July 2010                                                                       A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Island Hall Opens to Hundreds of Students, Guests during June 29th Dedication
President Killebrew meets with nursing student University President Flavius Killebrew was joined by Texas A&M University System guests and state elected officials during the Island Hall dedication held June 29. Island Hall is the largest academic building on the University campus. The $45 million, 148,000-square-foot building is the home to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Education's kinesiology program. Speakers included Texas State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, State Rep. Todd Hunter and Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr., Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Chair Fred Heldenfels IV, Texas A&M University System Regent Vice Chairman James Wilson, and Texas A&M University System Chancellor Michael McKinney. (See photo)
Texas State Sen. Juan 'Chuy' Hinojosa (left) and University President Flavius Killebrew chat with a nursing student.  
New Athletic Branding Gives Islanders Stronger Visual Presence
New Islander markTexas A&M-Corpus Christi student-athletes will debut Islander uniforms branded with new marks for the 2010-2011 season. The unique branding features a block "I" and the traditional Islander oval, which will be the primary identity for all 14 sports teams. The marks promote the name "Islanders" on all uniforms and will be displayed on jerseys, athletic gear and authentic athletic replicas. The branding is trademarked through Indianapolis-based Strategic Marketing Affiliates and was developed in a partnership between the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Office of Marketing and Communications, both under the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Youth Sports Program Teaches Scuba Diving Basics to Children Ages 9 to 14
Students learn scuba diving fundamentalsAround 90 students participating in the National Youth Sports and Wellness Program (NYSWP) at the University learned about the fundamentals of scuba diving on June 22 at the Moody Sustainers Field House Pool. The NYSWP educates and counsels children ages 9-14 about healthy lifestyle choices through physical fitness and nutrition.


'ME by the SEa' Demonstrates Better Practices for Teaching Math and Science
Students learn scuba diving fundamentalsMore than 330 teachers from across the Coastal Bend participated in the "ME by the SEa" Conference on June 18 in the Center for Instruction. The annual conference helps teachers learn better practices for teaching math and science to students from pre-kindergarten through college. The 45 presentations/workshops featured hands-on activities teachers can use in the classroom.

More than 100 Students Participate in Summer Theatre Workshop
Theatre camp attendees participate in theatre exerciseThis year, 114 high school students from across the state enrolled in the "Camp on the Coast" Summer Theatre Workshop" held June 13-26. The two-week residential camp provides a highly intensive and creative theatre experience. Students performed one-act plays directed by six theatre educators. The plays were "The Scarlet Pimpernal," "Mariner," "Assassins," "The Diviners," "The Skin of Our Teeth" and "Scenes from an Execution." Participants also studied acting, voice, and movement in morning classes taught by the University theatre faculty.

GATE Students Learn about the Ins and Outs of Computers and GPS Technology
Students in the Governor's Academy for Teaching Excellence (GATE) program learned how to assemble a computer from start to finish during a workshop held June 22 in the Conrad Blucher Institute. That same day, students also used GPS technology to find hidden candy treasures during a geocaching workshop and built Web sites with GIS/GPS maps. In all, 68 high school students from across Texas enrolled in the GATE program June 13-July 3. GATE is for students who interested in teaching careers in mathematics and/or science at the elementary or secondary levels.

Students learn how to assemble a computer
Harte Research Institute Honors Two Local 'Legends of the Gulf'
Harte's Heroes Two local pioneers dedicated to ensuring the health and beauty of the Gulf of Mexico were honored June 18 by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at the Texas State Aquarium. Honorees recognized during “Harte’s Heroes Legends of the Gulf” were Jim Copeland and Dr. Harley Moody. Speakers included HRI Executive Director Larry McKinney; Dr. Sylvia Earle, HRI Advisory Council chair and National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence; and Dr. Wes Tunnell, HRI associate director.

Summer GATE Program Students Launch Boats Made of Cardboard and Duct Tape
Float-a-boat activityGroups of students participating in the GATE Summer Education Program attempted to sail a teammate across a swimming pool in boats constructed of cardboard and duct tape during a "Float-a-Boat" activity June 28 at the Moody Sustainers Field House Pool. The team-building exercise tests the concepts of buoyancy and floatation as they relate to transportation.

