Tag Archives: UTRGV

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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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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UTRGV Offers Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity

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UTRGV will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity starting Sept. 1. The program will teach students about information assurance, network and computer security, digital forensics, operating systems security and more. Students in the 120-hour program will study the security aspects of computing and cyberspace. This is central to the rapidly expanding security concerns in an ever-changing technological world. The program requires 50 advanced hours of instruction for core,…

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UTRGV Professor Releases Children’s Book Series

Dr. David Bowles, UTRGV associate professor of English in the Department of Literatures and Cultural Studies. (Photo by Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

Otherwordly adventures await young readers with“13th Street,” the newest work by Dr. David Bowles, UTRGV associate professor of English. A series of books for children, it tells the tales of three Latinx youth in South Texas and their mysterious adventures filled with zombies, monsters, ghouls and skeletons. Bowles’s literary adventure began in 2018 with the approach of publishing giant HarperCollins with the concept of “13th Street,” a chapter book series for…

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UTRGV Expands Autism Program Across the Valley

UTRGV’s College of Education and P-16 Integration will be able to continue its parent-directed treatment program for children with autism spectrum for another two years. The program began in 2018 and previously served only the lower Cameron County area. It will now expand across the entire Rio Grande Valley. A nearly $500,000 continuation grant by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board funds the program. Dr. Hsuying Ward, a UTRGV associate professor with Human…

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