Texas A&M University-Kingsville

May 2012

Athletics Quick Hits

Featured News More Than 700 Cross Stage at Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Texas A&M University-Kingsville held three Spring commencement ceremonies at the Steinke Physical Education Center on Friday, May 11th for more than 740 prospective graduates.  A ceremony was held at 10:30 a.m. for graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, another was held at 1:30 p.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences and a third was held at 4:30 p.m. for the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance.  To read more about 2012's Spring Commencement CLICK HERE.  The Corpus Christi Caller-Times also had a Commencement summary, as did YourValleyVoice.com and the Katy News.

Six Alumni to be Recognized with Distinguished Alumni, Rising Star Honors

Six alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be honored on Saturday, October 27, 2012, when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon presented by IBC Bank at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.  The 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:  Dr. Arturo Almendarez ('72) of Corpus Christi, Eugene Dawson, Jr. P.E. ('82) of San Antonio, Carl Paul ('63) of Austin, Robert J. Underbrink ('83) of Houston and Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez ('76) of Harlingen.  The Rising Star Award recipient is Dr. E. Annette Hernandez ('97, '03, '07) of Lubbock.  To  READ MORE about the awards and the extraordinary accomplishments of each individual CLICK HERE.

Accounting Junior Appointed Student Regent John "Quentin" Womack, a Texas A&M University-Kingsville accounting junior and Honors College student from Mission, has been appointed student regent for the Texas A&M University System by Governor Rick Perry.  He is the seventh student to serve on the Board of Regents since the governor created the position in 2006.  Fernando Trevino Jr. of Del Rio is the outgoing student regent.  His term expires on May 31.  Womack has worked with the Student Government Association (SGA) as a College of Business Administration Senator and chair of the SGA academic and student affairs committee on campus.  He is also president-elect of the Honors College Student Council.  There are several features on Womack's appointment including reports from the Texas A&M University System, KCBD-TV of Lubbock and the Corpus Christi Caller TimesA&M-Kingsville Engineering Achieves Top Ranking in Graduate Degrees to Hispanic Students

Texas A&M University-Kingsville was recently ranked first in the nation by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education for awarding master's and doctoral degrees in engineering to Hispanic students.  The report states that nearly one quarter of the 232 students earning graduate degrees in engineering in 2011 at the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering were Hispanic.  Nearly half of all graduate students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are Hispanic.  READ MORE about the report HERE.

Harms to be Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame Ron Harms, Javelina football coach from 1979 to 1999 (172-72 record), was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, which will be held July 20-21 in South Bend, IN.  His teams won the NAIA national championship in 1979 and they also won an additional 11 LSC titles.  Harms was also offensive coordinator for the Javelinas in 1974 and 1975, when the Javelinas went 25-0 winning two national championships.  He is the seventh Javelina to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame joining Gil Steinke, Johnny Bailey, Darrell Green, Dwayne Nix, John Randle and Richard Ritchie.  For more on Harms and his induction CLICK HERE.

Construction Underway at Javelina Stadium Renovations to the track and football field at Javelina Stadium are currently taking place with a projected completion date of mid-August - just in time for football season.  Artificial turf will be placed on the football field, while the track will also receive a surface facelift.  For a recap of the plans here is a clip from KRIS-TV and an update on the project's status from the Alice Echo-News Journal.

Other Campus News

Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Holds Robot Battle

Students from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering recently participated in a robotics competition designed to challenge them and apply what they've learned over the past year.  The robots that student groups created were required to dock at three "green" energy resource stations (wind, solar and hydroelectric).  The robot that harvested enough energy to raise a flag in the shortest time was the winner.  This year's winning team was "Robot Apocalypse", which was one of four teams from Texas A&M University-Kingsville that placed 3rd through 6th out of 32 teams at the Institute for Electronics Engineers competition in Tulsa, OK earlier this year.  For more on this year's robot battle, which is sponsored by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Robotics Club, check out these features on KRIS-TV, KII-TV, KZTV-10.  A brief photo gallery from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times can also be found HERE.  

