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50+ Reunion Brunch The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated the achievements of the Edinburg institution Sunday, Feb. 17 with some of the people who made the University's success possible. Nearly 100 alumni and their loved ones, some who came from as far away as Dallas, attended the Homecoming 2013 50+ Reunion Brunch held at the UTPA Ballroom.Read More
Fall In Love With UTPA The University of Texas-Pan American wooed more than 1,000 students and their parents in hopes of making a perfect match at its annual "Fall in Love with UTPA" activities held at the UTPA Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex Feb. 16. Read More
Rotary McAllen UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales were invited to speak to members of the Rotary Club McAllen North Feb. 7. Both Nelsen and Gonzales took the opportunity to talk about the legislation recently filed calling for the creation of a new university that includes a school of medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.Read More
Capitol Glow The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville showed their unity by traveling to the Texas State Capitol Jan. 30 for Rio Grande Valley Higher Education Day. Students, faculty and staff from both institutions, as well as members of the Valley legislative delegation, pose in front of the Capitol to show their support for a new university and medical school in the Valley.Read More
Habitat for Humanity The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed alumni and friends back home to Bronc Country Feb. 15 for its 2013 Alumni Ball. With a theme of "Viva Las Vegas, a sold out crowd of more than 500 guests attended the entertaining event that included exciting gaming - slots, black jack, poker, and roulette - and fabulous showgirl performances by the University's Blazer dance team. Read More
Habitat for Humanity Bronc spirit soared Saturday, Feb. 16 as hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends turned out in their green, white and orange to celebrate homecoming week at The University of Texas-Pan American's 2013 Bronc Madness Tailgate party outside the UTPA Fieldhouse. Participants enjoyed generous helpings of fajitas, chicken, baked beans and other treats given out by tailgaters. Read More
Habitat for Humanity The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Relations Office hosted a 'Broncs at Work' event at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in McAllen recently. 'Broncs at Work' is a program designed to recognize former students who have graduated from the Edinburg institution and are successful in the workplace.Read More
Habitat for Humanity Nearly 100 student, faculty, and staff volunteers from The University of Texas-Pan American participated with the Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Las Milpas during the Martin Luther King Day of Service Jan. 21.Read More
Medical School Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, spoke at a morning panel discussion about education held Friday, Jan. 25 at The University of Texas at Brownsville.Read More
Broncs at Work The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Alumni Relations hosted a "Broncs at Work" event Jan. 5 for alumni employed at Lone Star National Bank in McAllen. "Broncs at Work" is a community outreach program that UTPA started to recognize the accomplishments of UTPA graduates in the workforce and celebrate the businesses that hire them.Read More
L&F Distributors The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Relations Office hosted a 'Broncs at Work' event at L&F Distributors in McAllen recently. 'Broncs at Work' is a program designed to recognize former students who have graduated from the Edinburg institution and their success in the workplace.Read More
STAR Gala 2013 The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation was among the many sponsors supporting the annual STAR Gala 2013 held Jan. 19 at La Muñeca Ranch, an historic South Texas ranch located north of Edinburg founded by prominent Texas cattle ranchers - the Guerra family. Read More
SGA The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and his wife Jody welcomed the new members of UTPA's Student Government Association (SGA) at a dinner reception at their home Sept. 17. Nelsen and his wife host a dinner for SGA members every year so that they can become well-acquainted with one another and discuss how the University can better serve its students. Read More
Empty Bowls Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and other community leaders addressed supporters at this year's Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley's Empty Bowl Fundraiser held at the Pharr Convention Center.Read More
HESTEC The University of Texas-Pan American would like to thank its sponsors for supporting another successful Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) conference. The week-long event celebrated its 11th year of promoting science, technology, engineering and math careers to Hispanic youth Sept. 24-29 on the UTPA campus. Read More
Dr. Michio Kaku The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed the first guest of this year's Distinguished Speakers Series Sept. 24 at a reception on campus. Read More
breast cancer awareness A stream of pink flowed through The University of Texas-Pan American Oct. 1. Students decorated the University with large pink ribbons and balloons as part of the second annual Paint the Campus Pink event to raise awareness for breast cancer. Read More
Student Union Opening More than 100 people gathered recently to celebrate the grand opening of The University of Texas-Pan American's new Student Union Food Court. Read More
Harlingen Rotary Board Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, was invited to address the Rotary Club of Harlingen at its regular meeting held Oct. 12 at the Reese Event Center in Harlingen. Read More
Nursing Fair Students in The University of Texas-Pan American's Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program participated in another successful community health fair where they offered free service to nearly 2,000 residents. Read More
Bert Odgen UTPA alumni The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Alumni Relations hosted a "Broncs at Work" event Oct. 19 in McAllen for alumni employed at the Bert Ogden dealership. Read More
