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Healthy Holidays Lunch & Learn Brings Community Organizations Together

Posted on December 21th, 2018

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UTRGV Continuing Education partnered with the UTRGV Nutrition Science Program in support of the Food Bank of RGV to offer a Healthy Holidays Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, December 19th. This workshop offered participants the chance to enjoy a healthy menu prepared with organic produce from the community garden, Gem Valley Farm, of the Food Bank of the RGV. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank to aid in their efforts to provide access to organic produce to persons experiencing food insecurity.

Lisa MB Salinas, PhD, RDN, LDN from the UTRGV Nutrition Science Program led participants in a discussion of the nutritional facts of the chosen ingredients and explored how to make healthy food choices. Participants were able to discuss how to make healthy life-changes and learn scientifically-backed nutritional information. Leading the workshop for a second year, chef and sommelier Eva Paschal ran a food demonstration using fresh farm-to-table produce and other natural ingredients to create a delicious and healthy meal. Participants learned new recipes and sampled a variety of wholesome dishes while learning how to contribute to their community.

Also present at the Lunch & Learn was Josue Cuellar, a representative and farmer from the Food Bank’s Gem Valley Farm initiative. Cuellar talked to the participants about the program’s goals and how they could become involved in the initiative as well. Gem Valley Farm aims to teach the community how to grow their own food in a sustainable manner and welcomes volunteers.

The Food Bank of the RGV has grown to become the sixth largest food bank in distribution in the state of Texas. They have been tirelessly working to promote growing food naturally in the hopes of minimizing hunger and food insecurity in the area. Events like the Healthy Holiday Lunch & Learn workshop provide an opportunity for the community to come together to make a difference.

 


UTRGV partners with university in Reynosa to train faculty for the Bilingual International Sustainability Education Model

Posted on November 8th, 2018

The Universidad Tecnologica de Tamaulipas Norte (UTTN), in Reynosa, Tamps, Mexico, successfully completed 10 week training in Pedagogical Foundations at UTRGV. More than 30 UTTN faculty participated in the customized training, which was designed to help them develop techniques to prepare and teach course content in the English language. On Nov. 3, the training culminated at the UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site with interactive team presentations by participants on topics of their choosing.


McAllen, Texas- The Universidad Tecnologica de Tamaulipas Norte (UTTN), in Reynosa, Tamps., Mexico, successfully completed a 10-week training in Pedagogical Foundations at UTRGV.

More than 30 UTTN faculty participated in the customized training, which was designed to help them develop techniques to prepare and teach course content in the English language.

The culminating event, held Nov. 3 at the UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site, included interactive team presentations by participants on topics of their choosing, and incorporated various techniques learned over the 10-week period.

Presentations ranged from Sociocultural Foundations to Electric Circuits Fundamentals, and included videos, team-building strategies and interactive games, along with fully developed lesson plans that were delivered completely in English.

Dr. Parwinder Grewal, UTRGV executive vice president for Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development, at the awards ceremony congratulated each participant. He encouraged the participants to continue the relationship with UTRGV Continuing Education, and to return for a visit or pursue graduate studies at UTRGV.

The new relationship between UTTN and UTRGV is expected to strengthen as other faculty members join the customized training in coming months.

The training is an initiative by UTTN to meet the protocol for groundbreaking modality of public education in Mexico that is bilingual and international offered by technological universities operating in different states throughout the country. Courses at those institutions are offered mostly in English by qualified and certified teaching staff.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu

UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742


Farm-To-Table Fare For A Great Cause

Posted on December 10th, 2018

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UTRGV Continuing Education has partnered with the UTRGV Nutrition Science Program in support of the Food Bank of RGV and their Gem Valley Farm initiative to offer a Healthy Holidays Lunch & Learn session on Wednesday, December 19th. This workshop offers participants the chance to enjoy a healthy menu prepared with organic produce from the community garden of the Food Bank of the RGV. Faculty from the UTRGV Nutrition Science Program will be on hand to explain nutritional facts and discuss how to make healthy food choices Leading the workshop for a second year, chef and sommelier Eva Paschal will run a food demonstration and illustrate how easy it is to prepare heart-healthy, nutritious meals using fresh farm-to-table produce and other natural ingredients.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn about nutrition while also making a positive contribution to the community. Admission is $25 per person and a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank to aid in their efforts to provide access to organic produce to persons experiencing food insecurity. This would be a wonderful gift to give to a family member or friend that is interested in healthy-eating practices. The Food Bank of the RGV has grown to become the sixth largest food bank in distribution in the state of Texas. They have been tirelessly working to promote growing food naturally in the hopes of minimizing hunger and food insecurity in the area. Events like the Healthy Holiday Lunch & Learn workshop provide an opportunity for the community to come together to make a difference. UTRGV Continuing Education will also host a Healthy New Year Lunch & Learn workshop in January with dates to be announced on the UTRGV CE website.

Visit: www.utrgv.edu/ce for details or call 956-665-2071.


