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A Texas A&M University-Kingsville student who was recently recognized for her service to fellow veterans on campus, will speak at the annual Texas Veteran Higher Education Symposium on Oct. 14. Shae Diehl received the Texas A&M System’s Student Veteran Excellence Award in May 2020. She is currently a senior geology major and the president of the university’s Student Veterans Association, where she is well-known for working overtime to help connect veterans to the...

Renowned South Texas Chicana artist Santa Barraza and civil rights activist and communitarian Mike Lopez will be honored at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s annual Tejano Heritage Awards Ceremony, Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Memorial Student Union Building on campus. At 2 p.m., Texas A&M-Kingsville President Mark Hussey will present the awards during a virtual ceremony and a reception will follow.The link for the presentation is:...

Armando P. Ibanez, Director of Radio, Television and Film at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, is one of 12 film directors selected to participate in a series of 10 workshops alongside Hollywood directors. The series which will be held via Zoom, is entitled Directors Class, to be led by two noted directors and former instructors at The American Film Institute, Gloria Gifford and Brian Dannelly. Dannelly served as executive producer and director in a number of television series, including...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is listed among other top-rated schools when it comes to music. Downbeat magazine, a music publication devoted to Jazz, included the School of Music in its Student Music Guide: Where to Study Jazz 2021. The university is the only Bachelor of Music degree in Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies in South Texas, south of San Antonio. “Many high schools in South Texas have jazz programs to include big bands and combos,” said Dr. Paul...

Armando P. Ibanez, Assistant Professor and Director of Radio, Television and Film at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was nominated and elected to the Board of the Mexican American Art and Culture Institute. The board was founded in 2019 with a goal to create a vast industry of film production in San Antonio. “I am honored, excited and looking forward to working with the board, as movies teach us so much, especially about our humanity,” said Ibanez, winner of 27 film...

KINGSVILLE (July 24, 2020) — Emeka Obi has done something no other student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has done. The sophomore from Lago, Nigeria received the Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship from Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Honor Society for First-Year Success. Obi is an electrical engineering major with minors in math and computer science at Texas A&M-Kingsville. “To be the first Texas A&M-Kingsville student to receive this scholarship is...

Dr. Richard Miller, a Texas A&M University-Kingsville psychology professor, was one of only ten professors across Texas who was selected as a Piper Professor. The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, a non-profit, charitable corporation that was organized in 1950, annually awards professors for superior teaching at the college level. Selections are made on the basis of nominations submitted by each college or university in Texas, the website states. "To be Texas...

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...

A Texas A&M University-Kingsville alumnus is working on researchthat could lead to therapies to treatCOVID-19. JesusSilvas, who received his master's degree in Biology from A&M-Kingsville, is now a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia State University. According to a news release from the University of Georgia, a multidisciplinary team of six researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences is...

The Blazing Sun Independent Film Shorts Festival awarded the Poetic Pearl Award, its highest honor, to seven film shorts. Films were screened March 4 and March 5 at Rio 7 Cinema in Kingsville. Of 16 films chosen by judges, five foreign films and two from the United States received awards. “All the films that we screened at the movie theater received the festival’s Award of Excellence,” said Armando P. Ibanez, founding festival...

School of Music students and professors at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are once again earning international recognition. The trombone choir, led by Dr. Oscar Diaz and assisted by Dr. Megan Boutin, was named the Second Runner-up in the Emory Remington Competition, which is one of several competitions held by the International Trombone Association. “For the Texas A&M-Kingsville Select Trombone Ensemble to place second runner-up is a huge...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s American Chemical Society student chapter has been selected to receive a national award. The organization, which has more than 20 members, was recently reinstated as an active chapter. According to its website, the Society Committee on Education selects student chapters to receive special recognition on the basis of their programs and activities. “I am very proud of our student chapter,” said Crystal Chi, the...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Wind Symphony has made the list of semi-finalists in the American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts. The organization announced the semi-finalist bands and wind ensembles for the year 2019 to 2020 on Jan 29, 2020. The Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Scott Anthony Jones, is one of seven ensembles to make the university division list. The ensemble is the premiere concert band at A&M-Kingsville and serves the region...

Dr. Melinda Brou, associate professor of Voice and Opera at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Directing—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, 2019-2020, Opera Division. Brou said the production of Franz FranzLehár’s operetta, The Merry Widow was submitted for the competition which was performed in Jones Auditorium last semester. The performance was a combined effort of the Texas A&M...

KINGSVILLE (February 4, 2020) — Film shorts from a number of countries have been submitted to Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s newly launched film festival, Blazing Sun Independent Film Shorts Festival, including from New Zealand, Canada, Qatar, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Russian Federation. The festival’s mission is to discover and celebrate independent films, and, in so doing, promote excellence and innovation in film...

KINGSVILLE (February 3, 2020) — The 2020 1Q/2Q Distinguished Lecturer from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Dr. Sergey Fomel, will be making a stop at Texas A&M University-Kingsville with his presentation Automating Seismic Data Analysis and Interpretation. Fomel will present his lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Peacock Auditorium in the Biology and Earth Sciences Building. “Recent developments in artificial intelligence and machine...

KINGSVILLE (February 3, 2020) — After a nearly two-year process, the Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has earned the designation School of Music. The process started with Dr. Paul Hageman, Regents Professor and Chair of Music, making the request to university administration and ended with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approving the new designation. Hageman said a School of Music is usually a larger, more comprehensive...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville art students’ work will be showcased at Kleberg Bank for the community to enjoy. Dozens of art pieces were set up throughout the bank lobby, 100 E Kleberg Ave, to preview the students’ Untitled Art Show. A reception is set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Kleberg Bank. The artwork will be on display at the bank through Saturday, Nov. 23. New artwork will be displayed in the Untitled Art Show exhibition at the Ben Bailey Art...

The Jones Auditorium will be filled with music on Tuesday, Nov. 26, as the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Music Department Jazz bands will perform their 36th annual fall concert extravaganza. Many of the A&M-Kingsville jazz groups will be featured including Jazz Bands I, II, and III and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the Jones Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will feature the Latin Jazz Ensemble...

Nine Texas A&M University-Kingsville music students will be competing at the National Opera Association’s National Conference next year. Dr. Melinda Brou, associate professor of voice and opera and the Opera Workshop director, submitted the students’ performance of Officer Krupke from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Only the top four submissions were invited to perform in the national finals of the category they entered, Brou said. The...

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