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McAllen Welcomes UTRGV Expanded Cancer Center

UT Health RGV

The University of Texas Health Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is expanding its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center at its McAllen Academic Medical Campus. McAllen officials are hoping to establish and develop the area around the campus as a medical center for the region. “I am so proud of the efforts being made by UT Health RGV School of Medicine to expand…

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Bringing Expertise & Services To Higher Level

Nathan Burkhart of the BCIC is helping to oversee the building of the new "eBridge." (VBR)

These are heady days for the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation as it incorporates emerging technology and the excitement of SpaceX at Boca Chica into a growing economy. The BCIC funds economic development and boosts quality of life projects. There’s plenty of that in Brownsville right now. Downtown improvements and a flurry of small businesses are seeing early successes and working to scale up operations. The BCIC is in the middle…

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Nurse Practitioner Rises To Serve RGV Community

Aaron Salinas began his health care career at the ground level. His start came as an emergency medical technician. Here, Salinas got a firsthand look at the essential medical needs of Rio Grande Valley residents.  “There were a lot of things that didn’t add up,” Salinas said of observations he made as an EMT, and then a paramedic, in going into the homes of residents in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.…

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Pharr Chamber Announces New President/CEO

Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Marcela Beas

Marcela Beas is the new president/CEO of the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce. Beas previously served as interim president of the chamber since 2020. Prior to that, Beas was the chamber’s membership manager, managing the fulfillment of annual new membership sales and existing member retention targets. She also executed marketing initiatives to create brand advocacy and member growth for the Chamber. Beas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business…

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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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Local Advertising Professor Recognized

Kimberly Selber

UTRGV professor Kimberly Selber was recently awarded the 2021 Outstanding Advertising Educator of the Year Award. The accolade comes from the American Advertising Federation District 10. The award recognizes AAF members who have made contributions to both the growth and improvement of advertising through the academic process. “I’m humbled to have my career in education recognized and it has been an honor to have had the opportunity to teach and…

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UTRGV To Host Health Career Expo


The UTRGV Career Center will host the Spring 2021 Virtual Health Professionals & Nursing Career Expo on 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 20. The event is for interested students and alumni. The job expo will be online, connecting individuals with recruiters from hospitals, clinics and non-profits. Employers come from not only from the South Texas area but from across the country. “My advice to both alumni and students attending the expo is…

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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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UTRGV Invests $1.5M For Merit-Based Scholarships

UTRGV President Guy Bailey talks with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling about the university’s achievements and accolades. (Photo Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

UTRGV will invest $1.5 million to double the amount of merit-based scholarships available in Fall 2021. The additional funding comes in effort to retain top high school students from the region. The UTRGV Scholars Program currently awards 200 merit-based scholarships. Starting next fall, the program will double to have 400 merit-based scholarships available. Overall, over the course of the four-year scholarship program, UTRGV will invest a total of $8 million dollars.…

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First Podiatry Program in State Coming to UTRGV

Dr. Lawrence Harkless, interim dean of the UTRGV School of Podiatry (Jennifer Galindo, UTRGV photo)

The first school of podiatry is coming to Texas in the fall of 2022. Furthermore, it will be right here in the Rio Grande Valley at UTRGV. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a request from the university to create a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine with a major in Podiatric Medicine for the UTRGV School of Podiatry. The school will allow students to pursue careers in the medical…

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