Texas A&M University-Kingsville

February 2013

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In This Issue

Featured News

Other Campus News

Alumni News

Vera Advances at Pepsi

      Alumnus Creates College  Readiness Board Game

Alumni Association Update

Athletics Quick Hits

Baseball Team Enjoys Fast Start

Track Team Takes 2nd at LSC Indoors

     Men's Hoops Team Moves to LSC Tourney

And more...

Featured News

Two Teams, Five Individuals Honored at Javelina Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Five individuals and two teams were inducted into the New York Life Javelina Hall of Fame on February 1 during a ceremony held in the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Memorial Student Union Building.  The event was preceded by a social and dinner.  

Among the inductees were (pictured above-right, L to R) national and international tennis champion Margaret Johnson Canby, former athletic director and head women's basketball coach Jill Willson, Major League Baseball pitcher Mike Adams, former Javelina head baseball coach Hector Salinas and San Antonio sportswriter and sports columnist David Flores.

Two Texas A&M University-Kingsville women's basketball championship teams were also inducted.  The 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 teams were also inducted.  The 1999-2000 team, coached by inductee Jill Willson, became the first Javelina team to win a Lone Star Conference title.  The 2000-2001 team became the first Javelina squad to win an NCAA Division II regional championship and advance to the Elite Eight.

The Javelina Hall of Fame was formed in 1972.  This year's inductions bring the total for the Javelina Hall of Fame to 152.

To read more about the inductees CLICK HERE, for an event recap CLICK HERE, and for additional event information from the Caller Times HERE.  There are also features on Mike Adams and his induction from KENS-5 in San Antonio HERE, and from My SA HERE.

 Jazz Band I Performs at Music Educators Association Convention

The award-winning Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Band I performed during the opening night of the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on February 13.  It was the fourth time in nearly two decades that the group had performed at the event.  Under the direction of Dr. Paul Hageman, professor and chair of the TAMUK Department of Music, and James Warth, associate professor of music and accompanied by former Count Basie Orchestra soloist Byron Stripling, Jazz Band I performed seven jazz compositions at the event. To read more CLICK HERE.

Online Education & Engineering Graduate Programs Earn National Acclaim

Texas A&M University-Kingsville's online degree programs in engineering and education were recently in the top 100 in U.S. News and World's listing of the Best Graduate Online Engineering Programs and Best Graduate Online Education Programs in the country.  The online industrial engineering graduate degree program was ranked 21st in the nation and the online education graduate program was ranked 73rd on its respective list.  The rankings are based on faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement and admissions selectivity.

To learn more  CLICK HERE.

College of Business Administration Hosts 2nd Annual Economic Forum

For the second straight year the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted its annual Economic Forum.  Several featured speakers were a part of the event including Dr. Thomas Krueger, professor of finance and director of faculty research for the college, and Dr. Keith Phillips,senior economic policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

To learn more about the Forum  CLICK HERE for an article by KIII-TV.

Other Campus News

Javelina Rodeo Team to Host South Texas College Rodeo

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Rodeo Team will host a collegiate rodeo Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the Equestrian Center at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds in Robstown, TX.  Ten other colleges and universities from the region will be represented by competing teams.  Friday will consist of preliminary rounds of competition with the finals getting underway at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The rodeo will be dedicated to Dr. Kay Clayton, former university provost and interim president who passed away last month.  Admission is $5 at the gate, children under 12 will be admitted for free and Texas A&M University-Kingsville students will receive free admission if they present a valid university identification card.

For more information on the rodeo CLICK HERE.

TAMUK Changes Intensive English Program to Offer Online, Fast Track Program

The Intensive English Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has seen an overhaul to become the English Language Training Center (ELTC).  The changes include the implementation of two new programs geared toward making learning English easier and more convenient for non-English speaking individuals.  Another program has been established to give those wishing to apply for United States citizenship a jump start.

For more information about the changes and how they can help students, CLICK HERE.

Wes Moore Takes Center Stage in Lectureship Series

Youth advocate, entrepreneur and author, Wes Moore, will be the guest speaker for the 2013 Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Lectureship Series.  The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27 in Jones Auditorium on the TAMUK campus.  The event is free and open to the public.  His lecture will address the choices he made and chronicled in his New York Times bestseller, The Other Wes Moore.  Topics emphasized will include community leadership and support systems and how they can have the most profound and lasting impact on a person's life.

