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State Rep. Robert "Bobby" Guerra tours Zika lab in Edinburg

Graduate students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are working to find better ways to combat mosquito-borne illnesses.

UTRGV opens stand-alone clinics

For years, families have had to travel outside of the Valley to seek specialty medical treatment.

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

Researchers from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, in the US, recently evaluated, for this research paper, the way people respond to online videos of female-presenting robots and of women.

Homeowner's insurance: 10 tips for older Americans

Many older Americans who own homes enter retirement looking for ways to cut expenses. And one such place could be their homeowner’s insurance.

UTRGV welcomes third class of medical professionals

A new class of medical professionals are putting their white coats on for the first time.

TEXANA READS: 'Raza' grew up in two cultures, shared a language

That greeting was common among many South Texan Mexican American and Tejano men most of the 20th century. It isn’t Spanish or Tex-Mex. It’s a special blend of both originated by the “pachuco” culture in the barrios from San Anto (San Antonio), Houston, Laredo and on down to Corpitos (Corpus Christi) and El Valle (The Rio Grande Valley).


The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced today that Sister Norma Pimentel will receive the Hispanic Heritage Award for Service during the 31st Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2018.

Mexican president-elect wants to create border force to combat illegal immigration

Mexico's president-elect and his cabinet are proposing drastic changes to security and immigration policies.

Volunteers travel to US-Mexico border, donating goods to refugee shelter

EL PASO, Texas – In the midst of a national dialogue and heated debate surrounding families being separated at the border, one group of volunteers decided to drive right to the border to help out.

Innovaciones en concretos permeables y conductores

Cd. Victoria, Tam.- Investigadores de la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas (UAT) experimentan la innovación de concretos permeables y más resistentes para evitar inundaciones, así como el desarrollo de concretos de conductividad más eficaces y menos costosos para evitar congelamientos en calles y carreteras.

Labor market improves with every successive generation, says new EPI report

Have the labor market conditions of the nation’s 58.9 million Hispanics (who constitute 18.1 percent of the U.S. population) improved, stayed the same, or deteriorated over recent times? The authors of a new report “Hispanic–white wage gap has remained wide and relatively steady” began their examination in 1979 and end in 2017.

The Trump administration is not keeping its promises to asylum seekers who come to ports of entry

In the weeks since President Donald Trump’s now-rescinded family separation policy created chaos and confusion across the country, the messages from his administration and prominent Republican members of Congress have been clear: Seek asylum legally at official ports of entry and you won’t lose your kids.

Hispanic workers continue to make significantly less than white workers

Hispanic people now make up nearly 20% of the U.S. population, but compared to their white counterparts, they are still largely disadvantaged when it comes to wages.

Separating Kids From Parents Can Cause Psychological Harm. But Experts Say Detaining Them Together Isn't Much Better

With an executive order on Wednesday, President Donald Trump put an end to the controversial practice of separating migrant parents caught illegally crossing the border from their children.

Cardenas: UTRGV School of Medicine will transform Rio Grande Valley

EDINBURG, RGV – The incredible impact healthcare and bioscience industry has had on the San Antonio economy will also occur in the Rio Grande Valley, says Dr. Carlos Cardenas, chairman of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.

Yash P. Gupta named dean at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Yash P. Gupta will be the new Indian American dean of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Medical foundation donates 35 acres of land in Harlingen to UTRGV

HARLINGEN, RGV – Around 35 acres of land located in Harlingen will go towards a new institute of neurosciences and other medical related facilities.

UTRGV increases prices for student parking

The price of parking permits for a preferred parking zone at UTRGV has gone up and students are unhappy with the change.

Tracing the origin of the Island´s crisis

Orlando, Florida - A devastating storm hit Puerto Rico, leaving it adrift, and it was not Hurricane Maria. Those winds combined and, over several years, they aligned to generate a whirlwind that put the Island on its knees.

Marie Mora on Puerto Rican Socioeconomic Outcomes in the US and the AEA Mentoring Program

Marie Mora is professor of economics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she served as professor of economics at the University of Texas–Pan American and associate professor of economics at New Mexico State University.

W.F. Strong's newest book a must-read for 'ever' Texan

When you open W.F. Strong's book of Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True, right there on the title page is my succinct review: "Ever' Texan oughta read this book."

In Rio Grande Valley, regionalism triumphed, UAlbany's Rodríguez saysy

Albany. The Texas cities of Brownsville and Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley are each closer to Mexico than they are to each other

UHatching Ideas for Business

A Mexican entrepreneur who has achieved success with nopal-based powders, candies and breads is working to break into the U.S. market, with a little help from his friends at the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Center, a real-life entrepreneurship laboratory in Brownsville.

Celebran conferencia sobre sustentabilidad

McAllen, Tx.- La Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley unió esfuerzos con la Asociación para el Avance de la Sustentabilidad en la Educación Superior (AASHE), llevaron a cabo la Conferencia del Centro Internacional para la Sustentabilidad a través del Currículo (ICSAC).

Let’s Focus Innovation on Social Mobility

The mission of higher education has long emphasized the role colleges and universities play as engines for social mobility, but a high-profile report from the Stanford University-based Equality of Opportunity Project (EoP) makes it clear that the engine is stalled.

Meanwhile, in Texas

Four baboons briefly escaped from a research facility in San Antonio, and an alien’s grave marker was stolen.

UTRGV’s College of Business encourages local companies to recruit interns

EDINBURG, RGV – For the past year and a half, UTRGV’s Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship has implemented an internship program to encourage companies around the region to take in local talent from the University.

W.F. Strong’s ‘Stories From Texas’ ladles on lots of Lone Star lore

W.F. Strong likes to call himself a “Texologist.” It’s the sort of word one might use to describe a radio commentator, university professor or “Lonesome Dove” aficionado who once pitched a book-length collection of quotes from the novel and TV miniseries — which he wanted to call “The Lonesome Dove Bible” — to Larry McMurtry himself.

Egresa primera generación del Plan de Lenguaje Dual

McAllen, TX. - Orgullosos de sus raíces, más de 40 alumnos de quinto grado se convirtieron en la primera generación de graduados del Programa de Lenguaje Dual.

Dual-language program is making McAllen’s Sanchez Elementary very popular

MCALLEN, RGV – Many McAllen parents are asking if their children can be transferred to Blanca E. Sanchez Elementary and the reason is the school’s English-Spanish dual-language program.

Will Hispanic voters turn out for Lupe Valdez’s 'New Texas' or Greg Abbott’s traditional values?

AUSTIN — For Montserrat Garibay, it’s all about the muddy shoes. They were the first thing that drew her to Lupe Valdez, the Democratic candidate for governor, who often stumps about how she had to wipe mud off her shoes every morning before class as a high school student in San Antonio.

Lupe Valdez 'comes out swinging' for uphill battle

AUSTIN — As a lifelong Democrat, Austin resident Charlena Sanchez-Rocha applauded as she watched Lupe Valdez accept the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and promise to “come out swinging” against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

Alumnos de ingeniería viajaron a Texas

TIJUANA BC 23 DE MAYO DE 2018 (AFN).- Un total de 18 alumnos de ingeniería participaron en un programa internacional en la Universidad de Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) con el objetivo de desarrollar proyectos de carácter multidisciplinario que contribuyan a la sustentabilidad.

Radio Storyteller

Texas Country Reporter visits Brownsville to profile UTRGV professor W. F. Strong, who loves to take to the airwaves and tell stories about our state — and some of them are true.

UTRGV medical student receives award

David Goldblatt, a second-year medical student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, is one of 66 students in the nation to receive the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Local triplets graduating UTRGV together

From kindergarten to high school, local triplets will be graduating one last time together from UTRGV. Joshua, Victoria and Zachary Perez are fraternal triplets with a minute difference between them.

Mobile unit to provide free health care for Brownsville ISD students

As students get ready for summer, the Brownsville Independent School District is prepping for a new project that puts its students health first.


(NOTICIAS YA).- María Edith Treviño y su hija Alexia Treviño se graduaron de la universidad el mismo día en una ceremonia registrada el pasado 12 de mayo en la Universidad del Río Grande UTRGV el pasado sábado.

Tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy - May 8, 2018

Dr. Denise De Los Santos and Dr. Samantha Castillo with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Women's Center give women looking to get pregnant tips for a healthy and safe pregnancy.

Diaz: Brownsville students ‘will be able to learn astronomy by doing astronomy’

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – Dr. Mario Diaz, director of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at UT-Rio Grande Valley, says Brownsville high school students will soon be able to learn astronomy in their classrooms by remotely accessing UTRGV telescopes that are tracking the stars.

Dem governor candidates agree to debate

AUSTIN — The two Democratic candidates for governor, just weeks before a May 22 runoff to decide who will challenge Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, agreed Wednesday to an Austin debate on May 11.

Building ‘Soft Skills’ for Success

Public-private collaborations to build a workforce for the future have picked up speed in recent years amidst growing concerns that some skills needed to prosper are lagging behind advancements in technology. Electric cars whizzing around at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour offer a recent example of how some young people in the Rio Grande Valley are looking forward.

Finding Solutions to Bad Behavior

One of the least favorite aspects of a supervisor’s job is having to discipline, and possibly terminate, an employee. It can be fraught with emotion and legal pitfalls if not done correctly. But there are ways to minimize the unpleasant and sometimes risky task.

Cuban leadership changes, but that’s all for now

Havana (AFP) – Cuba’s president may no longer be named Castro, but the communist system that Fidel and Raul cemented over the course of decades is not going anywhere, at least not soon.

What is Elgin getting in new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino?

What is Elgin getting with the impending new owner of the Grand Victoria Casino? And should the community be concerned that casino behemoth MGM Resorts International is exiting the risky Illinois market?

Experts warn against deadly disease transmitted by kissing bugs

The kissing bug is frequently seen in the Rio Grande Valley, but researchers say that the parasite that carries a deadly disease is not well known in the area— where it is prevalent.

Mexican border town of Laredo braces for influx of National Guard troops in backyard

LAREDO, Texas — Joseph Hein likes spending long afternoons on his 500-acre ranch just outside Laredo, admiring the sweeping views of the Rio Grande and Mexico beyond it.

New program documenting burials, connecting loved ones

Behind the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery on the corner of Richardson Rd. and Expressway 281 in Edinburg is the Hidalgo County Pauper Cemetery.

Dávila named dean of college of business at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Dr. Alberto Dávila of Edinburg, Texas has been named dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University.

UTRGV Professor speaks about potential National Guard troops on the border

The White House says members of the National Guard are on their way to the southern border and could soon be patrolling the border.

Cuba's enduring guardians of the revolution still at work

Cuba's enduring guardians of the revolution still at work

Struggling casino touted by Cuomo seeks state bailout

Gov. Cuomo rolled craps on his casino bet, and taxpayers could wind up covering the losing wager. The struggling del Lago Casino in the Finger Lakes is looking for a government bailout just 13 months after it opened — despite Cuomo promising that new casinos ­upstate would be a win-win.

UTRGV professor helps domestic violence victims

EDINBURG, TX (KGBT) — Cynthia Jones, a philosophy professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was once an undergraduate student suffering in an abusive relationship.

RGV poverty numbers decrease, still high compared to other regions

The state of Texas is one of the poorest states in the country, according to a study by The Texas Association of Counties.

Stuart Hall School for Boys is host to chess grandmaster

Stuart Hall School for Boys students John Michael Maristany, Ryan Avin, Patrick Avin and Charlie Avin, from left, play chess against Grandmaster Timur Gareyev.

Bernie Sanders on Puerto Rico Neglect: “Do You Think This Would Be Happening in Westchester County?”

ON MARCH 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law granting U.S. citizenship to the residents of Puerto Rico. But 101 years later, the federal government, by abandoning the island in the wake of a crippling debt crisis and an even more devastating hurricane, is treating Puerto Ricans like citizens in name only.

UTRGV School of Medicine to open first student-run clinic in Peñitas

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is opening it’s very first student-run clinic in Peñitas on Saturday.

CME Group Announces University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Wins 15th Annual Trading Challenge

CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the winners of its 15th annual CME GroupTrading Challenge, including the first-place winners from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

UTRGV plans for new $2 million diabetes research center

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This College Student Is on a Mission to Expose Fake Clinics in Her South Texas Community

Crisis pregnancy centers, or CPCs, are religious centers that pose as clinics in order to convince people not to have an abortion. These fake clinics undermine women’s health care decision-making, and reproductive choice advocates like 22-year-old Ofelia Alonso are working hard to expose them.

As Castro steps down, challenges await Cuba’s new leader

Havana (AFP) – As Cuban President Raul Castro prepares to step down next month, ending his family’s six-decade grip on power, his successor will be faced with major challenges, including the implementation of economic reforms vital for the island’s future.

Creating Paths to Latino-owned Business

Rank-and-file workers’ wages have barely gone up since the 2008-09 recession, despite a U.S. job market firing on all cylinders for several years.

Harlingen Native Appointed To State Board By Governor Abbott

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - Gov. Gregg Abbott has appointed Harlingen native and UTRGV accounting lecturer Jimmie Limon to the Texas Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board.

