry and Neurology

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 16, 2015 – Gabriel A. de Erausquin, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc., a leading researcher in neuroscience and psychiatric illnesses, has been named founding chair of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Read the full release.

UTRGV Smart Hospital helps train healthcare providers throughout the Rio Grande Valley

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – NOV. 16, 2015 – On any given day, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Smart Hospital plays host to a variety of students and healthcare providers who arrive for training in a range of disciplines. Read the full release.

UTRGV honors veterans in Brownsville, Edinburg campus ceremonies

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 11, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley honored veterans with two simultaneous ceremonies on its Brownsville and Edinburg campuses on Wednesday. Read the full release.

UTRGV graduate art student creating mural of Valley war hero Freddy Gonzalez

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 11, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

At UTRGV, STDOI biomedical research scientist is studying genetic risk factors in diabetes-related eye disease

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 16, 2015 – A trip to Nepal for most people is a once-in-a-lifetime mountain climbing adventure. For Dr. Matthew Johnson, however, it is a twice-a-year excursion for his research into diabetes-related eye diseases. Read the full release.

Border economics symposium highlights Valley challenges, opportunities

McALLEN, TEXAS – NOV. 10, 2015 – Top issues important to the Rio Grande Valley border economy took the spotlight during a symposium co-sponsored by the UTRGV Department of Economics and Finance, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Read the full release.

Dr. Adela Valdez brings experience, expertise in Student Affairs to UTRGV School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 16, 2015 – Harlingen native Dr. Adela Valdez said she knew that, one day, the Rio Grande Valley would have a school of medicine. She just didn’t know if she would still be around to see it. Read the full release.

Runners of all ages cross finish line of 16th annual STEMS Fun Run

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 8, 2015 – Ten-year-old David Perez was among 460 school children, teenagers and adults participating in the 16th annual STEMS Fun Run, Saturday, Nov. 7, on The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s RiSA Community Day draws families for day of fun and learning

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 7, 2015 -- A little rain didn’t stop visitors from coming out to the Rio Grande Valley Science and Arts Festival (RiSA) on Saturday.  Read the full release.

RiSA Student Day at UTRGV demonstrates common goals of science and art

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 6, 2015 – Angel Arenas was among the 200 junior and senior students from Brownsville’s Lopez High School and IDEA Frontier Academy who spent the day engaged in activities during the RiSA – Rio Grande Science and Arts – Festival at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

RiSA Latina Day encourages young women to pursue STEM opportunities

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 5, 2015 – Dozens of young high school girls attended The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's RiSA – Rio Grande Science and Arts – Festival during Latina Day on the Brownsville Campus.  Read the full release.

UTRGV seeks community’s votes to win Tree Campus USA Service Learning Project Award

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 4, 2015 – The Office for Sustainability at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is looking at the possibility of bringing its award-winning tree care practices to the community. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine joins AMA’s Medical Education Consortium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Nov. 4, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV to recognize Accessibility Awareness Month in October

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 12, 2015 – October is Accessibility Awareness Month, and to commemorate the event, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Student Accessibility Services will have events on both campuses, tomorrow, Oct. 13, through the end of the month. Read the full release.

UTRGV STEMS Fun Run rescheduled for Nov. 7

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 4, 2015 -- The 16th annual STEMS 5K and Three 1-Mile Run/walk originally scheduled for Oct. 24 has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 7 due to inclement weather. Read the full release.

UTRGV awarded NSF grant to support spring 2016 mathematics conference

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 29, 2015 – Painlevé equations and Australian mathematician Nalini Joshi, Ph.D., will headline a weeklong mathematics conference at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in spring 2016.   Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates Tree Campus USA designation during Campus Sustainability Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 23, 2015 – 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.  Read the full release.

UTRGV Tuba-Euphonium Festival features performances, training, by top world musicians

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT 28, 2015 – The public is invited to a number of free performances during the RGV Tuba-Euphonium Festival, Oct. 30 and 31 at the Edinburg Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Temple Grandin brings inspiring messages, stories, to UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 26, 2015 – Clad in her trademark authentic Western wear, Dr. Temple Grandin spent the day at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley telling a rapt audience to “look at what people can do, not at what they can’t.” Read the full release.

