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February 21, 2018

FEATURED NOTE

Island University students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, the 11th president of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, during the President’s Picnic on Friday, March 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the East Lawn. Enjoy free food, fun, games and music. The President’s Picnic is part of the Presidential Inauguration Weekend. Visit inauguration.tamucc.edu for more information.

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

NEW: 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 to approved smoking and vaping locations is posted at http://smokingmaps.tamucc.edu/. For more information, please refer to University Rule 34.05.99.C1.

Outdoor Voice and Sound Alarm Testing: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Police Department tests the Outdoor Voice and Sound Alarm System between 2 – 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month:

  • Tuesday, March 6
  • Tuesday, April 3
  • Tuesday, May 8
  • Tuesday, June 5
  • Tuesday, July 3

The testing will consist of two blasts of information. The outdoor broadcast sound system can be heard throughout the campus, similar to emergency sirens and stadium speakers. The system is utilized to warning the campus community regarding active emergencies where there is concern for the safety of students, employees and visitors. No action is required on your part. For more information, call the University Police Department at 361.825.4242.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/PROTOCOL CHANGES

Changes to Wireless Network Coming Soon: Beginning Monday, March 26, the Division of Information Technology will be making changes to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s wireless network to further heighten security across campus. Personally-owned devices (e.g. smartphones) connecting to A&M-Corpus Christi’s wireless network will be placed in an unprivileged network. The unprivileged network allows access to all Internet resources, but A&M-Corpus Christi’s internal resources, such as the I: Drive, U: Drive and printers will not be accessible. TAMU-CC owned devices will continue to have access to internal resources using Islander_Admin. Eduroam continues as an option for all Internet resources and allows convenience when traveling to or hosting guests from other Eduroam affiliated institutions. After the change, you may be prompted to accept a security certificate before you will be connected to the wireless network. If you are unable to connect, please contact the IT Help Desk at 361.825.2692.

CPIRA Monthly Meetings: All Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff involved in research are encouraged to reach out to the Council of Principal Investigators and Research Administrators (CPIRA) on campus. CPIRA is committed to working with the campus community to help achieve the University’s goal of becoming an emerging research institution. Stop by one of the monthly meetings, held on the third Thursday of every month, to meet your CPIRA representative. Upcoming meetings will take place on Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University Center, Oso room 221. For more information, visit http://cpira.tamucc.edu/index.html.

At Risk for College Students Online Training Program: The University Counseling Center and CONHS offers 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 interactive and utilizes student avatars and video scenarios and has received positive reviews. 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 361.825.2270.

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. All courses and programs are entirely online and available to the public. The department also offers Continuing Education (CE) Credits such as CEUs and PDUs. For more information, go to http://outreach.tamucc.edu/elearning/

Medical Office Basics Suite and Six Sigma Green Belt Career Training Program: The 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. The program includes Medical Office Basics Suite and and 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 the department's catalog. The program aligns to the ASQ (American Society for Quality) certification exams, and includes membership to ASQ. For more information, go to http://outreach.tamucc.edu/elearning/

THINGS TO DO

Feb. 21-22: Student Government Association's Spring Town Hall: Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Government Association for a presentation entitled “Free Textbooks-An Open Education Resource.” This event will be a town hall regarding the future of OER resources for students, and how this will help their budget. SGA representatives will also be in attendance to hear any student concerns or feedback about the University. The town hall will be held in the University Center Legacy Room on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22, with sessions staring at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on each day. A&M-Corpus Christi faculty are encouraged to announce this event to their classes, as it will bring great benefits to the students. Snack and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to request disability-related accommodations, contact Justin Bustos at sga.president@tamucc.edu or 361.825.5475.

Feb. 22: Masters of Public Administration Information Session: The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host an information session on Thursday, Feb. 22, at noon in Bay Hall, room 359. This session is for those interested in pursuing a graduate program to prepare them for public service and leadership. Lunch and door prizes will be provided! For more information, contact the MPA Coordinator at Beth.rauhaus@tamucc.edu.

Feb. 22-24: 3rd Annual People’s Poetry Festival: The Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold the 3rd Annual People’s Poetry Festival with a series of events from Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24. Events include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Robb Jackson High School Poetry Awards from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, room 106. Address is 3209 S. Staples. The poetry awards will feature Corpus Christi Poet Laureate, Alan Berecka and 1st Cellist Corpus Christi Symphony, Susan Sturman as well as several local poets. This is a family friendly event.
  • Friday, Feb. 23: Poetry Festival from noon to 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center, Bayview room 320. Includes these of immigration, women, gender, sexuality and comedy.
  • Friday, Feb. 23: Open Mic at Graffitis Downtown, from 8:30-10 p.m. Graffitis is located at 417 Starr St.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Slam Poetry, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center, Bayview room 320. Includes themes of nature, environment, Spanish and “print to performance.”

