Dozens attend Dream Big Rally at UTB

News Center 23

POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 6:19pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:33am

"The reality starts with a dream, so this is a good start," said UTB student Luis Alberto Lopez.

That must have also been the mindset of dozens of other UTB students who took part in the school's Dream Big Rally today. The rally was designed for students so they could discuss their hopes and dreams for the new UT Rio Grande Valley.

"Students are invited to attend and tell us more about what their vision is tell us what their dreams are for the new university, for the new UT RGV in South Texas," said UTB student and cheer squad co-captain Pedro Rangel.

"We want them to embrace the new university, we're here for the students," said UTB director of leadership Heather Olague. "And for the students to know we do care. We want to listen to you, we want to know what your thoughts and wants and needs are for the coming future."

Some UTB students took advantage of the opportunity to make their visions known by writing out their dreams on various posters.

And after they made their big march from the Student Union to the Main Courtyard, students got the opportunity to speak up about what they wanted in a new university.

"It's very important that we get our students input on what they want their new university to look like, so we had the rally to get as many students out as we could so that they could tell us what their dream, but it's not...this is just the kickoff before the actual process," said UTB Dean of Students Douglas Stoves.

"I feel like everybody wants to have a say in what's going on here, so our students are being supportive of the new university and everybody just wants to come out and have a good time," said UTB student Jackie Margenau.

Students posted many of their dreams for the new university on two different walls as a reminder to the higher-ups about what's truly important to them in an educational institution. 

"No dream is too small and no dream is too big," said Stoves.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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