Newsletter Highlights

Our division newsletter, INNOVATE, is intended to share news, accomplishments, and announcements from our departments and offices. Below, find highlights from each month as well as links to the full newsletters. 

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  • January

    January Newsletter


    • New graduate and professional programs are moving forward.  Three professional doctoral programs (Podiatry, Physical Therapy, and Nurse Practitioner) and a Ph.D. program in Human Genetics are currently under review by the University of Texas System, and two master’s degree programs (Business Analytics and Bioethics) are currently under review by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Several others are under development. 
    • 2018 was a successful year for UTRGV Continuing Education. We had the privilege of serving over 1,900 individuals and offered 139 courses, both in-class and online.
    • The Office for Sustainability kicks off its Spring '19 Sustainability Fellows program. Sustainability Fellows are graduate students who receive a scholarship for their collaboration with OFS on sustainability research projects, including the biennial AASHE-STARS assessment of UTRGV's sustainability commitment across the campus. In the last AASHE-STARS assessment, with the assistance of graduate student researchers, UTRGV scored a Gold rating. We anticipate great work from our 2019 fellows, who will help UTRGV maintain its position as a leader in sustainability! Read last year's STARS-based sustainability report. 
    • University’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement researches wine-making with citrus, hybrid grapes. 
    • Undergraduate Library Research to Benefit Local Elementary Schools. Undergraduate students will be working with the Library’s Special Collections & University Archives on the creation of place-based social studies lesson plans, which will be taught in La Joya ISD elementary schools this March.
  • February

    February Newsletter


    • UTRGV hosted a two-day National Institute of Health grant-writing workshop offered by the University of Kentucky.  The workshop was intended to facilitate the success of researchers at Minority-Serving Institutions in competing for NIH funding and improve their chances of writing a grant proposal that is successfully awarded.
    • This year's 2019 Excellence in Online Learning conference, March 1,  was devoted to driving quality assurance and innovation in online and hybrid learning, discussing open education resources (OER) as a means of making education more affordable for students, and advancing best practice guidance in learning for faculty, staff, and online learning professionals. Thank you to all who attended! 
    • OGE’s International Admissions and Student Services will host the International Women’s Day celebration on March 7 in Brownsville. IASS will be awarding three $1,000 scholarships. OGE and IASS will also honor the Outstanding International Female Faculty with a plaque for her exceptional contributions to international education. This nomination will be made by the Women’s Faculty Network Leadership team from UTRGV. 
    • Save the date:Biomedical Research Awareness Day. Laboratory animals have contributed to many past and present medical discoveries that have led to the development of treatments and cures for humans and animals. Visit the BRAD Event , hosted by UTRGV, and pledge your support for the humane involvement of animals in research.
  • March

    March Newsletter

    • UTRGV opens STARGATE with ribbon-cutting ceremony. UTRGV students can now be involved with all aspects of a space mission now that the university’s newest facility, STARGATE, officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 18. 
    • International Admissions & Student Services offered an Immigration Session “Finding the Right Path”  by Attorney Kathleen Gasparian on March 21st in Brownsville and March 22nd in Edinburg. Kathleen Gasparian is a recognized lawyer from Louisiana State Bar Association and she actively participates in NAFSA Conferences. During the session students were able to learn the different work visa options after OPT and general information about non-immigrant and immigrant visas.
    • The Graduate College was successful early this month in signing several memorandums of understanding with institutions of higher education in India. The new partnerships are with Osmania University and four autonomous colleges: Nizam College, University College for Women, St. Agnes College, and St. Aloysius College. These partnerships foster academic opportunities for students at all the colleges and universities involved, as well as extend UTRGV's reach across the world.
  • April-May

    April-May Newsletter


    • UTRGV’s Dr. Christopher Gabler is compressing time to research climate change
      To get a compressed look at what could happen in the future, Dr. Christopher Gabler, professor of Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has built a series of structures that will alter the environment in small areas to test physical and biological reactions to changes in rainfall.
    • UTRGV moves up in Carnegie ClassificationUTRGV is now in the classification of Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity (R2), the highest level ever attained by a university in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition, UTRGV is one level away from the highest classification of Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity (R1), often referred to as Carnegie Tier One. 
    • Earth Day was celebrated in Brownsville and Edinburg.   Approximately 300 students pledged to "leaf" a positive mark on our planet!  
    • UTRGV’s Cener for Online Learning and Teaching Technology (COLTT) was recently recognized as the best in Texas for “Dedication to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Learning,” and has been serving as a model for other intuitions that offer online learning.
  • June

    June Newsletter [email format]

    Extended June Content


  • July-August

    July-August Newsletter [email format]

    Highlights: Dr.Parwinder Grewal speaks at convocation 2019.

    Convocation was held for the fall semester on Aug. 19 and 20. The updates below were announced the community. 

    • We’re looking for 10 faculty fellows to start as soon as Sept. 1, 2019!  Application deadline is August 22. Email a letter of interest to innovation@utrgv.eduEach fellow will receive a stipend of $6,000 and contribute to the development of the following programs...
    • HOP (Handbook of Operating Procedures) Updates. These are rules and regulations governing UTRGV. All other policies can be found at Please note the following HOP policies have been amended and posted...
    • Faculty Grant Incentive Program: Significant increases in total external grant funding, total research expenditure, and restricted research expenditure are critical for UTRGV’s national recognition, and in its quest for the Emerging Research University status. Today, I am pleased to announce that President Bailey has approved my proposal to establish a new Faculty Grant Award Incentive Program to recognize lead principal investigators (PIs) bringing competitive external grant funding to UTRGV.
    • We had a successful and relaxing division retreat. Thank you to everyone who attended, and thanks to Fernando Gonzalez from Technology Commercialization for the photos in the album below:

     2019 Division Retreat