Happy Anniversary, UTRGV!

It’s been a great year – a year of many firsts.

Before becoming engaged in Year #2, the University Marketing and Communications team hopes you will pause for a moment to stroll down memory lane and enjoy some of the past year’s highlights:

Aug. 28-29, 2015
UTRGV #FirstClass celebrates new beginnings, opportunities at The Roundup

UTRGV welcomed almost 4,000 of its #FirstClass students over two days during The Roundup, daylong orientation events geared toward acclimating new students to the university.

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Aug. 30, 2015
Tour de Valley 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.

Aug. 31, 2015
UTRGV welcomes 29,045 #FirstClass students on first day

It was touted for weeks as a momentous day, and the 29,045 students enrolled at UTRGV celebrated the day by going to class on both main campuses of the new university.

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Aug. 31, 2015
UT Chancellor McRaven attends flag-raising, proclamation celebrations for UTRGV’s first day

UTRGV opened its doors today to 29,045 students for its #FirstClass.

Sept. 16, 2015
White House names UTRGV a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education”

The White House says UTRGV 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.

Sept. 18, 2015
UTRGV, DHR open Family Medicine Center to enhance medical education and patient care

UTRGV 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 DHR Family Medicine Center in Edinburg.

Oct. 5, 2015
UTRGV celebrates new Science Research Building with ceremonial groundbreaking during HESTEC

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.

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Oct. 6, 2015
Gov. Abbott, astronaut Harris, encourage students during HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day

The 1,200 high school students who attended HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day heard about the many opportunities that STEM careers could offer them.

Oct. 9, 2015
Vaqueros meet prospective employers at Fall Career Expo during HESTEC 2015

Seventy-seven employers from across the nation paid a visit to the Edinburg Campus to scout for some fresh, new Vaquero talent.

Oct. 12, 2015
UTRGV to recognize Accessibility Awareness Month with October events

Student Accessibility Services will have events on both campuses throughout Accessibility Awareness Month.

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Oct. 14, 2015
First time for community audience: Bravo Opera Company performs ‘Hansel and Gretel’

For more than a decade, Bravo Opera Company on the Brownsville campus has been performing Hansel and Gretel for area school children as part of the School of Music’s community outreach program.

Oct. 16, 2015
LCME grants preliminary accreditation: UTRGV School of Medicine now accepting applications

The UTRGV 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).

Oct 23, 2015
UTRGV celebrates Tree Campus USA designation during Campus Sustainability Day

The 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.

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Nov. 8, 2015
Runners of all ages cross finish line of 16th annual STEMS Fun Run

Ten-year-old David Perez was among 460 school children, teenagers and adults participating in the 16th annual STEMS Fun Run on the Brownsville Campus.

Nov. 11, 2015
UTRGV honors veterans in Brownsville, Edinburg campus ceremonies

UTRGV honored veterans with two simultaneous ceremonies on its Brownsville and Edinburg campuses on Wednesday.

Nov. 25, 2015
UTRGV international students gobble up local traditions during Thanksgiving luncheons

International students were treated to a lunch feast of Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings.

Dec. 4, 2015
MOU between UTRGV and Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas promotes strong collaboration

A new Memorandum of Understanding between UTRGV and the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas will provide new collaborative opportunities to students, faculty and staff at both border institutions.

Dec. 16, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

This holiday season, the UTRGV 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.

Dec. 16, 2015
UTRGV School of Medicine receives $1M grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

This holiday season, the UTRGV 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.

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Dec. 19, 2015
UTRGV celebrates first commencement, more than 2,000 earn degrees

UTRGV 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.

Dec. 31, 2015
UTRGV Chess Team makes Final Four, qualifies for President's Cup in 2016

The 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.

Jan. 1, 2016
UTRGV bids farewell to 2015 – a historic, momentous, groundbreaking year

Welcome, 2016. Adiós, 2015. It was the year of our birth – and of many firsts – for UTRGV, the first public university created in Texas in the 21st century.

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Jan. 12, 2016
International group of archaeozoologists holds first meeting in United States at UTRGV

In his first trip to the Rio Grande Valley from his home in the Netherlands, researcher and freelance biologist Jørn Zeiler was able to see more than 60 species of birds he had never seen before.

Jan. 29, 2016
Distinguished Speaker Series brings on the ‘awesome’ with award-winning Neil Pasricha

Motivational speaker Neil Pasricha, the first guest in the Distinguished Speaker Series to come to the Brownsville Campus, shared his recent breakthroughs in the study of happiness, and inspired members of the audience to seek their full potential.

Feb. 19, 2016
UTRGV announces $1M gift from PlainsCapital Bank for scholarships

UTRGV has announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Bank that will support student scholarships.