For more information, and a full schedule of events, click here or visit Facebook.

Now through Feb. 23: National TRIO Day Event: The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University is joining forces with Student Support Services for the National TRIO Day of Service. We are collecting household items, kitchen items, infant and children’s clothing and supplies to donate to the ARK (Assessment Center & Emergence Shelter for Youth) as well as nonperishable food items to donate to Izzy’s Food Pantry now through Friday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. at any of these 3 locations:

  • Early Childhood Development Center, room 212
  • Glasscock Center (PASS Side)
  • Classroom West (1st floor main Hallway)

For more information, contact Margarita Cooper at margarita.cooper@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.3687.

Feb. 23 – 24: Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair at A&M-Corpus Christi: The Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair will be held at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Friday, Feb. 23, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. At the Science Fair, more than 500 top K-12 science students from around the Coastal Bend will show their district-winning projects. Winners from the Science Fair can be nominated to attend national and international science fairs. For more information, including an agenda of events, go to http://sciencefair.tamucc.edu/; or email cbsciencefair@tamucc.edu. The Science Fair is sponsored by Valero and is free and open to the public.

Feb. 23: Bravo Series – Craig Morris, Trumpet: Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 2017-2018 “Furgason Bravo! Series” at the Performing Arts Center, Sunday, Feb. 23, with Craig Morris at 7:30 p.m. General admission ticket prices are $10. TAMU-CC student tickets are $5 with valid SandDollar$ ID. You can purchase tickets at tamucc.tix.com or call 361.825.ARTS. PAC Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NEW: Feb. 26: Voices of Romantic Poetry: Goethe and Heine: The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents Voices of Romantic Poetry: Goethe and Heine on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, and the recital is open to the public. Voices of Romantic Poetry is sure to be a lovely evening of Romantic Era German art song, with a focus on the poetry of Goethe and Heine. The poetry is set by composers including Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wolf, and Hensel. For more information, click here.

Feb. 27: February AutoCheck: 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, Feb. 27, 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.

NEW: Feb. 28: Speed Volunteering Opportunity: The Ellen DeGeneres show and Cheerios have teamed up to inspire one million acts of good within the world and Chartwells Islander Dining is calling all Islanders to help fill 300 “matter” boxes on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the East Lawn. “Matter” boxes will be packed with snacks, information about food insecurity and notes of encouragement from our Islanders. Boxes will then be donated to the Coastal Bend Food Bank and Izzy’s Food Pantry! Islanders are encouraged to help us create a social buzz using #OneMillionActsofGood, #ChartwellsDoesGood, #TAMUCC and tagging @TheEllenShow to draw attention to what the Island University is doing to fight food insecurity. For more information, click here.

Through Feb. 28: ‘Spread the Love’ Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive: Izzy’s Food Pantry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a “Spread the Love” food drive with a focus on collecting peanut butter and jelly during the month of February. Peanut butter and jelly, along with any other non-perishable foods, can be dropped off at donation bins located at the University Center Information Desk and at the Dugan Wellness Center from now until Wednesday, Feb. 28. Izzy’s Food Pantry is a joint initiative by A&M-Corpus Christi’s Student Engagement and Success and the Coastal Bend Food Bank and is located in the University Center, room 204. Enrolled students can receive 10 non-perishable food items once a week at no charge. For more information, go to http://seas.tamucc.edu/FoodPantry/Donations.html or read more here.

Through Feb. 28: Black History Month: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to celebrate Black History Month with a series of fun and education events throughout the month of February. Events include:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 14: Tunnel of Freedom, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14: Round Table Discussions, from noon to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14: Film Screening: “Hidden Figures,” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom.
  • Monday, Feb. 19: Step Afrika!, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Black History Month Movie: “Get Out,” at 8 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: 2018 MLK Awards Luncheon, at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. To RSVP, click here.

For more information on Black History Month Events, visit http://bhm.tamucc.edu/.

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. 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.

