Texas A&M University-Kingsville

March 2013

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Starts April 18 Houston Area Hog Calls @ LOCATION TBD 
Coastal Bend Area Hog Call @ Rudy's Bar-B-Q - Corpus Christi, TX 
RGV Alumni Dinner - South Padre @Pearl South Padre - South Padre Island, TX
Starts May 24 style="font-size: 16px; color: #336699;">Austin Area Alumni Social @Opal Divine's - Austin, TX

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In This Issue

Featured News Other Campus News

Alumni News

Dawson to be Keynote Speaker at Alumni Dinner

Alumni Association Update

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Featured News

Dr. Fidel Hernandez honored by LULAC

Professor and Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Professor in Quail Research at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Dr. Fidel Hernandez, was honored, along with several others, on February 21 by LULAC Council 1 as an Outstanding Community Leader at their annual banquet.

"LULAC has a long history of advancing the economic condition and education opportunities of Hispanics in the United States," Hernandez said.  "When I was an undergraduate at Angelo State University, LULAC was a strong supporter of the Mexican-American student organization.  They provided scholarships for our organization, assisted with our banquets and participated in our community outreach projects.  It is a true honor to receive recognition from an organization that has dedicated itself for nearly a century to the advancement of Hispanics. Read More…

Wycliffe Gordon highlights the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival

As declared by the Jazz Journalists Association, Trombonist of the Year, Wycliffe Gordon, highlighted the Texas A&M University-Kingsville 46th Annual Jazz Festival held on March 22nd and 23rd.  

Gordon conducted jazz clinics for area middle school and high school students who competed during the two-day program. Gordon is known as a musical ambassador and interpreter of American music.  In 2012, Gordon was named "Best in Trombone" by the Downbeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association named him "Trombonist of the Year".  This was the seventh time he's received the honor in 11 years.  Gordon also received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Vanguard Award.  

Along with touring and performing, Gordon is also a committed music educator and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music.  Among his many accomplishments, he also received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton, for his tireless dedication to the field.  Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of signature mouthpieces by Picket Brass. 

Leaders Represent Kingsville in Austin

Texas A&M University-Kingsville representatives, along with city representatives participated in Kingsville Recognition Day at the State Capital in Austin on February 26.  Some of the representatives included were Commanding Officer Mark McLaughlin of Naval Air Station-Kingsville, Mayor Sam R. Fugate, Dr. Steven Tallant, President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and students from Texas A&M-Kingsville. To learn more  CLICK HERE

College of Business Administration Hosts 3rd Annual Community Breakfast For the third straight year the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a community breakfast in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building. The Community Breakfast is scheduled for April 4, 2013 at 7 a.m. and this year will be co-hosted by the Kleberg County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and will be sponsored by Kleberg Bank.

To learn more about the breakfast or purchase tickets  CLICK HERE .

Other Campus News

TEACH Project to Hold Information Session

The TEACH Project is an online program that provides a supportive and effective path to teacher certification through Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  They will be offering a session on April 1st at 5:30 p.m. in Rhode Hall to provide in-depth information on the program and application process.  For more information about the open session   CLICK HERE.

Students Receive Real World Experience through Internships

Step Up to USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Career Success Program is a volunteer internship program funded by a grant through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. "This program benefits not only Texas A&M-Kingsville students, but South Texas students to provide financial support for them to gain career experience in the agriculture and biology-related disciplines," said Dr. Shad Nelson, associate professor and chair of the agriculture, agribusiness and environmental science department.  "A minimum of 50 undergraduates plus eight master's and two doctoral students are funded annually through this program" he said.    

To read more about the program and how it is benefiting Texas A&M-Kingsville students  CLICK HERE.

Women's History Month is recognized at Texas A&M-Kingsville

The Ben Bailey Art Gallery located on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville participated in Women's History Month by honoring female artists from the South Texas area.  Six female artists were recognized in the Body of Work Exhibition: A Corpus of Figure Art, which was displayed in the gallery from March 4 through March 27.  The exhibit was sponsored by the Women's History Month subcommittee which is a part of the Women and Gender Studies committee at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  For a list of artists that were honored CLICK HERE.   

Alumni News

2012 Distinguished Alumnus, Eugene Dawson, Jr. to be keynote speaker at Alumni Dinner in South Padre

April 18 will mark the 2nd Annual Rio Grande Valley Javelina Alumni dinner in South Padre Island, Texas.  This year's dinner will feature keynote speaker, Eugene Dawson, Jr. 

Dawson is the President of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. located in San Antonio, Texas and was recognized by the Javelina Alumni Association and Texas A&M-Kingsville as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2012.  Dawson was also recognized as Engineer of the Year in 1999, YMCA Volunteer of the Year in 2000, and in 2009 the Dawson Family was inducted into the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement.   Dawson is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Consulting Engineers Council, Greater San Antonio Builders Association, and he serves on the Texas A&M-Kingsville President's Leadership Council.

Alumni Association Update

Javelina Alumni Association Chapter Events The Houston Area Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association is hosting monthly Hog Calls every 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  The next event will be Thursday, April 18.  Stay tuned for future locations. The Coastal Bend Chapter will also begin hosting Hog Calls 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.   Come on April 18th and meet our 2013 Javelina Football Coaching Staff. The Rio Grande Valley Chapter will be hosting a Javelina Alumni Dinner at the Pearl South Padre Hotel on April 18.  Join us for dinner and listen to our guest speaker, Eugene Dawson, Jr., P.E., President of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. and 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.  For more information CLICK HERE.   To RSVP for any of these events, email yvonne.trachta@tamuk.edu or call (361) 593-4338. Look for information in your email about our upcoming events in Austin and San Antonio!  

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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