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The public is invited to enjoy festive holiday music at UTPA’s TubaChristmas concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the UTPA Fieldhouse. It is free and family friendly – come join in the spirit of the season.

The Rio Grande Valley community is invited to enjoy an oompah-good holiday time at the annual RGV TubaChristmas concert presented at The University of Texas-Pan American Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in the UTPA Fieldhouse.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, features instruments in the tuba family, including sousaphone, baritones and euphoniums played by musicians ages 8 to 80. You’ll be amazed with the instruments’ intricate sounds and the festive appearance of the horns that are often adorned with Christmas season decorations.  Concert goers will enjoy traditional holiday favorites – from “Silent Night” to “Jingle Bells” and more.

“TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family,” explained UTPA Associate Professor of Music Dr. Scott Roeder, who co-coordinates the annual event with Jim Egger, head band director at McAllen High School.

The first TubaChristmas was founded in 1974 by legendary tubist Harvey G. Phillips to honor his tuba teacher and mentor William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day. More than 300 musicians played that day at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink and started a tradition that continues to grow. Any musician can play in a TubaChristmas as long as he or she plays an instrument in the tuba family.

The RGV TubaChristmas has been held annually for more than 25 years. More than 350 high school and junior high school students and educators  from almost every public school district in the Valley from Roma to Brownsville participate making it one of the largest TubaChristmas events in the country.

All UTPA tuba and euphonium majors will also assist and play in the event. This year’s special guest artist for the concert is Matthew Murchison, who is solo euphonium with the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, Pa. and considered one of the world’s best euphonium/tuba musicians.

The RGV TubaChristmas is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Dance, The Harvey Phillips Foundation, Melhart Music and the International Tuba Euphonium Association Chapter at UTPA.

Don’t miss this joyous holiday event that will appeal to listeners of all ages. View a video of UTPA’s euphonium and tuba musicians here.

For more information or special accommodations, call (956) 665-3471.

Original Post by Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative on Nov 21st, 2014.

It was in his first stint as an educator teaching a class on human evolution, that Russell Skowronek, now professor of history and anthropology at The University of Texas-Pan American,  set a goal to not be one of those professors who, for students, would be as interesting as “watching paint dry.”

Recalling the advice of  his mother, also an educator, who suggested teachers had to be a bit of a “ham” to interest their students, Skowronek brings his passion for research and lifelong discovery into the classroom to inspire students through engaged learning.

“If you bring that passion, the students will follow you,” he says of the teacher-scholarmodel of education he advocates. “I learned that those who effectively used maps, slides, music and brought discussions to life with anecdotes and examples would enchant a classroom. In addition, I learned that education does not solely take place within a classroom. A great teacher understands that learning takes place in many arenas.”

His expertise in teaching recently garnered Skowronek one of seven 2014 University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards presented to UTPA faculty members.  The recognition includes a monetary reward of $25,000, which is among the largest incentives in the nation for exceptional faculty performance.

Bringing education to life through research

As a scholar of the Spanish colonial world, Skowronek’s  research has taken him from Madrid to Manila and from Labrador to Lima in the field, underwater and in archives and libraries. He has published 10 books and monographs and dozens of articles, book chapters and reports. He is a renowned expert on the archaeology of piracy, co-authoring or editing two books on his research in that field. As a research affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Skowronek  just completed  a 15-year project, which included the engagement of undergraduate students, on Spanish colonial pottery that was published this year. His next book on piracy, “Pieces of Eight, More Archaeology of Piracy,” will be published in Summer 2015.

Skowronek earned  bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political science from the University of Illinois, master’s degrees from Florida State University in anthropology and history/historical administration and  another master’s and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University.  Prior to his arrival at UTPA in 2009, he was a faculty member at Santa Clara University, where he received two of that university’s coveted faculty recognitions – the Brutocao Award for Teaching Innovation and the Joseph Bayma S.J. Scholarship Award.

