December 2010                                                                     A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center Celebrates Grand Opening
CB Innovation CenterThe grand opening for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at its new location in the University's Flour Bluff building at 10201 S. Padre Island Drive. Reception and tours will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers will include University President Flavius Killebrew; Mayor Joe Adame; Eloy Salazar, chairman of Corpus Christi Business Job and Development Corp. Board; Dr. Moustafa Abdelsamad, dean of the College of Business; and Richard Bell, director of the Business Innovation Center. (Full Story)
Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Those Who Have Served in the U.S. Military
Veterans Day ObservanceTexas A&M-Corpus Christi honored those who have served in the U.S. Military and saluted our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and throughout the world during the Island University's annual Veterans Day Observance held Nov. 11 in the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza. The keynote speaker was Nueces County Veterans Service Officer Toby Cross. The national anthem and other patriotic songs were performed by the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi. The Colors were posted by the ROTC Islander Battalion Color Guard. The event was co-sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Office, the Islander ROTC Program and the United Student Veterans Organization.

Christopher Markwood Named Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Dr. Christopher MarkwoodDr. Christopher L. Markwood of the University of Wisconsin-Superior has been selected as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The appointment is pending approval of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Dr. Markwood currently serves Wisconsin-Superior as its interim chancellor. He is anticipated to begin his duties at the University during the spring academic semester.
University Theatre Presents 17th Century Comic Battle of the Sexes
The RoverThe University Theatre presented the festive comedy "The Rover" from Nov. 11-14 and from Nov. 18-21 in the Wilson Theatre in the Center for the Arts. "The Rover" is written by Aphra Behn, who is considered by many to be the first professional female playwright, is set in the 17th century during carnival time. The play was directed by Kelly Russell, associate professor of theatre.
International Education Week Highlights Two Special Events
International Education WeekThe University celebrated International Education Week with two events highlighting programs that allow American students to study abroad and offer opportunities for students from other countries to study in the United States. The week-long celebration kicked off Nov. 15 with the "Colors of the World" reception which included cultural artifacts on loan from the South Texas Alliance of Indigenous People, the Coastal Bend Filipino-American Association, the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica, and the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures. The second event, "Journey through the World," held Nov. 16 featured international student performances of music and dance from Africa, Colombia and Turkey in the University Center Legacy Hall. The events were sponsored by the University's Office of International Education and international students.
Leadership and Managerial Course Offers Students Philanthropic Projects
LeadershipThis semester, students in Dr. Karen Middleton's "Leadership and Managerial Effectiveness" course learned the importance of community philanthropy by designing and implementing their own service learning projects. The students were involved with three team projects. Two teams worked with Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi to ship "Christmas in November" boxes to troops deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and at sea. A third team supported the community-building project Rockport for Veterans by improving the landscaping for a home available year round to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their families. With the support of area businesses, the students raised more than $10,000 in cash donations and gifts-in-kind for their projects.
Research and Scholarly Activity
Dr. Guang ZengDr. Guang Zeng, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Research, presented the paper "America’s Youngest Kindergarteners' Elevated Levels of Internalizing Problems at School Entry and Beyond: Evidence from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS)-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade" at the joint meeting of the 19th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) and the 6th Congress of Asian Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions held June 2-6 in Beijing, China. The presentation was published in the Chinese Medical Journal, 123 (Supplement 2), 32.
Dr. Ethan ThompsonDr. Ethan Thompson, associate professor of communication, wrote the op-ed article "Entertainment as Politics," which appeared on-line for The New York Times in October debating if satirists like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert help increase public engagement or add to voter cynicism. Thompson, a co-editor of the book "Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era" published in 2009, is also working on a new book titled "Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture."
Dr. JoAnn CanalesDr. JoAnn Canales, associate dean of Graduate Studies, has been appointed to a six-year term as secretary of the board of directors of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The AAHHE is a national, educational non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of higher education with a focus on developing Latino faculty and senior administrators.
Awards, Honors and Grants
Dr. Jack Cassidy

Dr. Jack Cassidy, associate dean of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, has received the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) Laureate Award. Cassidy, who is the first professor from Texas to receive the ALER Laureate Award, was recognized Nov. 6 during the 54th annual ALER Conference held in Omaha, Neb. The award criteria includes the influence on other reading professionals through mentoring, teaching, and other activities; longevity of membership in ALER; engagement in research, publications, and presentations that involve collaboration with students, teachers, and other professionals.

Meagan BryandMeagan Bryand, an intervention specialist with Title-V Undergraduate Programs at the Center for Academic Student Achievement pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, earned first place for her oral presentation at the eighth annual Texas A&M University System Pathways Student Research Symposium held Oct. 22-23 at West Texas A&M University. Her presentation was titled "Saving Face: Face Concerns, Facework, and Self-Construal Differences among Hispanics and Caucasians." Bryand was chosen from 52 students across Texas in the social science humanities division. 
Around the Island

The University will hold its "Islander Lights" celebration on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Performing Arts Center plaza. Holiday festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a 3-mile Islander fun run and 1½-mile walk around the hike and bike trail followed by Santa’s visit to the Island at 6 p.m. The Wishes and Dreams Toy Drive and Student Picnic will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. At 7 p.m., the switch will be thrown to illuminate the campus along Ocean Drive in Islander blue, green and white lights. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2231.