IBC UTPA Alumni The University of Texas-Pan American partnered with International Bank of Commerce (IBC) to host a "Broncs at Work" breakfast reception Oct. 2 for alumni and current students employed at IBC in McAllen. Read More
NHPO endowed scholarship The University of Texas-Pan American received a fully funded gift endowment in the amount of $20,000 from the Rio Grande Valley chapter of the National Hispanic Professional Organization (NHPO) at a reception held recently on campus.Read More
Candlelight Reception More than 200 guests gathered to honor Dora and Joe Brown as they accepted the "Excellence in Leadership" award during the International Women's Board (IWB) annual Candlelight Reception held recently in McAllen.Read More
IWB luncheon Members of the International Women's Board (IWB) held their general membership luncheon in McAllen recently where they also heard from UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and program speaker UTPA Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales about the University's points of pride and future goals.Read More
Edinburg Kiwanis Club Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, was the guest speaker at the Edinburg Kiwanis Club's monthly meeting held recently at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center. Read More
Lacks Furniture Lacks Furniture is donating $125,000 over the next five years to help UTPA's Border Health Office (BHO) run its Student Enrollment and Education Program. Read More
VISTA Summit The University of Texas-Pan American, The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Brownsville hosted another successful UT VistaSummit Nov. 28 at the UTPA campus. Read More
Interfaith Convocation Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, attended the second annual Interfaith Convocation on Immigration Reform at the First United Methodist Church in McAllen recently. Read More
Fall in Love with UTPA Preview Day More than 560 juniors and seniors from across the Valley and their parents attended UT Pan American's "Fall in Love with UTPA Preview Day" held recently at UTPA's Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex. Read More
Alegria 2012 The Ballet Folklorico UT-Pan American celebrated another successful concert season with their popular Alegria 2012 performances which kicked off in late January and concluded in mid February. Read More
Bronc Madness Tailgate Party Bronc spirit soared Saturday, Feb. 18 as nearly 1,000 students, alums and friends turned out in their green, white and orange to celebrate homecoming week at The University of Texas-Pan American's 2012 Bronc Madness Tailgate party. Read More
Reunion Luncheon The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated the achievements of the 85-year-old institution Saturday, Feb. 18 with some of the people who made UT Pan Americanís success possible. Read More
Pillars of Success The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed alumni and friends back home to Bronc Country Feb. 17 for its 2012 Alumni Ball. During the evening, they celebrated the Universityís successes, a new tradition with the unveiling of UTPA's first official class ring and the triumphs of five notable alumni, who have made their alma mater proud. Read More
Black History Month The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated Black History Month recently with a poetry reading by American Book Award winner and one of the world's best living performance poets Tato Laviera. Read More
KDP Inductees The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society Lambda Psi Chapter at The University of Texas-Pan American inducted its newest members during its 43rd Annual KDP International Honor Society in Education Induction Ceremony and Reception held on campus recently. Read More
Minority Public Administrators The University of Texas-Pan American had the honor of hosting the 41st annual Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) in McAllen and on the UTPA campus recently. Read More
Business Roundtable The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a White House Business Roundtable recently to allow participants to discuss the state of advanced manufacturing in South Texas.Read More
Science Competitions The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and South Texas College (STC) hosted two events to pique students' interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read More
Partnership Board of Directors Meeting Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American attended the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Board of Directors meeting in Weslaco recently to inform its members about the upcoming VISTA Summit to take place on the UTPA campus April 17. Read More
NHS UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen was guest speaker at a ceremony for students who were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at Nikki Rowe High School in McAllen recently. Nelsen praised the students for their hard work, commitment and dedication to their academic studies and thanked the inductees' parents for supporting their children in helping them succeed.Read More
Jardin Del Arte The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated another successful week filled with activities that promoted literacy and the arts and humanities during its 2012 Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA). Read More
Roundtable UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) hosted another successful Congressional Roundtable on Hispanic Literacy at Librarians and Educators Day held recently on campus during the annual Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA). Read More
FESTIBA The University of Texas-Pan American would like to thank its sponsors for supporting this year's Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA). The weeklong event, whose goal is to promote literacy and the love of reading, drew hundreds of visitors to campus and on the grounds of Edinburg City Hall for Jardin Del Arte Community Festival. Read More
Larry King The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a reception for Emmy Award-winning host Larry King, who visited the campus recently as the last presenter of UTPA's 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series. Read More
