Texas A&M University-Kingsville

February 2012

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Featured News

Alumni News
Athletics Quick Hits
Jr. Javelinas

Featured News

President Tallant Honored Humanitarian Award, Two Alumni Receive Leadership Awards

Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Steven Tallant was honored with the distinction of the Humanitarian Award at the League of United Latin American Citizens Council No. 1 (LULAC) 16th annual Community Leaders Award Banquet on February 15th. "This is the most important award I have ever received, and I want to say that publicly," Tallant said in a statement.  "I believe that if we provide access and opportunity, we give everyone a chance to make a difference, and we're going to continue to do that together." Hundreds attended the event, which also featured a message from guest speaker, John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.   In addition to Dr. Tallant's humanitarian recognition, ten other community leaders were honored for their efforts in community leadership, business entrepreneurship, youth leadership and community advocacy.  Two of those recipients were Javelina alumni.  Dr. Maria Luisa Garza, founder of the Gulf Coast Council of La Raza and charter school, was awarded the Community Leader Award.  Arnold Flores ('73) is the head basketball coach for West Oso High School that led the Bears to the 2011 Class 3A state championship, the school's first title.  He was also recognized with the Community Leader Award as well. The Youth Leadership Award recipient, Samantha Sandate, was valedictorian of West Oso High in 2010 and currently attends Del Mar College. She plans on attending Texas A&M University-Kingsville in the fall. A complete story on the event can be found HERE.

Alumni & Faculty to Participate in Tejano Art Show

Several Javelina alumni & faculty members will be among about 40 Tejano artists that will be participating in 'Cultura y Vida', an art show running from February 17th through March 13th at the Art Center of Corpus Christi.  The exhibit is part of a month-long Tejano Arts celebration featuring a variety of events.  Among those events is a Javelina Alumni mixer on March 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Art Center.  For more information CLICK HERE or  Visit our website for more information on the mixer and the other events. Among the alumni participating are Amado Pena ('65) currently of Santa Fe, Arnold Gonzales ('71) and Vanessa Ramos of Corpus Christi, Jose Trevino of Austin and Christina Garza ('01) of Syneider.  Some of the faculty with pieces in the exhibit include Santa Barraza, Jesus de la Rosa, Hector Greg Rubio and Julian Rodriguez.

Javelina Engineers Honored by TSPE The local chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) selected three Javelina Engineers in its annual awards as part of Engineers Week (February 19-25).  Vincent E. Deases ('71, B.S. EEEN) was chosen as Engineer of the Year.  Leonardo Garcia (CEEN) was selected as Student Engineer of the Year.  Steve Deases ('05, B.S. EEEN)  was recognized as Young Engineer of the Year.  For more information on TSPE CLICK HERE

Jayce Mathews ('05, M.S. CHEN) was also selected by the TSPE as Young Engineer of the Year in Houston.  "My graduate studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville have become an integral part of my career," Jayce said in an email response regarding the honor.  For more information on TSPE Houston CLICK HERE.

Javelina For Life Partners With Coastal Bend Blood Center Javelina For Life partnered with the  Coastal Bend Blood Center for a Blood Drive on February 20th in an event that received overwhelming response.  Fifty-four donors gave blood, which the Coastal Bend Blood Center projects to potentially save 132 lives.  It was one of the most successful drives that the Blood Center has had on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.  For more information on Javelina For Life CLICK HERE and for the Coastal Bend Blood Center HERE.

Alumni News

Mike Adams Has Jersey Retired, Visits Campus
Major League Baseball star, Mike Adams visited campus as part of the Texas Rangers' Winter Caravan.  As part of the tour, the Sinton native appeared at a Boys & Girls Club event in Corpus Christi on January 20th.  That same day, he also was recognized at a reception held in his honor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  His jersey was retired as part of that event.

Adams pitched for the Javelinas from 1999-2001 and played basketball as well.  He made his major league debut May 18, 2004 and has pitched seven years in the majors for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers.  He was traded from the Padres to the Rangers in July.  One of the most dominant bullpen pitchers in the game today, Adams helped the Rangers reach the World Series for a second consecutive year. He holds career marks of 13 wins, 12 losses, and a 2.11 ERA with 320 Ks in 311 IP.   David Grace Performs on NBC's "The Voice" David Grace ('06, '08), a Javelina graduate and former football player took his music career to the big stage with a performance of "Sweet Home Alabama" on NBC's "The Voice" during the show's blind auditions.  The episode featuring Grace aired on February 13th and can be seen in its entirety here (a feature on Grace starts at the 30:20 mark and includes some photos from his Javelina football days).  His performance can also be seen on this You Tube clip

David Hill Inducted Into San Antonio Sports Hall of FameFormer Javelina football star David Hill ('76) was one of five recent inductees into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.  Hill was a captain on two national championship teams (1974 & 1975) before embarking on a 12-year NFL career.  Click here for KENS-TV's story on Hill and his induction.

Barry Hoff Enjoys Accomplished Career in BroadwayBarry Hoff, who holds a Masters in English and theater from Texas A&I University, has enjoyed an accomplished career as a Broadway dresser working with some of the stage's most celebrated stars.  He also recently directed a short play on Truman Capote.  For more on Hoff and how he broke onto the Broadway scene CLICK HERE.Javier Pena Undertakes Leadership Role to Keep Texas SafeAfter 28 years in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Javier Pena has moved into a leadership role as Special Agent in charge of the DEA in Houston.  A Texas A&I graduate, Pena's new position will play a key role in protecting Texans from the threat of violence associated with drug trafficking.  To read more CLICK HERE.Tressor Baptiste Signs Contract With Seattle

Former Javelina linebacker Tressor Baptiste recently signed a 3-year "Reserve/Futures" contract with the Seattle Seahawks.  Baptiste recorded 66 tackles (8 for loss) with 3 forced fumbles in his only season with the Javelinas.  He went undrafted, but caught on with the Chicago Bears for the 2011 preseason.  For more information from KRIS-TV CLICK HERE.Ted Williams Enjoys 29 Year Run With COM BandFor 29 years Ted Williams has pursued his love of music with the College of the Mainland's band.  A Javelina alumni who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Williams has been "instrumental" in turning the band from a fledgling group into one of the best performing groups in Galveston County.  To read more CLICK HERE.

Athletics Quick Hits
Jr. Javelinas

We're proud of our aspiring future Javelinas.  Here are a few showing off their Javelina Pride:


 Adrian Alaniz showing his Javelina pride at
Cunningham Middle School in Corpus Christi
with a Texas A&M-Kingsville pennant. 

Reid Smith of Corpus Christi
celebrating his 9th birthday
with a Javelina Stadium cake.

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