State of the University Address to Kickoff 60th Anniversity Observance
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew will launch the University’s 60th anniversary celebration when he delivers the annual State of the University address Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Bank Center, Bayview Ballroom. Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi through the Achieve Partnership Scholarship program. For information on individual tickets and tables, contact Noel Vella at ext. 2352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images of Island University Captured in Photo Book
An opening reception for the exhibition “Images from the Book:
The Island University” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The exhibition to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The University is a collection of images in the newly published book, “The Island University,” that chronicles the life and history of the Island University. The selected photos encompass a wide range of subjects from campus architecture, athletics, academics and campus life to images of the Coastal Bend. Full Story
Incoming Students Welcomed at Islander Shrimp Boil
Izzy the Islander and alumni welcomed incoming students to the Islander family on Tuesday, Aug. 7, during the Islander Shrimp Boil Send-Off Party at the Performing Arts Center. During the event, President Flavius Killebrew addressed and met with new students, their parents and alumni from the Corpus Christi area. The shrimp boil was sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Parents’ Council and Islander Moms. The local shrimp boil was one of the five shrimp boils held in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and McAllen.
Orientation Provides Information on Resources Available to Grad Students
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research held a New Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 18 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The event encouraged students to make the most of their university experience by providing information about important services and resources available to graduate students and to learn about degree and program requirements.
More Than 400 Graduates Cross Stage During Summer Commencement
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its 2007 summer commencement Saturday, Aug. 4. In all, 419 students from the Colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Technology applied for summer graduation. Full Story
Awards, Honors, and Grants
The College of Education’s Summer Hooding Ceremony was held Friday, Aug. 3, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The ceremony honored the accomplishments of 50 master's and eight doctoral students and recognized the support of the family, friends, and educators who helped make this accomplishment possible. During the ceremony, each student was called to the stage.
Bob Straiton, a long-time member of the Army ROTC Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Straiton is also an assistant professor of military science. The ROTC Department is led by Lt. Col. Tom Rivard, who has newly arrived to the Corpus Christi area from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., with Lt. Col. Straiton serving as his deputy. Straiton, who serves as the scholarship and enrollment officer for the ROTC battalion, is currently assigned to the 8th Brigade, 95th Division (IT) out of Stillwater, Okla.
Islander ROTC Battalion cadets Anthony Tanner (left) and Jason Ramirez were promoted to the rank of 2nd lieutenant during a pinning ceremony in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The Islander Battalion trains college students to be commissioned military officers. More than 150 Islander Battalion cadets have been commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
The Art Museum of South Texas will host the exhibition “Tony Feher Some Time Soon” through Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Art Museum at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. New York artist Tony Feher, originally from Corpus Christi, employs materials available on hand, such as soft-drink bottles, marbles, glass jars and plastic crates. Feher has received critical praise for his work and is represented in the collections of many American museums.
|Research and Scholarly Activity
Dr. Marion Nipper, a senior research scientist and specialist in marine ecotoxicology at the Center for Coastal Studies, has been accepted as a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program which provides short-term academic opportunities for U.S. faculty and professionals. Nipper will spend three weeks in September at Estación de Ciencias Mariñas de Toralla (ECIMAT), University of Vigo, Spain, discussing their academic and research program, giving lectures and working with faculty and graduate students on a variety of issues of common interest.
Dr. Gary Jeffress, director of the Blucher Institute, has accepted an invitation to serve on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). The panel advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, the administrator of NOAA, on matters related to the nation’s hydrographic services and navigation safety information needs. The HSRP helps ensure that NOAA’s navigation services programs continue to provide timely and accurate information needed to maintain a safe, viable and environmentally sound marine transportation system.
|Around the Island
The Clearinghouse for Mexican American Research (CMAR) will show the documentary “Mexican American Legislative Caucus: The Texas Struggle for Equality and Opportunity” Monday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Food and beverages will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition “Daniel Johnston: Re-Emerging Traditions in Clay from Thailand to North Carolina” will be on display from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Weil Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts. This utilitarian folk potter will display a variety of ceramic works using ash and salt glazes. After a year studying abroad in Thailand, Daniel Johnston returned to his home in North Carolina to build his own pottery complex which included a wood burning kiln, workshop, storage, and a Thai influenced water tower to catch rain water.
An opening reception for the exhibition “No Shortage Here, No Shortage There” will be held Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Islander Art Gallery in the Hamlin Center at 4024 Weber Road. The exhibit, which will run through Sunday, Oct. 21, was created by renowned Houston-based furniture artist Kelly G. Amen and will also feature works from artists Mary Miller, Philip Renteria, Mark Hougham and Sergio Santos.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew and wife, Kathy, greeted students and their families Friday, Aug. 17, during Islander move-in day at Camden Miramar.
Jim Needham, dean of Community Outreach, confers with a driver during the annual Clean Air Fair co-sponsored by the University’s Pollution Prevention Partnership Saturday, Aug. 4, at Sames Crow Ford. Free vehicle emission screenings were offered using the “AutoCheck” engine analyzer. Full Story
The 2007-2008 Gloria and Robert Furgason Bravo! Series for the Performing Arts opens its third season Wednesday, Sept. 19, when The Alley Cats return to Corpus Christi for a concert with all proceeds benefiting the Bravo Kids’ Concert Series! The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Full Story
Classes at the Flour Bluff ISD's University Preparatory High School began on Aug. 27. The 180 freshman and sophomores can earn up to 60 tuition-free college credit hours before high school graduation. Each year, 100 students will be added to the program until the maximum of 400 is reached. The University Preparatory High School program is a collaboration between the Flour Bluff ISD and the University. Full Story
Islander Athletics will hold a drawing for a 2007 Sahara Jeep Wrangler worth more than $20,000 on Thursday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100. All proceeds will benefit the Athletic Scholarship Fund. For more
information, call ext. 3237.