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UTRGV education professor named to fifth class of Greater Texas Foundation fellows

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 13, 2017 – Dr. Angela Chapman, assistant professor in the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration’s Department of Teaching and Learning, is one of six professors in the state to be named to the Greater Texas Foundation’s new class of Faculty Fellows (GTF Fellows). Read the full release.

UTRGV Civil Engineering to establish watershed protection plan

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 13, 2017 – UTRGV civil engineering faculty have received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to develop a Watershed Protection Plan aimed at reducing pollution in the Laguna Madre. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine awarded $3.75 million to provide healthcare to underserved areas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 13, 2017 – 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). Read the full release.

UTRGV Online MPA program ranked high nationally for quality, affordability

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 13, 2017 – The UTRGV Master of Public Affairs online degree program has been ranked No. 21 in the United States for its quality and affordability. Read the full release.

UTRGV nursing professor Tamez accepts Legacy Award from national organization

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 12, 2017 – UTRGV nursing professor Eloisa G. Taméz, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, recently accepted the 2017 Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, during the 42nd annual NAHN Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine mobile clinic is in Houston, providing medical aid to hurricane victims

HOUSTON, TEXAS – SEPT. 7, 2017 – A team from the UTRGV School of Medicine braved the elements to travel to the Houston area this week, to offer medical services to residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Nursing celebrates 50 Years of Caring

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 5, 2017 – The technology might have changed, but the dedication to and passion for treating patients have remained the focus of training nurses at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its legacy institutions for the past 50 years. Read the full release.

STDOI researchers, collaborators, report on role of fruit, vegetable intake to minimize obesity risk in Mexican American children

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 5, 2017 – Dr. Ravindranath Duggirala, Ph.D., a professor in the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Dr. Jairam K. P. Vanamala, Ph.D., an associate professor of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, are the corresponding authors of a paper published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read the full release.

Colorful flags, rumbling drumline highlight UTRGV’s International Student Meet and Greet

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2017 – Dozens of international students holding colorful flags from a variety of countries marched across The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville campuses this week as part of UTRGV’s Best Week Ever celebrations. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Dr. Lydia Aguilera gains highest standard of certification for pharmacists

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2017 – Visitors to Dr. Lydia Aguilera’s office are greeted by a wall full of framed educational accomplishments, recognitions of her achievements and thankful notes from her pharmacy students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Legendary bassist Eddie Gomez and his Jazz Trio to open Patron of the Arts Season at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2017 – The Performing Arts Complex on the Edinburg Campus will be filled with the sounds of legendary bassist and two-time Grammy award winner Eddie Gomez and his Jazz Trio, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates second birthday, looks to the future with Strategic Plan

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG 30, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley celebrated its second birthday Wednesday with cupcakes, free T-shirt giveaways and the unveiling of its strategic plan that will chart the course of the university’s future. Read the full release.

UTRGV ranks third in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students; top 10 in other rankings

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 30, 2017 – Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine has ranked The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley third in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students. Read the full release.

Vaqueros welcome fall semester with The Stomp

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 30, 2017 – A spirited crowd of new and returning Vaqueros walked away with free swag and enjoyed some great food and entertainment during The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s signature event, The Stomp. The event is part of Best Week Ever festivities, which kicked off the Fall 2017 semester and celebrate the university’s second anniversary. The Stomp, one of two during the week, was held at the Brownsville Campus Student Union Lawn on Tuesday, August 29. Read the full release.

UT Regents approve $20 million in PUF for UTRGV School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2017 – The University of Texas System Board of Regents has reinforced its commitment to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine by approving $20 million in Permanent University Funds (PUF) for capital expenses. Read the full release.

Move-in day for UTRGV students and families carries bittersweet emotions

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this semester has welcomed about 900 students into student housing on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses. Read the full release.

UTRGV Athletics partnering with Food Bank RGV and HEB on hurricane disaster relief efforts

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Monday a partnership with the Food Bank RGV and H-E-B to collect supplies to be distributed in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Seligman awarded grant to find ways to ease dental anxiety in children

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2017 – Dr. Laura Seligman, UTRGV professor in the Department of Psychological Science, has been awarded a grant for $217,950 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to address dental anxiety in children. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates successful year with two Convocation ceremonies

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 22, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Watch party: Hundreds gather at UTRGV to witness solar eclipse

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 21, 2017 – More than 400 people gathered at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus Learning Center on Monday afternoon to bear witness to the much-anticipated solar eclipse. Read the full release.

UTRGV third in UT System, top 20 in minority-serving institutions nationally, in federal funding for science and engineering

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 21, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ranks third in the UT System, and in the top 20 minority-serving academic institutions in the nation, for receiving the most federal research funding for science and engineering. Read the full release.

South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network collaborative graduates first cohort of promotores

WESLACO, TEXAS – AUG. 18, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley joined South Texas College, Texas A&M University and United Healthcare today in celebrating the graduation of its first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. Read the full release.

ROTA recipient Cavazos promotes multi-literacy in the classroom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 17, 2017 – Dr. Alyssa Guadalupe Cavazos, assistant professor of writing and language studies, was 10 years old when she migrated to the United States from a small town in rural Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She struggled through her early years in the American education system because of the language barrier, but it was that very challenge that helped her find her true passion – teaching. Read the full release.

Amy Weimer puts knowledge into practice to foster student success

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS –AUG. 16, 2017 – Becoming a professor allowed Dr. Amy Weimer to combine all her passions and fulfill her life goal of having an impact on the world in a positive way. Read the full release.

Hundreds share their discoveries at first UTRGV-DHR Research Symposium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 15, 2017 – More than 300 people turned out Aug. 12 to participate in the Inaugural Research Symposium hosted May 12 by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM) and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR). Read the full release.

Andrew Hollinger: High expectations and encouragement boost student writing skills

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUGUST 15, 2017 – Andrew Hollinger, lecturer II in the Department of Writing and Language Studies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, joins an elite group of 56 educators throughout The University of Texas System’s academic and health institutions being honored this year with the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Read the full release.

UTRGV ranked sixth in the nation for its online MBA in financial planning

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 11, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV medical resident and colleagues conduct study on prevalence of murine typhus in the Valley

McALLEN, TEXAS – AUG. 11, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Area teachers participate in UTRGV’s special workshop, Culturally Relevant Education in Social Studies

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 10, 2017 – 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). Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine awarded grant for suicide education, prevention program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 10, 2017 – The UTRGV School of Medicine’s Office of Counseling and Wellness has been awarded a three- year grant in the amount of $304,490 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a Campus Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP). UTRGV was the only university in Texas to receive the award. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – AUG. 8, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV University Productions announces 2017-2018 theatre season

EDINBURG, TEXAS –AUG. 8, 2017 – The UTRGV Department of Theatre has announced its 2017-2018 theatre season, with productions scheduled for the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre and the Studio Theatre in the Edinburg Liberal Arts Building South (ELABS) at the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road. Read the full release.

Art, science and technology meet in UTRGV’s newly founded “fab lab”

EDINBURG, TEXAS — AUG. 7, 2017 — Two faculty members at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are teaming up to create a new place for people to design products using technology, science and art. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Rampersad-Ammons focuses on bees as a 2017 USDA E. Kika de la Garza Science Fellow

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 3, 2017 – Dr. Joanne Rampersad-Ammons, associate professor of chemistry at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, spent time this summer studying apiculture (bee keeping) and issues affecting honey bee health, thanks to a fellowship she received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Read the full release.

UTRGV receives almost $500,000 from National Science Foundation to establish I-Corps Site

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 4, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been awarded $499,985 in federal funding by the National Science Foundation to establish an NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Dr. Leonel Vela recognized for his role in expanding healthcare access in rural communities

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 3, 2017 – Dr. Leonel Vela, UTRGV senior associate dean for Education and Academic Affairs and chair of the Department of Medical Education, has been recognized by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center F. Marie Hall Institute of Rural and Community Health for his role in expanding access for the underserved in the state. Read the full release.

First BLAST Camp undergoes successful lift off this summer at UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 3, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV named in Forbes rankings for second year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 2, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the second consecutive year has been named on the Forbes Magazine 2017 “America's Top Colleges” list, ranking No. 235 among research universities, No. 151 among schools in the South and No. 221 among public colleges. Read the full release.

Father’s example guides UTRGV mechanical engineering student to dream internship at NASA

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 1, 2017 – When UTRGV senior Andres Garcia starts his internship at NASA this summer, he will be thinking about his father. Read the full release.

UTRGV named one of the best colleges in Texas by BestColleges.com

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 1, 2017 – 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 higher education information and resources. Read the full release.

Operation Lone Star: UTRGV medical students help provide free basic health services for Valley residents

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2017 – Students and faculty of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley lent a helping hand to first responders this week during Operation Lone Star. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine students pay it forward with podcasts for incoming class

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2017 – With the first year of medical school under their belt, students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine are sharing the wisdom they’ve attained with incoming students, through podcasts. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2017 – 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). Read the full release.

UTRGV SEEMS professor completes major sea trial of the first CLIO, new class of AUV

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2017 – Dr. John “Chip” Breier, associate professor in the UTRGV School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS), has directed a major sea trial of the first of a new class of autonomous underwater vehicles. Read the full release.

Community, UTRGV come together to create family-friendly spaces on campus

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 25, 2017- The day began early, as a team of UTRGV faculty and staff set about creating a community butterfly garden, part of a project to beautify the atrium in the College of Education and P-16 Integration (CEP) atrium in Edinburg. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor seeking “snail busters” to fight spread of invasive Apple snail

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 24, 2017 – Apple snails are invading the Rio Grande Valley, and that is as alarming as it sounds, says Dr. Kathryn Perez, assistant professor of biology at UTRGV and its resident “snail expert.” Read the full release.

UTRGV ranks No. 1 in nation for accelerated online Master of Education in Educational Leadership

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 24, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been named the No. 1 best-value college nationwide for an accelerated online Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Read the full release.

UTRGV welcomes its School of Medicine Class of 2021 with White Coat Ceremony in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 22, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort on Saturday in Brownsville, during a special White Coat Ceremony for its newest 50 students. Read the full release.

UTRGV, Knapp Medical Center unveil family practice residency clinic in Mercedes

MERCEDES, TEXAS—JULY 20, 2017— Knapp Medical Center and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offered a sneak peek Thursday of their new, collaborative Knapp Medical Center/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s legacy institution UTPA ranked high in Stanford study of ‘mobility rates’

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 17, 2017 – An online magazine that ranks colleges in a variety of categories has recognized The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for its ability to enroll a large number of students from low-income backgrounds and graduate them into promising careers that help them climb the income scale. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Rodríguez, Lozano and Mora receive Leaders in STEM Award

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 17, 2017 – INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has named the UTRGV provost and two faculty members as 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM. Read the full release.

UT System awards UTRGV $1.6M to help enhance Student Success initiatives

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 13, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will receive $1.6 million of $8.2 million allocated by the UT System Board of Regents to fund innovative campus-based projects that enhance student success. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s work and research are ongoing to help build artificial reef

PORT ISABEL, TEXAS – JULY 13, 2017 – Researchers from UTRGV’s School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) in the College of Sciences, in collaboration with Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Texas A&M Galveston, are building one of the biggest artificial “low-profile” reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, designed to help maintain and grow habitat for fish like red snapper. Read the full release.

