The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Office for Sustainability Division of Finance and Administration

Academics and Research

Our world needs a new kind of professional. At UTRGV, that’s what our bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate learning experience delivers. With more than 120 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, we are driven by visionary thinking, the most modern technology, internationally acclaimed faculty, and offerings necessary for students to achieve career success and make a difference in the Valley, the Americas, and the world.  Below includes some of the highlights which were featured in our assessment for AASHE STARS.  This is why it is important to participate in the annual surveys from the Office for Sustainability.  Is your college or school represented? (NOTE: Webpage is Under Development)

  • College of Health Affairs

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    The UTRGV Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MPAS) will continue its efforts to prepare graduates in healthcare professions over the next three years. The ARC-PA has approved to expand the class size of 65 effective August 2017, 80 effective August 2018 and 100 effective August 2019.

    The UTRGV Physician Assistant (PA) program has been recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2015-17 award cycle. This is the second confirmation of the program’s efficacy. The numerous ways faculty members use iPads include designing online courses and supplementing live courses, grading video assessments, communicating asynchronously with students and other faculty, and projecting presentations in class through Apple TV-equipped classrooms.

    UTRGV’s nursing programs received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is a national accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education that reviews undergraduate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. It is a voluntary, self-regulatory process in which programs undergo peer reviews. Full accreditation means that the nursing programs meet or exceed standards accepted by nursing education programs throughout the country.

    The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program is a comprehensive career development program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) / National Institutes of Health Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS). The program supports the training of undergraduates on UTRGV’s campuses in conducting research, with the overall goal of preparing and placing them in research intensive biomedical / behavioral Ph.D. programs across the country.

    The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved the leasing of a building located at 2300 E. Dove Ave by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. The facility will expand UTRGV’s footprint in the Valley and create ever-expanding opportunities for research that will positively affect healthcare, education and economic development in the region. 

  • College of Education & P-16 Integration

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    A team comprised of a partnership between UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 Integration and the Harlingen CISD was selected via competitive process to attend the national Teach to Lead Summit in Washington, D.C., in early November. The theme of the proposal was improving teacher preparation field experience for bilingual teachers.

     

    More than 70 students from UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 Integration have experienced a real-life classroom through a virtual reality environment. The software offers students and faculty a unique mixed virtual reality environment, where they can interact in real-time with student and parent avatars in scenarios ranging from behavior management in the classroom, the teacher introducing new content, or a parent-teacher conference.

    Dr. Karen Watt, professor in the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration’s Department of Organization and School Leadership, will be compete in her this Ironman competition in Panama City, Florida.

    The “Girls Adventuring in Math, Engineering and Science” (GAMES) camp, is a branch of P-16 Outreach’s Mother and Daughter Program (MDP), which focuses on improving mother/daughter relationships while encouraging and supporting the completion of high school and pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The summer camp gives students the opportunity to explore engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contact with women professionals in STEM fields.

    UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 Integration reached out to districts to explore better ways to educate students from a variety of cultural, economic and social backgrounds, to work together to ensure the success of Valley students. UTRGV brought together administrators from school districts across the Valley to brainstorm about initiatives they have implemented to improve student achievement and better educate an ever-growing and diverse group of students, including English-language learners and students from low-income households.

    The UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 Integration in partnership with Continuing Education began the second annual three-day Critical Issues Leadership Conference. The meeting brought together administrators from local school districts across the Valley along with UTRGV faculty and administrators to discuss best practices in educating an ever-growing and diverse group of students, including English-language learners and students from low-income households.

    Dr. Veronica Estrada, UTRGV professor in the College of Education and P-16 Education, accepted the first McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award at the national inaugural Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE). An ad hoc committee of scholars chose Estrada for the honor based on her research conference presentations, journal publications and other scholarly contributions to her field. 

  • College of Engineering & Computer Science

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    A top researcher in the field of nanotechnology, Dr. Karen Lozano and a fellow mechanical engineering faculty member invented a more efficient way to produce nanofibers through Forcespinning®.

    The College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTRGV unveiled an ambitious plan which includes building relationships with area industries that will foster research and educational opportunities for students, creating an “ecosystem” that attracts and develops new industries, and expanding its facilities and its academic programs.