EAC Meeting Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, welcomed executive members of The University of Texas System Employee Advisory Committee (EAC) to campus recently where they gathered to discuss ways in which to improve the quality of life for employees at all institutions within the UT System. Read More
Symphony It was a bitter-sweet celebration for The Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale following its final concert April 12 at The University of Texas-Pan American's Fine Arts Auditorium. Read More
Border Studies Archive The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated the grand opening of its new Border Studies Archive with a reception held on campus recently. Read More
Vista Summit Dr. Robert S. Nelsen welcomed guests to The University of Texas System's second VISTASummit with an evening reception at his home in McAllen April 16.Read More
Scholarships Two students and members of the Kappa Delta Pi Lambda Psi Chapter at The University of Texas Pan American each received $500 scholarships to support their studies in higher education.Read More
Symposium The important role of entrepreneurship to the economic development of the U.S.-Mexico border region was the focus of a symposium held in early December at The University of Texas-Pan American. Read More
Teacher of the Year The University of Texas-Pan American honored 55 teachers from 28 school districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley and Zapata County recently at its Seventh Annual Teacher of the Year Banquet at the UTPA Annex, 2412 S. Closner Blvd. Read More
Nelsen & Cortez Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, is committed to building strong ties with South Texas communities. To show his continued support to neighboring McAllen, Nelsen attended the 2012 State of the City address titled "McAllen: The New Frontier for Innovation" Thursday, Jan. 19 at the McAllen Convention Center. Read More
P.O.W.E.R. Center The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Intercollegiate Athletics held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 19 to announce the opening of a new center for its student-athletes called Promotes Overall Wellness, Excellence and Responsibility (P.O.W.E.R.) on campus. Read More
AACT Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, joined Hidalgo County officials and business leaders at a breakfast meeting at Lone Star National Bank in McAllen Jan. 19 where they introduced the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT) 2012 Campaign to local media outlets and others interested in supporting AACT's efforts. Read More
Research Conference The University of Texas-Pan American's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences celebrated another successful event during its recent 6th annual Research Conference. Read More
Toy Drive Patients at Edinburg Children's Hospital received an early Christmas surprise Dec. 20, thanks to faculty and staff from The University of Texas-Pan American. Dozens of toys were distributed to the 58 children in the intensive care and in-house pediatric unit.Read More
Edinburg Children’s Hospital Patients at Edinburg Children's Hospital received an early Christmas surprise Dec. 20, thanks to faculty and staff from The University of Texas-Pan American. Dozens of toys were distributed to the 58 children in the intensive care and in-house pediatric unit. Read More
Alumni Mixer Former students of the University of Texas-Pan American were given the opportunity to reconnect at a UTPA Alumni Association's Alumni Mixer and canned food drive event Dec. 20 at the Social Club in Edinburg.Read More
Broncs at Work The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Alumni Relations hosted a "Broncs at Work" event Jan. 5 for alumni employed at Lone Star National Bank in McAllen.Read More
Steak in Your Community The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen and UTPA Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales were among the hundreds of supporters attending the Sixth Annual "Steak in Your Community" event Jan. 12 to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edinburg Rio Grande Valley.Read More
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta and Cook Off Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, helped greet hundreds of morning visitors to the daylong Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic Heritage Fiesta and Cook Off held in November at the Mercedes Livestock Show Grounds. Read More
Christmas Tree UT Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen joined Edinburg Mayor Richard H. Garcia as the City of Edinburg kicked off the 2012 holiday season with the official lighting of the city Christmas tree.Read More
Ring Ceremony More than 100 UT Pan American graduates showed their devotion to their alma mater by coming together and celebrating UT Pan American’s newest tradition. The participants took part in UTPA's second annual Bronc Ring ceremony held at the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium Dec. 1. Read More
Talent Search Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, addressed more than 200 Mission High School juniors who are members of UTPA's Educational Talent Search (ETS) program. Read More
New University The University of Texas System, The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) are moving forward in their efforts to positively transform higher education in the Rio Grande Valley. On Dec. 6, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, Chairman Gene Powell and the UT System Board of Regents agreed to pursue legislation that will merge UTPA, UTB and the future medical school as one institution with one voice for the betterment of the students and those who need medical attention. Read More
Holiday Gifts The University of Texas-Pan American college community showed their holiday spirit by contributing more than 300 toys to the annual President's Toy Drive. Students, faculty and staff donated a variety of items including a bicycle, dolls, educational CDs and videos, electronic games, stuffed animals and many other toys. Read More
International Days The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of International Programs celebrated International Week with several activities that focused on global cultural awareness. The theme this year was “Internationalizing the Campus.” The 12th annual event was part of International Education Week, a national campaign led by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Read More
