Islanders Men’s Basketball Team to be Honored at April 3 Public Celebration
The greater Corpus Christi and University communities will celebrate the season’s big wins for the 2006-2007 Islanders Men’s Basketball Team on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Brewster Street Ice House. The public-invited event will include Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew and Corpus Christi Mayor Henry Garrett who will honor and recognize the team’s successes for the season. Mayor Garrett is proclaiming April 3 as “Islanders Men’s Basketball Team Day.” On hand at the Brewster Street celebration will be Men’s Basketball Coach Ronnie Arrow and the Men’s Basketball team. Brewster Street is at 1724 N. Tancahua near Whataburger Field.
Wellness Center Groundbreaking
The University broke ground Wednesday, March 7 for the construction of a $21 million state-of-the-art wellness center that will meet the needs of students, faculty and staff and serve as an enticement for students considering attending the Island University. Construction of the facility was made possible by a $1 million private gift from Dr. Jack Dugan and his family, who are longtime contributors to the University. Full Story
Department of Counseling Receives National Award
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been honored with the Dr. Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award by the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. The Outstanding Counselor Education Award is not given every year. However, when there is a deserving program that gains recognition among the 520-plus programs across the country, it is presented. Full Story
“El Progreso 1939-1940” Debuted at Reception
University President Flavius Killebrew and the Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Foundation held a reception to debut “El Progreso 1939-1940, the Work of Rodolfo Zepeda Mirabal and Dora Cervera Mirabal” March 1in the University Center, Legacy Hall. The work compiled by Rosie Mirabal Garza reflects the history of the Mirabal family, creators and publishers of the area’s first Spanish-language newspaper. Garza, the matriarch of the family that was instrumental in shaping cultural and social changes in South Texas, presented the book to the University. Copies are also being donated to special collections departments at university and public libraries in the United States, Mexico, France and Spain.
Baseball/Softball Complex Named for University Benefactor
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi baseball/softball complex was officially named John O. Chapman Field during a March 4 ceremony prior to the Islanders baseball game against New York Tech. Construction of a new press box facility for the complex was made possible by a generous donation last October from John and Louise Chapman. The facility is in line with improvements that accommodate the new level of competition within the Southland Conference. Full Story
Science Rules! at Annual Exposition
Fifth-Grade Students from the West Oso Independent School District experienced interactive learning during the annual Science Rules! Exposition March 8 in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom. Science Rules! is an interactive learning experience designed to stimulate interest in science and math. Science Rules! is an interactive learning experience. Full Story
Awards, Honors, and Grants
Dr. Wes Tunnell has been awarded membership as a National Fellow in the Explorers Club, an international society founded 1904 to promote scientific exploration and field research. The Explorers Club has 32 chapters worldwide, with more than 3,000 members from every continent and more than 60 countries. Full Story
Esmeralda Perez-Gonzales (center), a fifth-grade teacher at the University’s Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), was recently named the Gulf Coast region finalist for the HEB Elementary Leadership Award. In addition, Stacy Mitchan, an early childhood graduate student and teacher at George Evans Elementary, was named the region’s finalist for the Rising Star Award. Both teachers received $1,000 and their schools received an additional $1,000. The state winners will be selected by a panel of school and college educators/administrators from around the state and announced in Austin Monday, May 7.
Dee Donasco, a junior music student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, won second place in the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition last weekend. Since 1987, the Dallas Opera Guild has sponsored the prestigious competition for young singers seeking a professional career in opera. Full Story
Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, dean of the University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was one of 10 nurses from throughout the nation who participated in the Symposium on Health Professions Diversity in Washington, D.C. during the second week in March. In all, just 40 educators representing successful university programs were invited to the Sullivan Alliance-sponsored conference based on the success of their programs in recruiting and retaining diverse populations. Full Story
Around the Island
Some of the world’s most respected experts on the international law of the sea gathered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi during the third week of March for the annual Law of the Sea Institute Conference. Full Story
The College of Education hosted the “Once upon a Time: Literacy for All Ages,” reading conference Friday and Saturday, March 30-31 in the University Center. The conference provided a forum for educators and literacy professionals to meet and share ideas. Featured were more than 100 presenters, a special fluency workshop, many new exhibitors, a wine and cheese reception, and the opportunity to earn three graduate credits. Featured speakers were Kathleen Krull and John Pikulski.
The Theater Department will present “The Laramie Project,” Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 and Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29 in the Wilson Theater in the Center for the Arts. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $8, $7 for seniors and military, and $3 for students with a SandDollar ID. For more information, call 361.825.5800.
Ronnie Arrow was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year and senior center Chris Daniels grabbed Player of the Year honors after Texas A&M University won both the conference championship and postseason tournament in the Islanders first year of conference basketball competition. Full Story
The Islander Culture Alliance and Indian Student Association celebrated the Holi Festival of Colors March 9 outside the University Center. The Holi Festival of Colors is one of the most popular festivals of Indian culture and is celebrated on the day after the full moon in March. The Hindu festival embodies all the festivity, liveliness and exuberance of the spring season.
More than 50 exhibitors from the University and the community honored the memories of the women who influenced their lives during the 8th annual “Telling Our Grandmothers’ Stories” exhibition Wednesday, March 21 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Full Story
Channel 6 News Anchor Lee Sausley spoke to students in Dr. Bob Bezdek's State and Local Government class recently about his career in journalism and current trends in news coverage.