To learn more about the lecture  CLICK HERE.

Rosary Placed at the Entrance to Newman Center

On Wednesday, January 30, a Rosary (pictured at right) brought back from a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land was placed in the foundation of what will soon be the Newman Center.  It served as a prayerful offering to bring blessings of safety for those that will walk through the building's halls.  The Rosary was buried at the building's entrance, where most students will enter the building.  Those in attendance included Sister Collette Brehony, Kathy Taylor, Bob Baer, Jean Claire Turcotte, John Bynum and Father James Stembler, the director of St. Thomas Aquinas on campus.

College of Engineering Hosts Students From Coastal Bend

To celebrate National Engineering Week, the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering hosted students from the Coastal Bend for a special program of Engineering Challenges.  Students from more than 20 different schools in the Coastal Bend region took part in the challenges, which included building a bridge out of paper that could hold ten pounds.

To learn more, CLICK HERE to see a brief feature from KIII-TV .

Alumni News

Alumnus to Oversee Local Pepsi Cola Bottling Operations

Omar Vera ('93), a Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was recently appointed to the position of general manager for the Oneta Company, which operates the Pepsi Cola Bottling, Everest Water & Coffee and Sunrise Vending companies.  Since finishing his degree at TAMUK, Vera has climbed the ladder at Oneta as an accountant, then controller, then assistant general manager and now general manager for the company.  With more than 20 years of experience in the business, Vera will oversee a company of 160 employees that serves the Corpus Christi, Victoria and Rio Grande Valley markets.  The company is also the only independent Pepsi-Cola Bottler in Texas and is the only water and soft drink manufacturing facility south of Houston on the Texas Coast.

College Readiness The Game

Cissy Reynolds-Perez, Ray High School Principal and Javelina alumnus was recently spotlighted by the Corpus Christi Caller Times for a unique board game she created that helps teach students about preparing for college.  College Readiness The Game emphasizes earning scholarships, terms like grade-point average, class rank, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate courses and the SAT.  It also teaches about different educational opportunities at college and trade schools such as academic degree programs and vocational certifications.

The idea for the game came from her time as principal of Evans Elementary in the Corpus Christi Independent School District.  It had been known as a low performing school and many students thought that college was an unattainable possibility.  She wanted to do something that would help students understand their capabilities and show them that college was a reachable goal.

To read more about the Caller Times story  CLICK HERE.

Alumni Association Update

President Tallant Visits Alumni in Washington D.C., Houston and Austin

Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Steven Tallant enjoys traveling the country visiting with Javelina alumni and friends.  February was a busy travel month for President Tallant with university business stretching across the country, and he made the most of his travels by visiting several alumni.  He and Director of Alumni Affairs, Yvonne Trachta, had dinner with several alumni living in the Washington D.C. area including alumnus Juan Garcia who works for the USDA Farm Service Agency, and his wife Belinda (pictured at right with Dr. Tallant).  The following week he visited alumni in Houston and attended the first ever Houston Area Hog Call (see below) on February 21.  His travels continue the last week of February with visits scheduled with several Javelina alumni.

Houston Area Chapter and Coastal Bend Chapter Host Hog Calls

The Houston Area Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association is hosting monthly Hog Calls at the Ragin Cajun Restaurant - LA Bar (4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX) every 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  The next event will be Thursday, March 21.  For more information on these monthly events  CLICK HERE.

The Coastal Bend Chapter will also begin hosting Hog Calls as well beginning Thursday, April 18 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.

To RSVP for the Houston Area Hog Calls or Coastal Bend Area Hog Calls email yvonne.trachta@tamuk.edu or call (361) 593-4338.

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!

Correction Notes:  In the January edition of the Bell Tower E-Newsletter, it was reported that the College of Business Administration advanced teams in the Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition.  The students and faculty members that advanced represented a variety of disciplines, and were not necessarily from the College of Business Administration as the story's title and introduction imply.  Congratulations once again to the advancing teams!

Last month also featured a highlight of two Javelina alumni that were honored with induction into the Y Women in Careers Hall of Fame.  Another Javelina alumnus received the honor that was not mentioned.  Dr. Tracie Rodriguez, principal at Collegiate High School, was also recognized with the honor.  Congratulations Dr. Rodriguez!

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