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October 18, 2017

FEATURED NOTE

Join Texas A&M-University-Corpus Christi's Student Foundation Association (SFA) for the 2017 Islander Revue talent showcase on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme is “The Remix” sponsored by Whataburger. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 23, and the show is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for all others. Ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. For more information, contact SFA at 361.825.5558; email islander.revue@tamucc.edu; or visit http://studentfoundation.tamucc.edu/.

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

New Traffic Patterns to Accommodate ECDC School Busses: Through the fall semester, between 3:15-3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, Angelfish Lane, located in front of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), will only be open to one-way traffic, to give space for ECDC school busses to operate. This area will be monitored by the University Police Department (UPD) during this time. At 3:45 p.m., normal two-way traffic patterns will resume. UPD is asking the campus community to avoid Angelfish Lane during this time frame, if at all possible.

Changes to Bell Library’s Quick Search: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library is pleased to announce a change in the search platform used in a Quick Search. This will offer better search results and improve linking to library content. The changes will be most obvious in the results list and the Journal’s list.  If you have questions about the changes or if you need any assistance, reach out to the Ask Us Desk or stop by and see a librarian.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/PROTOCOL CHANGES

Fall 2017 Free Personal Skills Group (Spanish only): The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi seeks participants ages 18 and up for an 8-week free personal skills group, to start in late September. Spanish-language group sessions will be offered on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group is based on dialectical behavior therapy, a treatment approach that emphasizes building on strengths to manage emotions and increase coping skills. The group is designed to help participants develop skills to handle and cope with difficult emotions (anger, fear, sadness, anxiety), improve personal relationships and learn and practice mindfulness. It will meet at the Counseling and Training Clinic in the Natural Resources Center Building at the Island University. For information and to join, call 361.825.3988; or go to http://cnep.tamucc.edu/ctc_skillsgroup.html.

Blackboard Learn and IT Resources Workshops for Students: The Office of Distance Education & Learning Technologies and IT staff at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will host a Blackboard Learn/IT Resources workshop for students to learn to use Blackboard Learn and manage their university computer accounts. The workshops provide a hands-on experience for students to practice using tools like the discussion board and tests, and to check their grades. Students will also become familiar with their university computer accounts, and learn how to manage passwords. They will also learn about the software, learning technology, and IT resources available to them. All workshops located in CCH 123. For more information and to see the schedule, visithttps://iol.tamucc.edu/student_workshops.html.

Course Design and Development Workshops Fall 2017 Cohort 1: The Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies will offer an opportunity to earn a Certificate of Professional Development in Best Practices for Online Course Design.  Please register for the certificate workshops that are set to take place:

  • October 20, 1 – 2 p.m. 

Visit https://iol.tamucc.edu/certificates.html to view the detailed schedule of workshops. For more information, contact Mayra Orozco at 361.825.2122; or email odelt@tamucc.edu.

At Risk for College Students Online Training Program: The University Counseling Center and CONHS is offering an online training program, At Risk for College Students, which teaches students how to recognize the signs of distress in their peers and provides them with information and tools to intervene appropriately with distressed peers. This 30 to 40 minute training is very interactive and utilizes student avatars and video scenarios and has received very positive reviews from past students who have taken it. Faculty may be interested in offering this training as an extra credit option for their students. Departments might consider assigning the training for their student workers. Students can download a certificate of completion after taking the course. The training can be accessed on the Counseling Center website http://counseling.tamucc.edu. (There is also a version of the training for faculty and staff which is also accessible on the Counseling Center website). For more information, contact Pamela.greene@tamucc.edu or call ext. 2270.

Personal Enrichment Courses and Career Training Programs: The Career & Professional Education department within the Office of Community Outreach offers non-academic Personal Enrichment courses and Career Training programs. Let us help you create a career pathway that leads to an industry or nationally-recognized certification. All courses and programs are entirely online and available to the public. Visit our new website at http://outreach.tamucc.edu/elearning/. We also offer Continuing Education (CE) Credits such as CEUs and PDUs. See our FAQ’s section of our website.

Medical Office Basics Suite and Six Sigma Green Belt Career Training Program: Career & Professional Education department within the Office of Community Outreach is excited to announce the launch of six new bundled suites and three career training programs in our catalog. We are featuring the Medical Office Basics Suite and our Six Sigma Green Belt career training program. The Medical Office Basics Suite includes Medical Terminology, Spanish for Medical Professionals, HIPAA Compliance, and Medical Math. Six Sigma Green Belt is one of the top 10 programs in our catalog. The program aligns to the ASQ (American Society for Quality) certification exams, and includes membership to ASQ.  

THINGS TO DO

 

Oct. 18: DSS McLurkin: Come join us for the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Dr. James McLurkin, senior hardware engineer at Google and MIT graduate, taking place on Wednesday, October 18, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. During McLurkin’s talk, titled, “The Future of Robotics is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots are Better than One,” he will share his love of all things engineering with the next generation of scientists and will include a robot demonstration. Tickets for the event are $150 for VIP, $50 for orchestra and $30 for first balcony. For more information, visit dss.tamucc.edu.

