Texas A&M University-Kingsville

September 2012

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Featured News

Other Campus News

Alumni News

Homecoming Is Drawing Near! Come Back

To Campus To Join Us In The Celebration!

Alumni Association Update

Athletics Quick Hits

Featured News

University Holds 6th Annual Tejano Heritage Banquet

Texas A&M University-Kingsville held the Tejano Summit, the 6th Annual Tejano Heritage Banquet, on Thursday, September 20 in the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms.  Several people were recognized at the event including two alumni who were given unique distinctions. Former State Representative, Homero Vera, presently the curator of the Kenedy Ranch Museum in Sarita, received the Tejano Heritage Award.  Dr. Arnold Gonzales, renowned artist, received the Tejano Service Award.  The awards honor those alumni who have worked to emulate or preserve the lifestyle of the Tejano culture.

In addition, the principles that made the recently completed Tejano monument in Austin a reality were recognized.  They are (pictured above/right, L to R) R.J. Molina, Dr. Emilio Zamora, Armando Hinojosa, Richard Sanchez, Renato Ramirez, Andres Tijerina, Homero Vera, Cayetano Barrera and Jaime Beaman (not pictured).  Remarks were given by Dr. Manuel Flores, Chair-Art, Communications and Theatre Department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Cayetano Barrera, President Board of Directors - Tejano Monument Committee, was the guest speaker. KIII-TV did a video piece and an article on the event.  You can find them HERE>.

TAMUK Moves Up 125 Spots in National Ranking

Washington Monthly, a national publication based in Washington D.C. recently ranked Texas A&M University-Kingsville 56th in the nation in its top list of universities.  The ranking represents the highest level of national distinction that the university has received as a whole.  Last year the university ranked 180th on the list of 281 schools.  In its annual rankings, Washington Monthly evaluates three distinct criteria - research, service and social mobility.  On the "social mobility" criteria, which measures the university's efforts to recruit and graduate low-income students, Texas A&M University-Kingsville ranked third in the nation. KIII-TV ran a feature and article on the announcement, which you can see HERE>.  To see the complete list from Washington Monthly CLICK HERE>.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Receives National Military Distinction

G.I. Jobs Magazine recently named Texas A&M University-Kingsville on its 2013 Military Friendly School List, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.  The magazines profile for the university cites its growth in student enrollment, investment in new construction and renovations and its commitment to research.  Information from the 2011-2012 academic year notes that 1,200 military or veteran students and about 300 military dependents were enrolled at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  READ MORE>

University's Hipic Honor Society Recognized Nationally

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hipic Honor Society, recently recognized the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Lambda chapter as one of 14 national Honor Chapters.  It was the second time in three years that the chapter received the distinction in recognition of its year-long activities.  The chapter was chosen from 585 national chapters.  Among the notable projects completed by the chapter were sponsoring a variety of on-campus speakers and presentations, establishing the first Dia de la Raza Art Contest and organizing two Sigma Delta Pi Academic Student Symposiums.

Homecoming Festivities October 22-27

The Javelina Alumni Association and Texas A&M University-Kingsville invite all of the university's alumni and friends to visit campus for the 2012 Homecoming events scheduled for the week of October 22-27, culminating in the Kleberg Bank Homecoming Game on October 27, when the Javelinas battle Angelo State.  You can re-live the long-standing traditions such as the Bonfire and Hog Call or take in new experiences, like the Jav-a-Pachanga.  Included in the week of festivities are several Javelina Alumni Association events on October 26 and 27.  To see a complete listing of the Homecoming events CLICK HERE or go to the university's new Homecoming page at www.tamuk.edu/homecoming.

Other Campus News

Russell Endowment Established Honoring Revered Professor

Dr. Thomas and Jeanne Russell recently made a lead gift of $150,000 toward the establishment of the Ralph C. Russell Distinguished Professorship with the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation.  Dr. Thomas Russell is the son of Ralph Russell and an alumnus of the university.  A named faculty position is the highest honor bestowed by the university on an outstanding member of the faculty.  Dr. Ralph Russell was one of the most revered professors from the College of Business Administration for 26 years. Contributions to the endowment can be made to:  Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 2202, Kingsville, TX 78363.  A note designating the donation to the Ralph C. Russell Distinguished Professorship must also be made.

TAMUK Counseling & Guidance Students Makeover Women's Shelter

About 20 students from Dr. Karen Furgerson's counseling techniques class designed a multi-purpose room in Kingsville's Women's Shelter - a satellite office of the Women's Shelter of South Texas.  An unveiling of the renovations was held on September 5, with students and faculty from the College of Education and Human Performance on hand.  A $5,000 grant and donations from businesses such as Wilcox Furniture, Lowes, Aarons and Sherwin Williams helped to complete the project.  The room will be utilized for group counseling and play therapy sessions.  A video news release on the project can be found HERE

Guidance Counselors Visit to Learn About Campus and Careers

More than 40 guidance counselors from schools around the Coastal Bend visited the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus on September 20 to learn more about the university and the different fields that its programs offer.  Tours and presentations were given, including some classroom and lab experience that will help the counselors share with the students the opportunities that the university can offer and the types of careers that an education at the university can lead to.  The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering was the centerpiece of the visit.  KIII-TV had a feature on the campus visit, which can be found 


Accounting Society Invites Alumni to Join in Celebration

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, The Accounting Society is inviting all Javelina Alumni of the Accounting Society to a Homecoming tailgate party underneath the Javelina Alumni Association tent on Saturday, October 27 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.  Food and drinks will be provided.  The first fifty (50) guests to register/RSVP will receive two (2) reserved football game tickets, courtesy of The Accounting Society.  Deadline for RSVP/registration is Friday, October 19.  

