About

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.

Values

UTRGV Military & Veterans Success Center embraces the following values:

Service

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.

Commitment

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.

Integrity

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

Growth

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
Director
Military Family Member
elda.arriaga@utrgv.edu

 
Javier Badillo Profile Photo

Javier Badillo
Veterans Academic Advisor
Military Family Member
javier.badillo@utrgv.edu

 
Edgar Vasquez Profile Photo

Edgar Vasquez
Program Coordinator
United States Air Force
edgar.vasquez@utrgv.edu

 
Brownsville Campus
Cynthia G. Garza Profile Photo

Cynthia G. Garza
Administrative Assistant
cynthia.garza@utrgv.edu

 

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
Accounting/Junior

 
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
Veteran
Psychology/Senior

 
Mark Zamora Profile Photo

Mark Zamora
Student Employee
Military Family Member
Health/Senior

 
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
Kinesiology/Senior

 
Haydee-Anna Garcia Profile Photo

Haydee-Anna Garcia
Student Employee
Military Family Member
Kinesiology/Sophomore

 
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
Biology/Sophomore

 
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
Mathematics/Sophomore