Family Weekend

Family Weekend


We look forward to welcoming your family to campus this October! Family Weekend events are fun and friendly for all ages. The weekend is a great opportunity to visit with your student, meet other family members, and experience campus life at UTPA.

To pre-register and request special accommodations, visit the Family Weekend Registration page.

For additional information please call (956) 665-3183 or email

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Registration: 12:00 - 5:00 pm • Office of the Dean of Students, University Center 323

Stop by the office to pick-up an official welcome packet. We will include a calendar of events, a campus map, discounts and promotions and other free items for your family. A limited number of t-shirts for future Broncs and family members will be handed out on a first come basis. We will continue registering families during Bronc Madness and the Family Picnic.

Bronc Madness

Lady Broncs Soccer Game: 4:00 – 6:00 pm • UTPA Baseball Stadium

Come out and support our Lady Broncs Soccer team as they take on Utah Valley.  Tickets will be on sale at the box office.  For more information, call (956) 665-3747. 

Bronc Madness

Bronc Madness: 6:00 – 11:00 pm • Fieldhouse Parking Lot F

Show your Bronc Spirit and join us for free food and activities at the tailgate party starting at 6:00 pm. The burning of the UTPA letters will take place at 8:45 pm and then all are invited to enter the Fieldhouse for the first official practice of the basketball season along with a dance competition and performances by UTPA Cheer and Dance.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Family Picnic

Family Picnic: 12:00 – 3:00 pm • Student Union

We hope that you will join us for a fun afternoon for the whole family. We will have free food, games, rides and activities. Live drawing will be held for various door prizes.


Discounts and Promotions


Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex

Family members (ages 4 and up) are invited to utilize the Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex throughout Family Weekend. Hours of operation are Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 – 7:00 pm.  For more information, call (956) 665-7808.


Other Campus Events

Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion: Sept. 29 - Jan. 3 • Fridays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am - 1:00 pm • Visitors Center

Leonardo da Vinci is a celebrated painter, sculptor, musician, architect, engineer and anatomist. Most known for his masterpieces the Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper, da Vinci was also a visionary in invention and design.

Machines in Motion presents full-scale machines based on da Vinci’s designs. Each invention is life-sized and fully operational. Visitors may touch and set them in motion, combining a fascinating hands-on experience with an exploration of the principles da Vinci employed to design and create each machine.

The exhibit is grouped into four sections based upon applications linked to the elements–air, water, land and fire–which held a strong fascination for da Vinci. Exhibit stations include inventions for the helicopter and glider, the armored tank, the drive transmission, the printing press and the bicycle. Most of the materials used in the construction of these machines were available in da Vinci’s time as well, and were proposed by him than his codices. These machines were crafted by hand (using tools prescribed by the master himself), and then reinforced for this traveling exhibition.

We invite you to explore the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.  For more information, call (956) 665-7338.