UTRGV Women's Specialty Center Already Seeing Patients

HARLINGEN, Texas - UTRGV is opening an open surgery and specialty center just for women. As part of the clinical component of the UTRGV School of Medicine, the Women's Specialty Center located in Harlingen, will offer surgical consolations.

US universities walk a fine line as Daca deadline approaches

In December, Andrea Ramos Fernandez is supposed to graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in public administration. The last stretch of any student’s undergraduate degree is usually a stressful yet thrilling time as they start to look forward to the next stage of their life. But despite four years of studying and working as a community organizer in the city, planning for the future is a luxury that Ms Fernandez does not have: she is not even sure if she will be able to stay in the country after August.

Warning signs for childhood depression

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that pediatricians should be screening patients ages 12 and older for mental health issues during their check-ups.

UTRGV students teach CPR to Rio Grande Valley residents

Students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have been teaching Valley residents CPR for about two years now.

‘Pope’s favorite nun’, Sr. Norma Pimentel, to receive Notre Dame honor

NEW YORK - “Pope Francis’s favorite nun,” at least in the United States, will receive the highest honor in the American Catholic Church.

Atypical Path To Career As Mechanical Engineer

Vanessa Reyna was in high school in Edcouch, Texas, a town of about 3,400 people in the Rio Grande Valley, when a teacher suggested she try pursuing an engineering degree. Reyna now works in Tucson, Arizona, on some of the most timely and critical defense technology the U.S. has. Specifically, she performs finite element analysis and testing of missile defense equipment.

McAllen, UTRGV School of Medicine Collaborate On Cancers Affecting Women

MCALLEN, Texas - The City of McAllen and the UTRGV School of Medicine are teaming up to fight cancers that affect women.

UTRGV Professors Explain The History Of Chocolate

EDINBURG, Texas - Chefs de cuisine the world over experiment with it. Sweet or savory? Salt or cinnamon? Dessert or main course?

UTRGV School of Medicine to receive $1 million for cancer research

On Monday, the McAllen City Commission voted to approve funding for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

UTRGV Joins Push to Scale Active Learning in Undergraduate Math Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and 11 other universities have announced they will be part of a special initiative known as SEMINAL: Student Engagement in Mathematics through an Institutional Network for Active Learning.

Fidel Castro’s son, a bookish nuclear scientist, commits suicide

MIAMI — They called him “Fidelito” — little Fidel — partly because he was the spitting image of his father, Fidel Castro, the late Cuban revolutionary.

Krouse: New $12 million facility to be built at UTRGV School of Medicine

EDINBURG, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is to get another building at its Edinburg campus.

Clark Shapes Clay into a Business

“I’m not a be-still or sit-still kind of guy,” said sculptor Doug Clark in his Edinburg studio. The number and variety of bronze sculptures he has created in his 35-year career are a testament to that.

New UTRGV bike patrol to help promote better safety on campus

With increased staffing, the UTRGV Police Department will now have officers patrolling on bikes on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses.

The effects of a government shutdown

The House voted to fund the government for less than a month and now the government awaits the Senate’s decision.

He nailed it: An analyst's 2014 report predicted Upstate New York casino woes

TYRE, NY - Clyde Barrow, a Texas college professor and gaming industry expert, has this to say about the recent financial struggles facing Upstate New York's newest casinos:

UTRGV to Open Health Clinic at Laguna Vista

LAGUNA VISTA, Texas - The university of Texas Rio Grande Valley will open a health clinic at Laguna Vista.

Cortez: UTRGV School of Medicine will be huge for Hidalgo County

EDINBURG, RGV – Hidalgo County Judge candidate Richard Cortez has pledged his full support for the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

Hernandez: UTRGV is coming to Pharr

PHARR, RGV – In his 2018 State of the City Address on Thursday, Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez announced UT-Rio Grande Valley will soon have a presence in the city.

Organic Produce, Homemade Treats Available Each Month at UTRGV Farmers Market

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Fresh produce, home baked goods and vegan and vegetarian items are available for a small cost to university students and the public every month, through the UTRGV Environmental Awareness Club’s Farmers Market..

When Hometown Waters Draw You Back Again

Public service is the common thread winding through Dr. Jude Benavides’ resume, even as he is still in the middle of his career as a professor and hydrologist.

UTRGV researchers plan to study high rates of Alzheimer's and dementia in the Valley

Researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley plan to study the region's usually high rates of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

UTRGV looking to open recruiting offices in Mexico

EDINBURG, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley is looking at setting up a couple of recruiting offices across the border as it expands its outreach into Mexico.

UTRGV listed fourth in Top 20 in Texas ranking

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has been ranked fourth on a list of the Top 20 Best Online Colleges in Texas by

UTRGV provides Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of international students

BROWNSVILLE & EDINBURG, RGV – Hundreds of international students gathered at UT-Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville campuses to share a staple Thanksgiving meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing and, naturally, pumpkin pie. Online Discussion: Greener Drug Discovery AMA

Debasish Bandyopadhyay, chemistry faculty and researcher at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, participated in an online discussion on the Reddit Journal of Science.

Father's work ethic inspired VC art professor

When Jason Valdez walks into a greasy and grimy auto repair shop, he sees nothing but art.

UTRGV Studio Art Major Illustrates Book for Children

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS - While some UTRGV students spent the summer traveling to new destinations via airplane or road trip, studio art major Karely Gallegos made her way to Washington, D.C., via illustration and a pressed penny.

UTRGV Hosts Career Expo for High School Students

MCALLEN, Texas - Texas Workforce Solutions and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are partnering up to get high school students on the right path in reaching their career goals.

Califican con menor deuda a la UTRGV

Edinburg, Tx.- La Universidad de Texas RÌo Grande Valley ha sido clasificada como una de las 10 mejores en Texas por la menor deuda de prÈstamos estudiantiles. UTRGV ocupÛ el puesto No. 6.

Harlingen bar owner protests against NFL

After this past weekend's league-wide protests during the national anthem, a Harlingen bar owner says he's not showing games in which players kneel.


EDINBURG, TXó Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Offices of Public Health and Science and Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $344,689 to establish a childhood obesity prevention program.

When Hometown Waters Draw You Back Again

Public service is the common thread winding through Dr. Jude Benavidesí resume, even as he is still in the middle of his career as a professor and hydrologist.

‘Journey of being’: TLU hosts acclaimed Chicana writer

The sound of conjunto music engulfed the Dunne Conference Center at Texas Lutheran University (TLU) as Bárbara Renaud González twirled around and gave a few gritos toward the crowd.

Google Doodle Celebrates Gloria E. Anzaldúa's Birthday. Here's What to Know About Her

Tuesdayís Google Doodle celebrates the 75th birthday of American scholar Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

Search Data Reveal Top Alternative Medicines — Remedies Shared With Family, Not Doctors

Depending on who you ask, there are many ways to cure a cold. Some people turn to brand-name cough syrup and others, to herbal teas.


EDINBURG, TX — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $277,134 in federal funding for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

Otorgan beca a UTRGV para atención de la salud

Edinburg, Tx. La Universidad de Texas Valle del Río Grande podrá aumentar el acceso a la atención primaria en áreas rurales y subatendidas gracias a una beca otorgada por la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos.

Obtiene alto grado de certificación de BPS

Edinburg, Tx. La directora del Programa de Farmacia Cooperativa UTRGV / UT Austin ha agregado otro nivel de experiencia en su campo logrando la certificación de la Junta Nacional de Especialidades de Farmacia (BPS).

UTRGV Medical School Help Colonia Residents

EDINBURG, Texas - The UTRGV School of Medicine helping less fortunate families by offering free health care services.

UNT rehabilitation and addiction faculty member honored by national association

Rachita Sharma, a faculty member in the University of North Texas Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, received the President’s Award from the National As sociation of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns for her work on the organization's annual conferences.

Palomarez: Entrepreneurial spirit drives Hispanics in U.S.

MISSION, RGV – Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, says that Latinos are increasingly becoming the face of entrepreneurship in America. Palomarez spoke at The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce “Buenas Tardes” luncheon on Thursday, where he gave statistics about the economic contributions of Hispanics in the country.

Dreamer Says Coming Out Of The Shadows Has Been Worth It

To Abraham Diaz, the uncertainty of his immigration status in 2017 feels a lot like it did in 2012, when he felt hopeless about advancing his education and making a better life in the United States.

UTRGV online MBA ranks nationally

According to, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is sixth in the nation among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees. 

Texas' losing streak on voter-rights decisions could complicate 2018 primaries

AUSTIN - With two federal courts again blasting Texas for "intentional discrimination" against blacks and Hispanics in drawing political boundaries, concern is mounting that voter-rights litigation could upend the state's 2018 elections calendar. 

Labs in Texas Batten Down the Hatches

With Hurricane Harvey now upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane and set to make landfall late today (August 25) or early tomorrow, researchers in its path have prepared their facilities and are waiting to see if their experiments, equipment, and samples can survive the storm. 

New study looks at a Bi-National Economic Development Zone for Brownsville-Matamoros

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – A new study analyzed for the first time the Brownsville-Matamoros manufacturing sector to determine what the region needed to create a competitive advanced manufacturing hub in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. 

Anderson: $246 million worth of construction underway at UTRGV

MCALLEN, RGV – Rick Anderson, executive vice president for finance and administration for UT-Rio Grande Valley, says five major construction projects underway at UTRGV are worth about $246 million. 

Califican a UTRGV en lugar 17, institución que sirven minorías

Edinburg, Tx.- Además de ocupar el tercer lugar en el Sistema UT, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley se encuentra entre las 20 instituciones académicas que sirven minorías en la nación, por recibir la mayor cantidad de fondos federales de investigación para la ciencia y la ingeniería. 

Avocados May Be Much Healthier Than What You Think

In the last few years, avocados have been regarded as a superfood being a source of healthy monounsaturated fats. These good fats have been credited with keeping you full and satisfied for longer and thus, helping in weight loss. A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley adds more to its list of benefits. 

Mission EDC Welcomes New Interns

Mission EDC welcomed four new interns in July to the CEED Building. Here, they will work alongside professionals in their chosen field of study through December 2017. 

Gradúa primera generación de promotores comunitarios

Weslaco, Tx. Una nueva generación de promotores o trabajadores comunitarios de salud recibieron su diploma del Community Health Worker Training Network del Colegio del Sur e Texas. 

Congressman Gonzalez Announces More Than $100,000 To UTRGV Medical School For Suicide Prevention Programs

EDINBURG, TX— Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Center for Mental Health Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine $101,539 to establish a robust suicide prevention program on its medical school campus. 

UTRGV Medical School To Implement Suicide Prevention Program

EDINBURG, Texas - The UTRGV School of Medicine will soon implement a Suicide Prevention Program. 

UTRGV Receives Funding for I-Corps Site

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the recipient of $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps Site. The I-Corps site, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be in the university’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization. 

UTRGV associate professor works to preserve honey bees

Honey bees play an vital role in the agricultural economy of South Texas and a Rio Grande Valley professor has embarked on research that could help combat losses of these important pollinators. 

Congressman Gonzalez Announces More Than $200,000 In Hhs Funding To UTRGV

EDINBURG, TX— Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has received $217,950 in federal funding to plan and prepare for a clinical trial on the effectiveness of exposure therapy as a viable treatment option for dental phobia in children. 

Harlingen school district, UTRGV partner to offer college courses to high school students

The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley expanded their partnership Tuesday night by signing a memorandum to offer expanded post-secondary opportunities for students at HCISD’s Early College High School. 

Last Battle of the American Civil War Trail Has New Markers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Many may not know it but one of the last battles of the Civil War happened right here in the Rio Grande Valley. 

New medical provider in Tieton building relationships to reach those long wary to seek care

TIETON — Off came the stethoscope and white lab coat as Jennifer González-Broadt reached for her workout gear. It was time to change for Zumba class. 

UTRGV Honors College Students Take On Peru’s Daunting Ausungate Trek

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Ten UTRGV Honors College students pushed their mental and physical limits this June, during the university’s second of two summer study abroad trips to Peru. 


EDINBURG, TX—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. The University’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization (CIC) will house the site and Dr. Mark Kroll will serve as the site’s director. 

Destaca la UTRGV entre las mejores universidades

Edinburg, Tx.- Ubicada en la posición 13, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley ha sido clasificada en la lista anual de las mejores universidades en Texas. 

New Algorithm Helps Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Navigate Strong Currents

The Underwater Unmanned Vehicle (UUV) market is predicted to grow to $5.2 B by 2022 according to a 2017 Research and Markets report. The UUV market is broken into two sub categories including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV). 

Trump immigration plans risk more incidents like Texas deaths, experts say

After deaths in a hot truck and drownings in the Rio Grande, border security experts warn migrants likely to take increasingly dangerous routes into US. 

How Tractor-Trailers Help Undocumented Immigrants Get Past 'Two Crossings'

The deaths of 10 migrants in a sweltering 18-wheeler in San Antonio has raised a lot of questions. One of them: Why transport people in the back of a tractor-trailer, especially after they have already crossed the border?. 

