Texas A&M University-Kingsville

October 2012

In This Issue

Featured News

Homecoming Recap

Other Campus News

COE Partners With Project Lead the Way

Alumni News

It was another memorable Homecoming!  

Thanks to all who returned to campus to celebrate!

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Athletics Quick Hits

Featured News

Five Distinguished Alumni Among Those Honored at 2012 Distinguished Alumni Luncheon - Presented by IBC Bank

The Javelina Alumni Association and Texas A&M University-Kingsville were pleased to honor ten individuals at its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Luncheon - Presented by IBC Bank held during the Homecoming day festivities in the Memorial Student Union Building.  Alan Harwell served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which included special messages from Texas A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant and the award recipients.  The Javelina Alumni Association Board members and officers were also introduced.   The Distinguished Alumni Award recipients included (pictured above with Dr. Tallant, L to R):

Eugene H. Dawson, Jr., P.E. ('82), Dr. Arturo Almendarez ('72), Robert J. Underbrink ('83) and Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez ('76)  

Not pictured:  Carl F. Paul ('63) (award accepted by Dr. Rumaldo Juarez, former President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, on Carl's behalf) 

Other award recipients included:

Dr. Bart Ballard (Distinguished Teacher Award), Dr. Lori Kupczynski (Distinguished Researcher Award), Lisa Turcotte (President's Excellence Award) and the late Major Virgil E. Blevins (Javelina Heritage Award, accepted by LTC Jason Blevins on his father's behalf)

To READ MORE about the event and learn more about the recipients, CLICK HERE.

For more information on the awards and the past recipients, visit our Awards and Programs webpage HERE

Homecoming Celebration Capped with King & Queen Coronation, Javelina Victory

A busy and festive Homecoming week was highlighted by a variety of events, including the Fall Carnival, Javelina Pride Homecoming Parade, Distinguished Alumni Luncheon - Presented by IBC Bank, Tailgating and of course the Kleberg Bank Homecoming Game.  At the conclusion of the busy week Ike Amaliri and Kassandra Canales (at right) were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.  They were chosen out of 32 students that vied for the crown.  The Javelinas then went on to dismantle Angelo State to the tune of a 34-21 victory to finish off the memorable week. To view photos from some of the many Javelina Alumni Association events held during Homecoming Week visit our events photo gallery HERE

Anthony Bourdain Brings 'Guts & Glory' Tour to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Renowned chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain will be the first featured guest speaker of the 2012 Texas A&M University-Kingsville University Lectureship Series as part of his Guts & Glory Tour

His lecture will be on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.  He will share candid insights about his life's work and travels while also fielding questions from the audience. Tickets are on sale now at www.tamuktickets.com

 or in person at Jones Auditorium the day of the event.  Ticket prices for Texas A&M University-Kingsville students start at $10.  Non-student tickets range from $20 to $60 for VIP tickets.  The VIP ticket package includes special admission to a reception in the Founders' Room following the lecture.

To learn more about Bourdain's tour CLICK HERE

For more information about his stop on campus CLICK HERE

Newman Center Groundbreaking Signals Start of Building Process

On October 3, representatives from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the Diocese of Corpus Christi and the Newman Student Housing Fund broke ground on the new St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Chapel and a new dorm.  The construction follows a land swap that the university and church completed this summer.  To see a short video on the groundbreaking ceremony done from the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi CLICK HERE

Texas A&M-Kingsville Students Triumph at State Conference

In October, students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville attended the state conference of the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management in Fredricksburg, many of whom came back with honors.  Meagan Lesak was selected as Outstanding Student of the conference and also was a member of the first place team for the Undergraduate Ranger Relays and second place Student Plant Identification Team.  Eric Grahmann placed first in Professional and Graduate Plant Identification, the Young Professional Poster Contest and the Plants category of the photo contest.  Blake Martin won big in the photo contest with Grand and Reserve Champion  Photos as well as a first place in the People, Landscape and Wildlife categories.

To read more about all of the Javelina achievements, CLICK HERE>

Other Campus News

Endowment Established to Honor Alumnus Roberto Montoya

VRC Corporation recently established the Roberto Montoya Military Science Fund in honor of the company's CEO and 1970 business management graduate from then Texas A&I University.  The fund will support the work of the College of Business Administration dean and college-wide initiatives.  It was established with an initial gift of $25,000 with annual gifts planned to build the endowment to $100,000 over the next five years. To read more about Mr. Montoya and the endowment established in his honor CLICK HERE.

College of Engineering Partners with Project Lead the Way

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has partnered with Project Lead the Way (PLTW).  Lead the Way is a provider of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum programs for middle schools and high schools to help recruit high school students with a strong engineering background.  The agreement was signed on October 15 and will now provide students who have completed PLTW courses at their high schools the opportunity to have those courses replace up to five hours of introductory engineering courses at Texas A&M University-Kingsvlle.

Fore more information about the partnership CLICK HERE>.  

Campus Museums Featuring New Exhibits

The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is now featuring a new exhibit, Running for Office:  Candidates, Campaigns and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman (1869-1949).  It is being displayed in the west wing of the museum 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>. Veronica Jaeger's vision of humankind featured in her exhibit, Humano-Metric, will be on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery Sunday, November 4, through Wednesday, November 21.  There will also be an artist reception on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gallery.  To learn more 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

University Receives High Attendance Mark for ACSM Fall Lecture Tour

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (through the College of Education and Human Performance) was selected as one of just five universities in Texas to host its Fall Lecture Series for the 2012 Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM).  The lecture was given by Dr. Claude Bouchard on Thursday, October 4 in the J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium on "Physical Activity Attenuates the Influence of a Genetic Predisposition to Obesity".  It was the highest attended lecture of the entire fall tour.  More than 350 people attended the lecture by far outpacing the other Texas schools that hosted the lectures, which included:  University of Texas-Austin, University of Texas-Arlington, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University and the University of North Texas.   