STC Oath of Office Ceremony Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, showed his support for collaboration and unity with the South Texas College (STC) community by attending an Oath of Office Ceremony for STC's newest board member.  Read More
Bronc Round UP The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, pictured in the photo, welcomed more than 2,600 new incoming freshmen to the campus during the second annual Bronc Round Up held August 24-26. UTPA created the orientation to ease the transition from high school to college for entering freshmen and introduce them to Bronc County before they start classes this fall. Read More
Nurses That Care UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales met with successful alumnus Amadeo Sanchez (BS '75) recently to reconnect him with his alma mater.  Read More
UTPA Development Board The University of Texas-Pan American formed its first Development Board, which held its inaugural meeting Aug. 16. The UTPA Development Board's mission is to strengthen its relationship with the community and work together on improving the quality of life in South Texas.  Read More
Minority Affairs Council UT Pan American administrators and Congressman Rubén Hinojosa gathered after a press conference on campus recently to show their support for the Minority Affairs Council (MAC) and everything the UTPA student group is doing to educate students impacted by President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  Read More
UTPA Counseling Workshop The University of Texas-Pan American hosted a counseling workshop recently for administrators, educators and staff from public school districts in South Texas. The event, which was held at UTPA's newly renovated Haggar Building provided some 200 participants with information on ways to improve preparing students transferring from high school to college. Read More
March of Dimes annual March for Babies About 100 students, staff, faculty and administrators from The University of Texas-Pan American joined President Robert S. Nelsen to support the March of Dimes annual March for Babies April 28 at McAllen Municipal Park. Read More
Generation Texas Day The University of Texas Pan American's college community came out in full force on May 4 to celebrate Generation Texas Day (GenTX). GenTX Day is an initiative created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board designed to promote higher education across the state of Texas. Read More
IBC's 6th annual local Operation Interdependence (OI) project Several businesses, organizations and educational institutions including The University of Texas-Pan American joined International Bank of Commerce (IBC) executives in McAllen May 23 to kick off the bank's 6th annual local Operation Interdependence (OI) project. Read More
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery The International Women’s Board (IWB) of The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation held its general membership meeting luncheon & style show May 17 at the McAllen Country Club. The board and guests enjoyed fashions provided by Dillards department store and modeled by IWB members, including Jody Nelsen, wife of UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen. Read More
Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (Dist. 15) and UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen The University of Texas-Pan American' s Border Health Office and the Rio Grande Regional Hospital successfully hosted the first Diabetes Symposium in the Rio Grande Valley that focused on children with diabetes. The event, which took place at UTPA's Wellness and Recreational Sports Complex, drew in parents, health care providers, educators and others in the community who are interested in helping children who suffer from diabetes. Read More
President Robert S. Nelson with representatives from UTPA's Rio South Texas Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The University of Texas-Pan American joined U.S. Congress Henry Cuellar's Office in helping educate small-and medium-sized businesses from across the Valley how to obtain contracts from local, state and federal government agencies. Read More
Julian Castillo Association of Physician Assistant Students Members of the Julian Castillo Association of Physician Assistant Students at The University of Texas-Pan American had the opportunity to share the knowledge they learned at UTPA with athletes in the McAllen Independent School District (MISD). The student organization partnered with MISD and the Center for Industrial and Rehabilitation Medicine to perform pre-sports physicals to all athletes at 10 schools within the MISD over a six-week period. Read More
Operation Interdependance The University of Texas-Pan American showed its support of U.S. troops stationed overseas by collecting general care items to send to them for Operation Interdependence (OI). Faculty, students and staff gathered items including snacks, games and toiletries and had a friendly competition during the supply drive to see who had the best decorated drop off box. Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelson at the Edinburg Rotary's Club Monthly Meeting Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, was the guest speaker during the Edinburg Rotary Club's monthly meeting held recently at the Echo Hotel. Nelsen took the opportunity to speak about UTPA's new 2012-2022 strategic plan titled "The Engaged University." Read More
UTPA CODA Champagne Brunch Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American welcomed some very special guests of the University during "The CODA Champagne Brunch" June 3 at the Visitors Center. Following the brunch, UTPA hosted "CODA The Final Concert" in the Fine Arts Auditorium where UTPA friends and family celebrated more than 40 years of incredible performances. Read More
Bronze Statue of Kika De La Garza Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, presented a proclamation on behalf of UT Pan American and the UTPA Foundation in honor of former Congressman Eligio “Kika” de la Garza during a special ceremony where a bronze statue of de la Garza was unveiled. Read More
