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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...

KINGSVILLE (December 9, 2020) — The chemistry department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received funding that helps students with their studies and helps support research in the department. The department has received the Departmental Research grant from The Robert A. Welch Foundation since 1998. And, they just received notice that they will get $150,000 for another three years. Dr. Christine Hahn, chair of chemistry, said the grant helps support students in...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music is proving a quality education can be affordable. Great Value Colleges, a resource website for students that ranks programs and degree offerings, recently named Texas A&M-Kingsville in the top quarter of the “100 Great Value Colleges for Music Majors.” The article explains many music majors are faced with high tuition and low acceptance rates of major music conservatories without realizing there is a...

KINGSVILLE (November 24, 2020) — Dr. Jingbo Louise Liu, chemistry professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently was selected as a Fellow of her second and third professional societies. In October, both Vebleo and the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) elected her a Fellow of their respective organizations. Vebleo recognizes veritable leadership in engineering organizations and is a leading global scientific organization working to...

Students and faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music are making the best out of obstacles given during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 23 vocalists competed in the Texoma National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition in November. Since the competition was held virtually this year, more students than usual were entered. Dr. Melinda Brou, professor of Voice and Opera, said this was the largest number of singers the department has...

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,...

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas (November 12, 2020) — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has designated 15 faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2019-2020. Joining the ranks of Regents Professors at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is Dr. Susan Roberson, English Professor in the Language and Literature Department. “My first...

A Texas A&M University-Kingsville art major is creating art that is inspired by his life experiences. Homer Ramirez III, of Bishop, is a junior art student concentrating on ceramic and sculpture. He recently showcased his work at the South Texas Art League and received honorable mention. “I have never entered any of my pieces before into a show until now,” he said. “Having my artwork in the same show with other great local artists is an honor. I have seen...

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...

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