UT System shines during national Hispanic Heritage Month

Numerous UT System programs, people and institutions made headlines during national Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 - Oct.15. As the annual celebration of the Latino community comes to a close, UT System shares a few of the many spotlights:

  • Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., received the Chair’s Award – one of the highest honors by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – during the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the country on Oct. 2 in Washington D.C. The Chancellor was honored with the prestigious award for his accomplishments, leadership and outstanding service to the Latino community.
  • Excelencia in Education named UT Pan American’s Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT Austin as America’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students at the graduate level. UTPA was selected from among 165 programs from 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
  • Two programs at The University of Texas at Brownsville were selected as national finalists for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia recognition. The College of Science, Mathematics and Technology and the Student Employment Initiative Program were selected as America’s top programs for increasing achievement for Latino students.
  • UT Pan American was named “College of the Year” by the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) for its continued commitment to serve as the practice and training base for the NHI of the Rio Grande Valley and its continued support to make its campus available to NHI students and families.
  • During the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Public Policy Conference in early October, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named UTPA President Robert Nelsen as an example of those helping Hispanic students succeed.