Helping Foster Youth to Succeed

EDINBURG, Texas - Many teens turn to mom and dad to help prepare them for the future. Kids in the foster care system may feel like they have no support to help them succeed. The state of Texas is working hard to raise well-rounded young adults. 

Family Friendly Spaces at UTRGV Campus

EDINBURG, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is working to beautify its campus for not only students, but also their families. 

Smugglers Offer Crammed Big Rigs as 'VIP Treatment' to US

When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants. 

Development Corporation of Mercedes: Ramirez named interim executive director

MERCEDES, RGV – The board of directors for the Development Corporation of Mercedes has named Melissa D. Ramirez as interim executive director. 

Stories From The Border: Walk a Mile in Their Soles

A few miles across the Texas-Mexico Border is the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a historical sanctuary in McAllen, Texas. In a single day, hundreds of people crossing the border might be dropped off at the doors of the church after passing through immigration. 

Presentan nuevo programa de residencia de práctica familiar

Mercedes, Tx. Funcionarios del Centro Médico Knapp y de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley presentarán un nuevo programa de residencia de práctica familiar en la ciudad de Mercedes. 

UT researchers keeping a close eye on mosquitoes

A UT-Rio Grande Valley mosquito monitoring collaboration will cross borders to swat down Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. 

Trump’s Restrictions Will Not Change the Future of US-Cuba Ties

It’s unlikely the administration has either the will or the means to roll back the full suite of Obama-era reforms. 

Construirán laboratorio de agua con la UTRGV

Brownsville, Tx.- El Condado Cameron construirá un laboratorio de agua conjuntamente con la UTRGV (Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley) avanzando de esta manera en materia de educación. 

Visiting artist Raheleh Filsoofi talks crossing mediums and cultural bridges

With several upcoming exhibitions in progress, Raheleh Filsoofi drove 17 hours over the course of a few days, traveling from Providence to D.C. to Buffalo, before finally landing in Chautauqua on Sunday. 

There’s Always Something to Do in Brownsville

There’s nothing to do in Brownsville.” It was a constant refrain when Eva Garcia was growing up in the midsize Texas city, situated just across the border from Mexico. 

Quinta Mazatlan Could Become An Education Classroom for College Students

MCALLEN,Texas - The Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center is in the works of expanding. With the help of Governor Greg Abbott this venue received five million dollars with a state grant. 

UTRGV Continuing Education to Offer Innovative New Alternative Teacher Certification Program

McALLEN, TEXAS – 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. 

UTRGV Students Participate in Binational Zika Research Program to Monitor Border’s Mosquito Population

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – 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. 

South Texas Diabetes & Obesity Institute Uses Opossums to Combat Zika Virus

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has over one thousand opossums on campus, but this isn’t a pest control problem. 

Becarán estudiantes que buscan profesionalizarse

Edinburg, Tx.- La Universidad de Texas Valle del Río Grande es parte del grupo de diez instituciones educativas que se verán beneficiadas por la iniciativa Texas Teachers Program. 

State Teaching Foundation Names UTRGV 1 of 10 Recipients of Scholarship Initiative

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - 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 scholarship initiative. 

Say bye to 'Absent Abbott' as governor gets hands-on with special session politics

AUSTIN - He was called "Absent Abbott" for his hands-off approach in this year's legislative session that ended in disarray a month ago. 

Time to end agricultural trade restrictions with Cuba

It has been nearly 17 years since Congress passed a law involving Cuba. The last time was in 2000 when the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act allowed food products to be sold to Cuba on a cash only basis as an exception to the comprehensive embargo. 


Alexandre Couture Gagnon, assistant professor in UTRGV’s Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, discusses American politics with ICI Radio-Canada and RDI (Canada’s public broadcast station). 

Ohio city council member wants 911 to ignore drug overdose calls

An Ohio city council member has a relatively novel solution to the opioid crisis ravaging his city: Let the most severe addicts fend for themselves. 

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. 

On the border, a case for tech over concrete

ROMA, Texas — From a compact, portable shed on the outskirts of this border town, Jonathan Hoyt has an expansive field of vision. His computer is linked to cameras and surveillance equipment that allow him to see rubber rafts on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande nearly three miles away, simply by moving a tiny joystick. 

Military's control of tourism may influence Trump policy on Cuba travel

TAMPA — If President Donald Trump takes his cue from opponents of new and open relations with Cuba, he will decry how an influx of U.S. visitors there is filling the coffers of the Communist nation's military. 

UPDATED: Funding for UTRGV’s McAllen Teaching Site, Starr County Center, ‘decimated’

PHARR, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley has seen its funding for “special items” drastically cut in the new state budget. 

Young Girls Seek To Break Glass Ceiling in Computer Science Field

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey, only 25.8 percent of employees in computer and mathematical occupations in Texas were women. 

UTRGV Medical School to Open Specialty Pediatrics Clinic

EDINBURG, Texas - The UTRGV School of Medicine is planning to open a pediatrics clinic, to help meet the needs of specialty pediatric care in the community. 

City of Pharr Donates $500,000 to UTRGV School of Medicine

PHARR,Texas - The city of Pharr donates $500,000 to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

RGV lawmakers secure $5 million for new Urban Ecology Center at Quinta Mazatlan

MCALLEN, RGV – McAllen City Commissioner Richard Cortez has praised the Rio Grande Valley legislative delegation for helping secure $5 million for an Urban Ecology Center at Quinta Mazatlan. 

The Tejana- Another State of Mind Part 1

Just in time for summer reading, 30 Minutes features a panel from the 2017 Tucson Festival of Books from the Pima County Public Library/ Nuestras Raices Presentation Stage. Mari Herreras moderated this panel with authors Guadalupe Garcia McCall and Emmy Pérez entitled The Tejana: Another State of Mind Celebrating the Rio Grande Valley and the people that shaped it in poetry and prose. 

UTRGV Professor and Student Researchers Discover, Name New Species of South Texas Snail

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – 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. 

Remembering Nation Wide Sorority Founded By RGV Women

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A local sorority is defying the stereotypes of Greek life. For these women in pink and maroon, they say its about self-esteem, empowerment and community service. One of our interns, Cynthia Carrizales is part of the Kappa Delta Chi Alpha Beta Chapter at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

UTRGV School of Medicine will welcome new dean next month

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine will welcome a new dean next month. 

Filemon Vela Talks Importance of Funding Education

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Trump Administration recently proposed budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 18 percent. 

New Snail Identified, Makes Home in the Rio Grande Valley

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - There are more than 85,000 species of snails in the world. Add one more to the list. 

"En mi cabeza siempre estuvo continuar, seguir mis sueños": Katherine Vega

Katherine Vega, jugadora que milita en el Cúcuta Deportivo Gol Star, se ganó la confianza de Director Técnico Carlos Alberto Quintero y es titular indudable del cuadro motilón. 

Rep. Filemon Vela, educators aim to create apprenticeship program for students

Rep. Filemon Vela met with local educators in Brownsville on Wednesday to discuss a possible workforce opportunity for students. 

UTRGV School of Medicine faces funding gap

MISSION, RGV – The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley will face a funding gap after receiving $53.5 million for the School of Medicine in state funding, says its president, Guy Bailey. 

Longoria: UTRGV School of Medicine gets $53.5 million in new state budget

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is to receive $53.5 million for its School of Medicine, state Rep. Oscar Longoria has confirmed. 

UTRGV receives $14 million in federal grants for college preparedness program

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is using nearly $14 million over the next five years to help high school students learn how to be college ready. 

UTRGV’s Tuition Cap Saves Money and Time

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — 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. 

Partnership Between UTRGV and City to Bring Resources, Continuing Education to Community

During a meeting at the beginning of the year the La Feria City Commission and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley signed a memorandum to work together in a community outreach program. 

Representative Cuellar Announces Nearly $14 Million for UTRGV

MISSION, Texas - Congressman Henry Cuellar announced an award of nearly $14 million in federal grants to UTRGV. 

PSJA Alumn Headed to Law School at Age 20

PHARR, Texas - PSJA North Early College High School alumna Brianna Karina Garza was recently accepted to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at the age of 20. 

Hilda Rendon named acting Superintendent

Hilda G. Rendon has been unanimously appointed by the San Benito CISD Board of Trustees to serve as the district’s Acting Superintendent effective Friday, June 9. Trustees appointed Rendon to serve in that capacity during a Special Board Meeting held on the evening of Wednesday, May 24. 

University Students to Evaluate Designs in NASA's Astronaut Training Pool

HOUSTON, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Thirty-one student teams from across the country will test their designs in simulated microgravity this year as part of NASA's Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Test sessions will be May 22-27 and June 5-10. 

Remembering the Birthday of Juan Cortina, The ‘Robin Hood of the Rio Grande’

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Almost two hundred years ago on May 16 a man who defeated the Texas Rangers twice, had a war named after him and is considered one of the first people to advocate for the rights of Mexicans and Mexican Americans on the Texas-Mexico border was born. 

UT Rio Grande Valley names John H. Krouse dean of its medical school

EDINBURG — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday announced that Dr. John H. Krouse has been named vice president for Medical Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. 

UTRGV partners with city of La Feria for community outreach program

The city of La Feria and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley signed a memorandum on Jan. 1, to work together in a community outreach program. 

UTRGV Named Second Most Affordable University in the Country

EDINBURG, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the second most affordable university in the country. That is according to recent data on 

Activists Reaction to Governor's Signing of SB 4

MCALLEN, Texas - In the Rio Grande Valley, immigration activists are making their voices heard in opposition of SB 4. 

Texas Governor Talks About Zika in the Valley

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Governor Abbott visits the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to discuss Zika. Cameron County is the first and only region so far where the virus has been acquired locally in the state of Texas. 

UTRGV Named 'Tree Campus USA' for Third Consecutive Year

EDINBURG, Texas - For the third consecutive year, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is named a ‘Tree Campus USA’ school. 

Op-ed: MGM bill a net loser for Connecticut

Right now, in Hartford, state legislators are facing a decision that will have repercussions for Connecticut workers and taxpayers for years to come. 

Don't Wait Until You're Overwhelmed To Seek Counseling

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - How often do you remember how you’re feeling? When was the last time you felt happy?. It’s not taboo to tell a family member or friend they have a cold and should go to the doctor. 

Using Radio to Detect the Gravitational Waves of Merging Black Holes

The detection of gravitational waves topped nearly every chart highlighting the most important science stories of 2016. LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, made headlines by detecting direct evidence of ripples in spacetime caused by two merging black holes. Historic and exciting, this discovery will probably be the first of many gravitational wave signals we see over the coming years—and not all of them will come from gravitational wave observatories. 

Mission names Chamber of Commerce president

A former banking executive has been named president of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce. Robert Rosell, a former assistant vice-president and corporate compliance officer for BBVA Compass Bank was introduced to Mission’s mayor and city council during the council’s April 24 regular meeting. It was Rosell’s first day on the job. 

Psychic toll of almost daily gunbattles marks the new ‘normal’ in Reynosa

REYNOSA, Mexico — Residents in this border city quickly took refuge indoors as the familiar echo of gun battles and odor of burning vehicles hung in the early morning air. 

University Observes Denim Day

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Jeans were hanging on the top of the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley’s courtyard in Brownsville, and it was not a fashion statement. 

Reformas en Cuba no cambian un país que vive a un ritmo cadencioso

En la Cuba del presidente Raúl Castro pareciera que el reloj se detuvo en los años de 1960. Las reformas emprendidas hace una década lograron cambiar el paisaje cubano, pero sin imponer un nuevo ritmo a la isla. 

Trump’s Border Wall ‘Catastrophic’ for Environment, Endangered Species: Activists

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The promise of a "big, beautiful wall" along America's southern border was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's campaign. From the moment he announced it during his candidacy kickoff address in June 2015, the proposal was hit with charges of racism and questions of effectiveness. 

Joe Steven Announces debut EP "Relentless Love"

LOS ANGELES - April 28, 2017 - PRLog - Joe Steven has announced the release of his new EP titled "Relentless Love." The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist began playing piano at the age of 8 and has continued to compose songs leading up to his exciting debut release. 

Cruz Names Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has named Casandra Garcia Meade Deputy State Director, serving in his South Texas office. 

Here’s why Cuba is the perfect destination for a quiet, lazy vacation

Despite a succession of sweeping changes in recent years – rapprochement with the US, Fidel Castro’s death – the rhythm of life on the island remains as languid as ever. 

4 Your Education: UTRGV pre-med students help families in Haiti

A group of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley biomedical science students traveled to Haiti during Spring Break to help families in need. 

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 

UTRGV student research in the spotlight at Engaged Scholar Symposium

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – APRIL 20, 2017 – Day two of the annual Engaged Scholar Symposium that showcases undergraduate student research and engagement projects in the community continued April 19 at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg Campus. 

Before the Flood

On a recent morning in Nuevo Laredo, Marciano Santiago sat in a white plastic folding chair waiting his turn to use the phone at the Instituto Tamaulipeco para los Migrantes, a state agency that provides humanitarian assistance to migrants. 

Engaged Scholar Symposium highlights student research, recognizes community engagement

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 19, 2017 – The annual Engaged Scholar Symposium that recognizes undergraduate student research and community engagement opened its first day on the Brownsville Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, April 18. 