New UTRGV certification - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - key for underserved community

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 22, 2015 – As an emergency room nurse at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Aaron Salinas is intensely familiar with all manner of medical emergencies – including mental health crises. Read the full release.

UT System Regents approve $478M allocation for UTRGV

AUSTIN, TEXAS – AUG. 24, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV joins Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, to host BEDES 2015

McALLEN, TEXAS – OCT. 21, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Department of Economics and Finance in the College of Business and Entrepreneurship is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce to host the 2015 Border Economics, Development and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) from 8:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Nov. 10, at the McAllen Country Club. Read the full release.

UTRGV open house showcases newly created Office of Accreditation and Assessment

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 16, 2015 – The new Office of Accreditation and Assessment (OAA) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opened its doors Oct. 16 to curious visitors at an open house on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

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). Read the full release.

Dr. Robert Nelson named chair of Pediatrics

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 19, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has named Dr. Robert M. Nelson Jr., M.D., M.S., senior associate dean for Faculty Matters and Innovation, and chairman of Pediatrics. Read the full release.

UTRGV joins national network to support female STEM faculty

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 7, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will enter a network of seven minority-serving institutions to expand scholarly activities for female faculty in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the social and behavioral sciences. Read the full release.

Linger joins UTRGV School of Medicine as AVP for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 19, 2015 – Dr. Barry Linger has held onto a piece of advice he received on his graduation day from West Virginia University: “If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, you need to find something else.” Read the full release.

First time for community audience: Bravo Opera Company performs ‘Hansel and Gretel’

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 14, 2015 – For more than a decade, Bravo Opera Company on the Brownsville campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been performing Hansel and Gretel for area school children as part of the School of Music’s community outreach program. Read the full release.

Keeping an eye on prevention

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 19, 2015 – Three May 2015 graduates of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s legacy institutions have their sights set on public health, medicine and epidemiology. Read the full release.

UTRGV opens U Central, convenient one-stop shop for students

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT 12, 2015 –  Gone are the days when students have to wait in multiple long lines to get answers to their questions on financial aid, registration, enrollment and other issues. Read the full release.

Regents’ Award winner Vasquez strives to help students excel

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT 13, 2015 – Dr. Horacio Vasquez, associate professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, says being a successful teacher takes preparation, patience and lots of hard work to engage and train students to become good engineers.  Read the full release.

Engineering Technology student wins coveted Siemens design award

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 12, 2015 – Mario Castillo, a junior engineering technology student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, did not spend his summer lounging on the beach or playing video games. Read the full release.

Thousands make the first UTRGV HESTEC memorable at Community Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCTEBER 12, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley concluded Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week on Saturday, Oct. 10, on the Edinburg Campus, with the always popular Community Day and performances by Disney Channel star Dove Cameron and country music star Chris Young. Read the full release.

PSJA Southwest High School wins U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge at HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 9, 2015 – Lessons learned at last year’s HESTEC led the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest High School team to victory in the fifth annual U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge, held Friday, Oct. 9, at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week. Read the full release.

Campus Carry Town Hall Meeting

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley invites you to a Campus Carry Town Hall Meeting Read the full release.

Vaqueros meet prospective employers at Fall Career Expo during HESTEC 2015

 EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 9, 2015 – Seventy-seven employers from across the nation paid a visit to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg Campus on Oct. 9, to scout for some fresh, new Vaquero talent. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s one-stop shop, U Central, to be unveiled Oct. 12

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – October 12, 2015 – Student success is pivotal for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and to pave the way to that success, easy access to university services is critical. Read the full release.

Participants say HESTEC’s Latina Day helped empower and encourage

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 7, 2015 – Dressed in matching pink T-shirts, about 1,200 female high school students and their mothers were encouraged to dream big and aim high at Latina Day, part of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

2015 President's Holiday Card Contest

The Office of the President is seeking your help in designing the first official 2015 winter holiday card for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Confidence takes center stage at HESTEC’s Latina Day Fashion Show

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 7, 2015 – Confidence: It’s a powerful accessory to looking your best and being professional in today’s workforce.   Read the full release.

