University of Texas at Brownsville
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||It has been suggested that The University of Texas at Brownsville College of Science, Mathematics, and Technology be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since January 2015.|
|Motto||Latin: Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis|
Motto in English
|Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.|
|Established||September 1, 1991|
|Type||Public State University|
|Provost||Alan F. J. Artibise|
|279 (Fall 2013)|
|Students||8,612 (Fall 2013)|
|Location||Brownsville, Texas, United States|
|Campus||Urban, 524 acres (2.3 km2)|
|Colors||Burnt Orange, White & Blue
|Athletics||Red River Athletic Conference|
|Mascot||Ozzie the Ocelot|
The University of Texas at Brownsville (abbreviated as UTB and formerly known as the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College [UTB/TSC]) is an educational institution located in Brownsville, Texas. The university is on the land once occupied by Fort Brown. It is a member of the University of Texas System. The institution was formed from a partnership between Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville. From 1991 to 2011, the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College became a substantial presence in South Texas education, providing unique opportunities for more than 17,000 students from Texas, as well as from Mexico and elsewhere.
The partnership ended in 2011 as UTB became a standalone University of Texas institution, and Texas Southmost College returned to being an independent community college. UTB itself offers baccalaureate and an increasing number of graduate degrees in liberal arts, sciences, education, business, and professional programs designed to meet regional, national, and international needs.
In 2015, the UT–Brownsville, originally an extension of then-Pan-American University at Texas Southmost College, will merge with the current UT–Pan American, a new medical school will be added, and the resulting institution will be named the University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley.
- 1 History
- 2 Admissions
- 3 Campus
- 4 Student life
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Texas Southmost College
Texas Southmost College (TSC) was established in 1926 under the name "The Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Valley." It admitted its first class on September 21 of that same year. In 1931, its name was changed to "Brownsville Junior College." In 1950, the institution was given its current name, Texas Southmost College.
University of Texas-Pan American at Brownsville
In 1973, Texas Southmost College formed a partnership with Pan-American University, now known as the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). The partnership allowed Pan-American University to establish a four-year university in Brownsville. The resulting independent institution was referred to as Pan American University at Brownsville. In 1989, Pan American University joined the University of Texas System, creating the University of Texas Pan-American at Brownsville (UTPA-B). Brownsville sought a University directly under the UT System and in 1991 the University of Texas Pan-American at Brownsville became the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB).
University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College
After UTB was created, a partnership was established between UTB and TSC, allowing TSC students to seamlessly transition to the four year University without reapplying. The university has academic colleges including business, education, liberal arts and nursing. UTB-TSC's funding came from both the college tax district as well as the State of Texas. After failure to pass a 2002 multi-million-dollar bond, the TSC tax district voters successfully passed a $68 million bond issue to construct additional classrooms ($28 million), additional library space ($14 million), Workforce Training Classrooms ($17 million), Center for Early Childhood Studies ($4 million), and Center for Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease ($5 million). Dr. Juliet V. Garcia served as UTB-TSC President from 1991 to 2011; Dr. Garcia is also the first Hispanic woman to be the President of any university in the United States.
End of Educational Partnership with Texas Southmost College
On Nov. 10, 2010, the University of Texas System Board of Regents voted to end the University of Texas at Brownsville's educational partnership with Texas Southmost College. On Feb. 17, 2011 the TSC Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to separate from UTB. Juliet V. Garcia now continues as the president of UTB.
Merger with UTPA and Medical School
On December 6, 2012, the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System approved a proposal to merge UTB, the University of Texas–Pan American, and a planned medical school into one regional institution. On December 12, 2013, the UT Board of Regents voted to name the new university The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
For historical reference, the name of the institution has changed over the years:
- 1926-1931: The Junior College of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
- 1931-1949: Brownsville Junior College
- 1949-1992: Texas Southmost College
- 1992-2013: The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
- 2013–present: The University of Texas at Brownsville
|Dates of office||President||Notes|
|9/1/1991 – 12/31/1991||Homer J. Peña||Founding President|
|1/1/1992 – 8/31/2014||Juliet V. García|
|9/1/2014 – Present||William Richard Fannin||Interim CEO|
Until the fall of 2011, UT Brownsville had open admissions, meaning prospective students had no admissions criteria. In August 2011 the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved new admission standards for UT Brownsville, and awaited the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The UT Brownsville closed admissions will begin in the fall of 2013.
UTB's campus sits on 524 acres (2.3 km2) of land in the southern part of Brownsville, Texas. A resaca, or oxbow lake, flows through the heart of the growing landscape. The university's unique architecture plays off the campus's rich history in Fort Brown. Many of the oldest buildings on campus remain from the old U.S. Army outpost. The university has also acquired many buildings in the surrounding area, including a former Holiday Inn hotel complex, former condominiums, the Amigoland Mall, and many historic buildings of downtown Brownsville. The university continues to expand, recently purchasing substantial acreage east of Fort Brown.
