Tag Archives: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

UTRGV Athletics Hosts Youth Clinics, Matches

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and City of Brownsville will soon be hosting youth clinics and athletic events, all of which are presented by Chick-fil-A Boca Chica. The women’s soccer team will host a free youth clinic on Aug. 13 from 4:30-6:15 p.m. followed by an intrasquad match at 7 p.m. at Brownsville Sports Park. The clinic is open to girls ages 10-18 who are…

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Making the Impossible Possible

Jorge Sanchez thought he had the perfect plan in place after graduating from high school. He earned a scholarship to St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he planned to major in biology with a concentration in biological sciences. But as he calculated the cost for tuition, room and board, and books, Sanchez realized this plan did not make financial sense. “Even though I was given a scholarship to study at…

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From Catch-22 To A Successful Career

Sometimes life plunges us into a classic catch-22. That is exactly where Cesar Romero found himself. Working as a nurse technician, Romero was earning $11 an hour. In order to increase his income, he applied to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Learning that the program required full-time-student status peppered his joy at being accepted. He could not afford to pay…

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Experience Brings New Vision To Edinburg

UTRGV's main campus is in Edinburg as well as the main office of its regional medical school.

Ron Garza built a reputation as an administrator who could foster cooperation among Rio Grande Valley cities when seeking state funding and developing transportation systems.  He served for years as the executive director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. The job allowed him to work on projects with county judges, mayors and city managers across the Valley. Regional agreements are becoming more the norm in a historically divided…

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New Tower Highlights Rio Bank Growth

The stylish lobby of the new Rio Bank corporate headquarters in McAllen.

The view from Ford Sasser’s sixth-floor office offers a wide expanse view of the expressway traffic running beneath it. Rio Bank’s new office tower looks out over Expressway 77/83 in McAllen since its opening in October. The city’s hospitals and medical district are just across the way. Sasser, Rio Bank’s president and chief executive officer, is a fixture on local television with a signature and folksy line. “Your kind of…

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Edinburg Chamber Announces Board

Veronica Gonzales

Veronica Gonzales now heads up the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce as president of the board for 2020-2021. Gonzales is the vice president for Governmental and Community Relations at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley. “As the incoming President of the Board, I look forward to continuing my work with the chamber to advance commerce and quality of life to Edinburg,” said Gonzales. Gonzales first joined the board in…

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Using Art To Boost SPI Economy

The art business incubator at SPI offers community workshops where local residents can learn more about sculpturing.

The usual formula to fuel economic development focuses on manufacturing, transportation and distribution. At South Padre Island, the path to boosting the economy has branched out to also include art and how creative endeavors can lead to growth. The Art Business Incubator South Padre Island seeks to give both new and existing art businesses support to establish a presence in the local economy. Its program director Alexa Ocean Ray is…

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Valley Metro Is Moving Forward

The new Edinburg Valley Metro station is set to open later this month.

The Rio Grande Valley with its estimated population surging above 1.4 million is reflecting its new urban realities via Valley Metro. The regional bus system is adding transportation hubs and new routes with each passing year.  Later this month, Valley Metro will open a new hub in Edinburg between City Hall and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The new hub will come off a year where Valley Metro…

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Coming Together to Build the Reef

Red snapper swimming in the artificial reef. (Courtesy)

Gary Glick, president of the nonprofit group Friends of RGV Reef, said recreational red snapper fishing generates several times the economic force of commercial red snapper fishing. People who come to fish also spend money on food and lodging, gas, tackle, charter trips, etc. Glick estimates that Friends of RGV Reef has spent about $400,000 on deploying reef material so far. The group has managed to do it for roughly…

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UTRGV Fall Career Expo (Edinburg Campus)

UTRGV career expo

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Career Center hosts its Fall Career Expo, open to all UTRGV students, alumni and the community. As exhibitors, companies have the opportunity to attract qualified candidates for internship and career opportunities. Exhibitors registration is: $300 – 10×10 booth with a six-foot table and two chairs $500 – 10×20 booth with two six-foot tables and four chairs Exhibitors may register online.