Oct. 18-19: Fall 2017 Grad Fair: Join the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s National Alumni Association for the fall 2017 Grad Fair Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the on-campus Barnes and Noble. During the two-day event, graduating students can prepare for commencement all in one place. Make your big day a memorable one by ordering your Islander Lei, Islander Ring, alumni t-shirts, order your cap and gown and much more! For more information, visit http://www.islanderalumni.org/gradfair/.

Oct. 19: Islander Farmer’s Market: In partnership with Grow Local South Texas and the Corpus Christi Downtown Farmer’s Market, Islander Dining at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a Farmer's Market on the East Lawn in front of the Dugan Gym on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Support the local food movement while enjoying live music from Antisocial Science, featuring College of Liberal Arts Dean, Dr. Mark Hartlaub, Dr. Jeff Dillard and Dr. Dan Jorgensen. Visitors can also stop by the Islander Green Team table for upcoming volunteer opportunities or get a free snow cone from the Islander Food Truck with the donation of two cans of non-perishable food for Izzy’s Food Pantry. Dining Dollars, SandDollar$ will only be accepted at the Islander food truck. Cash or credit will be accepted by all other vendors. For more information, email amanda.hall@compass-usa.com; or call 361.825.4354.

NEW: Oct. 19: Fall 2017 Psychology and Sociology Colloquium: Join the Departments of Psychology and Sociology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the Fall 2017 Psychology and Sociology Colloquium, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Presenters include Dr. Yuliana Zaikman, Assistant Professor, on “The Sexual Double Standard in the Real World: Evaluations of Sexually Active Friends and Acquaintances,” and Dr. Miguel Moreno, Assistant Professor, on “Can’t Stomach the Thought: Implications of an Unpleasant Bias Towards High Calorie Foods.” The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, email Lisa.Comparini@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 19: Islanders Night Out: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi invites all students to Islanders Night Out, on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. Special guest speaker is Dr. Keith Edwards. Giveaways include free t-shirts (while supplies last) and food, and campus and community resources will be available. Islanders Night Out is sponsored by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and the Division of Student Engagement and Success. For more information, email angela.walker@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.6219.

Oct. 19: University Singers and Camerata Isla Concert: The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents The University Singers and Camerata Isla Concert on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.825.3756; email miranda.lindley@tamucc.edu; or go to http://cla.tamucc.edu/events/music.html.

NEW: Oct. 20: Science and Cloud Computing Seminar: The Conrad Blucher Institute at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is hosting a seminar called "How Ubiquitous, On-Demand Computing is Changing Scientific Data Analysis" by Dr. Dr. Valliappa (Lak) Lakshmanan on Friday, Oct. 20, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Harte Research Institute, room 127. Dr. Lakshmanan is currently a Technical Lead for Data and Machine Learning Professional Services for Google Cloud. For more information, contact Gina Concannon at 361.825.3226; or gina.concannon@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 20: Octubafest: The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents Octubafest on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.825.3756.

NEW: Oct. 21: Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series: Visiting Author Elinor Lipman: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) partners with the Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series to host Elinor Lipman, author of On Turpentine Lane and The View from the Penthouse. Lipman has taught writing at Simmons, Smith and Hampshire colleges and in 2011-2012 held the Elizabeth Drew Chair in Creative Writing at Smith. Lipman will read from recent work, answer audience questions, and sign books, which will be available for purchase at the reading and at Half-Price Books for 20% off prior to the reading. This event will be in the AMST H-E-B Theater, located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. The event is free for Corpus Christi Literary Reading Series patrons, $10 for the public, and $5 for students with valid I.D. For more information about the event is available online at www.ccliteraryreadingseries.com.

Oct. 21: Register Now for Island Day: Island Day is Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s official preview day program, designed especially for prospective undergraduate students to learn about the robust student life of an Islander. At Island Day, students and their family and friends will have the opportunity to sit in a simulated classroom experience, learn about and tour student housing and tour the beautiful Island campus. The next Island Day is Saturday, Oct. 21. Sign up at http://islandday.tamucc.edu/.

New for this year, the Island Day program will provide prospective theatre students the opportunity to audition for the University’s Theatre Program and receive free tickets for the “De Donde” show!

Oct. 21-Nov. 18: Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camp:  The College of Graduate Studies will be holding several days of Dissertation/Thesis Boot Camps designed to help masters and doctoral students make progress in their research and writing. Boot camps will take place in the GROW Suite, Library room 220, from noon to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Oct. 21
  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Saturday, Nov. 18

For more information, call 361.825.2177, or email spolishetty@islander.tamucc.edu.

