Texas A&M University-Kingsville

July 2012


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Featured News Other Campus News
Alumni News Alumni Association Update Athletics Quick Hits

Featured News

Brian DeAngelis Tabbed as New Athletic Director
An intensive search with several experienced candidates has resulted in the hiring of Brian DeAngelis as new athletic director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  His first day in the office will be August 6.  DeAngelis' well established career includes stops at Delta (Miss.) State, where he was assistant AD, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, where he served as assistant AD, associate AD, interim AD and senior associate AD in progressive roles and most recently at East Central (Okla.), where he has been the athletic director since 2007.  

DeAngelis was previously a finalist for the AD job at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2009, when the Javelinas most recent AD, Ken Oliver, was hired.  Oliver resigned in May to return to his alma mater at Central Methodist (Missouri) to accept the role of vice president of institutional growth and engagement.

DeAngelis shined among five final candidates that shared nearly 100 years of experience in college athletics administration.

"We had a very strong pool of candidates for athletic director, and Brian stood out as a great fit for us," Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Steven Tallant, said in a statement.  "He has a proven track record and a commitment to student-athletes and the community that fits in with Javelina athletics.  We believe he will embrace our traditions while moving our athletics program forward and making it even stronger."

To read an article about DeAngelis' hiring CLICK HERE.

Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Ranked Internationally

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) ranked Texas A&M University-Kingsville 11th out of nearly 350 engineering programs from across the globe in awarding engineering bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students.  The ranking can be found in the recently published ASEE directory Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges.  To read more about the College's esteemed ranking CLICK HERE.

New Javelina Game Day Map Available

A new Javelina Game Day map has been released that identifies the new tailgate field, ticket office, available parking and other key landmarks for the upcoming football season.  To download the new map CLICK HERE.

More Javelina News Available

Are you trying to catch up on all the Javelina news?  There are a lot of ways to stay up to speed.  An archive has been created for the Bell Tower Newsletters where you can view all of the past issues.  You can also view the online version of the most recent Javelina Today.  Don't forget to check out all of the interactive videos and features.  You can also sign up to receive university news feeds in your email inbox or get connected on all the major social media network sites.  Visit the university website for all the different ways you can stay connected.  And don't forget to stay connected with the university by keeping your information updated and joining the Javelina Network.

Other Campus News

Summer Citrus Internships Open New Learning Opportunities

Eleven students from the Weslaco Independent School District received unique learning experiences at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco.  Eleven juniors and seniors from WISD recently served in two week internships at the Citrus Center that were underwritten by a Hispanic Serving Institution grant specifically targeting the school district.  Through the grant Texas A&M-Kingsville graduate students also assist Weslaco students with their science fair projects during the academic year.  

To read more about the student experiences in these summer internships CLICK HERE.

College Holds Ag Week

The Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences held Ag Week twice in the month of June.  Funded by a Hispanic Serving Institution grant, the three-day course educates students about applying for college, financial aid and the career paths open to them with a degree from the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. To learn more about Ag Week CLICK HERE.

New Campus Map Released for Fall Semester

A new campus map has been released for the Fall semester that highlights some of the recent campus changes, including the One-Stop Shop for students.  To see the updated map CLICK HERE.

College of Engineering Hosts Summer Camp for Girls

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering recently held its summer camp for area junior high and high school girls.  The camp gave these girls hands-on experiences in the field of engineering, manufacturing and science.  For a news feature on the camp from KIII-TV CLICK HERE.

Football Schedule and Homecoming Weekend Outlined

The highly anticipated release of the Homecoming event schedule is near with several events and programs leading up to the October 27th matchup with Angelo State.  More details to follow, but CLICK HERE to view the upcoming football season schedule with the reveal of some of the events to be held on campus during Homecoming weekend.

Alumni News

Alumni Spotlight:  Erica Alvarado

Written by:  Anissa Rivera Hernandez ('94), Javelina Alumni Association Board Member

From Falfurrias to Kingsville to California to Africa and back, Texas A&M University-Kingsville alumna Erica Alvarado has been making the most out of her young life since graduating in 2010.

“The world is my playground,” Alvarado, 25, said. “I’ve always wanted to go somewhere big."