“I have embraced the local place-based STEAM field approach for my teaching and research. In an era when STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields grab the headlines … STEAM (with the ‘A’ for arts and humanities)  with its emphasis on place-based applications of the STEM fields provides historical and cultural context,” he said. “My research bridges the spectrum from humanities to science and uses the skill sets of both to illuminate the human condition within the context of local conditions – both social and natural – through time.”

Connecting communities to their history

At UT Pan American, this approach is evident in the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS), a project that Skowronek initiated and now directs, that combines locally-focused research, community engagement and K-17 education.  Through its class “Discovering the Rio Grande Valley” – the University’s first interdisciplinary studies course –  students work as teams to conduct field research in archaeology, biology, geology, history and oral history and critically evaluate their findings. So far, their research, guided by Skowronek and CHAPS multi-discipline faculty, has resulted in three books on the history of three Rio Grande Valley families and their land.

Skowronek’s students have helped the National Park Service survey a Mexican War Battlefield, sifted through tons of dirt to assist the Edinburg police department in a crime scene investigation and talked to hundreds of school children about the history in their own backyard during HESTEC and the annual International Archaeology Fair.

“Identifying and providing and participating with students in a variety of discipline-related interactions builds relations which will last a lifetime,” Skowronek said. “Energy spent on today’s students can pay off when they become tomorrow’s colleagues.”

Engaging others in lifelong learning

For 2013 graduate Lupe A. Flores, who earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology, it was in the “Discovering the Rio Grande Valley” class that he said his growth as a professional and as an anthropology scholar reached a peak.

“Skowronek’s never-ending motivation and guidance resulted in our group’s first-ever published research manuscript. This, to me is what made all those long hours of studying, data collecting (interviews, transcriptions, archive visits, literature reviews) and writing worthwhile: the fact that he was able to open doors to an accomplishment rarely experienced by undergraduates (even graduates) while attaining their education,” said Flores, who also wrote in his award recommendation letter about Skowronek’s help during challenging times he has as a student. “Skowronek never gave up on me: he recognized my potential even in dark times and helped me through every step of the way.”

His student Jenarae Alaniz, a 2014 graduate in anthropology, called the nature of his classes unique and “taking each student on a wonderful journey through history.”

“By simply reading the title of his class, such as “Pirates, Shipwrecks and the Sea” or “Chiefdoms and Conquistadors,” one is intrigued to learn the topic that not many, if any other professor on campus can teach,” she said. “Personally, he inspired me to learn about my own history and conduct my own research into my family tree. His classes are demanding but allow the student to look at the world differently.”

Miguel Gutierrez Jr., a 2014 graduate in anthropology who is now pursuing a graduate degree in archaeology at a university in England,  praised Skowronek’s accessibility to and mentorship of students and claimed never experiencing one dull moment in any of the five classes he took from Skowronek. He recalled in his letter recommending Skowronek for the Regents’ award that while students sifted in dirt for artifacts, Skowronek didn’t sit back on the sidelines and just give instructions.

“He taught with his hands as well as with his mouth. Dr. Skowronek stressed that, in an archeological excavation, everybody involved was a student. He was just as likely to learn something new as anybody else,” Gutierrez stated. “His benevolent help toward his students has helped them in ways that go beyond earning an “A” in class.”

However, Skowronek’s students go beyond those at UT Pan American.  Through grants and foundation support, the rich but unexplored history and culture of the area has been brought to K-12 students also and their teachers in the form of workshops,  classroom presentations in Valley schools and the development and distribution of children’s activities books on local history. CHAPS’ latest community-based effort  is the development of a virtual Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail consisting of a trail map, podcasts and a website that will be completed early next year.

“My idea about teaching is that I know that I am paid to teach college and graduate and undergraduate students, but if I think about what the mission of this University is and especially CHAPS, I am also helping to teach K through 12 and K through lifetime to the community,” Skowronek said.

