UTB Students Pleased
with New University Name Chosen by Regents
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –
DECEMBER 12, 2013 –Anticipation rose like steam coming from cups of hot chocolate
and coffee at The University of Texas at Brownsville’s Casa Bella residential
housing clubhouse on Thursday morning, Dec. 12 as staff and
students gathered to watch via the Internet the solidification of the future of
higher education in the Rio Grande Valley.
One of the attendees,
Abraham Villarreal, a senior business administration – entrepreneurship major
University of Texas at Brownsville, will graduate in spring 2014 and wants to pursue a master’s
degree in business administration.
The place the
Brownsville resident wants to attend to further his education is The University
of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the name unanimously selected on Thursday,
Dec. 12 by The
University of Texas System Board of Regents for the combined UTB, the University of Texas – Pan
American in Edinburg and
a newly created medical school based in Cameron and Hidalgo counties scheduled
to open in fall 2015.
Regent Ernest Aliseda
of McAllen made the motion for the university name.
“I’m proud to be part
of this historic action and I’m proud to say that I’m from the Valley,” Aliseda
Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, President of UTB, attended the Regents meeting in Austin to
witness the historical vote.
“Our new name signals
that moving forward, our strength is derived from a cohesive regional
approach,” she said after the vote. “As UT Rio Grande Valley, we are now
positioning to compete with great advantage. It is a great day for all of us in
the Valley. I’m thrilled!”
Villarreal hopes the
university will signal a new change for the region’s present and future
“UT Rio Grande Valley
is fine,” said Villarreal. “It encompasses what the region is and to have the
university named after this area suits it perfectly. I’m looking forward to
more activities for students and hopefully starting more sports teams for
brother, Christopher Villarreal, 23, a senior criminal justice major from
Brownsville scheduled to graduate in spring 2014, said it was good to have a
name that makes the university stand out from other institutions.
“It identifies us as
the south Texas community,” said Christopher Villarreal. “It brings us
together. I’m glad I came to this viewing. I’m one of the first people to find
out what is going on with the new school.”
said he hopes the new university can perhaps offer a master’s degree in
Gabby Guevara, 20, a
senior history major from Brownsville, said the new name was an appropriate
compromise to unite for UTB and UTPA.
“It’s been a debate
among my friends,” she said about the university name. “We just wanted
something to help both universities and the area. The naming was not meant to be
Guevara wants to teach
in the Brownsville Independent School District after graduation in spring 2014
and maybe return for a master’s degree.
UTB also held vote
viewing parties at UTB at The Woods and Resaca Village.
The Regents will pick
a president, a mascot and colors for UT Rio Grande Valley at later dates.
For more information
on the new university, log on to the Project
South Texas web site.