Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  Community, Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – UTRGV President Guy Bailey and his leadership team served up hamburgers to hundreds of students during the annual Picnic with the President at the Brownsville Campus.

Held Tuesday at the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón, Picnic with the President is a tradition that started with Bailey in 2015 and is part of the Best Week Ever festivities, which kicks off the start of the fall semester.

In addition, the UTRGV Office of Global Engagement hosted the International Meet and Greet event, which included a parade of flags where international students carried flags representing their countries. This fall, 694 international students are registered at the university.

The parade, led by a high school band from Matamoros, the Escuela Preparatoria por Cooperacion Ricardo Flores Magon, ended at El Gran Salón for Picnic with the President.

Picnic with the President and International Meet and Greet continues in Edinburg on Thursday, Aug. 29. The picnic will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 pm. at the Ballroom while the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center and ends at the Ballroom.

To learn more about Best Week Ever events, visit www.utrgv.edu/studentactivities.

Picnic with the President
The second day of school at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley featured two signature campus events – Picnic with the President and International Meet and Greet – which started on the Brownsville Campus Tuesday, Aug. 27. (UTRGV Photos by David Pike)



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.