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SGA Inauguration Ceremony

Executive officers, senators address student body

| 17th April 2014

Newly elected Alberto Adame and Carla Fernanda Peña officially began their duties as president and vice president of the Student Government Association April 14. The UTPA Visitors Center lobby hosted the SGA’s 2014-2015 Inauguration Ceremony April 11, where Adame and Peña gave executive addresses. Adame and Peña will be the last executive team to serve Continue Reading

Preparing for catastrophe

UTPA holds conference on natural disaster readiness

| 17th April 2014

The destruction of the Gulf Coast left by Hurricane Ike six years ago played on a screen as community members and University staff looked on in disbelief. Finance Insurance Real Estate, also known as FIRE, held a natural disaster symposium April 10 in hopes of preventing destruction like the kind left by Ike in the Continue Reading

Some assembly required

UTPA club helps Mexican orphanage

| 17th April 2014

Caleb Elizondo, a senior computer information systems major at UTPA and public relations director for the Association of Information Technology Professionals, has found a way to use his education to help the less fortunate. He has been refurbishing and donating computers to an orphanage in Reynosa, Mexico through a volunteer project that promotes technology education Continue Reading

Tuition on the rise

Students may pay more in coming year

| 3rd April 2014

As UTPA approaches its final year before merging with the University of Texas at Brownsville, its students may see a possible increases in their fall 2014 tuition. Whether this increase is related to the creation of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley has been discussed by students. Karina Saucedo, a junior English major, said that Continue Reading

The Science Guy

Bill Nye talks climate change, creationism at UTPA

| 3rd April 2014

Clad in his signature multicolored bowtie, Bill Nye kicked off his visit to UTPA Tuesday, April 1 with a blend of comedy and science aptitude. As the second speaker for the 2013-14 Distinguished Speaker Series, the first being columnist Ruben Navarrette, Nye spoke to a packed Field House about the necessity of science. One of Continue Reading

Lending a healthy hand

| 3rd April 2014

With student research posters lining the walls of the UTPA ballroom, demonstrations and games awaited the community in the quad the morning of March 29. Maximizing Opportunities in Research and Education (MORE) took place on campus March 26-29. The four-day event included presentations and panel discussions by doctors and professors. Topics ranged from health care Continue Reading


UTPA students, faculty discuss the cleanup of contaminated area

| 27th March 2014

In an effort to inform residents about the hazardous contaminated plume found under approximately 33 acres of McAllen by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ), several UTPA students and faculty have begun reaching out to the community about the issue. A groundwater plume, based on the definition provided by the Environmental Engineering Dictionary, is Continue Reading

Learning the tricks of the trade

UTPA students compete in CME Trading Challenge

| 27th March 2014

Five UTPA student teams – one graduate team and four undergraduate – recently participated in the 2014 Trading Challenge, a global competition sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, one of the world’s leading marketplace for buyers and sellers. A preliminary round ran Feb. 4-20 and the championship round was Feb. 23 through March 7. Continue Reading

Shutting down

House Bill closes the last abortion clinic in RGV

| 27th March 2014

Michael Rangel made a trip to the UTPA Student Union March 19 to speak with students about the services Planned Parenthood provides and discussed how the closing of the McAllen clinic has impacted the community. Rangel, a community educator for McAllen’s Planned Parenthood, continues his outreach to universities and the Rio Grande Valley, despite the Continue Reading

Embracing the green and orange

Edinburg begins monthly UTPA Day

| 20th March 2014

Just as UTPA and the University of Texas at Brownsville prepare for next year’s transition to The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, the City of Edinburg has found a way to demonstrate support for the University. The first official UTPA Day took place Friday, Feb. 28 and UTPA students, their families and Edinburg residents were Continue Reading