Bright minds spark during HESTEC 2015 Middle School Challenge

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 7, 2015 – Marco Botello, an eighth-grade student from Elias Longoria Middle School in Edinburg, was given the challenge of building a rocket using three items: an index card, a single straw and a piece of clay. Read the full release.

Gov. Abbott, astronaut Harris, encourage students during HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2015 – The 1,200 high school students who attended HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day expected to hear about the many opportunities that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers could offer them. Read the full release.

Country music star Chris Young highlights HESTEC 2015 Community Day on Oct. 10

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 7, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week will culminate with Community Day, this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 4-10 p.m., on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises HESTEC, urges Valley students to go to college

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley had a special, first-time visitor Oct. 6 to its 14th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology week – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Read the full release.

Students gain hands-on insight into STEM career possibilities during HESTEC 2015

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2015 – Rudy De La Torre, Anthony Garcia, Isaiah Ray and Odette Banda were among the Weslaco High School GEAR UP students who spent the day at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during HESTEC Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Educators learn exciting ways to engage students in STEM at HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2015 – HESTEC 2015 created a world of wonders on its first full day of activities, during a series of special breakout sessions dealing with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Read the full release.

Preparation and passion propels Vidal to receive coveted Regents’ Award for teaching

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2015 – Dr. Jorge Vidal says his teaching philosophy is not fancy. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates new Science Research Building with ceremonial groundbreaking during HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2015 – The first day of HESTEC 2015 was a fitting time for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the much-anticipated Science Research Building on the Edinburg Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Area superintendents gather at HESTEC for leadership breakfast, round table discussions

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2015 – A large group of public and charter school superintendents from across the Rio Grande Valley met during HESTEC on Monday with national government leaders, corporate partners, and administrators and faculty of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, during the Superintendents Leadership Breakfast. Read the full release.

HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

Regents’ Award winner Tomai programs students for success

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT 29, 2015 – Dr. Emmett Tomai, associate professor of computer science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, uses a cooking analogy to describe his teaching method: He wants students to decode information like chefs, rather than fry cooks. Read the full release.

New students in UTRGV’s nursing program don their white coats in Sept. 24 celebration

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT 25, 2015 – Araceli Rios, one of the new students accepted into the fall 2015 cohort of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said she was born to be a nurse. Read the full release.

UTRGV graduate student completes prestigious advertising internship in New York

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 25, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

White House names UTRGV a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education”

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 16, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

STEMS Mentor Club member ventures north to Alaska for summer internship

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 22, 2015 – Brittany Mendez, a senior English major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, spent the past summer more than 3,000 miles from home – as an intern at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. Read the full release.

Chemistry professor awarded Regents honor for inspiring student excellence

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 22, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

Field trip helps UTRGV’s Math & Science Academy seniors explore higher-ed options

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 15, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV, DHR open Family Medicine Center to enhance medical education and patient care

McALLEN, TEXAS – SEPT. 18, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) have furthered their commitment to providing quality health care to the community and medical education to current and future doctors, by opening the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Family Medicine Center in Edinburg. Read the full release.

Dr. Paul Sale, chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, named Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR)

SEPT. 17, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named Dr. Paul Sale, chair of the Department of Educational Psychology, its Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR). Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Karen Lozano named Engineer of the Year by Great Minds in STEM

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 18, 2015 – Karen Lozano, Ph.D., a Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor in mechanical engineering at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, recently was named the Engineer of the Year by Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Read the full release.

TV anchor Soledad O’Brien bringing ‘I am Latino in America’ tour to UTRGV’s HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 14, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

UT System student regent tours UTRGV campuses during Best Week Ever

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 2, 2015 – Justin A. Drake is just 27 years old, but Gov. Greg Abbott had enough faith in him to appoint him student regent for The University of Texas System. Read the full release.

UTRGV Continuing Education launching CLUB CODE RGV to help develop computer scientists

McALLEN, Texas – SEPT. 9, 2015 – The Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is launching Club Code RGV this month, in partnership with four area school districts. Read the full release.

UTRGV students celebrate third week of classes at The Stomp, Ropin’ Rec Fest, in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 16, 2015 – A cloudburst at the end of the evening Tuesday did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered at the Student Union for The Stomp and Ropin’ Rec Fest on the Brownsville campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV receives $240,000 from SBA to help small businesses

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 11. 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received a $240,000 ScaleUp America award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, to help grow existing small businesses. Read the full release.