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico - History News Network

Donald Trump said during the presidential campaign that he wanted to keep “bad hombres” out of the country. He told the Mexican president, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press, that he wanted Mexico to stop "bad hombres down there" from coming across the southern border of the US. 

UTRGV top two student Student Employee of the Year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named two Student Employees of the Year, during ceremonies held for the university’s National Student Employment Appreciation Week. 

Cuando pasado y presente se entrecruzan en Cuba

En la Cuba de Raúl Castro, parece que el reloj se detuvo en los años 60. Las reformas emprendidas hace una década lograron cambiar el paisaje cubano, pero sin imponer un nuevo ritmo a la isla. 

Cruces fronterizos en su punto más bajo en 17 años; el Valle del Río Grande es cada vez más tranquilo

Poco a poco, el camión de la Patrulla Fronteriza se abrió paso a través de la oscuridad; sus faros iluminaban un camino desértico y arenoso, enmarcado por largas hierbas y árboles de mesquite amarillo. 

Living in Cuban time

Havana (AFP) – In Cuba, it sometimes seems time stopped in the 1960s. Despite a succession of sweeping changes in recent years — rapprochement with the US, Fidel Castro’s death — the rhythm of life on the island remains as languid as ever. 

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. 

Making Summer Work

With the end of the academic year approaching, many faculty members are thinking about the few months that will follow and the promise of huge chunks of uninterrupted time to write and do research. In short, they’re dreaming of a summer of maximum productivity. 

Trump promised a border wall. Now these Texans worry the government will take their land

For 2½ centuries, Cecilia Benavides’ family has owned land tangled with honey mesquite trees and towering clumps of cactus on a sweeping bend of the Rio Grande. 

Local professor testifies before Congress

Laguna Vista resident Dr. Terence Garrett, professor and chair of the Public Affairs and Security Studies Department at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was one of three expert witnesses who provided testimony in a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the topic of border fencing between the U.S. and Mexico. 


MCALLEN, Texas, EE.UU. (AP) - Apenas cinco personas cenaban una noche reciente en una iglesia de Texas que en la que se asiste a migrantes que acaban de cruzar la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos. 

North Las Vegas businessman submits proposal for border wall

Dr. Terence Garrett, professor and chair of the Public Affairs and Security Studies Department at UTRGV said: “There’s no way you can get 100 percent border security. That’s a fantasy.” 

Texas In Need of Bilingual Teachers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - School districts across Texas need bilingual teachers, and they are coming to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to find them. 

People Living at the Border Think the 'Trump Effect' Is Keeping Immigrants Away

(MCALLEN, TEXAS) — Just five people were eating dinner on a recent weeknight at a Texas church that is a stopping point for newly arrived immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Local Professor Calls Border Wall "Waste" Of Money To Homeland Security Committee

Brownsville, TX - Tuesday served as the deadline for border wall bids from contractors looking to cash in on government work to make good on president trump’s campaign promise. 

UTRGV Medical Resident Named 'Resident of the Year' by NHMA

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas - 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. 

This underground railroad took slaves to freedom in Mexico-

The government has also started receiving applications from companies across the country to continue construction of a southern border wall. 

You might could Google what in tarnation is going on with Texas slang, but this helpful little segment will help you learn the twang and vocab in no time

Hollywood will pay a pretty penny for an actor to master the elusive Texas accent and all that comes with it, but the Texas Standard may save the silver screen a ton of money with its newest segment on Texas Grammar: 

A race to document rare plants

Millions of years ago, a cluster of coral reefs stood firm on the Kampong Trach Mountain in Cambodia as the water receded, leaving them surrounded by the marshy, mangrove-studded Mekong Delta. 

Immigration and Border Security in the Age of Trump

Wall or no wall, Mexico, the United States, and Central America face a migration crisis that will only continue to worsen. 

Texas Holmes Cadets Present Research at AACTE Annual Meeting

Did you notice a fresh burst of energy at AACTE’s Annual Meeting this year? Then you might have been lucky enough to interact with the high school students from the South Texas Independent School District (STISD) who attended as participants in the AACTE Holmes Program. 

Mission’s EDC awards $42,500 to three start up businesses

A math teacher, web page designer, aeronautical engineer and jeweler-cum- party designer are the latest recipients of grants from Mission’s Economic Development Corporation, each of whom have start up businesses in Mission. 

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. 

Mexican-American writers discuss the significance of their literature when all eyes are on the border

Dagoberto Gilb did not know much about his white father, but one thing has stuck with him since his youth. “Never tell anyone you’re Mexican, say you’re Spanish,” his father used to tell him. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall’ will require him to take big swaths of other people’s land

The order has been issued for the immediate construction of a Mexico border wall. The specs have been outlined: 30 feet high and “aesthetically pleasing.” The next thing on President Trump's to-do list for building his “big, beautiful wall”: Hire more lawyers for a long and expensive battle over private land. 

UTRGV Undergraduate Students Ranked 18th at CME Group's 2017 Trading Challenge

Congratulations to our UTRGV undergraduate team members who ranked 18th out of 595 participants at the CME Group's 2017 Trading Challenge! 

5th Administrative Judicial Region of Texas Announces New Appointment to Hidalgo Title IV-D Court

Nereida Lopez-Singleterry, who graduated from UTPA in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, has been appointed new Associate Judge of the Title IV-D Court, Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County. 

Fomenta UTRGV el éxito estudiantil

Edinburg , Tx. - La Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley ha sido reconocida por la Sociedad de Honor Phi Theta Kappa como una de las instituciones en el país que abre la ruta para apoyar la transferencia del colegio comunitario. 

University bird researcher in South Texas monitors parrots

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - While it’s common for the nation’s heavyweight higher education institutions to rake in National Science Foundation grants, it’s exceedingly rare for smaller, younger institutions like the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017

The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) is proud to bring you its list of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in corporate America. 

Honran a 2 mujeres en día internacional

Edinburg, Tx.- En el marco del Día Internacional de la Mujer , la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley dedicó dos días a la celebración mundial que desde 1975 reconoce los logros sociales, económicos, culturales y políticos de las mujeres pasadas, presentes y futuro. 

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. 

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. 

Apoyan estudiantes con temporada de impuestos

Edinburg, Tx. - Los estudiantes de Contabilidad de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley están haciendo el pago de impuestos un poco más fácil para residentes de la región en el Palm Valley Community Center en McAllen. 

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). 

Serious Money Flows to a Texas Campus for Brain Research from a Quiet Health Funder

The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation focuses its grantmaking on organizations that are working to improve the quality of health for those living in the lower Rio Grande area. 

Exhortan a usar voces literarias para promover la justicia social

Edinburg, Tx. Con un exhorto a usar sus voces literarias para elevar sus comunidades y hablar en contra de la injusticia, el laureado poeta Juan Felipe Herrera y el escritor y editor Bryce Milligan enfatizaron la importancia que la literatura tiene en promover la justicia social. 


An oral history project taught South Texas high school students to look for strength and pride in things that others dismiss as unimportant. That lesson now undergirds efforts to create the nation's first bilingual university. 

PfISD names principals at four elementary schools

March 10, 2017 - The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees named four principals to fill upcoming vacancies at several elementary schools for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. 

These colleges are better than Harvard at making poor kids rich

When the development offices of massive, astoundingly wealthy universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia make their pitches to prospective donors, the No. 1 message is always the same: financial aid. 

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. 

Endangered plants in Cambodia documented

Scientists are racing to document rare plants and animal species in Cambodia found nowhere else in the world before they are lost forever. Why? Because they are only present in limestone cliffs known as karsts which are being ground up to make cement to fuel Cambodia's building boom. 

Inside the Nation’s First Bilingual University

The question of the day is: Are you smart?” professor José Saldívar announced at the start of class. “Don’t just give me a yes-or-no answer. Tell me why.” Seated in a sparkling new classroom at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus, with rolling chairs in the school colors — blue, green and burnt orange — students inched closer together to debate the value of innate ability versus hard work. 

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. 

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. 

Despite protections, immigrant students fear deportation under Trump administration

Immigrant students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley fear deportation despite protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

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. 

5 Ways Trump's Deportation Plan Helps Criminals

In a number of ways, the Trump administration's plan to curb illegal immigration in the United States could facilitate the type of crime that it purports to stop. 

Going bilingual at University of Texas

Officials in the United States are expected to discuss border security and immigration later this week. As Mexicans protest President Donald Trump's wall and undocumented immigrants get rounded up, some living in the US border state Texas are offering a more inclusive approach. 

Border Security? Texas governor tweets about robbery at Church's Chicken in McAllen

McALLEN — After a gunman robbed her grandpa on Friday, Cassie Luevano started tweeting at anyone who would listen. 

UMB Bank adds Lana Harris as vice president

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), announces it has hired Lana Harris as vice president of commercial business development. In her role, she is responsible for leading business development activities while supporting clients and associates. 

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. 

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. 


You likely know a thing or two about the underground railroad that helped hundreds escape to the north. But just 15 minutes outside of McAllen there are forgotten pieces of a lesser-known underground railroad that went in a southerly direction. 

Daily Yonder: Advocates say new education secretary DeVos lacks knowledge about rural schools

A rural education advocate says the new Education secretary’s suburban, billionaire background doesn’t prepare her to deal with the nation’s small, public schools. How much will she learn on the job? 

Rescatan jóvenes la lengua zapoteca

Edinburg, Tx.- Una organización estudiantil de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley (UTRGV) está trabajando en un libro de cuentos para niños que podría ayudar a salvar a un idioma indígena moribundo. 

UTRGV: Research - 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. 

Campus Management Partners with The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to Engage Diverse Population with Large Alumni Network

BOCA RATON, FL - (Marketwired - February 13, 2017) - Campus Management Corp. today announced that The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will use the CampusNexus® CRM solution to transform the way it connects and engages with constituents. 

A Race to Document Rare Plants Before These Cliffs Are Ground to Dust

The species native to Cambodia’s limestone karsts exist nowhere else. Now these unique environments are being pulverized for cement. 


AUSTIN - The results for Friday's South Padre Island Winter Cleanup and Saturday's Coastal Bend Winter Cleanup organized by the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office are in. At the Winter Texan Cleanup at Andy Bowie Park on South Padre Island, 721 volunteers showed up to remove 54,075 pounds of trash from five miles of Texas coastline. The Coastal Bend Winter Cleanuphad 730 volunteers at eight sites who removed 18,406 pounds of trash from 30.5 miles of beach. 

Designan director ejecutivo de EDC

Víctor Pérez , se había desempeñado como administrador de Operaciones Escolares en el Distrito Escolar Independiente de Progreso, hasta antes de su nombramiento como director ejecutivo de la Corporación de Desarrollo Económico de Pharr (EDC) la semana pasada. 

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. 

National Kite Flying Day De-Stresses UTRGV Students

EDINBURG, Texas - Clear skies are bringing UTRGV students outdoors to celebrate National Kite Flying Day. 

Strategies for Saving the Liberal Arts

The challenges facing the liberal arts are well-known. Humanities departments, in particular, struggle to attract students. 


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, participated in RGV Day at the Texas Capitol. 

UTRGV kicks off workshop focused on yellow fever prevention

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is hosting a week-long workshop focused on yellow fever. 

UT Rio Grande Valley Receives $15 Million for Neuroscience Institute

The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley has announced a $15 million gift from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to create an institute for neuroscience research and education on its Harlingen campus. 

Tensions entre les É.-U. et le Mexique

Discussion avec Alexandre Couture Gagnon, professeure en politiques publiques à l’Université du Texas Rio Grande à Brownsville, Texas 

Jorge Plata Moreno Named General Director of OnStar Mexico

General Motors announced Jorge Plata Moreno as the new CEO of OnStar Mexico. Plata Moreno Takes over for Michael Szachta in the role, and will lead the GM subsidiary in its operations as overseer for the implementing of 4G LTE and various other technological advances. 

Scobee’s ‘voice of the stars’ retires after nearly four decades

Scobee Education Center bid farewell Jan. 31 to planetarium Director Bob Kelley, who spent the last 39 years overseeing planetarium operations while also coordinating and presenting close to 14,000 planetarium shows to nearly 1 million people. 

UTRGV kicks off workshop focused on yellow fever prevention

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is hosting a week-long workshop focused on yellow fever. 

Trump’s Order for a ‘Big, Beautiful’ Wall Renews Fears at a Border Campus

When President Trump ordered that construction begin immediately on the "big, beautiful, powerful wall" he had promised his supporters, he probably wasn’t imagining the green, 10-foot-high fence that runs along the southern perimeter of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. 

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 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. 

Changes in Rainfall, Temperature Expected to Transform Coastal Wetlands This Century

Sea-level rise isn’t the only aspect of climate change expected to affect coastal wetlands: changes in rainfall and temperature are predicted to transform wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world within the century. 

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. 

Getting to the Core of It

What do Columbia University and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley have in common? 

UTRGV: Research - 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. 

