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June 20, 2018


All University employees are invited to take a break from work and enjoy summertime fun and refreshments at the Summer 2018 Break in the Day. Festivities will be held Thursday, June 21, from 2-4 p.m. in the Center for Instruction Courtyard. There will be lots of fun outdoor activities including bowling, corn hole, hula hooping and hopscotch; along with prizes, music and a photo area with props. Refreshments include ice cream and other sweet treats. For more information, email


Through July 1: Center for Instruction Ceiling Replacement: Starting June 6 through July 1, construction contractors will remove and replace the ceiling on the second floor common areas of Center for Instruction. Be aware that there will be designated areas marked off for access to the second floor. The elevator will continue to be accessible for all staff and students. For more information, contact Jim Eckhart at 361.825.2839 or 361.230.5345; or email

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

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

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

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

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

Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Chick-Fil-A (Only During Orientation)
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday (Based on Summer Camps):
  • Dining Hall
  • Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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

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

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

The following services will continue with their regular scheduled hours:

  • Mail Services
  • Printing Services

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


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

June 20: White Coat Ceremony: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences will honor more than 100 nursing students during a white coat ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). During the event, faculty nurses will cloak nursing students in a white coat, while they recite an oath of service. Students will also receive a special humanitarian pin sent from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the PAC lobby. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Candace Martinez at 361.825.2764.

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

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

July 12: Third Annual Islander Cell Phone Photography Show Opening Reception: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host the third annual Cell Phone Photography Show from Wednesday, July 11, through Sunday, Sept. 16. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Cell phone photos submitted by the campus community, including current and past Islanders, will be on display on the first and second floor exhibit areas. The reception is free, open to the public and includes light refreshments. For more information, click here or contact Jennifer Anderson at

Sept. 13: The Windward Review Release Celebration: The Department of English and Islander Creative Writers at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi will host The Windward Review: An International Literary Journal of the South Texas Coastal Bend Volume 16 on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6- 8:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320. The event features public readings and an open mic to celebrate the release of Volume 16 of Windward Review, an international literary journal operated by Islander students and affiliates. Readings will include poetry, fiction and nonfiction by local contributors who invite connection with our community, culture, eco-socio-political spheres and history. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Carstensen at


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 to request the services of the Marketing and Communications Department.  Final products can include web stories, news releases, social media posts and inclusion in mass email newsletters. Please allow two to three weeks for a finished product. Timing will depend on the information provided, so please contact us early and often.

Campaign/Services Request Form: Are you planning an event and want public participation? Visit 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.


Update Contact Information in Code Blue: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi utilizes a system called Code Blue, which can send emails, texts and pre-recorded messages in the event of an emergency. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for Code Blue or update their contact information as needed. Update at

Be Disaster Aware, Take Time to Prepare: The Division of Information Technology provides several technologies that help to enable employees work off campus in the event of a disaster or evacuation. They include:

  • Connectivity: Eduroam
  • File Access: Syncplicity
  • Voice and Video Conferencing: WebEx
  • Application Access: Outlook Web Access (OWA), Blackboard
  • Emergency Notifications: Code Blue

For further information or to schedule a one-on-one training session, contact the IT Service Desk at 361.825.2692; or visit

June 21-27: Evive Lunch and Learns: Human Resources will host four lunch and learns from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center, Legacy Hall room 145 in June to provide information to employees regarding Evive, how to play the games, what the challenge is all about, and of course benefits! Light refreshments, flyers, and swag will be given out as well. The dates are:

  • Thursday, June 21
  • Monday, June 25
  • Wednesday, June 27

Participants only need to attend one of the four classes. For more information or to RSVP, email; or visit

June 21 & June 28: FAMIS Routing Training: Accounting Services will be holding two FAMIS Routing Trainings on Thursday, June 21, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 28, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Corpus Christi Hall (CCH) 210. RSVP is required by Friday, June 15, to ensure FAMIS users have the proper access to attend the class.The course will provide an overview of FAMIS routing and will cover department signature cards, routing screens, TDP forms and more. For more information or to RSVP, contact FAMIS Security at ext. 3614 or by email There is a maximum of 25 seats allowed in each session.

Through June 29: Your Health Can’t Wait Games: All campuses and agencies in the Texas A&M University System will come together from June 18-29 to learn about upcoming benefit changes during the Your Health Can't Wait Games. Faculty, staff, and their covered spouses enrolled in the BCBSTX medical plan can play to pay towards donations to wellness funds at their respective campus agencies. Donations earned will be paid for by the Evive program. Login to to play one or all of the available games in Game Center and learn about new benefits, upcoming incentive changes, and so much more. Every unique player who participates will earn $1 toward their respective campus/agency wellness committee fund to benefit a special university program.