VAMOS Annual Scholarship Banquet Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, was invited to be the guest speaker at the 16th Annual Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) Annual Scholarship Banquet held June 7 at the Edinburg Conference Center At Renaissance. Nelsen praised the nonprofit organization for raising more than a half million dollars this year to use for scholarships. Read More
Eateries To Open At UTPA The University of Texas-Pan American is offering more food choices for the college community and the general public to enjoy. Recently, UTPA held a ribbon cutting to officially open Sandella's Flatbread Cafe, located in the first floor of the Science Building, and Jazzman's Cafe and Bakery housed in UTPA's Library lobby. Read More
Houston Alumni Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, travelled to Houston recently to visit with UT Pan Am graduates living and working in the area and update them on the latest developments at the Edinburg institution. Nelsen met with members of UTPA's Houston Alumni Chapter and thanked them for supporting UTPA and for their efforts in helping raise money for student scholarships. Read More
Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery The University of Texas-Pan American College of Arts and Humanities held a reception recently to officially open a new exhibit and celebrate the newly renovated Charles and Dorothy Clark Art Gallery located in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. Read More
2012 Project Director's Conference of the USDA Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas- Pan American, welcomed representatives from The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to campus recently for the 2012 Project Director's Conference of the USDA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grant Program, an initiative overseen by the agency's National Institute for Food and Agriculture. Read More
The University of Texas-Pan American's famed Mariachi Aztlán The music of The University of Texas-Pan American's famed Mariachi Aztlán was heard in one of the nation’s top venues, the 2012 Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Read More
Washington D.C. UTPA Alumni Mixer The University of Texas-Pan American held an alumni mixer for the first time in the nation's capital. The event, which took place June 28 at the Tortilla Coast restaurant in Washington D.C., drew nearly 40 UTPA graduates and guests. Read More
UTPA Congressional Meeting Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, joined other top leaders of The University of Texas System and members of Congress in Washington, D.C., recently for a meeting organized by the UT System Office of Government Relations.  Read More
Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas The University of Texas-Pan American and UTPA Foundation showed their support to the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas during the 8th Annual Award of Distinction Gala held recently at the McAllen Convention Center. This year's gala honored McAllen resident Val LaMantia Peisen, a partner in L&F Distributors, for her commitment and service to the Girl Scouts organization in the South Texas area.  Read More
UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales welcomed State Representative Donna Howard UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales welcomed State Representative Donna Howard from Austin to campus recently. Rep. Howard, a former colleague and desk mate of Gonzales when the Texas Legislature would meet at the state capitol, was invited to UTPA to learn about the university and its agenda as she prepares for the 83rd legislative session set to start Jan. 8. Read More
second annual Celebrating Community Commitment fundraiser Representatives from The University of Texas-Pan American and The UTPA Foundation attended the second annual Celebrating Community Commitment fundraiser Aug. 9 at the Pharr Events Center to support the Good Samaritan Community Services-Rio Grande Valley and the City of Pharr. This year's event honored Kirk Clark, artist, businessman, philanthropist and friend of UTPA, for his commitment and service to the organization and the community.  Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and Veronica Gonzales, UTPA's new vice president for University of Advancement Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and Veronica Gonzales, UTPA's new vice president for University of Advancement, were the guest speakers at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Weslaco, where they had an opportunity to update its members on the state of the University. Read More
Texas City Management Association's quarterly meeting Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and Veronica Gonzales, UTPA's new vice president for University Advancement, spoke at the Texas City Management Association's quarterly meeting held recently on campus. At the meeting, they encouraged city leaders representing Hidalgo County municipalities and members of the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) to partner and collaborate with UTPA's seven colleges to help them move their cities forward. Read More
celebration of the University's new Community Engagement and Student Success Building Students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg city officials and other guests gathered June 29 for the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration of the University's new Community Engagement and Student Success Building (CESS) located at 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg. Read More
President's Ambassadors photo for media The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen and his wife Jody welcomed UTPA's new President's Ambassadors recently at their home. The Ambassadors comprise a select group of students who will assist the Nelsens at events  Read More
UTPA at Night of Lights Parade Staff from The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Alumni Relations, members of the UTPA Alumni Association and UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen showed their holiday spirit by participating in the City of Edinburg's annual Night of Lights Christmas Parade Dec. 3. Read More
