Friday, January 13, 2023
  Around Campus

By News and Internal Communications

By Tawny Turner 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is kicking off the start of a new semester with its traditional Welcome Week activities.

Held on the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses and some off-campus locations, Welcome Week is hosted by a committee of departments who work collectively to plan student-oriented events designed to give new and returning UTRGV students a chance to come together. 

Classes for the Spring 2023 semester begin on Tuesday, Jan.17.

Cristina Rodriguez, assistant director of Student Actives, said Welcome Week is a chance for students at all levels to meet and participate. 

“It’s is a time for students to engage with campus life and learn about the programs and services available,” she said. “It also provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to make new friends and engage in a signature week for UTRGV.”

Welcome Week will consist of events on both campuses, spread out from Jan. 16-24.   

(Campus maps: Brownsville and Edinburg.)

  • JAN. 16
    9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., various locations throughout the Valley
    MLK DAY OF SERVICE – The UTRGV community will come together to volunteer their time with various organizations throughout the Rio Grande Valley for MLK Day of Service.
  • JAN. 17
    1-3 p.m., BSTUN and ESTUN
    S’MORES & STUFF – Meet new Vaqueros while making s’mores and playing games.
  • JAN. 18
    Noon-3 p.m., BMAIN
    BLOCK PARTY (BROWNSVILLE) – Student organizations and university departments come together in one place for new and returning Vaqueros to hang out, get information, and enjoy games and music.
  • JAN. 19
    6:30- 8:30 p.m., Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg
    UTRGV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VS. UT ARLINGTON (EDINBURG) – Come out and support the UTRGV Women’s Basketball team. While at the game, don’t forget to pick up a free Vaquero football t-shirt.
  • JAN. 19
    9 p.m.-Midnight, EUREC
    LATE NITE (EDINBURG) – This tradition gives students hands-on opportunities to learn about all the recreational activities available to them, while meeting new Vaqueros and hanging with returning students. 
  • JAN. 24
    Noon-3 p.m., ECHAP
  • JAN. 26
    2-4 p.m., BUREK
    REC FEST (BROWNSVILLE) – Come together for some fun at the Recreation Center. Enjoy some rec games, eat some food and learn about all the recreational opportunities at UTRGV.

These events will provide opportunities to help students get involved at the university and make the student life experience not only educational, but also a time of new experiences and making lifelong memories at UTRGV.

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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.