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May 23, 2018

FEATURED NOTE

The Center for Faculty Excellence and Department of Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites faculty to apply for the fall 2018 Learning Community Faculty Scholars Program. This 12-week program will include six meetings covering a variety of Learning Community topics. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. The deadline to apply is May 31, and space is limited to 30 participants. To apply, visit cfe.tamucc.edu. For more information, email rita.sperry@tamucc.edu.

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

Through August 21: Summer Hours of Operation for Dining: The summer hours for dining services in the University Center are as follows:

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday:

  • Crisp Salad Bar
  • Grill Nation
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Orientation Days Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday:

  • Balance Kitchen
  • Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday (Based on Summer Camps):

  • Dining Hall
  • Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on summer hours listed above, please contact University Services at 361.825.5710.

Through August 21: Summer Hours of Operation for the University Center: The summer hours for the services in the University Center are as follows:

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday:

  • Barnes & Noble University Bookstore
  • Wells Fargo
  • SandDollar$
  • Orientation Days Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following services will continue with their regular scheduled hours:

  • Mail Services
  • Printing Services

For more information on summer hours listed above, please contact University Services at 361.825.5710.

Through May 24: Sidewalk Closure: Due to ongoing construction of the Science building, the sidewalk between Island Boulevard and Starfish Lane will be closed for three (3) weeks beginning May 2. Signage will be available for re-routes. For more information, email John.Dawson@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2422.

Through May 28: Bay Hall Elevator Modernization: Starting May 14 through May 28, the Bay Hall Elevator will be out of service for modernization and upgrades. For more information, contact Jim Eckhart at 361.825.2839 or 361.230.5345; or email james.eckhart@sscserv.com.

Now through June 6: Center for Instruction Ceiling Replacement: Starting May 14 through June 6, we will begin construction to remove and replace the ceiling on the first floor common areas of Center for Instruction. Be aware that there will be designated areas marked off for access to the first floor. The elevator will continue to be accessible for all staff and students. For more information, contact Jim Eckhart at 361.825.2839 or 361.230.5345; or email james.eckhart@sscserv.com.

Designated Smoking and Vaping Locations: In an effort to create an environment of health and wellness on campus, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has designed areas for smoking and vaping. Please only smoke or vape in these designated areas and dispose of all refuse in the receptacles provided. A map of approved smoking and vaping locations is posted at http://smokingmaps.tamucc.edu/. For more information, please refer to University Rule 34.05.99.C1.

THINGS TO DO

Sign Up Now for Summer Camps 2018: Register now for summer camps at the Island University! This summer, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a wide variety of fun and educational camps. With offerings from basketball to theatre to robotics, there is a camp available for any child pre-k through high school interested in athletics, arts or sciences. To see a full listing of camps, visit tamucc.edu/summercamps.

Through May 25: Enter your Photograph into the Third Annual Islander Cell Phone Photography Show: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi would like to invite all students, alumni, faculty, and staff (current and retired) to participate in the Cell Phone Photography Show. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 25. The show will be featured in the Bell Library from July 11 through September 16. You may submit 1-2 of your best cell phone photographs (not previously submitted). For submission details and entry forms, please visit http://guides.library.tamucc.edu/CellPhonePhotoShow. For more information, email Jennifer.Anderson@tamucc.edu or Patricia.Hernandez@tamucc.edu.

May 31: Garcia Center Speaker Series – Time to Learn Finance: The Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center is hosting the Garcia Center Speaker Series – Time to Learn Finance on Thursday, May 31, on the topic of “Life in Business.” The classes will be hosted concurrently in English and Spanish from noon to 1 p.m. in adjoining rooms at the Garcia Center, located at 2021 Agnes. Learn about financial strategies, goal setting, and evaluating results. This event is free and includes lunch. Guest speakers are Abel Gonzalez (English) and Adriana Parker (Spanish), New York Life Insurance Company agents. The Garcia Center is run by the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For more information, call 361.825.3500 or click here.

June 5- August 29: Free Yoga Therapy Group: The Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a free yoga therapy group class every Tuesday, June 5, through August 29, from 6-7 p.m. Exercise therapy classes are available to anyone ages 18+ but will be most beneficial as a follow-up to individual counseling. Participants are encouraged to come on a weekly basis.  Scientific evidence suggests that yoga can help improve physical and mental health across a wide range of ages and health statuses. Benefits range from reducing pain and preventing falls to boosting mood and easing depression and anxiety. The yoga therapy group is meant to supplement other therapy treatments. The yoga classes will be facilitated by a skilled and certified instructor. The Counseling and Training Clinic is in the Natural Resources Center, suite 2700, on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information, visit ctc.tamucc.edu/ or call 361.825.3988.