Coordinated Program in Dietetics First year students in The University of Texas-Pan American's Coordinated Program in Dietetics organized a luncheon Dec. 1 at the College of Health Sciences and Human Services to raise money for students to attend a workshop that will help them prepare for a national exam as part of the process to obtain their license. Read More
Pan Am Classic Skeet Shoot Thanks to the support of media organizations, Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, has been hitting the airwaves and speaking to print media to educate the public about the programs, services and opportunities available at the UTPA campus. Recently, Nelsen visited the studios of Univision Radio in McAllen Read More
Pan Am Classic Skeet Shoot The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Association hosted its first Pan Am Classic Skeet Shoot Saturday, Nov. 19 at the RD Guerra San Felipe Ranch in Linn, north of Edinburg. Fourteen teams, each consisting of three people, participated in the tournament with the proceeds going toward scholarships for deserving UTPA students.  Read More
UTPA-STCmtgmedia The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and South Texas College (STC) continue to look for ways to collaborate and improve access to higher education in the Rio Grande Valley. In a recent meeting on the STC campus, UTPA President Robert S.  Read More
Fair equity roundtable Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and UTPA associate professors Dr. Francisco Guajardo and Dr. Miguel de los Santos of the Department of Educational Leadership at UTPA, were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Intercultural Development Research Association Oct. 29 in Alamo.  Read More
Easter Seals 59th Annual Dinner Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, was the keynote speaker at the Easter Seals' 59th Annual Dinner held Oct. 27 at the McAllen Convention Center. Nelsen spoke about the University's role in the Valley and the strong ties it has with community organizations including Easter Seals, which provides educational opportunities Read More
Dr. Nelsen at (TABE) Conference Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas Pan American, gave the welcome address to participants attending the Texas Association of Bilingual Education (TABE) conference held in October at the McAllen Convention Center. The annual event, which took place for the first time in the city of McAllen, brought in educators Read More
RGV P-16 Pathways Project Launch Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American joined representatives from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), public school districts, Region One Education Service Center and other higher learning institutions at the UTPA annex Oct. 10 to launch the Rio Grande Valley P-16 Pathways Project. The project funded by the coordinating board, was formed to bring together Read More
Nelsen promotes entrepreneurship Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and other UTPA staff were invited to participate in a workshop led by the Milken Institute on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The workshop, titled ”Increasing Access to Capital in the Lower Rio Grande Valley," was held Oct. 7 in Weslaco. Nelsen talked about creating opportunities for entrepreneurship in our border Read More
School named after University alumnus The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD) named its newest elementary campus in honor of Macaria de la Garza Gorena, a 1939 alumna of Edinburg Junior College (now The University of Texas-Pan American). Family, friends and school administrators, including UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, attended a special dedication ceremony Oct. 15 to celebrate the official opening of Macaria de la Garza Gorena Elementary School Read More
Alumni mixer photo for media UTPA welcomes alumni at mixer held at IBC Bank-The University of Texas-Pan American Office of Alumni Relations and the UTPA Alumni Association hosted its first outreach event for former students in McAllen Oct. 18 at IBC Bank corporate headquarters.  Read More
Chinese Delegation Delegates from a highly esteemed Chinese university traveled to The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Oct. 10 in search of student exchange opportunities, as well as faculty scholar programs and research opportunities between both institutions. UTPA and Shandong Normal University (SDNU), located in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong province in China, focused this particular visit in creating a 2+2 initiative, Read More
Dr. Nelsen at Women's Athletic Fundraiser UTPA Athletics raised almost $15,000 at its Women's Athletic Fundraiser Gala Oct. 8 at the historic Shary Mansion in Palmhurst. All of the proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships and increase operational resources for UTPA's seven women's sport programs. Read More
Robert S. Nelsen and Chamber of Commerce Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, along with 17 other community and business leaders, were recognized recently at the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet for their contributions to the City of Edinburg and for serving on the chamber's board of directors. Read More
Alhambra Chef James Canter, Nelsen, and Moroccan celebrity chef Jawad Essadki from San Jose, Calif. President of The University of Texas-Pan American Robert S. Nelsen showed his support for providing study abroad programs to students by attending the Moroccan Extravaganza at Alhambra Restaurant in McAllen Wednesday, March 23. Pictured from left to right Read More
Groupshot obert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, met with administrators, faculty and staff from UTPA, along with representatives from South Texas College (STC) and the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently to discuss the planning process for a world-class Research and Education Park. The park is being Read More
Dr. Nelsen at FESTIBA 2011 UTPA president advocates for culture of literacy in the RGV at FESTIBA 2011-The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen (far right) took a turn reading a bilingual book to young children during the last day of the University's Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA) 2011 held March 28-April 2. After reading, Nelsen autographed for many youngsters the free book given away in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) tent at Community Day, Read More
