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Experience the hidden culture of the Maya, in a special exhibit at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 22, 2017 – "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed," a special exhibit showcasing the architecture and art of Mayan civilization, is currently being installed at UTRGV and will be launched in conjunction with the opening of HESTEC Week.

"Maya" will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from Oct. 2, 2017, to Jan. 5, 2018, in the UTRGV Visitors Center on the Edinburg Campus, 1201 W. University Drive.

Experience the hidden culture of the Maya, in a special exhibit at UTRGV
HESTEC Week at UTRGV

UTRGV is celebrating the 16th anniversary of HESTEC – Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology Week – which runs Oct. 1-7, 2017.

Thousands of middle and high school students, educators and parents will visit UTRGV campuses for presentations by world-renowned speakers and interactive educational exhibits, and to take part in dynamic robotics competitions and more.

HESTEC Week at UTRGV
Added Valor: UTRGV hosts collaborative Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 29, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and the Division of Governmental and Community Relations on Friday, Sept. 29, hosted the Valor Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit, bringing together community organizations and university faculty to discuss how to expand their collaboration.

Added Valor: UTRGV hosts collaborative Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit
UTRGV receives $21.2 million GEAR UP grant

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 2, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $21.2 million over the next seven years, to operate the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).The grant was announced Sunday, Oct. 1, on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus, as the university kicked off its 16th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week.

UTRGV receives $21.2 million GEAR UP grant
Legislators Awards Dinner opens HESTEC Week at UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 2, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley launched the 2017 Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week with a Legislators Reception and Awards Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the University Ballroom at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus.

Legislators Awards Dinner opens HESTEC Week at UTRGV
Educator Day events encourage teachers to cultivate students

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 2, 2017 – Stephen Ritz considers himself a farmer, but he doesn't consider the fruits and vegetables he and his students plant as his main crop. "I'm a people farmer," Ritz, the CEO of Green Bronx Machine based in the South Bronx, said. "My job is to plant seeds."

Educator Day events encourage teachers to cultivate students
Grand Hank the Hip-Hop Scientist rocks the house on Student Leadership Day

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 3, 2017 – Science teachers don't typically use elements like hip-hop music in their lesson plans. But Tyraine Ragsdale is anything but typical. Better known as Grand Hank, the Hip-Hop Scientist, Ragsdale is a master scientist and television personality who is trying to change the way science teachers … well, teach.

Grand Hank the Hip-Hop Scientist rocks the house on Student Leadership Day
Careers take the spotlight during annual Fall Career Expo in Brownsville

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2017 –As part of HESTEC 2017 events, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley held its annual Fall Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus

Careers take the spotlight during annual Fall Career Expo in Brownsville
Mothers and daughters enjoy inspirational messages during Latina Day at UTRGV

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 4, 2017 –Hundreds of high school girls and their mothers learned about the educational and career opportunities that await them – and about the power of hard work and ambition – during the 16th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The girls and their mothers attending Wednesday’s Latina Day heard from community leaders at the UTRGV Fieldhouse on the Edinburg Campus about the importance of setting goals, following their dreams, developing strong networking and communication skills and staying positive.

Mothers and daughters enjoy inspirational messages during Latina Day at UTRGV
HESTEC’s Robotics Day showcases middle and high school students’ talents

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 5, 2017 –Hundreds of middle school and high school students from across the Valley gathered in Brownsville at the Jacob Brown Building-Auditorium for HESTEC Robotics Day.

The students built Lego robots, which they used to compete in a series of challenges, including a search and rescue maze, a race and an obstacle course.

HESTEC’s Robotics Day showcases middle and high school students’ talents
Hernandez enjoys working with UTRGV’s HESTEC events

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 8, 2017 –When Milton Hernandez first joined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to oversee Robotics Day, it was September, one month before the event was supposed to be held.

Hernandez had to come in with a plan, and though it was not perfect, each year since then he has come closer to getting down the minor details.

Hernandez enjoys working with UTRGV’s HESTEC events



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

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.

Sue the Dinosaur
Rubén Hinojosa Honored for his years of service to HESTEC

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.

HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner
Valley educators gather at UTRGV to open 15th HESTEC Week

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.

HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner
Congressional delegation from Ohio takes in HESTEC first hand to replicate at home

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.

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

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.

HESTEC USDA
HESTEC QUICK HIT: Educators channel their inner rappers at HESTEC

Teachers from school districts across the Rio Grande Valley sang songs about algebra, played with matches to learn about chemical reactions and explored career options for their students among other activities, during a range of breakout sessions Monday at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Conference Educator Day.

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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.

 HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus Group photo
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.

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

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

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

Girl power rules third day of HESTEC 2016
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.