June 5- August 2: Free Personal Skills Group Training: The Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a free personal skills group training session every Tuesday, June 5, through August 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. for those who speak Spanish, and from 6-7 p.m. for English speakers. Sessions are open to those who are 18 years old or older, and participants are encouraged to come on a weekly basis. The training is designed to help participants develop skills to cope with difficult emotions (anger, fear, sadness anxiety), improve personal relationships and learn and practice mindfulness. The personal skills group is completely free, confidential, and run by trained professionals. The group is based on dialectical behavioral therapy, a treatment approach that emphasizes building on strengths to foster positive behavior and self-image. The Counseling and Training Clinic is in the Natural Resources Center, suite 2700, on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  For more information, visit ctc.tamucc.edu/ or call 361.825.3988.

June 5- August 2: Free Anger Resolution Skills Group Training: The Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a free anger resolution skills group training every Tuesday, June 5, through August 2, from 1-2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, from 6-7:30 p.m. The group is based on dialectical behavioral therapy, a treatment approach that emphasizes building on strengths to foster positive behavior and self-image. Session are open to adults 18 years old or older, and participants are encouraged to come on a weekly basis. The group is designed to help participants develop skills to recognize anger early, express anger, and understand consequences associated with anger outbursts. The Counseling and Training Clinic is in the Natural Resources Center, suite 2700, on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information, visit ctc.tamucc.edu/ or call 361.825.3988.

June 7- August 29: Free Tai Chi Therapy Group: The Counseling and Training Clinic will host a free tai chi therapy group class every Thursday, June 7, through August 29, from 6-7:30 p.m. Exercise therapy classes are available to anyone ages 18+ but will be most beneficial as a follow-up to individual counseling. Participants are encouraged to come on a weekly basis. Tai chi is a martial art practiced for both self-defense and health benefits. Scientific evidence suggests that tai chi can help improve physical and mental health across a wide range of ages and health statuses. Benefits range from reducing pain and preventing falls to boosting mood and easing depression and anxiety. The tai chi therapy group is meant to supplement other therapy treatments. The tai chi classes will be facilitated by a skilled and certified instructor. The Counseling and Training Clinic is in the Natural Resources Center, suite 2700, on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information, visit ctc.tamucc.edu/ or call 361.825.3988.

June 7- August 2: Free Yoga for Children Exercise Therapy Group: The Counseling and Training Clinic Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a free yoga for children exercise therapy classes every Thursday, from June 7, through August 2. Exercise therapy classes are available to anyone but will be most beneficial as a follow-up to individual counseling. Participants are encouraged to come on a weekly basis.

  • “Mommy & Me Yoga” class will be from 11-11:30 am, followed by nutrition training 11:30 a.m. to noon. The class, which is for mothers with children ages 1-3 years old, will help the baby perform simple stretches with playful music and some simple props thrown in the mix to engage and stimulate the minds of the little yogis.
  • A yoga class for kids (ages 4-8 years old) will be held from 1-2 p.m. This class will help kids get in touch with their bodies, strengthen and relax their muscles and develop coordination, focus and confidence.

The Counseling and Training Clinic is in the Natural Resources Center, suite 2700, on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information, visit ctc.tamucc.edu/; or call 361.825.3988.

June 8-9: Public History Harvest for Bell Library Archives: This first public history harvest, sponsored by South Texas: iRemember of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will be held Friday, June 8, from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST), Meadows Gallery (3rd floor). The history harvest is free and open to all resident of the Coastal Bend with the goal of celebrating and preserving family history, stories and memorabilia, and making these items available to the public, students and scholars. Hoped-for items include letters, photographs, videos and other documents. At the history harvest, archivists from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at A&M-Corpus Christi will learn more about the materials to assess how well they match the archives’ collecting scope. When materials are a good match, the owner will have an opportunity to support TAMU-CC’s efforts to strengthen the documentation of our community history by choosing to sign a deed of gift transferring the materials to the archives. Donors will be provided with digital copies of the materials they donate. AMST is located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. For more information, call 361.825.4500 or email specialcollections@tamucc.edu.

Through June 15: Register now for the “ME by the SEa” Educators Conference: The 14th annual regional professional development conference of Mathematics Education and Science Education, ME by the SEa, will take place Friday, June 15, in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Instruction. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the event ends at 4 p.m. The conference promotes curriculum alignment and access to engaging mathematics and science for all PK-16 students. Registration includes continental breakfast, a box lunch, and CEU credits. Participants, presenters and vendors can all register at http://me.tamucc.edu/. Early bird registration is $30 through June 6; $45 after June 6; students are $15; presenters are $5; vendors are $35. Email Faye.bruun@tamucc.edu for more information.

