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KINGSVILLE (November 7, 2022) — Dr. Mike Tewes, Regents Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been researching the endangered ocelot for more than 35 years. This week at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, many of his findings will go worldwide when the PBS television show Nature premiers the documentary, American Ocelot. Locally, American Ocelot will appear on KEDT-TV. In addition to public television, American Ocelot will be available to stream on...

Students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources picked up a series of honors at the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management Annual meeting in Denton, Texas. In the Plant ID competition, Team 1 took first place, with students Peter Cole, Josh Allison, Nadia Castanon and Carolina Munoz making up the team. Team 2 in placed third with Shanna Gleason, Andres Rosales, Meghan Anderson and Jack...

Texas A&M-Kingsville staff and students of the Veterinary Technology (VETT) program will celebrate Veterinary Technician Week with events throughout the week on campus. The public event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 will be at the pavilion outside the Memorial Student Union Building from noon to 2 p.m. Vet Tech students and staff will give visitors information on important veterinary preventatives and health checks for their pets. Christine Hoskinson, Assistant Director of Veterinary Technology,...

KINGSVILLE — Texas A&M University-Kingsville sits at the top of a ranking list of 2022 Best Value Agribusiness Schools in Texas according to CollegeFactual.com. College Factual is a website created to help students discover a college and career they love without debt holding them back, its website states. The ranking included only eight universities across Texas. College Factual states the rankings are determined by looking at factors such as the cost to attend the school after...

KINGSVILLE, TEXAS — Thanks to a generous gift from Bobby and Sherri Patton, the Patton Center for Deer Research (PCDR) has been established at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute(CKWRI). Patton, an avid outdoorsman and dedicated conservationist created the Patton Center for Deer Research that will strengthen wildlife research education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville through the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Patton has previously...

KINGSVILLE (August 12, 2022) — The Texas tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri) is the smallest tortoise species in North America. As a species, the Texas tortoise is considered threatened. Research scientists and graduate students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are working to help the small tortoises by translocating about 60 from their home in the Rio Grande Valley. To help with the project, Next Decade LNG (liquefied natural gas) from Brownsville, has presented the university...

The Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted 20 high school students for a 3-day Texas 4-H Veterinary Science Camp, June 6-8 on the University’s campus. The camp was one of seven overnight camps in veterinary science that will be held across the state and in New Mexico over the summer in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension as part of their Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP). Department staff...

KINGSVILLE — The Agriculture Science department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted its annual Agricultural Mechanics Project Show Tuesday, April 26 on the university campus. The show featured over 80 projects from high school students who displayed their creations along University Boulevard and presented their work to judges.“We have a variety of projects ranging from restored tractors to 30-ft. trailers. We have barbecue pits, we have animal handling systems...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville students assisted a surgical team with the Texas State Aquarium as they performed surgeries on green sea turtles Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in the Veterinary Technology facility on campus. Texas State Aquarium employees utilized a laser at the facility to treat Fibropapillomatosis (FP), a tumor-causing disease that affects some sea turtles. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the disease causes cauliflower-like...

KINGSVILLE—Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and faculty received multiple awards at the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TCTWS) state meeting held Thursday, Feb 24 through Saturday, Feb. 26 in Marble Falls. Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Plant ID teams won both first and second place in the competition. Individual Plant ID place winners include Peter Cole in first place and Shaelyn Rainey in second place. Eric Grahmann won first place in...

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently designated 12 Texas A&M System faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2020-2021. One of the 12 faculty members is Dr. Fidel Hernández, Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor in the Department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences and the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Professor in Quail Research with the Caesar Kleberg...

KINGSVILLE (October 15, 2021) — The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Soil Judging Team took first place in team competition in the Southern Region Soil Judging Competition held at West Texas A&M University on October 11-13, 2021. Team members Alexander Meza from Mission, Amberly Zaragoza from San Antonio and Erik Zamora from Brownsville were coached by Dr. Ammar Bhandari, assistant professor in the agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sciences department....

Dr. Madhurababu Kunta, plant pathologist and research associate professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Citrus Center in Weslaco, has been featured in publications for an article he wrote on citrus disease. Kunta’s article The Return of Asiatic Citrus Canker to Texas: Surveys and Eradication Efforts was published this summer. It reports the efforts taken after a citrus canker strain was recently found in the Upper Gulf Coast area of...

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 from the Texas Department of Transporation (TxDOT). The $1.5 million grant was awarded for the project “Native Plant and Pollinator Seed Source Development and Specification Program Cooperation.” The funds will be used during the years 2022 to...

KINGSVILLE (August 11, 2021) — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently approved the naming of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Soils Science Laboratory in honor of the late Clarence F. “Dick” Schendel ’51, ’55. Located within the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the laboratory is utilized for both teaching and research purposes. Dick...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected two Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty members as 2021 E. Kika De La Garza Fellows. They are among the 25 faculty and staff chosen from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation. Dr. Ammar Bhandari, Assistant Professor of Soil Health, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management was selected as a Science Fellow. “It means a lot for me to get selected for this program,” Bhandari said....

KINGSVILLE — High school students from across Texas visited the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus for the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course June 21-24. The course at the university, in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, was one of three Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course in the state. Nearly 20 students enrolled in the course at Texas A&M-Kingsville. While on campus, the students toured facilities, learned...

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...

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