Cigarroa Announces University of the Future Encompassing UTB, UTPA, New Medical School
Leaders from local and state politics, civic service and higher education gathered on Friday, Dec. 7 at The University of Texas at Brownsville to hear the vision for
The University of Texas Systems newest university that will transform one of the fastest-growing regions of Texas into one of the most productive, vibrant and well-educated
contributors to the well-being of the entire state.
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More than 1,000 Receive Degrees at Winter Commencement
More than 1,000 graduates received certificates and degrees at the 18th Winter Commencement for The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Saturday, Dec. 15.
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First MBRS RISE Doctoral Graduate Speaks to Students
Dr. Jonathan Berrout, 27, the first alumnus of the MBRS RISE program to earn a doctoral degree, returned to campus to speak to students.
Berrout is a post-doctoral fellow conducting research on the mechanisms that regular potassium secretion in kidneys at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
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New Degrees Mark New Era in Healthcare Professions
Inspired by the opening of the new Biomedical Research and Health Professions
Building, The University of Texas at Brownsville breaks new ground in health
science and nursing education this fall. Watch the YouTube video of the opening.
The new bachelors degree in biomedical sciences opens pathways to a broad
range of medical career opportunities in research, healthcare and medical technology
and helps create an updated model for physician education across Texas.
An anticipated 50 students, including Jose Mario Rodriguez (right), will make
up the programs first cohort, which will include a foundation year and two-year
integrated organ systems curriculum with various learning modules. Students
will perform a clinical internship and a research project in an area of interest.
We are sure this program will be preparing students to become superb and caring
physicians, scientists and educators, said Dr. Michael W. Lehker, Associate
Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences. The faculty has been designing
this unique program based on solid published research on learning, teaching
and best practices in premedical and medical education.
Physician education will be streamlined under the new program through the
Accelerated Professional Relevant Integrated Medical Education, or APRIME
initiative. UTB is working with institutions in Edinburg, El Paso, Galveston
and Houston to make physician education more accessible to diverse groups.
The initiative could launch as early as 2013.
A new era in nursing education is also coming in the fall of 2013, after the Texas
Board of Nursing approved the College of Nursings fully-accredited, four-year
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that meets the demands of a fast-changing
healthcare landscape, offering what has previously been unavailable.
While nationally about half of registered nurses hold a bachelors degree, in
Cameron County that number is 27 percent. National organizations, including
the American Nursing Association, support initiatives to increase the number
to 80 percent by 2020.
Hospitals are requiring nurses to have a higher caliber of nursing and higher
degrees to meet increasing national standards, said Dr. Edna Garza-Escobedo,
Associate Dean of the College of Nursing. Our new degree program will help
fill this critical need.
Representatives of the state nursing board cited the high caliber of the nursing
faculty and their experience in pre-licensure professional nursing education
and the abundance of clinical opportunities for students as some of the reasons
they supported the programs creation.
Vienna Became Home for Student During Semester Study Abroad
An ad in the school newspaper, The Collegian, in the fall of 2011 prompted English major Andres Ordua to pay a visit to the Office of Global Engagement at
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UTB music graduates share their thoughts on what it means to sing our national anthem
Watch YouTube Video: Fourth of July video with Victoria Rodriguez and Anthony Ramirez
The Department of Music marked a milestone as students, alumni, faculty and members
of the community celebrated the 15th anniversary of the music degree program
with a special concert on May 3 at The Arts Center.
"In Celebration: Fifteen Years Making Musicians"
featured performances by current and former students commemorating the May 1997 approval of the Bachelor of Arts
in Music degree by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Leo Zamora,
choir director at Brownsvilles Oliveira Middle School, was part of the crusade of
students and faculty that went to Austin and convinced the state board the degree
"The degree was something students really wanted and it was nice to have the support
of our professors and the administration," said Leo Zamora, who became the first to
receive the degree.
Since then, the Department of Music has awarded more than 150 bachelors degrees
and more than 20 masters degrees. Graduates also have a 100 percent pass rate on
the music portion of the state teacher certification exam.
"We have extremely talented students, a consistent curriculum and a dedicated faculty,"
said Dr. Sue Zanne Urbis, Chair of the Department of Music. "We filled The
Arts Center to celebrate the past 15 years of remarkable success."
Eleven teachers in the Mission Consolidated ISD are halfway through their masters
degrees in English, thanks to the convenience of distance education.
From the Mission High School library, two evenings a week, the cohort joins their
fellow classmates on campus who are gathered in the distance education classroom on
the second floor of the University Boulevard Library.
"The Graduate School has found a good partner in Mission CISD," said
Dr. Charles Lackey, Dean of Graduate Studies. Every success is a testament to the power of technology
when combined with committed students and dedicated faculty.
