Texas A&M University-Kingsville

January 2013

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Featured News

]University Mourns the Passing of Dr. Kay Clayton

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville community mourns the sudden passing of Dr. Kay Clayton, who served a variety of positions at the university, including provost and interim president.  She joined the faculty in 1988 and later served as assistant vice president for academic affairs for two years and chair of the human sciences department for nearly seven.  She was the first woman to achieve the rank of vice president when she headed the Division of Student Affairs and Special Services in 1995.  In 1999, she was named senior vice president and provost and served as interim president from 2001-2002, the 16th president in the university's history.

Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Clayton was awarded the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award in 1997, was the Coastal Bend YWCA Y Women in Careers Award recipient in higher education, was among 100 American women chosen to participate in "Leadership America" in 1993 and completed the "Leadership Texas" program in 1992.

She was also very active in the community serving on the board for the Kingsville Economic Development Council, the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce, the Navy League and the child development center board at the First United Methodist Church of Kingsville.  She also became the first female president of the Kingsville Rotary Club and was the university's first female faculty athletic representative at the Lone Star Conference.

A memorial service was held on January 26 at Porter-Loring Mortuary in San Antonio.  The university will also be holding a memorial service for Dr. Kay Clayton on Friday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the ballrooms at the Memorial Student Union Building with a reception following in room 219.  In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Dr. Kay Clayton Fund style="font-weight: normal;"> with checks made payable to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, P.O. Box 2202, Kingsville, TX 78363

Dr. Clayton's obituary can be found HERE

Students Honored as Part of President's List, Dean's List and Honor Roll

Texas A&M University-Kingsville released the names of students that were honored with distinctions on the President's List, Dean's List and Honor Roll for the Fall 2012 semester.  The President's List recognizes students that maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA while being enrolled in at least 15 semester hours of classes.  Dean's List acknowledges those with a 3.65 GPA with at least 13 semester hours.  Honor Roll distinguishes those that hold a 3.5 GPA with at least 12 semester hours.   A listing of the honored students can be found HERE.  The Katy News also published the list online HERE.

TAMUK Foundation Hires Barbara Caganich as New Executive Director and CEO

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation has hired Barbara Caganich as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.  Through the Foundation, Ms. Caganich will be responsible for all development initiatives for Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  She has worked in university development since 1996 holding several positions in her native California at the University of California at Los Angeles, Woodbury University in Burbank, West Hills Community College District Foundation and most recently at California State University, Northridge. "We are very excited about Barbara's outstanding record of success as well as her integrity, leadership skills and the expertise that she brings to the Foundation and to the University," said Joe Henkel, Chairman of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation. To learn more and about Ms. Caganich and her hiring CLICK HERE.

Dr. Karen Sue Bradley Named to Chancellor's Academy

In recognition of her commitment to training the future teachers of Texas, Dr. Karen Sue Bradley was named to the Texas A&M University System Chancellor's Academy of Teacher Educators.  Established in 2011 the Academy honors faculty members who have made a significant impact on the preparation of teachers in the field of education.  For 13 years, Bradley has taught in the Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Her husband, Dr. Jack Bradley also teaches in the department.  As part of the honor, Bradley will be recognized during a special banquet in March in Austin, TX. To learn more about Dr. Bradley's honor CLICK HERE.

Other Campus News

College of Education and Human Performance Adds Performance Psychology Area of Study

An exciting new field of study has been added in the College of Education and Human Performance at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  An undergraduate exercise science-performance psychology degree plan is one of only a few in Texas and the only such program in South Texas.  The program launched this spring semester and already has 45 students enrolled.  Performance psychologists generally work in one of three areas, applied, research or education in the field.  The new program is available for students majoring in kinesiology with an emphasis in performance psychology.  Dr. Stacey Gaines oversees the new program in a field that has been growing rapidly. "In the last 10 to 20 years, it has just exploded from something that was done in a lab to something that now is utilized by professional athletes on down," Dr. Gaines said. READ MORE about the new area of study HERE.

Teams Advance in Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition

Three teams comprised of students and faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville were announced as semifinalists in the Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition.  Fifteen total teams advanced to Phase II of the competition, which aims to reward community entrepreneurship.  Business ideas generated by the teams included designing a cloud service to conduct effective license exam preparation sessions, developing a water reclamation system and designing a water turbine system that can create electricity through hydropower technology. Semifinalists will submit a more comprehensive business plan and present their proposals before a panel of judges in May with competition results being announced on May 22. To read more, CLICK HERE.

Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Awarded With HP Catalyst Leadership Grant

Texas A&M University-Kingsville was one of five recipients across the globe to receive a $100,000 grant from the HP Catalyst Leadership Fund in 2012, which is focused on promoting entrepreneurship related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The award for the project "Promoting Entrepreneurship-integrated STEM+ Learning Environments through real World Projects, Training Workshops and Online Platform" is the second HP catalyst grant administered by the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. To learn more about the grant CLICK HERE.

TAMUK is One of Two Secular Universities to Open Newman Center Dorms in 2013

Texas A&M University-Kingsville joins Florida Institute of Technology as one of the only universities that will open a unique Catholic faith dormitory in Fall 2013.  These Newman Center dorms are open to all students, and are intended to create faith communities on campuses.  Previously, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had been the only university with a Catholic dorm. "It is a huge, huge deal in campus ministry, and all the Newman Centers want to add dorms.  These are the first, the pioneers," Matt Zerrusen, President of the Newman Student Housing Fund told Catholic News Services. To read more from this Huffington-Post article, CLICK HERE.

Friend of Javelina Alumni Association, Bill Jancha, Passes 

Bill Jancha ('59), friend of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Javelina Alumni Association recently passed at the age of 75.  He was raised in South Texas and paid his way through school at Texas A&I by selling livestock.  He served in the U.S. Army and worked in human resources at Lockheed Martin Corporation for several years.  He married Lila May (Mickie) Arnold in 1963 and they had two children together.  He also fathered three step children and spent his later years with "friend", Alice Ewald.  He was also a devoted member of Buda Methodist Church.  Funeral services were held in December.  Mr. Jancha was a strong advocate for a posthumous award, the Javelina Heritage Award, being added to the honors bestowed on Javelina alumni through the Alumni Association.  In October 2012, his friend, Major Virgil Blevins, was the first such recipient of that honor for his service to our country.  His son, LTC Jason Blevins, accepted the honor on his behalf.

Bill will be missed greatly at Javelina Alumni Association gatherings. An obituary for Mr. Jancha can be found HERE.

Pair of Alumni Named to Y Women in Careers Hall of Fame

Dr. Mary Jane Garza ('71) and Maria Luisa Garza were announced by the YWCA as Y Women in Careers Hall of Fame inductees.  The honor is bestowed on women who inspire others through professional achievement and community contributions.  They will be among eight women honored at the 33rd annual awards banquet on March 7. Maria Luis Garza is CEO of Gulf Coast Council of La Raza, which she co-founded.  She completed her bachelors and doctorate at Texas A&I University in education.  Mary Jane Garza is the Navy school liaison officer for the Department of Defense.  She completed her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in education at Texas A&I University.  She has also served as a teacher, executive director and superintendent. To read more about their achievements and the honor CLICK HERE.

Arnold Gonzales Featured in Art Tour International Magazine

The artwork of alumnus Arnold Gonzales ('71) is featured in the January issue of Art Tour International Magazine.  The feature can be found on page 40 of the issue.  To preview the issue online CLICK HERE. style="font-weight: bold; font-size: 16px;">Castillo Catches on With Super Bowl Bound Ravens style="font-size: 13px;">Juan Castillo ('86, '90), alumnus and former assistant football coach for the Javelinas, recently joined the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff of the NFL.  He will serve as a consultant before taking over the coordination of the team's rushing attack next season.  Castillo has already joined the team and will be on the staff when the Ravens face the 49ers in the upcoming Super Bowl on February 3.  Castillo made a name for himself as an assistant coach of the Philadelphia Eagles before being released by the team this season.  But it did not take long for the respected coach to catch on with another organization. To read more about Castillo's hiring and a glimpse of his career from The Port Isabel-South Padre Press CLICK HERE.

Alumni Association Update

New Javelina Alumni Association Board Members Selected

The start of 2013 saw several changes to the Javelina Alumni Association Board.  Leon Bazar ('71), Jackie Collins ('72), Nick Herman ('66) and Eric Trejo ('88) were all elected to new positions on the Board.  Oscar Flores (pictured at right) ('00, '02) is the President of the Javelina Alumni Association, and Anissa Hernandez ('94) was tabbed as President-Elect.  Rene Aguilar ('96, '05) was elected to the role of Vice President.  America Cavazos ('01, '03) and Rebecca West ('03) both resume their respective roles as Secretary and Treasurer. To review all of the current members of the Javelina Alumni Association Board CLICK HERE>.

Houston Area Chapter Holds Hog Calls Starting on February 21.

The Houston Area Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association will be hosting monthly Hog Calls at the Ragin Cajun Restaurant - LA Bar (4302 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX) every 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Steven Tallant will be attending the first of these events to kick off the monthly mixers.  To RSVP for these Houston Area Hog Calls call (361) 593-4338 or email yvonne.trachta@tamuk.edu.  For more information CLICK HERE.

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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