Statewide teaching foundation names UTRGV one of 10 recipients of scholarship initiative

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 10, 2017 – 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 (RTT) scholarship initiative. Read the full release.

Aspiring engineers recognized at UTRGV Railway Safety camp awards ceremony

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley throughout the month of June held its popular University Transportation Center for Railway Safety summer camps on the Edinburg Campus.Read the full release.

Orientation underway for UTRGV School of Medicine’s second cohort, Class of 2021

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 7, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its newest 50 students this week at its first day of orientation. Read the full release.

UTRGV Continuing Education to offer innovative new Alternative Teacher Certification Program

McALLEN, TEXAS – JULY 5, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV students participate in binational Zika research program to monitor border’s mosquito population

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

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

McALLEN, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV student engineering team designs device to help patients with Parkinson’s disease

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 27, 2017 – Putting pen to paper – it’s a motor skill most of us use every day. But what happens when hand tremors from Parkinson’s disease strip us of that ability? Something as simple as signing your name becomes a challenge – or an impossibility. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV Chess Summer Camp provides fun and learning for area children

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 26, 2017 – Nathan John, 7, rising second-grader at Canterbury Elementary in Edinburg and grandmaster in the making, is perfecting his game this summer at UTRGV’s Chess Summer Camp. Read the full release.

UTRGV Summer Trombone Concert set for June 27

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 23, 2017 – A group of local high school, UTRGV and TSC students led by Dr. William Haugeberg, assistant professor of Low Brass at UTRGV, are seen here rehearsing for the upcoming UTRGV Summer Trombone Concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the TSC Arts Center Main Hall, 90 Taylor Ave., in Brownsville. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes 56 new medical residents to practice in the Valley

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 23, 2017 – The UTRGV School of Medicine (SOM) welcomed its 56 new medical residents during orientation June 22-23 at the Edinburg Medical Education Building. Read the full release.

Havidán Rodríguez Named President of University at Albany

The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Havidán Rodríguez as the 20th president of the University at Albany. The appointment will take effect mid-September. Read the full release.

UTRGV students help build ‘greener’ tomorrow at IDEA Pharr

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2017 – When Ariana Garza, a 10th-grade teacher at IDEA Pharr Academy, was looking for help with the design and construction of a greenhouse on her campus, students and faculty from the UTRGV Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and the UTeach Certification Program stepped up to lend hand. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts Team Mario summer camp for children on autism spectrum

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 20, 2017 – Disney songs echoed in the halls of UTRGV’s Education Building as more than 20 children participated in Team Mario’s “Fun Friday” event. Read the full release.

Readiness workshop for incoming UTRGV freshmen provides hands-on preparation for engineering degree

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 16, 2017 – Dr. Yingchen Yang, associate professor in the UTRGV Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science, helped a group of incoming UTRGV freshmen have fun with rockets during a recent visit to the Sports Park in Brownsville. Read the full release.

Gonzales representing UTRGV at annual BIO International Convention

AUSTIN, TEXAS – JUNE 15, 2017 – Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute (THBI) will host the statewide BioTexas initiative in collaboration with The Office of the Governor and The Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC), to bring together a delegation for the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego, California from June 19 to June 22. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 15, 2017 – 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). Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts summer training program for aspiring educators 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 15, 2017 – Gabriela Martinez,16, a rising junior at Palmview High School, said she has always felt a calling to teach. Read the full release.

1,000 future engineers participate in UTRGV Railway Safety summer camp

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 14, 2017 – Alexis Rodriguez, 10, an aspiring engineer and fourth-grader at Rivas Elementary in Donna, has been working on a magnetic levitation kit this summer, along with campmates participating in the largest STEM camp offered at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine to open specialty pediatrics clinic

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 14, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

City of Pharr continues commitment to UTRGV School of Medicine with $500,000 donation

PHARR, TEXAS — JUNE 13, 2017 — The City of Pharr continued its support of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (SOM) by presenting the school with a check for $500,000 Tuesday, June 13. This is the second donation the City of Pharr has made to SOM as part of a memorandum of understanding UTRGV signed with Pharr and other local government entities. The City of Pharr has committed to give $500,000 annually to support the School of Medicine. Read the full release.

UTRGV University Productions offers Summer Stock 2017

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 9, 2017 – UTRGV’s University Productions, RGV Summer Stock 2017 offerings lead off with “Rough Magic,” a fantasy by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa that provides a range of emotions, from horror to romance and heroism. Read the full release.

Professor and Poet: Emmy Pérez awarded NEA poetry fellowship 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 9, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV assistant professor wins Fulbright award to study in Ecuador

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 9, 2017 – Dr. Sarah Rowe, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, has received an $18,000 Fulbright Scholar Award to continue her research on the ancient Valdivia culture in Ecuador. Read the full release.

UTRGV Athletics featured in USA Today

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 8, 2017 – USA Today Sports in its June 8 edition featured two student athletes from UTRGV’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Read the full release.

Eleven UTRGV students spend 85th Texas legislative session as interns 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 07, 2017 – Working as an intern at the 85th legislative session at the Texas State Capitol motivated Alondra Galvan, a senior criminal justice major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, to run for president of UTRGV’s student governing body, the Student Government Association. Read the full release.

UTRGV receives $1 million to promote STEM inclusiveness

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 7, 2017 – 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). Read the full release.

Congressman Vela, UTRGV President Bailey update community on the impact of federal investment in higher education

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 5, 2017 – Congressman Filemón Vela (TX-34) and UTRGV President Guy Bailey addressed a group of faculty and staff Monday morning at the Plains Capital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus, to provide an update on the actions of the 85th Legislative Session and the impact of federal investments in higher education. Read the full release.

Summer Bridge to Calculus program helps high school students cross over to UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—JUNE 5, 2017— 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. Read the full release.

Dr. Martha Tevis retires after distinguished 50-year career in education

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 2, 2017 – When Dr. Martha May Tevis came to teach Latin and education in 1967 at then-Pan American College, there were six buildings, 100 faculty members and about 3,500 students.Read the full release.

Five Valley high schools represent UTRGV at National SeaPerch Challenge 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – JUNE 1, 2017 – Teams from Harlingen High School, Harlingen Early College High School, Los Fresnos High School, San Isidro High School and Rio Hondo High School represented UTRGV in May at the National SeaPerch Challenge in Atlanta, Georgia. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Conference

McALLEN, TEXAS – JUNE 1, 2017 – UTRGV recently hosted the first International Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Conference (ICSAC) in McAllen and welcomed guests from across the United States and Mexico. Read the full release.

Manufacturing Innovations Hub established by UTRGV, GBIC to bring manufacturing to RGV 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 31, 2017 – The UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science (COEC) and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a $20 million Manufacturing Innovations Hub. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor and student researchers discover, name new species of South Texas snail

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 31, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV communications major Cavazos awarded coveted AP Buster Haas internship

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 30, 2017 – UTRGV mass communications student Elsa Cavazos has been selected by the board of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors (TAPME) as one of three recipients of the summer 2017 Buster Haas Minority Internship. Read the full release.

19th Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Quality Management and Planning Conference

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – MAY 27, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted the conference, along with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Storm Water Task Force. Read the full release.

UTRGV to receive almost $14M in federal funding for Upward Bound programs across the Valley

MISSION, TEXAS – MAY 26, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will receive nine federal grants worth almost $14 million over the next five years, to help Valley high school students prepare for and enter college. Read the full release.

UTRGV computer science, art students share their prototypes at Game Showcase 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 26, 2016 – Avid video gamers and students at UTRGV found themselves running from encounters with scary clowns in “Hellstorm” to protecting a sweetheart from evil in a survival game, “Call of Candy: Modern Marshmallow.” Read the full release.

UTRGV psychology student to conduct NSF-funded research on trauma this summer

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 26, 2017 – Reymundo Ortiz is pursuing his dream of helping fellow veterans this summer. Read the full release.

Greater Texas Foundation renews scholarship, retention program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 24, 2017 – UTRGV is one of eight Texas universities that will receive funding over eight years to support graduates of Texas Early College High School programs. Read the full release.

Peace Corps and UTRGV announce new Peace Corps Prep program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 19, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV, Lincoln Middle School, celebrate white coat ceremony for “Student Neuroscientists” 

McALLEN, TEXAS – MAY 19, 2017 – The white coat ceremony is an honored tradition, a rite of passage for first-year students entering medical school that marks their induction into the profession. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s tuition cap saves money and time 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—MAY 18, 2017— 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. Read the full release.

Gilman Scholarship enables lucky UTRGV students to study abroad this summer

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 18, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Holmes Cadets present research at Florida conference

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 18, 2017 – UTRGV Holmes Cadets in March attended the 69th annual Holmes Conference at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Tampa, Fla. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates spring graduates at three commencement ceremonies in McAllen

McALLEN, TEXAS – MAY 13, 2017 – One of the most anticipated and happiest days for about 2,401 graduates from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley finally arrived on Saturday, May 13, as they walked the stage during the Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies to accept the degrees they worked so hard for over the years.Read the full release.

Brownsville skies clear for UTRGV Spring Commencement ceremony

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 12, 2017 – Family and friends were not deterred by a spring shower that blew over the Brownsville Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley shortly before the start of the Spring Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12. Read the full release.

Grad, undergrad students present at first UTRGV South Texas Industrial Assessment Center Symposium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 12, 2017 – Members of the South Texas Industrial Assessment Center (ST-IAC), guests and students gathered at UTRGV on the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses for the first student assessment presentations to invited company representatives. Read the full release.

UTRGV names Dr. John H. Krouse new dean of the School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—MAY, 11, 2017— The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named Dr. John H. Krouse as its new vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. Read the full release.

UTRGV gets green light from UT System Board of Regents for two new graduate degree programs

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV physics grad evolves into research scientist and determined Vaquero 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2017 – Ramona Luna has had to make choices about her education, and she stands by all of them. Those decisions meant growth, she says, and that sort of evolution is her personal key to success. Read the full release.

UTRGV Office for Sustainability awards $1,000 to ENACTUS for national competition

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2017 – The Office for Sustainability is awarding Enactus UTRGV a check for $1,000 for their advancement to the 2017 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23. Read the full release.

Masterful mentorship helps lead May grad to a master’s in electrical engineering 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 10, 2017 – Jorge Castillo, 26, has already set his first two goals after graduating from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on May 13 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. Read the full release.

Gadson named UTRGV Dean of Students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—MAY 9, 2017— The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named Rebecca K. Gadson as its new dean of students and associate vice president for student life. Read the full release.

UTRGV ranked second in the country for lowest private student debt 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 9, 2017 – A website that analyzes student loans and debt issues says UTRGV is the second best public university in the country for controlling student debt. Read the full release.

UTRGV ROTC couple ‘Go Army’ and pursue individual careers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 9, 2017 – When Army ROTC Cadet Edgardo Jules Ruiz graduates from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, May 13, he already will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Read the full release.

UTRGV graduate in elementary bilingual education can select from wide variety of schools

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 9, 2017 – As Nancy Navarrete Montalvo walks across the stage May 12 at the UTRGV Spring Commencement, she will be a few steps closer to becoming an educator – and to following in her parents’ footsteps. Read the full release.