SA April 16 2011 Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, traveled to San Antonio April 16 to meet, visit and connect with UTPA alumni living and working in the area. The mixer was hosted by the San Antonio Alumni Chapter and held at the Brasserie Pavil Restaurant. Read More
Nelsen, Susan, and Banik Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, attended a reception to support the development of a research and training partnership between UTPA and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).  Read More
31_pres_system_adm_bd_of_regent Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, welcomed a group of administrators from The University of Texas System and a member of the UT Board of Regents to the Edinburg campus Tuesday, April 26, where they had an opportunity to meet with UTPA students, staff, faculty, and administration leadership. Read More
President and Board The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and Chief of Staff Lisa Prieto were recognized Thursday, May 5 by the Hidalgo County Bar Association Board of Directors for their role in helping instill a better understanding and appreciation of the law, our system of government, a Read More
Dumitru Caruntu-Nelsen_KimberlySelber-ChancelorCigeroa The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, who sits on the Task Force on University Excellence and Productivity for The University of Texas System, traveled to Austin May 3 to take part in a faculty panel discussion in an attempt to learn more about outstanding teaching, best teaching practices, and specific ways that excellence can be integrated throughout the UT System. The Task Read More
President and Gearup The University of Texas-Pan American's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) recently celebrated the end of a successful six-year grant cycle. GEAR UP administrators hosted their last meeting May 10 with its Executive Alliance, a group of stakeholders composed of public school superintendents, principals, teachers and partners from throughout the Valley. They were presented with data on the Read More
Dr. Nelsen with congressman and county officials UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen showed his support for community unity by attending the 77th Annual South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Conference at the McAllen Convention Center June 7. This year's conference theme was "Mi Casa es Su Casa" in recognition of the spirit of cooperation and collaboration among South Texas Counties and the rich cultural tradition of the area's Hispanic Read More
Vamos The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert S. Nelsen and President of The University of Texas at Brownsville Juliet V. Garcia joined representatives from the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) as it celebrated the awarding of student scholarships during its 15th Annual Scholarship Banquet June 9. The event, held at the Art Village on Main in McAllen, recognized Read More
ECN With the state legislature in the process of finalizing the budget for higher education, Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, has been hitting the airwaves and visiting with print reporters to inform the Rio Grande Valley community of how UTPA is handling the looming budget cuts. Dr. Nelsen has been appearing on several local TV and radio media outlets Read More
PARA The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen welcomed new UTPA retirees at a mixer held June 15 at the Art Village in McAllen. Dr. Nelsen thanked the former University employees for their many years of service to the institution where they either worked as a faculty or staff member. Also in attendance were members of the recently formed Pan American Retirees Association (PARA), a group Read More
Ride to Work Day Students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas-Pan American hopped on their motorcycles and rode to the UTPA campus June 20 in support of the 20th Annual National Ride to Work Day. The annual event aims to get riders from across the country to showcase the benefits of commuting on Read More
President and Chamber UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen attended the June 20 meeting of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce of which he serves as director representing higher education. Nelsen meets with the board every third Monday of each month to discuss issues relevant to UT Pan Am Read More
President and Chamber Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American joined several key leaders at a stakeholders reception at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce June 22 hosted by the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Read More
President and Chamber UTPA President joins in the fight against cancer-The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen attended the 2011 Cattle Baron's Ball "Diamond Dust and Cowboy Stuff" June 25 hosted by the American Cancer Society at La Antigua Revilla in Edinburg. Read More
Legislative Reort Card Luncheon The President of The University of Texas-Pan American Robert S. Nelsen joined other education leaders and community members July 8 at the Legislative "Report Card" Luncheon hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RGVHCC). Nelsen is a member Read More
Family Day Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, and Rubén Hinojosa, U.S. Congressman (TX-15), joined participants on Family Day July 25 during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Read More
APSI Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, welcomed 175 teachers from across the state attending the 16th annual Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) July 25-28 held at the University Annex in Edinburg Read More
BizFest Photo Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, served as one of seven judges for this year's regional Latino Youth Entrepreneurship BizFest competition held Sunday, July 31. UT Pan American and the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which took place at UTPA. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company Fund, Wal-Mart and Visa, served as sponsors. Read More