Several groups in the College of Liberal Arts experienced another type of distance
education this summer by travelling to Brazil,
Czech Republic, Poland, Costa Rica
and Paris. Studying psychology, photojournalism, environmental rhetoric, French
language, art and culture, the students returned with broadened horizons and lifetime
Patron of the Arts celebrates 28 years of bringing professional
guest artists as well as faculty and student performers and visual
artists to the community. To obtain your 2012-2013 season
brochure, call 956-882-7025 or go to utb.edu/patron.
Price Honored by American Association for the Advancement of Science
A physics professor at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College was recently named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Julio Cesar Ramos Video
As a young boy, Julio Cesar Ramos of Brownsville took on the role of caregiver for his mother who was battling breast cancer. That experience not only bonded mother and son but inspired
Julio's career choice to become a doctor. And generous donors are creating scholarship endowments to help students like Julio achieve their dream of a college education.
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Rodriguez Pursues Electrical Engineering Degree with Scholarships
A STARS student and a recipient of the Seldon Leavell Endowed Scholarship, Jose Luis Rodriguez, 20, is a junior majoring in engineering physics electrical engineering.
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ARCC Scholars Travel to New Mexico to Construct Satellite Antennas
A team of six physics students led by Dr. Fredrick Jenet, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Arecibo Remote Command Center Program, traveled to Socorro,
New Mexico, from Friday, Sept. 21 to Tuesday, Sept. 25 to construct a new arm the Low Frequency All Sky Monitor (LoFASM) radio antenna array.
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Department of Physics and Astronomy Announces $5 Million Grant
Moises Castillo of Los Fresnos knows how important it is to have a research opportunity.
Castillo, 21, a first-year graduate student in physics at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, is grateful for grant money to help him continue research measuring
the dilution factor of steel wires. He began the work while earning a bachelors degree in physics at the university which he completed this summer and will formally receive at Winter Commencement
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University Students Initiate Marine Science Research as Part of Grant
Being supported by part of a grant from NOAA, students are conducting research in the Bahia Grande to determine water quality, community metabolism
rates and nitrogen patterns in the wetlands. The focus of the grant is to connect minority-serving institutions with students being trained in marine,
costal and environmental sciences, improve scientific knowledge for coastal resource management and planning and establish community outreach efforts.
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Biology Student Does Summer Research with World Health Organization
Ravi Thakker, 19, a sophomore biology major, was a research intern for the World Health Organizations Collaborating Center for Mental Health Research and
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The first class of Arecibo Remote Command Center Scholars in the
Department of Physics and Astronomy graduated with their bachelors degrees in physics at
Mays Spring Commencement.
Students Frank Ceballos, Louis P. Dartez, Alejandro Garcia, Rossina B. Miller
and Jesus Rivera, all from Brownsville, worked with data collected from the
Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Radio Telescope in
West Virginia. The students also did their own research projects and mentored
younger ARCC scholarship students.
All are bound for graduate studies this fall: Dartez and Garcia at UTB, Ceballos
at the University of Kansas, Miller at West Virginia University and Rivera at
Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Making Math and Science Book
UTeach Brownsville, an innovative teacher preparation program
in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, allows students to receive teacher
certification while earning a degree in mathematics or science. This nationally
acclaimed program was developed at UT Austin and has been replicated at 30
universities throughout the country.
Students accepted into the program receive intensive field experience and individual
support and mentoring by faculty and master teachers. There are also
opportunities for scholarships and paid internships.
Best Colleges Online named UT Brownsville as one of the 10 Best Colleges for
Game-Based Learning in early July. Dr. Soumya Mohanty, an Associate
Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, had already been
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for his efforts to use video
games to teach elementary physics.
See Dr. Mohanty talk about his innovative work in Expert of the Month
Dr. Richard Kline, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological
Sciences, and some of his university students captured the attention of area
youth while explaining the ecological complexities of the Laguna Madre and local
marine life on the RV Karma (top). Docked in Port Mansfield and South
Padre Island in February, the RV Karma is used for the Texas Sea Grant Program
and Texas AgriLife Extensions Floating Classroom Program.
Chess Team Women Enjoyed Success at Istanbul Chess Olympiad
Three international students, members of The University of Texas at Brownville and Texas Southmost College Chess Team, had a good reason for starting the fall semester a couple weeks late this year they
were representing their countries at the biannual World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Expert of the Month - Zelma Mata
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First Early High School Grads
Sitting among the graduates at Spring Commencement were 38 high school
seniors from the Brownsville Early College High School, a partnership between
UTB and Brownsville ISD. They are the first to graduate from BECHS with
their Associate of Arts degree and a high school diploma.
"Since I came to BECHS, it really motivated me to stay in school," said Paloma
Abigail Rodriguez (below), who has been the top student since BECHS started
Rodriguez is a 2012 recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship and plans to
attend UTB in the fall and pursue a bachelors degree in biology.