UTRGV grad’s future will focus on studying the past 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 8, 2017 – Edinburg native Randolph Delagarza, 29, will head to colder weather and exciting new research opportunities following his graduation May 13 from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates new tradition with inaugural ring ceremony 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 6, 2017 – More than 200 UTRGV students came together Saturday to show their school pride at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s first UTRGV Ring Ceremony, held at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. Read the full release.

UTRGV faculty expertise recognized at annual excellence awards ceremony

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 5, 2017 – Five faculty members and two academic departments at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley were recognized May 4 for their exceptional efforts, during the annual Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony. Read the full release.

UTRGV Zika experts sit on panel with Gov. Greg Abbott in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 5, 2017 – Two biology faculty members from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley contributed their expertise as panelists on a Zika prevention roundtable organized by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office in preparation for the height of mosquito season in the state. Read the full release.

New UTRGV symposium targets teaching innovation, enhanced learning outcomes

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 5, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Crawfish take up residence in new agroecological garden at UTRGV

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 5, 2017 – Behind UTRGV’s dorms on the Brownsville Campus, you’ll find a community garden that is anything but typical. Read the full release.

UTRGV honors four Distinguished Alumni at awards ceremony

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 3, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has recognized four outstanding graduates with the highest honor UTRGV alumni can receive: the UTRGV Distinguished Alumni Award. Read the full release.

Graduating seniors show off their artsy sides during cap-decorating event

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 2, 2017 – Dozens of graduating UTRGV seniors decorated their caps with ribbons, glitter and other ornaments, courtesy of the Office of Student Involvement, Tuesday, May 2. Read the full release.

Sixteen UTRGV faculty members advance their leadership skills through institute

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 2, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV named Tree Campus USA for third consecutive year

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 1, 2017 – The Arbor Day Foundation has named the UTRGV Edinburg Campus as a Tree Campus USA university for a third year, for the university’s commitment to effective urban forest management and its engagement of the campus community in environmental stewardship. Read the full release.

UTRGV swears in newest SGA officers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 28, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV University Productions presents “Bug Joy” by 2012 Texas Poet Laureate Jan Seale

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 27, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s University Productions will close its spring semester with the Theatre for Young Audiences production of “Bug Joy,” a fantasy by Jan Seale, the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate. Read the full release.

UTRGV kicks off Earth Fest celebration in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV UTeach students present research at Interventions conference in San Antonio

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 18, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Two honored at UTRGV as top Student Employees of the Year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 13, 2017 – UTRGV has named two Student Employees of the Year, during ceremonies held for the university’s National Student Employment Appreciation Week, April 10-14. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 14, 2017 – Dr. Art Brownlow, professor of music in the UTRGV School of Music, is one of just four UT System faculty members inducted April 11 into The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Read the full release.

UTRGV BMED major presents diabetes research at Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 13, 2017 – Lakshman Vigneswaran, a biomedical sciences major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, represented the university at the Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in late March. Read the full release.

UTRGV on-campus Student Employment Initiative Program is demanding yet rewarding

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 11, 2017 – The Student Employment Initiative (SEI) Program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley continues to prove its effectiveness, offering on-campus employment opportunities related to a student’s program of study. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Recruiters turn out to hire exceptional education graduates at Spring Teacher Jobs Expo

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 6, 2017 – The first day of the Spring Teacher Jobs Expo at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was a blockbuster event. Read the full release.

UTRGV Continuing Education hosts second annual Club Code Summit, in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 1, 2017 – UTRGV Continuing Education hosted the second annual Club Code UTRGV summit, Saturday, April 1, on the Brownsville Campus. The 2017 summit is the culmination of months of training and practice by Brownsville ISD fourth- and fifth-grade students involved in on-campus coding clubs established with the help of Continuing Education’s Club Code UTRGV program. Read the full release.

UTRGV Family Medicine resident at DHR named Resident of the Year by NHMA

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—APRIL 4, 2017— 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts ‘Mujeres in RGV Politics’ panel discussion

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 3, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Model United Nations club attends its first conference in NYC

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 3, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Shirley Wells recognized among top 100 Influential People in Occupational Therapy

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – March 31, 2017 – 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). Read the full release.

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

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 30, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor selected for a competitive liberal arts fellowship

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 30, 2017 – Dr. Matthew Christensen, professor of literature and cultural studies at UTRGV, has been selected as a 2017 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. Read the full release.

Looking Back: Kika de la Garza’s legacy inspires, lives on at UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 29, 2017 – U.S. Congressman Eligio de la Garza was a legend on Capitol Hill over the course of his protracted political career. And today, in the wake of his death earlier this month at age 89, the man widely and affectionately known as “Kika” remains a big man on campus at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV Marketing and Communications Earns Awards For Creative Excellence

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 29, 2017 – UTRGV’s University Marketing and Communications (UMC) picked up a number of local and statewide awards recently for its expertise in writing and photography, marketing/advertising, graphic design, and web and social media. Read the full release.

Creative work by UTRGV students and faculty honored with 27 RGV-ADDYs

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 28, 2017 – UTRGV students and faculty picked up armloads of honors for creative excellence at the American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Rio Grande Valley ADDY awards competition in February. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 28, 2017 – UTRGV’s Mariachi Aztlán spent Spring Break attending, performing and teaching at two national mariachi festivals. Read the full release.

Registration underway for UTRGV Continuing Education’s Certified Public Manager program

McALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 27, 2017 – Registration is now open for the UTRGV Office of Continuing Education’s sixth cohort of the Certified Public Manager Program (CPM), which starts April 21. Read the full release.

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

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 27, 2017 – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and the U.S. Army are holding the first Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Coder Summit, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV alumni choose education path with commitment to Teach For America

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 21, 2017 – After graduating from UTRGV in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Lorena Garcia was catching up with a friend from her days at Hanna High School. The conversation turned out to be propitious. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor, storyteller holds listeners spellbound with ‘Stories from Texas’

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 16, 2017 – Unlike his frontier predecessors who spun tales around the campfire, Dr. William F. Strong’s storytelling venue is the radio – and more recently, the podcast. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 14, 2017 – More than 75 local community leaders, students and faculty visited UTRGV in Edinburg recently to participate in a community dialogue and presentation on the U. S. Census’ newest campaign, called The Road to 2020. Read the full release.

UTRGV named among top universities for creating transfer pathways for community college students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 10, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Four Latina writers make donations to Special Collections and University Archives

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 10, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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). Read the full release.

Tax time made easier with help of VITA and UTRGV student volunteers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 3, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Reading Rock Stars share magic of books with RGV elementary school students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – MARCH 2, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

Authors urge students to use their voices for social justice at Big Read panel during FESTIBA

EDINBURG, TEXAS—MARCH 2, 2017—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. Read the full release.

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.Read the full release.

UTRGV to offer Asian Studies minor in fall 2017

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 01, 2017 – Beginning fall 2017, UTRGV will offer a minor in Asian Studies, created in response to students’ requests for the interdisciplinary curriculum. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 16, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV University Productions announces coming theatre season

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 16, 2017 – The spring semester of UTRGV’s University Productions opens with “Bonnie & Clyde,” a musical with book by Ivan Menchell, lyrics by Don Black and music by Frank Wildhorn. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Estrada earns McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholars Award

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 10, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Lieberman, UTRGV School of Medicine interim dean, updates UT Regents on progress to date

AUSTIN, TEXAS – FEB. 9, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor participates in international panel in Washington, D.C.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 8, 2017 – 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.” Read the full release.

All In Internship Program provides hands-on training in high-demand occupations

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 7, 2017 – Students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have access to a newly established initiative several years in the making – the All In Internship Program, to be administered by United Way of Southern Cameron County. Read the full release.

Edinburg joins Valleywide BikeShare program active on UTRGV campuses

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB 6, 2017 – The City of Edinburg has joined BikeShare Rio Grande Valley, a bike sharing program in use at UTRGV’s Brownsville, Harlingen and Edinburg campuses and in the cities of Brownsville and Harlingen. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine matches with 50 students for its second cohort

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 6, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine has identified 50 prospective students for its second class. Read the full release.

UTRGV announces $15M gift from Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – FEB. 3, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley today announced that the School of Medicine has received a $15 million gift from The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to create the new UTRGV Institute for Neurosciences Read the full release.

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. UTRGV is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017. Read the full release.

Discover UTRGV kicks off six-city Texas tour Feb. 1

HRIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS -- JAN. 30, 2017 – To help connect with potential students interested in joining the Vaquero family, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley starts a six-city Discover UTRGV Tour on Feb. 1 in Laredo. Read the full release.

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 Valley 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor’s co-research with USGS on climate change and coastal wetlands published in leading journal

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 25, 2017 – Dr. Christopher A. Gabler, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UTRGV School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, has authored a paper with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that says climate change in the coming century will drive transformative changes in the coastal wetlands of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Read the full release.

UTRGV named CollegeNET Social Mobility Innovator for 2017

PORTLAND, OREGON – JAN. 25, 2017 – CollegeNET, Inc., a leading provider of web-based, on-demand technologies for higher education, and creator of the Social Mobility Index (SMI), has selected the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as the second of 10 Social Mobility Innovators for 2017. Read the full release.

UTRGV ADVANCE Leadership Institute luncheon launches Spring 2017 cohort

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 24, 2017 – 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. Read the full release.

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.  Read the full release.

UTRGV professors to participate in new CDC research center

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 17, 2017 – Two UTRGV professors have been chosen to participate in a multi-institutional consortium to establish the Western Gulf Center for Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, with a focus on Zika research and monitoring. Read the full release.

UTRGV Tuba Euphonium Ensemble to perform in Washington, D.C., at U.S. Army Band workshop

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 17, 2017 – The UTRGV Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, one of the most traveled ensembles in the UTRGV School of Music, is adding Washington, D.C., to its long list of major performance appearances. Read the full release.

CHAPS Program lands international recognition for uncovering RGV history

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 6, 2017 – The Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA) has selected the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to receive its 2017 Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology. Read the full release.

President Bailey provides university update for Brownsville leaders

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 5, 2017 – UTRGV President Guy Bailey on Thursday addressed a group of Brownsville officials and provided an update on developments at the Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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). Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

ROTC cadet Ilse Aranda receives commission as second lieutenant in U.S Army Reserves

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2016 – Ilse Aranda, a UTRGV graduating senior, stood proudly in her uniform as she received her gold bars as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, during her commissioning ceremony Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Library Auditorium on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV COEC awarded $1.25M DOE grant to establish Industrial Assessment Center

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 15, 2016 –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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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/Texas Southmost College – the practice of ringing the university bell at the close of the commencement ceremonies in May and December. Read the full release.

Graduate Profile: First UTRGV SGA president heads out into the world with confidence, and a BA in business administration

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 12, 2016 – Graduating senior Alberto Adame says he is wrapping up his college career at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley not only with a Bachelor of Business Administration diploma, but also with important skills to help carry him into his future career. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

CECS unveils strategic plan, seeks to be a supernova in expanding opportunities

EDINBURG, TEXAS—DEC. 9, 2016— 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. Read the full release.

Scrolls presented to UTRGV faculty from China’s Hengyang Normal University celebrate partnership

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 8, 2016 – One of three scrolls celebrating the ongoing relationship between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Hengyang Normal University (HYNU) in China was unveiled Dec. 7 at an Open House of the UTRGV Deputy Provost. Read the full release.

Finance major takes top prize in UTRGV 2016 holiday card contest

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 5, 2016 – The holidays mean so many things to so many people. For Selene Salinas Elizondo, 21, the holidays mean tradition, family and a $1,000 scholarship. Read the full release.