July 17: Open Enrollment Fair: Human Resources is hosting an Open Enrollment Benefit and Retirement Fair on Tuesday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Retirement, insurance and PERKS vendors will be present at the fair. The fair includes a special presentation by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) from 9-11 a.m. in UC, Lonestar A-B. All events are free and open to all benefits eligible employees.

July 19, July 26 & July 30: Assistance Entering Benefits in Workday: Human Resources is poised and ready to assist all benefits-eligible employees to enter their information in Workday during the open enrollment period of July 1-31. HR will hold three drop-in “lab days” to answer questions and walk employees through the new process. Lab Days will be held in the Bell Library, room 216, on the following days and times.

  • Thursday, July 19, from 9-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 26, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30, from 1-3 p.m.

RSVPs are encouraged. Email to RSVP or learn more at

July 23-26: Register Now for Advanced Placement Summer Institute: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in cooperation with The College Board®, is proud to offer the 2018 Advanced Placement® Summer Institute from Monday, July 23, through Thursday, July 26, on the A&M-Corpus Christi campus. Registration is $549 and is open through Monday, July 2. New and experienced AP® and Pre-AP® teachers are invited to attend this four-day professional development institute where teachers will explore and learn the latest strategies and curriculum topics in a professional environment. Institute courses are led by enthusiastic and experienced College Board® endorsed faculty who will prepare AP® and Pre-AP® teachers to enhance classroom performance and engage their students to meet their potential toward college success. Learn more at

Now through July 27: Upgrade Anti-Virus Software for all University-Owned Windows Computers: Information Technology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has recently upgraded its anti-virus software to provide enhanced security. As part of this change, all University owned Windows computers will need to upgrade their anti-virus software to the latest version, Sophos Central Anti-Virus, by Friday, July 27. If you wait until the update is forced on July 27, you risk losing open documents when your computer restarts to complete the installation. All faculty and staff have the ability to upgrade the software themselves at a time that is most convenient to minimize the impact on University computers any disruption in the work day. Installation takes approximately fifteen minutes and requires at least two restarts for completion.

Upgrade Now - Simple and Easy!

  1. Save your work and close any open programs
  2. Go to the Start button, search for Software Center
  3. Open Software Center
  4. Click on Sophos Central Antivirus Software and click Install
  5. Follow the installation prompts  

Follow this link for a step-by-step guide of how to install software using Software Center: 

For assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at 361.825.2692; or email

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

Aug. 22-24: Course Design and Development Workshops: 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 required for all new faculty.  The three-day workshop will take place Wednesday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to register or visit to view the detailed schedule of workshops. For more information, contact Mayra Orozco at ext. 2122; or email

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

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

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  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 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 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 for more information or contact TAMU-CC Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez at 361.825.2765 or, or Ms. Rosie Ruiz, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 361.825.5826 or

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

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

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

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

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

Title IX Student Video (One is too Many!) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013: The Texas A&M University System has prepared a video to help students understand all the key Title IX issues including definitions, reporting methods, standards of investigations, confidentiality, and related State and federal laws. You can view that video here: 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: 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.


  • Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Director for Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, and Kesley Gibson, Ph.D. candidate at the Harte Research Institute, commented on the blue marlin which washed ashore in Port Aransas that, despite attempts to push it back into the ocean, died.;;; KRIS; KIII
  • Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health and Director for Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, commented on how climate change is effecting the habitats of marine life in the Coastal Bend.
  • Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was honored during the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Mi Casa es su Casa” event, which supports the Mano a Mano scholarship program.; KIII
  • Karol Stewart, coordinator of community services at the Art Museum of South Texas, talked about the museum’s signature summer fundraiser, ArtRageous, which was held June 14. This summer’s theme was Cowboy Cosmonaut. KIII
  • The Antonio E. Garcia Center for Arts & Education’s Very Important Kids Camp was featured for its fun yet academic programming that provides kids an environment in which to learn over the summer.
  • Dr. Mary Thornton, professor of music, and the TAMU-CC Trumpet Ensemble performed in the opening fanfare for the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference outside the Alamo, in San Antonio. Thornton also played in the opening Gala Concert, conducted a warm-up session for the conference’s Youth Day and served as a judge for youth division competitions.
  • Joseph Kilgore, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnus, was one of five collegiate athletes selected to become an honorary Harlem Globetrotter.;; KRIS; KIII; KZTV


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