Texas A&M University-Kingsville

April 2012

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Featured News

Javelina Stadium Hosts Wings Over South Texas Pep Rally

Texas A&M University-Kingsville played host to a special Wings Over South Texas Rally for higher education.  The 90-minute demonstration featured flyovers from several aircraft.  A special message was also given to the more than 5,000 children in attendance by the Blue Angels pilots, who shared about the importance of an education among other topics.  KIII-TV had two special features of the event, which can be found HERE and HERE.  There is also a Javelina Photo Gallery of the event, which can be found HERE.
Miss TAMUK 2012 Crowned

Congratulations to Sarah Chapa, Miss TAMUK 2012!  She is pictured at right with judge and alumnus K-99's Big Frank and future alumna Marion Lockard (May 2012), another judge who was also Miss TAMUK 2009.   Four Javelina Alumni Contribute to Tejano Monument

The culmination of an 11-year, $2.2 million Tejano Monument was unveiled on March 29th in Austin, TX.   Four Javelina alumni contributed to the 525-square-foot project, including Armando Hinojosa, Homero Vera, Dr. Emilio Zamora and Servando Hinojosa.  The sculpture is divided into twelve pieces, all hand carved by Armando Hinojosa.  The sections tell the Tejano story from the 1500s to the 1800s and include a conquistador, a Tejano couple, a young girl tending to a goat, a young boy with a sheep, a longhorn bull and cow and a Tejano vaquero overlooking the rest of the statue.  More than 2,000 spectators gathered for the unveiling ceremony for what is now the largest monument on the Capitol grounds.

To read more about the statue and the unveiling, click HERE for a feature composed by our very own Javelina students.  There is also a streaming video piece done by our students at the conclusion of the article that you will want to check out.
University Wildlife Society Earns Eighth Chapter of the Year Award

For the eighth time, Texas A&M University-Kingsville's student wildlife society was recognized with the Chapter of the Year Award, the highest award that can be received by a chapter from the state level.  The Plant Identification Team received a second place team award, and numerous other individual awards were given to Javelina students and faculty.  Read more HERE.
TEACH Project to Hold New Information Sessions

The launch continues for TEACH Project, a grant-funded program conducted through Texas A&M University-Kingsville's College of Education and Human Performance that focuses on training and placing quality teachers in high-need districts throughout Texas.  The program's focus is on recruiting recent college graduates and mid-career professionals and helping them get the alternative certification they need to become teachers.  

For those interested in learning more about the program, three brief information sessions will be held on Tuesday, May 1st, to provide details about the program, including curriculum, admission and financial aid information, and give prospective students the opportunity to ask questions and meet with TEACH Project staff members.  The first session will begin at 10:00 a.m., second at 12:00 p.m. and the last at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Room 219C on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.  Anyone interested in additional information regarding the TEACH project at Texas A&M University-Kingsville can contact Karen Kelly at (361) 593-3037 or teach@tamuk.edu.  Additionally, the program can be found on Facebook HERE or on Twitter HERE.  A story on the program's launch can also be found HERE.

Javelina Athletics Lauded for Community Service, Seeks Help in Making Wishes Come True

For the third consecutive year, Javelina Athletics and its student athletes have received the Lone Star Conference Community Service Engagement Award.  At the center of its community service initiatives, Javelina Athletics has a strong partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Together they help grant wishes to children that are ill and hospitalized.  Last year, the Javelinas raised over $8,000, the second most by any NCAA Division II school in the country.  With each wish costing approximately $6,000, the student athletes set a goal of $12,000 this year so that they could grant two wishes.  But they need help making that happen.

If you would like to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish campaign through Javelina Athletics, you can send a check or money order, made payable to "Javelina Athletics" and note on the check or in an attachment that it is for the Make-A-Wish campaign.  You can send that donation to:  Fred Nuesch, MSC 114A, 700 University Blvd., Kingsville, TX 78363.  Just one way you can a part of the pride of Javelina Nation!

Other Campus News

Students Help Beautify Kingsville Community Through The Bigger Event

More than 300 Texas A&M University-Kingsville students rolled up their sleeves and took to the Kingsville streets to help beautify the city through The Bigger Event.  The annual event is organized by the Student Government Association and is a call to action to serve the community in which the students live.  Projects like litter cleanup, painting, brush removal, cleaning and many other tasks were divided among the students.  The Corpus Christi Caller Times had an article with a photo gallery.  That feature can be found HERE.

Photo Gallery from Jazz Festival The Annual Jazz Festival was held at Texas A&M University-Kingsville on March 24th.  The Corpus Christi Caller Times had a photo gallery from the Festival.  That can be found HERE.

Students Reach Out Through Beach Reach Many Texas A&M University-Kingsville students were among the more than 700 volunteers that reached out to spring breakers through the Baptist Ministry known as Beach Reach.  They provided rides, offered meals and helped many other students in need.  To read more about their involvement in Beach Reach CLICK HERE.