Tuba Christmas blows away Valley audience with unique holiday experience

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 5, 2016 – A record breaking number of nearly 475 tuba and euphonium players filled The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's Fieldhouse in Edinburg with rich and deep brassy sounds of holiday music Dec. 4 during the 28th annual Tuba Christmas concert.Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Get Brassy: Enjoy a merry, musical Dec. 4 at the RGV TubaChristmas

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 29, 2016 – It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas – TubaChristmas, that is – in the Rio Grande Valley. The public is invited to celebrate the holidays by attending the 28th annual RGV TubaChristmas – the largest TubaChristmas event in the state of Texas. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 28, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV students share holiday cheer with Thanksgiving meal deliveries

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 23, 2016 – Students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley spent the day before the Thanksgiving holiday break delivering turkey meals with all the trimmings to families in six Valley communities. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Four UTRGV CAMP freshmen present at state Migrant Educators conference

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 22, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV launches search for new dean for School of Medicine

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 22, 2016 – The search for a new dean for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is underway. Read the full release.

UTRGV students to deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 21, 2016 – UTRGV students from a variety of disciplines will deliver turkey meals with all the trimmings to families in six communities throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s online doctoral education program gets high marks in national Gradsource.com rankings

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 21, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s all-student University Symphony Orchestra captivates on both campuses

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 17, 2016 – The talents of student musicians from the UTRGV Brownsville and Edinburg campuses are melding harmoniously under the baton of Maestro Peter Dabrowski, during rehearsals and performances for the University Symphony Orchestra. Read the full release.

Alumni recruiters tout their school districts to prospective hires at Teacher Jobs Expo

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 11, 2016 – Two graduates of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Education and P-16 Integration, Priscilla Avalos and Alyssa Gonzales, returned to their alma mater to recruit for their school districts at the fall Teacher Jobs Expo, Thursday, Nov. 10 on the Brownsville Campus, and Friday, Nov. 11 on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

Student veteran wants to pay it forward

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS—NOV. 11, 2016 — Alex Garza’s longtime dream was to own a construction company. But after sustaining several injuries, including a broken back and a dislocated shoulder, while serving in Iraq for the U.S. Army, Garza’s plans changed. Read the full release.

Veterans Honor Tree begins its tradition at UTRGV

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 11, 2016 – A very special tree honoring U.S. military veterans will be placed on The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville Campus this Veterans Day. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

SOM faculty participate in border health conference at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – NOV. 7, 2016 – Three UTRGV School of Medicine faculty members shared their research on health issues affecting both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Transforming Border Health conference at UTRGV. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Nursing receives CCNE accreditation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 7, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s nursing programs have received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

National policymakers in D.C. continue to rely on UTRGV professor’s expertise

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 3, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV Continuing Ed partners with RGV Food Bank for Healthy Holidays Lunch and Learn Workshop

MCALLEN, TEXAS – NOV. 2, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

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.Read the full release.

Region’s top business leaders honored at UTRGV Vackar COBE lunch

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 28, 2016 – Three influential Valley innovators were honored for their business and civic leadership, during the inaugural UTRGV Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Business Leaders Lunch. Read the full release.

UTRGV continues the tradition of Kids Voting USA in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 28, 2016 – Since early voting began in Texas on Oct. 24, more than 19,000 Brownsville students have cast their votes in a mock election organized by the UTRGV Office of Student Educational Outreach and the City of Brownsville, in partnership with Kids Voting USA. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV highlighted in 2016 Sustainable Campus Index

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 27, 2016 – UTRGV has been highlighted in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index “Curriculum” section for its efforts in advancing sustainability in higher education. Read the full release.

Veteran and advocate J.R. Martinez to be next UTRGV Distinguished Speaker

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 27, 2016 – J.R. Martinez – actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, advocate and wounded U.S. Army veteran – will be the next presenter in the UTRGV Distinguished Speaker Series. Read the full release.

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.  Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

UTRGV students participate in bone marrow Be The Match drive

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 24, 2016 – On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Daija Coleman took her lunch break to help save a life. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

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.  Read the full release.

UTRGV SEEMS students to be part of $15.4 million NOAA research grant

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 19, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been named one of six universities that will participate in a $15.4 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant that will enhance research opportunities for students in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS). Read the full release.

UTRGV Bravo Opera Company’s community outreach delights school children with ‘Hansel and Gretel’

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 14, 2016 – Hundreds of elementary school children from Brownsville, San Benito and Harlingen sat mesmerized for 45 minutes on Friday, during The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Bravo Opera Company’s morning performance of “Hansel and Gretel” at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 13, 2016 – 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: Medical and Veterinary Entomology, at a joint meeting of the 25th International Congress of Entomology and the Entomological Society of America. Read the full release.

UTRGV JumpStart students score high on latest Texas college readiness tests

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 13, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Harlingen High School wins HESTEC Navy SeaPerch Challenge on home turf

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – OCT. 7, 2016 – After a full day of competition, Harlingen High School won HESTEC 2016’s Navy SeaPerch Underwater Robotic Challenge, held Friday, Oct. 7, for the first time at the Harlingen CISD Aquatics Center. Read the full release.

HESTEC 2016 in Brownsville: Recruiters visit UTRGV Brownsville Campus to share information on employment opportunities

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2016 – As part of the expansion of HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology) Week to the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, the university’s Career Center held a Fall Career Expo in the PlainsCapital El Gran Salón room of the Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Read the full release.

HESTEC QUICK HIT: Latinas learn about their history and future in medicine, during Latina Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2016 – About a dozen high school senior girls and their mothers on Wednesday learned during a breakout session at HESTEC Latina Day that the Rio Grande Valley is the birthplace of the country’s first Latina doctor, and the home of a medical school in which more than half of its first class is female. Read the full release.

HESTEC QUICK HIT: Dr. Karen Lozano shares some experiments, and stories of her journey

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2016 – 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 Dr. Karen Lozano, during HESTEC’s Latina Day on Oct. 5. Read the full release.

Girl power rules third day of HESTEC 2016

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2016 – Amazing Latinas took over the third day of HESTEC 2016 on Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

HESTEC Latina Day: CNN journalist talks about supportive mom and growing up in the Valley

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

HESTEC Quick Hit: High school seniors help solve medical mystery at HESTEC Student Leadership Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

HESTEC Quick Hit: Homegrown robotics entrepreneur shares stories, advice, during HESTEC Student Leadership Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2016 – Heriberto Reynoso’s love of working with robots began with playing with LEGOs as a child. That love grew into a thriving business for Reynoso, called Reybotics, which produces robots and other robotic equipment. Read the full release.

Corporate leaders at HESTEC 2016: Be confident, follow your dreams, help others

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

HESTEC QUICK HIT: Educators channel their inner rappers at HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

HESTEC QUICK HIT: USDA leads HESTEC sessions for science teachers during Educator Day

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2016 – Science teachers learned about career opportunities for their students and got ideas for entertaining science experiments to try in the classroom, at two sessions led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during HESTEC’s Educator Day on Monday. Read the full release.

Rubén Hinojosa Honored for his years of service to HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2016 – 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. 2, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.Read the full release.

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.Read the full release.

Congressional delegation from Ohio takes in HESTEC first hand to replicate at home

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2016 – When U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11) left as a visitor to last year’s HESTEC at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, she knew it would be a great initiative to replicate in her own community.Read the full release.

UTRGV begins collaboration with Starr County with health promotion event

LA VICTORIA, TEXAS, SEPT. 30, 2016 – With scores of faculty, staff and students on hand to perform health screenings, provide information and host activities, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley showed Starr County that this visit is just the beginning of what it hopes to be a longtime partnership. Read the full release.

T Rex named Sue joins UTRGV in celebrating 15th anniversary of HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 29, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is celebrating the quinceañera (15th birthday) of HESTEC (Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology) Week, Oct. 2-8, by expanding its activities to Harlingen and Brownsville and welcoming back a very old visitor – Sue, the dinosaur.Read the full release.

UTRGV professor now training for her third Ironman triathlon

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS –SEPT. 29, 2016 – – It takes five months of preparation, 300 hours of training, and all the willpower one can muster to become an Ironman.Read the full release.

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.Read the full release.

UT System Regents approve facility leasing agreement between UTRGV and DHR

McALLEN, TEXAS – SEPT. 26, 2016 – The University of Texas System Board of Regents has unanimously approved the leasing of an approximately 85,000-square-foot facility in McAllen to UTRGV for medical research and educational and clinical uses. Read the full release.

UTRGV Counseling and Training Clinics are open to the community at no cost

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 21, 2016 – UTRGV’s Counseling and Training Clinics, as part of the university’s commitment to the community, help residents receive mental healthcare at no cost and allow graduate students to hone their skills while on the path to licensing.Read the full release.

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.Read the full release.

E-zine ranks UTRGV third in most degrees awarded to Hispanics in 2014-2015

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 16, 2016 – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a higher education news website and digital magazine, has ranked The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley third in the nation in terms of the most undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Read the full release.

UTRGV College of Education & P-16 Integration, Continuing Education, host Critical Issues Leadership Conference

McALLEN, TEXAS—SEPT. 13, 2016— The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s College of Education and P-16 Integration this week is bringing together administrators from school districts across the Valley to brainstorm ways to better educate an ever-growing and diverse group of students, including English-language learners and students from low-income households. Read the full release.

Large DOD grant to UTRGV will purchase cutting-edge equipment for research

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 12, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded almost half a million dollars to UTRGV to help STEM students and faculty go with the flow. The $499,519, one-year grant will provide for state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Read the full release.

Summer GAMES Camp encourages girls to pursue higher education in STEM

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 9, 2016 – It was more than just fun and games this summer for five dozen middle school girls who moved onto UTRGV’s Edinburg Campus for a week of activities geared toward college life and STEM careers. Read the full release.

Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation awards $6M grant to UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 8, 2016 – The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation has generously awarded The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Liberal Arts a $6 million grant that over the next five years will help develop a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s ISMER event puts spotlight on Middle East relations

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 6, 2016 – To bring new perspective and knowledge about the history, politics and economics of the Middle East, the UTRGV College of Liberal Arts hosted its first International Symposium of Middle East Relations (ISMER) on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Read the full release.

Pedals to the Metal: UTRGV students help put bike sharing program in high gear

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 2, 2016 – What started as a class assignment for four environmental science students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has turned into a new bike sharing program on UTRGV campuses and in two Valley communities.Read the full release.

UTRGV sustainability innovators celebrate achievements in education

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 2, 2016 – UTRGV deans, faculty and staff recently celebrated the advancement of sustainable development through academics, during the first Project Sin Fronteras Honors Banquet, held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton McAllen Convention Center Hotel. Read the full release.

UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration faculty focus on the future with data summit

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 2, 2016 – Faculty from the College of Education and P-16 Integration (CEP) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – along with sciences, liberal arts, fine arts and business colleagues who prepare undergraduate students for careers in education – gathered for the Fall 2016. Read the full release.