    South Texas has become a destination for investors interested in renewable energy and options are becoming available in the Rio Grande Valley through programs like Proyecto Azteca. UTRGV's solar panels produce a small percentage of their required energy, but serve as instruction tools that introduce students to renewable energies.  The university has a plan to reach to its students and the Rio Grande Valley.

    UTRGV will house the South Texas Industrial Assessment Center (STIAC), the only Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) in the UT System. The center will conduct energy assessments, at no cost, to local small- and medium-size enterprises identifying opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste and save energy. This program is also designed to benefit graduate and undergraduate students with knowledge and skills in the energy field. The team for this project is made up of COEC professors and colleagues.

    Veronica Gonzales, UTRGV vice president for Governmental and Community Relations, and Velinda Reyes, assistant vice president for Community Programs and Operations, went to Washington, D.C., to participate in a STEM-centered roundtable discussion that is part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper +STEM Initiative. Gonzales and Reyes not only discussed HESTEC, but also shared the latest developments on the long-awaited UTRGV School of Medicine, among other STEM programs offered at the university. 

  • College of Fine Arts

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    A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This is the fourth successfully funded NEA Big Read grant written by Dr. Steven Schneider, professor of Creative Writing in the College of Fine Arts at UTRGV. The university is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2016 and June 2017.

    UTRGV’s Gender and Women's Studies Program (GWSP) got an early holiday present from Humanities Initiatives Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The 20 –month project will be able to bring in consultants and content specialists to share valuable insights on program development and faculty enrichment in the areas of gender, women and sexuality studies. While the specialists will focus on training faculty, the end result will be developing curriculum and courses for students.

    Students, faculty, staff and community members gathered on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus for a remembrance of Américo Paredes – musician, scholar, activist, folklorist and beloved native son of Brownsville. Paredes founded the Mexican American Studies (MAS) program at UT Austin in 1970. The Bachelor of Arts in Mexican American Studies is now offered to students on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus.

    Amalia Ortiz, Albuquerque’s poet laureate, and Jessica Helen Lopez, UTRGV student, featured on the “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry” show will perform Thursday and Friday on both campuses of the university. The show is titled “Más Palabras: Slam Poetry by the City Poet Laureate of Burque.”.

    UTRGV Ballet Folklórico and the Mariachi Aztlán, two well-known and award winning ensembles, represented UTRGV College of Fine Arts as artistic ambassadors, showcasing the rich cultural traditions of our University.

    Marshall University's A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series hosted a free and open to the public reading and cultural discussion panel at the John Deaver Drinko Library Atrium. Emmy Pérez, one of UTRGV’s Associate Professor of Creative Writing, was a featured author promoting diversity within and around the university and greater Huntington communities.

    The Zombie Walk Food Drive focused on helping the UTRGV Student Food Pantry collect food donations to continue serving the student population and make students aware that there is a food pantry available for the public. 

  • College of Liberal Arts

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    Dr. Alfonso Mercado, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at UTRGV has directed his latest research to documenting the effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) within the Latino population. Mercado and his undergraduate students, with the cooperation of Sister Norma Pimentel have started volunteering at the immigrant respite center regularly.

    The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation has generously awarded UTRGV College of Liberal Arts a grant that over the next five years will help develop a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Upon earning this degree, students will be qualified as clinical practitioners, working directly with mental health consumers. They also will be qualified to teach the next generation of clinical psychologists and participate in cutting-edge research.

    Students in the UTRGV Environmental Sociology program dedicated their weekend to learn the ins and outs of the City of Edinburg’s Department of Solid Waste Management and to help find creative solutions to sustainable waste management practices.

    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.” The panel discussed how countries can help define policy approaches to dealing with widespread violence and its byproducts. 

  • College of Sciences

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    UTRGV has been named one of six universities that will participate in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant that will enhance research opportunities for students in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEEMS).

    Brenda Hernandez-Barron, a senior biology major at UTRGV, 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.

    Dr. Christopher A. Gabler, 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.

    Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to UTRGV through the 'IOS Animal Behavior: Sibling influences on vocal babbling and vocal development' project under the direction of Dr. Karl Berg. The project presents a unique opportunity to test if sibling social interactions foster learning processes indirectly, or directly, through provisioning of vocal templates to younger siblings, especially given the large variation in brood size.

    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. Dr. Christopher Vitek, associate professor of biology at UTRGV, and Dr. John Thomas, assistant professor of biology at UTRGV, will be involved in the surveillance activities and will be actively involved in developing a vector biology training certificate program for graduate students at UTRGV.