March 1: CRECEMOS: Health & Nutrition Series: The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in partnership with Ben F. McDonald Library, will host the “Community Resources: Easing Concerns by Educating on Matters of Science (CRECEMOS): Health and Nutrition Series” during the first Thursday of each month at Ben F. McDonald Library, times vary, please check the website for details. Dr. Xavier Fonz Gonzales, Professional Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will provide scientific information on topics that directly impact our local community including Diabetes, obesity, various microbes and Influenza. Specific topics and dates include:

  • Thursday, March 1: Obesity

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The series will be in English and a bilingual question and answer session will follow. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldlibrary/; or email Xavier.Gonzales@tamucc.edu.

March 1: Buc Days Ideas Challenge Showcase: The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Buccaneer Commission are proud to present the third annual Buc Days Ideas Challenge Showcase, on Thursday, March 1, from 6-7 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom C. The showcase is free and open to the public. The Buc Days Ideas Challenge is a business concept competition open to all Islander students and is a great way to test a business idea, technology, or innovations in a competitive setting. The showcase will include a “live pitch” and will highlight the most promising innovations and entrepreneurial concepts developed by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students. The public and community judges will have the opportunity to choose the top winner of the Ideas Challenge along with the Ideas Challenge video contest. For more information, visit bucdaysideaschallenge.com.

NEW: March 1-31: Women’s History Month: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month with more than a dozen events that highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Week 1 events include:

  • Thursday, March 1 – “Against the Deportation Terror,” talk by Rachel Ida Buff, Professor at UW-Milwaukee. Buff will speak at the William White Library at Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin. The talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • Friday, March 2 – “Where Women of Color Feminisms and Academic Praxis Meet” workshop with Rachel V. González-Martin & Itzel Garcia will be held at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the University Center, Bayview room 320. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Friday, March 2 – Quinceañera Style as Feminist Praxis: Youth, Voice, and Futurity” keynote address by Rachel V. González-Martin, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The keynote address will be held at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in the O’Connor Building, room 145, at 6 p.m., with a pre-event reception in the O’Connor lobby from 5-6 p.m. The reception and keynote are free and open to the public.

For more information on Women’s History Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, including a full listing of events, visit https://tamuccwomenshistorymonth.wordpress.com/; or contact the Women’s History Month committee at 361.825.3756 or elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

March 2: Fake News/Real Artists: 3rd Annual Fine Arts Graduate Student Symposium: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Art Gallery will host the 3rd annual symposium of fine arts graduate student research on Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Centered in topics of current critical interest, the symposium is highlighted by a keynote address delivered by Leticia Bajuyo, Assistant Professor of Sculpture. The symposium is free and open to the public. The Islander Art Gallery is located at 4024 Weber Road. For more information, call 361.825.3756.

March 2 - 3: Presidential Inauguration Weekend: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to welcome Kelly M. Quintanilla, Ph.D., as the 11th President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. A President’s Picnic and Investiture Ceremony and Reception will be held in her honor on Friday, March 2.

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The President’s Picnic will be held on the East Lawn, located between the Center for Instruction and Dugan Gym. Students, faculty and staff are invited for free food, fun, music and games.
  • 3:30 p.m. – The Investiture Ceremony will be held at the Performing Arts Center. Invited guests, along with faculty, staff and students are invited, though seating is limited. The Investiture Reception follows the ceremony, and will be held in the University Center Rotunda.

The Presidential Inauguration Weekend also includes the annual President’s Mardi Gras Ball, to be held Saturday, March 3, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Click here for ticket information.

NEW: March 3: Science Olympiad: The College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Science Olympiad is designed to improve the quality of science education, increase student interest in science and provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education. All this is done through interscholastic competitions where students in grades K-12 compete against other teams. Events will cover a full range of subjects from biology to engineering. To see a full list of events along with their times and locations, visit olympiad.tamucc.edu. For more information, contact Krystal Thomasson at 361.825.2479, or by email at krystal.thomasson@tamucc.edu.

March 3 – 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, 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.

NEW: Through March 5: Call for Volunteers for the Tenth Annual BIG Event: The Student Volunteer Connection at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold The BIG Event on Saturday, April 14. This even gives students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to give back to the Corpus Christi community. Join over 1,000 Islanders participating in the year’s biggest service day! The deadline to register is Monday, March 5. Make sure to sign up at bigevent.tamucc.edu to volunteer. For more information, contact Samantha DeMelim at Samantha.demelim@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2706.

