November 2010                                                              A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
'Hoops for Blue Scholars' Helps Provide Scholarships for CCPD Officers and Families
Hoops for Blue ScholarsCorpus Christi Police Chief Troy Riggs and a contingent of officers were on hand when to University announced the "Hoops for Blue Scholars" fundraiser that will be held during the Islanders' men's basketball game against Texas State on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Fans who pledge a certain amount for each field goal made by the Islanders will help be contributing to the One Hundred Club Scholarship Endowment that provides scholarships to CCPD officers and their families.

First-Year Learning Program Students and Faculty Compete in KEDT Challenge
KEDT Challenge“The Ancients” faculty team defeated “The Neophytes” student team from the First-Year Learning Communities Program during the KEDT Challenge held Oct. 26 in the University Center commons.  The faculty team included Isabel Araiza, sociology professor; Melissa Stewart, political science professor; Mark McNamara, First-Year seminar instructor; and Sean Britt, English composition instructor. Student team members were Alyssa Kerbow, nursing; Bailey Cernosek, communication (TV/Film); Derek Mangold, environmental science; and Amanda Towne, Spanish. This is the second year that the KEDT Challenge, in which the opposing teams answer questions in the areas of math, science, social studies, language arts and fine arts, has opened its season at the University.

Bell Library Receives Collection Documenting History of Retired Teachers Association
LibraryThe Corpus Christi Area Retired Teachers Association (CCARTA) donated its 50 years of accumulated documented history to the Collections and Archives Department in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library during an Oct. 12 ceremony. Presenting the collection to Dr. Tom Kreneck, associate director for Special Collections and Archives, were (from left) CCARTA Historian Linda Holloway, Corresponding Secretary Patricia Stewart, and Alfreda Rankin, a previous historian. The association, which has a membership of around 500, was organized in April 1960.

Texas SkillsUSA District Conference Draws more than 300 Area High School Students
SkillsUSAMore than 300 high school students from area school districts took part in the Texas SkillsUSA District 12 Conference on Oct, 4 in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom. Texas SkillsUSA, a non-profit organization which facilitates trade and industrial education, involves nearly 15,500 students enrolled in high school trade and industrial programs and brings together educators, administrators, corporations, labor organizations, trade associations and government to address the need for a globally competitive, educated and skilled workforce.

Research and Scholarly Activity
SkillsUSAThe National Geographic Channel (Nat Geo) and Public Broadcast Service (PBS) were recently filming Dr. Greg Stunz, Endowed Chair of Fisheries and Ocean Health at Harte Research Institute, and his shark research program as part of a documentary entitled, “The Science of Survival.”   The crew spent six days filming he and his team catching and tagging bull sharks for migration studies.  The documentary special that unlocks the secrets of the world’s most mysterious and dangerous shark – the bull shark – will air in July 2011 on the National Geographic Channel and the following year on Public Broadcasting Service.
Awards, Honors and Grants

The Engineering Technology Program has received a $180,000 grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to provide scholarships for mechanical engineering and engineering technology students who are pursuing an educational emphasis related to nuclear power.
The Nuclear Workforce Development Scholarships and Enhancement Program will provide five students with $6,000 a semester for two years. In return, scholarship recipients will serve six months in nuclear-related employment for each full or partial year of academic support.


The University’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership was recognized as a graduate level finalist for Examples of Excelencia at the “Celebration de Excelencia” held Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. The program was recognized for providing leadership and knowledge for and about Latinos and the environments that impact them and their future.

Exxon MobilePete DeVillez with Exxon Mobil Corporation recently presented Dr. John Fernandez, chair of the Department of Computing Sciences, and Dr. Elwin Myers, associate dean in the College of Business, with $6,000 to be divided equally by the Department of Management Systems and the Computer Science Department for educational purposes, including scholarships, field trips, visiting speakers, equipment, and student and faculty travel to academic-related activities.

Undergraduate students Cody Torno and Keisha Hardemann won awards for poster presentations at the 2010 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Convention. Torno, mentored by Riccardo Mozzachiodi and Marcy Wainwright, won first place for his neurosciences presentation. Hardemann, mentored by Magesh Thiyagarajan and Lillian Waldbeser, won for her presentation on microbiology.