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

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

HESTEC 2016 in Brownsville: Recruiters visit UTRGV Brownsville Campus to share information on employment opportunities
HESTEC QUICK HIT: Middle School Challenge blends science and fun for thousands of students during HESTEC

EDINBURG, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg Campus is welcoming about 4,000 middle school students throughout the week to learn about what exciting opportunities await them in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the Middle School Challenge.

HESTEC QUICK HIT: Middle School Challenge blends science and fun for thousands of students during HESTEC
Sixty-five area school teams compete in lively HESTEC 2016 Robotics Day

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCT. 6, 2016 – The five-person robotics club team from San Isidro High School was the first to arrive at The University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyHESTEC 2016 Robotics Day competition, held this year for the first time in Brownsville, at the TSC Jacob Brown Memorial Convention Center.

Sixty-five area school teams compete in lively HESTEC 2016 Robotics Day
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.

Harlingen High School wins HESTEC Navy SeaPerch Challenge on home turf




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RADIO & TV
  • KMBH 99 FM: Mario Muñoz did a roughly two-minute hot mic on Wednesday’s HESTEC activities, talking about the expansion into Brownsville with the Career Expo (from Cheryl’s story), then moving on to Latina Day and the two keynotes (from Melissa’s stories). He also played the full audio on both Quotes of the Day, one for Sara Martinez Tucker and one for Rosa Flores. (Audio is not available because it was live on-air, but I heard it during a morning drive-time segment, about 8:20 a.m.)
  • KGBT- TV 4: "UTRGV - HESTEC - Hispanic Engineering and Technology Week"


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

The White House says The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is doing a great job of helping Latinos get a quality education, and on Sept. 15 named it a “Bright Spot” in the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

White House names UTRGV a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education”
Thousands make the first UTRGV HESTEC memorable at Community Day

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.

Thousands make the first UTRGV HESTEC memorable at Community Day
Vaqueros meet prospective employers at Fall Career Expo during HESTEC 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.

Vaqueros meet prospective employers at Fall Career Expo during HESTEC 2015
PSJA Southwest High School wins U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge at HESTEC

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.

PSJA Southwest High School wins U.S. Navy SeaPerch Challenge at HESTEC
Confidence takes center stage at HESTEC's Latina Day Fashion Show

Hundreds of Latinas heard that message loud and clear as they watched models of all ages, shapes, and sizes hit the runway at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Fieldhouse on Latina Day, to watch the first-ever HESTEC Fashion Show.

Confidence takes center stage at HESTEC's Latina Day Fashion Show
Participants say HESTEC’s Latina Day helped empower and encourage

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.

Participants say HESTEC’s Latina Day helped empower and encourage
Country music star Chris Young highlights HESTEC 2015 Community Day on Oct. 10

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.

Country music star Chris Young highlights HESTEC 2015 Community Day on Oct. 10
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises HESTEC, urges Valley students to go to college

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.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praises HESTEC, urges Valley students to go to college
Students gain hands-on insight into STEM career possibilities during HESTEC 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.

Students gain hands-on insight into STEM career possibilities during HESTEC 2015
Soledad O'Brien talks voting, Latinos, and which issues are really of interest

Journalist Soledad O'Brien walked the red carpet at UTRGV on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, before taking to the stage for her 'I am Latino in America' tour panel discussion. Her appearance was in conjunction with HESTEC 2015, the UTRGV Distinguished Speakers Series and INGENUITY.

Soledad O'Brien talks voting, Latinos, and which issues are really of interest
Gov. Abbott, astronaut Harris, encourage students during HESTEC's Student Leadership Day

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at UTRGV during HESTEC's Student Leadership Day on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. He urged students to meet challenges head on and determine their own destiny.

Gov. Abbott, astronaut Harris, encourage students during HESTEC's Student Leadership Day
Educators learn exciting ways to engage students in STEM at HESTEC

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).

Educators learn exciting ways to engage students in STEM at HESTEC
UTRGV celebrates new Science Research Building with ceremonial groundbreaking during HESTEC

UTRGV Founding President Guy Bailey welcomed visitors to the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new university's $70 million Science Research Building, Monday, Oct. 5, during the first day of HESTEC activities.

HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner
HESTEC leaders: Hispanics are key to the nation’s success

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.

HESTEC leaders: Hispanics are key to the nation’s success
Area superintendents gather at HESTEC for leadership breakfast, round table discussion

Area schools superintendents gathered for breakfast and round table dialogue with national government leaders, corporate partners and administrators and faculty of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, during the HESTEC Superintendents Leadership Breakfast, held Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, on the Edinburg Campus

Area superintendents gather at HESTEC for leadership breakfast, round table discussion
HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner

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.

HESTEC launches 14th year with UTRGV Congressional Dinner