Alvarado is originally from Falfurrias, Texas and graduated from high school there in 2005. After graduation, she moved to Kingsville on a track and field scholarship to attend the university.

Her lifelong interest was in the health care field, and she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences.   While at the university, she conquered many obstacles and set several university track records in her athletic career.

Every year of her undergraduate studies, she took advantage of the special programs the university had to offer.  Her freshman year she was enrolled in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Her parents did seasonal farm work, and this program helped Alvarado, who was a first generation college student.

“I was the first in my family to attend college,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect. My advisors guided me through everything and without them I don’t think I would have gotten as far.”

To read more about Erica Alvarado's story CLICK HERE.

Ron Harms Inducted Into Hall, Reflects on Coaching Career

On July 20th, former Javelina head football coach, Ron Harms, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.  Harms became the seventh person and second coach from the university to receive the honor.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Steven Tallant, was in attendance for Harms' induction.  The Corpus Christi Caller Times featured an article on Harms and his Hall of Fame career recently.  To read that article CLICK HERE.

Fred Jonas Inducted into National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor

Fred Jonas, who is most noted for his work as defensive coordinator for five Javelina NAIA Division I National Championship teams ('69, '70, '74, '75, '76), was inducted into the National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor on July 21st in San Antonio.  He became the ninth Javelina to be distinguished with the honor.  University officials were on hand to witness this esteemed ceremony.  My San Antonio published a piece on Jonas' career in April.  To read that article CLICK HERE

Juan Garcia Appointed to FSA Administrator

Juan Garcia ('75) was recently appointed to the position of administrator for the Farm Service Agency (FSA).  The Lyford, Texas native has received numerous accolades for his work and was recognized by the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences in 2010 with inclusion in the College's Hall of Honor.  To read more about Garcia's appointment CLICK HERE

Alumni Association Update

Several Javelina Alumni Association Events on Tap

With the start of the new academic year fast approaching, the Javelina Alumni Association calendar is filling up quickly.  Here are some highlights of upcoming events.

On Saturday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. the Javelina Alumni Association Houston Chapter will be launching with an introductory mixer at the home of John ('71) and Karen Whatley (406 Brenda Ln., Conroe, TX).  For more information CLICK HERE.

The Javelina Alumni Association will be holding a pair of Send-Off events for incoming first year Javelinas and their parents.  These events will give students and their parents the opportunity to connect with fellow freshmen and to receive a variety of information that will assist them in their transition to campus in the Fall.  One of the events will be held on August 7th in San Antonio at Cafe College (131 El Paso St.) from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  The second event will be held on August 9th in McAllen at the Embassy Suites McAllen (1800 South Col. Rowe Blvd.).  That event is also from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  For more information on the San Antonio event CLICK HERE and for the event in McAllen CLICK HERE.

Kleberg Bank will be sponsoring and hosting a Kingsville alumni mixer on Thursday, August 30th at their Downtown Banking Center (100 E. Kleberg St.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  For more information CLICK HERE.

For more information about upcoming events click on the events on the left menu bar, visit our website or our Facebook page.

Alumni Weekend in Dallas for Lonestar Football Festival The Javelina Alumni Association will be hosting an Alumni Weekend in Dallas for the Lonestar Football Festival, September 14 & 15.  On Friday, September 14 a Javelina Alumni Social will be held at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at 6:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Texas Rangers game versus the Seattle Mariners.  Then on Saturday, September 15 the fun continues when the Javelina football team takes on the West Texas A&M Buffaloes at Cowboys Stadium at 8:00 p.m.

You can purchase tickets to both events online HERE for just $50 total.  There is also an option that includes bus transportation from Kingsville to Arlington along with the tickets for a total price of $125 HERE.  

Details along with hotel reservation information can be found HERE.


Javelina Pride Baby Contest is Open for Entries!

The Javelina Alumni Association and Office of Marketing and Communications present the Javelina Pride Baby Contest.  The contest is open to toddlers up to two (2) years of age, and whose parents/guardians are current members of the Javelina Alumni Association as of July 31, 2012.  Deadline for entry is July 31, 2012.  For more information and to download an official entry form visit our website.

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

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