Agradecen futuros doctores el apoyo

Edinburg, Tx. Un total de cincuenta y cuatro futuros médicos se presentaron ante los comisionados del Condado Hidalgo para agradecer su continuo apoyo a la Escuela de Medicina UTRGV . 

Undocumented immigrant vows to fight for rights when Trump takes office

MCALLEN, Texas - With President Donald Trump in the the White House, undocumented immigrant and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient Maria Ibarra, 23, said communities like hers feel that their rights may be in jeopardy. But many like her are taking action to make sure that doesn't happen. 

A Voice for History

As a scholar, Aída Hurtado has marked multiple firsts in her study and teaching of Chicana/o studies and feminist theory. And now she’s made history of another kind, as a featured speaker at the recent Women’s March in Washington D.C., said to be the largest such civic event ever in the U.S. 

Texas A&M garners $10 million grant to establish center, fight vector-borne diseases

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife recently received a substantial monetary boost to bolster its aggressive fight to stem the spread of vector-borne diseases for the public good, said Dr. David Ragsdale, Texas A&M University entomology department head at College Station. 

Continúa UTRGV en total expansión

Edinburg, Tx. En un repaso sobre los logros alcanzados durante el año que recién terminó, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley reconoce que el 2016 fue determinante para su crecimiento con cuatro edificios actualmente en construcción y otros dos aprobados por la Junta de Regentes del Sistema UT. 

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. 

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. 

UTRGV Growth in 2016

BROWNSVILLE, Texas. As 2016 comes to a close UTRGV marks its bricks and mortar growth with four buildings currently under construction and two more recently approved for construction. 

Obtiene GWSP un premio económico

Edinburg, Tx.- El Programa de Género y Estudios de la Mujer ( GWSP ) de la UTRGV obtuvo un premio económico de poco más de 68 mil dólares Beca de Iniciativas Humanísticas del National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). 

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. 

Study Examines Drug and Human Trafficking Overlap in Mexico

A recent study from a pair of academics specializing on border issues finds a wide degree of overlap between coyotes and drug traffickers along the US-Mexico border, with government policies helping to encourage the blurring of the lines between the two illicit activities. 

Future UTRGV center to provide free energy assessments to local businesses

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 and has been awarded a $1.25 million grant to fund the five-year project. The STIAC will provide industrial energy assessments, at no cost, to local small- and medium-size enterprises, potentially helping manufacturers save millions of dollars each year in energy, productivity and water management costs. 

UT Rio Grande Valley probation not about quality

In Texas, we dream big. We tackle challenges head-on, create solutions, and we take “that’s never been done before” as a dare. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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). 

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.  

Firman acuerdos; activan ruta 2 + 2

McAllen, Tx. Con la firma de un total de 26 acuerdos de articulación, The University of Texas Río Grande Valley y South Texas College aseguran un camino transparente para que los estudiantes lleven sus estudios a un grado superior. 

UTRGV Education Students Participate in Teaching Simulation

EDINBURG, Texas. Education students over at UTRGV now have the chance to get a taste of a real-life classroom setting before taking their first teaching position. 

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. 

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 – the practice of ringing the university bell at the close of the commencement ceremonies in May and December. 

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.  

Raymondville Resident Appointed by Governor Abbott to the OneStar Foundation Board

AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Benjamin A. Montañez and Randy H. Skinner and reappointed Yvonne S. “Bonnie” Brown to the OneStar Foundation Board for terms set to expire March 15, 2019. The OneStar Foundation provides technical assistance, education, information and other support to Texas’ extensive volunteer community, and improving and strengthening the state’s volunteerism and community service infrastructure. 

How Trump Could Embolden Cuba’s Hardliners

Since former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s death last Friday, Donald Trump has insulted the longtime leader and pledged to reverse the 2014 agreement to normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S. 

Trying to Talk Texan? Let Your Words Lean Into Each Other

UTRGV professor of Culture and Communication, W.F. Strong, says in the traditional or classic Texas dialect, we have a tendency to stretch our vowels and put a lilt into them. 

UTRGV and Harlingen CISD represent Texas at Summit

HARLINGEN, Texas. UTRGV and the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District are back from representing the state of Texas at a special summit in Washington, D.C. 

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. 

Cuba faces renewed tensions with US, but without Fidel Castro, its field marshal

Fidel Castro had once called former United States president George W. Bush a “functional illiterate”. Former US president Ronald Reagan was “the worst terrorist in the history of mankind”, Castro said, with ideas “from the Buffalo Bill era” 

Trump y el futuro del socialismo: las preguntas tras la muerte de Fidel Castro - Yahoo

Fidel Castro llevó las riendas del poder en Cuba durante 48 años y siguió influyendo en el destino de la isla hasta su muerte. Con Fidel se va el rival firme de Washington, el defensor del socialismo a ultranza, el símbolo de la terca resistencia y de la intransigencia que no permitió disidencias. 

Cuba After Castro: How Much Change, and How Quickly?

MIAMI – As the world takes in the news that Fidel Castro has died, many people are asking what will happen next in one of the last remaining Communist countries. 

Moving forward: area leaders re-prioritize after failed merger plan

Less than a month after a proposed merger between two South Texas universities was stopped in its tracks area leaders are looking to move forward. 

Piden declarar UTRGV ‘universidad santuario’

Edinburg, Tx.- Un grupo de estudiantes de la Universidad de Texas del Valle del Río Grande, UTRGV , pretende que el Presidente de la institución, Guy Bailey, la declare como una “universidad santuario”. 

Americans who live near border say Trump's wall is unwelcome

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) – All along the winding Rio Grande, the people who live in this bustling, fertile region where the U.S. border meets the Gulf of Mexico never quite understood how Donald Trump's great wall could ever be much more than campaign rhetoric. 

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. 

Trump y el futuro del socialismo: las preguntas tras la muerte de Fidel Castro - Noticias RCN

Fidel Castro llevó las riendas del poder en Cuba durante 48 años y siguió influyendo en el destino de la isla hasta su muerte. 

Students Petition to make UTRGV a Sanctuary Campus

EDINBURG, Texas. 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. 

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. 

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. 

Piden que UTRGV sea universidad santuario

EDINBURG, Texas- Estudiantes en la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Rio Grande están recaudando firmas para que la institución se convierta en una universidad santuario. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Going Green in the RGV, Part 2

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas. You may have seen the wind turbines along the highways in the Rio Grande Valley. South Texas has become a destination for investors interested in renewable energy. 

Legal marijuana may be added to Las Vegas' list of vices

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Nevada already has legal brothels, round-the-clock casinos and a coy catchphrase declaring that "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." If voters approve, the state could soon add another vice in the form of recreational marijuana. 

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. 

NAFTA lecture informs students about international trade

Alberto Dávila, professor of economics at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, and Tom Fullerton, professor of finance at the University of Texas at El Paso, spoke Wednesday evening in the Stark Lecture Hall in the Gerdin Business Building about free trade between Mexico and the United States. 

Educate Texas Delegation Calls Learning Tour to Study Singapore's World-Class Education System "A Major Success"

Delegation of 37 education, business and philanthropic leaders bring back ideas to Texas after firsthand look at the policies, best practices that have made Singapore an "educational powerhouse". 

Latest Discovery in Zika Research

EDINBURG, Texas. The rise in the number of Zika cases reported south of the border and closer to Texas, is raising concerns for scientists and researchers in the Rio Grande Valley. We tell you about the project a UTRGV professor and his grad students are doing. Their work could to help prevent the spread of the virus and possibly find a cure for it. 

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos Named Texas Nominee for 2017 National Superintendent of the Year

TASA has selected Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, as Texas’ nominee for the 2017 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award. 

Texas Secretary of State visits UTRGV in Edinburg

EDINBURG, Texas. Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos is traveling across the Lone Star State to promote his ‘Vote Texas’ campaign. Today he visited UTRGV students to promote the importance of voting among the millennial population. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

In Railroad Commission race, a petroleum engineer lifts Libertarian hopes

DRIPPING SPRINGS – Mark Miller’s otherwise unremarkable home office hints at his message to Texas voters. 

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. 

Traveling to Cuba? This Q&A has info on visas, credit cards, hotels and how not to run afoul of U.S. law

When Southwest Airlines begins direct service Dec. 12 from Tampa to Havana, it will be cheaper and easier for locals to visit Cuba. 

Texas A&M University gets green light for Rio Grande Valley expansion

State higher education officials gave Texas A&M University a nod of approval last week in the system flagship’s efforts to expand into the fast-growing, high-poverty Rio Grande Valley. 

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.

Dr Pepper: The Story of Texas’ Favorite Soft Drink

My favorite snack as a teenager was a Dr Pepper with salty peanuts. You remember: you pour the peanuts into the Dr Pepper and let them float around and season the drink. Didn’t get much better than that. 

New hope in superbug fight: Tasmanian devil milk

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's occasional enemy, the voracious Tasmanian devil, may pose a threat to something we'd actually like to see disappear from this planet: the superbug. 

Economista Alberto Dávila explica por qué la tabla que define la línea de la pobreza no es aplicable a la realidad actual

El también profesor de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley ha estudiado a fondo la situación de los inmigrantes hispanos en comunidades de bajos recursos. 

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. 

Motivan a jóvenes a probar programa

Estudiantes de la Universidad de Michi-gan, animan a los estudiantes y padres para tomar ventaja del programa de enriquecimiento de lenguaje dual . 

UTRGV Symphony Orchestra Debut Concerts

The talents of student musicians from both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses melded harmoniously under the baton of Maestro Peter Dabrowski during the inaugural performances of the UTRGV Symphony Orchestra at both campuses. 

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

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 

UTRGV JumpStart students score high on latest Texas college readiness tests

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. 

UTRGV Master of Physician Assistant Studies program gets expansion approval - My Harlingen News

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. 

Writers Series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will host a reading and cultural discussion panel to observe Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate and promote diversity within and around the university and greater Huntington communities, according to a release from the university. 

UTRGV Nursing Program Ranked High in the Nation

EDINBURG, Texas. The Nursing Program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was recently ranked as one of the best in the nation. News Center 23's Jose Saenz tells why the program received that recognition, and why students are choosing over other programs. 

America’s Navy hosts Annual SeaPerch Competition at HESTEC 2016

Continuing to spark students' interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Sailors of Navy Recruiting District (NRD) San Antonio and Navy City Outreach Southwest Region put students' ingenuity to the test with a SeaPerch Competition held at the Harlingen Aquatic Center during the 15th Annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week, Oct. 7. 

Millennial Activists Left Unimpressed With Trump’s Stance on Sexual Assault

Before the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Republican nominee Donald Trump called in the traveling press corps for a press conference on his “debate prep.” 

TMMTX’s support of STEM education in the Rio Grande Valley aims to inspire the next generation of Latino team members

We’re half way through Hispanic Heritage Month, which continues until Oct. 15. But while many might see that celebration as an opportunity to more fully appreciate the Latino culture’s past, Toyota’s truck plant in San Antonio, Texas, has chosen to place its focus squarely on the future. 

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: "L'heure du monde"

C'est l'émergence de créneaux axés sur les secteurs de pointe de la haute technologie et de l'économie du savoir qui ont permis à la région de Québec de connaître un essor sans pareil au pays depuis plus d'un quart de siècle, selon l'économiste Chantal Routhier. 

Conoce a 30 mexicanos exitosos menores de 30 años

Se pensaba antes que la juventud era un impedimento para lograr el éxito profesional y que para alcanzarlo se requería de una mayor experiencia que solo la edad te daba, hoy en día ese concepto ha cambiado. 

Writers Series to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

HUNTINGTON - Marshall University's A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will host a reading and cultural discussion panel to observe Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate and promote diversity within and around the university and greater Huntington communities, according to a release from the university. 

DVids Defense Imagery Distribution System: “Latina Sailors talk with Mothers, Daughters at HESTEC

“Celebrating 15 Years” is the theme of the 2016 Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Oct. 3 - 6. 

RIO GRANDE GUARDIAN: Hinojosa: UT Regent’s HESTEC Speech Inspired Young Latinas

EDINBURG, RGV – Presiding over his last HESTEC as a member of Congress, Rubén Hinojosa said he was moved beyond words by the inspiring speech given by Sara Martinez Tucker, a UT System Regent originally from Laredo. 

UTRGV researchers apply for federal grant to stop mosquito-borne illnesses

Several researchers at the University of the Rio Grande Valley are working on an application to send to the Centers for Disease Control to build a center which will track illnesses spread through mosquitoes and limit their impact. 

Texas Border Biz: “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. 

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. 

USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Support Minority and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2016 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $8.4 million in grants that will be used by organizations in 24 states to provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, tribal and veteran farmers and ranchers. 

Researchers examine how education impacts clergy views of homosexuality

Researchers at Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions evaluated the role education plays in influencing what members of the clergy think about homosexuality. 


EDINBURG, RGV – Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia says he does not want UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine to be so starved of funds that it becomes known as Tortilla Tech. 

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. 

In Texas, Even Trump Supporters Hate the Border Wall

"Nobody likes the wall," says Tony Martinez, mayor of Brownsville, a city in the southeastern corner of Texas across the Rio Grande from Matamoros, Mexico. He's the son of Mexican immigrants and a Democrat, but he's not exaggerating: Even Donald Trump supporters in the town hate the border fence that has been here since 2008. 