Research and Scholarly Activity
Dr. Eliot ChenauxDr. Eliot Chenaux, vice president for Student Affairs, has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Council of Student Services Vice Presidents (COSS|VP). The mission of COSS|VP is to facilitate communications among the senior student affairs officers of Texas public universities. It also serves as a resource for information regarding legislative and other governmental activities that impact the work of the profession and as a forum in which opportunities or issues confronting the profession or campuses may be discussed.
The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) held a week-long international workshop June 21-25 to examine obstacles to creating marine protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Participants of the first "Summer Workshop on Governance for the Gulf of Mexico: Overcoming International Obstacles to Create Marine Protected Areas in the Gulf of Mexico" held on the University campus included U.S. and Mexican graduate students and representatives from international agencies, academic institutions, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations from Mexico, the United States and Cuba.
Awards, Honors and Grants
David DavilaDavid Davila, associate director for Purchasing, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Institute for Supply Management-Corpus Christi, Inc. (ISM-Corpus Christi, Inc.) formally known as National Association of Purchasing Managers-Corpus Christi, Inc. The local organization is an affiliate of ISM international organization with professional members from around the world. ISM membership is open to all interested in the Supply Chain Management including students and faculty. Davila has been a member for more than 10 years and served in board of directors for 10 years.

Dr. Robert VokurkaDr. Robert Vokurka, chair of the Department of Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences, has been appointed to the 2010 Board of Directors for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. The award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive. This is the 11th year that Vokurka has been named to the board composed of approximately 500 leading experts from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and healthcare organizations and government.
Around the Island
The campus community is invited to the "Topping Out" picnic and ceremony to celebrate the placement of the highest beam on the new Michael and Karen O'Connor Building on Thursday, July 8. The picnic begins at noon in front of Lee Plaza. Free hot dogs, chips, ice cream and soda will be served, followed by the ceremony at 1 p.m. On Wednesday, July 7, the beam-signing party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Center, east entrance.

The University Theatre will present the family-friendly, musical comedy "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" from Thursday, July 15, through Sunday, July 18, in the Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday; and at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The play is based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. During intermission and after the show, children are invited to meet the Peanuts gang in person.

The 20th season of "The Territory" series continues Saturdays at 10 p.m. on July 3, July 10, July 17, and July 24, on public television station KEDT-TV. The weekly series of one-hour programs featuring works by independent filmmakers represents a joint project of the Art Museum of South Texas and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For a full list of films, click here.

Reminder: The sixth annual "State of the University" luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Bank Center, Henry Garrett Ballroom. Proceeds benefit the Achieve Partnership scholarship program. Individual tickets are $50. Tables and sponsorships are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call ext. 5894.

Students create artwork
High school students learned how to create artwork in various studios – from painting to ceramics – during a summer camp held June 1-4 on campus. The free camp was sponsored by the University's Department of Art and led by University faculty and graduate students.

HRI panel discussion of gulf oil spill disaster
The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) held four panel discussions in June to discuss the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The panels, held Fridays on June 4, 11, 18 and 25, were broadcast live on Ustream and on KEDT-FM 90.3, and featured HRI experts presenting on a variety of related topics.

President Killebrew presents a $5,000 check to Student Government Association
University President Flavius Killebrew presented a $5,000 check to Student Government Association President Samantha Hernandez and Vice President Marc Martinez on June 16. The check was a donation toward the Hector P. Garcia Scholarship Book Fund reserved solely for the purchase of books for undergraduate students.

Students participate in Islander Band Camp
The Department of Music held its Islander Band Camp for junior high and high school students from June 7-11 in the Center for the Arts. The camp, which included an end-of-camp concert in the Performing Arts Center, is open to all junior high and high school students with at least one year’s experience on their instrument.

Farewell to Dr. Benavides and Paul Cameron
Dean Moustafa Abdelsamad, the College of Business and the campus community bid farewell to Dr. Adolfo Benavides, professor of Economics and associate dean, and Paul Cameron, associate professor of Accounting, during a reception held June 1 in the Faculty Center, Conference Room.

Boys practice during baseball skills camp
The Islander baseball coaching staff held one of two skills camps for boys in grades eight and below June 8-11 at Chapman Field. During the camp, which was held for both beginners and experienced players, participants were introduced to the skills of every defensive position and hitting and team drills.

Girls practice during basketball skills camp
Islander Girls' Basketball held a summer day camp June 7-10 for girls in grades three through 12 at the Moody Sustainers Field House. Campers learned a variety of basketball skills from Islander coaches and current Islander players.


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