UT chancellor talks to students about new RGV educational opportunities

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 8:33am

Students at Harlingen's Dr. Abraham Cano Freshman Academy gave a round of applause to UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa as he spoke to them about the new UT institution - an institution that will combine UTPA, UTB, and The Regional Academic Health Center.  

But instead of simply lecturing students about the new opportunities coming to the Valley, he made sure to learn from them using a Q&A format.

"I'm coming here with open mind, and also, with an attitude of 'I want to learn from you as to how we actually create this new university.' This is where innovation begins, and this is probably the best place to come and learn how to innovate," said Cigarroa.

And when it comes to innovation and the future...youth, education and community come to mind.

"It gives us a chance to get behind a regional initiative and one that gives us a chance to benefit our students which is the biggest commodity we have," said HCISD interim superintendent Dr. Arturo Cavazos.

Students at Abraham Cano Freshman Academy had interests that ranged from health, to sports, to technology. And because the new U-T institution will be in the Rio Grande Valley, these students now have an option to attend a nearby institution that will adhere to their interests.

"I was looking into schools outside the Valley because there's not really anything down here for us, so knowing that there's something new - it's just awesome," said Dr. Abraham Cano Freshman Academy student Carley Rodulfo.

"This is just beyond belief that we are able to do this for students, and again to expose them to this so that they can start planning, so, just beyond belief," said Dr. Abraham Cano Freshman Academy principal Vivian Bauer.

And before the chancellor left the school, he had this to say:

"The greatest public health initiative that we could ever embark upon is really to educate our citizens, so it also improves human health."

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

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