    Healthcare officials and epidemiologist representing 11 states from both sides of the United States-Mexico border met at UTRGV to plan a pilot gram aimed at monitoring mosquitoes capable of spreading viruses such as Zika as a preventive measure.

    UTRGV houses the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy – founded in 2003 with grants from the National Aeronautic Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. Its scientists and student researchers are key contributors to the first direct detection of gravitational waves.

    Buford Lessley, a UTRGV multidisciplinary sciences graduate student, has monitored the restoration of three resacas in Brownsville and developed an index that will show the health of the ecosystem. The index will include baseline data that private citizens and interest groups can use to plug their numbers and understand the overall health of the resaca.

    Students from the UTRGV chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) hosted the group’s first public health fair. HOSA leaders said they plan to host more fairs that will address geographically pertinent health issues.

    Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) at UTRGV Brownsville campus is the only academy within the University of Texas System. It is built around high school students who are in the 11th and 12th grades. MSA helps students finish their last two years of high school at a university, taking 15 to 18 college-credit hours per semester. 

  • Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship

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    Robert C. Vackar donated to the UTRGV College of Business & Entrepreneurship, which will provide student scholarships for years to come.

    Twelve students from UTRGV’s Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship will have the opportunity to participate in a mentorship program with 12 banks executives in a six-week pilot program, The Great Conversations Mentorship Program, which will offer advice and guidance through one-on-one meetings.

    The presidents of eleven South Texas banks shared their thoughts on the morning-after impact of the recent presidential election, during the annual Border Economics, Development, and Entrepreneurship Symposium (BEDES) held and co-sponsored by UTRGV’s Department of Economics and Finance in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship. The students said BEDES gave them a great opportunity to network with the Federal Reserve officials and local bank presidents and representatives.

    Dr. Marie T. Mora, associate vice provost for Faculty Diversity and professor of economics at UTRGV was invited to the White House to participate in the “Fulfilling America’s Future: Latinas in the U.S.” summit presented by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Events like the summit will increase the visibility of the key economic and social roles that Hispanics, and Hispanic women, are playing in shaping the direction of the country. 

  • School of Medicine

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    The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation gave a donation to UTRGV’s School of Medicine to developed undergraduate and graduate degree programs for the Institute for Neuroscience. The programs will focus on multidisciplinary research, integrated clinical services, educational programs, and community outreach and engagement with hospital partners focusing in the areas of mind/brain health, behavior, and prevention.

    UTRGV, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and the City of McAllen celebrated in a groundbreaking event to transform the Rio Grande Valley with a new facility designed to expand research opportunities, improved healthcare, and increased economic development.

    UTRGV in partnership with Valley Baptist Hospital, RGV Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, the city of Pharr, and Harlingen Medical Center organized a panel as part of a special Legislative Tour. The panelists updated legislators on how the School of Medicine is providing opportunities for economic growth and research, and shared how its residency programs are helping close gaps in healthcare access in a medically underserved area.

    UTRGV’s School of Medicine received a grant from the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., for its Integrated Care Collaborative Unit (ICCU). The School of Medicine has partnered with the Hidalgo County Health Department in operating the community-driven Peña Center, which provides integrated care for adolescents 12-18 years of age who are triply diagnosed at risk with medical, mental health (behavioral issues, ADHD, anger management), and appetitive drive disorders (appetite for alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc.).

    Under the supervision of UTRGV School of Medicine’s faculty and staff, first-year medical students traveled to the Indian Hills community north of Mercedes to administer flu shots for the first time. Having first-year med students administer the shots is another example of how the UTRGV School of Medicine differs from many other medical schools.

    Health promoters in the Indian Hills community in Hidalgo County have been certified as part of a program that is a result of the partnership between UTRGV and the Texas A&M University School of Public Health. They will help inform the people of their community by participating in health clinics. The will offer a service for already certified promoters to continue their education, specializing in mental health. The third part would allow individuals to achieve college credit through the program.

    The La Victoria community is one of six neighborhoods chosen throughout the Valley to which UTRGV sent interprofessional teams of medical students and students from other programs throughout the university, to assess those communities’ needs. Dr. John Ronnau, along with scores of faculty, staff, and students were on hand to perform health screenings, provide information and host activities.

