Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Wildlife Society Brings Home Chapter Of The Year…Again

KINGSVILLE - March 08, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Group wins award five of last six years while students, faculty receive honors

KINGSVILLE (March 8, 2007) — Student members of The Wildlife Society at Texas A&M University-Kingsville outdid themselves at the recent meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in Beaumont. Not only did they bring home the Student Chapter of the Year Award for the third straight year, but the Javelinas also made 45 percent of the 115 student presentations during the conference.
           
The A&M-Kingsville group has won the Student Chapter of the Year Award five times in the six years it has been awarded. In making 45 percent, or 52, of the presentations, they topped their own total of about 40 percent last year.
           
The group also received third place for the Texas Wildlife Association Professional Development Award and earned third in the Wildlife Quiz Bowl competition.

Paul Batchhelder, a senior wildlife major from New Caney, was named Outstanding Undergraduate and was chosen to receive the Sam Beasom Scholarship.

A&M-Kingsville students placed first and third in the Best Undergraduate Student Poster Competition. Clint McMonagle, a junior wildlife major from Agua Dulce, placed first and Angelina Zamorano, a junior animal science major from Kingsville, placed third.

Jorge Cortez, a master’s student in wildlife from Mission, earned second in the Best Graduate Student Poster Competition and two third place awards for his photography skills, one in the humor category and one in the plant and scenery division.
           
Jason Scott, a master’s student in wildlife from Mancher, Tenn., was second in the Cottam Competition for Best Student presentation and Christy Wyckoff, a master’s student in wildlife from Seattle, was third in the same competition.

Dr. Lenny Brennan, professor and endowed chair with Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, received the Outstanding Scientific Article.

Dr. Fidel Hernandez, associate professor and research scientist for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, began his term as president of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Dr. Bart Ballard, assistant professor and research scientist for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, was elected vice president and will serve as president during 2009.
           
Dr. Scott Henke, professor and interim chair of animal and wildlife sciences, was named chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, and Dr. David Hewitt, associate professor and Stuart W. Stedman Chair for Deer Research with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, was named chair of the Membership Committee.


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