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May 2010                                                                A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 

University Unveils New Mobile Go CenterUniversity Unveils New Mobile Go Center
The Title V Department unveiled its new Mobile GO Center April 21 at the Science and Technology Plaza. The University’s Mobile GO Center was funded by a $100,000 grant provided by the Texas Pioneer Foundation. Pictured are (from left): Dewy Brooks, program director of Outreach Initiatives for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Heather Guerrero, director of the University's Foundation and Corporate Relations; Dr. Gerardo Moreno, assistant vice president for Student Success; Fred Markham, president of the Texas Pioneer Foundation; University President Flavius Killebrew; First Lady Kathy Killebrew; and Leslee Basse, Title V program manager.

 

Community Enjoys Improvements to the Antonio E. Garcia Arts Center Playground
Community Enjoys Improvements to the Antonio E. Garcia Arts Center PlaygroundThe Junior League of Corpus Christi’s Playground Pals committee unveiled park improvements at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts Center during a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony held April 10. The event hosted by City Councilman Kevin Kieschnick included a children’s 1K fun walk and a tree and garden planting by Lamar Elementary School students. The park located behind the Garcia Center will include a walking/jogging trail, circuit training area and a playground set.

 

College of Business Honors Larry Urban as 2010 Kirkland Award Recipient
College of Business Honors Larry Urban as 2010 Kirkland Award RecipientLarry J. Urban, who was honored with the 2010 G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visitor in Business Administration Award by the College of Business, chatted with students prior to addressing the campus and community April 27 in the Performing Arts Center. Later in the day Urban, chief project engineer and co-founder of Urban Engineering, was recognized during the annual Honors Luncheon for outstanding College of Business students. The award was created to honor Kirkland who was the University’s vice president for development from 1975 through 1978.

 

Ashley Smith Recognized as University’s 'Student Employee of the Year'
Ashley Smith Recognized as University’s Student Employee of the YearAshley Smith (left) was named “Student Employee of the Year” at an event recognizing outstanding student workers April 15 in the University Center, Legacy Hall. Smith, who works for the Center for Academic Student Achievement, received a $100 SandDollar$ card from Career Services. First runner-up Victoria Murray (center), University Center Student Activities, received a $75 SandDollar$ card and second runner-up Erica Westbrook (right), Women’s Center for Education and Service, received a $50 SandDollar$ card.

 
Research and Scholarly Activity

Dr. Thomas Shirley, HRI endowed chair for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, former HRI doctoral student Dr. Peter Etnoyer and current HRI doctoral student John Woods co-authored an article titled “How Large is the Seamount Biome” which was recently published in the journal Oceanography. The article, which sites a new study indicating that seamounts are one of the largest habitats on Earth, is one of the first attempts to assimilate global estimates for all marine and terrestrial biomes in one place.

 

Portrait of Dr. Frank SpaniolDr. Frank Spaniol, a professor of exercise science in the Department of Kinesiology, was a presenter at the third annual National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) International Conference April 16-17 in Arnhem, Netherlands. Spaniol lectured on “Utilizing Technology to Improve Athletic Performance” and “Testing and Evaluation Techniques to Improve Athletic Performance.” NSCA supports and disseminates research-based knowledge for practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.

 
Awards, Honors and Grants
Portrait of Dr. Robert L. SmithDr. Robert L. Smith, professor and chair of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, was inducted as a Fellow by the American Counseling Association (ACA) at its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. The designation recognizes ACA members who have made significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training, and have made important contributions to the counseling profession.
 
The Schmidt Research Vessel Institute has donated $25,000 to the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies to support the advance and long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. The funds will support deep-sea coral research focusing on deep-sea coral age, growth and conservation.
 
Portrait of Dr. Stacy LyleDr. Stacy Lyle, an associate professor in the College of Science and Technology, has been selected to participate in the 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship Program June 23-30, in Washington, D.C. The fellowship program is designed to enhance professional growth while fostering workforce diversity and strengthening the nation’s capacity to provide high-quality education and increased opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
 
Portrait of Dr. Stella DoyunganDr. Stella Doyungan, a professor in the College of Science and Technology, is one of seven educators nationwide chosen to receive the 2010 Faculty Enhancement Program Travel Award from the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) to attend its conference May 20-23, in San Diego, Calif. ASMCUE is an interactive, four-day conference where educators learn and share the latest information about microbiology and biology and their most effective teaching strategies.
 
