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Students to Take Part in RGV Higher Education Day in Austin 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JANUARY 28, 2013 – The University of Texas at Brownsville’s One o’Clock Guitar Ensemble, students representing the Division of Student Affairs, faculty members, administrators and supporters will trek to Austin for Rio Grande Valley Higher Education Day at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30. 

Students to Take Part in RGV Higher Education Day in Austin

The highlight of the day will be the introduction of a resolution supporting the unification of UTB and The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg and the creation of a new medical school.  

Niccale Alibin, 21, of Brownsville graduated in December with bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology but is taking classes during spring semester to finish degree requirements. She is a tutor in the ASPIRE Program and will make the trip to Austin. 

“I am applying to medical school now,” said Alibin. “With the possibility of the schools combining, it is amazing. I think it’s interesting to get our voices heard and it’s a good thing we are doing this.” 

The new university initiative was first introduced to both campuses in December 2012 by leaders of The University of Texas System Board of Regents. The resolution is scheduled to be presented on the floor of the House of Representatives at 10 a.m. 

“My plan is to hopefully understand this merger proposal more than what I basically know now and bring back that information and share it with the student body here at UT-Brownsville because I think that is something that I would want to hear if I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to attend the Legislative session,” said Pedro Rangel, 20, a senior accounting major from San Benito who will ride the student bus going to Austin.  

Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President of UTB; Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President of UTPA and Dr. Francisco Gonzalez-Scarano, Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, will give remarks at 12:10 p.m. in the Capitol’s ground floor Rotunda.  

At 12:15 p.m., the One o’Clock Guitar Ensemble will perform for students and leaders from the institutions, lawmakers and Capitol visitors in the Rotunda. 

“We try to promote these type of functions with the students,” said Elizabeth Charles, 22, a junior marketing and entrepreneurship major from Houston and a tutor in the ASPIRE Program. “As an advocate of higher education it would be of interest to go to events like this. We can understand what is going on campus and promote what is going on campus.” 

Some UTB students will participate in Walk the Halls of the Capitol to visit selected legislative offices at 2 p.m.  

“It is such an honor and I’m truly blessed to say that I am proud to see what UT-Brownsville has accomplished and the many goals that are yet to be made but little by little, we are one step closer,” said Rangel.

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