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

MOU with Del Mar College Creates Joint Admissions, Transfer, and Enrollment Program
T-shirt exchange Texas A&M University student Virginia Rodriguez-Vela (right) and Del Mar student Maria Medina exchanged school T-shirts to symbolically seal the Memorandum of Understanding establishing a Joint Admissions, Transfer, and Enrollment Program between the two schools during a ceremony held Aug. 16. Prior to the exchange, University President Flavius Killebrew and Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla signed the Memorandum of Understanding which allows students accepted under joint admission to transfer from one institution to another, alternate enrollment between institutions, or enroll concurrently at both institutions. (Full Story)


First-Year Islanders Convocation Welcomes Incoming Freshmen to Campus
FYI ConvocationIncoming freshmen packed the Performing Arts Center on Aug. 24 for the First-Year Islanders Convocation celebrating their official entry into the campus community. Prior to the ceremony, the First-Year Islanders were given medallions signifying the beginning of their academic journey. The students were welcomed by University President Flavius Killebrew and greeted by Student Government Association President Samantha Hernandez. Near the ceremony's conclusion, Dr. Susan Wolff Murphy, FYI director, asked the freshmen to stand and place the medallions around their necks.


Art Museum Receives American Association of Museum Accreditation
Art Museum of South TexasThe Art Museum of South Texas has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Of the nation's estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are accredited. The Art Museum of South Texas, which is affiliated with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is one of only 39 accredited museums in Texas. The Art Museum hosts traveling exhibits throughout the year. Its 1,400-piece permanent collection focuses on art of the Americas and of the region.


Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Ranked Among Top Regional Public Universities
logoU.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi among the top 25 regional public universities in the Western United States in its 2011 listing of the nation's top colleges. In the Western Region, the University was ranked 21st, second only to Texas State University in San Marcos among Texas public universities. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi also ranked second in racial diversity among Texas regional universities. Criteria in ranking included freshman retention rate, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, alumni giving and the number of freshman who ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

Research and Scholarly Activity
Jeanette HollowayThe Estill Foundation presented a $1.2 million check to fund scholarships honoring the memory of late Foundation President Jeannette Holloway during a ceremony on Aug. 26. The scholarships created by the endowment will carry on the legacy of Holloway who, while Foundation president, helped more than 20 students each year realize their dream of pursuing a college degree. Holloway, a 1954 graduate of the University of Corpus Christi, was honored with the "Distinguished Alumni" award in 2002 and, in May 2006, was presented with the University's "Distinguished Service Award."
Dr. Tom Kreneck"Collecting Texas: Essays on Texana Collectors and the Creation of Research Libraries" co-edited by Dr. Tom Kreneck, head of the University's Special Collections and Archives, will be featured at the 15th annual Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas during October. The volume, co-written with Dr. Gerald D. Saxon, dean of the library at the University of Texas at Arlington, represents a culmination of Kreneck's 20 years as curator of rare books at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Kreneck and Saxon will be on a panel dedicated to the book.
Awards, Honors and Grants
Steve MooreSteve Moore, director of the University's tennis program, has been named to a three-year term as chairman of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Texas Region which is composed of every NCAA Division I school in the state. As chairman, Moore will be responsible for running the ITA regional tournament, nominating members of the regional committee and having the committee vote on ITA Regional Rankings. Moore will also serve on the ITA National Tournament Committee.
The Sid W. Richardson Foundation has awarded a $95,000 grant to launch the College of Education's Teacher Recruitment Initiative for high-need areas in mathematics, science, bilingual education or special education. The two-year pilot program to inform, recruit and support students who desire to achieve active engagement in and commitment to one of the professional high-need areas was developed by Dr. Art Hernandez, dean of the College of Education, and will be implemented by Dr. Denise Hill and O.B. Garcia.
Lena ColemanLena D. Coleman, founder and CEO of the LC Foundation, presented University President Flavius Killebrew with a $100,000 check to help fund student scholarships, faculty enrichment, and activities and programs implemented through the president's office which build on community engagement during a luncheon on Aug. 11. The LC Foundation, Inc. is an affiliate of the Ability One Program, a national non-profit agency that is committed to hiring and training people with disabilities and finding them permanent jobs.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been awarded three grants totaling more than $1.6 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