Texas A&M University System Chancellor Michael D. McKinney has approved the promotion of Dr. Kakali Bhattacharya to associate professor of Educational Administration and Research effective Sept. 1.
 
Portrait of Dr. Stephen Rodriguez

Dr. Stephen Rodriguez, associate professor in the Educational Technology Master of Science degree Program, has been selected to participate in the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Visiting Scholars Program from June 7 through July 2 in Princeton, N.J. Each summer, visiting scholars from underrepresented groups spend four weeks on the campus of ETS studying issues of test design and learning to develop test questions and related materials for a variety of assessment programs.

 
Portrait of Dr. Suzzette ChopinDr. Suzzette Chopin, a professor of biomedical sciences, has been appointed to a one-year term as a government representative to the Health Disparities Task Force by Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The Task Force plays an important role in identifying and reporting on health disparity issues among multicultural, disadvantaged and regional populations in Texas.
 
Portrait of Kristen DavisKristen Davis, information literacy coordinator with the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, has been selected to represent Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as a Rotary International Group Study team member in France. The exchange program is a unique and vocational exchange opportunity for business professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their career.
 
Around the Island
 

Due to the increasing number of graduates, this spring the University will hold two ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, at the American Bank Center Arena. The first, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., includes graduates from the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts. The second ceremony, which will begin at 2:30 p.m., includes the College of Business, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Science and Technology.

 

Join President Flavius Killebrew as he is honored at the Nside Magazine mixer being held Wednesday, May 12, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Town Club. President Killebrew is the cover article for the April/May 2010 issue. Cost to attend is $5 per person, with proceeds going to the 100 Club Scholarship supporting Corpus Christi Police Department officers and children.

 

Mark your calendars for the dedication of Island Hall, the future home for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the College of Education's Kinesiology program. The event is set for Tuesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. and will be held in the building's interior foyer.

 
 

International students showcased dances and music from all over the world during the “Parade of Nations”
International students showcased dances and music from all over the world during the “Parade of Nations” held April 12 in the Performing Arts Center. The event sponsored by the Office of International Education featured musical performances and dances from Azerbaijan, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Turkey and Vietnam.

Faculty Members Flicka Rahn and Dr. Ross Bernhardt took the stage
Faculty Members Flicka Rahn and Dr. Ross Bernhardt were among the musical artists who took the stage April 10 during The Furgason Bravo! Series gala Fifth Anniversary Rededication Concert for the Performing Arts Center. All proceeds from the program will support music scholarships.

Students competed in a tug-of-war and doused each other with bright-colored powder paints during the Holi Indian Festival of Colors
Students competed in a tug-of-war and doused each other with bright-colored powder paints during the Holi Indian Festival of Colors marking the end of winter and the triumph of good over evil April 3 on the Bay Hall lawn. The Hindu celebration, one of the most popular festivals of Indian culture, was sponsored by the India Students Association and Islander Cultural Alliance.

children ages 2 through 7 with disabilities participated in the Future Stars Sports Day April 10 at the Dugan Wellness Center.
More than 75 kids and their families participated in the Future Stars Sports Day April 10 at the Dugan Wellness Center. The sports play day, sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology, was for children ages 2 through 7 with disabilities to introduce them to the world of sports through the Special Olympics’ Young Athletes program.

Free health exams were available to students, faculty and staff during the University’s annual Wellness Expo on April 7 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom.
Free health exams were available to students, faculty and staff during the University’s annual Wellness Expo on April 7 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The free campus-wide event sponsored by Recreational Sports included fitness and sport club demonstrations, free gift bags and T-shirts, door prizes and an opportunity to donate blood.

A group of University students spent their spring break volunteering at La Puente in Alamosa, Colo. March 15-17 through the Alternative Spring Break Program.
A group of University students spent their spring break volunteering at La Puente in Alamosa, Colo. March 15-17 through the Alternative Spring Break Program. The students, along with several University staff, painted the Rainbow’s End Alamosa thrift store, pulled weeds to make way for a garden and prepared community meals for the emergency shelter.

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