Through March 6: Amy Stevens: ‘Confections’: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Art presents “Amy Stevens: Confections” through Tuesday, March 6, at the Weil Gallery in the Center for the Arts. Taking a humorous, feminist approach to life’s struggles and the futile quests for perfection, this exhibition celebrates one of life’s big moments in the form of an obsessive investigation of the perfectly imperfect birthday cake. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Petican at 361.825.5752; or email laura.petican@tamucc.edu.

NEW: March 6-10: “Hands on a Hard Body” Theatre Performance: The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present the musical “Hands on a Hard Body,” from Tuesday, March 6, through Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Warren Theatre, located in the Center for Arts. Based on a true story, “Hands on a Hard Body,” follows ten desperate Texans as they seek a new lease on life. Armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they endure four sleepless days and nights in an endurance competition. All they have to do is keep at least one hand on the body of a Nissan pickup and the last one standing will drive away with their American Dream! Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for Islander students with a valid SandDollar$ ID. For more information, click here.

NEW: March 8 and April 19: Spring 2018 History Film Series: The Department of History and History Club at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a Spring 2018 History Film Series on Thursday, March 8, and Thursday, April 19, in the O’Conner building, room 145.

  • Thursday, March 8: Dr. Chrissy Lau will lead a discussion on the film, “Picture Bride” at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, April 19: Dr. Scott Johnson will lead a discussion on the film, “The Battle of Algiers” at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

Film screenings will cover the historic events that took place in the year 1958, including protests against racism, imperialism, capitalism, sexism and repressive state violence. For more information, email beth.robinson@tamucc.edu.

Through March 9: Big Event Volunteer Registration: Sign up now to do your part in this year’s Big Event day of service. Volunteer registration opened on Monday, Feb. 5, and runs through Friday, March 9. As the 10th year of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi participation, the Student Volunteer Connection has set a goal of ten percent of Islander students registering to participate. For more information, or to register, visit bigevent.tamucc.edu.

NEW: Through March 16: Now Accepting Nominations for Employee Excellence Awards: The Annual Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Employee Excellence Awards program, sponsored by Staff Council, is now accepting nominations! This program recognizes three exceptional staff employees for their contribution to the University and its mission. Employees are nominated in early spring and should meet one of the following criteria categories as listed on the nomination ballot "Islander Excellence, Islander Inclusion, or Islander Impact." Nominations are reviewed by an appointed committee. For more information, including a description of each category, eligibility rules and nomination forms, CLICK HERE.

NEW: March 20-26: Piano Celebration Week: The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host Piano Celebration Week in the Performing Arts Center. The events are free and open to the public and will take place in the Performing Arts Center. Piano Celebration Week includes a concert series and educational activities such as lectures, masterclasses and workshops led by nationally and internationally recognized pianists and other professionals in the field. It’s also an opportunity for students and teachers to perform on a grandiose stage such as the Performing Arts Center.

Events include:

  • Tuesday, March 20, from 7:30-9 p.m. – Piano-Percussion Faculty Recital – Dr. Sangmi Lim and Dr. Dino Mulic, piano, and Dr. Matthew McClung and Dr. Neil Sisauyhoat, percussion, will play.
  • Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. –  Piano Marathon Concert – 200+ pre-college pianists will engage in a full day recital celebrating piano music and artistry.
  • Sunday, March 25, from 1-2 p.m. – Piano Technician Workshop – Michael Heil, piano technician, will share tips on how to keep pianos clean and well maintained.
  • Sunday, March 25, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. – Lecture, Guest Pianist – Deborah Moriarty, chair of piano department at Michigan State University, will talk about effective practice and different memorization strategies.
  • Sunday, March 25, from 3:30-5 p.m. – Masterclass with Guest Pianist – Deborah Moriarty, will work with three students selected from the Piano Marathon Concert.
  • Monday, March 26, from 7:30-9 p.m. – Monster Concert – Music for eight concert pianists conducted by Dr. Brian Shelton.  The Symphony Viva Children’s Chorus, The Sunshine Quartet, and The Adult Piano Quartet will perform at the concert.

For more information, email Dr. Dino Mulic, Assistant Professor of Piano at A&M-Corpus Christi, at dino.mulic@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3756.

March 22: Humanities Speaker Series: “Being Muslim – A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam”: Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik, scholar of American studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, will headline the spring 2018 Humanities Speaker Series at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Humanities Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, will take place on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Chan-Malik will talk about her book, “Being Muslims: A Cultural History of Women of Color in US Islam,” which explores how Islam re-emerged within the African American community in the 1920’s. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, CLICK HERE.