CLICK HERE to register

The Accounting Society is dedicated to exposing students to real issues in the business and accounting world.

University to Host ACSM Fall Lecture Tour

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been 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).  On Thursday, October 4th at 2:00 p.m., in the J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium (BES Room 100), Dr. Claude Bouchard will be presenting his lecture "Physical Activity Attenuates the Influence of a Genetic Predisposition to Obesity".  The lecture will focus on the benefits of exercise and the impact of physical activity in the lives of people who are genetically predisposed to obesity.  Dr. Bouchard is a professor and director of the Human Genomics Laboratory at Louisiana State University System Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.  More information is available on the event's Facebook page

Alumni News

Delta Sigma Chi Brothers from 1940s Remain Connected

Despite the passing of more than 60 years, many of the members of the 1940s Texas A&I Chapter of Delta Sigma Chi stay connected. Be it by letter, phone or the occasional get-together, the brothers bound by the common bond of the university, stay engaged.  Stewart "Snake" Wallace, who studied business administration at the university from 1946-49 estimates that about ten of his fraternity brothers from that era are still alive.  They include Wallace, George Jones (both of Kingsville), Frank Staggs, Ray Hughston, brothers Gerry Chatelle and Jimmy Chatelle, Bobby Heard, Hugo Tieken and Maynard Kriedler.  The group has mourned the loss of many friends including Bill English, Hollis Fritts and most recently David Roberts.  Roberts was a 1950 graduate who served in the Air Force in Korea as a bomber before returning to Austin to work as a Motorola dealer.  He passed on July 4th of this year. At right is a photo from one of the group's get-togethers that included fraternity mates and friends through connections in the Kingsville community and university.  L to R:  David Roberts, Frank Staggs, Stewart "Snake" Wallace, Nolie Harrell, son John Harrell and Kermit Westerholm.

Tobias Honored With Commemorative Wal

The late Dr. Donna Tobias, alumnus and former chair in the art, communications and theatre department (1984-1997) was recognized by members of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville community and family with a commemorative wall of honor.  Her widower, Vern Tobias (pictured center in photo at left), was joined by other family members at the unveiling of the wall.  Tobias earned her bachelor's degree from Texas State University, master's degrees from then Texas A&I and the University of Houston and her doctorate from Louisiana State University.  She had many achievements while at the university including establishing the communication sciences and disorders program at the university.

Wilson Honored by Friendswood ISD

Walter Wilson, a former superintendent for Friendswood ISD was recently named the 2012 Honorary Alumnus.  He will be recognized and receive the award at a special event on Thursday, October 18.  from the Ultimate Pearland.

Former Javelina Great Remains Engaged In Football

The Press-Enterprise recently featured an article on former Javelina football star David Hill.  The article discusses his continued connection with football, some of his journey to gridiron success in the NFL and some of Hill's thoughts on the game today.  READ MORE>

Alumni Association Update

Javelina Alumni Association Enjoying Busy Fall

With the Fall semester in full swing, the Javelina Alumni Association is engaging alumni both on campus and across the state.  Whether it is tailgating or hosting a reception, your alumni association is busy creating opportunities for alumni to stay connected with the university and one another. Tailgates are always a favorite celebration for alumni.  The Javelina Alumni Association has interacted with hundreds of alumni so far this football season at its tailgate tent for the home games against Central Washington (click link for photos) and Midwestern State as well as at Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the Lonestar Football Festival. The Javelina Alumni Association hosted an alumni social at the Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners game at Rangers Stadium on September 14.  More than 60 alumni and friends attended the event.  The alumni and football team enjoyed the game together the evening before the Javelinas took on West Texas A&M at Dallas Cowboys Stadium (photo at right, courtesy of Fred Nuesch).  Photos from that event can be found HERE.   More than 30 Javelina alumni and fans turned out to watch the football team during the Javelina Alumni Association's first Javelina Football Viewing Party at Rudy's Bar-B-Q in Corpus Christi on September 8 for the game at Abilene Christian.  More viewing parties have been scheduled (see below). 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 Scheduled for October 20, November 1

Following up the success of the first Javelina Football Viewing Party, the Javelina Alumni Association and Rudy's Bar-B-Q are hosting two more parties where alumni and fans can watch the game.  Those viewing events are scheduled for the games vs. Tarleton State (Saturday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.) and Valdosta State (Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.).  Both events will be held at Rudy's Bar-B-Q in Corpus Christi.  For more information CLICK HERE.

Javelina Alumni Association Homecoming Events

The Javelina Alumni Association will be hosting special events during the Homecoming festivities on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.  Those events include University Tours and the Path of Success Brick Reception, Century Club Reception, Jav-a-Pachanga, Distinguished Alumni Luncheon - presented by IBC Bank, the Annual Cook-Off and the Lifetime Member Gathering.  

  • For more information on these events, check out our Homecoming page HERE or visit www.tamuk.edu/homecoming.  
  • Registration for the Annual Cook-Off event can be found HERE.  
  • Tickets for the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon can be purchased HERE

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!

  • We have an alumnus who is looking for Homer Smith, who graduated in 1964 or 1965.  Mr. Smith can contact our office to learn more about reconnecting with this fellow alumnus.

Athletics Quick Hits

  • Football Team Opens 2-2 vs.

  • After Fast Start, Volleyball Record Draws Even With Loss to Midwestern State

  • Women's Golf Team Competes in 2nd Tournament of the Fall

  • Cross Country Teams Compete at Rice Invitational

  • Golf Team Finishes 2nd at UIW Ladies Invitational

  • Romig Honored in Emotional Remembrance - KZTV10 and KRIS-TV

  • Robert Williams Moves From Hoops to Football - Corpus Christi Caller Times and KRIS-TV

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