Diversity, tuition costs on college campuses addressed at Texas Tribune Festival

Panelists at the Texas Tribune Festival met over the weekend to discuss issues in higher education affecting students across Texas. The slow growth of racial diversity and high tuition costs at Texas colleges were issues panelists wanted to see addressed when the 85th Legislature begins in the upcoming months. 


EDINBURG, RGV – Salvador Contreras, director of the Center for Border Economic Studies of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, published a statistical report as part of the Border Business Briefs on K-12 education along the border. 

REBusiness Online: Rio Grande Valley Commercial Real Estate Growth is Happening

Growth. It is occurring all across the Rio Grande Valley. From the residential sector to the retail development industry, regional statistics indicate there is an overwhelming boom in the Valley. 

El Manana: Aprueban recursos para nuevo edificio

Edinburg, Tx.- En el marco de las celebraciones del primer aniversario de la Universidad de Texas Rio Grande Valley, se dieron a conocer planes para una nueva facultad en el campus Edinburg. 

El Manana: Otorgan recursos para servicios de preescolar

Edinburg, Tx. - Los servicios educativos para la primera infancia o head start, serán ampliados gracias a una subvención millonaria otorgada por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos. 

El Manana: Realizarán primer simposio ISMER

McAllen, Tx. - Tamer Balci, profesor asociado de historia y el organizador del simposio, dijo que el evento del martes 6 de septiembre, es una oportunidad perfecta para los estudiantes universitarios, profesores, el personal y el público para aprender más acerca de la relación sensible de este país con el Medio Oriente, que data de la última década del siglo 18. 

El Manana: Combaten el sobrepeso y la obesidad

Edinburg, Tx. - Con el objetivo de combatir el azote del sobrepeso y la obesidad en la región, se realizó el Seminario Obesidad y en el Valle del Río Grande; área que ocupa una de las tasas más altas a nivel estado. 


EDINBURG, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NextDecade, LLC, the company which plans to build a $20 billion liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville. 

Valley Central: UTRGV research program aims to generate disaster plan for impoverished areas

Following the aftermath of recent major flooding in Louisiana, a research program from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley aims to create a plan that will better prepare the Rio Grande Valley for natural disasters. 

CNS News: Obama's New Job-Creation Plan: Bring More Foreign Entrepreneurs to U.S.

( - The Obama administration is proposing a new rule that would allow "certain international entrepreneurs" to come to the United States temporarily to start or expand their businesses in this country. 

El Manana: Realizarán Vaqueros visorías a prospectos

Edinburg, Tx.- Los Vaqueros de UTRGV estarán realizado visorías a prospectos que buscan integrarse al selectivo de futbol varonil lo que se realizará el próximo 13 de septiembre en las instalaciones del estadio de futbol soccer en Edinburg. 

El Manana: Facultad de enfermería entre las mejores del país

Edinburg, Tx. La Facultad de Enfermería de la Universidad Río Grande Valley fue nombrada entre las mejores en el país en dos clasificaciones nacionales publicadas por sitios web que sirven como recursos para los estudiantes de enfermería actuales y futuros. Texas Bicycling News August 18th 2016

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the City of Brownsville soon will be able to provide a bike-sharing program to the community. 

EdPrepMatters: New Holmes Cadets Pilot Launches in Texas

This month, I visited the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to participate in a kick-off symposium for the new AACTE Holmes Cadets Program starting there. The participating high school students were a dynamic reminder of why AACTE is expanding the Holmes Program: to support historically underrepresented students pursuing careers in education. 


Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to see history unfolding in the Rio Grande Valley. I traveled from Austin for a series of events related to the new UTRGV School of Medicine and the positive impact it is having on the health care ecosystem of the Valley. 

McRaven Discusses Benefits Medical School Will Bring to RGV

EDINBURG, RGV – William McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas System, said cities that have both a medical school and a healthcare district, such as those in Dallas, Bexar and Harris counties, have worked very well together for the community that they support. 

El Manana: Realizan Cumbre sin fines de lucro

Edinburg, Tx. Se llevó a cabo en la ciudad de Edinburg la segunda de una serie de conferencias encaminadas a abordar el tema de las organizaciones no lucrativas, esto con el fin de crear más opciones y ampliar las oportunidades de voluntariado en la comunidad. 

El Manana: Finaliza programa que busca más investigadores en ciencia

McAllen, Tx – El programa titulado Investigadores escolares de preparatoria de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río grande (Pos sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) terminó esta semana con la participación de decenas de jóvenes que mostraron su trabajo realizado durante este proyecto en una ceremonia de clausura. 

Rio Grande Guardian: In Pictures: Palms Behavioral Comes to Harlingen

HARLINGEN, RGV – A Palms Behavioral Health hospital has opened in the Rio Grande Valley. The hospital is centered in Harlingen and specializes in mental illnesses and substance abuse care. 

Abc15 Arizona: FACT CHECK: Sister of Border Patrol agent killed near Arizona border claims there are few agents

The Arizona-Mexico border became a brief focal point during Day One of the Republican National Convention. 

El Manana: Unidos por la educación

Edinburg, Tx. Este programa es uno de los primeros de su tipo en los Estados Unidos y apoya a los estudiantes de preparatoria de grupos minoritarios para conseguir su diploma o GED y que están interesados en una carrera de maestro, administración escolar o relacionada. 

Whidbey News-Times: Wienermobile rolling into Oak Harbor on Thursday

Taylor Lennox and Mayra Martinez don’t need to wish to be an Oscar Mayer wiener – they already drive one. 

Texas Public Radio: How Black Lives Matter in the Valley

Black Lives Matter: we’ve heard it a lot lately in the wake of more police shootings of black men. It came up – in different ways – at both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions. It’s also showing up in places where there are not a lot of black lives – places like the Rio Grande Valley – with a black population of just one percent. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Cuellar: Streets in Indian Hills East colonia are finally going to get fixed

INDIAN HILLS, RGV – Hidalgo County Commissioner A.C. Cuellar classified the roads in Indian Hills East as the worst in Precinct 1. 

Valley Business Report: First ever RGV Nonprofit Business Summit takes place

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host the first RGV Nonprofit Business Summit Aug. 9, offering tools and ideas for sustainable success, networking opportunities, and session and keynote presentations by social change experts from the region and the country. 

Rio Grande Guardian: García: The Evolution of Education in Texas and Mexico

Hispanics have always enjoyed a penchant for education, and especially for endowing their children this love of learning. 

Valley Business Report: Brick by Brick - Building the Valley

Behind every commercial and institutional building going up in the Rio Grande Valley is a general contractor. Years ago, contractors would bid on a project, win a bid, hire numerous subcontractors, oversee the work and strive to finish it all on time and on budget. 

El Manana: Apoya UTRGV a atletas en los Juegos de Texas

McAllen, Tx. Los Juegos de Texas han empezado y con esto la llegada de miles de atletas por lo que La Universidad de Texas en el Valle de rio grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) esta lista para apoyar a los participantes de varias de las competencias. 

El Manana: Pondrá en marcha cumbre empresarial

Edinburg, Tx. Abbott sera uno de varios oradores en la conferencia de un día, que tendra lugar en el Centro de Servicio de Educación Región Uno en Edinburg. La conferencia comienza a las 8:00 y termina a las 16:30 horas. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Bailey: UTRGV to Become a Billion Dollar Enterprise

EDINBURG, RGV. The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley could become a billion-dollar enterprise within the next ten years, says its president, Guy Bailey. 

El Bravo: Regreso a clases armado?

28/07/2016 Recientemente la Junta de Regentes del Sistema de la Universidad de Texas, llevó a cabo una revisión de las normas y reglamentos que regir·en la implementación de la SB 11, ley que regula la portación de armas de fuego dentro de los campus universitarios. 

EWS: Vela: $1.8M to benefit South Texas colleges

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, announced Monday the U.S. Department of Education awarded $1.8 million in education grants to six South Texas Colleges, a news release states. 

RGVision: Future doctors in training at UTRGV’s medical school!

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, July 25, 2016. A few days in, students are settling into their new, medical path of study. 

DotMD: Mobile primary care clinic deployed in Texas communities

Thanks to a $2.88 million grant from United Health Foundation, the days of driving long distances to the primary care physician for a doctor's appointment may be over for 4,500 residents of Texas' Rio Grande Valley. 

El Manana: Empiezan clases en SOM de forma official

Edinburg, Tx. Luego de la ceremonia de iniciación donde los estudiantes de medicina recibieron su bata blanca, la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de río grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) empezó de manera oficial las clases en la Escuela de medicina (SOM) por primera vez en la historia. 

Texas Standard: The life of Tom Landry, the man in the hat

Tom Landry and Charles Schulz died on the same day: Feb. 12, 2000. Mike Thompson, the Detroit Free Press cartoonist honored them both with a cartoon showing them entering the pearly gates together. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV welcomes School of Medicine’s 2020 class

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony July 23. Families, School of Medicine faculty, state and local dignitaries and others in attendance cheered. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV welcomed its first 55 students into the medical profession with the inaugural White Coat Ceremony

EDINBURG – Heart, respect, dignity, sensitivity and affection are the five qualities Dr. Francisco Fernandez hopes to instill in every one of the 55 students who dawned their white coats Saturday to become the first cohort of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. 

Texas Border Business: High school students step up to conduct college research in UTRGV’s High Scholars program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS- Working alongside an astrophysicist at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this summer. 

Excelsior: Exposición busca generar reflexión sobre muro fronterizo

Fotografías, planos arquitectónicos de zonas fronterizas imaginarias, pinturas y arte elaborado sobre el muro que divide ambos países son parte de la exposición que presentaron varios artistas en una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York, que a su juicio representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

Texas Tribune: Scholars and Activists Lambast Proposed Mexican-American Studies Textbook

If the State Board of Education approves a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook this fall, Texas students could learn that the Aztecs waged war because of “bloodlust,” 19th-century Mexican industrial laborers often drank on the job and slavery was in swift decline just before the Civil War, scholars and activists said at a press conference Monday.

El Manana: Lista UTRGV para portación de armas

EDINBURG, Tx – La Junta de regentes del Sistema de la Universidad de Texas, llevaron a cabo una revisión de las normas y reglamentos que regirán la implementación de la SB 11, también conocida como la ley para portar un arma de fuego en el campus. 

El Bravo: En agosto inicia ley de porte de armas encubiertas en Universidad

EDINBURG – La ley de armas encubiertas en las Universidades de Texas entra en vigor el próximo mes. Los cambios tienen algunos estudiantes de la Universidad del Río Grande Valley (UTRGV) dudosos. 

El Manana: Ponen en marcha ‘Unimóvil’ de salud. Presentes en evento representantes de UHF

Edinburg, Tx. Con el firme compromiso de crear un modelo sostenible para la prestación de asistencia sanitaria a los más vulnerables de la comunidad, se puso en marcha la “Unimóvil”, una unidad médica móvil de salud. 

Business Wire: UTRGV and United Health Foundation Unveil Mobile Clinic to Deliver Health Care to Rio Grande Valley Communities

EDINBURG, Texas - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine and United Health Foundation introduced “Unimóvil” today at a dedication ceremony. 

Rio Grande Guardian: Chamber asks to help San Benito’s revitalization efforts

SAN BENITO, RGV – San Benito Chamber of Commerce has asked the UT-Rio Grande Valley Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center for help following a report that said the city was one of the worst places for Texas families. 

The Archaeology News Network: Changes in primate teeth linked to rise of monkeys

University of California, Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species. 

San Antonio Express: Future brighter for premed students

Opportunities for students seeking a medical education in Texas are growing at an unprecedented pace. 

Rio Grande Guardia: Salinas: How SpaceX can help Brownsville develop an innovation corridor

BROWNSVILLE, RGV – How does SpaceX and building an aerospace cluster in Brownsville align with United Brownsville’s agenda, Brownsville Economic Development Council Vice President Gilberto Salinas was asked. 

El Manana: Dan banderazo oficial a dos clínicas de salud

La Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) continúa su compromiso de mejorar la calidad de vida de la comunidad al hacer de manera oficial la inauguración de dos clínicas de salud en el Valle del Sur de Texas. 

Rock 108:Texas Woman Competes at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

A south Texas woman had an opportunity of a lifetime this past Fourth of July weekend. That’s because she got a chance to compete at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island in New York. 

RGVision: Mental Health Matters

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”  

Becker's Spine: UT System hospitals to establish $12.4M patient data integration network: 5 things to know

A $12.4 million University of Texas System Clinical Data Network will establish integration between six UT health centers, according to Healthcare Informatics. 

RGVision: 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. 

RGVproud: Special research on bees adds to UTRGV high scholar program

BROWNSVILLE, Texas. Great things are in the works at UTRTV, from the new medical school to the new high school program... and overall expansion of the campus. 

San Antonio Express News: UTRGV officials appear bullish on football’s role in school’s development

EDINBURG – Amid the swaying palm trees and construction cranes that dot its rapidly expanding campus, UT-Rio Grande Valley is taking shape as a growing university. 