Top VA official welcomes collaboration with UTRGV to serve Valley veterans

McALLEN, TEXAS – SEPT 15, 2015 – U.S. Army veteran Frank Martinez was one of nearly 300 veterans who travelled to McAllen's Veteran's War Memorial on Monday, Sept. 14, to hear from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor’s tour of China yields insights for her students

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 11, 2015 – By the time she joined the Peace Corps, Dr. Jennie Johnson already had traveled to a number of countries, many of which she visited in a professional capacity as a human resource consultant. Read the full release.

The Stomp reset for Sept. 15 on UTRGV Brownsville Campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 11, 2015 – The signature University of Texas Rio Grande Valley event will finally take place on the Brownsville campus, after heavy rains and flash flooding in many parts of the city forced a delay. Read the full release.

Regents’ Teaching Award professor follows mother’s example as educator

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 15, 2015 – Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, interim associate director of the School of Music at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said there was a time when he took access to education for granted. But no longer. Read the full release.

Local master’s programs ranked in top 10 nationwide by Washington Monthly

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 11, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, Washington Monthly has ranked The University of Texas-Pan American – a UTRGV legacy institution – as one of the leading master’s institutions nationwide. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts first Critical Issues in Leadership Conference

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 11, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley knows a thing or two about change, and its leaders want to help area school districts navigate the changes they may experience. Read the full release.

UT Regents’ Award winner uses computer science to blaze trails for students

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 8, 2015 – Dr. Christine Reilly never really intended to pursue a career in computer science.  When she was an undergrad, computer science was considered a “boy major.” But as part of her undergraduate studies in environmental engineering, she had to take a computer programming class. Read the full release.

Vaqueros enjoy a hotdog and a handshake at Brownsville Picnic with the President

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – SEPT. 3, 2015 – Students began pouring into El Gran Salón as soon as the doors opened at 11:30 a.m. for the Best Week Ever’s Picnic with The President. Read the full release.

UTRGV ushers in new event, coin toss dubbed ‘Toss 4 Luck’

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2015 – With a new university come new traditions. On Monday, Aug. 31, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley introduced its #FirstClass to a new Vaquero custom the UTRGV Student Government Association hopes will stand the test of time. Read the full release.

The Stomp, fireworks highlight close of UTRGV’s first day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 1, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley capped off its first day of classes Monday with its signature event, The Stomp. Read the full release.

UTRGV president serves up lunch to more than 1,000 Vaqueros

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 1, 2015 – Guy Bailey, founding president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, donned an apron and served up hot dogs, chips and drinks to UTRGV students at his inaugural Picnic with the President on the second day of classes. Read the full release.

UT Chancellor McRaven attends flag-raising, proclamation celebrations for UTRGV’s first day

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opened its doors today to 29,045 students for its #FirstClass. Read the full release.

UTRGV welcomes 29,045 #FirstClass students on first day

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2015 – It was touted for weeks as a momentous day, and the 29,045 students enrolled at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley celebrated the day by going to class on both main campuses of the new university. Read the full release.

Nontraditional professor earns major teaching award

 EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 29, 2015 – Colin Charlton knows all too well what it means to get a second chance in college, and he wants to be sure his students know he understands their struggles. Read the full release.

Tour de Valley cyclists honor legacy schools, celebrate coming together as UTRGV

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 30, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

#FirstClass celebrates new beginnings, opportunities at The Roundup

The UTRGV Roundup on the Brownsville Campus had more than 900 #FirstClass freshmen, shown here on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in the Texas Southmost College Arts Center. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy) Read the full release.

UTRGV offering intra-campus and campus-to-campus transportation options

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UTRGV freshmen move into new home-sweet-homes on both campuses

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 27-28, 2015 – Hundreds of anxious freshmen carrying bags of clothing and armloads of bedding spent the morning Aug. 27 and 28 moving into their new homes away from home at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Newsmaker Breakfast Series hosts UTRGV President Guy Bailey

McALLEN, TEXAS – AUG. 27, 2015 – Guy Bailey, founding president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has put more than 37,000 miles on his pickup truck since July 1, 2014, driving from one end of the Valley to the other to ensure a stellar Aug. 31 launch for this distributed university. Read the full release.

