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Francis Galvan

Women's Golf travels to Laredo for Jack Brown Memorial

BROWNSVILLE – The University of Texas at Brownsville Ocelots women's golf team will open the spring schedule traveling to Laredo, Texas for the Jack Brown Memorial Tournament, to be played at the Laredo Country Club beginning on Monday.

The two-day tournament is hosted by Texas A&M University International.

"The mindset going into the tournament is positive." Head Coach Daniel Hayden said. "The women's team has been practicing hard and is ready to get the tournament season underway."

Alongside UTB and TAMIU, the other squads competing in the tourney will be Texas A&M Kingsville, University of St. Thomas, Midwestern State University, McMurry University, Rogers State, and the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith.

The Ocelots last tournament was in November but they are putting in work on the course leading up to next week's competition.

"The women's team is doing really well prior to this tournament, I am confident that we will have a great showing in Laredo." Hayden said.

There has been no front-runner for UTB on the course yet but that's not something coach Hayden is worried about, currently teamwork seems to be at an all time high.

"It's hard for me to tag just one woman who is doing well, I would have to say each player on the team is doing equally as well." Hayden said. "Some days are better than others for each player, but they seem to help one another out each and every round."

The Ocelots will get their practice round in on Sunday and will begin play on Monday at 8 a.m.

Dean of Students Corner

Please welcome our new Dean of Students
Mr. Doug Stoves!

The role of the Dean of Students is to ensure that individual and collective student issues are properly addressed. Students are encouraged to have the most enriching college experience possible and to prepare themselves with the leadership skills for life during their student careers and beyond UTB. This can be accomplished by offering meaningful educational, social, cultural, wellness and leadership programs which encourage self-fulfilling goals achievement and improve self-esteem.

Dean of Students Office provides a comprehensive offering of services and programs, and works with the offices of Student Life, Student Media, Student Health Services, Career Services, and Services for Students with Disabilities.

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Our Student Affairs staff is reminded daily to:

Student Affairs Tenets

Make good things happen every day.

Do your best.

Choose to commit.

Be resilient.

Be resourceful and work hard.

Be positive.

Give more and enjoy more.

Expect more of yourself and of each other.

Collaborate with one another.

Exemplify a shared leadership philosophy.

Foster success in yourself.

Be proud of what has been accomplished.

Be creative.

Dream big.

Have high expectation of your students.

Endure and persist.

Meet one of UTB’s new Student Organizations, The UTB Feline Dancers!
Here is the article that ran in the Brownsville Herald:

Feline Dancers

Group gets together for fun, fitness, stress relief

The University of Texas at Brownsville Feline Dancers perform Dec. 20 at The Brownsville Herald.

A group of students at the University of Texas at Brownsville has begun what it regards as the first dance group at the school. Jacqueline Sanchez, president of the group, said she came up with the idea because she wanted students to be able to dance at school.

"Going to college, there’s no dance and many of us don’t have the resources or time to go to studios," Sanchez, an 18-year-old freshman, said. About 10 girls have joined the group, which calls itself the UTB Feline Dancers, Sanchez said.

The hope is to have tryouts during the spring semester so more girls can join, she said. Most of the girls on the team were dancers as high school students, she said. Sanchez said there are benefits to dancing and it can be a good stress-reliever for students.

Because UTB doesn’t offer any dance degrees, Sanchez said she hopes that once it’s merged with UT-Pan American, the new school UT Rio Grande Valley will offer dance courses.

Kayla Rodriguez, a kinesiology student, started dancing during her junior year at Veterans Memorial High School in Brownsville, she said. "It’s good social time,’ Rodriguez, 18, said.

"It’s a stress-reliever for sure." During finals, the girls practiced their dances, which helped them concentrate on their tests, Rodriguez said.

Sanchez said she would like it if UTB offered dance classes in the future. But for now, the group of girls reserves a multipurpose room in the Recreation, Education & Kinesiology Center on campus to practice their dances.

Because they don’t have a choreographer, they all learn from each other, Sanchez said. The goal is to incorporate all kinds dances: hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, into their choreography, Sanchez said. Instead of becoming a cheerleader, Sanchez chose to join the dance team at Porter High School. She said she wanted to learn to express herself through movement.

"Dancing is like words," Sanchez said. Sanchez hopes the group’s presence will bring more school spirit to UTB, which compared to UTPA, is lacking, she said. The group recently danced during a presentation to children at Proyecto Juan Diego, she said.

Proyecto Juan Diego is an organization to improve the education and formation, social and health services for families in Brownsville, according to its website. "It was about the kids," Sanchez of that performance. "It was a beautiful experience. That’s what UTB students should be doing —getting out there."

UTB Ocelots Wins NAIA Title

In the final match of the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship, presented by J&L Enterprises and CNOS Foundation the top-seed University of Texas at Brownsville Ocelots women's volleyball team and No.3 Biola (Calif.) fought each other with everything that they had left and the Ocelots prevailed to win the 34th annual title match 27-25, 27-25, 25-22 on Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

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Student Focus: Special Edition

Class of 2017 Student Profiles

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2013 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship

The 60th Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Tournament did not end the way that the Ocelot Chess Team wanted it to end. With 1 ½ points needed in the final round against the top seeded Webster A team to have a chance at qualification, the UTB A team sat down this morning with hopes of ending the 2 year final four qualification drought. However, it was not meant to be this year for the much improved UTB squad.

The Cost of Missing Class

UTB Campus Map

Ocelot Crossing: Click map to view building locations.

Family Support Network

With so many family members, other than just parents joining our Ocelot family for student support, we changed our name to the Family Support Network. Please be sure to "like" and "share:

The Family Support Network Facebook page


P.A.S.S.- Person Appointed to Stay Sober. UTB is one of three campuses in the state testing this program. This is in partnership with TXDOT.

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