Oct. 22: Health Science Association Light of Unity Festival: The Health Science Association at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will host a “Light of Unity Festival” celebration on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. This is an interfaith, intercultural, community-based event. In these times of natural disasters, terrorism, and racial and political unrest, we see still uplifting examples of communities coming together, strangers supporting strangers, and the innate goodness of humankind. Slogans like “United We Stand” and “Stronger Together” are often seen. However, to create a world where slogans are more than mere words, we must take personal action to bring about the “Light of Unity”. The keynote speaker represents The Baha’i Community of Corpus Christi in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the prophet founder of The Baha’i Faith. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.825.3618; or email Sherdeana.owens@tamucc.edu

Through Oct. 22: “¿De Donde?”: The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to present “¿De Donde?” by Mary Gallagher, from Tuesday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 22. The show is directed by Don Luna, Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and will be held in the Wilson Theatre, located in the Center for Arts. The play will run at 7:30 p.m. each day with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Freely translated as "Where are you from?" the title of the play refers to the increasing tide of undocumented immigrants who flee north to the United States from the economically and politically oppressed countries of Latin America. Ticket prices range from $10 for general admission, $7 for students and $5 for Islander Students with a valid SandDollar$ ID. For more information, call 361.825.3756; email miranda.lindley@tamucc.edu; or click here.

NEW: Oct. 23-Nov. 3: Food for Fines: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a Fine Amnesty Food Drive "Food for Fines" to benefit Izzy’s Food Pantry and the Coastal Bend Food Bank. The drive will run from Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Nov. 3. During this time, the Bell Library will forgive $2.00 in overdue fines for students, staff, faculty and community users for each canned food item donated. For more information, email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu or patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Oct. 23-Nov. 22: Campus-Wide Library Survey: All Islanders, including students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will receive an email by Monday, Oct. 23, with an invitation to take part in a Library Survey. The survey asks about your experiences with the Mary and Jeff Bell Library so that library staff and University administration can assess how well the library is functioning to meet the needs of all Islanders. Those that complete the survey will be entered to win a grand prize of a pair of blue Beats Studio Wireless Headphones. Second prize is a Fitbit Charge 2. The survey ends on Wednesday, Nov. 22. For more information about the survey, contact Katharine Mason, research officer, at 361.825.2242.

NEW: Oct. 26: Moms & Tots (and sometimes Pops!): Happy Halloween Party: Museum of South Texas (AMST), which is affiliated with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, will host a special Halloween program “Mom & Tots a (and sometimes Pops!) Happy Halloween Party” on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 10-11:30 a.m. at AMST, located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Come dressed in costume and help us celebrate all the fun that Halloween brings! We will read “The Spooky Wheels on the Bus” by J. Elizabeth Mills, illustrated by Ben Mantle, and play some fun Halloween games. Then we’ll use stamps and paint to create a fun canvas candy bag for all your trick-o-treating needs. Cost for this class is $5 for AMST members and $10 for nonmembers. Pre-registration for this event is required; if minimum number of participants is not met 2 days before class, class is subject to cancellation with full refund; no refunds due to illness. Register online at www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org; or call 361.825.3504. For more information, email AMSTed@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 26: Young Business Professionals Superhero Dinner: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend (YBP) invites all students, faculty, and staff to attend the YBP Superhero Dinner Honoring Wonder Woman Barbara Canales, Port Commissioner on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center. The yearly event is held to honor a superhero in the community and raise funds for the YBP Young Leader Endowment. For more information and to purchase Tickets and sponsorships, visit http://www.ybpcb.com/superhero-dinner/.

NEW: Oct. 26: The Missing 43: Mexico’s Kidnapped Students: The Student Citizen Activists at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are proud to host a Political Education Speaker Series, “The Missing 43: Mexico’s Kidnapped Students.” The event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in the O’Connor Building, room 145. Kidnapping survivor and guest speaker is Omar Garcia, who will recount his story of survival and escape from the mass kidnapping Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico in 2014 that resulted in the disappearance of 43 student activists. An introduction lecture will be given by Dr. Jose Villarreal. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Facebook or email dyzaguirre@islander.tamucc.edu or isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Oct. 26: Inside the Home of a Collector: Stephen McMains: The Art Museum of South Texas’s (AMST) Contemporary Art Circle along with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will host Inside the Home of a Collector on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m.  Local art patron and AMST Trustee, Stephen McMains will open his home to AMST member and community members interested in learning more about collecting fine art. The event will be inside McMains’ private residence located at 252 Circle Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411. The event will be free for AMST members and $10 for non-members. For more information about the event, contact Karol Stewart, Coordinator of Community Services at AMST at 361.825.3513; or karol.stewart@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Oct. 27: College Night at the Art Museum of South Texas: Museum of South Texas (AMST), which is affiliated with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, invites all area college students and student organizations to the annual “College Night at the Museum” on Friday, Oct. 27, from 7-10 p.m. at AMST, located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Explore AMST after dark with a scavenger hunt, enjoy ghoulishly great appetizers, dynamite door prizes, costume and dance contests, a photo booth, face-painting, tarot-card reading, and music by an area DJ. The student organization with the most members in attendance will win a painting party at the Museum. The event is open to students from TAMU-CC, TAMU-K, Del Mar College, and Coastal Bend Community College with school ID. Cost is free to college students with valid student I.D., adult guests 18 years or older $5. This party is for adults only; no minors will be admitted. For more information, visit www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org; or call 361.825.3504.