UTRGV participants share and learn the latest at BbWorld 2015

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUGUST 25, 2015 – Eric Silva, a junior computer science major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is one of 26 Blackboard MVPs worldwide. Read the full release.

UTRGV professors connect student-centered teaching methodology with Apple technology

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 21, 2015 – “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. Read the full release.

New faculty members learn all about UTRGV at two-day orientation

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 18, 2015 – Hailing from near and far, new faculty members at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley attended orientation sessions Monday, Aug. 17, on the Brownsville Campus and Tuesday, Aug. 18, on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

Ogburn joins UTRGV School of Medicine as founding chair of ObGyn department

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – AUGUST 24 2015 – Self-described “hands-on educator” Joseph Anthony “Tony” Ogburn, M.D., joins The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine as professor and founding chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, leaving his current posts as professor in the Department of Obstetrics at the University of New Mexico and chief medical officer at the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, a new community teaching hospital of UNM Health Sciences Center. Read the full release.

UTRGV medical residency coordinators to present at national conference

HARLINGEN, TEXSAS – AUGUST 24, 2015 – Two University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio medical residency coordinators, who will transition sponsorship to the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, have been selected to speak at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) Coordinator Forum Pre-Conference. Read the full release.

Manusov brings collaborative healthcare leadership to new UTRGV School of Medicine post

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – AUGUST 2015 – Dr. Eron Manusov, a physician with a focus on community health collaboration, has been named founding chair of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and assistant dean of Education and Clerkships. Read the full release.

Med student helps inform high school students about area health disparities

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – AUGUST 24, 2015 – Medical student Santiago Diaz is giving back this summer. The University of Texas at Austin graduate served as program director of the South Texas Health Disparities Youth Program, in which 20 high school students from around the Rio Grande Valley participated in a three-day program to learn about the area’s health issues. Read the full release.

Undergraduates in physics complete research experience

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUGUST 18, 2015 – For the fourth year, the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College’s Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy and the Department of Physics and Astronomy is hosting a program titled Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Research Experiences for Teachers in Physics. Read the full release.

UTRGV, TSTC sign historic collaborative agreement

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – AUG. 17, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas State Technical College in Harlingen on Aug. 17 signed a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate the transfer of credits and courses from TSTC to UTRGV. Read the full release.

Local businesses invited to join the fun at The Stomp on first day of UTRGV classes

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUGUST 19, 2015 – Local businesses are being invited to promote their services and products to students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley during The Stomp, 6 - 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Read the full release.

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez receives leadership award from American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

EDINBURG, TEXAS-April 17, 2015-The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education recently selected Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, president ad interim of The University of Texas-Pan American, to receive the prestigious Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award. Read the full release.

Big boot means big step for UTRGV and City of Mercedes partnership

MERCEDES, TEXAS – May 4, 2015 – Many Texans own a pair of boots and wear them with pride. Now, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Vaqueros get their very own, five-and-a-half-foot-tall cowboy boot, proudly displayed in the heart of the city of Mercedes. Read the full release.

McAllen Medical Center Foundation gives UTRGV $100,000 to start endowed professorship at South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

McALLEN, TEXAS – April 27, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute have gained another partner in the fight against diabetes. Read the full release.

Bravo! PAC premiere opens with packed house, powerful performances

EDINBURG, TEXAS-APRIL 24, 2015-The Grand Premiere of the Performing Arts Complex on April 23 was a prime opportunity to blend performing arts from the Edinburg and Brownsville legacy campuses as they come together to become The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves medical degree for UTRGV School of Medicine

AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 23, 2015 – In another major advance for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its School of Medicine, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree on April 23. Read the full release.

UT Health Science Center San Antonio announces $846,530 in new funding for health care in the Rio Grande Valley

McALLEN, Texas – May 6, 2015 – The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was one of seven organizations announced by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. (MHM) to take part in Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas. Read the full release.

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute Awarded First NIH Grant

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MAY 7, 2015 - The South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received its first major grant award from the National Institutes of Health. Read the full release.

