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February 2010                                                               A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
‘Welcome to Our Jungle:’ Homecoming Packed with Week of ActivitiIzzyes
The annual Homecoming Parade and a crucial Southland Conference men’s basketball showdown against Nicholls State University on Saturday, Feb. 6, will highlight a week of Homecoming activities that include the ‘Pink Zone women’s basketball game against UT-Arlington, the Winter Jazz Mixer and the grand opening of the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center. For a complete list of Homecoming 2010 activities and events, go to http://homecoming.tamucc.edu/.

C-SPAN Civics Bus Offers Insight into Media Coverage of National Events
CSPAN bus interiorPolitical science students and other visitors received an inside glimpse at how national news events are covered by the media on Jan. 28 when Time-Warner Cable brought the C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) Civics Bus to campus. While aboard the 45-foot mobile multi-media demonstration center, visitors were able to access the comprehensive C-SPAN Video Library and additional resources including the Congressional Chronicle, a tool for monitoring and tracking congressional bills and members.

 

Traveling Exhibit Tells Story of Germans Held in United States During WW II
Traveling Exhibit Tells Story of Germans Held in United States During WW IIThe Mary and Jeff Bell Library hosted the traveling exhibit “Held on the Homefront: German POWs in the U.S., 1943-46” Jan. 14-15. The Corpus Christi Naval Air Station was one of 60 camps in Texas that held German POWs during WW II. The traveling exhibit is sponsored by TRACES, a non-profit educational organization that gathers, preserves and presents stories of people from the Midwestern United States and Germany and Austria who encountered each other during World War II.

 

‘Wear Blue for Oceans’ Event Supports Initiative on Ecosystems of U.S. Waters
‘Wear Blue for Oceans’ Event Supports Initiative on Ecosystems of U.S. WatersThe Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation held a “Wear Blue for Oceans” event on Jan. 13 to support a non-partisan initiative to establish a comprehensive national policy to protect, maintain and restore the ecosystems of our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. The draft national policy calls for the formation of a National Ocean Council to coordinate the more than 140 different and sometimes conflicting laws and regulations administered by 20 federal agencies.

 
Awards, Honors and Grants
 

University President Flavius KillebrewUniversity President Flavius Killebrew will be presented with the 2010 “Outstanding Community Leaders” Award by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) at a dinner on Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. Dr. Killebrew will be one of seven recipients of the award which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a willingness and dedication to serve and contribute to the community.

 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received a $100,000 grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation to purchase a Mobile GO Center. Through the addition of a mobile Go Center to its existing GO Centers program, the Title V Department can expand on three key objectives of creating a college going culture in the participating school districts; engaging parents in higher education planning for the students; and enhancing the University’s efforts to guide students on a successful path toward higher education.

 

The Coastal Bend Community Foundation has awarded seven grants totaling $24,500 to programs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Recipients were:

  • College of Education – received $5,000 to purchase books and supplies to teach reading and writing to children at the Boys and Girls Club of Corpus Christi, Greenwood Unit.
  • College of Education/Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center – received $4,500 for the Happy Kitchens, Healthy Choices program.
  • College of Education/Department of Kinesiology – received $2,500 for the National Youth Sports and Wellness Program.
  • College of Liberal Arts/Art Galleries – received $2,500 for its 2010 Summer Art Camp.
  • College of Liberal Arts/English Department – received $2,500 to fund scholarships for its 2010 Young Authors’ Camp.
  • College of Science and Technology/Center for Coastal Studies – received $5,000 for the Coastal Bend Eco-Historic Project.
  • Intercollegiate Athletics – received $2,500 for the Summer Basketball Camp for At-Risk Youth.
 

Dr. Joe Fox and co-investigators Drs. Joanna Mott, Kevin Strychar, Paul Zimba and Roy Lehman have received a $547,905 award from the National Science Foundation for evaluation of microalgae for use as a source for bio-fuels.

Dr. Frank Pezold and co-investigator Dr. Yongjiu Chen have received a $160,170 grant from the California Department of Fish and Game for the study of genetic management plans for the native fishes in the Owens and Mohave river basins.

Dr. Suzzette Chopin has received $600,000 from the National Science Foundation for scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics over the next five years.

Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton has received $357,680 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the Supplement A Nursing Shortage Reduction Program.

Dr. Claudia McDonald has received $2,089,200 from the Office of Naval Research for Pulse!! the Virtual Clinic Learning Lab.

Dr. Richard McLaughlin has received $268,937 from the Texas General Land Office and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the Texas Coastal Management Program Assessment and Strategies Report 2011-2015.

Around the Island
 
The stage will be jumping with the swinging rhythms of pre-World War II America when “Riverwalk Jazz” comes to the Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. “Riverwalk Jazz,” featuring the Jim Cullum Jazz Band with special guest Dick Hyman, is part of the fifth anniversary Furgason Bravo! Series. Tickets are $20 to $30 for adults and $7 for children and students. To order tickets, go to http://tamucc.tix.com; or call 361.825.2787 (ARTS) to charge by phone.
 

“The Vagina Monologues”  castThe Women’s Center for Education and Service will present “The Vagina Monologues” on Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be on sale through Friday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center Commons. General admission tickets are $10, or $5 for students with SandDollar$ ID. All proceeds benefit the Women's Center and V-Day's Spotlight Campaign. For more information, call the Women's Center at ext. 2792; or email womens.center@tamucc.edu

 

University administrators and special guests joined President Flavius Killebrew in cutting the ribbon on the Glasscock Student Success Center
University administrators and special guests joined President Flavius Killebrew in cutting the ribbon on the Glasscock Student Success Center during the grand-opening celebration held Jan. 25. Full Story

Haiti Relief Fundraiser
The Hispanics for Advancement of Community and Educational Readiness (HACER) student organization raised more than $2,000 in seven hours during a Haiti Relief Fundraiser held Jan. 21-22 for the victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed thousands of people and left countless others homeless in the impoverished Caribbean island nation. The money was donated to the Coastal Bend Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Early Childhood Development Center were among the members of the campus community who marched to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Students from the University’s Early Childhood Development Center were among the members of the campus community who marched to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 19. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Hands Raised: From Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama.” The march was sponsored by the Islander Cultural Alliance and led by Americorps student volunteers.

More than 9,100 hundred students turned out for the first day of classes for the spring 2010 semester at the Island University
More than 9,100 students turned out for the first day of classes for the spring 2010 semester at the Island University, an increase of almost 500 over the previous year and the highest-ever for a spring semester. The University offers 38 undergraduate and 31 postgraduate programs through the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences and Science and Technology.

Students from West Oso Elementary School participated in arts and crafts and nutritional bingo games during the VIVA Family Obesity Intervention Night
Students from West Oso Elementary School participated in arts and crafts and nutritional bingo games during the VIVA Family Obesity Intervention Night on Jan. 26. The Viva Family Obesity Intervention Night, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a collaborative project between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the West Oso Independent School District.


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