Oct. 27-28: Fall Opera Workshop Performance “An Evening with Amadeus”: The Opera Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents “An Evening with Amadeus,” on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information, email ellen.denham@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 28: Walk for Mental Health Awareness: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites the campus community and public to participate in the Walk for Mental Health Awareness. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, on the University Hike and Bike Trail. Check-in and registration will open at 8 a.m. in the Hammerhead parking lot and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. The walk is part of The SAFE grant which is focused on providing education about mental health issues, concerns and trends affecting college students. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students and it is the goal of the SAFE Grant team to provide education and awareness about these sensitive topics to our community. Registration is free and open to the public. To register online, click here or contact Lindsey Beat at lindsey.beat@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 28: Alumni Shrimp Boil: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Science and Engineering will be hosting its 2017 Alumni Shrimp Boil on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 12-4 p.m. at the Laguna Madre Field Station. Boats will depart from Clem’s Marina located at 13304 S. Padre Island Dr. to transport guests to the Field Station. The event is intended to help engage alumni, as well as reconnect them with the Island University. This year the college will be honoring Dr. David McKee, Professor Emeritus of Marine Biology retired Professor of Biology and Mariculture, and Dr. Alan Berkebile, Professor Emeritus of Geology. This event is open to all alumni of the college as well as faculty and staff. Spouses are also welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Krystal Thomasson at Krystal.Thomasson@tamucc.edu; or by phone at 361.825.2479.

NEW: Oct. 28: Writing and Healing Workshop for Local Educators: The Coastal Bend Writing Project at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is honored to host “Writing and Healing: How teachers can help students (and themselves) use writing to process the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.” The event, which is free of charge as a service to the Coastal Bend educational community, requires registration at the following link: http://cbwp.tamucc.edu. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1-4 p.m. in the University Center, room 221. Dr. Jen Osborne is the event’s special guest. Osborne is the Director of the Center for Trauma Writing and teaches writing courses at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. Her research on narrative, expressive writing and trauma includes extensive work with survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. For more information, contact Teri Ruiz at 361.825.3151; or email teri.ruiz@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 31: Graduate School Fair: Career Services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a Grad School Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Grad School Fair is an informational forum where undergraduate students can meet and speak directly with admissions representatives from attending schools. It’s a great opportunity to network and get questions answered about specific programs or to obtain general information about graduate admissions in your field of interest. For more information and a list of attending recruiters, visit career-services.tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2628.

Through Oct. 31: 50% off Major Attractions in Corpus Christi: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) would like for Islander students, faculty and staff to enjoy 50% off general admission with a wristband at many local attractions from now until Tuesday, Oct. 31. These local attractions include: Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington, Art Museum of South Texas, South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Horses on the Beach, Japonica at Harrison’s Landing, SegCity Segway Tours, Harbor Playhouse, Selena Museum, and more. Pick up a wristband at any one of these designated spots on campus: University Center Information Desk, Bell Library Circulation Desk, Dugan Wellness Center Front Desk, Lee Alumni Welcome Center Front Desk. For more information, visit http://SeeCC.tamucc.edu/; or call the Corpus Christi CVB at 361.561.2000 ext. 200.

Through Oct. AutoCheck, Tailpipe Tuesdays and More: In three to five minutes, AutoCheck measures harmful pollutants emitted from vehicles. If your vehicle is determined to be polluting, you may qualify for a voucher good for up to $600 in repairs. AutoCheck will take place on the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Located at the first entrance to campus, Island Blvd., just past the stop sign.

AutoCheck is free and open to the public, performed with penalty monies from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality enforcement action. For more information, contact Trent Thigpen at 361.825.3070; email trent.thigpen@tamucc.edu; go to autocheck.cc; or visit the TAMU-CC Community Outreach Facebook page.

Through Oct.: University Dance Club: The University Dance Club invites you to their free ballroom dance classes! Lesson take please on Thursdays between 7-9 p.m., at the University Center. The kinds of dance that will be covered include: Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Waltz, Swing, Samba, Salsa, and more! For more information, contact Professor Hormozi by phone 361.825.6016; or email amir.hormozi@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 1: Walgreens Flu Clinic:  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Walgreens will offer three flu clinics. Walgreens pharmacists will be on hand to administer the flu shot. The clinic is $25.99 cash price or free with most insurance plans. They ask that you bring a valid ID and insurance card if you attend a clinic. Clinics will take place in the Dugan Wellness Center on:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Through Nov. 1: Full Court Press North American Print Exhibition: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Gallery, located at 4024 Weber Rd. in the Hamlin Shopping Center, is hosting the Full Court Press North American Print Exhibition. The exhibition is scheduled to run through Wednesday, Nov. 1. For more information, email miranda.lindley@tamucc.edu; call 361.825.3756; http://cla.tamucc.edu/art/gallery/islander.html.

