82R6711 MGR-D
  By: Pena H.R. No. 221
         WHEREAS, Proud alumni, students, administrators, and
  trustees are gathering in Austin on January 27, 2011, to celebrate
  The University of Texas-Pan American Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Located in Edinburg, The University of Texas-Pan
  American is the 10th largest of the state's public universities,
  with an enrollment of 18,744 students at the beginning of the
  2010-2011 school year; the institution was founded as a two-year
  community college in 1927, originally consisting of a single
  building and 200 learners, and over the ensuing decades it grew to
  become a four-year college and then a university; it joined The
  University of Texas System in 1989; and
         WHEREAS, In the 84 years since its creation, The University
  of Texas-Pan American has conferred more than 50,400 bachelor's
  degrees, 10,800 master's degrees, and 100 doctoral degrees; in
  addition, it ranks second in the nation in the number of bachelor's
  degrees and fourth in the number of master's degrees awarded to
  Hispanic students; the institution was named by Forbes magazine as
  the 32nd best public college in the United States in 2009, ranking
  third among schools in Texas; and
         WHEREAS, The University of Texas-Pan American offers 57
  bachelor's, 57 master's, and 5 doctoral or cooperative doctoral
  programs, plus the only physician-assistant program outside a
  medical school in Texas; students also benefit from a rich social
  environment that includes such traditions as the annual Carnival of
  the Great Pumpkin on Halloween, Midnight Madness at the start of
  each basketball season, and Homecoming, which includes a battle of
  the bands, the Bronc Olympics, a tailgate party and pep rally, and a
  men's basketball game as part of a week's worth of special
  festivities; and
         WHEREAS, Performing in the Capitol Rotunda on The University
  of Texas-Pan American Day is the university's renowned musical
  group Mariachi Aztlan; the band has won more than 10 first-place
  awards at national mariachi competitions and has been recognized
  for its achievements in promoting Hispanic culture; in the past
  year alone, Mariachi Aztlan was named Grand Champions of the
  Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque, performed in the premiere of
  the Houston Grand Opera production of To Cross the Face of the Moon
  (Cruzar la Cara de la Luna), and played for President Barack Obama;
         WHEREAS, The University of Texas-Pan American has
  established itself as a preeminent institution of higher education,
  and residents of Texas are fortunate to have access to this
  exceptional resource; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize January 27, 2011, as The University of
  Texas-Pan American Day at the State Capitol and commend all those
  associated with the university for their contributions to the Lone
  Star State; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for The University of Texas-Pan American as an expression
  of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.