Texas A&M University-Kingsville

November 2012


In This Issue

Featured News Other Campus News
Alumni News Have a Happy Javelina
 Holiday Season!
Alumni Association Update Athletics Quick Hits

Featured News

Donors and Scholarship Recipients Meet at Fifth Annual Scholarship Dinner

Texas A&M University-Kingsville held its annual Javelina For Life Scholarship Dinner on November 8 to recognize its scholarship recipients and thank the donors that made those scholarships possible.  More than 280 alumni, donors, faculty and students attended the event, which serves to connect scholarship donors with the students that their gifts impact.  It also allows students the opportunity to meet the donors that help make their college experiences possible and thank them in person.

Several students and a university supporter spoke at this year's event.  They included (pictured at right, L to R):  Greg Singleterry, a junior from Rockport, TX studying mathematics; Jessica Gnako, a senior in the Honors College from the Ivory Coast studying chemical engineering; Wayne Garman, a junior in the Honors College from Corpus Christi, TX studying mathematics; Jean Claire Turcotte, Distinguished Alumnus from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and longtime university supporter; Nick Kolbe, senior in the Honors College from Seguin, TX studying range and wildlife management; Elizabeth Clancy, a sophomore in the Honors College from Portland, TX studying mechanical engineering; Kelsey Davis, a senior from Lawton, OK double-majoring in history and english.

The event also featured dinner entertainment from the university's student woodwind quintet called Les Cinq Magnifique as well as a few video presentations that included a message from President Tallant.  Scott Gines, Vice President of Institutional Advancement served as emcee for the event. 

To READ MORE about this year's Scholarship Dinner, CLICK HERE.  To see a photo gallery of the event CLICK HER.

TAMuK President Named to TAMUS Research Advisory Post

Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Steven Tallant, was appointed by Texas A&M System chancellor John Sharp to serve as the first system campus representative on the newly created Texas A&M System Office of Sponored Research Services (OSRS) Advisory Board.  The advisory board provides guidance to the OSRS, which aids the A&M System member institutions and agencies in the processing of proposals for sponsored projects, including grant submissions to funding agencies and post-award administrative assistance.

style="font-weight: normal;">"It is a testament to the level of research we do at this campus and the confidence the chancellor has in our institution in the area of research," Tallant said.  "I am looking forward to being an advocate for the interests of all campuses.

To LEARN MORE about Dr. Tallant's appointment CLICK HERE.

Dr. Riley Appointed Senior Vice President of Fiscal & Student Affairs

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents have announced the appointment of Dr. Terisa C. Riley to Senior Vice President of Fiscal & Student Affairs at the Board of Regents meetings held November 1-2 in Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Memorial Student Union Building.  Through this appointment, she will lead the areas formerly under the Division of Finance and Administration as well as those under the Division of Student Affairs.

Riley served as vice president for student affairs since July 2007.  She came to Texas A&M University-Kingsville from the University of South Dakota, where she served as the assistant vice president of student services and dean of students.

"Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the epitome of excellence in education, and I am proud to serve the university and its students," Riley said.

To learn more about Riley's appointment CLICK HERE.


Other Campus News

Music Department Presents a Pair of Holiday Performances


The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Music Department will be presenting special seasonal performances.  On Thursday, November 29 they will hold its 7th annual traditional Holiday Concert from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.  Admission is FREE, though audience members are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the local Toys for Tots program.  Approximately 150 students from four different ensembles will perform during the concert.  For more information CLICK HERE.

A one-act opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, will then be held on Saturday, December 1 in Jones Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate the holiday season.  Admission is $5 for the general public and free for Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and children 18 years-old and under.  For more information on that performance CLICK HERE.

Campus Museums Featuring New Exhibits

The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will continue featuring a new exhibit, Running for Office:  Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman (1869-1949) through Friday, November 30.  The exhibit features 44 prints of the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial columnist, who was highlighted in The Washington Post and the Washington Evening Star in the early 20th century.  He became one of the most celebrated and respected political cartoonists of his era.  For more information CLICK HERE.

AMK to host International Math Conference in December

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the International Conference on the Theory, Methods and Applications of Nonlinear Equations, December 17-21.  The Opening Ceremony for the event will begin with a program at Jones Auditorium that will include remarks from Dr. Steven Tallant, President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Rex Gandy, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Abby Zink, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Ravi Agarwal, Chair of the Department of Mathematics.

For more information about the conference, CLICK HERE.


Alumni News

Dr. Kathleen Rees Selected as Regents Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
At the recent Board of Regents meeting held at Texas A&M University-Kingsville November 1-2, Dr. Kathleen Rees, professor and chair of human sciences in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences was named as the recipient of the Regents Professor designation.  The Regents Professor Award program was established in 1996 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university.  To date, 166 A&M System faculty members have been named Regents Professors.

Rees earned her bachelor's degree in home economics summa cum laude from then Texas A&I University and was an instructor and assistant professor of home economics.  She went on to earn her master's degree in home economics from Auburn University and her doctorate in human ecology from University of Tennessee-Knoxville in retail and consumer sciences.  She has been at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as a faculty member since 2005 and was named department chair in 2007.  Prior to coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville she was an associate professor of textiles, apparel design and merchandising at Louisiana State University, and associate and assistant professor of textiles, clothing and design at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

This past summer she spent time on two different continents presenting papers at two prestigious international conferences.  In late May, she traveled to Pisa, Italy for the International Trade and Finance Association (ITFA) meeting.  She is currently president-elect of that group.  She presented From Cloth to Couture:  Economic Impact and Competitive Structure of the Italian Fashion Industry.  In July, Rees traveled to Seoul, South Korea for the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) meeting.  In addition to her duties as president of that organization, she also presented a paper entitled, Does an Image Matter?  Analysis of Advertisement Copy for a Controversial Product.

Dr. Rees has authored hundreds of book chapters, reviewed papers and presentations, served on dozens of masters and doctoral committees and served in leadership in several professional societies.  She has also won numerous awards during her career.

Dr. Grace Everett is Sole Finalist for AISD Superintendent Position

The Alice Independent School District Board of Trustees recently named Dr. Grace Everett ('90, '98) as its sole finalist for the superintendent vacancy.  She served as the Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco Independent School District superintendent before retiring in June 2011.  She has 27 years of working experience in the education system including 11 years as a teacher and 16 years as an administrator.  She received her masters in English and Psychology and her doctorate in Educational Leadership Administration Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

To read more about Dr. Grace Everett CLICK HERE>.


Alumni Association Update

Thanks for a Great 2012!  Planning Underway for 2013!

The close of the 2012 calendar year brings back so many fond memories.  We have re-connected with so many alumni, strengthened bonds with others, established new chapters, started new programs and contests and held so many unique events.  Thank you to all who were a part of making 2012 so special!  You can look back on the year in photos through our online photo gallery HERE or visit our Facebook page HERE.

We are already hard at work planning for 2013 and look forward to seeing many more Javelinas this year.  Stay tuned to the Bell Tower e-newsletter and the Javelina Alumni Association website HERE to learn more about what's in store for the new year!

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!


Happy Javelina Holidays! Javelina For Life decorated a Christmas tree as part of the La Posada Christmas Tree Forest at the Community Life Center (on 5th and Yoakum) in Kingsville.  The tree was decorated with Javelina spirit by members of the Javelina For Life Student Association (L to R):  Stephanie Reyes, Clarissa Noyola, Paige de Vaudrecourt, Savanna Sanchez, Annabelle Sanchez, Ruben Sanchez and Cyrus Lightsey.


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