February 2011                                                             A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Articulation agreement

Agreement Allows Del Mar Students to Transfer Mechanical Engineering Credits
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College officials signed an articulation agreement on Jan. 18 that will allow students who complete the Associate in Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering (ASME) at Del Mar College to gain credit for the corresponding course requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Credits earned at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will also be accepted at Del Mar College. Full Story

Donors Honored for Cumulative Contributions at President's Recognition Dinner
Individuals, businesses and organizations were honored for cumulative contributions made to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi during the President's Recognition Dinner held Jan. 21. Estill Foundation and Ewing Halsell Foundation, Platinum Inner Circle of Excellence (gifts of $1,000,000 to $9,999,999); Karen and Larry Urban and Port Corpus Christi, Silver Inner Circle of Excellence (gifts of $250,000 to $499,999); Industrial Fabricators of Corpus Christi, The L C Foundation, Inc., Corpus Christi Roadrunners, Inc., Bronze Inner Circle of Excellence (gifts of $100,000 to $249,999); and Elizabeth Sefcik, Ph.D., Heritage Society (planned gifts).

Marine Ecology Students Gather Specimens for Oso Bay's Annual Health Check-up
EcologyMarine ecology students camped on the University beach Jan. 28 to gather and study water specimens for the 22nd annual assessment of Oso Bay's health and to determine the presence and abundance of large and small fish and invertebrates. The students also measured water quality. After the results are analyzed, the students will write an extensive research paper to compare this year's collections with the previous studies.
Research and Scholarly Activity
Dr. Bunny ForgioneDr. Bunny Forgione, associate dean in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, has been appointed to the "Healthy Texas Babies Expert Panel" by Dr. David L. Lakey, Texas Health and Human Services commissioner. Forgione, an expert in maternal/newborn healthcare, has given presentations across the nation on maternal-fetal attachment and childbirth education and served as the emeritus chair for the March of Dimes' Texas State Program Services Committee. In addition, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is a recipient of The Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award.
Scientists from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies recently returned from an expedition to the site of last year's Deepwater Horizon explosion. The expedition team assembled under the international "Mission Blue Initiative" conservation movement was led by Dr. Sylvia Earle, HRI Advisory Council chair and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, and Dr. Thomas Shirley, the HRI's endowed chair for biodiversity and conservation science. Other research participants included Dr. Larry McKinney, HRI executive director; and HRI research assistants Douglas Weaver and Harriet Nash.
Gregory HaugerGregory Hauger with the Texas Spatial Reference Center was one of several surveyors who recently conducted a GPS survey of 20 new elevation monuments located throughout Jefferson County that have been severely affected by local subsidence, where the land is sinking due to water and oil extraction. The area, which included a subdivision west of Beaumont, was inundated with four feet of water during Hurricane Ike in 2008. The project, which will greatly reduce the risk of future flooding in Jefferson County, is headed by Dr. Gary Jeffress, director of the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science.
Awards, Honors and Grants
Dr. Mary Jane HamiltonDr. Mary Jane Hamilton, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is one of eight area recipients of the 2011 Y Women in Careers Award by the YWCA of Corpus Christi. The award recognizes professional women who have achieved outstanding achievements in their career field and serve role models for the young women in the Coastal Bend community. As dean of the University's newest college established in 2004, Hamilton has overseen a doubling of enrollment in the College's undergraduate and graduate programs. She will be honored at a banquet on Thursday, March 3.
Dr. Lari Young, director of the Performing Arts Center, has received a $2,500 grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation to bring performing artists into the schools with "Bravo! Kids Concert Series on the Road," part of the popular Furgason Bravo! Series for the Performing Arts.
Around the Island
The Furgason Bravo! Series at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present the Glenn Miller Orchestra in concert on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Reserved-seat tickets are available at or by calling 361.825.ARTS (2787) to charge by phone. Tickets are $35 and $25 with $7 tickets for children and students with ID. Faculty and staff receive a $10 discount on up to four tickets in the $35 and $25 sections. SandDollar$ IDs must be shown in person at the PAC box office to receive the discount. Box office hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Performing Arts Center staff has been restructured to better serve the venue's clients. Terri Cardona, who has more than 30 years experience in arts and facility management, is the new operations manager and will continue as office manager and administrator. Student Manager Gino Hernandez is now a full-time technical coordinator, working closely with lead Technical Coordinator Richard Moore.
Islanders Athletics and the Corpus Christi Police Department are asking University staff and faculty to take part in the "Hoops for Blue Scholars" Campaign. For every field goal the Islanders men's basketball team scores against Texas State on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the American Bank Center, faculty and staff can make a pledge per hoop to fund a scholarship that supports the Corpus Christi Police. Faculty and staff who pledge at least $1 per field goal will receive two free tickets to that game. Make your pledges through the Islanders Ticket Office at ext. 2255 for the free ticket offer. For more information, go to
  Homecoming 2011 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate 2011 Homecoming Week from Monday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 5. This year’s events include the fourth annual Winter Jazz Mixer, the Athletic Hall of Honor Dinner, the Alumni Awards Breakfast, the Homecoming Shrimp Boil, a parade, and the "I Association" Tailgate before the men’s basketball game against Northwestern State. For details on Homecoming 2011 events, go to

The University Theatre will present "Urinetown: The Musical" from Thursday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 13, and from Thursday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Wilson Theatre in the Center for the Arts. "Urinetown: The Musical" pokes fun at capitalism, socialism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and petty small town politics in a world where everyone must "pay to pee" because of a severe water shortage. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to; or call the University box office at ext. 5800.

Cheer camp
Children in pre-K through sixth grade performed dance and cheer routines during halftime of the Islanders’ women’s basketball game against Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 29 at the American Bank Center. The performers learned their routines earlier that day during the third annual Dance and Cheer Clinic taught by members of the Islanders Dance and Cheer Teams.

MLK March
Students from the Early Childhood Development Center joined the procession that marched across campus on Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theme of this year's parade, which was led by the Ray High School Junior ROTC, was "Living Your Legacy." The procession stopped at several points along the route to hear the words of Dr. King and learn about other civil rights leaders.


Events Calendar

Faculty Senate

Staff Council

Center for Faculty Excellence

Human Resources

Job Opportunities

Islanders Athletics

Past Issues

Produced by the Office of Marketing & Communications