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KINGSVILLE — The Veterinary Technology Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville held its first Veterinary Science Camp on campus June 7-9. The three-day camp hosted 25 high school students from different areas of Texas including Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Christine Hoskinson, Assistant Director for the Veterinary Technology Program, said the camp was held to give high school students interested in veterinary medicine experience in the...

KINGSVILLE — Nearly two dozen Texas A&M-Kingsville Veterinary Technology graduates celebrated their transition from students to veterinary healthcare professionals. They recited the veterinary technician oath and received a pin at one of three separate ceremonies on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Veterinary Technology facility. Graduates who received a pin include Syerra Montalvo, Sarah Garza, Christian Resendez, Megan Guzman, Gilbert Ramos, Shyana Rodriguez,...

Dr. Steven Lukefahr, a Texas A&M University-Kingsville Regents Professor, has been awarded the Piper Professor Teaching Award for the year 2021.The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, a non-profit, charitable corporation that was organized in 1950, annually honors 10 professors in the state of Texas for superior teaching at the college level. The roster of Piper Professors includes outstanding professors from two and four-year colleges and universities, public and private.In 1994, he joined...

KINGSVILLE — Texas Native Seeds (TNS),a research program of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently received a grant that will fund research to identify planting methods and native seeds sources that could help lower solar operating costs, improve biodiversity including pollinator habitat, improve erosion control and determine if lower ambient temperatures below panels improves project output. The...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and faculty received more than a dozen awards at the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TCTWS) state meeting. Due to COVID, the annual conference was held virtually in February 2021. Dr. Scott Henke, Regents Professor and Chair of the Rangeland and Wildlife Science Department in Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, reported that students from Texas A&M-Kingsville submitted about half of the...

An assistant research professor at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center received an award to fund research on treatment and control of the citrus greening disease. The United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service awarded $349,794 to Dr. Madhura Kunta for his project “Providing Practical Solutions for Huanglongbing Treatment and Prevention.” According to the project description, Huanglongbing (HLB) is the most severe threat to...

Cutline: Pictured here are donors to the new Agricultural Leaders Scholarship Endowment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Shown from left, are Dr. Mark Hussey, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Tom Best, Glenda Best, Judy Colston and Bill Colston Jr. by Elaine Barnes Coordinator, Alumni & Donor Communications Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Office of Alumni Services & Giving Feb. 12, 2021 (Kingsville, TX) – The Texas A&M University-Kingsville...

A new podcast will shed light on wildlife issues in South Texas. Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, a Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor and certified senior wildland fire ecologist, has been selected to receive the 2021 Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award from the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi. The award of $100,000 will fund her podcast project “A Talk on the Wild Side.” “A Talk on the Wild Side” is scheduled to begin in June and will be...

KINGSVILLE (January 11, 2021) —Four retired faculty members are being honored as Professor Emeritus—a designation that recognizes their on-going commitment to scholarship. The 2020 Professors Emeriti are: Fred Bryant, professor and Leroy G. Denman Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI); Tim Fulbright, Regents Professor in the department of rangeland and wildlife sciences and Meadows Professor for Arid...

Dr. Scott Henke, Regents Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences, presented three new books he wrote to Dr. Mark Hussey, President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. David Hewitt, Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research and Executive Directorof the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) and Dr. Shad Nelson, Dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,...

A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will help launch a new program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The grant is a collaboration between the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and theCollege of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Maria E. Velez-Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Biological and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator and director of the project. Dr. Shad Nelson, dean of the College of Agriculture,...

B.S. in Agribusiness offered in Bryan at RELLIS Campus Texas A&M University-Kingsville has joined other universities in the Texas A&M-System by offering degree programs in Bryan, Texas at the RELLIS campus. This year, A&M-Kingsville is excited to offer a new program there, a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness. This Bachelor of Science degree program will provide a major in Agribusiness with applied educational training emphasized in courses such as: agribusiness management, food...

Water is always on the mind in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, especially for those whose livelihoods depend upon consistent and reliable water for irrigating crops. “In times when water supplies are tight, irrigation conservation pays off,” Dr. Lucas Gregory with Texas Water Resources Institute said. “In these types of situations, water that is available needs to be better used and more effectively delivered to the crop where and when it is needed.” Dr....

Dr. Weimin Xi,associate professorand senior ecologistin the biological and health sciences department, is working on two studies thathe hopes will helpbetterunderstand wildfires and how people canprevent thedevastationassociated with them.His projects were funded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service for a total of nearly...

Dr. Steven Lukefahr, Professor in the Department of Animal Science and Technology in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been selected to receive the 2020 Darwin B. Nelson Distinguished Research Award from the Transformative Emotional Intelligence Foundation (TEIF). Lukefahr will receive a $2,500 research award at the Seventeenth Annual Institute for Emotional Intelligence in Corpus Christi on...

In 1932, the City of Mission held its first Citrus fiesta, an event that has been held annually ever since, apart from the years during World War II. The Texas Citrus Festival celebrates the winter harvest of the grapefruit and oranges grown in the Lower Rio Grand Valley. Each year,a leading person in the industry is elected as King Citrus, and a Queen Citriana is also selected from a group of “duchesses”, each representing a community and its product or...

A Texas A&M University-Kingsville graduate student was recognized by Rep. Filemon Vela after he visited the East Foundation’s El Sauz Ranch last week. Lisa Zoromski, originally from Wisconsin, is working toward her master’s degree in Range and Wildlife Management from the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at TAMUK. Her research focuses on the social behavior and movement ecology of nilgai antelopes which are known to carry cattle fever ticks,...

Hanging small yellow plastic triangles on citrus trees might be the solution to citrus greening disease, Texas A&M University-Kingsville entomologists said. Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), sap-sucking bugs that cause serious damage to citrus plants, are the vectors of bacterium that causes burned tips, twisted leaves and produces hard, discolored fruit. Texas’ official fruit, the red grapefruit, is among the trees that are threatened by Huanglongbing (HLB) disease. Plants...

Sept. 3, 2019 (Kingsville, TX) - The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville announced today, a landmark $2 million gift in support of its Texas Native Seeds Program (TNS). The anonymous gift will create an endowment to support operations of TNS across Texas to develop locally adapted native seed supplies for commercial production and to conduct applied habitat restoration research. The predecessor of TNS, the South Texas...

By Elaine Barnes Coordinator, Alumni and Donor Communications Office of Alumni Services and Giving 361.593.4839 elaine.barnes@tamuk.edu August 23, 2019 (Kingsville, TX) – The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation announced, with gratitude, the largest singular gift from an individual in the university’s almost 100-year history. The $19.5 million bequest is also the leading commitment to date for the university’s first comprehensive...

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