Through June 28: Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library invites the campus community and the public to the third Islander Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition. The work, by current and retired Islander faculty and staff, will be on display on the first floor of the library Thursday, May 3, through Thursday, June 28. For more information, CLICK HERE or contact Jennifer Anderson at jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

June 28: Garcia Center Speaker Series – Time to Learn Finance: The Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center is hosting the Garcia Center Speaker Series – Time to Learn Finance on Thursday, June 28, on the topic of “Money Talks.” The classes will be hosted concurrently in English and Spanish from noon to 1 p.m. in adjoining rooms at the Garcia Center, located at 2021 Agnes. Learn about financial strategies, goal setting, and evaluating results. This event is free and includes lunch. Guest speakers are Abel Gonzalez (English) and Adriana Parker (Spanish), New York Life Insurance Company agents. The Garcia Center is run by the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For more information, call 361.825.3500 or click here.

GET INVOLVED

Suggest a Story: Do you have a great story idea to share or want to spread the word about a faculty, staff, student or alumni achievement to the campus or external community? Visit http://tamucc.edu/news/newsform/ to request the services of the Marketing and Communications Department.  Final products can include web stories, news releases, social media posts and inclusion in mass email newsletters. Please allow two to three weeks for a finished product. Timing will depend on the information provided, so please contact us early and often.

Campaign/Services Request Form: Are you planning an event and want public participation? Visit http://www.tamucc.edu/marcom/request/ to request a publicity campaign from the Marketing and Communications Department. Final products can include digital signage, inclusion into Islander News Briefs, the community calendar of events, media alerts, interview pitches, brochures, surveys, photography, videography, web design and more. For events requiring heavy community exposure, please submit information at least three months in advance. For all other events, please give at least one month’s notice.

EMPLOYEE NOTES

May 31: 2018 Faculty Scholars Applications: The Center for Faculty Excellence and Department of Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites faculty to apply for the fall 2018 Learning Community Faculty Scholars Program. This 12-week program will include six meetings covering a variety of Learning Community topics. Participants will receive a certificate of completion. The deadline to apply is May 31, and space is limited to 30 participants. To apply, visit cfe.tamucc.edu. For more information, email rita.sperry@tamucc.edu.

Through Aug. 15: Deregistration 2018: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind incoming and currently enrolled students that the payment deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 15. This important deadline may affect Islander students as they register for fall classes. Students are encouraged to pay in-full or set-up a payment plan by the deadline to avoid a $50 late fee. Students will be dropped from their courses for non-payment beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20, and a will be charged a $100 reinstatement fee to re-register. For more information, students can visit the Business Office, located in the Student Services Center, or call 361.825.2600.

Through Sept. 4: Register Now for Summer and Fall Classes: Registration for summer and fall 2018 is now open! Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees are encouraged to take advantage of the Employee Betterment Program, which will cover 100 percent of current resident tuition costs for up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year at the Island University. For more information and a request for tuition benefits form, click here.

Bluesday Tuesday: Every Tuesday is now Bluesday Tuesday! Grab your Islander Blue and join the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Government Association as we wear our Islander Spirit each Tuesday. Throw on your favorite Islander polo, that dress in the right royal blue or anything that shows your A&M-Corpus Christi pride. Snap a picture and use the hashtag #BluesdayTuesday! For more information on Bluesday Tuesday, email sga.president@tamucc.edu.

Birthday Leave: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi now provides regular, budgeted, leave eligible employees paid time off in recognition of an employee’s birthday. Birthday leave should be taken 30 days before or 30 days after an employee’s birthday. With supervisor approval, full-time employees are allowed 8 hours of leave. Part-time employees are granted leave on a proportional basis. For rules and instructions on how to submit birthday leave, visit tamucc.edu  For more information, call 361.825.2630.

Employee Betterment Program Enhanced: The Employee Betterment Program (EBP) now covers up to 18 credit hours per year. Effective Sept. 1. The EBP covers 100% of tuition for classes taken at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for full-time employees. Less than full-time employees are treated proportionately. To view eligibility requirements, or access the EBP form visit tamucc.edu. For more information, call 361.825.2630.

Employee Tuition Covered at 100%: Beginning Summer I 2017, and until further notice, the Employee Betterment Program (EBP) will cover 100 percent of tuition at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This program is available to employees who have been in a budgeted regular status for three months prior to the start of classes. Standard fees are waived; consequently, EBP participants will not have access to student services funded by the waived fees. The EBP will cover 50 percent of the Distance Education Fee but employees are responsible for other applicable course fees like lab fees, field trip fees, etc. Coursework must be directly related to the employee’s job or required for the completion of a degree. Eligible employees who took Summer I classes should email Mario Montelongo at Mario.Montelongo@tamucc.edu in Accounts Receivable for fee adjustments. For additional information, visit the Employment Betterment section of the Human Resources website.