NEW: Through April 1: Call for Service Site locations for the Tenth Annual BIG Event: The BIG Event is the largest, one-day, student-run service day in the nation, aimed at giving back to the Corpus Christi community. Islander volunteers may assist with everyday projects such as gardening, raking, trimming trees/hedges and mulching. If you have friends or neighbors in need of assistance, visit bigevent.tamucc.edu to register as a free service site. For more information, contact Samantha DeMelim at Samantha.demelim@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2706.

April 7 and May 5: Volunteers Needed for Oyster Reef Restoration Event: Help restore protective shorelines in Goose Island State Park! The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) and Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have announced their 2018 Oyster Reef Restoration Events. Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 7, and Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. to bag oyster shell collected from local restaurants and seafood wholesalers and help build a living shoreline. Every year 2.7 million pounds of oysters are harvested from Texas bays. With the help of the community Sink Your Shucks has returned more than 1 million pounds of that shell back into our bays to create important habitat, filter our waters and protect our shorelines from erosion. Volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt to wear on event day. Gloves, water and snacks will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy closed toe, closed backed shoes, bring a hat and sunscreen. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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. Students are encouraged to apply early as first time freshman will receive financial aid award in December and returning students in March. 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.

EMPLOYEE NOTES

UPDATE: Through Feb. 22: Facility Service Survey: In our ongoing efforts to improve Facility Operations, we have asked Sightlines (independent third party firm) to develop the survey link below. The survey will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 22. Your feedback will help improve facility service regarding campus conditions and voice your general satisfaction with vendor services, their work order process and performance. On average, this survey should take 10 minutes to complete, yet your answers can make a world of difference as we look to improve. For more information, email Minerva.Alaffa@tamucc.edu. Survey: https://www.questionpro.com/t/ACN1QZbWUB.

NEW: Feb. 22-26: Course Building and Classroom Scheduling: The Office of the Registrar will hold a training for course building and classroom scheduling. This training will be using Banner 9 but we will also have training materials available for Banner 8. Other applications used for the training will be Argos and Ad Astra. If you are attending, please make sure to bring duo devices; see below for training dates and locations: 

  • Thursday, Feb. 22: 9-11 a.m. in O’ Connor, room 243.
  • Friday, Feb. 23: 10 a.m. to noon in Corpus Christi Hall, room 209.
  • Friday, Feb. 23: 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Corpus Christi Hall, room 209.
  • Monday, Feb. 26: noon to 2 p.m. in Corpus Christi Hall, room 210.
  • Monday, Feb. 26: 3-5 p.m. in Corpus Christi Hall, room 209.  

For more information and to attend a training, email schedule@tamucc.edu, so the Office of the Registrar knows who can attend the training from each college.

Through Feb. 22: Human Resources Financial Series: Human Resources at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting events to help employees learn how to handle their finances and how to start saving for retirement. Events include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Seminar that will guide you through effective budgeting, from noon to 1 p.m., at the UC Jetty, room 123.

For more information and to RSVP, email sarah.green@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2630.

Feb. 22: Faculty Social: The Center for Faculty Excellence at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites all Islander faculty and staff to a Faculty Social on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m. in the Faculty Center Atrium. Attendees can look forward to appetizers, a cash bar, trivia, and prize giveaways. The social is co-hosted by residents of Faculty Center, including the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Graduate Studies, Department of Undergraduate Studies, and the Division of Research, Commercialization and Outreach. For more information, visit cfe.tamucc.edu. To RSVP, click here.

Through Feb. 28: Islander Impact Survey: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty are encouraged to remind Islander students to check their emails any time after Thursday, Feb. 15, for an official invitation to complete the Islander Impact Student Survey. Students who complete the survey right away will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win one of several $25 gift cards. The survey will ask questions on how students feel about certain benefits and services around the campus such as the campus atmosphere, advising, parking and many other areas. The survey will only be available for two weeks.

Changes to Duo Mail Coming Soon: Beginning Monday, March 26, Duo Mail will be added to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi email for all employees of the University. IT staff will conduct drop-in sessions at Corpus Christi Hall, room 204, to assist you in person. Visit https://it.tamucc.edu/ for training times. If you are using one of the following Duo compatible mail clients, nothing needs to be done on your part:

  • Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Windows and Mac desktops. This is the standard email program that TAMU-CC puts on all desktop computers.
  • Microsoft Outlook Mobile Client for Apple iOS devices (e.g. iPhones, iPads) and Android devices. The Outlook client for mobile devices is available for free from the App Store (Apple) or the Play Store (Android).
  • Microsoft Outlook web app (outlook.tamucc.edu). Any web browser can be used to access your email.
  • iOS Mail, version 11 (for iOS). This is Apple’s own mail client for the iPhones & iPads.