UTRGV partners with university in Reynosa to train faculty for the Bilingual International Sustainability Education Model

Posted on November 8th, 2018

The Universidad Tecnologica de Tamaulipas Norte (UTTN), in Reynosa, Tamps, Mexico, successfully completed 10 week training in Pedagogical Foundations at UTRGV. More than 30 UTTN faculty participated in the customized training, which was designed to help them develop techniques to prepare and teach course content in the English language. On Nov. 3, the training culminated at the UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site with interactive team presentations by participants on topics of their choosing.


McAllen, Texas- The Universidad Tecnologica de Tamaulipas Norte (UTTN), in Reynosa, Tamps., Mexico, successfully completed a 10-week training in Pedagogical Foundations at UTRGV.

More than 30 UTTN faculty participated in the customized training, which was designed to help them develop techniques to prepare and teach course content in the English language.

The culminating event, held Nov. 3 at the UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site, included interactive team presentations by participants on topics of their choosing, and incorporated various techniques learned over the 10-week period.

Presentations ranged from Sociocultural Foundations to Electric Circuits Fundamentals, and included videos, team-building strategies and interactive games, along with fully developed lesson plans that were delivered completely in English.

Dr. Parwinder Grewal, UTRGV executive vice president for Research, Graduate Studies and New Program Development, at the awards ceremony congratulated each participant. He encouraged the participants to continue the relationship with UTRGV Continuing Education, and to return for a visit or pursue graduate studies at UTRGV.

The new relationship between UTTN and UTRGV is expected to strengthen as other faculty members join the customized training in coming months.

The training is an initiative by UTTN to meet the protocol for groundbreaking modality of public education in Mexico that is bilingual and international offered by technological universities operating in different states throughout the country. Courses at those institutions are offered mostly in English by qualified and certified teaching staff.

For more information, call the UTRGV Office of Continuing Education at (956) 665-2071, or visit online at www.utrgv.edu/ce.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu

UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742


McAllen Rotary clubs support JSTEM summer PBI program

Posted on April 3, 2018

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The McAllen Founders Rotary Club and the McAllen South Rotary Club each has made a $2,000 donation to the UTRGV Office of Continuing Education to be used as scholarship money for high school students to attend the coming JSTEM (Journalism, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Project Based Inquiry (PBI) program. Seen here are Mario Ysaguirre, McAllen Founders Rotary Club Youth Services director; Don Drefke, McAllen Founders Rotary Club treasurer; Fred del Barrio, president of McAllen Founders Rotary Club; Jayshree Bhat, director of UTRGV Continuing Education; Aaron Barreiro, president of ULEAD Network; Mario Delgado, president-elect, McAllen Founders Rotary Club; and Brent Smith, president nominee, McAllen Founders Rotary Club. (Courtesy Photo)

McALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 26, 2018 – The McAllen Founders and McAllen South Rotary clubs each has made a $2,000 donation to the UTRGV Office of Continuing Education, to be used as scholarship money for high school students to attend the coming JSTEM (Journalism, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Project Based Inquiry (PBI) program.

The donations will be distributed as four individual $1,000 scholarships to selected students from McAllen, Edinburg and Mission.

UTRGV Office of Continuing Education Director Jayshree Bhat said community support from the clubs is important for area students.

“The Rotary members understood that such programs make a significant impact on young minds and help carve their future careers in the STEM and journalism fields,” Bhat said.

Fred Del Barrio, president of McAllen Founders Rotary Club, said the donation was made in honor of two Rotarians who passed away recently: Pete Pranis and Rev. Max Grubb.

“Both of these men were advocates for our youth and their education,” he said.

Dan Worthington, president of McAllen South Rotary Club, said the donation will serve students who otherwise would not have the financial means to participate in the program.

“This program is the type of engagement which not only furthers the Rotary mandate under the Rotary 4 Way Test, but also reflects our commitment to the specialized needs of our community,” he said.

Both Rotary clubs are part of the Illinois-based Rotary International, a global organization that combats community issues and quality of life challenges through education and job training.

The efforts to seek funds from the local Rotary clubs were strongly supported by ULEAD Network, a group of graduates of UTRGV and its legacy institution, The University of Texas-Pan American. The group strives to become an organization that discovers leaders and promotes civic engagement to positively transform the Rio Grande Valley.

The third installment of the JSTEM PBI summer camp will be held between June 4 and July 13 at the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. It is led by Dr. Angela Chapman, assistant professor and co-director of the UTeach program from the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 (CEP), and coordinated by the Office of Continuing Education.

Chapman enlists the support of faculty from both CEP and the colleges of Sciences and Engineering, as well as several research assistants, to fully execute the six-week program to provide a full breadth of knowledge to high school students.

“One of the unique aspects of this program is that high school students engage in real-world problem solving through collaboration with experts in the field, STEM professionals,” Chapman said.

The experience has proven valuable for previous participants, who say they leave the camp with a better understanding of different types of careers as well as an increased focus on their own personal and professional goals.

