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Holiday Contest Offers a Sweet Distraction from Studies

UTRGV students at the Brownsville Campus got into the spirit of the holidays and took a break from their studies to participate in a gingerbread house decorating contest on Thursday, Nov. 30. The event was sponsored by the UTRGV Student Union. The winner from the Brownsville Campus was Paloma Mendoza, who took the top title in the individual student competition for her sweet structure.  (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

UTRGV students at the Brownsville Campus got into the spirit of the holidays and took a break from their studies to participate in a gingerbread house decorating contest on Thursday, Nov. 30. The event was sponsored by the UTRGV Student Union. The winner from the Brownsville Campus was Paloma Mendoza, who took the top title in the individual student competition for her sweet structure.  (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

By Maria Elena Hernandez

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 30, 2017 – UTRGV students got a break from their studies and a chance to show off their creative skills during a gingerbread house decorating contest held at the Brownsville Campus on Thursday.

More than 20 students entered the free event, hosted by the UTRGV Student Union. Gingerbread house kits with icing, sprinkles and gumdrops were provided for students, who participated as either a group or individual. For some, decorating a gingerbread house was a new experience. A few others admitted their skills were a bit rusty. The same contest was held the day before on the Edinburg Campus.

Paloma Mendoza won the individual student competition while Marlen DeLao and Paria Sanchez took top honors in the group category. Winners were awarded Vaquero Bucks, which can be used for meals and at retail locations on campus.

To learn more about the student events and activities offered by the UTRGV Student Union, follow them at www.facebook.com/UTRGVStudentUnion.

ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions. UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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