- Art Building
- Arnulfo Oliveira Library
- A.A Champion Hall
- Building 23 Married Officer's Quarters
- Cavalry Barracks
- Cleve H. Tandy Hall
- Cueto Building (Kids Voting USA-Brownsville and Center for Civic Engagement location)
- Eidman Hall
- Gorgas Hall
- Life and Health Sciences Building
- Old Morgue
- Main, formerly Education & Business Complex (EDBC)
- Mary Rose Cardenas North and South Halls
- Recreation, Education & Kinesiology Center (REK Center)
- Regiment House
- Rusteberg Building
- Sabal Hall, formerly University Boulevard Classroom Building
- Smith Amphitheatre
- Old Cotton Gin
- Science Engineering and Technology Building (SET-B)
- Student Union
- University Boulevard Library
- The Village at Fort Brown, formerly Holiday Inn/Ramada
- Andres Cueto Building
- International Technology Education and Commerce Campus (ITECC)
- Young House
- College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions
- College of Applied Technology and General Studies
- College of Liberal Arts
- College of Science, Mathematics, and Technology
- School of Business
- College of Education
- School of Health Sciences
- College of Graduate Studies
- Master of Arts
- Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
- Master of Public Policy and Management
- Master of Science
- Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- M.B.A. and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
- Master of Education (M.Ed.)
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
- Cooperative Ph.D. Program in Physics with University of Texas at San Antonio
- Cooperative Doctoral Program in Education with University of Houston
Notable academic programs
UTB is home to academic centers and programs that receive local, state, and national recognition.
- Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy Research focuses on astrophysical source modeling, gravitational wave data analysis, and the phenomenological astrophysics of gravitational wave sources.
- Center for Biomedical Studies was established to conduct biological and medical research on regional health issues and biotechnological approaches that may contribute to regional development.
- The Center for Civic Engagement's mission is to create an engaged campus that connects faculty, staff, students, and external partners to revitalize the surrounding community. On September 1, 2010, UTB submitted its application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Dr. Kathy Bussert-Webb, an Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies Department of the College of Education and also the CCE Director, led the effort; she was assisted by Ms. Ethel Cantu, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, the CCE staff, the Carnegie Task Force, and many faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Webb remained as the CCE Director until August 31, 2010. She then returned full-time to the UTB classroom and she looks forward to assisting the CCE and the campus in even more community engagement efforts. 
The Student Government Association at UTB hosts the officers of the student body. The SGA runs a three-branch system, with the Executive Board consisting of the Student Body Officers, the Legislative Board consisting of the Student Senate, and the Judicial Board consisting of the Chief and Associate Justices.
The university recognizes more than 50 but less than 100 student organizations. In addition, it supports the Student Organization Council, an official student governance organization that represent student interests to faculty, and administrators.
- Mu Alpha Nu (MAN)
- Tau Kappa Epsilon - Colony 861
- Kappa Omega Sorority
- Sigma Psi Delta
Traditions at the University of Texas at Brownsville are perpetuated through several school symbols and mediums. At athletic events, students frequently show their support by chanting the "Sting 'em Hard" slogan while displaying the "Sting 'em Hard" hand gesture—the gesture mimicking the scorpion, the university's former mascot.
Texas–Brownsville (UTB) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Ocelots, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Men's sports include golf and soccer; while women's sports include golf, soccer and volleyball.
The UTB Ocelots women's volleyball team was ranked #18 in the NAIA, but lost the standing after a bad 2008 season. In 2009, under new head coach Todd Lowery, formerly of National American University, the Scorpions began to shine again, achieving a #12 ranking in the NAIA. In December 2011, the UTB volleyball team won its first national championship.
In soccer, the UTB Ocelots play their games at the REK Center field, pending construction of their own athletic field. In two years with the NAIA, each soccer team has lost only two games in Brownsville, the men's loss coming against the University of St. Thomas in 2007 and the women's loss coming against conference rival Texas Wesleyan University in 2008. In men's soccer, the team has a 12-0 conference record in two years.
The University of Texas at Brownsville is widely regarded for having one of the strongest Chess Programs in the nation. In 2010, they placed 2nd in the Final Four of College Chess, which they hosted. As of 2010, the UTB chess team features 3 Grandmasters and 2 International Masters. The team is currently coached by Grand Master Ronen Har-Zvi after their former coach Grand Master Gilberto Hernández Guerrero resigned from that position due to personal family matters.
- UTB is the only accredited university in the United States to also house a foreign consulate.
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- Official website
- The University of Texas at Brownsville Athletics website
- Student Newspaper of The University of Texas at Brownsville
- The University of Texas System