See The University of Texas System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards website to view all 70 faculty members from the UT System’s nine academic institutions selected to receive this year’s award. Learn more about prior UTPA winners of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards at the Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs website.

Original Post by Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative on Dec 1st, 2014.

BRTV Fall Mid Semester Update

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Behind the scenes of a BRTV live streamed newscast

VIEW our latest newscast here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_knYh3Gmfec&feature=youtu.be

It has been a very active semester for Bronc TV and Bronc Radio. Live newscasts in both Spanish and English continue to be the backbone of BRTV. This semester newscasts have covered a variety of topics, with reporters producing several well-researched, informative stories. An example is a story covering issues connected to UTPA shuttle buses. Other stories illustrate the fun, community spirit alive on the campus. Coverage of UTPA Spirit Week is a great example of the community-based stories produced this semester. The goal of all the stories is to allow both students and administration to have a voice in topics affecting our UTPA community. Bronc Radio has a variety of live programming 5 days a week. image

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Anchors in action

BRTV’s mission includes bringing the latest news concerning our transition to UT-RGV to the community. UT-RGV related news reports this semester have discussed academic advisement, addressed graduation questions and covered other valuable information. 

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Bronc Madness

Outside the BRTV studios, our journalists have brought audio and video to six major UTPA events, an average of more than one per month. Capturing live events has become a responsibility BRTV takes seriously. BRTV leadership schedules a variety of events covering multiple UTPA departments. 

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Ready to report the news:

Below is an overview of BRTV’s coverage this semester from our core crew of 12 journalists:

• 10  live-streamed newscast in both English and Spanish newscasts, an average of one per week. 

• Bronc Madness – BRTV technicians/artists worked as the professional crew streaming footage to the JumboTron and gathering archival footage. 

• Produced stories for the Athletics Department show “Bronc Country”. The show is aired across Texas on the TWC channel.

• Majors Fair – and put together a video of the Communication Departments Thriller dance

• Live Remotes every Tuesday at the Student Union

• BRTV students work as production crew for all UTPA home Athletics events. 

• Student Union Costume contest – BRTV not only MC’d this event but we also gathered footage for use in upcoming news stories

  • Scheduled Fiesta Marathon at Wellness and Recreation Center – BRTV will live stream all guest speakers and seminars for the event.

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Our awesome anchors

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Shooting Bronc Madness

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Getting the shot!

PACE 6th Annual Bioethics Conference

University Theatre Productions at The University of Texas-Pan American will hold Readers Theatre for the production of the original play “Locked.”

It will run Oct. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Studio Theatre in the Arts & Humanities Building, next door to the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre, which is located at the corner of University Drive and Sugar Roads.

“Locked,” written by two UTPA professors, Dr. Philip Zwerling in the Department of English, and Dr. Lorenzo Pace in Department of Art – one white and one black – examines the impact of slavery  on three generations of a contemporary American family as they struggle with shame and fear and finally triumph over racism. The play is based on the true story of Pace’s family which holds the 150-year-old iron lock that once bound the chairs of their ancestors in slavery.

The admission is free with open limited seating. No children below the third grade will be admitted.

For more information or to receive a season brochure, call the University Theatre Box Office at (956) 665-3581 or email Elva Galvan at galvane@utpa.edu.

Original Post on Oct 16, 2014

The University of Texas-Pan American is sorry to hear of the loss of longtime faculty member James Abgriffith Hawley, who helped start Pan American College’s (now UTPA) Theatre program. His obituary and information on services for him are below.

James Abgriffith Hawley was born October 28, 1932 and died October 7, 2014.Dr. James Hawley lived a life devoted to his family, his church, his students, and his community. He and his wife Alice came to the Rio Grande Valley in 1971 and became a part of the community through Pan American University and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Jim was born in Davenport, Iowa during the Great Depression. He put a priority on his education, often taking hard jobs to get through school, such as picking tomatoes, digging ditches and pouring concrete, all of which added to his life experience and gave him the perspectives he often shared with others. He attended Augustana College and graduated from Drake University in 1954. He received a Master of Arts in Theatre from Purdue University 1956 and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Theatre History, Literature and Speech in 1967. In addition to teaching at Pan American University, he taught at Drake University, Purdue University, Washington University, and the College of Wooster. He also served as an intelligence photographer for the U.S. Army from 1957-58.

