Category Archives: Education

TSTC to Offer Evening Drafting and Design Course

For the first time, TSTC’s Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics Technology will expand its offerings with evening classes beginning Spring 2020. Department Chair Samuel Pizano says the change comes at a time when students are seeking flexibility. Evening and online courses are growing in popularity. In fact, the program has already seen its first registrants for evening classes. “We’ve recently seen a lot more interest in our program from students…

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The Science of Suds in Craft Brewing

For the 38 percent of Americans who name beer as their “go-to” after work wind-down, there’s nothing quite like a cold brew at the end of a rough day. And with small-batch brewing now accounting for nearly a quarter of the market share, the craft beer craze has become a way of life. But how much do we really think about the “craft” in craft beer? At South Texas College,…

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Student Food Pantry Feeds the Need

Social work major Jacquelyn Herrera, manager for the Student Food Pantry on the UTRGV Brownsville Campus, and Cristina Vega, program coordinator of the UTRGV Student Food Pantry, restock shelves in the pantry. At UTRGV, student food pantries on both the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses work year-round to help ease food insecurity for university students. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)

September is Hunger Action Month, a time to take a pro-active part in ending hunger. For UTRGV’s Cristina Vega, helping others fight hunger is her job. “We have a lot of jokes in society, like, ‘Ha. Ha. Poor college student. You’re probably eating Ramen.’ And that’s not really something to joke about, because it’s a reality,” said Vega, program coordinator of the UTRGV Student Food Pantry. The Student Food Pantry is a free…

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TSTC Funds Give Students Hope

Nelda Chavez recently received a boost her family needed to get back on their feet with the TSTC Foundation’s Snyder Helping Hands fun.

Fifteen inches of water took it all from Texas State Technical College student Nelda Chavez and her family. “The only way to describe the situation is devastating and overwhelming,” said the 52-year-old. “The image and smell of the mess and debris still haunts me.” The family returned to their home barely a week ago; the massive amount of rain and flooding that devastated their home occurred in June. Chavez’s family has…

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Grant Funds 10 School Buses for Head Start

The Hidalgo County Head Start Program is the recent recipient of nearly $1 million to purchase school buses for their students. The award of $922,420, in addition to their yearly budget, will purchase 10 school buses at $92,242. The funds come from a Supplemental Funding competitive application for Program Improvement by the national Office of Head Start. “This funding will strengthen partnerships with local school districts, reinforce recruitment efforts, help sustain desirable attendance levels and allow…

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Pharr Breaks Natatorium Ground

Pharr officials ceremoniously turn the dirt for the Pharr Natatorium groundbreaking.

Amid a crowd of enthusiastic swimming athletes, community members, and elected officials, the City of Pharr broke ground on the Pharr Natatorium Sept. 27. The Pharr Natatorium is a years-in-the-making project in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District. “My son is an avid swimmer and my wife and I have had the privilege of cheering him on during many competitions,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez.…

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Searching for Ghosts

Many tenants of Downtown Harlingen historic buildings claim that the buildings are haunted. The public will be able to find out for themselves via the Downtown Harlingen Ghost Tour if the ghost stories are true.

As the sun goes down, an eerie feeling falls across the dimly lit streets of Downtown Harlingen. The buildings of the past have a different feel to them. One can almost feel the rush and excitement of the Roaring Twenties in Harlingen. “Some of these buildings have a different feel to them, almost like they’re living,” Downtown Harlingen manager Edward Meza said. “We hear things here in our building and…

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McAllen ISD Hosts College Night

College Night

The annual McAllen ISD College Night event takes place Sept. 23 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center. More than 60 universities will be representing their institutions of higher education. They will provide students and parents with admissions information as well as address individual questions. Local scholarship associations will be available to disseminate scholarship information. University alumni will also be available to share their individual college experiences. Financial aid…

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ECO-RIO Builds Student STEAM Skills

Danny Conner and his live reptiles are among the many educational entertainers at ECO-RIO.

The largest environmental educational event in South Texas, ECO-RIO, takes place this weekend at Fiesta De Palmas. From Sept. 21-22, students 12 and under can build STEAM skills for free. The Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math event also builds environmental leadership.  Since nature education takes many forms, ECO-RIO features more than 40 educational booths. Students will have opportunities to see live animal ambassadors up-close. Many educational entertainers will be on hand including Sky King Falconry, Contacto…

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Bailey is Border Texan of the Year

Guy Bailey

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey is the 2019 Border Texan of the Year. He will be honored at a dinner and reception Nov. 21 at the McAllen Convention Center. “I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected as 2019 Border Texan of the Year. This is easily the highest honor I have ever received, and I am particularly pleased because it comes from my colleagues in the Rio Grande…

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