Author returns to Sunday Speaker Series program on April 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.
The Museum of South Texas History welcomes back The University of Texas Pan-American (UTPA) Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Greg Selber as he presents his newest book, “Bronc Ball: The History of College Basketball at Pan American.” Selber’s talk will include the backstory behind his book, UTPA’s role in integrating college basketball in the late 1950s and will conclude with a book signing at MOSTHistory on April 21, 2013 at 2 p.m.
A true sports enthusiast, Selber has covered UTPA Broncs basketball over the years in both print and broadcast journalism and has worked at UTPA for the last 13 years. Previously at MOSTHistory in 2009 to present his first book, “Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley,” Selber has followed up with “Bronc Ball: The History of College Basketball at Pan American.” Published by UTPA Press and on sale in February, “Bronc Ball” is a historical exploration of UTPA basketball history — even before it was a four-year university — covered in 544 pages, beginning in 1927. Selber’s latest book also provides fascinating facts and trivia about UTPA basketball and includes pictures spanning the decades.
Selber’s presentation will focus on the backstory behind his book, discussing the process of how he gathered his book material and what he learned along the way. He will also talk about UTPA’s pivotal role in racial integration in basketball, spotlighting the people who made Broncs basketball what it is today. A book signing will follow the presentation and copies of “Bronc Ball” will be available for purchase at the Museum Store. This Sunday Speaker Series presentation by Selber is included in the fee for regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.
About Dr. Greg Selber
Dr. Greg Selber is an award-winning journalist, local sports historian and tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication at UTPA, where he teaches journalism and is the advisor of the student newspaper, The Pan American. In 2011, Selber was the recipient of the Putt Powell Sports Writer of the Year award. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master's degree in media studies from Texas Christian University, and a Ph.D. in communication with a concentration in sociology and anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Austin, Texas, Selber moved to the Rio Grande Valley area in 1989. His career experience includes print, television and online media, writing for local magazines and providing the voice for a variety of athletic events. Selber’s career achievements also include five Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club, being named Sportswriter of the Year (RGV Basketball Coaches Association) and Sportswriter of the Decade (Edinburg ISD), and being named a finalist for the Golden Hoops Award from the Texas Sports Writers Association. Selber is the author of “Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley” and “Bronc Ball: The History of College Basketball at Pan American.”