    The South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) Program at UTRGV School of Medicine has been selected to receive the university’s 2017 Community Engaged Scholarship Champions Award. Designed for current and future health professionals, STEER transforms students by providing a community-based educational experience that allows them to make the connection between the environment, public health and medicine. 

  • Continuing Education

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    UTRGV’s Center for Teaching Excellence, a dedicated location where faculty can meet and network, is now open on the Brownsville Campus. The CTE is designed to promote teaching effectiveness across various disciplines and faculty ranks, and to enhance productive connections for faculty research and teaching.

    UTRGV offered a Professional Development Day for Teaching Assistants to develop as instructors and sustain student learning and development. The four sessions offered and each addressed instructional strategies that help with meeting the educational needs of specific student populations.

    LibroMobile presents a reading of the works of two nationally recognized Macondistas: UTRGV Creative Writing and Adjunct MAS Professor, Emmy Pérez as well as Reyna Grande. The authors are widely known for their borderlands narratives and community engaged style, often writing about the subject of marginalized communities, especially women of color.

    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. The workshop aims to bring attention to the Food Bank’s community garden program, which allows individuals to cultivate a range of organic crops at the garden, and take home their produce during harvest.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. 

  • Miscellaneous

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    UTRGV celebrated the advancement of sustainable development through academics at the first annual Project Sin Fronteras Honors Banquet. Five individual professors were recognized for exceeding basic requirements in their efforts to institutionalize sustainable development through academics and research.

    UTRGV’s Compass Leadership Academy was developed to help student and alumni veterans successfully transfer the leadership skills they acquired in the military to university and civilian life. The program is designed to make sure student veterans get the support they need to graduate and find employment. The academy provides a total of 12-hour training for veterans, to help them adapt their skills to their lives since returning to school and work.

    UTRGV has been ranked eighth in the country as one of the Top Online Schools for Doctoral Programs in Education by GradSource.com. UTRGV’s doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction ranked first in two of the website’s categories: affordability, and program prominence.

    Mr. Faraon Torres, a Latino award winning electronic and electrical engineer visited UTRGV to talk about the challenges and opportunities for early career engineers (STEM professionals). He discussed his journey to be an engineer at The Boeing Company, the products he has worked on, anecdotes of lessons learned, and how the landscape of opportunities in STEM is changing.

    Administrators at UTRGV are celebrating over the latest test results by students enrolled in its JumpStart Program. The five-week academic program allows students to focus intensively on reading, writing and/or math. The session includes several key supports that help students succeed, including designated peer mentors and embedded tutors in their classrooms.

    The Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council have continued to build on the city's growing transportation system by moving forward with another cutting-edge trend in mobility - a Community Bike Share Program. Interlocal Cooperation Contract between the city and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley that will allow UTRGV to manage the Community Bike Share Program.

    The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a grant to UTRGV to help STEM students and faculty. The grant will to go toward assisting Minority Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities to enhance their capacity to participate broadly in defense research programs and activities and to increase the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

    Dr. Croyle, VP of Student Success, and Rebecca Gadson, Sr. Associate Dean of Students for Student Involvement held a Q&A session through #FacebookLive. Students had the opportunity to ask questions, live their comments, and gain information about different campus events and activities.

    Journalist Soledad O’Brien walked the red carpet at UTRGV 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. She had the opportunity to open the dialogue and amplify the Latino voice on critical community issues including education, access to health care, and creating opportunities through education.

    As a part of UTRGV’s observance of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, feminist historian Antonia Castañeda presented twice regarding Chicana history in the Education Complex on the Edinburg campus. She hoped successfully to share the real story behind the struggles of Chicanas in America.

    UTRGV presents Laverne Cox the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show-Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” In addition to her acting, she is a renowned speaker that has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country.

    Amazing Latinas took over the third day of HESTEC 2016 on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. Featuring some of the most prominent and successful Hispanic women in the United States, Latina Day also drew mothers and daughters from South Texas to find inspiration for pursuing their dreams.

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted an event to recognize World Aids Day. Here students had the opportunity to learn about AIDS and HIV through activities, games, and brochures. Free confidential HIV tests were also offered to students.

    As part of the university’s commitment to the community, UTRGV’s Edinburg and Brownsville Campus community counseling clinics allow graduate students to hone their skills while on the path to licensing and are open to the public at no charge. Residents also receive mental healthcare at no cost.