NextDecade partnership with UTRGV aims to stimulate STEM-based learning and boost local economy

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and NextDecade, LLC, developer of the proposed multi-billion dollar Rio Grande Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project at the Port of Brownsville, have entered into a strategic partnership to foster STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs, facilitate research and job training opportunities for UTRGV students, and promote collaboration between academia and industry as they seek common solutions to societal challenges today and into the future. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates first anniversary with music, cupcakes and optimism for the future

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2016 – To celebrate its one-year anniversary, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley marked the big day Wednesday with two shindigs that included more than 1,200 cupcakes, a 2,000 T-shirt giveaway and a special birthday serenade.  Read the full release.

Happy Anniversary, UTRGV!

AUG. 31, 2016 – 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: Read the full release.

Costa Rica study abroad writing class immerses students in nature

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 31, 2016 – Eleven adventurous UTRGV students traveled to Costa Rica this summer to participate in a study abroad writing course led by Pamela Herring, lecturer in the Department of Writing and Language Studies. Read the full release.

UTRGV, EPA and others host symposium to address environmental health for children

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 29, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S.-Mexico Border 2020 Program and the White House’s “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” (SC2).Read the full release.

UTRGV ROTC commissions four new US Army second lieutenants

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 29, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) recently commissioned four cadets and graduating seniors as U.S. Army second lieutenants. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts The Texas Tribune’s conversation with Rio Grande Valley legislators

EDINBURG, TEXAS—AUG. 26, 2016— The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted The Texas Tribune and three of the Valley’s state legislators Friday for the news organization’s latest conversation series. Read the full release.

Student’s research at National Water Center will lead to a more weather-ready nation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – AUG. 26, 2016 – The work this summer by a senior environmental science student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will one day be part of a national model to close the gap between flood forecasting and local emergency response, making the United States a more weather-ready nation. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates achievements, provost urges cooperation, at convocation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – AUG. 24, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Division of Academic Affairs celebrated Wednesday the accomplishments of its faculty, students and staff at its first of three Fall 2016 Convocations. Read the full release.

UTRGV greets new faculty as 2016-17 academic year begins

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG 22, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV Physician Assistant students urged to pay it forward, during White Coat Ceremony

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 19, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s 52 new Physician Assistant Studies students were selected from among hundreds of top candidates, and on Friday, university officials challenged them to use what they learn to serve their communities. Read the full release.

UTRGV Engineering professor shares love of learning with students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 19, 2016 – There is a maxim by which Dr. Stephen Crown and his family live: Love people, and like things. Read the full release.

CHAPS Program’s RGV Civil War Trail Project garners statewide award from THC

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 19, 2016 – The Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail project of the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with its “Chairman’s Award for Community Education.” Read the full release.

TRIO Talent Search expands into Willacy County; continues in Edinburg and Brownsville

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 19, 2016 – The Office of Student Educational Outreach at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced receipt of three five-year U.S. Department of Education TRIO Talent Search grants. Read the full release.

ROTA recipient Huber helps students find true meaning of math

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 18, 2016 – Dr. Timothy Huber truly finds the joy in mathematics. It is a passion he shares with his students, who often end up loving a subject that once caused fear and anxiety. Read the full release.

Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awardee Mathews challenges and inspires students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUGUST 17, 2016 – Dr. Christine Mathews, lecturer in the Department of Biology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was torn between pursuing a career in music or her other love – science. Read the full release.

Texas Tribune hosting free ‘Conversation’ with legislators Hinojosa, Canales and Guerra

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 17, 2016 – The Texas Tribune will host a free, open-to-the-public lunchtime event — A Conversation with Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and State Reps. Terry Canales and Bobby Guerra — from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Edinburg campus. Read the full release.

Two nursing websites rank UTRGV nursing program among best in nation

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – AUG. 17, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s School of Nursing has been named among the best in the country in two national rankings, published by websites that serve as resources for prospective and current nursing students. Read the full release.

Nurturing nature leads UTRGV ecologist Racelis to Regents’ Award

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 16, 2016 – As an ecologist and a teacher, Dr. Alexis Racelis wants his students to develop a well-practiced ecological lens on the world. Read the full release.

Brownlow: 20th century student succeeds as 21st century educator

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 15, 2016 – For Dr. Art Brownlow, UTRGV professor of music, the trumpet isn’t the only instrument important for teaching. Enter the iPad. Read the full release.

Germany study abroad group enjoys taste of life as Leuphana University students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 12, 2016 – Thirteen students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley made the most of every minute during their two-week study abroad class in Germany this summer. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program selected as Examples of Excelencia finalist

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 10, 2016 – Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization focused on the success of Latino students, has announced the selection of the UTRGV Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program as one of 20 finalists for its national Examples of Excelencia awards. Read the full release.

Local organizations connect at first RGV Nonprofit Business Summit

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 9, 2016 – More than 200 people gathered Aug. 9 for the first Rio Grande Valley Nonprofit Business Summit, united in their hopes for building a stronger nonprofit sector for the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s inaugural HIGH Scholars Program aims to create future scientists and researchers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 8, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV muralists bring to life San Juan’s bond with sports

SAN JUAN, TEXAS – AUG. 4, 2016 – Public murals represent a community’s history and hopes to its residents and the world. In San Juan, a partnership between The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the city to produce this form of public art is bringing to life the cultural impact of sports on the community, in a mural being created at San Juan’s popular baseball/softball complex, Mayfield Park. Read the full release.

UTRGV-STISD partnership formed to boost interest in education careers

EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 2, 2016 – To strengthen the educator workforce, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s College of Education and P-16 Integration has teamed up with the South Texas Independent School District’s South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) campus in Edinburg, to offer an innovative program this fall called the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Holmes Cadet Program. Read the full release.

Texas First Lady to inaugurate RGV Nonprofit Business Summit

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 29, 2016 – Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will launch the first RGV Nonprofit Business Summit hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Read the full release.

UTRGV public administration master’s degree prepares students for success

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 29, 2016 – Pi Alpha Alpha, the UTRGV chapter of the national honor society for Public Affairs graduate students, recently inducted 45 new lifelong members and now has more than 100 in its ranks. Read the full release.

Rehab services students learn, share with UK professionals during study abroad

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2016 – Eight UTRGV students traveled to London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland, for a study abroad course in May led by Dr. Bruce Reed, professor of rehabilitation and counseling in the College of Health Affairs School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling. Read the full release.

UTRGV providing support services during TAAF 2016 Summer Games of Texas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — JULY 28, 2016 — The 2016 Summer Games of Texas are under way in the Rio Grande Valley, and UTRGV is on site as a sponsor for three of the 17 sports represented. Read the full release.

UTRGV study abroad to Ireland offers multi-cultural insights for COMD students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 28, 2016 – Seven students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley journeyed through a wide expanse of the Emerald Isle during a study abroad course from May 21 to June 4. Read the full release.

USDA grant to UTRGV nurtures new scientists to address food challenges

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 27, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV medical students get taste of yoga’s benefits to overall wellness

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2016 – The first cohort of medical students at The UTRGV School of Medicine started the second week of orientation with some yoga. Read the full release.

Brass Tacks: Classes start for first 55 UTRGV medical school students

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 26, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

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

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 23, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine celebrated another first on Saturday when it welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony. Read the full release.

McRaven talks UTRGV, campus carry and the future of higher education

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 22, 2016 – Nothing was off the table for The University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven, who was in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, July 22, as guest speaker for the Newsmaker Breakfast Series. Read the full release.

UTRGV photography course took on added dimension as study abroad trip to China

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 21, 2016 – Eleven students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley traded their classes at UTRGV for classes at Hengyang Normal University (HYNU) in Hengyang, Hunan Province, China, to study digital photography. Read the full release.

High school students step up to conduct college research in UTRGV’s HIGH Scholars program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 20, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV 2016 Railway Safety Summer Camps close with competition, ceremony

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JULY 18, 2016 – There could only be three winning teams, but all 1,250-plus students participating in UTRGV’s University Transportation Center for Railway Safety’s (UTRCRS) Railway Safety Summer Camps walked away champions. Read the full release.

UTRGV, UHF unveil Unimóvil mobile health clinic

EDINBURG, TEXAS—JULY 14, 2016— The UTRGV School of Medicine and United Health Foundation (UHF) unveiled the “Unimóvil” medical mobile health clinic today, during an unveiling ceremony outside the Medical Education Building on the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

UT System Board of Regents reviews Campus Carry plans

AUSTIN, TEXAS – JULY 13, 2016 – The University of Texas System Board of Regents today reviewed rules and regulations for UT institutions that will govern the implementation of Senate Bill 11, also known as the campus carry law. Read the full release.

Three Vaqueros get first-hand view of public service in D.C. as Archer Graduate Fellows

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 12, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV professor receives award from Ontario Historical Society

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 11, 2016 – The Ontario Historical Society has honored the scholarly work of Dr. Owen Temby, assistant professor of political science at UTRGV. Read the full release.

Year-old UTRGV ranks third in UT System on Forbes Top Schools list

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 8, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has made its debut appearance on the Forbes Magazine 2016 “America's Top Colleges” list, ranking third among six of the eight academic institutions in The University of Texas System on this year’s list. Read the full release.

UTRGV holds two ribbon cutting ceremonies for primary care clinics

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 8, 2016 -- UTRGV has furthered its commitment to improving the health and well-being of the community with the official opening of two primary care clinics in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV Railway Safety Summer Camps host 1,250 students, elementary through high school

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 7, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

London study abroad proves perfect setting for UTRGV travel-writing class

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 7, 2016 – Thirteen students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley made London their home for two weeks in May while honing their creative non-fiction travel-writing skills.Read the full release.

UTRGV Railway Safety students stay on track for engineering careers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 6, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

High school astronomers shoot for the stars during UTRGV’s STARGATE Academy

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 7, 2016 – A group of area high school students spent their summer getting an early launch to their college career, at the UTRGV STARGATE Academy on the Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Catch up on how Kassie Zapata did in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JULY 5, 2016 – While most people spent the Fourth of July grilling hot dogs, UTRGV kinesiology student Kassie Zapata ate 13.5 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the 2016 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Read the full release.

UTRGV students undertake challenging trek to Machu Picchu, part of study abroad

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2016 – You need a certain amount of attitude to weather the altitude. Read the full release.

Engineering meets entrepreneurship during UTRGV Innovation camp

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley taught area high school students some valuable lessons about engineering and entrepreneurship, during the month-long Engineering Innovation Summer Camp. Read the full release.

UTRGV announces football feasibility consultant group

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

Five UTRGV faculty earn prestigious UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 30, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley again has multiple faculty members named in The UT System Board of Regents’ 2016 Outstanding Teaching Award. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine founding dean to step down

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 29, 2016 – Dr. Francisco Fernandez has announced that, effective July 1, he will step down as vice president for medical affairs and dean of The University of Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to return to the psychiatry faculty. Read the full release.

New UTRGV summer enrichment program blends Journalism and STEM

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 28, 2016 – Infusing a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) summer enrichment program at UTRGV with a journalism component has turned out to be a great combination for the College of Education and P-16 Integration (CEP), and Continuing Education. Read the full release.

UTRGV announces new executive vice president for Finance and Administration

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 28, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced the hiring of Rick Anderson as executive vice president for Finance and Administration.Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes its first class

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 27, 2016 – This day has been a long time coming for McAllen resident Veronica Treviño. Read the full release.

UTRGV student vying for Nathan’s hot dog eating champion title this Fourth of July

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 27, 2016 – Eleven hot dogs. Ten minutes. One UTRGV student. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Medicine welcomes second cohort, 42 newest medical residents

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – JUNE 24, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its second cohort of medical residents June 23 and 24, during orientation at the Harlingen Academic Clinical Research Building. Read the full release.

