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Texas Border Business

By Marci Caltabiano-Ponce and Melissa Vasquez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – This year was jam-packed with activities and significant changes for the UTRGV community, to include defining accomplishments like:

  • Repeats of the UTRGV Chess Team’s state and national victories.
  • The announcement of an innovative free-tuition program.
  • New and expanded courses and degrees.
  • Critical scientific and health-related research.
  • A long (and constantly growing) list of national and international accolades for students, faculty, and staff.
  • And the appearance of our mascot, The Vaquero.

President John F. Kennedy famously said, “Things don’t happen, they are made to happen.”

As a university community, UTRGV’s students, staff and faculty continue to make things happen – day to day, year over year – facing challenges, overcoming obstacles and creating myriad and complex pathways into the future.  

As we head into the new year, we know we have hard work ahead. The first class of the UTRGV School of Medicine will graduate in 2020. We will be gazing up at the stars and scoping the ocean floor. We hope you will listen for our music; seek out the weight of our letters; and absorb our colorful brush strokes.

For the next few minutes, though, please take a look back at some of UTRGV’s important – or just plain fun – stories of 2019.

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The UTRGV Chess Team – back-to-back national champions in the Final Four of Collegiate Chess – took a triumphal mini tour of Austin on May 22 to accept kudos, resolutions and proclamations from Gov. Greg Abbott, the House and the Senate, and the UT Board of Regents. The UTRGV Vaqueros successfully defended their national title at the President’s Cup in April in New York City, again defeating five-time champion Webster University, along with Harvard University and UT Dallas. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)



The costumed version of the UTRGV mascot, the Vaquero, was revealed in fall 2019. (UTRGV Photo by David Pike)




UTRGV President Guy Bailey announces the UTRGV Tuition Advantage, the most expansive free-tuition program among public institutions in the state of Texas, on Sept. 16, 2019 in Edinburg. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)





A total of 2,700 graduates walked during the fall 2019 commencement ceremonies held Dec. 13-14 in Harlingen and Edinburg. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
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