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Chancellor Cigarroa to visit Rio Grande Valley Thursday

UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. will visit with students, staff and faculty at La Joya High School and UT Pan American Thursday, Oct. 24 to continue conversations about the new university and medical school in South Texas.

Cigarroa’s first stop will be La Joya High School, where he will meet with students and teachers from 10 to 11:15 a.m. to hear their thoughts on educational opportunity in the Rio Grande Valley and what the new UT institution will mean for them. La Joya High School is located at 604 Coyote Dr. in La Joya.

Cigarroa then will travel to UT Pan American in Edinburg to meet with faculty and staff from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and then with students from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the UT Pan American Student Union Theater, 1201 W. University Dr.

Cigarroa recently visited the Rio Grande Valley Sept. 24, when he met with students, staff and faculty at UT Brownsville and Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen. His next visit to the South Texas is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 20.

The UT System is in the process of establishing a new university and medical school that will combine the talent, assets and resources of UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and the Regional Academic Health Center. The new university will be bicultural, biliterate and bilingual and is being created to transform educational, economic and health opportunities for South Texas.

For more information about the Project South Texas initiative, please visit www.ProjectSouthTexas.com.

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