Young chess kings and queens learn to make their moves at UTRGV summer chess camp

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 24, 2016 – Young chess players will have a chance to develop their skills and strategies at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s summer chess camp the week of July 18–22. Read the full release.

Professor, students abuzz with neurobiological research on honey bees

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 24, 2016 – Dr. Julie Mustard, assistant professor of biology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, gets down to business every day at her Brownsville Campus laboratory, which includes a balcony where she cares for two honey bee hives. Read the full release.

UTRGV biology graduate wins coveted NSF Graduate Fellowship

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 22, 2016 – The tattoo on Ramiro Patino’s left forearm — of a 2-Azetidinone amide, a chemical compound that serves as a building block for some penicillin-derived antibiotics — serves as a reminder of two things: his love of science and his need to remain humble. Read the full release.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 21, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s 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. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Gravitational waves detected – again!

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 15, 2016 – On Dec. 26, 2015, at 03:38:53 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime – for the second time. Read the full release.

UTRGV folklórico, mariachi performers bring Valley dance, music traditions to Washington, D.C.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 10, 2016 – A 32-hour bus ride to Washington, D.C., didn't dim the spirit of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán, who arrived ready to give the performance of a lifetime at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Read the full release.

UTRGV Health & Biomedical Sciences Freshmen Research Initiative to launch third cohort this fall

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 9, 2016 – The Biomedical Freshman Research Initiative (BFRI) in the UTRGV Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences helps students interested in authentic research experiences that have an impact on the scientific community. This fall, BFRI Director Dr. Sue Anne Chew, assistant professor in Health and Biomedical Sciences, will accept the program’s third cohort of students, as 50 new freshmen enter the two-year BFRI program. Read the full release.

UTRGV students share experiences during Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 8, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV physics team among scientists to share Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 8, 2016 – As part of the team that collaborated on the monumental scientific discovery of gravitational waves, 10 physics professors at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will receive a monetary award from the Breakthrough Prize. Read the full release.

UTRGV provost receives national award for advocacy of workers’ rights, humanitarian issues

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 3, 2016 – The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) has selected Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, founding provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, to receive its prestigious 2016 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award. Read the full release.

Music students tuning up for summer music programs in Texas, Italy and England

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 3, 2016 – Brownsville native José “Joey” Garcia, a senior music education major at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, became emotional when he discovered the name of the scholarship that would help him participate in the Spotlight on Opera summer training program. Read the full release.

UTRGV PD to offer life-saving ‘Below 100’ training for active law enforcement officer

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JUNE 3, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Police Department (UTRGV PD) will offer “Below 100” training to active law enforcement and their spouses, aimed at reducing line-of-duty deaths nationally to less than 100, a number not seen since 1943. Read the full release.

UTRGV faculty enhance writing skills, peer support at Women of Color writing retreat

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS – MAY 28, 2016 – A weeklong writing retreat at South Padre Island gave a grateful Dr. Kathryn Perez, an assistant professor biology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a rewarding “distraction free environment” to be able to focus on reading, writing and thinking about her research. Read the full release.

UTRGV grant from AXA Research Fund will support study of flood risk in Valley colonias

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 27, 2016 – A $250,000 award from the AXA Research Fund to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will enable researchers to study the flood risks of one of the state’s most vulnerable populations – those living in Texas coast colonias. Read the full release.

UTRGV 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s CHAPS program garners Merit Award from Texas Historical Commission

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 25, 2016 – The Texas Historical Commission has recognized The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) with an Award of Merit for its efforts to preserve Texas’ cultural and historic resources.  Read the full release.

UTRGV, Quinta Mazatlán announce partnership in educational opportunities

McALLEN, TEXAS – MAY 25, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and City of McAllen-Quinta Mazatlán have announced a new partnership to expand educational opportunities in the areas of youth education, economic development and tourism in South Texas. Read the full release.

UTRGV offering new master’s degree in Disaster Studies in fall 2016

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 24, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is now accepting applications for its new Master of Arts in Disaster Studies program, which will be offered at the university for the first time in fall 2016. Read the full release.

UTRGV School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS) awarded NSF grant

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 23, 2015 – The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $464,959 grant to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to expand education and outreach for Hispanics studying geoscience. Read the full release.

UTRGV professors’ border wall exhibit opens June 2 in NYC

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 19, 2016 – The U.S.-Mexico border wall –a hot topic in the looming 2016 presidential elections – is the focus of an art exhibit in New York City organized by two anthropology professors from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Two UTRGV professors participate in panel on Zika virus prevention in South Texas

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 17, 2016 – Dr. Christopher Vitek, UTRGV associate professor of biology, and Dr. John Thomas, UTRGV assistant professor of biology, participated May 17 in a panel discussion on prevention of the Zika virus, organized by Texas Rep. Eddie Lucio III and held at the Brownsville City Plaza. Read the full release.

UTRGV grants first Distinguished Alumni Awards in special ceremony

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 17, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has recognized four outstanding legacy alumni with the university’s first Distinguished Alumni Awards. Read the full release.

AmeriCorps at UTRGV gets grant increase to expand its services to Edinburg Campus

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 17, 2016 – AmeriCorps at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received an increase in grant funding that will subsidize expansion of the program to the Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

Springing into the Future: UTRGV graduates earn degrees at three Saturday ceremonies

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley continued its first spring graduation celebrations on Saturday, May 14, with three commencement ceremonies recognizing the commitment and success of 2,330 graduates. Read the full release.

UTRGV Spring Commencement in Brownsville marks first full academic year

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 13, 2016 – Parents, grandparents, children, friends and family attended the first Spring Commencement ceremony at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Friday evening on the Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts conference to address mental health, substance abuse, HIV prevention

EDINBURG, TEXAS -- MAY 13, 2016 — Addressing a packed ballroom at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Hydeia Broadbent urged healthcare providers and others involved in patient care to make sure they address not just physical but also mental health. Read the full release.

Faculty celebrate completion of semester-long ADVANCE Leadership Initiative program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 13, 2016 – Eighteen faculty members at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley celebrated their graduation recently from the ADVANCE Leadership Institute, at a luncheon held in the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV and UHF hold symposium to address healthcare disparities and access

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2016 – In a pivotal collaboration meant to address the challenges of meeting healthcare needs in underserved areas of the Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and United Health Foundation have come together for a two-day meeting focused on those concerns. Read the full release.

Captioning the Moment: UTRGV spring grads will see their names on the big screen

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 10, 2016 – Graduation is a special time, and not just for graduates; families and friends play a key role in the joy of the day. Read the full release.

First UTRGV Math and Science Academy graduates prepare for next exciting chapter

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 9, 2016 – As the school year was winding down at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 49 students graduating from the Math and Science Academy on the Brownsville Campus reflected on what makes them successful students. Read the full release.

UTRGV and BISD sign Concurrent Enrollment Partnership agreement during ceremony May 6

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MAY 6, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Brownsville Independent School District have formalized a partnership that will provide free concurrent enrollment classes for qualifying BISD “rising” juniors and seniors. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Dr. Malik Rakhmanov recognized for his mentorship of new faculty

First-year UTRGV faculty member Dr. Myoung-Hwan Kim says the advice and guidance he has received from 2016 New Faculty Mentor Award winner Dr. Malik Rakhmanov has helped him make a smooth transition to being a productive junior faculty member. Read the full release.

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. Read the full release.

Free training available to UTRGV students to enhance behavioral healthcare

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 27, 2016 – A $945,000 grant to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will support free training for advanced undergraduate and graduate students pursuing healthcare professions. Read the full release.

UTRGV announces members of football feasibility study committee

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 24, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced today the members of its football feasibility study committee. The group is comprised of university staff, faculty and students, community leaders and special advisors. Read the full release.

UTRGV welcomes 300 male students and fathers to TIES Event on Edinburg Campus

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 22, 2016 – 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.  Read the full release.

UTRGV Engaged Scholar Symposium, Edinburg Campus, highlights student research, service learning, creative works

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 22, 2016 – Sophomore Emily Cole and junior Catarina Gutierrez, both students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, work with brain cancer cells in their Edinburg Campus lab. They look at Parkinson’s and other diseases of the brain, including potential treatments for brain cancer. Read the full release.

UTRGV students judged on research projects, service learning efforts, at Engaged Scholar Symposium, Brownsville Campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 21, 2016 – The annual Engaged Scholar Symposium, held Thursday, April 21, on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, and Friday, April 22, on the Edinburg Campus, highlighted the research work of students during an intense two-day competition. Read the full release.

Climate change is focus of UTRGV speaker symposium during Earth Fest

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –APRIL 20, 2016 – In celebrating our planet, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Office of Sustainability is hosting Earth Fest, starting with three speakers in a symposium addressing environmental concerns.

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Hispanic Outlook releases 2014 data on higher ed schools; UTPA gets high marks

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2016 – As The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley moves forward with its mission to inspire a new generation of college students, its legacy institution, The University of Texas-Pan American, once again has been highlighted in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine’s annual “Top 25 Graduate Schools for Hispanics.”

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UTRGV donors meet students they’ve helped, during annual Endowed Scholarships Luncheon

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2016 – Scholarship donors to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the recipients of their generosity – current students at the university – were able to share their stories of giving and gratitude, April 19 at the Endowed Scholarship Luncheon, held in the Ballroom on the Edinburg Campus.

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Bravo Opera Company puts finishing touches on this weekend’s performances of ‘Street Scene’

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2016 – 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.

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UTRGV’s Dr. Bruce Reed named National Rehabilitation Educator of the Year

Dr. Bruce Reed, UTRGV professor and director of the university’s School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling, has been selected 2016 Rehabilitation Educator of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE). Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Lilia Ramírez named NCRE Undergraduate Student of the Year

Despite challenges that could overwhelm students many years younger, the native of Mexico graduated from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in December 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services with an addictions studies concentration. And this month, she picks up a special honor: She has been named Undergraduate Student of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE). Read the full release.

ASPIRE tutor named UTRGV Student Employee of the Year on Brownsville Campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 15, 2016 – Hard work and dedication paid off for Kathy Alison Gómez. The physics education major was named UTRGV Student Employee of the Year for the Brownsville Campus, during a luncheon Friday, April 15, on the Brownsville Campus.

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UTRGV University Productions to present La Gringa

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 15, 2016 – UTRGV University Productions concludes its final Mainstage spring 2016 theatre season with the comedy La Gringa by Carmen Rivera, 7:30 p.m. April 20-23 and 2 p.m. April 24, at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre, Arts & Humanities Building (ARHU) on the Edinburg Campus.

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Community gathers to remember musician, scholar, folklorist and friend: Américo Paredes

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 14, 2016 – An audience of students, faculty, staff and community members listened attentively to fond reminiscences and stories about Américo Paredes – musician, scholar, activist, folklorist and beloved native son – during “A Texas-Mexican Centennial: The Legacies of Américo Paredes.”

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UTRGV student employees honored during Edinburg ceremony and luncheon

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 14, 2016 – The benefits of on-campus student employment, as well as the invaluable contributions student employees make to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, were showcased at an April 14 Student Employment Award Ceremony in the Ballroom on the Edinburg Campus.