Feb. 23, 2016
UTRGV awarded $4.2 million from THECB to expand Graduate Medical Education

UTRGV has announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Bank that will support student scholarships.

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Feb. 25, 2016
UTRGV celebrates Charro Days with first Charreada on Brownsville Campus

UTRGV celebrated the 79th annual Charro Days event Thursday with its first Charreada and welcomed Mr. Amigo Itatí Cantoral to the Brownsville Campus.

March 11, 2016
The College of Engineering and Computer Science expands Brownsville Campus offerings

UTRGV announced the expansion of engineering and computer science programs at the Brownsville Cam

March 22, 2016
UTRGV celebrates launch of $54 Million Academic Building on Brownsville Campus

Lively percussion from the School of Music drumline started the noonday program celebrating the first building to begin construction on the Brownsville Campus.

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April 3, 2016
Chess Team returns with second place trophy in ‘Final Four of College Chess’

The UTRGV chess team finished second at the national championship tournament in New York City.

April 11, 2016
Expansion of Rehabilitation Services program to Brownsville is big draw for students

The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services degree program became available for students on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus in fall 2015.

April 11, 2016
Expansion of Rehabilitation Services program to Brownsville is big draw for students

The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services degree program became available for students on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus in fall 2015.

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April 13, 2016
Annual Endowed Scholarships Luncheon

A group of scholarship donors met the students who have benefitted from their gifts, during the Endowed Scholarships Luncheon held in the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus.

April 19, 2016
Annual Endowed Scholarships Luncheon

Scholarship donors and the recipients of their generosity – current students at the university – were able to share their stories of giving and gratitude, at the Endowed Scholarship Luncheon, held in the Ballroom on the Edinburg Campus.

April 22, 2016
UTRGV welcomes 300 male students and fathers to TIES Event on Edinburg Campus

About 300 11th-grade high school students and their fathers and/or mentors from throughout South Texas participated recently in the Together in Educational Success (TIES) conference at UTRGV for a day of learning and male empowerment.

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April 27, 2016
Free training available to UTRGV students to enhance behavioral healthcare

A $945,000 grant to UTRGV will support free training for advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing healthcare professions.

May 13, 2016
UTRGV Spring Commencement in Brownsville marks first full academic year

Parents, grandparents, children, friends and family attended the first UTRGV Spring Commencement ceremony on Friday evening on the Brownsville Campus.

May 14, 2016
Springing into the Future: UTRGV graduates earn degrees at three Saturday ceremonies

Spring graduation celebrations continued on Saturday, May 14, with three commencement ceremonies at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.

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June 8, 2016
UTRGV physics team among scientists to share Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

As part of the team that collaborated on the monumental scientific discovery of gravitational waves, 10 UTRGV physics professors will receive a monetary award from the Breakthrough Prize.

June 21, 2016
UTRGV College of Health Affairs gets $1.5M grant to run clinics, aid underserved areas

The College of Health Affairs has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, to provide primary healthcare services to residents in underserved communities.

June 27, 2016
UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes its first class

The auditorium of the new Medical Education Building erupted in cheers as Betty Monfort, UTRGV School of Medicine’s senior assistant dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management, called out each student’s name for the official roll call.

June 30, 2016
Five UTRGV faculty earn prestigious UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Drs. Brownlow, Crown, Huber, Racelis and Mathews receive UT System Board of Regents’ 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award.

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July 14, 2016
UTRGV, UHF unveil Unimóvil mobile health clinic

The UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation (UHF) unveiled the “Unimóvil” medical mobile health clinic at a ceremony outside the Medical Education Building on the Edinburg Campus.

July 23, 2016
UTRGV SOM Class of 2020 don white coats for first time, during meaningful ceremony

The UTRGV School of Medicine welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony.

Aug. 9, 2016
Local organizations connect at first RGV Nonprofit Business Summit

More than 200 people gathered for the first Rio Grande Valley Nonprofit Business Summit, united in their hopes for building a stronger nonprofit sector for the Rio Grande Valley.

Aug 22, 2016
UTRGV greets new faculty as 2016-17 academic year begins

UTRGV and its School of Medicine welcomed a record number of new faculty members in the first of a two-day orientation session held as part of its 2016-17 New Faculty Support Program.

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Aug. 24, 2016
UTRGV celebrates achievements, provost urges cooperation, at convocation

The Division of Academic Affairs celebrated the accomplishments of its faculty, students and staff at its first of three Fall 2016 Convocations.

Aug. 29, 2016
UTRGV off to a stellar start in historic first year

Established just one year ago, UTRGV already has exceeded expectations on multiple measures.