This PBI program allows high school students to learn concepts of journalism, science, technology, engineering and math, as well as problem-solving, self-directed learning and collaboration skills to succeed in college.

High school students interested in the JSTEM Program Scholarship can apply for it by April 5, 2018. Recipients will be announced by April 13.

 

ABOUT UTRGV
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

MEDIA CONTACT
Marci.Caltabiano@UTRGV.edu
UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications / 956-665-2742


Professional Transferable Skills Workshop Series Offers 10 Modules for Professional Development

Posted on March 8, 2018

Becoming a well-rounded professional requires a continual commitment to improving one’s skills both for work and achieving higher education. For this reason, professional training and development programs have become essential as the needs of the workforce change.

The Professional Transferable Skills Course Series is designed to contribute to that improvement. This program consists of 10 modules, each offered from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in which you can earn a certificate upon completing five of your choice as listed below:

  1. RESEARCH PAPER DESIGN & PICTURE COMPOSITION

  • Monday, March 19
  • Instructor: Dr. Andreas Holzenburg

  2. GOT GRIT? RESILIENCE & GROWTH MINDSET

  • Tuesday, March 20
  • Instructor: Dr. Selma Yznaga

  3. SELF-TRANSFORMATION

  • Friday, March 23
  • Instructor: Dr. Andreas Holzenburg

  4. PERSUASIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING

  • Tuesday, March 27
  • Instructor: Dr. Nikkie Hodgson

  5. PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL NETIQUETTE

  • Tuesday, April 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Janet Martinez

  6. RESUME WRITING/INTERVIEWING SKILLS

  • Wednesday, April 4
  • Instructor: Dr. Juan Rodriguez Nieto

  7. CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • Tuesday, April 10
  • Instructor: Dr. Nikkie Hodgson

  8. ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Wednesday, April 11
  • Instructor: Dr. Kai Wulff

  9. TIME MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, April 18
  • Instructor: Dr. Jesus Gonzalez

  10. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

  • Monday, April 23
  • Instructor: Dr. Selma Yznaga

 


Dental Assistant Program Teaches Field-Relevant Essentials with Hands-on Instructions

Posted on March 8, 2018

Dental assisting has become the fourth growing healthcare occupation as the demand for services and a shortage of professionals in the field have increased. It is therefore essential for current students to be familiarized with the required skill set and knowledge to join the over 400,000 assistants needed by 2018.

Our Dental Assistant Program prepares students for the entry-level positions in the field. Through hands-on instructions, this course covers relevant anatomy, terminology, legal and ethical issues as well as policies and guidelines as listed below:

  •  Dental assisting profession and dentistry history
  •  Dental anatomy and physiology
  •  Tooth charting, tooth surfaces and classification of tooth restorations
  •  Jaw parts and areas of the mouth
  •  Oral health and preventions of dental disease
  •  Infection control in dentistry and occupational health and safety
  •  Patient information and assessment
  •  Foundation of clinical dentistry
  •  Dental radiology
  •  Single crown restoration, bridge, implant, partial denture and full denture
  •  Dental equipment, accessories the treatment room
  •  Dental handpieces and accessories
  •  Dental cement and impression materials
  •  Coding of radiology services and the use of ICD-9-CM codes
  •  Assisting in comprehensive dental care
  •  Dental administration and communication skills

This course is offered at both the McAllen and Brownsville for $1,799 and starts on March 24 through July 14 on Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Attendees must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED, or be on a track to receive either of these, as well as a minimum of 10th-grade-level math and reading skills.

Upon completing the course, attendees can be ready to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam. Check out tips on how to prepare for it on this article.

”I am highly satisfied with this course and the work provided along with the instructor.” - Brisa Molina

“Great course! I feel confident into going into the said career field.” - Sarah Truman

For more information, please visit the course page


New CE Course Offers Effective Legal Writing Technique for Paralegals

Posted on March 1, 2018

Professional paralegals know sharp writing skills are crucial in order to produce concise legal documents. To convey information in an effective manner, these skills also come with having a thorough understanding of civil procedures .

Our Basic Legal Writing course helps paralegals become more effective communicators with the training and skills necessary in the field. Using online legal research tools such WESTLAW, the coursework is designed for participants to learn the following:

  • Identifying legal issues and relevant facts
  • Making citations in legal materials
  • Utilizing rules of evidence and civil procedures
  • Preparing legal documents such as legal memorandums
  • Discovering matters such as Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions and Requests for Production of Documents

This 30-hour course will be taught by nurse and attorney Ms. Jennifer Morales at the McAllen Teaching Site with a $599 fee and is held from April 3 to May 5 on Tuesdays 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Both experienced paralegals and beginning students are welcome to attend.

Ms. Morales earned a Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York-Buffalo and has been practicing law since 2008. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association and serves as a Regulatory Enforcement Attorney for the Health and Human Services Commission.

For more information, please visit the course page