    UTRGV held a free event called the #Subculture Urban Art Experience in collaboration with Brownsville Artists and Musicians, Activating Vacancy Arts Incubator and The Kraken Lounge. The event took place as a historic downtown revitalization effort to bring people together from different creative walks of life that showcased their work, and created an interactive environment while promoting art and culture.

    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. CAMPs are educational programs that serve students from migrant or seasonal farmworker families, and assist students in their first year of college with academic, personal and financial support.

    UTRGV’s CHAPS Program designed, developed and launched the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail in February 2015, in an effort to permanently mark the sesquicentennial observation of the last land battle of the American Civil War, which took place at Palmito Ranch Battlefield in Brownsville. The CHAPS Program has continued its efforts to provide regional educators with professional development training to teach Rio Grande Valley K-12 students about the area’s role in the Civil War.

    The Society of Historical Archaeology (SHA) has selected the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) Program at UTRGV to receive its 2017 award at the SHA’s 50th annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas. The program promotes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring and creating awareness of local cultural and natural history. CHAPS faculty has also developed innovative local archeology-related curriculum and teacher workshops, to help educate elementary to high school students throughout the region about their cultural and natural heritage.

    UT Rio Grande Valley, the City of Weslaco, and the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation have signed an agreement to redevelop a building that will house the university’s Center for Innovation and Commercialization and a new business incubator.

    Students at UTRGV 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. The pilot program will engage three cohorts over three semesters, providing 90 internships. Each semester-long internship position will provide meaningful work assignments and a learning component related to the students’ academic majors.

    The University of Texas System – “Living Well: Make it a Priority” Worksite Health & Wellness program has partnered with all UT institutions to provide UT SELECT Medical plan members a free, user-friendly and mobile Activity Challenge Platform. Throughout the year, different wellness challenges will be offered and will focus on a health behavior such as physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and more.

    UTRGV 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.

    South Texas College collaborated with seven Valley school districts. The college proposed creating partnerships with local school districts, employers and other higher education institutions to try to better understand and prepare students for jobs in nursing and computer science, two of the most in-demand jobs in the area.

    U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11), who represents the Cleveland-Akron area of Ohio and attended last year at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), sent a delegation from her district to HESTEC 2016 to learn more about the weeklong event.

    During the kickoff of HESTEC’s Student Leadership Day at the UTRGV, local high school student heard the story of Luis Alcantara immigrating to the United States from Uruguay and rose to become a vice president at Toyota Motor North America. Another highlight of Student Leadership Day was an appearance by the engineer founder of Limbitless Solutions, who spoke about creating “3D hope” — the idea that technological innovation can serve as a force for good in the world.

    Heriberto Reynoso’s thriving business called Reybotics produces robots and other robotic equipment. He shared his experience with high school students during a breakout session Tuesday at HESTEC Student Leadership Day. His experiences later garnered him prestigious internships, including one at NASA, scholarships and, ultimately, the opportunity to start his own business.

    UTRGV has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University (RMU), a nonprofit university in the Muang District in northeastern Thailand. This MOU serves to create a means for cooperative efforts between UTRGV and RMU for academic interchange of faculty, students, and academic and research information between the two institutions.

    UTRGV and the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas signed a new Memorandum of Understanding that will provide renewed collaborative opportunities to students, faculty and staff at both border institutions. The MOU provides for cooperative efforts to promote academic interchange of faculty and students, joint research projects, exchange of academic publications, reports and other information, and collaborative professional development, among other activities as approved by both institutions.

    One of three scrolls celebrating the ongoing relationship between UTRGV and Hengyang Normal University (HYNU) in China established opportunities for faculty from then UT Pan American and HYNU, to study and conduct research on each other’s campuses. The agreement carried over to UTRGV in fall 2015.

    Twenty-six articulation agreements signed between UTRGV 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.

    The State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican American studies textbook in a preliminary vote Wednesday morning. Historians from colleges and universities across Texas repeated their concerns that the Mexican American textbook has hundreds of factual errors and perpetuates stereotypes of Mexican people. Christopher Carmona, a Mexican American studies professor at UTRGV Brownsville campus testified that the book’s thesis is that Latino culture challenges American cultural ideals.

    A group of students from the UTRGV has submitted a petition to the school's president to make the university a sanctuary campus. We report on how the uncertainty of their future in this country has led the students to submit that petition.