NEW: Nov. 2: Simulated Drug Bust – High Impact Learning Event: Islander students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a simulated drug bust on campus, Thursday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. All are welcome to participate and learn their citizen rights while witnessing student actors portray campus police executing an impromptu drug search on campus. A media writing class will be in attendance to practice writing about breaking news and a criminal justice class will attend to observe and discuss the legalities of different aspects of drug busts. Free drinks and cookies, courtesy of Island Waves, will be provided while supplies last. For more information on this high impact learning event, email Gabriel.ferreyra@tamucc.edu or Wendy.moore@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Nov. 2: Texas Speaker Series Featuring Dr. Claudia Stokes: Dr. Claudia Stokes, Professor and Chair of English Department at Trinity University in San Antonio will visit Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a speaker series discussing “Novel Commonplaces” or, “Why Do Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Quote So Much?” The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview room 320. In this public lecture, Stokes (click here for bio) provides a history of quotation, tracing its origins in antiquity to its particular popularity in the United States of the nineteenth century, when quotation became especially favored among women writers and African American writers. As Stokes shows, the quotation thus served as an unlikely vehicle for the transformation of American authorship and the rise of writers outside the conventional status quo. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support has been provided by the TAMU-CC Department of English. As a C19 Circuit event, this talk is co-sponsored by C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. For more information, email sarah.salter@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2834.

Nov. 3: Islander Revue Talent Showcase: Join Texas A&M-University-Corpus Christi's Student Foundation Association (SFA) for the 2017 Islander Revue talent showcase on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s theme is “The Remix” sponsored by Whataburger. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 23, and the show is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for all others. Ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. For more information, contact SFA at 361.825.5558; email islander.revue@tamucc.edu; or visit http://studentfoundation.tamucc.edu/.

Nov. 4: Register Now for Island Day: Island Day is Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s official preview day program, designed especially for prospective undergraduate students to learn about the robust student life of an Islander. At Island Day, students and their family and friends will have the opportunity to sits in a simulated classroom experience, learn about and tour student housing and tour the beautiful Island campus. The next Island Day is Saturday, Nov. 4. Sign up at http://islandday.tamucc.edu/.

Nov. 4: Islander Ring Ceremony and Islander Ring Wish: Family and friends are invited to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi fall 2017 Islander Ring Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 4. Two ring ceremonies will take place this year, one at 1 p.m. with a second ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Ring recipients (students) must register with the Alumni Relations Office by Friday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. to participate. Guests do not need to register. The bi-annual ceremony is a campus tradition for students who have made it to their junior year. The Islander Ring symbolizes pride, achievement, and university spirit. Ceremony participants will receive their ring in a beautiful keepsake box that contains a single sand dollar, an exclusive for ceremony participants. Immediately following the ceremony, students are invited to participate in the Islander Ring Wish by tossing their sand dollar into the Lee Plaza fountain. For more information and to register, visit http://www.islanderalumni.org/ringceremony.

NEW: Nov. 4: Kites and Bikes Festival: The Department of Kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in partnership with the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation and Corpus Christi Mayor’s Fitness Council will host a Kites and Bikes Festival at Water’s Edge Park on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2-6 p.m. The festival promotes awareness and education about family fun and fitness opportunities available in Corpus Christi. The event will include a bicycle ride, walk, fitness demonstrations, kite demonstrations, and exhibitors. Proceeds will be utilized to enhance Corpus Christi Parks and Recreational facilities, making our parks accessible to all. For more information, contact Misty Kesterson by phone at 361.825.3299; or email at misty.kesterson@tamucc.edu

NEW: Nov. 4 – April 21: Music Scholarship Auditions: The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is offering a number of talent-based scholarships to both music majors, minors and non-music majors. Scholarships are based upon students’ ability and the needs of the particular ensembles, and range from $200 to $8000 per academic year. Scholarship audition dates are:

  • Saturday, Nov. 4
  • Saturday, Jan. 27
  • Saturday, March 3
  • Saturday, March 24
  • Saturday, April 21

To learn more about the various scholarships offered, visit tamucc.edu/music. For more information on auditions, or to schedule an audition time, call 361.825.2375; or email brian.shelton@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 6: Inspire an Islander Call for Submissions: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the University Counseling Center and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites the campus community, and the public, to submit creative works of art focused on fighting mental health stigma. Submissions that represent the theme will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 6, and will be displayed at the Library as part of a 2-week creative exhibition funded by the Suicide Awareness Focuses on Everyone (S.A.F.E) grant. Submissions can take on any creative art-form including drawings, paintings poetry, or short stories, graphic art and photography. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students and it is the goal of the SAFE Grant team to provide education and awareness about these sensitive topics to our community. For more information, and to submit artwork, contact Eduek Inyang at einyang@islander.tamucc.edu.