Mail for Apple computers (macOS) is NOT compatible with Duo and will not work with your University email after March 26. If you access TAMU-CC email with a program that is not on the list above, the program may cease working correctly on March 26. For more information, visit it.tamucc.edu or call the IT Help Desk at 361.825.2692.

Flu Season is Here: Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. The University Health Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi wants to protect Islander against the flu. Some symptoms of the flu include sudden onset of fever >100.4, body aches, chills, headache, cough and sore throat. If showing signs of flu, please seek medical attention. To help stop the spread of flu, take precautions such as: stay home if sick, wash hands frequently, and cover nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. For more information, go to healthcenter.tamucc.edu or visit  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

April 9 – 12: 15th Annual Student Employee of the Year: Career Services at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is sponsoring the 15th Annual Student Employee of the Year Program (SEOTY). The Student Employee Appreciation Week starts on Monday, April 9, which will follow a reception on Thursday, April 12, where all nominated students and departments will be recognized. To nominate the SEOTY, go to Student Employee of the Year 2017-2018. Nominations must be submitted no later than Thursday, Feb. 15. For more information, email Sharon.herrera@tamucc.edu.

April 27: Save the Date for 22nd Annual Islander Awards Celebration: Mark your calendar for the 22nd Annual Islander Awards Celebration on Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Full agenda to be announced later. Come out to support Islander faculty and staff members as they are recognized for various milestones, including five years of service at the University, excellence in teaching and teaching innovation. Also honored will be employees who have recently retired or graduated, Honors Program faculty, Dorothy Yeater Scholarship winners, University Police Department awards and the Leadership, Excellence and Development program participants. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hr.tamucc.edu/Recognition/index.html.

April 28: Partnership Conference Proposals Open: The School and University Partnership Conference for Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accepting proposals for presenters now through March 19. The Conference “Promising Practices for Improving Instruction,” will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The conference is a venue supporting the professional development of educators, including all of the university and school partners, researchers, technology professionals, and counselors who support this development. The conference is free. For more information and to apply, visit http://supce.tamucc.edu/; or email Lucinda.sohn@tamucc.edu.

Workday Notification from Payroll: The Texas A&M University System has replaced its legacy mainframe payroll and human resource systems with a modern, user-friendly system called Workday. These changes may affect employee paychecks in calendar year 2018, and may affect all A&M System employees. What this means:

  1. It is a new year, which means IRS tax tables update. This adjustment to the IRS tax tables occurs each year. This may result in a minor difference in your federal withholding amount.
  2. The maximum taxable earnings for Social Security withholding for 2018 will increase to $128,400. In addition, if you hit the maximum for Social Security withholdings in 2017, this will reset with the new year.
  3. All supplemental wages will be subject to federal income tax at 25 percent per IRS regulations and all pre-taxable deductions will be proportionately distributed across both supplemental wage and regular taxable wages. This may result in a minor difference in your federal withholding amount.

If you have any questions, email payroll@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

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 emergency affecting the campus.

KUDOS

  • Dr. Jennifer Pollack, associate professor of marine biology, and Dr. John Scarpa, associate professor of aquaculture and program coordinator for the Fisheries and Mariculture program, were each awarded funding from the Texas Sea Grant program to conduct research. guidrynews.com
  • Dr. Gary Jeffress, professor of geographic information science and director of the Conrad Blucher Institute, and James Rizzo, assistant director of operations for the Conrad Blucher Institute, commented on the outdated flood maps in Corpus Christi. caller.com/story
  • Dr. Larry McKinney, executive director of the Harte Research Institute, gave his insight on Gulf restoration efforts. nola.com/opinions
  • Dr. Isabel Araiza, associate professor of sociology and McNair mentor, testified during a court case on the judge election process for the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. caller.com/story
  • Dr. Scott Pool, professional assistant professor of music, will feature music from his upcoming CD, Solo, in the “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes” concert. broadwayworld.com
  • Dr. Gail Sutton, chief operating officer at the Harte Research Institute, commented on the “Sink Your Shucks” program. KRIS; KZTV
  • Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, president of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, commented on the Memorandum of Agreement signed between the Island University and the U.S. Coast Guard. kiiitv.com/story; KIIITV
  • Ann Hodges, special collections librarian and university archivist, commented on the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers returning home to the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Univision

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