His favorite professional role was that of teacher and his passion was expanding the horizons of his students. Jim helped start Pan American College’s (now UTPA) Theatre program in 1971. He co-designed and developed four undergraduate majors in theatre—performance, production, television-film, and teaching, as well as the Master of Arts in Theatre program. Jim served as a member and chair of the Academic Computer Council and on a committee for the University Self Study and Program Review. He was co-founder of the Pan American Summer Stock (PASS) Summer Theatre Program and developed an academic class in photography that was taken by over 1800 students. During his tenure at UTPA, he designed over 175 theatre productions and directed 35.

His extensive directing career primarily centered on revivals of classic old American comedies, like My Three Angels and Two Blind Mice. His gift for photography was demonstrated in “Faces of the Theatre,” an exposition of his collection of photographs from student theater productions over his many years of teaching. He loved catching the passion and emotion on the actors’ faces.

He appeared as an actor in a number of UTPA productions, from the musical George M. in 1976, where he learned to tap dance for the role of George M. Cohan’s father, to his final appearance on the stage with his wife Alice in the two-person play he had written, Elizabeth and Robert, a reading of excerpts from the love letters between Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.

Jim actively served the community through his church and volunteer work. He was the first driver for the Hope for the Hungry Brown Bag Program that picked up produce from local farms and delivered it to families in need. He volunteered regularly for the Easter Seal Society of the Rio Grande Valley and Habitat for Humanity. He developed tracking software and served as University representative for the Early Auditory Regional Screening Program, E.A.R.S, a community program to screen and track newborns for hearing problems, which became the model for the state program that is currently in place. He was Technical Chair for the Nombres de la Frontera Host Committee for the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display at the University. Jim also hosted the the Alumni Film Forums at the Tower Club. He served as Eucharistic and lay minister at St. John’s Episcopal Church and was a member of the choir.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a devoted uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and a mentor to his students. He is remembered for his kind heart, hard work, gentle spirit and creativity. He is also remembered for baking cookies, fixing things, tatting, telling long stories, and loving trivia and bad puns.

He died following an acute illness. He was surrounded by his four children and was ready to rest after a life well lived. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Alice Claire Hadley Hawley. He is survived by his children, Jonathon Hawley and his wife Robi; Christi Anthony and her husband Kevin; Julia Trizzino and her husband Darren; and Laura Koenig and her husband Don. In addition, his life is celebrated by his grandchildren Patrick Ricard and his wife Amanda, Alexis Sadoti, Savannah Hawley, Evan Hawley, Alleen Koenig and Miranda Koenig.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of James Hawley will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2500 North 10th Street, McAllen, Texas, with a short reception following in the parish hall.

Jim and his wife Alice were passionate proponents of education and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Hawley Family Faculty Development Endowment and the James and Alice Hawley Theatre Scholarship at the UTPA Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Contributions designated to the endowments can be made to the UT Pan American Foundation, 1201 W. University Drive, ITTB 1.210, Edinburg, TX, 78539-2999. For additional information, please call (956) 665-5301to speak with Yvette Padilla or Cecilia Johnson.

Original Post on Oct 10, 2014.

Laredo-based writer Raquel Valle Senties is one artist whose work is featured in riverSedge. This portrait accompanies her work.

The University of Texas-Pan American’s College of Arts and Humanities invites the public and University community to celebrate an evening of local literary accomplishments with the relaunch of the literary journalriverSedge from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the ARHU Art Gallery & Lobby.

riverSedge is an annual publication thatfeatures a broad collection in the genres of creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, scriptwriting, visual art, and literary criticism. The journal displays an openness to publish writers who incorporate English, Spanish, and Tex-Mex in their work, with a unique view on border life while not excluding voices from other areas.