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UTRGV donors meet students they’ve helped, during annual Endowed Scholarships Luncheon

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 13, 2016 – A group of UTRGV scholarship donors were able to meet the students who have benefitted from those gifts, during the Endowed Scholarships Luncheon held April 12 in the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus.

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UTRGV senior lecturer named Texas Public Health Association Fellow for work on crisis epidemiology

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 13, 2016 – Carolyn Elizabeth Cuevas, senior lecturer in the College of Health Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been recognized as a Fellow by the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA).

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UTRGV professor receives Community Service Award from NAHRO Texas Chapter

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 11, 2016 – Since 2012, Dr. Francisco Guajardo has shared his time, knowledge and ideas with the families and staff at the Edinburg Housing Authority (EHA).

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Expansion of Rehabilitation Services program to Brownsville is big draw for students

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 11, 2016 – Brownsville native Richard Clayton, a 52-year-old junior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, may be twice the age of his 26-year-old classmate Summer Soto, but the years between them are negligible due to their bond: Both are veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces. 

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Teacher Jobs Expo at UTRGV draws recruiters from near and far to hire education graduates

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 7, 2016 – The word has spread throughout K-12 schools in Texas: Set up a table at the Teacher Jobs Expo, hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, if you want to find great bilingual teachers.

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UTRGV cohosting centennial celebration for Brownsville author Américo Paredes

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –APRIL 7, 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.

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Added Dimension: UTRGV chemistry department grant will fund 3D printers

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 6, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Chemistry Department will soon own three 3D printers, increasingly important tools in education and research.

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Discover UTRGV Tour goes on the road to visit San Antonio on April 9

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 5, 2016 – UTRGV representatives will make a stop in San Antonio on Saturday, April 9, as part of the university’s Discover UTRGV Tour.

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UTRGV student marketing chapter has strong showing at AMA conference

EDINBURG, TEXAS – APRIL 4, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association garnered awards in the AMA annual competition in New Orleans.

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Chess Team returns with second place trophy in ‘Final Four of College Chess’

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 3, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley chess team finished second at this weekend’s national championship tournament in New York City. It was the highest finish for a university from the Valley since 2010, when The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College also finished second at the prestigious tournament. Read the full release.

Master Chorale ‘sings for its supper’ at Winter Haven Resort noonday concert

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 31, 2016 – The melodious sounds of Broadway musicals, movie tunes and a variety of operas filled the clubhouse of Brownsville’s Winter Haven Resort, as music students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley serenaded an enthusiastic audience on Wednesday, during a volunteer appreciation luncheon.

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Discover UTRGV Tour goes on the road to visit Corpus Christi on March 30

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 28, 2016 – UTRGV representatives will make a stop in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, March 30, as part of the university’s Discover UTRGV Tour. Read the full release.

Second STITCH Symposium highlights collaboration between UTRGV and community

McALLEN, TEXAS -- MARCH 25, 2016 – UTRGV and its School of Medicine faculty and administrators learned just how interwoven they are with each other and the community, during the “STITCH It Up” symposium held Thursday at the McAllen Convention Center. Read the full release.

UTRGV welcomes 42 new residents in 2016 School of Medicine Match

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 25, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV legacy alumnus Palomarez presented with AACSB’s Influential Leaders Award

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 23, 2016 – Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and a 1986 graduate in finance from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's legacy institution UT Pan American, was recognized March 23 as one of the first 100 AACSB Influential Leaders. Read the full release.

UTRGV joins national initiative to increase graduation rates for underrepresented minority students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 23, 2016 – 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.  Read the full release.

High achievers seek extra academic challenges in UTRGV Honors College

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 23, 2016 – Lorena Guerra, a senior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, had her sights set on becoming a dentist when she graduated from Donna High School in 2012. When she entered college that fall, she began the necessary pre-dental courses such as biology and chemistry. Read the full release.

UTRGV celebrates launch of $54 Million Academic Building on Brownsville Campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 22, 2016 – Lively percussion from the School of Music drumline started the noonday Tuesday program celebrating the first building to begin construction on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán earn trip to nation’s capital

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 17, 2016 – The UTRGV Ballet Folklórico and the university’s Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán spent part of Spring Break performing their hearts out at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) South Conference. Read the full release.

UTRGV Rotaract Club students spend Spring Break volunteering in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 16, 2016 – This week, UTRGV students have a wide range of plans for their time off during Spring Break. Some plan to relax, some opt for fun in the sun, and others have decided to volunteer. Read the full release.

UTRGV PA team wins state Medical Challenge Bowl, headed for national bowl in May

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 16, 2016 – A team of three students from the Physician Assistant Studies program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley topped 26 other teams to take first place in the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) 2016 Medical Challenge Bowl. Read the full release.

UTRGV student puts gratitude into words to win ‘Family of the Year’ essay contest

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 16, 2016 – Jimena Rivera, a junior majoring in social work at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, personifies the many benefits of parental involvement in a child’s education. Read the full release.

UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science expands Brownsville Campus offerings

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 11, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Wednesday the expansion of engineering and computer science programs at the Brownsville Campus.  Read the full release.

Discover UTRGV goes on the road to visit Laredo on March 12

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 11, 2016 – To help connect with potential students and parents interested in joining The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley family, the university will make a stop in Laredo during its Discover UTRGV Tour on Saturday, March 12.  Read the full release.

UTRGV continues celebration of International Women’s day on Brownsville Campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 11, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

Hard work is rewarded at UTRGV International Women’s Day celebration

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 8, 2016 — 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. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Mora receives national award for efforts on diversity, higher education

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 8, 2016 – Dr. Marie Mora’s passion for issues related to Hispanic educational attainment and quality began when she was a teenager growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s Villalobos receives national honor for higher education service, teaching

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 8, 2016 – Dr. Cristina Villalobos, President’s Endowed Professor of Mathematics at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, says her drive to create more opportunities for students to pursue and excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) took root when she was an undergraduate student at UT Austin. Read the full release.

UTRGV Society of Physics Students named ‘Outstanding Chapter’

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MARCH 7, 2016 – Demonstrating the wonders of physics and inspiring the next generation of physicists has earned the UTRGV Society of Physics Students (SPS) honors as an Outstanding Chapter for 2015 by the SPS National Council. Read the full release.

Children’s authors fascinate young audiences during UTRGV’s FESTIBA week

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 4, 2016 – Fourth- and fifth-graders at Emiliano Zapata Elementary School were in stitches March 4, as award-winning author Jon Scieszka talked about his adventures growing up with five brothers. Read the full release.

UTRGV Graduate Fair provides important guidance on graduate application process

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 4, 2016 –The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held the first Graduate Fair this semester, where participants were able to learn more about the UTRGV Graduate College. Read the full release.

UTRGV’s fall 2015 student enrollment ranks high in UT System and statewide

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s fall 2015 enrollment of 28,584 students makes it the ninth-largest four-year public university in Texas, and the fourth-largest within The University of Texas System. Read the full release.

UTRGV P-16 Outreach receives grant to fund two-year cycle of student mentors

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. Read the full release.

Four UTRGV A-PRIME TIME student teams present posters at Innovations Conference

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.  Read the full release.

UTRGV University Productions presents “The Miracle Worker” March 2-6

EDINBURG, TEXAS – Feb. 29, 2016 – 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. Read the full Release.

UTRGV celebrates Charro Days with first Charreada on Brownsville Campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 25, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this year celebrated the 79th annual Charro Days event Thursday with its first Charreada and welcomed Mr. Amigo Itatí Cantoral to the Brownsville Campus. Read the full Release.

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. Read the full Release.

UTRGV’s marketing creatives garner numerous awards at local ADDY competition

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 22, 2016 – 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. Read the full Release.

Prospective Vaqueros Discover UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS, FEB. 20, 2016 —  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. Read the full Release.

UTRGV professor becomes Principal for a Day at BISD’s Morningside Elementary

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 19, 2016 – 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. Read the full Release.

UTRGV announces $1M gift from PlainsCapital Bank for scholarships

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 19, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced a $1 million gift from PlainsCapital Bank that will support student scholarships. Read the full Release.

Mack Brown to chair UTRGV’s football feasibility study committee

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 19, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Friday announced the formation of a football feasibility study committee that will be chaired by legendary coach Mack Brown. Read the full Release.

UTRGV faculty member Kurt Martinez performs Feb. 22 in classical, flamenco guitar recital

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 18, 2016 – Dr. Kurt Martinez, internationally recognized guitarist and associate professor of music at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will present a guitar recital on Monday, Feb. 22, featuring works for classical and flamenco guitar. Read the full Release.

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. And to honor the generosity of the Texas-based financial institution, the Student Union Theater on the Edinburg Campus will be named the “PlainsCapital Bank Student Union Theater.” Read the full release.

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. A graduate student working on her Master of Business Administration at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Caballero combines her talent for taxes with an interest in helping others in her part-time job with United Way. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts 14th annual Friendship Dance for Exceptional Children

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 5, 2016 – It didn't take long after the music started for hundreds of children, joined by parents and teachers, to take to the dancefloor at the Health and Physical Education Building II gymnasium at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg Campus. Read the full release.

UTRGV Grupo Folklórico Tizatlán dancer selected as 2016 Charro Days poster model

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 5, 2016 – The 2016 Charro Days poster will forever be a favorite one for Santa Estrella and her family, especially for her 14-year-old daughter Kimberly and 7-year-old son Bryan. Read the full release.

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 Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Summit, held Feb. 1-3 at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Read the full Release.

UTRGV hosting early voting sites to cast ballots in upcoming primary election

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 3, 2016 – Early voting sites will be available at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Brownsville and Edinburg campuses for students, faculty, staff and others wanting to cast a ballot in the upcoming Democratic and Republican primary election. Read the full release.

UTRGV marketing chapter named finalist in AMA Collegiate Case Competition

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 3, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s American Marketing Association Collegiate Chapter has been named one of 10 finalists in the AMA Collegiate Case Competition. Read the full release.

UTRGV to help families with financial aid, college applications, March 5 at Super Saturday

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 2, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is teaming up with RGV Focus and other Valley institutions of higher education to host Super Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Read the full Release.

UTRGV to host graduate expo and fairs to help students prepare for grad school

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 1, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is hosting information sessions at its Brownsville and Edinburg campuses to assist those who are considering furthering their education. Read the full Release.

UTRGV partners with City of Weslaco and WEDC on entrepreneurial hub project

WESLACO, TEXAS – JAN. 29, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has partnered with the City of Weslaco and the Weslaco Economic Development Center (WEDC) to help support the university’s ongoing efforts to enhance its entrepreneurship infrastructure and strengthen the economic viability of Valley communities. Read the full Release.

Distinguished Speaker Series brings on the ‘awesome’ with award-winning Neil Pasricha

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 29, 2016 – Motivational speaker Neil Pasricha, the first guest in the Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) to come to the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, shared his recent breakthroughs in the study of happiness, and inspired members of the audience to seek their full potential. Read the full Release.

UTRGV graduate student gets her feet wet with blue carbon research, during NOAA internship

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 27, 2016 – Leticia Contreras, a biology graduate student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, loves field work – even if it means spending hours outdoors, generally in heat and humidity and surrounded by brackish water. Read the full Release.

Book of poetry by UTRGV grad student Amalia Ortiz drawing national praise

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 25, 2016 – Amalia Ortiz has built her career on a love of poetry and performance, becoming a nationally known spoken-word poet and slam poetry artist. Read the full release.

