The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) invites the Coastal Bend Community to celebrate their participation in Discovery Channel’s 2017 Shark Week with a live screening of the episode “The Lost Cage,” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at Brewster Street Ice House. Watch as a team of HRI researchers spend ten days 500 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico working on an artificial reef fully immersing themselves into the ecosystem and learning about the sharks that utilize these unique habitats. A special meet and greet with the HRI researchers and shark-tagging demonstration will take place at 6 p.m. There will be shark themed giveaways throughout the night. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jaime.Dietrich@tamucc.edu.
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.
Through Aug. 27: IT Help Desk and IT Computer Lab Holiday Hours:
-Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-Saturday and Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
-Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
-Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED
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.email@example.com 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.
Through July 21: Art Museum Summer Camp: The Art Museum of South Texas will host “Session Five: WHO ART YOU?” of the Fine Art of Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21, at the AMST Creation Station in the museum for children ages K5-12. Tuition for members of the museum is $150 and for non-members is $170. For more information, call 361.825.3504; email AMSTed@tamucc.edu; or register online at www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org.
July 26: Shark Week Screening of “The Lost Cage”: The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) invites the Coastal Bend Community to celebrate their participation in Discovery Channel’s 2017 Shark Week with a live screening of the episode “The Lost Cage,” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at Brewster Street Ice House. Watch as a team of HRI researchers spend ten days 500 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico working on an artificial reef fully immersing themselves into the ecosystem and learning about the sharks that utilize these unique habitats. A special meet and greet with the HRI researchers and shark-tagging demonstration will take place at 6 p.m. There will be shark themed giveaways throughout the night. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jaime.Dietrich@tamucc.edu.
Through July 28: Artist in Residence Show 2017: The Art Center of Corpus Christi, in partnership with the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is hosting the Artist in Residence Show through Friday, July 28. The Art Center of Corpus Christ is located at 100 N. Shoreline Blvd. The free show will display work created by artist and former Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Art Professor Jacob Augsburger during his five-day stay at the Laguna Madre Field Station. Works from the artist will be on sale and a portion of the proceeds will go to maintain the Laguna Madre Field Station. For more information, click here, or call 361.825.3659.
Through Aug.: Summer/Fall 2017 Class Registration: Starting Tuesday, April 4, eligible students can register online at http://sail.tamucc.edu/; or in person at the Student Services Center (round building) according to their classification below.
For more information, visit http://registrar.tamucc.edu/.
NEW: Aug. 3: Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing will hold its summer induction ceremony on Thursday, August 3, at 7 p.m. in the Island University Performing Arts Center. Membership in the nursing honor society consists of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as nurse leaders from around the Coastal Bend community. For more information visit, http://etaomicron.nursingsociety.org/home .
Through Aug. 4: 2017 Freshman Orientations for Fall: Freshman orientation dates for Fall 2017
For more information or to register, visit orientation.tamucc.edu; or call the Islander Welcome Center at 361.825.8687. Follow New Student Orientation on Twitter for the latest updates @TAMUCCnso.
Aug. 4: CONHS Summer 2017 Recognition Ceremony: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be holding its summer 2017 recognition ceremony on Friday, Aug. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony will recognize those students who will be receiving their degrees during the 2017 Summer Commencement ceremony. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Candace Martinez at 361.825.5708.
Aug. 5: A&M-Corpus Christi Summer Commencement: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold one summer commencement ceremony for all five colleges on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. at the American Bank Center. Commencement speaker is Nick Jimenez, Columnist for the Corpus Christi Caller Times. For more information, including live streaming information and the American Bank Center’s bag policy, go to http://commencement.tamucc.edu/.
Through Aug. 18: STEM Summer Institutes: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Department of Science and Engineering invites High School and Middle School students to attend the 2017 STEM Summer Institutes, during the following dates:
For more information, and to register, visit http://sci.tamucc.edu/ENGR/stemsi/index.html; or call Mayra Alvarado at ext. 6025.
Aug. 24: Graduate Student Orientation: The College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be hosting a graduate student orientation on Thursday, Aug. 24, from 4:30-8 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. Orientation encourages students to make the most of the university experience by providing access to information about the campus and its various resources and is a perfect opportunity for students to meet fellow graduate students, advisors, professors, and representatives of student services on campus. Orientation is free to attend but pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Aug. 23. Students who preregister will be entered into the Tuition Voucher Drawing, which will be held at the end of the orientation. For more information or to register, visit https://gradschool.tamucc.edu.