NEW: Nov. 6-7: Tidal Hall Beam Signing and Topping Out Ceremony: Leave your mark on the Island University by signing the final beam to be placed atop the new research and life sciences building, Tidal Hall! The campus community can stop by surf lane, near the construction site on Monday, Nov. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to sign the beam. A special “topping out” ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on surf lane, near the construction site. Tidal Hall will support many of Island University’s fastest growing programs within the College of Science and Engineering. In addition, facilities will provide students and faculty with improved resources such as six new instructional labs, 34 research labs and much needed office space. For more information, visit expansion.tamucc.edu.

Nov. 7: Veterans Career Fair: Career Services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a Veterans Career Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. The Veterans Career Fair is an opportunity for students and alumni to learn from employers from around the country about job openings and how to be competitive in today’s job market. The event is industry-based but is open to all students interested in gaining experience or pursuing careers in these industries. All majors are welcome! For more information and for a list of attending recruiters, visit career-services.tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2628.

Nov. 8: Careers in Education Fair: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Career Services is hosting a Careers in Education Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. The Careers in Education Fair is an opportunity for students and alumni to learn from employers from around the country about job openings and how to be competitive in today’s job market. The event is industry-based but is open to all students interested in gaining experience or pursuing careers in education. For more information and for a list of attending recruiters, visit career-services.tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2628.

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Celebration: The Office of Veterans Affairs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, in Hector P. Garcia Plaza, to honor and celebrate student veterans and all veterans and recognize their service and sacrifice. The event will begin with the posting of colors by the TAMU-CC ROTC Color Guard, and include speeches by University officials and a member of the TAMU-CC Student Veteran Organization. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email savannah.blackmar@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3610.

Nov. 10-11: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Midwest Regional Conference: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting the 2017 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Midwest Regional Conference on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Dugan Wellness Center. The conference includes hands-on training and presentations on topics such as injury prevention, agility training, proper body positioning for explosive strength and power, and more. To view a full schedule of  classes, click here. Early bird registration is open until Oct. 31, and students can enjoy a reduced conference rate of $35 for the two-day conference. Prices increases to $45 for students who register after Oct. 31. For more registration information, click here, email don.melrose@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2811.

Nov. 14-19: Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”: The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” from Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 19. The show is directed by Alison Frost, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and will be held in the Warren Theatre, located in the Center for Arts. Known as Shakespeare’s goriest play, “Titus Andronicus” is not for the faint of heart. Revenge, grief and political nepotism live – and die – at the heart of this play. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. each day with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Ticket prices range from $10 for general admission, $7 for students and $5 for Islander Students with a valid SandDollar$ ID. For more information, call 361.825.3756; email miranda.lindley@tamucc.edu; or click here.

NEW: Through Nov. 17: Alan Charlesworth & Jordan Baumgarten: Bear/Hunt: The Weil Gallery welcomes Bear/Hunt, an exhibition of photographic works by American artists Alan Charlesworth and Jordan Baumgarten. Exploring notions of intimacy, domesticity, heteronormativity, and variable masculinities, Charlesworth and Baumgarten present a collaborative vision rooted in contemporary dialogues of individual and collective identities. The exhibition runs Oct. 13, through Nov. 17, at The Weil Gallery located in the Center for the Arts. For more information, call 361.825.3756; email miranda.lindley@tamucc.edu; or visit tamucc.edu.

