|University Studying Feasibility of Expansion
University President Flavius Killebrew met with faculty and staff on Friday, Jan. 12 to present a feasibility plan for using the nearby Oso Beach Municipal Golf Course for future expansion of the university. The University is currently home to around 8,600 students and campus expansion studies have shown that the 240-acre Ward Island site can only accommodate the people, programs and services that support around 10,000 students, which will be reached within the next few years. Full Story
Blucher Institute hosts Workshop on Artificial Intelligence
University Officials to Study Football Feasibility Report
More than 30 prominent scientists and researchers attended a workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its application to Environmental and Geospatial Sciences on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13 at the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science.
The decision on whether football has a future at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now rests with University leaders who have additional study ahead of them. University officials have received the much anticipated report on the feasibility of adding football to the intercollegiate athletics program, but months of additional study will be required before a decision is made. While A&M-Corpus Christi has not fielded a football team in more than 30 years, the University commissioned the study after its admission into the Southland Conference last year. Full Story
University Celebrates Early Childhood Development Center Anniversary
A&M-Corpus Christi celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of its award-winning Blanche Davis Moore Early Childhood Development Center in January with a program and reception in the school’s Math and Science Resource Center. The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), which includes students age 3 to 5th grade, is the only school in the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) that presents its entire curriculum via dual-language education. Full Story
Awards, Honors, and Grants
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Professor Named
President-Elect of APICS 2007 Board of Directors: Dr. Robert Vokurka has been named 2007 president-elect for the APICS (Association for Operations Management) Board of Directors. His one-year term began on Monday, Jan. 1 and he will assume the position of president on Jan. 1, 2008. Vokurka, who last year served as the Association’s secretary-treasurer, is a professor of operations management. Full Story
Theatre Department’s Production of “Bloody Poetry” Selected for Performance at Region VI Festival: The Theatre Department’s award-wining production of “Bloody Poetry” has been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Region VI Festival on Tuesday, March 1 in Tulsa, Okla. In preparation for the festival, encore performances will be presented on Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Warren Theatre located in the University’s Center for the Arts. Full Story
Retiring Professor Honored at Islander Basketball Game:
Dr. Robert Maroney was honored by the College of Education during the Islanders’ men’s basketball game against Texas State on Thursday, Jan. 18. At the time of his retirement, Maroney was a professor and associate dean of Undergraduate Studies. Full Story
Around the Island
Tom Tiratto’s Valentine’s Day Big Band Salute to Frank Sinatra: The Furgason Bravo! Series will present “Tom Tiratto’s Valentine’s Day Big Band Salute to Frank Sinatra” on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tom Tiratto is an actor and vocalist who has devoted the last 15 years to recreating the music and glamour of the late, great Frank Sinatra. Full Story
Group Fitness Fair: Recreational Sports will hold a free “Group Fitness Fair" on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the Glasscock Fitness & Wellness Center. Ever wanted to try a group fitness class? No group fitness pass required for this one night only event. For more information call ext. 2171 or go to www.tamucc.edu/~recsport.
Valentine's Run: The Islander track team will host a "Valentine's Run" 2-mile run/walk on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Moody Sustainers Field House. The entry fee is $10 per person and $15 for couples. For more information, contact Coach Shawn Flanagan at ext. 3212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Photo QuickStart: Community Outreach will hold a "Digital Photo QuickStart" workshop on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Instruction, Room 230. Learn how to create professional-looking digital photos with John Watson, MFA, during this two-day workshop. The cost is $149. Faculty and staff will receive a 50 percent discount. For more information, call Community Outreach at ext. 2778 or e-mail email@example.com.
CMAR Seed Funding Opportunity: The Clearinghouse for Mexican American Research is providing another $3,300 in seed funding for researchers who wish to enhance current projects in order to be competitive for larger federal grants in the future. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 12. For more information, call ext. 2222, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://cmar.tamucc.edu/seed.htm.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumni are joining with current students and their families, and University faculty and staff to celebrate the 2007 Islander Homecoming and Parents Week through Saturday, Feb. 3.
Two-time All-Southwest Conference player Eric Gonzalez has been named the Islanders’ assistant head baseball coach. “Eric brings a great knowledge of the game of baseball to our program,” said interim baseball coach Gene Salazar. “He has experience in all aspects of running a collegiate program on and off the field and he’ll be a tremendous asset for this program.” Full Story
In an effort to raise awareness of the world’s number one killer of women, the University Women’s Center sponsored a panel to get out the word in January as part of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Full Story
When students in Dr. David McKee’s marine ecology classes spent a night camping on the beach of Oso Bay to gather and study water specimens recently, it was more than an just a class assignment. The data collected during the 18th annual overnight ritual provides an ongoing assessment of the health of the water and the organisms within the bay. Full Story