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies will host the second "Holidays at the Harte" open house on Friday, Dec. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In conjunction with this event, there will be a holiday student benefit sale of original art, prints, seashells, books, and other special holiday gift items. For more information, call Allison Knight at ext. 2066.


Winnebago ManThe South Texas Cinémathèque film series will screen the award-winning documentary "Winnebago Man" (2009, 85 min.) by Ben Steinbauer on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in the H-E-B Auditorium of the Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Following the screening, Steinbauer will discuss the film based on his search for Jack Rebney, a legendary RV salesman who became a YouTube sensation in 2005. The film series is sponsored by the Art Museum and the Department of Communication and Theatre and spotlights innovative works by internationally-recognized independent filmmakers. The film, which is for mature audiences, is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 2296.

The College of Education will host the Westside Business Association's 27th annual "Navidad de los Niños" children’s Christmas festival on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center, 2021 Agnes St. The festival will include music, children's activities, pictures with Santa, entertainment by various dance groups, book giveaways, and the chance to win bicycles and other prizes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.882.7837.

The Department of Music presents the 10th annual Holiday Gala Concert on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Children and families are invited to the pre-concert festivities in the lobby which will include games, a drawing, and pictures with Frosty the Snowman. The concert begins at 5 p.m. and features a variety of holiday favorites. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children and students with SandDollar$ ID get in free.  Proceeds benefit music scholarships. For more information, call Olivia Ross at ext. 3756.

Michael Martin MurpheySinging cowboy poet Michael Martin Murphey will once again celebrate the holiday season at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi when he brings his highly-acclaimed "Cowboy Christmas" concert back to the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Reserved-seat tickets are available at or by calling 361.825.ARTS (2787) to charge by phone. Tickets are $35 and $25 with $7 tickets for children and students with ID. Faculty and staff receive a $10 discount on up to four tickets in the $35 and $25 sections for this annually sold-out concert. You must show your SandDollar$ ID in person at the PAC box office to receive the discount. Box office hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Todd HunterThe University will hold its Fall 2010 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Bank Center arena. Commencement speaker will be state Rep. Todd Hunter. For more information, contact Norma Cantu at ext. 2722.


Vietnam Night
Students from the Vietnamese Student Association participated in traditional dance, song and games from their native country during the second "Hidden Charm" Vietnam Night held Nov. 23 in the Warren Theatre. The event included a reception and choreographed routines in costume for the Ao Dai dance, the Ao Ba Ba dance and bamboo dance.

More than 600 high school and middle school students from 16 area school districts took part in "GIS Technology is Changing our World" held Nov. 17 at the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science. The event was co-sponsored by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Del Mar College as part of Geography Awareness Week. Participants watched demonstrations of GIS, Global Positioning System and Remote Sensing-Satellite technology and received hand-on instruction from GIS professionals and experts.

Women in the Arts
Works in the various media women use to express their artistic talents were on display during the seventh annual "Celebration of Women in the Arts" held Nov. 11 in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom. The event sponsored by the Women's Center for Education and Service included an art sale and interactive art stations featuring therapeutic collage making, make-up and henna application, beginners sewing techniques and cake decorating.

Culture Fest 2010
Students and the community celebrated their cultural diversity during Culture Fest 2010 held Nov. 6 in the University Center. Attendees participated in interactive workshops, sampled ethnic foods and enjoyed exhibits and live music performances. Cultures from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, and the Native American culture were represented. This year's festival, presented by the Islander Cultural Alliance and affiliate organizations, was themed "International Airlines: The Destination is Unity."

Heart Gallery
Photos of 38 South Texas foster children seeking permanent adoptive families were displayed at the sixth annual "Heart Gallery of South Texas" opening reception held Nov. 10 at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center. (Full Story)

Gear Up
The Texas GEAR UP State Conference hosted more than 400 educators, parents, and university and community partners from the 19 GEAR UP partnership grants across the state Nov. 9-10 at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. The conference titled "Navigating to College Success" was hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's College of Education and the STAR GEAR UP (Students Training for Academic Readiness/Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness of Undergraduate Programs).

Turkey bowling
Sigma Alpha Iota, the international women's music fraternity, Lambda Gamma Chapter sponsored its fundraiser "Turkey Bowling with the Sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota- Lambda Gamma Chapter" on Nov. 22 on the Bay Hall Lawn. Participants paid $1 to bowl two times. The top bowlers were entered into a drawing for prizes.   

Coffee mixer
The campus community gathered Nov. 22 for a multi-cultural coffee mixer sponsored by the Colombian Student Association in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom. The evening included an array of Columbian cultural dances, Colombian foods and coffee.


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