Through Aug. 31: Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape Art Exhibition: Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, and The Art Museum of South Texas located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, TX will display the exhibition Julian Onderdonk and the Texan Landscape presents a select group of extraordinary landscape paintings by the Texas master Julian Onderdonk through Thursday, August 31. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the exhibition celebrates the long-awaited publication of Julian Onderdonk: A Catalogue Raisonné by Harry Halff and Elizabeth Halff (published by the MFAH, October 2016). This tightly focused show will feature some 30 signature works by the artist, highlighted as masterworks in the publication, lent by museums and private collectors throughout the U.S. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free to museum members and TAMU-CC students with valid SandDollar$. General admission fees are adults $8, free to children 12 and under, seniors (65+) $6. For more information, call the museum at 361.825.3500; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through Aug.: Register for the New Writing Studies Degree Track: Explore and practice the ways in which writing, and by extension, literacy, language, and rhetoric function in society with the new Writing Studies Degree Track, to begin in fall 2017. Registration starts in early April. With this emphasis in Writing Studies, students will learn about and experience a broad range of ways to use writing – from technical and professional writing to creative writing – and through that exposure, students will gain a theoretical and historical grounding in rhetoric and modern writing studies. Beyond that foundation, students are encouraged to create their own path through the coursework that meets your personal goals, in any profession, career or life journey. Writing enables commerce, communication, justice and celebration – and in countless ways – defines the human experience. For more information on the new Writing Studies Degree Track, go http://writing.tamucc.edu/.
Through Sept. 10: The Outwin 2016 American Portraiture Today Art Exhibition: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and The Art Museum of South Texas will hold the exhibition The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today is on display through Sunday, September 10, located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. Every three years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists across America to present the art of portraiture through its Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, it is the premiere national juried competition to celebrate excellence and innovation in portraiture. Featuring 43 artists from the competition, including five artists from Texas. Originally, on display in Washington D.C., the exhibition ends it four-museum U.S. tour with AMST. The exhibition has been made possible by the support from the Virginia Outwin Boochover Portrait Competition Endowment, and is available during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free to museum members and TAMU-CC students. General admission fees are adults $8, free to children 12 and under, seniors (65+) $6. For more information, call the museum at 361.825.3500; or email email@example.com.
Sept.13: State of the University: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the State of the University 2017 on Wednesday, September 13. Join us for an afternoon of celebration as we share our vision for continued success and Islander Impact. Hear from the Island University’s top leadership and rising scholars during a luncheon in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Afterwards, guests may enjoy a campus tour led by students. Sponsorships are available for $2,500 and $1,000. Individual tickets are $50. Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, May 20. For more information, go to sotu.tamucc.edu, contact Jamie.Dietrich@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.2763.
Through Sept. 15: Second Islander Cell Phone Photography Show: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library invites the public to the second Islander Cell Phone Photography Show. The free show will feature more than 50 photographs, which will be displayed in the library’s downstairs atrium exhibition space through Friday, Sept. 15. Islander faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 361.825.3321.
Through Sept. 17: Art Museum of South Texas Exhibition Tidal Shift: The exhibition Tidal Shift: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Art Faculty Biennial will be on display through Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Art Museum of South Texas 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. and features current work by the talented Corpus Christi artists who are the dedicated faculty of the TAMU-CC Department of Art and Design. This exhibition highlights the variety and skill of successful artists and scholars at the forefront of their fields recruited from throughout North America by TAMU-CC. Creative research activities for these energetic individuals begins in their studios and extends to museums and galleries across the globe. Contributing Artists include Meg Aubrey, Dr. Amanda Garcia, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Rich Gere, Jack Gron, Louis Katz, Kevin Mercer, Nancy Miller, Ryan O’Malley, Joe Pena, Dr. Laura Petican, and Greg Reuter. The exhibition is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the museum is free to museum members and TAMU-CC students with valid IDs. General admission fees are $8 for adults, free to children 12 and under, seniors (65+) $6. For more information, call the museum at 361.825.3500; or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Workday is the New Human Resources Information System: Texas A&M University System is adopting Workday as their new human resource information system for payroll and human resources processes. Workday provides 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. Login 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.email@example.com, or Ms. Rosie Ruiz, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 361.825.5826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Presentation. There 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.email@example.com.
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.
July 25: Open Enrollment and Retirement Fair: Mark Your Calendars, this year’s Open Enrollment and Retirement Fair will be held on Tuesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center Anchor Ballrooms. Insurance and Retirement representatives will be available to answer any questions. For more information, contact Mary Y. Canales at 361.825.6081; or visit hr.tamucc.edu.
July 27: HUB Training Class: A University HUB Training Class will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the University Center, OSO room 221. A sack lunch and drinks will be provided. Space is limited to 25 participants. To RSVP, or for more information, contact Nora Sai at 361.825.2183; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 1: Payroll Changes for Non-exempt Employees effective September 1, 2017: The Payroll Office at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi would like to update you on the transition of non-exempt employees from the monthly payroll to a bi-weekly payroll. Originally, the transition was planned to take effect June 1. After a review of the effects of this transition, it has been determined that a September 1, transition date will best benefit our employees. In addition, the Texas A&M University System has approved a change to the bi-weekly pay period and will transition from the current Thursday to Wednesday work week, to a Sunday to Saturday work week. This transition will also begin on September 1. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please feel free to contact Lupita Regalado, Director of Payroll and Tax Compliance Office at 361.825.2408 or email email@example.com. For a list of frequently asked questions, visit http://payroll.tamucc.edu/FAQ.html.
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.
NEW: 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.
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.
Go to http:/tamucc.edu/fac_staff/islanderbriefs/submit.html and follow the sample submission guidelines. Events should be submitted no more than one month in advance. Submissions are due by noon on the day prior to distribution. Marketing and Communications reserves the right to edit announcements. For more information, or for assistance in placing an announcement, contact Charli McCandless at ext. 2420.