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

Dozens of international students holding colorful flags from a variety of countries marched across The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville campuses this week as part of UTRGV’s Best Week Ever celebrations. The International Meet & Greet event was held Wednesday in Edinburg and Thursday in Brownsville. UTRGV has 774 international students representing 60 countries, including Mexico, India, China, Brazil, Venezuela and Bangladesh. The Brownsville Campus Drumline, led by Dr. Joe Moore, led the parade of colorful international flags. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

Dozens of international students holding colorful flags from a variety of countries marched across The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg and Brownsville campuses this week as part of UTRGV’s Best Week Ever celebrations. The International Meet & Greet event was held Wednesday in Edinburg and Thursday in Brownsville. UTRGV has 774 international students representing 60 countries, including Mexico, India, China, Brazil, Venezuela and Bangladesh. The Brownsville Campus Drumline, led by Dr. Joe Moore, led the parade of colorful international flags. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

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By J. Edward Moreno and Vicky Brito

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

Hosted by the Office of Global Engagement and its supporting units, the International Meet and Greet event began on Wednesday in Edinburg with a Parade of Flags that began at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex and made its way to the University Center. The flagbearers concluded the procession at the University Circle, where refreshments, music and games awaited.

The international celebration continues in Brownsville on Thursday with the Parade of Flags making its way across the campus bridge to the Main Courtyard.

UTRGV has 774 international students representing 60 countries, including Mexico, India, China, Brazil, Venezuela and Bangladesh.

Samantha Lopez, UTRGV director of International Admissions and Global Services, said the event is designed to help international students engage with the university community, and serves as an opportunity for students to get to share their culture and learn about others.

“We are bringing the world to the UTRGV campus,” Lopez said. “This event showcases all of the countries our international students represent and gives them a welcome to the campus.”

ABOUT UTRGV

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

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

MEDIA CONTACTS 

Victoria.Brito @UTRGV.edu
UTRGV Informational Writer / 956-882-4330 

J. Edward Moreno
UTRGV Staff Writer / 956-665-3639 

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