UTPA’s English Department –in conjunction with select faculty from The University of Texas-Brownsville (UTB) and South Texas College (STC) – produce the literary journal that features pieces from talented writers from South Texas and beyond.

“Thanks to the hard work of many faculty, staff, and students at UTPA, UTB, and STC we are reviving the literary journal riverSedgeoriginally founded in our English Department in 1977. With its excellent prose, poetry and art, we think it will be a great addition to the literary world of our Rio Grande Valley,” said UTPA Associate Professor Philip Zwerling, who is the journal’s editor-in-chief.

The cost of riverSedge is $12 per issue. For more information, contact Marianita Escamilla at (956) 665-3421 or at maescami@utpa.edu.

Original Post by Christy Mendoza, Student Writer on Sep 29th, 2014.

The University of Texas Board of Regents Thursday approved the academic structure of the new UT Rio Grande Valley, taking an essential step forward in making the new university and medical school a reality. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has also approved the structure.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey proposed the 11 colleges and schools that will form the academic foundation for the new institution, including an Honors College and a Graduate College that will offer advanced degrees and create more opportunities for research.

“We want to attract the best students in the Rio Grande Valley and offer them educational opportunities similar to those offered at flagship universities across the nation, so we will create an Honors College that will serve both residential and commuter students,” Bailey said.

UTRGV will include a College of Medicine, College of Health Affairs, College of Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Education and P-16 Integration, Honors College, Graduate College and University College. (link to illustration.)

The College of Health Affairs will be the temporary home for the School of Nursing, School of Social Work and School of Allied Health.

When the School of Medicine is fully accredited, a College of Medicine and Health Affairs will be formed that will include Nursing, Social Work and Allied Health. Until that time, UTRGV will operate a College of Medicine and College of Health Affairs on an interim basis.

The 11 colleges and schools will report to the provost, a crucial position that will be filled in the coming months, along with other executive hires in academic affairs, finance and administration, human resources and compliance.

About the University of Texas System

Educating students, providing care for patients, conducting groundbreaking research and serving the needs of Texans and the nation for more than 130 years, The University of Texas System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States, with nine academic universities, six health institutions and a fall 2013 enrollment of more than 213,000. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees, educates two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals annually and accounts for almost 70 percent of all research funds awarded to public universities in Texas. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $14.6 billion (FY 2014) including $3 billion in sponsored programs funded by federal, state, local and private sources. With about 90,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

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Original Post on Aug 21, 2014

The University of Texas-Pan American’s Bronc Radio and TV (BRTV) garnered a little help in preparing future communicators.

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Pictured standing is Ivan “Pepper” Herrera, communications student and Bronc Radio station manager, directing fellow students and radio staff.

Bronc Radio and TV, the student-run radio and television programs at UT Pan American, received more than $65,000 from the University’s Office of Student Services to purchase new equipment. Fred Mann, Bronc Radio’s adviser, and Nick Taylor, Bronc TV’s adviser, submitted the student service fees funding request and said their respective programs have long needed new supplies so that they can better train their students for working for news and other communications organizations.

“Working with professional equipment makes it a lot easier to get professional jobs,” Mann said.

Some of the purchases made include microphones, a more advanced automation and a tricaster. An automation is a device that will allow radio personalities to potentially stream their shows live 24/7. A tricaster is known as a “control room in a box,” one of its many features will enable Bronc TV to air multi-camera events and stream them directly to the Internet.

Calling it a “fresh start” and “a whole new era,” Taylor said this opportunity will serve the BRTV community well as they prosper and contribute their talents to bring out the best in their school and the new University to come — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

“We really take in part of our mission to show what a great place this is,” Taylor said. “It isn’t just for BRTV … it is to showcase what’s out there and how great UTPA is and bring it out to the web. … They will utilize their artistry and storytelling skills to produce projects of more quality.”

