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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 pm

HARLINGEN — University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa will be in Harlingen on Tuesday to meet with local elected officials and public school students.

Cigarroa is making monthly visits to the Valley to talk about the new university that will combine the University of Texas at Brownsville, the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, and the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.

Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, spokeswoman for the University of Texas System, said that Cigarroa met with Hidalgo County officials in August, and this month he’s in Cameron County.

His first stop, she said, will be the Harlingen Public Library where he’ll meet with elected officials. However, at noon he’ll head over to the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy at 1701 Lozano St. to talk to students.

“He thought it would be a good idea to talk particularly to freshmen, people that could be the freshman class at the new university, and just for a chance to talk to them about what they would like to see in the new university,” LaCoste-Caputo said.

He won’t be talking to the entire school in a large auditorium, she said. The purpose of this meeting is to have an informal dialogue with a small group of students.

Shane Strubhart, spokesman for the school district, said Vivian Bauer, principal at the freshman academy, will select 50 students to meet with Cigarroa.

“He’s going to ask them about the new university that’s coming,” Strubhart said. “He’s going to answer any questions about the university, too. He may ask questions like, ‘what kind of programs do you want to see?’”