|EDINBURG, October 24 - Citizens from around the world will have the opportunity for a live interactive conversation on the World Wide Web with UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa later today.
Cigarroa is in the Upper Rio Grande Valley to discuss the new university and medical school UT is creating in South Texas. During a visit to UT-Pan American, Cigarroa will be interviewed live online for 30 minutes, with viewers able to submit questions in real time via text on their computer screens, tablets or smart phones. Cigarroa will also take questions from UTPA students in the studio.
The live broadcast comes courtesy of KMBH-TV, the Valley’s PBS station. Also partnering on the project are the UTPA Border Studies Archive and the Rio Grande Guardian. Curators with the Border Studies Archive will film the event for their archive. Guardian editor Steve Taylor will moderate the online conversation. The Internet live stream will be filmed for a documentary about the new university and medical school that will air on KMBH-TV next month.
“KMBH TV is excited and honored to be able to interview Dr. Francisco G Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System, to discuss the new university and medical school coming to the Rio Grande Valley,” said Robert Gutierrez, president and CEO of KMBH-TV.
“We are also very excited that our discussion with Dr. Cigarroa will take place with UTPA students and at the same time be able to be viewed live online at KMBH.org. For this live discussion, KMBH will be introducing a new interactive social video platform called OVEE, otherwise known as Online Video Engagement Experience, to broadcast a live stream of the discussion on the World Wide Web.”
The live online discussion with Chancellor Cigarroa starts at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. To watch Dr. Cigarroa discuss the new university and medical school live on the Internet, click here. Viewers can submit questions to Dr. Cigarroa by setting up a user account. One way of logging in to submit an interactive question is via Facebook.
OVEE is a new social video platform developed by PBS for use by local public television stations across the United States. It is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and developed by ITVS. Gutierrez said OVEE represents the very latest in social TV and second screen functionality, including numerous real-time interactive features to create a live screening experience online.
In addition to his taping with KMBH-TV, Chancellor Cigarroa is visiting La Joya High School and meeting with students, faculty and staff at UTPA. The event at La Joya High School starts at 10 a.m. and will involve Cigarroa taking questions from students. At UTPA, Cigarroa will participate in two town hall meetings, one with faculty, staff and community leaders, starting at 2:30 p.m., and one with students, starting at 3:30 p.m. Both meetings take place in the Student Union Theater.
UTPA President Robert Nelsen said that at the two town hall meetings, Cigarroa will be answering questions about the new university and medical school. Nelsen called this a “major undertaking to transform higher education in South Texas.” With more than 400 people involved in the establishment and makeup of the new university, Nelsen said, the process is moving forward swiftly.
“I am grateful that the Chancellor is visiting Pan Am and the Valley and keeping us up to date on the latest developments,” Nelsen added.
For more information on the new UT university and medical school project, click here.