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Giant puppets wow children at performances by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – It’s hard not to notice the latest additions to the UTRGV theater department: They’re 11 feet tall. The towering figures are puppets called mojigangas, which originated in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. People place the puppets on their shoulders, making them much […]

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New Turtle Center Draws Thousands to SPI

by Tony Vindell/LFN The new turtle center on South Padre Island has been in full operation and it’s a must see place to visit for anyone interested in learning more about these fascinating reptiles. The $6 million facility is one of a kind and was designed to watch turtles either rescued in bay waters or […]

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UTRGV’s MUSE Programs Strive to Help Migrant Students Understand the Potential of Higher Education

by Amanda L. Alaniz RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – “We came in as strangers, we left as brothers.” The beginning of June was move-in day for high school migrant students enrolled in The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Migrant University Summer Experience (MUSE) program. The students are from around the Valley and most are complete strangers […]

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UTRGV Mariachi and Folklórico Plan Local Concert, Followed by Summer Tour

by Letty Fernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico are planning a summer tour to showcase outstanding and award-winning ensembles across Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Before they depart, though, both ensembles will perform in a Summer Tour Kickoff Concert, 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the UTRGV Performing Arts […]

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Those Who Can, Teach!

Area high school students explore modern teaching techniques through UTRGV summer camps by Amanda A. Taylor RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Diana Anaid Salas’ childhood dream was to become an educator, a dream sparked by watching her mother in the classroom. Today, the incoming senior at Brownsville’s Pace High School is following in her mother’s […]

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Harlingen, Los Fresnos Students Back from International Sea Perch Competition

by Letty Fernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The Harlingen High School SeaPerch team placed 18th overall out of 75 teams at the International Sea Perch Competition, June 1-3 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The five-member team also placed 14th in the engineering notebook portion of the competition. Harlingen High School earned the right to attend the international […]

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UTRGV UREC Listed in Top 50 Best Campus Recreation Centers by College Consensus

by Amanda L. Alaniz RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley University Recreation (UREC) made the list of the Top 50 Best Campus Recreation Centers by CollegeConsensus.com. College and universities that make the list are ranked according to their individual College Consensus score, which is a combination of the results of reputable publisher ratings and student reviews. The […]

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TSC Announces Launch of Industrial Scaffolding Program

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In response to a severe shortage of skilled industrial scaffold builders in Texas and the Gulf Coast region, Texas Southmost College announced the launch of the new Industrial Scaffolding Committee Basic Access program on June 7, 2018 at the TSC Performing Arts Center. The Industrial Scaffolding Committee Basic Access program is a […]

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by Maria Elena Hernandez RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Hurricane season is underway, and professors at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley are researching ways to help the community deal with potential storms. Dr. Dean Kyne, Dr. Arlett Lomeli, Dr. David Wladyka and Dr. Katarzynia Sepielak, of the UTRGV Department of Sociology and Anthropology, along with […]

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VBMS Holds Bountiful Cereal Drive

by Tony Vindell/LFN A cereal drive held at Valley Baptist Health Systems two hospitals has been described as a success by the organization behind the community project. Close to a ton of cereal boxes and about $9,000 were donated and collected by VBHS System during its annual Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive held June 1-8. […]

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