Texas A&M University-Kingsville

March 2012

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Featured News Other Campus News Alumni Association Update

Athletics Quick Hits

Porky Pays a Visit

Featured News

President's Legacy Ball Draws Record Crowd

For the second year in a row, new standards were set for support at the President's Legacy Ball.  More than 400 people and 36 sponsors attended the event, shattering last year's record marks of 325 and 23 respectively. The event reached the sellout mark more than a week in advance.  This year's gala, which serves to recognize inductees into the university's Legacy Society, honored Jimmy and Carol Geryk, Janell and Stephen "Tio" Kleberg and Whataburger Restaurants.

In addition to honoring the new inductees, the event featured some special messages to those in attendance.  Richard A. Box, Chairman, Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System and John Sharp, Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System gave remarks.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Steven Tallant, also gave a message and unveiled plaques for the honorees, which will be later hung on the Legacy Society Wall of Honor in the Student Memorial Union Building.  Entertainment was then provided by the Glynn Garcia Orchestra and a silent auction was also held.  A gourmet meal was served, after which dancing and celebration commenced.

Among the event's elite level sponsors were:

Gold Legacy Sponsors:  Janell & Stephen "Tio" Kleberg and Kleberg Bank

Silver Legacy Patrons:  Alderson & Associates, Mr. & Mrs. W.H. & Joyce Bynum, Coldwell Banker Homestead Properties, Inc., ExxonMobil, H-E-B, Tim & Karen Hixon, Javelina Alumni Association, King Ranch, Inc., Marmon Mok Architecture, Office of Student Affairs and Riviera Telephone Company.

For a complete event recap CLICK HERE and for a sampling of the many photos taken at the event CLICK HERE. South Texas Quail Coalition Continues History of Giving The South Texas Quail Coalition recently donated $70,000 to Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  The gift brings its total support of the university to more than $400,000 over the last decade.  About half of the cumulative donation goes toward graduate scholarships, while the other half is used to support quail research.  Part of the graduate students' learning experience is tied to research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI).

"Our supporters all believe in the work of the Institute and we are happy to help," Bill Rauch, director of the South Texas Quail Coalition said.

"Support from the South Texas Quail Coalition is so important to our quail research program and to our graduate students.  Sustaining our wildlife resources is critical to the vitality of our economy and environment," Fred Bryant, executive director of CKWRI, said.

University's Spring Enrollment Jumps Six Percent

Texas A&M University-Kingsville saw a six percent increase in its spring enrollment when compared to 2011.  There are currently 6,309 students attending class this semester as compared to 5,952 last year at this time.  The university's spring enrollment has been on an upward climb for the past four years, jumping up more than 1,100 students since spring 2009, when 5,178 students were enrolled.  To read more CLICK HERE.

New Look Revealed for Javelina Stadium Officials from Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently unveiled renovation plans for Javelina Stadium that include resurfacing the football field with artificial turf and a new surface for the track and field area.  Work will begin in May with an August completion date.

"Once the project is completed our plans are to submit proposals to host a Junior College Football Bowl game in December 2013 and the NCAA Division II National Track & Field Championships in 2015," said Athletic Director Ken Oliver.

The renovations could make the Stadium an appealing option for the future UIL Region Meets as well.  High school athletes from H.M. King and Santa Gertrudis Academy will also benefit from the enhancements with the Stadium serving as the site for their home games.

For more on the project CLICK HERE for a feature from KRISTV and HERE for a clip from KZTV10

Other Campus News

Bilingual Education Doctoral Student Receives Fellowship

Cynthia Alvarado, a doctoral student in bilingual education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was one of only four Texas students to receive the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) Graduate Fellowship.  A first generation college student, Alvarado already holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in bilingual education.  She also works as a case manager at Coastal Bend College, where she works closely with students, providing support and guidance.  She has also worked in support services at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  To hear more about her story and how she is helping other students CLICK HERE.

Engineering Doctoral Student Has Article Published in Science

Xubin Pan, a doctoral student in environmental engineering, had an article published in Science, a prestigious science journal.  The article was also written by Fengqiao Lui, at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and Mi Zhang, Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  To read more about the article CLICK HERE.

Project TEACH Provides Teacher Training, Placement in High-Need Areas

A new grant-funded program is launching at Texas A&M University-Kingsville's College of Education and Human Performance.  The TEACH (Teachers Earning Alternative Certification Here) Project, a collaboration between Texas A&M-Kingsville and University of Louisiana-Monroe, is a program that will focus on training and placing quality teachers in high-need districts throughout Texas.

The program's focus is on recruiting recent college graduates and mid-career professionals and helping them get the alternative certification they need to become teachers.  Among the high-need areas these teachers will be placed in are 14 locations in South Texas:  Augua Dulce, Banquete, Beeville, Benavides, Corpus Christi, Donna, Freer, La Feria, La Joya, Mission, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, San Benito, Sinton and West Oso.

The TEACH Project will admit 25 students per year for each of the project's five years.  The project is being led by Director and Principal Investigator, Dr. Glenda Holland, chair and professor of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  For more information about the program and how to apply CLICK HERE or email teach@tamuk.edu.  A news feature on the program can also be found HERE.

The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez Shared Through Conner Museum Exhibit

The Humanities Texas traveling exhibit In His Own Words:  The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez is currently being displayed at an exhibit that will run through April 14 at the John E. Conner Museum.  The exhibit features 38 photographs paired with excerpts from his speeches, interviews and writings. It documents Chavez's career and examines the life experiences and philosophical influences that drove him to dedicate his life to improving the lives of American farm workers.  For more information, call (361) 593-2810.

Students are also honoring his life and legacy with the 7th Annual Cesar Chavez March, starting at the Conner Museum on Wednesday, March 28th at 11:00 a.m.

Famous Jazz Drummer Featured at Annual Festival

The 45th Annual Jazz Festival was held the weekend of March 23rd and 24th with about 20 middle and high school Jazz bands competing.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville's jazz ensembles also performed, including Jazz bands I, II and III and the Latin Jazz ensemble.  In addition, famous Jazz drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts held a Jazz Clinic for students and performed during the festival's closing concert.

Texas A&M University Kingsville Professor Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. David Wester, professor and research scientist in the animal, rangeland and wildlife science department, was recognized as one of six distinguished alumni of Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.  To read more CLICK HERE.

Javelina Alumni Association Update

Alumni Gather at San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo  

Despite chilly weather conditions, several Javelina alumni, faculty and staff turned out for a great show at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo on February 25, 2012.  Guests enjoyed food, mingling with fellow Javelinas and the always entertaining rodeo.  In addition, they were treated to a Dierks Bentley concert to "round-up" the event.  A photo gallery can be found HERE or on the Javelina Alumni Association Facebook page. Cultura y Vida Art Show and Javelina Mixer Draw a Crowd More than 60 alumni and friends of Texas A&M University-Kingsville attended a special alumni mixer held in conjunction with a unique Tejano Art Show at the Art Center of Corpus Christi on March 9, 2012.  The social was part of a 4-week exhibit event at the Art Center called Cultura y Vida, and featured pieces from over 40 Tejano artists including several Javelina alumni and faculty.  Guests of the mixer were treated to food, a door prize drawing and great conversation.  A photo gallery for the mixer can be found on our Facebook page.

Athletics Quick Hits
Porky Pays a Visit

We had a visitor in March outside the Javelina Alumni Association offices.

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