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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:15 pm

The Student Govern ment Association at the University of Texas at Brownsville will host a forum Tuesday with university officials to discuss concerns or answer questions from students about the consolidation with UT-Pan American.

Philip Martinez, SGA vice president of policy and procedure, said the town hall-like meeting will be an opportunity for students to question UTB President Juliet V. Garcia and Provost Alan Artibise about the school’s transformation.

“It’s not every day the president and provost have time for us,” Martinez, 20, said.

“It’s good for students to understand how this consolidation is affecting them currently and how it will in the future,” the UTB junior said. “It’s good for them to have questions.”

Martinez, a psychology major, said the forum will also be important for students so they can be better informed.

“I think students aren’t informed and that’s another reason why this town hall meeting is very good,” he added.

Because Martinez is part of a national fraternity that has chapters at UTB and UTPA, he said he is concerned about the integration of student organizations.

Martinez said he is also interested in knowing how his major will be affected.

“This is an opportunity to communicate with the student body and provide a forum to reach out with the students and let them know some of the changes that have happened,” said Sergio Martinez (no relation to Philip Martinez), executive director of UTB student engagement.

Garcia said the idea to bring students together for this discussion came from students.

“We meet with them periodically and they are a very enthusiastic Student Government Association this year,” she said.

When the chancellor of the University of Texas System visited in September, Sergio Martinez said he was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of questions asked by students.

“We want civic-minded, active students that ask those questions that need to be asked,” Sergio Martinez said.

Phillip Martinez said the changes coming to UTB are welcomed.

“We’re pretty much getting the best of both worlds,” Philip Martinez said. “This is a big deal for the whole Valley, not just UTB and UTPA.”

The meeting Tuesday will take place at the Student Union Gran Salón and will begin at 11 a.m. It is open to students, faculty and staff.

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