Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  Around Campus, Community

By Amanda Taylor

Rio Grande Valley, Texas Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about candy, stuffed bears and expensive dinners with the significant other. Students across the UTRGV Edinburg and Brownsville campuses recently shared their feelings about another important part of their lives – their college careers.

“I can’t help but feel at home here,” said Zachary Ramsey, a student at the UTRGV Brownsville Campus. “If you’re lost and you want to find success, a future, education – it’s here at UTRGV.”

Students at the recent Student Involvement Fairs, some plied with Valentine’s Day chocolate, volunteered plenty of reasons their campus is so important to them and their futures.

“I love UTRGV because I can pursue my passion in sociology,” said Gina Hudson, a student at the Edinburg Campus.

Searching for Vaquero pride wasn’t hard, especially when talking to student groups and organizations on campus.

“I love UTRGV because of the diversity it brings to us here in the Valley. We’re a predominantly Mexican area, and the university brings new cultures and traditions to our society,” said Jay Gonzales of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity on the Edinburg Campus. 

To feel more Vaquero love, check out the YouTube video links listed above to hear from some of the students and staff of UTRGV.

Zachary Ramsey
UTRGV student Zachary Ramsey flashes the Vaquero “V” during a testimonial on why he loves his university. (UTRGV Photo by Amanda A. Taylor)



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.