Doctorate Celebrates 5 Years
Inaugurated in the summer of 2007, the Doctor of Education in Curriculum
and Instruction with an emphasis in Bilingual Studies continues to be a soughtafter
"I was particularly motivated to pursue this degree both as a student and as an
employee of this institution, and felt I could not let down those who believed in
me," said Joel Garza, who earned his Ed.D. at Spring Commencement in May.
Garza is one of 13 students who have earned the degree and 40 others are currently
in the pipeline.
The College of Education received a significant and prestigious accomplishment
as U.S. News & World Report ranked the online Master of Education
in Educational Technology number 14 out of 151 U.S. institutions of higher
education for 2012.
Partners in Education
Administrators from the College of Education and South Texas College gathered
in the courtyard of the Education and Business Complex in late April to
sign an articulation agreement which will provide a seamless transfer for STC
students pursing degrees in teacher education at UTB.
The College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science, Mathematics and
Technology have also signed articulation agreements with STC. UTB has 80
articulation agreements with colleges throughout Texas including Texas State
Technical College in Harlingen and UTPA in Edinburg.
UTB will partner with IDEA Public Schools and Sylvan Learning Center
to implement the Connect2College Program. IDEA was awarded an $11.5
Million GEAR UP Partnership Grant to fund the comprehensive college prep
Semester Project Reaps Rewards for Winners at Business Idea Presentation
Bryan Abanilla, Pricilla Guerra and Roberto Arroyo, all students in the School of Business,
each felt proud and a little richer on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 30.
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UTB Receives Funding for Student Retention and Career Connection Pilot Project
he University of Texas at Brownsville School of Business has been awarded a $90,000 grant from The Meadows Foundation designed to improve student
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School of Business Achieves Highest Academic Accreditation
The School of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville has been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
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Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the School of Business, announced in May that the
School of Business was awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business International, known worldwide as the oldest
and most recognized form of accreditation for schools of business.
"This is a major accomplishment that ensures students and prospective students,
as well as employers looking at our graduates, of the quality of the universitys
programs," Kroll said.
Early-Morning Wisdom From R.L. Hunt
Two hundred fifty business leaders from throughout the region attended the
first Business Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, March 23, where they gained
valuable business advice from keynote speaker and Dallas businessman Ray L.
"The stars have aligned for the Rio Grande Valley, Hunt said. There is great
activity occurring in the region with development in educational opportunities
that will create a base for growth, with collaboration as an important component
Business to Business
A $90,000 grant from The Meadows Foundation will finance a pilot project
designed to connect 50 business students with the local business community to
ensure student retention and opportunities that lead to employment. The program
will likewise provide employers with a flow of experienced, appropriately
credentialed graduates prepared for entry-level professional positions.
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jose Campos (left) received his military commission and
his M.B.A. all within 24 hours this spring. Campos had previously received his
B.B.A. at UTB after earning his A.A. while on active duty as a Marine Corps
"Its been a long journey, Campos said. Fourteen years ago, I left Brownsville
the first time to join the military, and Im happy to have this second opportunity,
now going back in as an officer."
Campos said he will be exhilarated when he finally reaches his first permanent
duty station, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, later this year.
PARTNERS PROMOTING SUCCESS
Dr. Juliet V. Garca,
UTB President, was the keynote speaker in March at the
2012 Learning Institute for Partners for Postsecondary Success in Durham,
N.C. Representatives of the Learning Institute, the Lumina Foundations Latino
Student Success, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations Communities Learning
in Partnership and the Partners for Postsecondary Success organizations attended
In July 2011, the United Way of Southern Cameron County and its area partners,
including the university, were awarded a $1.4 million grant from the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant is part of the foundations Partners for
Postsecondary Success initiative. The initiative has identified six critical points
preparation, connection, entry, progress, completion and employment to help
double the number of young adults ages 16 to 26 earning a degree, certificate or
other postsecondary credential with labor market value by 2025.
Common Reader Unites First-Year Students
This fall all first-year students will read "The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to
Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do" by Clotaire
Rapaille. According to Amazon.com, Rapaille presents the theory that culture
drives consumer and personal choices.
First-year students received copies of the book at summer orientations to read before
fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 27. All first-year students taking the First-
Year Seminar will use the book in classroom discussions and some assignments.
Calling All Freshmen
The third annual Freshman Convocation will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
30 at The Arts Center.
Freshman Convocation serves as a formal welcome to first-year students by the
universitys administrators and faculty members. University leaders don their
academic regalia and interact with the student body.
The event features the ringing of the University Bell and the significance behind
each colleges academic banners. Keynote speakers inspire students to focus on
the purpose of a university education and encourage them to pursue a timely