Kingsville Symphony to Hold Patriotic Concert at Jones Auditorium On July 1st the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a Patriotic Concert at Jones Auditorium (855 N. Armstrong St.) at 3:00 p.m.  The show, conducted by Oleg Proskurnya, will include a virtual firework display.  Active duty military and veterans will be admitted free of charge and family of active duty military will be given a $2 discount.  Band and music students in area schools are also invited to attend for free, but need to make reservations through their teachers.  Children under 12 are also admitted free if accompanied by an adult, and TAMUK students are admitted for free with proper ID.  Regular ticket prices are $10 for back seating, $20 for premium seating and $30 for VIP seating.  Tickets can be purchased at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Music Department Office (361) 593-2804.  Visit the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra at www.kingsvillesymphony.org for updates on upcoming performances.

Office of Admission Seeking Parent Alumni Speakers for Hoggie Days

The Office of Admissions at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is seeking parent alumni speakers that would be willing to talk with parents during some of the student orientation groups called Hoggie Days being held on June 12, 19, 26 and July 17, 24 and August 7.  There are also tentative plans for a panel discussion group comprised of the parent alumni speakers in the morning session of the programs.  If you are interested in volunteering for any of these dates please contact Laura Knippers at (361) 593-4423 or l-knippers@tamuk.edu.

Kingsville Lion's Club Donates to Fund New Scholarships The Kingsville Noon Lions Club recently presented Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Steven Tallant, with a donation for $1,000.  The donation will be matched by the university, funding two per semester scholarships to one Kleberg County high school graduate and one second semester Javelina freshman. CCYC Holds Annual Playday at Javelina Stadium The Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children recently held its annual Playday for Kids.  Several volunteers took part in the event at Javelina Stadium, which got the kids outside playing in a variety of activities.  A photo gallery of the fun can be found HERE. Alumni News

Delta Tau Delta Alumni Gather For Special 40-year Anniversary

(L to R):  Irvin Kleespies '74, John Harrison, Joe Bob Barnett '70, Steve Hanshaw '73, Bruce Siebert, Bob Devine '69, Dale Walker, Rob Roy Rice '67, Paul May '73

Several members of Delta Tau Delta, an active fraternity on campus from 1966-1998, gathered for a special reunion recently.  They were meeting to relocate the fraternity letters that some of the men helped erect for display in 1972 in front of their fraternity house located on 14th Street.  With the fraternity now inactive and its house sold, the group decided to make a special trip to campus on the 40th anniversary of raising the letters to take them down and begin the process of transferring them to a new location.  The letters will be refurbished and then proudly displayed once more at Bob Devine's Two Bit Ranch in Flatonia, TX.  While in Kingsville, the group ate at King's Inn and toured the university, marveling at how beautiful the campus looked.  The Javelina Alumni Association helped make some of the arrangements, including coordinating the B&G Express for the group's transportation.

If you would like to make a trip back to campus and need help coordinating your visit contact the Javelina Alumni Association at (361) 593-4338.

Bickham Accepts COO Post for Charter Communications, Inc.

John Bickham ('73, electrical engineering) was named Chief Operating Officer of Charter Communications, Inc.  Bickham is a 26-year veteran of the cable industry and left his role as President of Cablevision to join Charter Communications.  He has also worked in executive positions for Time Warner Cable and KBLCOM, which he was also a founding executive for.  The Wall Street JournalCED Magazine and PR Newswire all had stories on Bickham.

Alumnus Retires from Sheriff's Office in Victoria Thurman Marshall, who attended Texas A&I University and later played football professionally for the Denver Broncos, retired as an investigator after nearly 30 years of service with the Victoria County Sheriff's office in Victoria, TX.  For more on Marshall and his retirement CLICK HERE.

Alumni Association Update

Alumni Enjoy Hooks Game Poolside The Javelina Alumni Association hosted a Night with the Corpus Christi Hooks on May 10th at Whataburger Field.  While weather threatened, storms held off and more than 40 people enjoyed the game in the venue's poolside and spa area.  The group also featured several graduating seniors, who were welcomed to their first event as alumni.  A photo gallery from the event can be found HERE or you can visit our Facebook page.

There are several June Javelina Alumni Association events in Laredo, the Valley and a return to Corpus Christi.  For more information click on the events on the left menu bar or visit our website at www.javelinaalumni.com.

Houston Alumni Chapter Gearing Up Leaders of the Houston Chapter of the Javelina Alumni Association have been meeting and planning.  If you would like to help or learn more you can email John Whatley or you can "like" the Chapter's Facebook page and post your interest in helping.

Athletics Quick Hits Future Javelinas

Future Javelinas J.J. Trachta and Maggie West take in a day at the ball park.

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