Texas A&M University-Kingsville

December 2012


In This Issue

Featured News Other Campus News
Alumni News Have a Happy
Javelina Holidays!
Alumni Association Update Athletics Quick Hits

Featured News

Nearly 600 Graduates Recognized at Fall 2012 Commencement

Fall Commencement saw nearly 600 graduates take the next step in their careers on Friday, December 14.  Two ceremonies were held, one at 1:00 p.m. that featured graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.  The second was held at 4:00 p.m. and recognized graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance.

Oscar Flores, president of the Javelina Alumni Association presented a university ring to one deserving graduate.  Sara Schwandt, Student Government Association president, presented the distinguished student awards.  Lt. Col. Richard Spainhour represented Texas A&M-Kingsville ROTC and commissioned three cadets as second lieutenants in the United States Army - Charles B. Kelley III, Leyda Marie Ocasio and Lawton James Regan.  The keynote speaker for both ceremonies was Dr. Frank A. Ashley III, vice chancellor for recruitment and diversity for The Texas A&M University System.  

READ MORE and learn about students that received a graduate ring HERE.

Future Leaders Honored With Who's Who Designation

The 2012-13 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges includes 150 students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in its ranks.  These future leaders and their parents were honored at a program recently.

Students are nominated by faculty, administration and the student body, and they are endorsed by university administration.  They are selected based on scholarship, participation and leadership in their respective academic college and potential for future achievement.  Only juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible for the recognition.  

To learn more and for a listing of the students that were honored CLICK HERE>.

AMK Researchers' Paper Recognized by The Wildlife Society

A research paper published in 1999 in the Journal of Wildlife Management (JWM) by Scott Henke and Fred Bryant has recently been recognized in the fall edition of The Wildlife Society's official publication Wildlife Professional as one of the key papers that advanced the field of wildlife conservation over the past 75 years.  The paper entitled, "Effects of Coyote Removal on the Faunal Community in Western Texas" is described as "one of the first to reflect a change in the predation research from single-species dynamics to multi-species interactions."

"Scott Henke was my Ph.D. student at the time, and together we designed and developed what we thought was a very good study," Dr. Bryant said.  "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined that the work would be considered a landmark paper, one of the top three studies ever done on predator ecology over the past 75 years."

Dr. Bryant is now professor and Leroy G. Denman Jr. Director of Wildlife Research for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.  Dr. Henke is a Regents Professor and chair of the Department of Animal, Rangeland and Wildlife Science.

To read more about this notable achievement CLICK HERE>.

Schlumberger Donates More Than $2 Million in Software to AMK

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently received a donation of software, licensing and maintenance valued at more than $2.1 million from Schlumberger Technology Corporation.  The agreement will span over three years and will primarily be used by graduate students in the chemical and natural gas engineering programs by assisting them with research, coursework and career preparations.

READ MORE> about Schlumberger HERE, and their gift HERE.

Other Campus News

Students Survey Historical District

Texas A&M University-Kingsville students are documenting history by surveying properties in the Historical District of Kingsville.  They have been photographing and researching homes and properties in the area documenting their condition and historical value.  Once completed, the information will be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission.

READ MORE about the project HERE.

Dr. Lukefahr Teaches Rabbit Development to Impoverished Haiti

Dr. Stephen Lukefahr, regents professor in animal science at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently presented the latest results of a rabbit development project he started in Haiti at the 10th World Rabbit Congress in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.  The project was started after the country was devastated by earthquake in 2010.  The aim of the project is to train residents of the impoverished country  to build their own rabbit hutches and raise rabbits as a source of meat and income.

"The project in Haiti is exploding right now," Dr. Lukefahr said.  "We started with 100 families in the beginning and now we have grown to thousands each month who are adopting rabbit production, and they realize the benefit in just a few months."

To read the Caller Times article, CLICK HERE.

Grant to Fund New Upward Bound Urban Program

A new grant will allow Texas A&M University-Kingsville to reach into the metropolitan counties of Nueces and San Patricio to serve college-bound high school students.  Dr. Mary Gonzalez, assistant vice president for student affairs, and her staff at the Office of Special Programs will use the $1.25 million in funding over the next five years to implement the Upward Bound Math and Science Urban project to serve areas of high need.