San Antonio Express News: UT-Rio Grande Valley medical school dean to step down

EDINBURG – The founding dean of the UT-Rio Grande Valley school of medicine, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, announced Wednesday he will step down after two years spent building the region’s first medical school. 

RGVproud: UTRGV School of Medicine Welcomes its First Class

EDINBURG, Texas. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has officially welcomed its #FirstClass of 55 students to its School of Medicine, with a first roll call and full day of orientation. 

WAMC: MGM Litigates, Lobbys Over Potential Competition

MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

The Galveston County Daily News: Lieberman named interim dean at Valley medical school

Dr. Steve Lieberman, senior Dean for Administration in the School of Medicine, has been named interim dean of the new medical school at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley while the school searches for a permanent dean. Lieberman takes over for Dr. Francisco Fernandez, who announced last week that he was stepping down. 

Valley Business Report: Local economist shares expertise with federal reserve chair

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 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.  

Texas Border Business: 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. 

Med India: Understanding the Deadly Zika Virus at its Fundamental Level

Latin American countries most affected by the Zika virus are employing the expertise of researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to fight the deadly epidemic, as the mosquito-borne disease continues to spread around the world. 

Lidtime: Gravitational waves detected for a second time

More than 1,000 scientists from different parts of the world have observed gravitational waves for the second time. 

Social Work Helper: UTRGV Students Share Experiences During Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – 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. 

UT System: UT Zika research leading global efforts

Los muros, en nuestros días, se han convertido en un perfecto ejemplo de la limitación e incluso de la segregación sin sentido, como se pudo ver en su tiempo con el muro de Berlín o como el muro-reja que ha separado a los Estados Unidos de México; por esto último, 16 artistas presentan distintos tipos de expresiones artísticas que tienen como finalidad el reflexionar sobre la legitimidad de la construcción colocada entre ambos países. 

Texas Standard: The Story Behind Texas’ Favorite Butter

Texas has a great number of Texas brands: Southwest Airlines. Texas Instruments. Lone Star Beer. Dell Computer. Imperial Sugar. The King Ranch. Now, The King Ranch is a brand that came, quite literally, from a brand. King Ranch even has its own brand of Ford Pickup. 

Oro Radio: Exposición en Nueva York interroga muro fronterizo

NUEVA YORK - Un grupo de artistas presentó una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York que tiene como fin cuestionar la legitimidad del muro entre México y Estados Unidos, una construcción que a su juicio representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

Milenio: El arte contra el muro entre México y Estados Unidos

Un grupo de artistas presentó una exposición en la galería Apexart de Nueva York, que tiene como fin cuestionar la legitimidad del muro entre México y Estados Unidos, una construcción que, a su juicio, representa una afrenta a la democracia. 

RGVproud: Young Artists Prepare for Piano Summer Camp

Young Musicians from around the Rio Grande Valley are participating in this year’s piano camp hosted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

The Daily Beast: The States That Can't Stop Zika

Mosquitoes bearing Zika–a virus that can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women–are expected to reach the United States as soon as this summer, with Florida and Texas likely to be among the hardest-hit states. 

Edinburg Politics: UTRGV Provost Havidán Rodríguez, a former member of the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors, receives 2016 César Estrada Chávez Award

Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, who served on the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015, is founding Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTRGV. Mayor Richard García said Rodríguez’ efforts on behalf of Edinburg and UTRGV have been impressive. 

Valley Central: UTRGV works with SpaceX to encourage more women to study science

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and SpaceX have partnered on an initiative to encourage more women to study science. 

DNA Info: Artists Reimagine U.S.-Mexico Border Wall in TriBeCa Exhibit

TRIBECA – A 12-foot-tall photo of a red metal fence with muddy footprints hangs on the wall of a TriBeCa studio. To the artists behind the image, the picture is a close-up view of an expansive problem: the nearly 600 miles of piecemeal border wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico. 

El Manana: Ofrecerán maestrías de estudios sobre desastres (june 2)

“Con este nuevo programa, los graduados adquirirán el conocimiento y las habilidades necesarias para manejar las dimensiones del ser humano, al igual que la respuesta de alerta y coordinación intergubernamental, las dimensiones físicas, los peligros comunes como el mal tiempo, las grandes inundaciones y accidentes químicos”, dijo William Donner, coordinador del programa de Sociología que, junto con Walter Díaz, decano de la Facultad de Artes liberales, supervisarán el desarrollo del programa.

Truthdig: Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees

The global refugee crisis and proposed plans for a new, improved and costly wall along the U.S. Mexico border have been hotly debated topics this presidential campaign cycle. Along with Donald Trump, Pope Francis and Bono, artists are weighing in on these contentious issues with their creative interpretations and viewpoints. 

Anthropology News: Anthropology, Art, and the US-Mexico Border Wall

Border walls have become the centerpiece of global policies aimed at increased militarization to deter undocumented immigration and smuggling for the sake of national security in the war on terror. Despite hopes that the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 portended the dawn of a new era, a world without walls, thirty-three nation-states have constructed walls to physically and symbolically demarcate borders. ‘You May All Go to Hell' And 9 More Great Texas Quotes

1. “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” Davy Crockett said this angrily after losing his Tennessee bid for the U.S. Congress. 

El Mañana: Avanza la UTRGV en ciencias de la comida

Junto a las instituciones que atienden a hispanos como la Universidad de Texas en San Antonio (UTSA), la Universidad estatal de Nuevo México (NMSU) y la Universidad de Nuevo México (UNM) el IFSEEN busca aumentar el número de hispanos en la industria de la ciencia de la comida, la cual es el estudio de la realización de comida de manera física, química y biológica. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV offers new master’s degree in disaster studies

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is accepting applications for its new Master of Arts in Disaster Studies program, a 36-hour program with both thesis and non-thesis options that provides students with formal training in a transdisciplinary and multicultural approach to the study and management of disasters. 

El Mañana: AmeriCorps aumenta presencia en UTRGV

Este fondo de 1.8 millones de dólares originalmente había sido entregado para el año escolar 2017-2018, sin embargo con el fin de mantener el crecimiento igual en los planteles de la universidad, dicho fondo se incrementó a 2.5 millones de dólares. 

PolitiFact Texas: Bill McRaven of University of Texas says UT students graduate with less than $21,000 in debt

The University of Texas System’s chancellor suggests that if you’ve been a UT undergraduate on any campus you’re likely not buried in school debt.  

El Mañana: Acuerdo académico beneficiará a jóvenes

Directores y representantes de los estudiantes de cada una de las seis escuelas preparatorias de BISD estuvieron presentes para celebrar la ocasión. 

RGVProud:  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.  Three Secrets of Life From My 101-Year-Old Mother

My mom lived to be 101 and five months. She said once you reached 99, you started counting your age like a newborn – in months: 99 and six months, 99 and nine months. She used to advise that if you wanted to live to be a hundred, you should live to be 99 and then be very, very careful. 

RGVision: Making Waves in Research

The event took all of 0.02 seconds and opened a new chapter in the study of the universe. 

Texas Co-op Power: Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail

The Rio Grande Valley saw more Civil War battles than any other area in Texas, says Chris Miller, a history professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. With most southern ports blockaded by the Union navy, the Mexican port of Bagdad on the Rio Grande played a vital role in supplying the Confederacy. 

VBR: Ben & Jerry on Social Responsibility

When Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream attended a meeting of top American CEOs, they were shocked – shocked! – to find the CEOs had high ethical standards, didn’t exploit their workers, their communities or the environment, and supported worthy nonprofits. 

El Mañana: Presentan estudio en simposio en UTRGV

Emily Cole y Catarina Gutiérrez, son alumnas de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) y ambas trabajan con células de cáncer cerebral en un laboratorio del plantel de Edinburg, buscan enfermedades cono Parkinson, pero también tratamientos a estos males.  

Texas Border Business: Ballet Company will present ‘A Night of Ballet & Spanish Dance,’ May 6-7

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Ballet Company will present its first annual concert, “A Night of Ballet & Spanish Dance,” 7:30 p.m. May 6-7 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex (PAC) on the Edinburg Campus. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV’s Bravo Opera Company puts finishing touches on this weekend’s performances of ‘Street Scene’

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. 

El Mañana: Reconoce UTRGV a la alumna-empleada del año

Gómez ha trabajado ya por tres años con el Programa de Apoyo para Alcanzar la Excelencia (ASPIRE), como tutora en el laboratorio de ciencias y matemáticas. 

RT&S: USDOT receives unprecedented interest in UTC grant program

There are two Tier 1 UTCs that focus solely on rail: The University of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (National University Rail Center) and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (University Transportation Center for Railway Safety).

El Mañana: Otorgan premio a profesor de UTRGV

Desde el 2012, el profesor Francisco Guajardo ha compartido su tiempo, conocimiento e ideas con las familias y el personal de la Autoridad de Vivienda de Edinburg (por sus siglas en inglés EHA).

Texas Border Business: National Robotics Week 2016 at Boys and Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV

(Edinburg, Texas) (April 11, 2016) The seventh annual National Robotics Week kicked off April 2 and Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV was a part of the – more than 250 celebrations – taking place across all 50 states. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV cohosting centennial celebration for Brownsville author Américo Paredes

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –APRIL 11, 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. 

Texas Border Business: UTRGV cohosting forum to coach business owners on federal, state and city contracts

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – APRIL 11, 2016 – The Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (RSTR PTAC) at UTRGV, in conjunction with Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, will cohost the 2nd annual South Texas Business Opportunity Forum on Tuesday, April 19. 

Forbes: Are There More Free-Living Mexican Red-headed Parrots In US Cities Than In Mexico?

People love parrots. It’s difficult to know how many parrots, or indeed, birds, are kept as pets in the United States, but that doesn’t stop the professionals from sharing their guesstimates. For example, in 2012, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimated that roughly 8.3 million birds are kept as pets in the United States, whereas a 2013 survey by the American Pet Products Association estimates there are roughly 20.6 million pet birds of all sorts.  

KERA: Y'all Talk Funny: Hear A Dozen Common Words Spoken Only Like A Texan

EDINBURG – The irony of having hungry residents living in rich agricultural areas was one of the main issues discussed at the second annual hunger forum at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. 

NBC Los Angeles: Parrot Species in US Cities May Rival That in

U.S. researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red-crowned parrot - a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country. 

VBR: McAllen Medical Center Foundation donates $13,000 to local residency program

The McAllen Family Medicine Residency Program, the longest running graduate medical education program in the Rio Grande Valley, has received a $13,000 donation from the McAllen Medical Center Foundation to assist residents with scholarly activities that promote healthcare in South Texas. 

El Mañana: Arrancan obras de edificio de UTRGV

Con una inversión superior a los 54 millones de dólares se iniciaron los trabajos de construcción del primer edificio en el campus de la Universidad de Texas Valle del Río Grande en Brownsville. In the Land of Pickups, Texas is King

To paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now, “I love the sound of a diesel engine in the morning.” Could be a pickup, or a tractor, or an 18 wheeler. But I love the sound, because it sounds like adventure. It is the sound that says we’re off on a road trip, or going fishing, hunting, or simply taking livestock to auction, to make more money for more adventure. 

Cuba innovator awaits Amazon and Home Depot

HAVANA, Cuba (CNN) - Amidst acres of lettuce fields on a thriving 25-acre organic community farm in the sleepy Havana suburb of Alamar, Isis Maria Salcines Milla tells me the surprising things she would love to get her hands on if the United States trade embargo were to be repealed: "Amazon Prime," "Home Depot." 

The Korea Herald: Obama visit fuels hopes for change in Cuba

President Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba was heavy on symbolism and light on immediate results, but the aftershocks have the ability to shift Cuba’s future, analysts said Tuesday.

The Washington Post: Students to Education Dept.: Small changes can make big payoffs in graduation rates

Sometimes it pays for Washington officials to hear directly from the kinds of students they want to help. About a dozen students and recent graduates from minority-serving colleges visited the Education Department in Washington late last week to tell about their experiences and what they think helps and doesn’t help in the quest to get a college diploma. Among them were African Americans, native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and first-generation immigrants.

EdSurge: The University of Texas Reimagines the Path to a College Degree

When undergraduate students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley apply to medical school in three years, they’ll have diagnosed more cases of epilepsy and diabetes than most of their peers.

Houston Chronicle: At convention's dismay, GOP nomination truly the voters' pick

AUSTIN - On a day when infighting over the Republican presidential nomination escalated to new highs, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened to lead a floor fight at the upcoming GOP national convention if party bosses try to override the voters' choice of either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.

Valley Business Report: UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science expands Brownsville offerings

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will soon be expanding its engineering and computer science programs at the Brownsville Campus. Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, bachelor of science degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science will be available to students at the Brownsville Campus. University of Texas Music Programs Set High Standards of Excellence with Yamaha Pianos and LC4 Clavinova Lab

Music students at the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) are now studying in facilities equipped with a state-of-the-art LC4 Clavinova Lab and several new Yamaha grand and upright pianos. Starting in the Fall 2015 semester, the wireless, technologically advanced music lab and finely handcrafted acoustic pianos have expanded music education offerings for music majors and liberal arts students alike.

