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New UTRGV online degree program in Addiction Studies launches this Fall

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – AUG. 6, 2018 – The UTRGV School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling starting this fall semester will offer a brand new Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies that is fully online.

The degree program has been developed to satisfy education requirements for becoming a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.

The Family Business: Three generations part of UTRGV Rehab Services program

Three generations in Rehab Three generations of rehabilitation services students at UTRGV and legacy institution UTPA – Bonnie Marie Notergiacomo, her son Jesus Alberto Basañez, and her mother Ernestina Notergiacomo (shown here posthumously, in a framed photograph) – all have been involved in the university’s Rehabilitation Services program, and all have been recipients of the federal RSA Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Education. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
Grandmother, daughter and grandson all recipients of RSA Scholarship

By Amanda A. Taylor

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 15, 2018 – When it comes to giving back to the community, UTRGV student Jesus Basañez learned from some of the best. His grandmother, Ernestina Notargiacomo, started the ball rolling. Then her daughter (and Jesus’s mother), Bonnie Notargiacomo, followed. Now, it’s Jesus’s turn.

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Profiles in Excellence

Joseph Barber

May 2, 2017
Joseph Houston Barber Jr.


Initially after graduation from high school, I received a full scholarship, through wrestling and academia, to Lindenwood University in Illinois. When they announced that they had not proceeded to make my degree program a full bachelor’s, I knew immediately that I wanted to come back and attend UTPA/UTRGV. Unlike other large campuses, I knew through high school tours that the campus was beautiful and was the perfect size to feel free, yet small enough to make great friendships and connections.

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**NEW** Contemporary Research in Disability and Rehabilitation Journal

The Contemporary Research in Disability and Rehabilitation (CRDR), is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed and open access journal, published quarterly by the School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This journal is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration by publishing innovative empirical research germane to disability, rehabilitation counseling, allied health, and other disability-related fields.

Exciting news!! Our own Dr. Veronica Umeasiegbu and Ms. Kim Finn have been recognized by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) 

These are very prestigious awards by our main professional organization - they will be honored at our national conference in April! The National Council on Rehabilitation Education Spring 2017 Conference

Dr. Veronica Umeasiegbu has been selected as New Career in Rehabilitation Education Award. This is a prestigious award in Rehab. To be eligible you must be within the first five years of your academic career. Self-nominations are not accepted and you have to have letters from professors outside your geographic area.

Ms. Kim Finn who has been selected as NCRE doctoral student of the year!

We are all proud off you Veronica & Kim!

Best Grad Schools 2016Our Rehabilitation Counseling Program is ranked #15
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