  • Dr. Bunny Forgione, associate professor, received an $898,263 grant for the CAREER program (Contratación Ayundano Retención Estudiante Enfermera Recurso: recruiting, helping, retaining nursing student resources) to increase nursing educational opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received $635,187 to offer an eLine Military program (ELM) for Texas residents serving in the military or veterans with prior medical experience
  • Dr. Eve Layman, associate professor, received a $67,643 grant to support the Professional Nurse Traineeship Program to prepare registered nurses for advanced nursing positions in primary care and administration in Texas.
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center for the STARS program to help at-risk youth in the Coastal Bend. The STARS Program is designed to aid court-referred and at-risk youth as they make choices that impact their lives and educational careers. Since October 2004, more than 1,300 at-risk youth and their families have received counseling prevention/intervention services through the STARS program.
Around the Island
Capt. Rene CoronadoCapt. Rene Coronado is the University's new coordinator of its Office of Veterans Affairs. In his position, Coronado oversees the day-to-day operations of the office which currently serves nearly 600 veterans and dependents of veterans. Coronado joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1991 and, after graduating from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1997, was commissioned into the U.S. Army. He served on active duty until December 2007.
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. University President Flavius C. Killebrew will discuss the growth and development of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and share University news and information that has an impact on the Coastal Bend. Proceeds benefit University students through the Achieve Partnership scholarship program. Individual tickets are $50. Tables are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 361.825.5894.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius Killebrew will be honored at the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas (HWNT) Corpus Christi Chapter's 11th annual Stars "Las Estrellas" Gala on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Omni Bayfront Hotel, Corpus Christi Ballroom. Commissioner Betty Jean Longoria will also be honored. The public is invited to help in the challenge to "BOLD the Future for our City-Corpus Christi." Tickets are $60. Table sponsorships are also available. Tickets may be purchased on-line at For more information, call 361.215.4324; or e-mail

Hundreds of new Islanders participated in an interactive Playfair in the Dugan Wellness Center following the First-Year Islanders Convocation held Aug. 24. The Playfair included audience participation, comedy routines, non-competitive games and dynamic team-building exercises to introduce the students to each other and help create school spirit and campus unity.

Study Abroad
Students Kaitlyn Andreas (left) and Katherine Timberlake shopped for silk scarves on Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) near Taksim Square when 25 students and five faculty members in the University's Istanbul Core Curriculum Study Abroad Program spent five weeks studying in Turkey during July and August. The trip included a 10-day academic tour of the country to visit prehistoric sites and study classical Roman and Greek settlements.

Islander Move-In
Incoming freshmen moved into their new on-campus homes at the Camden Miramar Apartments during the "Islander Move-In" Aug. 19-20. University faculty, staff and students helped the new Islanders settle in and University President Flavius Killebrew was on hand to greet students and their families. There are 1,415 permanent housing units on campus.

Knull retiresDr. Harvey Knull, who retired after 10 years as associate vice president for Research and Scholarly Activity and dean of Graduate Studies, shows off the "Dr. Dude" T-shirt presented to him by University President Flavius Killebrew at a reception in the Performing Arts Center. During Knull's tenure, graduate enrollment increased 31 percent and several new graduate programs have been added.

Veterans Appreciation Day
More than 300 veterans from all branches of the military received free information on educational benefits and other state and federal programs available to those who have served their country at the "Islander Veterans Appreciation Day" held Aug. 10 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The University sponsored the free event along with the Texas Veterans Land Board.

STORM scholarship recipients
Nine sophomores and seven freshmen received $5,000 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year at the STORM ("Attacking the Gathering Storm in Computer Science and Mathematics") Luncheon on Aug. 27. The freshmen also received free laptop computers. STORM scholarship recipients receive faculty and peer mentoring and priority consideration for undergraduate research fellowships.


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