The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has named the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) as an EDA University Center. The designation received by the CBBIC, which operates under the College of Business, includes a three-year government grant totaling $337,000 to implement the Texas Coastal Bend Initiative for a Vibrant Economy program to identify and target growing businesses and nurture and create innovation clusters that capitalize on the region’s strengths and opportunities.
Around the Island
The University will hold town hall meetings during November to discuss the future of Izzy the Islander mascot. The town hall meetings will last about an hour. The dates and times for the Izzy Town Halls are:
  • Faculty/Staff- Tuesday, Nov. 9, at noon, in Island Hall Room 164; and Wednesday, Nov. 10, at noon, in the Science and Technology Room 106
  • Alumni/Community- Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m., in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom C (Prior to the Islanders Volleyball vs. Stephen F. Austin game at 7 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center)
For more information, call Marshall Collins at 361.815.5588.

Think Pink 2010Around 200 members of the campus community gathered on the University Center east lawn for the fourth annual “Think Pink” group photo to show Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s support for the victims and survivors of breast cancer. Every year, the University observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a number of events designed to promote breast cancer awareness about research into the causes of breast cancer and how it can be prevented and cured. According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 40,000 women die of breast cancer in the United States each year.
The Islanders are on YouTube! Check out the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi video gallery at by clicking on the video gallery link or YouTube button. If you are already on YouTube, just search for TAMUCC Video Gallery. Become a subscriber and enjoy the benefits of streaming video on your phone and immediately sharing with friends through Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

The Islander Cultural Alliance will host the annual Culture Fest on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 3-6 p.m. in the University Center commons. Students will participate in interactive workshops, sample ethnic foods and enjoy exhibits and live musical performances highlighting cultures from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, as well as the Native American culture. The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt and a cultural cookbook of ethnic recipes. The theme this year is “International Airlines: The Destination is Unity.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Tori Amason at ext. 2182. 

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Kingsville will observe Geography Awareness Week by co-hosting a “GIS Technology is Changing our World” event on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science. Participants will see demonstrations of GIS, Global Positioning System and Remote Sensing-Satellite technology and receive hands-on instruction from GIS professionals and experts working in industry, education, government and other organizations utilizing the technology. For more information, call Richard Smith at ext. 2750.
  Islander Revue
Nine student groups and organizations performed music and dance routines ranging from stomp to hip-hop when they competed for $2,500 in cash prizes during the 11th annual “Islander Revue” held Oct. 15 in the Performing Arts Center. Teams were judged on entertainment value, musical quality, creativity and choreography. Proceeds from the event presented by the University’s Student Foundation and sponsored by Whataburger fund student scholarships.

Paws for a Cause
Dogs and their owners took a stroll down the University’s hike-and-bike trail to raise breast cancer awareness during the “Paws for a Cause” dog walk on Oct. 8. There were also prizes for the Pinkest Pooch and the Pinkest Pair (dog and owner). All proceeds from the event, sponsored by Recreational Sports and the Women’s Center for Education and Service, benefit First Friday, a non-profit program that underwrites free mammograms for South Texas women.

University employees had to panhandle for their bail on Oct. 14 during the “Pizza Rama and Jail House Lock-Up” to kick off the 2010 State Employee Charitable Giving Campaign. For $5, donors could have their favorite professor, administrator, or staff member arrested. The jailbirds were then given tin cups to solicit bail money from passerbys and were released once they had posted the required $5 bond.

Pink Expo
The Women’s Center for Education and Service presented the seventh annual “Paint the Island Pink” expo held Oct. 7, outside the University Center. The event, which is part of the University’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month observance, provides information on the importance of regular self-examinations for early detection of breast cancer. Local organizations also provide materials on treatment, care, and support options available for Coastal Bend patients.

Out of the Wood Work
The Department of Art and University Galleries presented the exhibition “Out of the Wood Work” by internationally recognized artist Charles Yoder during October at the Islander Art Gallery. Yoder, whose work has been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions, uses shade, shadow and light to capture the effects of the seasons on nature.

Camping for Islanders tickets
More than 50 students camped outside the Dugan Fitness and Wellness Center the night of Oct. 28 to be among the first to purchase tickets for the men’s basketball showdown between the Islanders and Texas A&M Aggies on Monday, Nov. 15, at the American Bank Center. This will be the first-ever trip to Corpus Christi for the Aggies who will be looking to avenge an 82-80 loss to the Islanders in the only previous meeting between the two teams in 2003.


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