CASE photo UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen (second from right), joined Dr. Mark Escamilla (left), president of Del Mar College in Corpus Christi; Mary Sherwood (second from left), chief of staff for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Dan Jensen (far right), vice president for governmental affairs for the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth at the District IV mini conference Read More
President Robert S. Nelsen and La Joya resident Dalia de la Garza UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen met with La Joya resident Dalia de la Garza Aug. 8 to accept another donation made to a scholarship fund named in her son's honor. De la Garza and DRS Defense Solutions LLC started the Veteran Javier "Jay" de la Garza Memorial Scholarship for Rehabilitation Graduate Students in February 2011 to honor Jay de la Garza, who was killed in Afghanistan last year Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and UTPA's development team Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of-Texas Pan American, and members of UTPA's development team hosted an executive luncheon meeting titled "Getting Connected: A Dialogue with the RGV Manufacturing Leadership" at the McAllen Country Club, Aug. 10. University administrators  Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen with ECISD administrators and Edinburg mayor Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, offered words of encouragement and support to hundreds of educators and staff from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD) during its Back-to-School General Assembly Aug. 17 at the McAllen Convention Center. Nelsen, ECISD administrators and Edinburg city leaders Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen welcomes new incoming freshmen The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, pictured in the photo, welcomed more than 2,100 new incoming freshmen to the campus during the first ever Bronc Round Up held August 26-28. The fun, informational conference was planned to ease the transition from high school to college of entering freshmen Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and UTPA Alumni Association Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, thanked alumni and other guests for their continued support of the institution during the UTPA Alumni Association Reception & Mixer held Aug.18 at the IBC Bank Training Center in Pharr. This is the first reception the Alumni Association has hosted in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (PSJA) community. Nelsen told attendees about the importance of staying connected to the University  Read More
Nelsen art display photo Students in a summer painting class at The University of Texas-Pan American showcased their 90 pieces of art at a reception held Aug. 17 in the Art Department Gallery at UTPA. The students, who had no previous experience, spent a month creating oil paintings depicting still life, self portraits and nature. Read More
TSTC University Center in Harlingen Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, joined administrators from other educational institutions, elected officials and business leaders Aug. 31 in celebrating the opening of the new University Center at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen. UTPA partnered with TSTC, along with The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB),  Read More
STARS photo for Media Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American and other higher education leaders thanked L & F Distributors and its South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS) program at a news conference Sept. 1 at the company's headquarters in McAllen. Read More
SGA and President The University of Texas-Pan American President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and his wife Jody welcomed the new members of UTPA's Student Government Association (SGA) at their home Sept. 8 for a home-cooked South Texas barbecue dinner. Nelsen and his wife host the dinner for SGA members. Read More
Presidents photo for media Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American showed his support for collaboration and unity among Rio Grande Valley higher education institutions by attending an articulation agreement ceremony between South Texas College (STC) and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB).  Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen brewing with the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American, launched an internal campaign within the University to get to know what's on the minds of faculty and staff. "What's Brewin'?" kicked off Sept. 22 with Nelsen's first monthly stop at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences where he had an opportunity to visit with some 30 staff and faculty.  Read More
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen with Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Cynthia Sakulenzki, executive director of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American and member of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Cynthia Sakulenzki, executive director of the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, appeared before the Hidalgo County Commission in Edinburg Sept. 21 to thank commissioners for their support and recognition of the contributions Hispanic Americans have made in our community and culture. Read More
Nelsen in DC Photo for Media Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, president of The University of Texas-Pan American (pictured center) participated as a panelist in the 2011 Public Policy Conference held Sept. 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The conference, themed "Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership," was hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and its board of directors.   Read More
Vista Summit group photo Key leaders from The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB), The University of Texas System and major philanthropic agencies met for a historic and first ever Vista Summit to discuss how they can collaborate with each other and the community to transform the Rio Grande Valley. Read More
Pan Am Classic Skeet Shoot Pan Am Classic Skeet Shoot - The University of Texas-Pan American Alumni Association is hosting its first Pan Am Classic Skeet Shoot Saturday, Nov. 19 at the RD Guerra San Felipe Ranch in Linn, 4.2 miles north of Edinburg. Read More