Texas A&M University-Kingsville

April 2013

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Upcoming Events: Starts May 16 Houston Area Hog Calls
@ Benjy's on Washington - Houston, TX

Coastal Bend Area Hog Call
@ Rudy's Bar-B-Q - Corpus Christi, TX Starts May 24

Austin Area Alumni Social @Opal Divine's - Austin, TX  

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In This Issue

Featured News Other Campus News

Alumni News

New Public Works Director Name  

Alumna Awarded

Teaching Excellence Award 

Alumni Association Update

Athletics Quick Hits

Javelina Baseball split series with Cameron Aggies

Javelina Track and Field continues to rise

And more...

Featured News 

President's Legacy Ball

For the third year in a row, The President's Legacy Ball set new standards in both attendance and sponsorships.  More than 400 people attended the highly anticipated gala, which served to recognize nine major contributors to the university with induction into its Legacy Society.  The honorees for the evening were American School of Gas Measurement Technology; Friends of Javelina Engineering Joe Cantu, Roy Galvan, and Robby Lira; Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation; Ralph Clark Russell and Family; San Chicago Camp; Schlumberger; South Texas Quail Coalition; Richard Wallrath Educational Foundation; and Pam and Ben F. Wilson III. The event has seen escalating totals in attendance since President Steven Tallant, Ph.D. assumed leadership of the university.  In 2009, his first year at the university, the record attendance was established at 296.  In 2011, attendance reached 325, followed by 380 in 2012, and shattered by this year's show of support.  This year's event sold out more than a month in advance. The decor, invitations, and other printed materials for this year's President's Legacy Ball were inspired by a painting entitled Make Me Happy, by local artist Dolores Price (shown on right).
-Contributed by the Office of Marketing and Communications at Texas A&M University-Kingsville      

Sheila Harris Named Bringer of Light   

The Servants of Las Luminarias is an anonymous group that selects individuals they feel are "bringers of light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus community".  This semester, they chose Assistant Professor Sheila Harris.  Harris has not only been teaching at the university for 36 years, she also received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&I.  "I am a product of Texas A&I University, and proud that we're Texas A&M University-Kingsville." About being chosen, Harris states, "It couldn't have made my day any better."  Read More…

  Come one, Come All.....it's the Circus!

Come one, come all to the greatest show on Earth.....and it's right in your backyard.  The John E. Conner Museum located on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be host to the Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965 exhibit.  Allow yourself to be carried away to your childhood once again by taking a trip down memory lane as you explore photographs from both the fantasy and reality side of circus life.  Click Here to read more about the exhibit and a special performance that will be given on Sunday May 19th at the Little Theatre.

Other Campus News

TEACH Project to Hold Information Session

The TEACH Project is an online program that provides a supportive and effective path to teacher certification through Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  The next sessions will be held on May 16 and May 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Rhode Hall to provide in-depth information on the program and application process.  For more information about the open sessions  CLICK HERE.

Tau Beta Sigma to host the South Texas March for Music

Music has always been an important part of the South Texas culture, but unfortunately due to budget cuts in local school districts, many of the music programs have taken the hit. The Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association and the Delta Eta Chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma are taking it upon themselves to help alleviate some of these budget cuts. They have organized the first ever South Texas March for Music to help raise funding for some of the local programs. The March for Music will take place on May 11, 2013 on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus. For more information, to make a contribution, or to register as an individual or team, click here.  

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Theatre Season Comes to an End

As the semester comes to an end at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, so do our beloved campus theatre performances. Two one-act plays will be performed at 7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday, April 25-26 and a third performance will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 28 at The Little Theatre.  The plays are directed by A&M-Kingsville seniors, Michelle Flores and Myles Martinez.  Follow the link to read about each director and their plays.  CLICK HERE.

The South Texas Artists Showcase The Ben Bailey Art Gallery located on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville is now displaying The South Texas Artists Showcase.  The Showcase features works from local artists and will be on display until Thursday, April 25, 2013.  For Gallery times and a list of the local artists, click here. 

Alumni News

New Public Works Director named for Kingsville

On Monday, April 1, 2013, Vince Capell, Kingsville City Manager, appointed Juan C. "Charlie" Cardenas as the new Public Works Director.  Capell wanted someone with strong experience in street improvement projects because that is something that will be moving forward over the next few months in Kingsville.  Cardenas has that experience, having worked for the the City of Corpus Christi in the capacity of city traffic engineer, where he was responsible for traffic engineering and transportation design.  Previously, Cardenas worked for the Texas Department of Transportation as a traffic management engineer and was responsible for designing street overlay, seal coats, and storm water drainage systems. 

"His local ties and TAMUK and Texas Department of Transportation connections will help him make an immediate and positive impact on our organization and in our community," Capell said.   Cardenas is a 1997 Texas A&M-Kingsville graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.  He is also a licensed professional engineer and served on the Board of Directors for the Javelina Alumni Association from 2009-2012.

Alumna Awarded Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Excellence Award

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Business Administration awarded alumna Crissy Hinojosa with one of two non-tenure-track teaching excellence awards for the Fall 2012 semester. Hinojosa is an Information Systems lecturer and was selected based on student evaluations and recommendations. For her accomplishment, she will receive a monetary award and a plaque. Hinojosa received her bachelor's degree in 2004 and went on to receive her Masters in Business Administration in 2005, both from Texas A&M-Kingsville.

On behalf of the Javelina Alumni Association, we want to congratulate Charlie and Crissy on their accomplishments and wish them continued success. 

Alumni Association Update

Javelina Alumni Association Chapter Events

The Houston Area Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association will host their next Hog Call on Thursday, May 16th at Benjy's on Washington (5922 Washington Ave, Houston, TX) from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  

These events will continue every 3rd Thursday of the month in 2013.  

Come on May 16th and meet our 2013 Javelina Football Coaches. The Coastal Bend Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association will host their next Hog Call on Thursday, May 16th at Rudy's Bar-B-Q (6101 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  

These events will continue every 3rd Thursday of the month in 2013.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the Coastal Bend Area Hog Calls. 

The Javelina Alumni Association will be hosting a social for the Austin Area at Opal Divine's - Freehouse Location (700 West 6th Street, Austin, TX) on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. For more information CLICK HERE. 

To RSVP for any of these events, email yvonne.trachta@tamuk.edu or call (361) 593-4338. Look for information in your email about our upcoming events in San Antonio!  

Looking to Re-Connect with Alumni - the JAA can help!

Is there a fellow Javelina you would like to re-connect with?  The Javelina Alumni Association can help you try to find fellow Javelinas. Contact the JAA office by email or at (361) 593-4338.  We've already started making connections!  Let us know if we can help you!

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