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STC Receives CAE2Y Designation

STC is now a CAE2Y institution through 2022

Designation emphasizes college’s role in cybersecurity The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated South Texas College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) institution through 2022. The designation, according to NSA and DHS, emphasizes STC’s role to address the critical shortage of professionals with these skills, and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s…

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UTRGV Ranks High in Hispanic Graduation

This decorated mortarboard, worn at the UTRGV Commencement ceremony on the Brownsville Campus on May 12, displays the pride of accomplishment UTRGV students are known for: “Juntos (together), we rise.” (photo by David Pike, UTRGV)

Rankings include awarding of bachelor’s degrees The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is third in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. The magazine’s “Top 100 2017 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics” ranks the top schools in the country in enrolling and awarding degrees to Hispanic students. It uses information from surveys conducted in 2015 by the National Center for Education…

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‘Fab Lab’ Plants Seeds of Creativity

UTRGV students Vilma Flores and Alissa Flores with Dr. Emmett Tomai, UTRGV Computer Science Associate Professor, on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the UTRGV Fabrication Lab in the Visual Arts Building in Edinburg, Texas. (Photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

Lab serves underprivileged areas Technology, science and art will come together in a learning laboratory setting to design new products. Two faculty members at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are teaming up to create what will be known as a fabrication laboratory, or “fab lab.” Donna Sweigart, associate professor of art, and Dr. Emmett Tomai, associate professor of computer science, received an Internal Seed Research Program grant from…

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UTRGV online MBA ranks nationally

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is sixth in the nation among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees

Program is sixth for financial planning According to, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is sixth in the nation among the 50 most affordable online Master of Business Administration in Financial Planning degrees. The recognition comes in part from multiple start dates throughout the year, thus allowing students to start shortly after acceptance. Another aspect of recognition are program features that save students time and money. The ranking…

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Community Health Workers Ready for Work

The first cohort of promotores graduate from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. (photo STC)

First cohort of promotores graduate The first cohort of promotores, or community health workers, have graduated from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network. The program offers training to people who want to serve their neighborhoods as community health workers. A collaboration between the UTRGV School of Medicine, Texas A&M University, South Texas College and the National Rural Health Association, the program includes 160 hours of training over three…

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UTRGV Receives Funding for I-Corps Site

NSF Innovations Corps

National Science Foundation awards almost a half million dollars The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is the recipient of $499,985 in federal funding to establish an NSF Innovation Corps Site. The I-Corps site, funded by the National Science Foundation, will be in the university’s Center for Industrialization and Commercialization. NSF I-Corps Sites are designed to foster local innovation and entrepreneurship, especially among minority and female students who are normally…

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The Business of Bees

Dr. Joanne Rampersad-Ammons with bee hives during a summer fellowship to study issues concerning honey bee health. (photo UTRGV)

UTRGV associate professor works to preserve honey bees Honey bees play an vital role in the agricultural economy of South Texas and a Rio Grande Valley professor has embarked on research that could help combat losses of these important pollinators. Dr. Joanne Rampersad-Ammons, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, spent time this summer studying apiculture (bee keeping) and issues affecting honey bee health, thanks…

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Inspiring Leaders in STEM at UTRGV

Havidan Rodriguez

Magazine recognizes provost, faculty UTRGV Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Havidán Rodríguez is an Inspiring Leader in STEM according to INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Two UTRGV faculty members join him in the distinction, Karen Lozano and Marie Mora. The three will appear in the September issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, along with 39 other recipients. The Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award honors professionals from underrepresented groups…

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TSC Names Rodriguez New President

Jesus Roberto Rodriguez

President chosen among 30 applicants Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the new president of Texas Southmost College. Rodriguez’s new role was announced by the Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees at a July 20 special meeting. Rodriguez is currently dean for the Business Center of Excellence at Houston Community College. Previously, he was a dean at Lone Star College System and Butler Community College. At both colleges, he strengthened programs, student…

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Economic Boost from Under the Sea

UTRGV researchers are building one of the biggest artificial “low-profile” reefs in the Gulf of Mexico off the South Texas coast. (UTRGV photo by Veronica Gaona)

Man-made RGV Reef impacts local environment and economy Red snapper is one of the important commercial fish along the lower Texas Gulf Coast and researchers are building an artificial reef to help maintain and grow habitat for that popular fish and other species. In 2015 red snapper hauls totaled more than 2.2 million pounds, according to the Texas Almanac. That catch was worth more than $9.4 million. Researchers from UTRGV’s…

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