"We have embraced serving students from our surrounding rural counties and this new grant will allow us to expand that area," Gonzalez said.

To learn more about the program and the grant CLICK HERE.

AMK to host International Math Conference in December
Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the International Conference on the Theory, Methods and Applications of Nonlinear Equations, December 17-21.  The Opening Ceremony for the event will begin with a program at Jones Auditorium that will include remarks from Dr. Steven Tallant, President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Rex Gandy, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Abbey Zink, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Ravi Agarwal, Chair of the Department of Mathematics.

For more information about the conference, CLICK HERE.

Alumni News

Randle, Upshaw Inducted Into Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame

A pair of Javelinas, John Randle ('90) and Gene Upshaw ('69) were inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame at the Legends Reception on December 1 at the African American Museum in Dallas, TX.  The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to "honor coaches and athletes of high character and athletic achievement, who are either Teans by birth or by athletic participation, and who have made recognizable contributions to African American culture and or history."  Nominees are submitted by the general public and a panel of judges makes the final selection.

After a successful career at then Texas A&I where Randle earned Little All-America honors, he went on to enjoy an illustrious NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.  He was one of the most feared and charismatic defensive players in the league during the 1990s.  The 7-time Pro Bowl selection entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

Upshaw, a native of Robstown, TX, played offensive line for the Javelinas in the late 60s.  He went on to become one of the greatest guards in Oakland Raider history and was the first player to play in Super Bowls in three separate decades ('67, '76 and '80).  Upshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.  He passed away in 2008.

To learn more about their induction into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame and their fellow inductees CLICK HERE and HERE.


David Brock Honored as a Bringer of Light

David Brock ('72, '91), assistant to the athletic director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was recently named a "Bringer of Light" by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias.  The honor is bestowed upon individuals that are "bringers of light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community.

"It was a surprise, a nice surprise," said Brock.  "I'm very appreciative and thankful."

Brock has worked at the university for three years.  He was a part of the track and field coaching staff before assuming his current position.  Previously he served as high school coach and athletic director at the high school level.  Under Brock, track and field teams won two U.I.L. state championships, three state runner-up titles, six regional track championships and 33 district titles.  He also has earned over 400 basketball coaching victories at the high school level.

To READ MORE> about Brock's career and the award CLICK HERE>.


Alumni Association Update

Thanks for a Great 2012!  Planning Underway for 2013!

The close of the 2012 calendar year brings back so many fond memories.  We have re-connected with so many alumni, strengthened bonds with others, established new chapters, started new programs and contests and held so many unique events.  Thank you to all who were a part of making 2012 so special!  You can look back on the year in photos through our online photo gallery HERE or visit our Facebook page HERE.

We are already hard at work planning for 2013 and look forward to seeing many more Javelinas this year.  Stay tuned to the Bell Tower e-newsletter and the Javelina Alumni Association website HERE to learn more about what's in store for the new year!

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! Athletics Quick Hits

Alumni Spotlight:  

Dr. Arturo Almendarez

Dr. Arturo Almendarez, who is currently the superintendent of Calallen Independent School District, was recognized at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s 2012 Homecoming festivities as a Distinguished Alumni of the university.  Originally from Falfurrias, Dr. Almendarez received a Master of Science degree, Supervisor’s Certificate and Superintendent Certificate, from Texas A&I University in 1972.

He has accomplished much as a teacher, principal, Army veteran, and deputy commissioner for Programs & Instruction at the Texas Education Agency to name a very few of his contributions. 

His latest success is the creation of the Northwest Center for Advanced Studies in 2010.  

Its objective is to boost college readiness amongst junior and senior class students. 

Through the program, students from CISD, including Banquete Independent School District, Robstown Independent School District, Mathis Independent School District and Odem-Edroy Independent School District attend college courses on the Calallen campus to receive dual credit (high school and college) hours. READ MORE

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