MVSC Group Photo - April 2020

The center assists students in certifying education benefits, advocating for services, developing projects to unite the university with our local community, providing counseling services specifically for veterans, and promoting student involvement through the Student Veterans of America National Organization. We are proud to assist those who have served our country and are committed to helping military students and their military families start or continue their education. Our ultimate goal at UTRGV is to provide an academically challenging environment to help you succeed in the next phase of your professional life.


UTRGV Military & Veterans Success Center embraces the following values:


We appreciate your service and understand the diversity of thought and experience you bring to the university. Our calling is to serve those who have served.


We will connect you to campus and community resources enhancing your overall college experience to provide a greater chance of successful academic achievement and degree completion.


We treat everyone with the dignity and respect that you have earned and that we all expect from others.


We provide an encouraging environment that is focused on your success and development.

Staff Directory

Military and Veterans Success Center

Brownsville and Edinburg Campus
Elda Arriaga Profile Photo

Elda Arriaga
Military Family Member

Javier Badillo Profile Photo

Javier Badillo
Veterans Academic Advisor
Military Family Member

Edgar Vasquez Profile Photo

Edgar Vasquez
Program Coordinator
United States Air Force

Brownsville Campus
Cynthia G. Garza Profile Photo

Cynthia G. Garza
Administrative Assistant


Student Employees

Brownsville Campus
Juan Cerda III Profile Photo

Juan Cerda III
Student Employee
United States Army
Civil Engineering/Senior

Alyssa Pena Profile Photo

Alyssa Pena
Student Employee
Military Family Member
Rehabilitation Services/Sophomore

Alexis Ramirez Profile Photo

Alexis Ramirez
Student Employee
United States Marine Corps

Bianca Rodriguez Profile Photo

Bianca Rodriguez
Student Employee
Military Family Member
Fine Arts Concentration in Graphic Design/Sophomore

Ernest Silva Profile Photo

Ernest Silva
Student Employee

Mark Zamora Profile Photo

Mark Zamora
Student Employee
Military Family Member

Edinburg Campus
Kristopher Ezell Profile Photo

Kristopher Ezell
Student Employee
United States Marine Corps
Biomedical Science/Sophomore

Anthony Garcia Profile Photo

Anthony Garcia
Student Employee

Haydee-Anna Garcia Profile Photo

Haydee-Anna Garcia
Student Employee
Military Family Member

Alyssa Gillen Profile Photo

Alyssa Gillen
Student Employee
United States Air Force
Masters in Mathematics

Frank Knowles Profile Photo

Frank Knowles
Student Employee
United States Navy
Masters in Public Affairs

Juliana Pena Profile Photo

Juliana Pena
Student Employee
United States Marine Corps

Lucas Smith Profile Photo

Lucas Smith
Student Employee
United States Marine Corps
Criminal Justice/Junior

Ruby Velez Profile Photo

Ruby Velez
Student Employee
Military Family Member