'Think About It' e-learning Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention Program: Title IX federal legislation requires institutions of higher education to take necessary precautions to prevent sexual assault on their campuses and to respond promptly and effectively when an assault is reported. Moreover, preparing students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship is central to the mission of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and addressing sexual misconduct and violence remains a top priority of our campus and the A&M System. A new campus effort, Think About It, will further strengthen our prevention programming and education. Think About It is a research-based, comprehensive e-learning (non-credit) course designed to minimize risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual misconduct and violence, by empowering students to make healthy choices. Visit ThinkAboutIt.tamucc.edu for more information or contact TAMU-CC Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez at 361.825.2765 or Samuel.ramirez@tamucc.edu, or Ms. Rosie Ruiz, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 361.825.5826 or rosie.ruiz@tamucc.edu.

Holidays Approved for 2017-2018: Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the following holidays for A&M-Corpus Christi for the 2017-2018 year.

  • Labor Day: Sept. 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 23-24, 2017
  • Christmas – New Year: Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan. 15, 2018
  • Spring Break:  March 15 – 16, 2018
  • Memorial Day: May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2018

2018-2019 Holiday Schedule: The following holiday schedule was recently approved by the Board of Regents. State employees are entitled to observe 13 holidays during the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019.  

  • *Labor Day (1): Sept. 3, 2018
  • Thanksgiving (2): 22-23, 2018
  • Christmas – New Year (7): 24, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1): Jan. 21, 2019
  • Spring Break (1): March 15, 2019
  • Memorial Day (1): May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day (1): July 4, 2019

*Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will observe one additional holiday, Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018. Faculty and staff will be permitted to work four 10-hour days the week of Labor Day or utilize vacation leave. All supervisors are asked to be flexible in allowing employees to make up the 8 hours for this holiday. For example, employees will be permitted to work four 10-hour days the week of Labor Day, accrue comp time throughout the summer and utilize for the Labor Day holiday, or use vacation or other flexible options that work within your department. For additional questions, please contact the President’s Office at ext. 2691.

Title IX Student Video (One is too Many!) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013: The Texas A&M University System has prepared a video to help students understand all the key Title IX issues including definitions, reporting methods, standards of investigations, confidentiality, and related State and federal laws. You can view that video here: http://edcs.tamucc.edu/TitleIX.html. Additionally, the VAWA amends the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking within the campus community. The campus provides procedures and prevention and awareness programs pertaining to these crimes in the campus annual security report. The Campus Security Report is available at the following web address: http://police.tamucc.edu/campusSecurityAct.html. Contact your campus Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez, ext. 2765, or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Rosie Ruiz, ext. 2530, regarding questions, concerns or your rights under these programs.

Emergency Notification System: The University emergency notification system is now open to parents, university neighbors and interested community members. Sign up online at codeblue.tamucc.edu to receive texts, phone calls or emails in the event of an emergency affecting the campus.

KUDOS

  • Dr. Robert Wooster, regents professor of history, commented on why Texas Hero Sam Houston opposed the Civil War. ozy.com
  • Dr. Michael Ramirez, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program, published a book titled “Destined for Greatness: Passions, Dreams, and Aspirations in a College Music Town,” which examines the lives of 48 independent rock musicians who sought out a music career in a college town that is renowned for its music scene.  newbooksnetwork.com
  • Rene Zamora, program coordinator for prospective students, spoke about Islander Launch, the new orientation program to help incoming freshman prepare to start their first semester. kiiitv.com; KIII
  • Marcie Garza, registered dietician, talked about the best ways to stay hydrated and properly fueled for the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon. KIII
  • Ann Hodges, special collections librarian and University archivist, commented on the upcoming History Harvest, hosted by South Texas: iRemember of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, which invites members of the Coastal Bend to donate old photographs and other historical items to the Bell Library archives. kristv.com; KRIS; KIII
  • Tara Topping, project lead for iSnapper and research specialist with the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Dr. Greg Stunz, endowed chair for fisheries and ocean health and director for the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, commented on the iSnapper mobile app, which allows anglers to provide vital research information to researchers at HRI, and encouraged fisherman to send more information during this year’s longer red snapper season. kristv.com; kztv10.com; thefishingwire.com
  • Dr. Barbara Szczerbinska, professor in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, received a BESTi from HOSPiS for her work as an industry advocate and champion for the local tourism industry. 101corpuschristi.com
  • Dr. David Smith, associate professor of political science, commented on the 2018 Texas Primary Runoff elections. KRIS
  • Spencer Yeamans, master’s student and program facilitator at the Counseling and Training Clinic (CTC), discussed the free Anger Resolution Skills course being offered at the CTC this summer. kristv.com; KRIS; KZTV
  • Dr. JoAnn Canales, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, was recently elected as inaugural chair of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, a national, educational, 501(c) 3, non-profit organization dedicated to enabling Hispanic students to fully participate in a diverse society. aahhe.org
  • Dr. Terri Howe, director of career services, published an opinion piece on the important role of women as future business leaders. theknowledgereview.com

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