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Have You Met The New Dean of Students?

Dr. Beatriz Becerra-Barckholtz

Before coming to The University of Texas at Brownsville, Dr. Becerra-Barckholtz was a student and an intern for the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and the Community College Leadership Program both at the University of Texas at Austin. She also worked as a student-athlete academic mentor for the 2005 - 2006 Texas Longhorn Men’s Basketball Team.

Betty received her B.A. in Mexican-American Studies and Spanish from Concordia University at Austin. She completed her Master's degree in Sociology from UTB and then her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

While she still enjoys reading, this picture is simply a glimpse into her past life as doctoral student at UT Austin. Now, she simply enjoys reading children’s books... to her son Tex.

You can find the new Dean of Students in Cortez! "Like" and "follow" the Dean of Students social media pages to find out where she will be next. There will be cool events planned as well as great giveaways!

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Our New Mascot, The Ocelot
A Battle Awaits - UTB Chess Program
Starting The 2013 Fall Semester at UTB
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UTB Fountain
UTB Bridge

We Moved!

The following Student Affairs departments have moved to Dr. Narciso Cortez Hall: In Cortez A are CAMP, ASPIRE, Talent Search, Upward Bound Math and Science, Classic Upward Bound, Career Services and Disability Services. In Cortez B, you can find VP of Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Leadership, Grievances and Judicial Affairs.

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.

  1. As college students head back to school, they’ll begin making plans for parties, weekend outings and sporting events, but we also would like them to plan for a P.A.S.S. - Person Appointed to Stay Sober.
  2. Since social media is a key communication tool among college students, this year we are launching a new P.A.S.S. app that will help them find a safe ride home.
  3. Safety is TxDOT's first priority and crashes related to alcohol are particularly frustrating because they are entirely preventable.

For more information: www.thepassapp.com

Student Affairs Open House

The Welcome to the Wild, Student Affairs Open House/”Meet the New Dean” event was success!

There were over 350 students that stopped by the department tables, got their “paw map” stamped, entered the “survival kit” raffle, and grabbed themselves a cool pair of UTB sunglasses.

Student Focus: Ozzie

UTB welcomes our newest Ocelot, Ozzie!

The name was unveiled at the annual Orange Crush event to welcome students back for the new academic year on Friday, Aug. 30 on the Student Union Lawn. About 2,000 students voted on Blackboard from Monday, Aug. 26 to Wednesday, Aug. 28 for five names: Ozzie, Ollie, Oscar, Otto and Rio. The winning name received more than 1,000 votes. The winning name was announced with the help of student orientation leaders who held up signs with each name eliciting cheers from the audience. The UTB Drumline provided the dramatic drum rolls for each name.

Read the full article here

What is Upward Bound Math and Science?

The Upward Bound Math and Science Program (UBMS) is a four-year college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). The program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. This is done by enhancing math and science knowledge through a project-based learning (PBL) experience which creates an opportunity to explore math and science careers through workshops and field experiences. Those who are selected for participation must be willing to dedicate themselves to hard work and commitment to the program and their education.

A Letter From a UBMS Student

Dear Norma,

My experience with Upward Bound Math and Science was a blessing, to say the least. 

See, as each of my elder siblings prepared to embark for college, I was given a glimpse into the future that would soon befall me: sleepless nights, deadlines, applications. I despaired at how I- a chronic procrastinator- could ever hope to handle such a load. 

But Upward Bound  Math and Science was there, and I was not alone. I was given a wonderful staff who did not hesitate to crack the whip when deadlines approached. Who informed me about all the opportunities at my disposal. Who shared my burdens and my fortunes.

Upward Bound Math and Science helped me prioritize and organize my messy life into success. Thanks to them, I will now be attending Georgetown University (alma mater to TWO U.S. Presidents!) this Fall, paid for by Bill Gates (or rather, his Millennium Scholarship). Not bad, right?
Upward Bound Math and Science, thank you for getting me where I am today.

Esmeralda Huerta

For more information: utb.edu/ubms

Esmeralda Huerta is the seventh ranking honor student of the San Benito High School Class of 2013. She is the daughter of Rafael and Maria Huerta.

For consistently earning a rank in the top five percent of her class each high school semester, Esmeralda earned a Hi-5 Letter Jacket. Esmeralda has been selected to receive the highly prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and National Hispanic Merit Scholar. She served as President of the Business Professionals of America Chapter 2; Enforcer’s Reporter; and Yearbook Editor.

Esmeralda plans to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and major in International Politics.

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