The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will sponsor the Festival of International Books and Arts (FESTIBA 2016) today through Sunday on the Edinburg and Brownsville campuses. This year’s theme is “Nuestras Raices,” which celebrates the area’s cultural roots and inspires the South Texas community to broaden its cultural awareness and appreciation of the arts at UTRGV. For a complete list of events, visit www.utrgv.edu/festiba.
Today: Lecturer Monica Reyes will discuss the various careers and applications of writing in the professional world from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Salón Cassia on the Brownsville campus.
Tuesday: Assistant Professor Brian Warren and Lecturer II Marlene Galvanwill present an interactive workshop, titled “Writing Plays for Young Audiences,” from 11 a.m. to noon in ARHU 176 in Edinburg.
Wednesday: First Year Writing Instructor Yemin Sanchez and students will host a presentation, titled “Designing Your Future by Handpicking Your Major,” from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in ARHU 250 in Edinburg. Sanchez will share information with students, who are still undecided about the selection of their educational paths, regarding the factors influencing choosing a major and the benefits of planning critically when selecting a future profession.
Thursday: “Book Fair & Community Day” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Courtyard on the Brownsville campus. This will be a market-style fair where authors and clubs can present and sell their works while students and community members can speak with the authors about the arts.
Friday: Faculty presenters Trey Mikaolasky and Lawrence Gise will host the “UTRGV Student Film Festival” from 4 to 6 p.m. in ARHU 107 on the Edinburg campus. The festival will consist of film scenes and projects from UTRGV student theater, television and film majors.
Saturday: Faculty presenter Edna Ochoa will conduct a creative writing workshop in Spanish, titled “Taller de Escritura Creativa,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in ARHU 178 on the Edinburg campus. Ochoa will teach participants how to incorporate their own experiences into their writing.
Vaquero Ice Cream Bar
Ice cream will be served at 11 a.m. today on the Student Union lawn on the Brownsville campus and at noon Wednesday in the
Student Union Commons on the Edinburg campus. For more information, call the Student Union at 665-7989.
Save RGV from LNG meeting
The Save RGV from LNG group will host a newcomer orientation at 6 p.m. and a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Galeria 409 Art Gallery, located at 409 E. 13th St. in downtown Brownsville. For more information, visit www.facebook. com/saveRGVfromLNG.
Game Room tournament
A Billiards Tournament will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union Game Room on the Edinburg campus. VBucks will be awarded to top-place finishers. For more information, call 665-7989.
The Dating Doctor!
David Coleman, author of trending relationship books and inspiration for the film “The Hitch,” will host a workshop, titled “Making Relationships Matter,” at noon Wednesday in the PlainsCapital Bank Gran Salón at the Student Union on the Brownsville campus and at 7 p.m. the same day in the Student Union Theater on the Edinburg campus. For more information, call 665-7991 in Edinburg or 882-5111 in Brownsville.
Adviser Workshop Series
A session, titled “Resilience Training,”will take place from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Main Building room 1.502 on the Brownsville campus. The session is part of the Adviser Workshop Series sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement. For more information, call 882-5111.
Nuts 4 Nutrition
The Infant and Family Nutrition Agency will host the sixth annual Nuts 4 Nutrition 1 Mile Fun-Run/Walk and 5K Race on Saturday in the Brownsville Sports Park. Race fees are $15 for adults, $10 for children, $10 for adult group participants and $8 for child group participants. To register, visit the agency’s office at 1225 Boca Chica Blvd. in Brownsville, visit Rx Running at 3001 Pablo Kisel Blvd., Suite L, or visit ifnargv.org/n4n-registration. For additional information, call 541-9250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTRGV Theatre Alumni reunion
The UTRGV Theatre Department will host a reunion of theatre alumni Sunday in Edinburg. Former students, faculty and fans are invited to a full day of reunion activities, starting with a reunion lunch, attendance at the 7:30 p.m. performance of
“The Miracle Worker” and culminating with after-play parties. For more information, email Elva Galvan, UTRGV theatre manager, at email@example.com.
The Gentleman’s Code
Counseling and Psychological Services will host a free session, titled “Fatherhood: Before & After Our Pregnancy,” at noon March 9 in Cortez Hall 118 on the Brownsville campus. The males-only session will take place the second Wednesday of every month. For more information, call 882-3897.
Entrepreneurship summer program
The University of Texas System is accepting applications from students in all 14 institutions for the Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship, a five-week summer program from May 31 to July 1 at the IC2 Institute in Austin. The fellowship offers 20 two-person student teams the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty, instructors
and facilitators, and will utilize evidence-based entrepreneurship methodologies to test their business concepts. The deadline to apply for the tuition-free training program is March 14. Early admission deadline is today. Students may apply at www.ic2.utexas.edu/sef. For more information, email IC2 Program Manager Aprille Raabe at SEF@lc2.utexas.edu or call Ken
Ma in the University Affiliates Department at (512)499-4778.
Graduation application deadlines
Students who plan to graduate in Fall 2016 must submit their application by May 1. For more information, contact the Graduate College at 665-3661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free flu shots
UTRGV Health Services will administer free flu shots for students from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at its
clinics, located in Cortez Hall 237 on the Brownsville campus and at 613 N. Sugar Rd. on the Edinburg campus. For more
information, call Office Assistant Beverly Estrada at 882-3896.
The UTRGV Counseling Center hosts a social-confidence group, “Reveal Yourself,” from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in Cortez Hall 118 on the Brownsville campus.
For more information, call 882-3897.
A group therapy session for females by females, titled “Growing and Loving Ourselves” (G.A.L.S), takes place from noon to 1 p.m. each Monday in Cortez Hall 220 on the Brownsville campus. For more information, call the UTRGV Counseling Center at 882-3897.
The LGBTQ Group meets at 4 p.m. each Tuesday in University Center 306A on the Edinburg campus. Meetings are facilitated by experienced counselors and discussion is driven by concerns and needs of the group. For more information, call the UTRGV
Counseling Center at 665-2574.
–Compiled by Monica Gudiño