International group of archaeozoologists holds first meeting in United States at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JAN. 22, 2016 – 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. Read the full release.

Ballet Folklórico UTRGV presents Alegría 2016

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 22, 2016 – The Ballet Folklórico UTRGV will present its annual concert series, Alegría 2016, with six shows on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses. Read the full Release.

UTRGV student film a finalist in 100 Hour Film Race; seeking votes for Audience Choice Award

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 21, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is once again a finalist in an international film competition and is asking for the community’s voting support to garner top prize. Read the full release.

Father-son student team creates fitness app for gaming enthusiasts

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 21, 2016 – Sergio H. Nuñez, a 41-year-old senior computer science major, and Sergio A. Nuñez, a 20-year-old junior computer engineering major, are not only students at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; they also are father and son. Read the full Release.

UTRGV ROTC commissions three cadets at December ceremony

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JAN. 21, 2016 – Three cadets from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) were commissioned Dec. 18 during a ceremony held at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre on the Edinburg campus. Read the full Release.

Sen. Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa gifts $50,000 to UTRGV to support his endowment

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JAN. 20, 2016 – From the fields of Peñitas to the halls of the Texas Capitol, State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-20) says he has created a political legacy he could never have achieved without family, friends and supporters. Read the full Release.

UTRGV, ARN welcome eight postdoc women to discuss STEM faculty opportunities

EDINBURG, TEXAS – JAN. 15, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the ADVANCE Regional Network (ARN) hosted a Post-Doctorate Workshop and Job fair Jan. 14-15 on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus, to help recruit women postdocs in STEM-related fields into faculty positions within the ARN network of universities. Read the full Release.

UTRGV Campus Carry Working Group Releases Interim Recommendations Report

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 14, 2016 – The Senate Bill 11 Campus Carry Working Group at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced it has completed its interim recommendations report. Read the full Release.

UTRGV’s Mathematics and Science Academy expanding to Edinburg Campus in fall 2016

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 13, 2016 – When Stephanie Hernandez’s mother first told her that she could complete two years of college concurrently with her last two years of high school tuition-free at the Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA), she knew it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up. Read the full Release.

UTRGV finishes as Flag Football National Runner-up

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 13, 2016 – Hoosier Daddy, UTRGV’s flag football team, finished second in the nation in the men’s division of the 2015 NIRSA National Flag Football Championships, held Jan. 2-4 at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Read the full release.

Motivational speaker Neil Pasricha bringing ‘Awesome’ to UTRGV community

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 13, 2016 – UTRGV Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to learn about “The 3 A’s of Awesome” from motivational speaker Neil Pasricha on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the TSC Arts Center on the Brownsville Campus. Read the full release.

Vackars give more than $2 million to UTRGV for scholarships, largest gift in university history

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 12, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced the largest scholarship gift received in the institution's history – more than $2 million from Robert “Bob” and Janet Vackar, Valley automotive sales giants and longtime supporters of the RGV community. Read the full release.

UTRGV ‘GM-norm’ International Chess Tournament a big success

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 11, 2016 – The first GM-norm International Chess Tournament hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, begun on Tuesday, Jan. 5, ended after the final round on Sunday, Jan. 10. Read the full release.

UTRGV Chess hosts top-titled players at ‘GM-norm’ International Chess Tournament

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 8, 2016 – The first GM-norm International Chess Tournament hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley began on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and will continue throughout the week until the final round is played on Sunday, Jan. 10. Read the full release.

UTRGV bids farewell to 2015 -- a historic, momentous, groundbreaking year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 1, 2016 – Welcome, 2016. Adiós, 2015. 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.  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.

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.

Meet Mariel Gamboa, a UTRGV Spanish translation and interpreting major

December 29, 2015 - Mariel Gamboa - Why UTRGV? I chose UTRGV out of all schools because it offers a great translation and interpreting program. I was on the hunt for a university that offered a bachelor’s in Spanish Translation and Interpreting and I found the perfect place here in the Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV student: 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 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.

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.

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 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.

UTRGV Music Academy

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.

UTRGV vocalists land first place 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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 10, 2015 – Jesus Andrade, a junior kinesiology major at UTRGV, said he considers himself a pretty good athlete. But playing tennis while blindfolded was an eye-opening experience for Andrade – especially while competing against Octavio Magallán, 19, blind, and an accomplished tennis player from Mexico. 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.

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.

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 – Often difficult to discuss, the topics of sexual assault and rape were the focus of the Gender Comm Expo for the Prevention of Sexual Assault and Harassment hosted by the UTRGV Communication Department. 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.

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.

UTMB’s Lieberman launches UTRGV Bio-med Lecture Series with info on med school

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 24, 2015 – 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. 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 health support with fair, clinics at Indian Hills

MERCEDES, Texas, Nov. 20, 2015 — 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. 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 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 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.

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

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 13, 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.

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

UTRGV Student Food Pantry to open on Brownsville campus

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – NOV. 10, 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.

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.

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 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 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 AwardUTRGV 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 A-PRIME TIME holds open house for potential applicants

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 31, 2015 – About 50 future biomedical students attended the Accelerated Professionals Relevant Integrated Medical Education program open house on Saturday, Oct. 31, as part of the Transformational in Medical Education, or TIME, initiative at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 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.

UTRGV STEMS Fun Run rescheduled for Nov. 7

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT 28, 2015 -- The 16th annual STEMS 5K and Three 1-Mile Run/walk originally scheduled for Oct. 24 has been moved to Saturday, Nov. 7. 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.

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.

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.

UTRGV to recognize Accessibility Awareness Month with October events

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 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.

Engineering Technology student wins coveted Siemens design award

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 – OCT 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. “To me, it’s like any other job. Just be ready, work hard, spend the time prepping for class. It's the same I would do in any job,” he said. Read the full release.

Educators learn exciting ways to engage students in STEM at HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

UTRGV #FirstClass celebrates new beginnings, opportunities at The Roundup

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, TEXAS – AUG. 28-29, 2015 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 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. Read the full release.

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

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – AUG. 28, 2015 – The wheels on the Vaquero Express buses will go ’round and ’round all across the Rio Grande Valley starting Monday, Aug. 31, when The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley opens its doors to its #FirstClass of students. Read the full release.

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 – AUGUST 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

UTRGV mechanical engineering professor awarded $3M NSF grant

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.

Student Accessibility Services reaffirms ADA anniversary, inclusive environment at UTRGV

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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 .

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

HARLINGEN, TEXAS – July 20, 2015 – UTRGV School of Medicine names Ronnau senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education 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 .

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 .

Regents’ Teaching Award professor follows family tradition as educator

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JULY 15, 2015 – Dr. Daniel Hunter-Holly, chair of the Music Department at The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and 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. 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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

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

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 .

New UTRGV medical residents to don white coats in special ceremony

Wearing the symbolic white coat for the first time is a pivotal rite of passage for medical students and residents around the country, and on Monday, June 22, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley welcomes its #FirstMatch medical residents on Orientation Day. Read the full release

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

EDINBURG & BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 17, 2015 – These seven Rio Grande Valley faculty members have been selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Teaching Award. 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.

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.

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 Brownsville/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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Texas Gas Service provides support for scholarships to UTRGV students

EDINBURG, TEXAS – 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.

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.

Regents approve tuition rates for UTRGV

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MAY 14, 2015 - The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved a tuition plan for UTRGV that eliminates traditional student fees and provides guaranteed tuition rates aimed to benefit students and their families. 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/Texas Southmost College 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Students get a taste of college life at Discover UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS-APRIL 2, 2015-High school senior Leann Vera and her younger brother Nathaniel Anzaldua, a freshman, traveled from Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande Valley two weekends in a row recently to find out all they could about a new college option - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 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.

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 21 that they will spend their next three to seven years in training as residents at Rio Grande Valley hospitals. 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.

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.

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). 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.

Thanks a million! H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute

HARLINGEN, TEXAS, DECEMBER 18, 2014 -- Christmas came early to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a $1 million gift from H-E-B. Read the full release.

UT and Texas A&M systems announce collaboration to bring more educational opportunities to RGV

HARLINGEN, TEXAS-DECEMBER 17, 2014-Leaders from The University of Texas System, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M University-Kingsville have agreed to collaborate to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Wells Fargo invests in success at UTB/TSC, UTPA, & UTRGV

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –DECEMBER 15, 2014 – Wells Fargo continues to demonstrate its support for higher education in the Rio Grande Valley through the company’s generosity to The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, The University of Texas–Pan American and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

UTRGV establishes South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its medical school are poised to become an internationally recognized epicenter for the research and treatment of diabetes and obesity. Read the full release.

STARGATE to launch UTRGV as leader in space exploration research

BROWNSVILLE – Gov. Rick Perry announced today a combined investment of $9 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and The University of Texas System to create a powerful research and technology commercialization partnership that will create limitless possibilities for South Texas. Read the full release.

UTRGV Athletics Branding Steering Committee holds first meeting

HARLINGEN – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is one step closer to establishing its own identity with colors and a team nickname to embody the new university, representing the entire Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Construction begins on first new building for UTRGV medical school

EDINBURG – Medical, academic and community leaders from throughout South Texas gathered Tuesday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Medical Academic Building, the first new construction for the UTRGV School of Medicine. Read the full release.

UT Regents Approve Academic Structure of UTRGV

The University of Texas Board of Regents Thursday approved the academic structure of the new UT Rio Grande Valley, taking an essential step forward in making the new university and medical school a reality. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has also approved the structure. Read the full release.

Ground breaking for building to support UTRGV medical education will be held Tuesday

Medical, academic and community leaders from The University of Texas System and across South Texas will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new UT Rio Grande Valley Medical Academic Building. Read the full release.

Decision on UTRGV administrative headquarters to be postponed; focus will be on classrooms and research facilities

A decision on the location for the proposed administrative headquarters for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be postponed indefinitely in order to focus on more pressing priorities, such as providing classrooms and research facilities for students and faculty – a move that will directly benefit not only the campus population but the entire region, President Guy Bailey announced today. Read the full release.

Suggestions invited via survey for UTRGV mascot, colors

Guy Bailey, president of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, announced today the development of a new institutional wordmark for use in the university’s academic and administrative print and digital publications, many of which need to be produced now to reach new, prospective students for the 2015 entering class. Read the full release.

Message from UTRGV President Guy Bailey on hiring timelines for the founding faculty and staff at UTRGV

Friends, I am pleased to be in the Valley at this important time for this new institution.  As we look forward to welcoming UTRGV’s first students in Fall 2015, I want to share with you some key events that are shaping UTRGV right now and will shape it further in the next few months.Read the full release.

South Texas health care leaders dedicate UTRGV simulation hospital

HARLINGEN – The UTRGV Smart Hospital, designed and built using $10 million in funding from the UT System Board of Regents, is equipped with the latest in medical simulation technology to provide hands-on training to current and future doctors, nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Read the full release.

Regents approve medical degree program for UTRGV

AUSTIN – In another historic step in the march to higher education opportunities for the Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday unanimously approved the establishment of a doctor of medicine degree at UT Rio Grande Valley. Read the full release.

Regents approve admissions standards for UTRGV

AUSTIN – The University of Texas System Board of Regents Thursday approved admissions criteria for first-time students, transfer students and graduate students at UT Rio Grande Valley, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. Read the full release.