Cesar Chavez Remembered Through Annual March on Campus The Pre-Law Society and LULAC hosted the 7th Annual Cesar Chavez March on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville on March 28th.  The event served as a memorial to Chavez and the rally he started with farm workers against unsafe working conditions and equal rights for migrant workers.  A documentary was shown and refreshments were served before about 30 participants began their march through campus.  Fore more on this year's march CLICK HERE and for a photo galleryCLICK HEREScholz Named a Bringer of Light

Debbie Scholz, administrative assistant II for the Office of Marketing and Communications at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a "Bringer of Light" by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias.  Read more HERE.

Alumni News
 Alumni Spotlight:  Edward Munoz Written by:  Anissa Rivera Hernandez, Class of '94 & Javelina Alumni Association Board Member Edward Munoz was enjoying a successful career as a polymer chemist.  But he wanted more than a technical career.  After a life-changing tragedy, he realized that life was too short to not be pursuing his dreams. "Sometimes it takes a big event to sober you up," Munoz said.  "It really made me take a more aggressive approach on my career.  Instead of being satisfied with a technical career, I thought to further my education by going to Texas A&I." He decided that he wanted to manage in his field.  He earned a MBA in Economics and Finance from then Texas A&I, which helped jumpstart a rise through management for the same company he served as a chemist for.  What followed was a rewarding career that crossed the globe and put Munoz in some key leadership roles for a prominent chemical company. To read more about his remarkable story, CLICK HERE.

Truan Remembered as a Legislative Pioneer

Carlos Truan (pictured at right), who served 34 years in the Texas Legislature, passed away Tuesday, April 10th in his home.  He was 76.  He was elected to the Senate in 1977 after serving in the House as a member of the "Dirty Thirty", who were a group of lawmakers that pursued strict ethics reforms.  Truan is remembered as a debating giant who fought for some groundbreaking bills including those that opened the doors for the Bilingual Education Act among many others.  Memorial services were held on Tuesday, April 17th.  For more on Truan's legacy CLICK HERE and for news on his memorial service CLICK HERE.

Javelina Alumnus Honored With Grammy AwardsJuan Ortiz recently received a pair of Grammy Awards for his violin work on Little Joe y La Familia's album "Recuerdos,", which won the 2010 Grammy for Best Tejano Album and a 2011 Latin Grammy in the same category.  To read more about Juan and his achievements CLICK HERE.
Brodnax Named Partner at MJLM Consulting

James Brodnax ('74), has been named partner in charge of risk advisory services by MJLM Consulting, a division of McConnell and Jones CPAs.  With more than 30 years of experience in auditing, financial management, process improvement and risk management, he will lead the firm's internal audit consulting team.  Brodnax has worked with over 30 of Houston's top 100 public companies as well as Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, public companies and family owned businesses.  He is a certified public accountant.  Brodnax is also active in the Houston community as the chairman-elect on the Board of Directors for Child Advocates, Inc. and as the board president for Crisis Intervention of Houston.

Wither Sworn In as Interim Judge Jim Wither ('60) was recently sworn in as Interim County Judge by the Bastrop County Commissioners Court.  He served as Bastrop County Auditor for 15 years, before retiring at the end of 2002.  To read more about Wither's appointment CLICK HERE.Alumnus Recognized as Coastal Bend Leader in BusinessBill Moreland ('64) was recently identified as a Coastal Bend Leader in Business by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.  He owns and operates Moreland's Shutter Shop, which offers interior shutters that are custom fabricated in the shop.  The business, which has been in operation for 40 years, also does a variety of repair services.  For more on Moreland and his business CLICK HERE.Alumni Association Update Austin Alumni Gather at SocialThe Javelina Alumni Association hosted an alumni mixer at Threadgill's South in Austin on Friday, April 20th.  More than thirty alumni turned out throughout the evening for an opportunity to reconnect with fellow Javelinas.  The event featured food and prizes as well.  

The next Javelina Alumni Association event is a Corpus Christi Hooks game reception at the Poolside and Spa area at Whataburger Field.  Contact Yvonne at (361) 593-4338 to reserve your spot.  Space is very limited.  For more information on upcoming Javelina events visit our website at javelinaalumni.com.Engineers Hold Alumni Event in South PadreThe Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering held its 2nd Annual Lower Rio Grande Valley Javelina Engineering Alumni Dinner on Thursday, March 29th at Pearl South Padre Resort.  The event was hosted by The Institute for Sustainable Energy and The Environment and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Stormwater Task Force.  The program included a mixer and dinner with messages from Dr. Kim D. Jones, P.E., Chair of Environmental Engineering, Dr. Stephan D. Nix, Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering and Dr. Steven H. Tallant, President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Ponciano Longoria, P.E.,  (pictured at right making his presentation) also announced the startup of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association.Athletics Quick Hits

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