NEW: Through Nov. 18: ‘Birds in Art’ Exhibition at Art Museum of South Texas: The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST), which is affiliated with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, presents the exhibition the “Birds in Art” through Sunday, Nov. 19. Celebrate our community’s spirit, strength, and resiliency by viewing “Birds in Art,” the exhibition widely considered the “gold standard” for avian art. When Hurricane Harvey waylaid Rockport Center for the Arts’ plans to host world-renowned Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s annual “Birds in Art” exhibition, AMST offered one of its galleries as a new venue for the highly anticipated exhibition. “Birds in Art” celebrates the timeless appeal of birds through fresh and contemporary artistic interpretations. This traveling show is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people in Texas to experience the finest avian art being produced at an international level, including art by three Texas artists including Kent Ullberg (Corpus Christi), Jim Offeman (Missouri City) and Debbie Stevens (Cypress). The creative partnership between the AMST and the Rockport Center for the Arts exemplifies the healing power of art. Admission to AMST, located at 1902 Shoreline Blvd., is free to museum members and TAMU-CC students with valid ID. General admission fees are adults $8, free to children 12 and under, seniors (65+) $6. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. AMST galleries are closed on Mondays. For more information, call 361.825.3500; or email art.museum@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Through Dec. 1: Apply Now for the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowships: The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards ten Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations. The fellowship supports students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline of Friday, Dec. 1, including approval of the dissertation proposal. Apply at http://apply.phikappaphi.org/Awards/. For more information, email jesse.sifontes@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Through Dec. 29: ‘Digital Darkroom’ Exhibition at Art Museum of South Texas: The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST), which is affiliated with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, presents the exhibition “Digital Darkroom,” organized by the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California through Friday, Dec. 29. The exhibition includes work from 17 artists that explore the intersection of art and technology. These artists are masters of different types of digital techniques, such as compositing highly layered imagery, working in 3D and lenticular imaging, meticulously stitching together images, using lighting in highly inventive ways, and much more. The artists and the way they use these techniques are representative of a new generation that is changing the way we view the world around us. Pick up your free Whataburger 3D glasses get the most out of your “Digital Darkroom” experience. Admission to AMST, located at 1902 Shoreline Blvd., is free to museum members and TAMU-CC students with valid ID. General admission fees are adults $8, free to children 12 and under, seniors (65+) $6. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. AMST galleries are closed on Mondays. For more information, call 361.825.3500; or email art.museum@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Through March 1: Scholarship Applications Now Available: The Scholarship Office at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi encourages all students to apply for 2018 – 2019 Undergraduate Scholarships now through Thursday, March 1, 2018. The Island University offers a variety of academically competitive scholarships for all students across multiple major specific areas. For more information, application deadlines and to apply, visit scholarships.tamucc.edu.

NEW: Through June: FAFSA Applications Now Available: The Office of Financial Aid at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi encourages all students to apply for federal student aid now through June, 2018. Students are encouraged to apply early as first time freshman will receive financial aid award in December and returning students in March, 2018. To apply, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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 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.

Nominate an Outstanding Islander: Do you know an outstanding Islander faculty, student, alumni or staff member who is making a difference to the campus community and beyond? Nominate them as an Outstanding Islander! The feature runs monthly on the University homepage and includes a written biography, a photo and a short video. To nominate someone, send an email to luisa.buttler@tamucc.edu with a short paragraph about why the nominee should be considered for inclusion. Also include the nominee’s contact information, including email and/or phone number.

EMPLOYEE NOTES

NEW: Save the Date for Giving Tuesday: Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, Nov. 28) is a global day dedicated to giving back. Charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This is the fourth year that the Division of Student Engagement and Success at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has spent a day giving back to the Corpus Christi Community. All faculty and staff are invited to take part. Registration opens Nov. 1-17. For more information, go to http://seas.tamucc.edu/givingtuesday.html; or email ann.degaish@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 31: Spooktacular/Break in the Day: Staff Council at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a Spooktacular Break in the Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Island Hall Gym. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. There will be prizes for the best costume, games and activities, music, prizes, refreshments, a photo booth, and a pizzarama. Also, bring your wallet to play “Jailhouse Lockup.” Have a professor, staff member or student put in jail. Pay $5 to jail and $5 to bail. Proceeds benefit the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). The event will feature a special thank you to those who have contributed to the SECC and will also provide Islander faculty and staff one last chance to contribute to the campaign. For more information, visit charity.tamucc.edu or contact the SECC Chair, Christopher Palfreyman at 361.825.3260, or email christopher.palfreyman@tamucc.edu or staff.council@tamucc.edu.      

Through Oct. 31: State Employee Charitable Campaign: Each fall, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees have the opportunity to donate to a variety of charities through the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). In 1993, legislation created the SECC where employees of state agencies, junior and community colleges, and universities throughout Texas could enjoy the benefit of giving to many of their favorite charities through an annual workplace giving campaign which features the convenience of payroll deduction. Islanders have a choice of giving through payroll deduction. Simply log into Single Sign On and click on SECC Enrollment. You can then choose to make a one-time gift by check or cash (no payroll deduction) and bring this to the Staff Council office in O’Conner 234 or request a payroll deduction (12 months, 9 months, or one-time). Charities can be found under Charity Search. Paper pledge forms are also available by contacting the SECC Chair, Christopher Palfreyman. The goal is to raise 50% more funds than last year to reach a total of $18,000. Check in at charity.tamucc.edu to see the status of our goal.

NEW: Nov. 3: Working with Transgender Students Training: The Department of Counseling and Education Psychology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a training titled “Working with Transgender Students: Introduction to Language and Best Practices” on Friday, Nov. 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the O'Connor Building, room 115. It will be presented by Lou Weaver, Statewide Transgender Programs Coordinator, Equality Texas, and all faculty and staff are invited to attend. Due to limited space, an RSVP is required. To RSVP, contact Amanda Faucher at afaucher@islander.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.