Alumni News


Alumni Spotlight:  Dr. Susana Rivera

A young woman simply needed to choose an elective class to fill out her class schedule. She chose psychology, which turned out to be the perfect fit for such a compassionate and intelligent woman as Dr. Susana Rivera.

Over the last 17 years, Dr. Rivera has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience

providing treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse, traumatic grief and other traumas

.  Over the course of her career, she has made a huge impact in the field pursuing a doctorate degree and authoring a book about her research.

Originally from Laredo, Texas and a graduate of St. Augustine High School, Dr. Rivera began her educational career in 1990 as a music major at then Texas A&I University but quickly shifted to a career in social work.

She currently works in Laredo for a non-profit group, Serving Children and Adolescents in Need (SCAN), and assists children ages 2–17 who are sexual abuse victims.

“That class is what changed my career path,” Dr. Susana Rivera said. “It was then I knew I wanted to do something with children.” 

To read more about Dr. Rivera, CLICK HERE


Tom Hill Inducted Into FCBT Academy of Honor, Gives Scholarship to AMK Students

Tom Hill ('73), former Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) Chief Financial and Chief Operations Officer was inducted into the bank's Academy of Honor at the bank's 2012 Annual Stockholders Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.  As part of the honor, Hill was presented with a $10,000 scholarship in his name that he could award to a student(s) attending a university of his choice.  The recipients of the scholarship were two students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  They were - Daniel L. Grimsbo, a senior majoring in information systems and Melissa L. Thompson, a senior accounting major with a minor in finance.  Both students expect to graduate in 2013 from the College of Business Administration.  Hill was honored along with the scholarship recipients at a reception in the Founder's Room on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus on October 11. To learn more about Hill and the recognition he received from Farm Credit Bank of Texas CLICK HERE.

Javelina Cheerleaders to Hold "Blast from the Past" Alumni Reunion

The Javelina Cheerleaders are holding a "Blast from the Past" reunion for cheerleader alumni on November 10 before the last regular season home football game.  There will be a meet and greet at 3:00 p.m. followed by a cheerleading performance at 4:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center.  Things will then move to the tailgate area for a barbecue at 4:30 p.m.  Those interested in RSVPing for the reunion can email Tommy HERE

Alumni Association Update

Javelina Alumni Association Hosts Homecoming Events

Homecoming is always a highly anticipated time of year full of excitement and pride.  The Javelina Alumni Association is immersed in all of the activity with a flurry of events that connect hundreds of alumni that return to campus.  Here is a summary on what the JAA had on tap this year.

On the Thursday before Homecoming, the Javelina Alumni Association held an alumni social at Salon-de-Lis' in downtown Kingsville.  Dozens of alumni turned out for the event, which led right into the Javelina Pride Homecoming Parade right outside the salon's front picture windows.  PHOTOS of mixer - PHOTOS of parade - More PHOTOS of parade

The next afternoon a reception was held for those that purchased a brick on the Path of Success.  Guests were taken on an informative tour of campus before enjoying refreshments while finding their brick on the Path.  PHOTOS

Later that evening, despite inclement weather, President and Mrs. Tallant hosted more than 70 Century Club members of the Javelina Alumni Association in their home.  Guests heard a special message from the President and were introduced to the new Distinguished Alumni honorees that were in attendance.  PHOTOS

After the annual Bonfire and Hog Call one of the most anticipated events of the week was to take center stage - Jav-a-Pachanga.  This year's free outdoor concert was to feature Javelina alumnus and rising country music star, David Grace.  Unfortunately, adverse weather conditions forced the event to be cancelled.

The keynote event of the week for the Javelina Alumni Association was the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon - Presented by IBC Bank.  More than 200 alumni and friends of the university turned out to witness ten individuals honored for their achievements.  Fore more information on this event, see the lead story.  PHOTOS

Lifetime Members of the Javelina Alumni Association were treated to hospitality in the Champions Club tent prior to the Homecoming game later that afternoon.  Head football coach Bo Atterberry stopped by the tent to greet guests.  PHOTOS

The JAA also held its annual Cook-Off, which this year featured ribs in addition to the traditional fajitas.  It was a challenging competition to judge with all of the delicious entries.  But in the end Team Shorty's (at left) was crowned the grand champion.  The contest was part of a raucous tailgate event that fired up the crowd for the game.  PHOTOS

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

Javelina Football Viewing Parties CANCELLED

Due to our inability to access the online feed for this week's game, we unfortunately have to cancel the Javelina Football viewing parties in Kingsville (Big House Burgers) and Corpus Christi (Rudy's Bar-B-Q) originally scheduled for Thursday night (November 1) when the Javelinas take on Valdosta State.  The game is reportedly going to air on ESPN 3, a broadband network for live programming, for those who want to try to catch the games from their homes.

Given the popularity of these events, we are looking toward scheduling more of these parties next season.  Go Hogs!

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!

Gnome Finds a New Home

As a prank, a life-sized garden gnome was put on top of the Javelina baseball scoreboard by some brave souls.  There is a happy ending to this story.  The university grounds crew was able to get the gnome down.  After the daring rescue, the gnome was treated to some tailgating by Silver and Frances Chapa (pictured at right with the gnome).

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