BRTV began in 2006 and has evolved tremendously. For the last five years, BRTV have been finalists in several categories such as top public service announcement, newscast and news reporting. Although these awards are gratifying moments for the team, Mann and Taylor said they are most proud of seeing their students get jobs in the industry.

“Many students have gone on to work at local radio and TV stations,” Mann said.

Ivan “Pepper” Herrera, communications student and Bronc Radio station manager, said he believes that this upgrade will allow the organization to be more “hands on” with hard news.

Herrera said he believes it will allow him and his peers to grow into knowledgeable journalists.

“We will be able to broadcast 24/7, which we haven’t done so that’s going to be ground breaking for us,” he said.

BRTV has had many success stories. UTPA and BRTV alumni Alex Pena was hired by ESPN in Connecticut, and Raquel Gonzalez took a job with CBS Radio at its network affiliate in Dallas.

“We definitely want to thank the University,” Herrera said. “This is something we have worked really hard for. We just want to put the best face out there for the University.”

Original Post by Simona Ilizarov, intern on Aug 8th, 2014

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Seven UTPA faculty members received the prestigious UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award this year. Twenty-six other UTPA faculty members have won the award since it was initiated in 2008.

Seven faculty members at The University of Texas-Pan American were selected by The University of Texas System Board of Regents to receive the prestigious 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. It is the largest contingent of winners from UTPA since the award was initiated in 2008.

The award – believed to be one of the single largest financial teaching awards in the nation – recognizes tenured, tenure-track and other instructional faculty for their outstanding teaching, mentoring, personal commitment to students and the learning process as well as motivating students in the classroom.

The UTPA Regents’ Award recipients – among 96 faculty members in the UT System’s 15 academic and health institutions honored this year – are:

• Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, professor and director of the Network Research Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science (Tenured);

• Dr. Javier Angel Kypuros, associate professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs, College of Engineering and Computer Science (Tenured);

• Dr. Virgil U. Pierce, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Science and Mathematics (Tenured);

• Dr. Russell K. Skowronek, professor of anthropology and history, Departments of History and Philosophy and Sociology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Humanities (Tenured);

• Dr. Laura M. Grabowski, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science (Tenure Track);

• Dr. Alexander V. Stehn, assistant professor of philosophy, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Arts and Humanities (Tenure Track); and

• Dr. Ken A. Grant, lecturer in history and religious studies, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Arts and Humanities (Contingent).

A complete list of winners by institution can be found on the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards website.

“The teachers we are honoring are truly the best of the best,” said Board of Regents Vice Chairman Steven Hicks in a UT System release announcing the awards.

“We are proud that these awards support and promote a culture of teaching excellence, especially in undergraduate programs, at all our campuses.”

Award recipients were vetted by their peer colleagues, students and UT System presidents before advancing to competition at the System level. The review panel considers a range of activities and criteria, including classroom expertise, curricula quality, innovative course development and student learning outcomes. The Regents have awarded nearly $13.4 million since the awards program began.

UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., said the awards are a reflection of the Regents placing the highest priority on undergraduate, graduate and professional teaching excellence System-wide.

“Our excellence in teaching faculty is a critical part of the System’s vision of an institution of the first class,” Cigarroa said.

This year’s winners join 26 other UTPA faculty members who have received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award since it was initiated five years ago.

UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen said the number of awardees for this 2013-14 academic year – seven – is almost as outstanding as the faculty are outstanding.

“At every graduation ceremony, I end the ceremony by telling the graduates and the audience how great the faculty at Pan Am are. We have, once again, proof of their greatness,” Nelsen said. ” I am very proud of them and honored to count them as colleagues.”

Each of the 96 System wide awardees will receive $25,000 and be honored at a ceremony Aug. 20 at The University of Texas at Austin’s Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom in the Texas Union.

Original Post by By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative on Aug 7th, 2014.

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