Students Dream Big for UTRGV
TEXAS – FEBRUARY 6, 2014 – Students at The
University of Texas at Brownsville shared
their dreams for the new UTRGV at the Dream Big rally on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the courtyard at Main.
Students first gathered at the Student Union Veranda
where they made signs sharing their dreams for the new university. From the
Student Union, the group marched to the courtyard of Main led by the beat of
the UTB Drumline, along with the Cheer Squad and Ozzie, the school mascot.
The rally was organized by the Division
of Student Affairs to foster student engagement and spirit. Heather Olague, Director of
Leadership Programs, welcomed students and encouraged them to write their
dreams on the “What is your Dream?” wall, a large whiteboard set up in the
“I am excited for the future,” said Stephanie
Mendez, Student Government Association President from the podium. “I dream of our
university becoming internationally recognized in all areas of study and
research. I dream of a university where students are proud to attend, wear our colors
and have amazing campus traditions. I dream of a university where students
experience study abroad and internship opportunities. I dream of a university where
everyone feels welcomed and at home. I dream that students and alumni from
UTRGV inspire future generations to earn a post-secondary education.”
The UTB Cheer Squad made its debut appearance
to the campus with a spirited cheer routine that involved backflips and a
Sophomore kinesiology major Nathalie Serrano,
a 2012 graduate from Hanna High School and co-captain of the new Cheer Squad, said
she and the 16-member team were excited to finally show off their hard work to
fellow students, faculty and staff. Formed at the beginning of the fall 2013
semester, the team has been diligently practicing every morning at 6 a.m.,
“This is a lot of work and a big time
commitment, but we are enjoying this so much, and we think it is so important
to build school spirit,” Serrano said. “We want the team to grow; tryouts are coming
up this Friday and Saturday, with finals on Sunday, and we encourage anyone who
is interested to come and try out.”
Another new spirit group, the UTB Feline
Dancers, made its debut at the rally. The Feline Dancers are welcoming both male
and female dancers who would like to try out for their team.
Freshman speech pathology major and the only
female drummer in the Drumline, Jody Montalvo was nervous and enthusiastic
about playing at the rally.
“This is a really awesome event – the Drumline
really helps get everyone into the spirit,” said the Harlingen High School
To encourage students to continue posting
their dreams on social media, the rally organizers handed out burnt orange
wrist bands with the hashtag #utrgvdreamBig.
UTRGV, which will have a medical school, was
created out of The University of Texas at Brownsville and The University of
Texas-Pan American. The inaugural class of students to enroll will be in
August of 2015. Information about the new university can be found at Project South Texas.
Post more dreams on a Dream Big virtual wall.
Learn more about Cheer Squad tryouts.
Photos of the Dream Big Rally are posted on