Legacy institutions sign bylaws for Women's Faculty Network at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2015 - An historic signing of bylaws in April brought two legacy institutions - The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of Texas-Pan American - into what will be the Women's Faculty Network (WFN) at  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this fall. Read the full release.

Regents approve tuition rates for UTRGV

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MAY 14, 2015 - The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved a tuition plan for UT Rio Grande Valley today that eliminates traditional student fees and provides guaranteed tuition rates aimed to benefit students and their families. Read the full release.

RGV Focus releases Baseline, Community reports; regional leaders cite collaboration as key to student success

McALLEN, TEXAS – MAY 20, 2015 – The importance of regional collaboration in student success from cradle to career was under the microscope Wednesday, May 20, in McAllen, during a panel discussion hosted by RGV Focus. Read the full release.

Texas Gas Service provides support for scholarships to UTRGV students

EDINBURG, TX- MAY 22, 2015-Texas Gas Service has generously donated $10,000 to the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Endowed Scholarship, which will benefit deserving local students enrolling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Chess enthusiasts invited to attend UTRGV Chess Community Day

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 2, 2015 – Chess enthusiasts of all ages and levels of expertise are invited to Chess Community Day hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, June 6. Read the full release.

President Bailey saves best for last on Tour of Texas

WESLACO, TEXAS - JUNE 4, 2015 - On the final stop of his Tour of Texas, the president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley had a special treat for alumni and supporters of its legacy institutions, The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. Read the full release.

Chess Community Day a blockbuster for enthusiasts of all ages

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 10, 2015 – Kings, queens, rooks, bishops, knights and pawns joined chess enthusiasts of all ages at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s first Chess Community Day. Read the full release.

New scholarship available at UTRGV to earn a five-year combined BS/MS in math

EDINBURG, TEXAS - June 12, 2015 - A new scholarship program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will offer 22 students in South Texas the opportunity to receive financial support and extensive faculty mentoring while obtaining a combined bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics in five years from UTRGV. Read the full release.

Study abroad will immerse student in Spanish literature and culture

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 12, 2015 – Eréndira Santillana, a senior Spanish major at The University of Texas at Brownville/Texas Southmost College, eagerly anticipates spending a month this summer in historical and picturesque Alcalá de Henares, Spain, the birthplace of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. Read the full release.

Orientations underway at UTRGV for new students

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 16, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is welcoming its first class through several new student orientations that began in May and will be held until mid-August. Read the full release.

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez featured on national magazine cover

EDINBURG, TEXAS – June 17, 2015 – For demonstrating excellence in his profession, Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, a distinguished leader in South Texas higher education, is the featured cover story for the July 15, 2015, issue of the national publication, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine. Read the full release.

UT System Regents give Outstanding Teaching Awards to seven Valley faculty members

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 17, 2015 – Six faculty members from The University of Texas-Pan American and one from The University of Texas at Brownsville / Texas Southmost College have been selected to receive The University of Texas System Board of Regents' 2015 Outstanding Teaching Award. The award is considered among the highest and most prestigious in the nation to recognize teaching excellence.  Read the full release.

New UTRGV medical residents to don white coats in special ceremony

The White Coat ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. at the RAHC and will be open to the media. Immediately following the ceremony, media may conduct interviews in a special area set aside for television and print. Both Dean Francisco Fernandez and Dr. Yolanda Gomez will be available for interviews. In addition, some medical residents have been selected for interviews in both English and Spanish. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes new member of faculty

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MARCH 9, 2015 – Arden D. Dingle, M.D., has become the first triple-boarded faculty member to be hired at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine that will open its doors to medical students in August 2016. Read the full release.

Dr. Leonel Vela, 15 years with the Harlingen RAHC, takes on new role with UTRGV School of Medicine

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MARCH 20, 2015 – For the past 15 years, medical education in the Rio Grande Valley has been under the watchful eye of Dr. Leonel Vela, Founding Regional Dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen. Read the full release.

Match Day excitement for medical students met with cheers and tears

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – MARCH 24, 2015 – Forty-two medical students received notice on Friday, March 20 that they will spend their next three to seven years in training as residents at Rio Grande Valley hospitals. Read the full release.

Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy helps create a new Physics Frontier Center backed by the National Science Foundation

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-MARCH 30, 2015-The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) $14.5 million over 5 years to create and operate a Physics Frontiers Center (PFC).  Read the full release.

Students get a taste of college life at Discover UTRGV

UTRGV President Dr. Guy Bailey (second from right) joined some of the students who attended Discover UTRGV open houses on March 21 in Brownsville and March 28 in Edinburg. Read the full release.

Grainger Foundation supports UTRGV's food pantry

McALLEN, TEXAS – JUNE 19, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Food Pantry recently accepted a $5,000 donation from The Grainger Foundation to contribute to the university’s efforts to provide food items to students experiencing hunger or food insecurity. Read the full release.

MMC Family Medicine residents mark 100 percent passing rate

McALLEN, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2015 – Third-year residents in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - McAllen Medical Center (MMC) Family Medicine Program all passed the Board Certification Exam, which they took for the first time in April. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine partners with STC and Hidalgo County to offer GED classes

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, in conjunction with South Texas College, starting this month will offer GED preparation classes and career counseling for at-risk adolescents wanting to achieve productive adult lives. Read the full release.

Nelson named to Easter Seals RGV Board of Directors

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2015 – Linda S. Nelson, senior director of Clinical Operations at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been appointed to the Easter Seals Rio Grande Valley Board of Directors. Read the full release.

UTRGV #FirstMatch medical residents honored at White Coat ceremony

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JUNE 23, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomed its newest doctors Monday, June 22, in a White Coat ceremony at the Regional Academic Health Center. Read the full release.

UTRGV part of consortium chosen for Texas OneGulf Center to conduct Gulf of Mexico research

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 3, 2015 – Ten faculty members from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will join researchers from six other Texas institutions to participate in the Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence. Read the full release.

Collaborative exchange program renewed with university in China

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 1, 2015 – A six-year partnership between The University of Texas-Pan American and Hengyang Normal University (HYNU) in China was renewed during a recent visit to China by two UTPA faculty members and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTPA president ad interim and provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV Edinburg campus garners Tree Campus USA designation

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 8, 2015 – The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the Edinburg campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as a 2014 Tree Campus USA university for its commitment to effective urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.  Read the full release.

Regents’ Teaching Award professor follows family tradition as educator

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 15, 2015 – Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, associate director of the School of Music at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, said there was a time when he took access to education for granted. Read the full release.

STITCH brings preventive health care to Indian Hills colonia

MERCEDES, TEXAS – JULY 20, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has launched an interdisciplinary approach to providing preventive health care for Valley residents who are underserved. Read the full release.

UTRGV athletics to launch branding initiative during Saturday's UTPA men's basketball game

EDINBURG, TEXAS-MARCH 4– The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Wednesday that the first 2,000 fans in attendance at Saturday’s 2 p.m. University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) men’s basketball game against Kansas City at the UTPA Fieldhouse will receive free UTRGV Vaqueros t-shirts as part of the launch of the department’s branding initiative, #WeAreOne. Read the full release.

Inaugural South Texas Business Opportunity Forum set for March 11

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 4, 2015 – Rio Grande Valley business owners and representatives interested in learning about obtaining federal, state and local contracts are encouraged to attend the Inaugural South Texas Business Opportunity Forum (STBOF), a free informational event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. Read the full release.

School of Medicine receives candidacy to begin accreditation process

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has received notice from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that it has approved the new medical school’s candidacy for accreditation. Read the full release.

Hail to the chief: UTRGV swears in its inaugural police chief

HARLINGEN,TEXAS-FEB. 18, 2015 -- The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's inaugural Police Chief Raul Munguia said he credits his former boss, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, with his successful three-decade career in law enforcement. Read the full release.

Archer Fellows encourage students to consider a ‘life-changing’ semester in Washington, D.C.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 16, 2015 – Stephanie Mendez and Blanca Davila are enthusiastic promoters of the Bill Archer Fellowship Program, an education program designed to provide students from throughout The University of Texas System with an intense learning and exploration experience in Washington, D.C. Read the full release.

UT System Board of Regents Approves Images for the UTRGV Vaqueros

AUSTIN, TEXAS-FEBRUARY 12, 2015 –The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics logos, word marks and specific colors at their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 12. Read the full release.