Texas Border Business: UTRGV continues celebration of International Women’s day on Brownsville Campus

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. 

I’m madd, too, Eddie!

There are three classic Texas ad campaigns that would be shortlisted in the Texas Advertising Hall of Fame, if we had such a thing. 

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

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. 

Never mind SpaceX’s Falcon 9, where’s my Millennium Falcon?

Last week, SpaceX held another successful launch of its Falcon 9 rocket. Unfortunately, its landing was not quite as successful as the one in December (it crashed into the ocean).

El Manana: Top Ten, universidades públicas de cuatro años

Brownsville, Tx. Las cifras de inscripción, para el Otoño 2015 dadas a conocer por el Sistema de Responsabilidad en línea de la Junta Coordinadora de Educación Superior de Texas, también muestra que UTRGV está en la primera posición de la matrícula total de hispanos entre todas las instituciones públicas de educación superior en el estado. 

Valley Central: Organization aims to increase employment opportunities for those with disabilities

An organization is working to ensure that people with disabilities in the Rio Grande Valley have the resources available to help them get employed. 

El Mañana: Top Ten, universidades públicas de cuatro años

Las cifras de inscripción, para el Otoño 2015 dadas a conocer por el Sistema de Responsabilidad en línea de la Junta Coordinadora de Educación Superior de Texas, también muestra que UTRGV está en la primera posición de la matrícula total de hispanos entre todas las instituciones públicas de educación superior en el estado. 

El Manana: Presentaron carteles alumnos de UTRGV

Estudiantes de la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley presentaron carteles ante la Conferencia de Innovaciones en la Educación Médica, patrocinado anualmente por los seis campus de ciencias de la salud del sistema UT. 

El Manana: Celebra UTRGV semana Festiba

El día de ayer dio comienzo la Fiesta cultural Festiba, un evento que busca integrar las artes al llamado STEM (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas por sus siglas en inglés) y fomentar la cultura de la lectura sobre todo en los niños.  

La Tarde: Realizan fiestas del Charro Days

En el marco de las fiestas del Charro Days, la Universidad de Texas Río Grande Valley llevó a cabo su primer charreada y dio la bienvenida a Mr. Amigo Itatí Cantoral al Campus Brownsville. 

El Manana: Realizan el evento Descubre UTRGV

Más de 1 mil estudiantes de preparatoria y padres de familia fueron invitados a la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) durante el día denominado Descubre UTRGV, un evento en el que los invitados realizaron un recorrido por todo el plantel para conocer las opciones que la institución ofrece. 

UTRGV recibe donativo de un millón de dólares

Edinburg.- La Universidad de Texas del Valle del Río Grande (UTRGV) recibió una donación de un millón de dólares por parte de PlainsCapital Bank, la cual se destinará a becas estudiantiles. 

Texas Border Business: Recital and music exhibit to honor the late Dr. Carl Seale

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 23, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will host a recital on Wednesday, Feb. 24, honoring the late Dr. Carl Seale, a composer, conductor and educator at UT Pan American for 30 years in the Department of Music and Dance. 

Texas Monthly: Mack Brown Will Be Assessing The Viability Of A UTRGV Football Program

Back before the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley folded in UT-Pan American, there was an old joke bragging about the school’s football program: “UTPA Football–Still Undefeated!” 

My San Antonio: Mack Brown will head group studying whether football will work at UT-Rio Grande Valley

Since leaving Texas after the 2013 season, Mack Brown has spent a lot of time flying across the country in his job covering and analyzing college football games for ESPN. 

El Manana: Continúan donaciones, UTRGV recibe 1 MDD

La Universidad de Texas en el Valle de río grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) recibió una nueva donación, ahora por parte del Banco Plains Capital que dio un millón de dólares, esto con el fin de apoyar a estudiantes con becas, gracias a esto, el teatro de la unión estudiantil ahora llevará el nombre de esta institución financiera. 

Underdog Dynasty: UTRGV Announces Football Feasibility Study Led By Mack Brown

Football may finally be coming to the Rio Grande Valley. 

Texas Border Business: 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. 

Valley Business Report: UTRGV hosts graduate expo and fairs in March

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosts information sessions at its Brownsville and Edinburg campuses to assist those who are considering furthering their education March 3 and March 10, respectively. 

Express News: UT-RGV physicists played role in breakthrough discovery

A century after Albert Einstein predicted it, a euphoric international group of scientists announced Thursday that they have observed “gravitational waves” – ripples in the fabric of space-time – coming from a cataclysmic collision of two black holes 1.3 billion years ago. 

Health Medecine Network: Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. 

Express News: Rio Grande Valley group has belief in the reef

Brothers Gary and Bob Glick grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and fished every chance they got in the bays near South Padre Island and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Victoria Advocate: County judge appointed to infectious disease task force

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller was one of 31 Texas leaders appointed to a permanent Task Force on Infectious Diseases, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday in a press release. 

Texas Border Business: 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 Alliances for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) Summit, held Feb. 1-3 at the South Padre Island Convention Centre 

El Manana: Entregan 2 mdd a UTRGV para becas

Funcionarios de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés) se reunieron con un grupo de empresarios locales para recibir de ellos la cantidad de 2 millones de dólares que serán utilizados para crear becas para los estudiantes.  

Texas Border Business: Educators share insight into Brownsville’s ‘State of Education” at annual luncheon

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JAN. 5, 2016 – Seven experts representing Rio Grande Valley educational institutions shared their insight at the annual State of Education luncheon and panel discussion on Tuesday. 

Texas Border Business: University develops new program to support advancement of mid-career faculty

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN 4, 2016 – With the goal of becoming a full professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Dr. Amy Weimer is taking full advantage of a new faculty support and mentoring program that began this fall at the university. 

Latarde: Designan a alumno para comité estatal

Leroy Berrones Soto, estudiante de la carrera de servicios sociales de la Universidad de Texas en el Valle de Río Grande (por sus siglas en inglés UTRGV) ha sido seleccionado para servir como miembro de la Comisión de Salud y Servicios Humanos del estado en el naciente comité de consejo de salud mental. 

La Prensa: Se gradúa la Srita. Ana Cristina Miramontes Grimaldo

Múltiples muestras de felicitaciones y buenos deseos recibió este fin de semana la nueva profesionista CLS, (Clinical Lab Scientis ) Ana Cristina Miramontes Grimaldo, quien tras cinco años de dedicación y esfuerzo culminó sus estudios universitarios de la Facultad de Ciencias de Laboratorios Clinicos de la escuela: University of Texas Río Grand Valle (UT-RGV). 

Texas Border Business: 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. 

Curbed: 5 D.C.-Based Firms Ranked in Top 500 U.S. Design Firm List

Washington, D.C.-based firms Gensler, Page, Studios Architecture, WDG Architecture, and Shalom Baranes Associates were ranked in Engineering News-Record's (ENR) list of the top 500 design firms in the nation in 2015. 

Valley Business Report: SBA exporting webinar Dec. 16

According to the Small Business Administration, 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses. 

Campus Technology: A Mobile-First Approach to Competency-Based Education

Although competency-based education is not a new concept, the University of Texas System (UTS) is taking it to a new level with its recently launched "TEx," a mobile-first application designed by UTS's Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL) to boost student engagement and retention. 

NewsMax: Kissing Bugs CDC: Insect Spotted in Georgia, but No Cases of Chagas There

One of the many reasons that compelled me to study at Pritzker was its evident focus on community health, disparities, and service toward underserved communities, such as the South Side of Chicago. 

Inside Higher Ed: CASE and the Carnegie Foundation announce their annual Professor of the Year Awards, with winners from Illinois, Ohio and Texas.

Curricular innovators and excellent instructors won out for this year's Professor of the Year. 

WAFB: Arbor Day Foundation Awards Huntingdon College and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $10,000 for Student Engagement

Huntingdon College students, in partnership with the City of Montgomery, will assist with planting and maintaining 40 trees around the South Holt and Malvern Street intersection. 

The Chronicle of Higher education: 4 Professors of the Year Are Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Service

Most professors hope to have an impact on their students, but their work usually takes place behind classroom doors. 

Latina Lista: Non-traditional graduate art student taps into familia pride to create mural of Rio Grande Valley war hero

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. 

AgriLife: Drones survey waning red tide at South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas A&M Corpus Christi have collaborated on unmanned aerial vehicle flyovers of the red tide algae bloom off the South Texas coast, according to experts. 

Entravision: se preparan para nueva ley UTRGV

Estudiantes y miembros de la facultad asistieron a esta reunión para discutir lo que significaría la aprobación de la propuesta sb-11. 

Valley Central: Slaves called 'workers' in high school textbook, publisher apologies

A high school World Geography textbook created quite a buzz on social media for calling slaves "workers." 

Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At UTRGV Hispanic Engineering, Science And Technology Student Leadership Day

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks in Edinburg, TX at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week Student Leadership Day.   

Houston Style Magazine: Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At UTRGV Hispanic Engineering, Science And Technology Student Leadership Day

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks in Edinburg, TX at UTRGV’s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week Student Leadership Day.  

Entravision: UTRGV anuncia Celebracion de HESTEC 2015

(Entravision).-Por decimocuarto año consecutivo se realiza esta celebración dedicada a todos los jóvenes que buscan realizar sus sueños de tener una carrera profesional慑 

SACurrent: Will Climate Change Impact Bird-Watching in South Texas? Some Say It Already Is

One of the country's premier birding destinations is right in our own backyard. 

Univision: La NASA afirma que existe agua en Marte

Científicos de la NASA aseguran que esta podría ser una señal de que exista vida en este planeta. Red tide concentrations increasing along South Padre Island

Evidence of red tide along South Padre Island and the Lower Laguna Madre continues to mount, but airborne effects are not as bad as previously feared, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service marine expert. 

VBR: UTRGV receives $240,000 to help small businesses

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has received $240,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America Initiative to help grow existing small businesses 

About 8K volunteers clean Texas beaches, red tide issues

GALVESTON, TEXAS – An estimated 8,000 volunteers removed trash from 21 Texas beaches on Saturday in a cleanup effort that had to be scaled back due to a "red tide" algae bloom, a state official said. 

Valley home to nation’s first all-digital degree program

The new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) made headlines recently when it opened its doors because it is the state’s newest four-year university and medical school. Now, it is making headlines again – this time as it becomes the first university in the nation to offer an all-digital degree program. 24 Things That Have Changed in Texas

Things are different in now in Texas. 

Lecturer discusses Pope’s trip to Cuba on CNN Español

Discutimos el significado político trás la visita del papa Francisco a Cuba con el profesor Arturo Lopez Levy de la Universidad Rio Grande Valley en Texas. 

MySA: UTRGV a bright star in South Texas

The future looks brighter for one of the state’s most poverty-stricken regions with the opening of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus. 

Arturo Lopez Levy discusses Cuba-U.S. relations

CCTV America's Elaine Reyes interviewed Arturo Lopez Levy, lecturer at the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley about Castro's upcoming visit to the United Nations and what it means for Cuba. 

Texas Border Business: 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. 

Florida Trend: The increasing importance of Hispanics to the U.S. workforce

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Monthly Labor Review naturally gives rise for reflection upon how the demographic characteristics of the American workforce have dramatically changed.  

National Science Foundation: Investing in diversity

With an eye toward improving material science through increased diverse perspectives, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded six Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) awards this year, in its fifth such competition since 2004. 

The Daily Texan: System opens UT-Rio Grande Valley campus

Through merging UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, the UT System officially opened the UT-Rio Grande Valley campus Monday. 

RGV Proud: Tour de Valley cyclists honor legacy schools, celebrate coming together as UTRGV

HARLINGEN, Texas - 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. 

UTRGV welcomes #FirstClass graduate students at orientation events 

Claudia Borrego, an English teacher at Brownsville’s Pace High School, and Edith Garcia, a math teacher at Brownsville’s Porter High School, saw an opportunity they couldn’t pass up – to join a graduate cohort whereby The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville Independent School District each would cover a third of their graduate school tuition and fees. 

Texas Border Business: Bailey honors the past, sees bright future for UTRGV and the Valley

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. 

NPR: Research Biologist Coins Term “Kilo-Author” For Scientific Journal Articles

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Zen Faulkes of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley about the term, which describes the trend of adding more names as contributors to science journal articles. 

A Sign of Success: UTRGV and STC forge new partnership via MOU

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. 

How Many Scientists Does It Take to Write a Paper? Apparently, Thousands

A Frenchman named Georges Aad may have the most prominent name in particle physics. 

Port Isabel Press: UTRGV president keynote speaker at counseling conference

Former president of the University of Alabama and Texas Tech University and first president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Guy Bailey, served as keynote speaker at the Tip of Texas Counseling Association conference held last Thursday at the The Hilton Garden Inn on South Padre Island. 



VIDEO: H-E-B donates $1 million to UTRGV for diabetes research

Valley Morning Star: H.E.B. donated a million dollars to UTRGV for diabetes research in an announcement at the Regional Academic Health Center on Thursday.