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Alumni Stories


Joel S. Garza, '98 and '12

Garza will receive his Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Bilingual Studies on Saturday, May 19. He is part of the first cohort to start the degree program when it began in fall 2007. Read More>>>

Nadya Ortiz, '11

Chess player and December 2011 graduate of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Nadya Ortiz went to the far regions of the Russian Federation to become a Woman Grandmaster in Chess. Ortiz came to Brownsville from her hometown of Ibagué, Colombia, on a chess scholarship in 2007 after she was recruited by Chess Program Director Russell Harwood. Read More>>>

Cassandra Cavazos, '11

Cassandra Cavazos is the first UTB and TSC forensic investigation graduate to be accepted into the master of science in forensic science program at Sam Houston State University. Read More>>>

Dr. Mario Ferron, '11

Dr. Ferron was honored with the first place doctoral dissertation award by the National Association of Bilingual Education at its annual conference held in February in Dallas. Read More>>> 

Rick Pedraza, '09

Rick Pedraza rang in the year 2012 with extra clarity, knowing he would soon embark on his hew career as a United States Army musician.  Read More>>>

Cindy Vela

Cindy Vela

Cindy Vela is a graduate of Los Fresnos High School and received her bachelor degree from UT-Brownsville. Vela is a model and actress and has been on an OPI campaign and just recently Special K for their Ximena Valero Vestido Rojo campaign. Vela says the designer of the red dress in the Special K contest handpicked her. Vela is featured on the cover of Special K cereal boxes in Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico. Before heading to Hollywood, Vela was a band director at a valley middle school. To learn more:



Emma Cerbin-Garcia

Emma Cerbin-Garcia

Emma Cerbin-Garcia was a student and has been an employee at The University of Texas at Brownsville since its creation in 1991. Cerbin-Garcia knew she didn’t want to make a life out of spending summers as a migrant worker in Holland, Michigan, and pursued higher education. The decision to move away from her family was difficult for her, but Cerbin-Garcia was able to pay for her education through The Moody Foundation Scholarship, student loans and student work-study jobs. Cerbin-Garcia said she got invaluable help along the way. She said that now it’s her turn to offer a hand to other struggling students and became a donor to the UTB Annual Fund 






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