MOU launches STARGATE and NRAO collaboration to spur innovation

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 9, 2015 – The Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA) at The University of Texas Brownsville and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, Jan. 23 in Charlottesville, Va. Read the full release.

Environmental science student receives Marshall Scholarship to study in the UK

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 3, 2015– Jacqueline Zavala is passionate about the environment; she is studying environmental science with the career goal of working in the field of environmental governance. Read the full release.

Scholarship in honor of former professor awarded to first two students

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 26, 2015 – Ana Cavazos and Jazmin Gonzalez never got to meet Dr. Norman “Joe” Binder, but they hope to honor his legacy as the first beneficiaries of the Joe Binder Scholarship Endowment for Students of Politics. Read the full release.

UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Receives $2.88 Million Grant from United Health Foundation to Help Build Healthier Communities in the Rio Grande Valley

EDINBURG, Texas (Jan. 22, 2015) – The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine  have been awarded a $2,880,342 grant over three years by United Health Foundation to help support the Colonia Integrated Care Program: VIDAS (Valley Interprofessional Development And Services). The initiative aims to unite the region by building an integrated, interprofessional collaborative that will create a sustainable model for health care delivery to the most vulnerable members of the community. Read the full release.

Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation grant will help establish mental health nursing certification

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 16, 2015 – The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation awarded a grant to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that will make a significant impact on nursing education and mental health services in South Texas. Read the full release.

Family honors doctor’s legacy with scholarship

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 9, 2015 – Brownsville native David Castillo, a 20-year-old biomedical studies student at The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, has the same aspirations of becoming a medical doctor as did a young Rafael Marcos De La Cruz, who was born in Cabezas, Cuba, in 1923. Read the full release.

UTRGV Athletics hires Todd Lowery to lead volleyball program

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JANUARY 9, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Friday that Todd Lowery, who won two national championships as the head coach of the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC) volleyball team, is the new head coach of the UTRGV volleyball team. Read the full release.

Fernandez elected president of American College of Psychiatrists

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – Dr. Francisco Fernandez, founding dean and vice president of medical affairs for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, recently was named president of the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine names Ronnau senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JULY 20, 2015 – Dr. John Ronnau, former dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at The University of Texas-Pan American, will serve as senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM). Read the full release.

Professor guides students into developing photographers

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2015 – Patrick Fatica, photography instructor in the School of Art at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was in second grade when he took his first picture on a family trip to Arizona. Read the full release.

University community scores free stuff at UTPA

The lines were long as students, faculty and staff waited patiently in the Student Union on Thursday, July 30 to get their hands on the last of The University of Texas-Pan American promotional items ­– T-shirts, coffee cups, bumper stickers, foam fingers, and much more – before the university’s transition to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Aug. 31. Several tables were set up with free UTPA swag and everyone in attendance went home with as much as they could carry. Departments from across campus hosted the giveaway in an effort make room for new items to come featuring the UTRGV name and colors. Check out the photos on Facebook and see what the university community walked away with. Read the full release.

Graduates discover ways to enhance learning with online Education Technology degree

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 5, 2015 – An online Master of Education in Educational Technology degree that was developed at The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College will continue to be offered through the College of Education at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Student Accessibility Services reaffirms ADA anniversary, inclusive environment at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 14, 2015 – Hundreds of students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley recently signed an affirmation of their support of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark civil rights legislation. Read the full release.

UTRGV mechanical engineering professor awarded $3M NSF grant

AUG. 14, 2015 – Karen Lozano, Ph.D., a Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor in mechanical engineering at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been awarded a $3 million grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue her work on research and student success. Read the full release.

Bailey honors the past, sees bright future for UTRGV and the Valley

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 12, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

A Sign of Success: UTRGV and STC forge new partnership via MOU

McALLEN, TEXAS – AUG. 10, 2015 – 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. Read the full release.

First Class: Freshman aims for accelerated medical degree through A-PRIME TIME

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 11, 2015 – Jesús Roberto Franco, salutatorian of the Porter Early College High School class of 2015, has had a desire to work in a medical profession since he was very young. Read the full release.