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Bronc Country Happenings Robot Zoo October 7-January 3, 2014

The Robot Zoo, which explores the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work, will be the featured exhibit this fall in the UTPA Visitors Center. The 1,500-square-foot exhibit reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer and includes three robot animals and seven hands-on activities to illustrate the fascinating real-life characteristics of animals. Sponsored by Silicone Graphics, Inc. and Time Magazine, and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions, the Robot Zoo provides fantastic new insights and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. For exhibit hours or to schedule a school tour, please contact the Visitors Center at (956) 665-7338.

Spirit Week October 21-25, 2013 An entire week dedicated to UTPA Bronc Spirit, this weeklong celebration also kicks off the Bronc Basketball season and features the popular Bronc Madness on October 25. Bronc Madness brings out the Bronc in everyone with a tailgate party, the traditional lighting of the letters and much more. To stay up to date with the festivities, visit

Carnival of the Great Pumpkin October 26, 2013 Have a howling good time at the 47th annual Carnival of the Great Pumpkin. Free for the entire family, the carnival provides a safe and welcoming Halloween event for the kiddos and features music, games, food booths and costume contests. To learn more, call the Office of Student Development at (956) 665-2660.

Bronc Basketball Season Tips Off November 8, 2013 at the UTPA Fieldhouse Get ready to cheer for the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they start their first season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The home openers are November 8 with the women facing off agaisnt Schreiner at 5 p.m. and the men taking on Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Season tickets start at just $50 for women's basketball and $75 for men's basketball. To purchase tickets, visit or call (956) 665-2221.

Homecoming 2014 February 10-16, 2014 Alums, get ready to relive the good times you had in Bronc Country as we celebrate all that is wonderful about being a Bronc. Join us for this weeklong event that will have you coming home to party the Bronc way with a fabulous Alumni Ball, rowdy Tailgate Party and the 1964 Class Reunion celebrating 50 years. If you’d like to participate in or help organize any events, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (956) 665-2500.

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From the Editor Hello Bronc Country! The wheels are in motion for the establishment of the new university. Wow, things are moving pretty fast in this process. We should soon have a new name for this new school so we won’t have to call it “UT-TBD (To Be Determined)” anymore. Plus, a new president will be named in early 2014. So change is coming and it is going to be fantastic for our “Magic Valley,” as President Nelsen likes to call the RGV. If you noticed, this issue of Los Arcos is a special edition dedicated to the new university. We hope you enjoy it because it took a lot of people to make it happen. First, I would like to say that this was the brainchild of my boss Dr. Kimberly Selber, who while I was away on maternity leave with my second child decided it would be great to make this a special issue with a special cover so people could remember this historic moment in Bronc Country. So, we hope that you love it and save it as a keepsake of your alma mater that will have a new name, but will always remain UT Pan American in our hearts. People who made this issue possible are the graphic designers, writers and photographers who work hard to bring the campus to life for you through their words and designs. Thanks to Roberto Castro, Danny Cardenas and Santa Hernandez, all alums by the way, for their creativity and viewpoints and for putting up with me looking over their shoulders and touching their monitors when I needed changes. Sorry for the smudges. They are so patient. Also, a big shout out to the ladies of Public Affairs – Gail Fagan, Jennifer Berghom and Roxanne Casares, for putting pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard, on a lot of the stories you find in the magazine. I don’t want to forget Jennilee Garza of University Advancement, Jonah Goldberg of Athletics and Doug Young from Research Administration for lending us their writing skills too. Much appreciated. Also, gracias to Josue Esparza for his fabulous photography. A big, big thank you goes to the following individuals, who supported our idea and made sure this special issue happened: UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen, Vice President for Business Affairs Martin Baylor and Vice President for University Advancement Veronica Gonzales. I personally want to say thank you Dr. Selber and Ms. Gonzales for putting up with me missing several deadlines to get this baby to you. Talk about a labor of love. Until next time Broncs.

-Melissa Vasquez

Los Arcos Fall/Summer 2013  

UTPA Los Arcos Fall/Summer 2013

Los Arcos Fall/Summer 2013  

UTPA Los Arcos Fall/Summer 2013