Workday is Coming to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi: Texas A&M University System is replacing various legacy mainframe payroll and human resource systems with one unified system called Workday. Workday will go live on Sunday, Dec. 17, and online trainings will begin in September. Workday will provide unified finance, human resources and student, faculty and staff lifecycle management cloud applications designed for the way people work in today’s organizations. The Workday Help website is now available to all employees on the Single Sign On (SSO) menu. Log in today to check out the new content developed and check back often to continue to learn more. For any questions, email Human.Resources@tamucc.edu. For a list of frequently asked questions, visit http://workday.tamus.edu/frequently-asked-questions/.

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. Beginning this summer, all students will be required to complete the Think About It e-learning course. Students who do not complete their course assignment will be unable to register for spring 2018 semester courses. 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.

Travel Warning: Please be aware of the following travel warning issued by the U.S. State Department on Monday, May 1, 2017.  It is a generalized warning about travel in European countries. System Risk Management will not place all European countries in Concur for review.  We would however encourage all travelers, regardless of their location of travel, to take the TrainTraq course 2111728: International Travel Safety: Safe Passage PresentationThere is valuable information in this course that can provide the situational awareness skills to aid a traveler when abroad.  If you have any questions contact Elizabeth Longoria at 361.825.2749; or Elizabeth.longoria@tamucc.edu.

HR Horizons: Read the latest HR Newsletter to learn more about wellness programs, time off, and leave programs available on campus. Information is also provided for our new payroll and human resources system, Workday. We’ve also included a Supervisor check list to review before approving time in the LeaveTraq and TimeTraq programs. For more information, call 361.825.2630; or visit http://hr.tamucc.edu to read the newsletter.

Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators: The Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators (CPIRA) consist of individuals elected to represent Principal Investigators and Research Administrators from members of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi research community. The Council is committed to the continued improvement of the research environment for students, faculty, and staff. Specifically, the CPIRA and the faculty and staff it represents, endeavor to work with administration to provide an effective and efficient university organization, to achieve the goal of being nationally recognized and competitive in research, other sponsored activities and teaching. If you would like to learn more about CPIRA visit http://cpira.tamucc.edu/index.html.

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

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.

Determine Eligibility of Affordable Care Act: The Affordable Care Act entitles all employees (with the exception of work-study students), who work more than 30 hours per week to enroll in our medical insurance benefits. The measurement period to determine benefit eligibility for Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 is Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 through Sunday, July 31, 2016 for employees hired before Aug. 1, 2015. Employees hired after August 1, 2015, will be reviewed on a rolling calendar. If an employee works an average of 30 hours per week during the measurement period, the employee will be benefits eligible on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 through Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, regardless of the number hours worked in FY2017. All hours worked and paid via monthly, bi-weekly, or supplemental payrolls will be used in the calculation of average hours during the measurement period. Dual appointments within the University and across the A&M System will also be used in the calculation of average hours during the measurement period. Please note that the employing department on Sept. 1, 2016 will be responsible for the employer cost of insurance. For more information, contact Mary Canales at ext. 6081.

Compliance with the Federal Procurement Integrity Act: The University has defined the parameters to remain in compliance with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act as it applies to contractors who seek procurement contracts from the federal government in order to provide the government or one of its agencies with goods or services.  Detailed information on University Procedure 15.01.02.C0.01 - Compliance with the Federal Procurement Integrity Act, can be found at the University Handbook of Rules and Procedures page at http://academicaffairs.tamucc.edu/rules_procedures/.  For more information, contact the Procurement & Disbursement Department at ext. 2617.

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 emergency affecting the campus.

KUDOS

  • Dr. Ethan Thompson, Professor of Media Arts, is one of only 25 professors from colleges and universities selected to participate in the Television Academy Foundation's 2017 Faculty Seminar Program in California, Nov. 6-10, 2017. The faculty fellows will gain the latest information on the television and content development industries from top entertainment professionals during the week-long seminar. emmys.com/foundation
  • Dr. Laura Munoz, Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History, won the 2017 American Historical Association William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article in a journal, magazine, or other serial on teaching history for her article "Civil Rights, Educational Inequality, and Transnational Takes on the US History Survey." blog.historians.org
  • Dr. Jim Lee, Regents Professor of Economics, commented on the impact the boot industry is having on one town's local economy. texasstandard.org
  • Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Director for the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, commented on the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies' part in the Texas Artificial Reef Program. digital.ecomagazine.com
  • Mr. J. Don Luna, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance, spoke about the importance and relevancy of his show ¿De Donde? caller.com
  • Dr. Kathryn Vomero Santos, Assistant Professor of English, spoke about the recent trending of the #metoo hashtag on social media and how it shines light on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault. kiiitv.com
  • Dr. Paul Montagna, Endowed Chair for Ecosystems and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, spoke about the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Southwestern Texas bays. houstonchronicle.com

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