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March 2011                                                                  A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
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EDGE Leadership Students Clean Up the Town During 'Big Event'
University students mulched, landscaped and picked up trash throughout the city during EDGE Leadership's "Big Event" on Saturday, Feb. 26. That same morning, students also assisted children with special needs during the Catch A Special Thrill (CAST) fishing event. During Excellence through Development Growth and Experience (EDGE) Leadership's third annual "Big Event," students worked with the Corpus Christi Mayor's Office on several clean-up projects. Free assistance was also offered to the elderly, those who are unable to do the work themselves and people in need of financial support. EDGE Leadership, a student-run organization, develops student leadership skills to help them become better leaders on campus, in the community and in the workforce.

 
Young Business Professionals, Chinese Student Association Celebrate New Year
Sync With ChinaThe Chinese Student Association performed traditional dances in celebration of the Chinese New Year following the Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend discussion on "Sync with China: China, the Economy and the Coastal Bend" held Feb. 17. The discussion was led by Dr. Jim Lee, University economist and expert on monetary policy, business cycles, financial market volatility, global market competitiveness and local economic development.

 
 
Research and Scholarly Activity
Harte Research Institute scientists Larry McKinney and Thomas Shirley, and Dr. Sylvia Earle, chair of the HRI advisory board, are featured in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program "The State of the Gulf-America's Sea" which will be rebroadcast on Thursday, March 10, at 8 p.m. on KEDT South Texas Public Television channel 16. The program, which is being shown on Public Television stations across the state, explores the rich diversity of the Gulf, the crucial role it plays in our nation's energy supply and examines the threats to the Gulf from dead zones and hurricanes, climate change, and the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. To view a trailer of the program which originally aired on Feb. 24, go to www.texasthestateofwater.org/video.php.
 
 
Awards, Honors and Grants
Dr. JoAnn Canales, associate dean of Graduate Studies and professor in the College of Education, has been appointed to the board of Communities in Schools (CIS), the largest stay-in-school network in the nation. CIS is funded by the Texas Legislature to help young people stay in school by coordinating community and school resources. In 2008-2009, among students tracked by the CIS, 84 percent of eligible seniors graduated and 97.5 percent of students were promoted to the next grade.
 
The Corpus Christi Alumni Club of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi awarded $500 student scholarships to Anthony Pabillano, a Flour Bluff High School graduate, and Thomas Davis, a Ray High School graduate, during its fourth annual Winter Jazz Mixer held February 17. Guests enjoyed live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction at the Islander Art Gallery. The mixer is one of the club's primary fundraisers for student scholarships.
 
 
Around the Island
Jimmy Santiago BacaPrisoner-turned-poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will give a free public reading from his works on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Bay Hall Room 320. Baca is the recipient of many honors including the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the prestigious International Prize. In 2006 he won the Cornelius P. Turner Award, a national award that annually recognizes one GED graduate who has made outstanding contributions to society in education, justice, health, public service and social welfare. The reading hosted by the University's English Department is in conjunction with the annual Authors Day program.
 
The Faculty Staff Barbecue will be held on Tuesday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom. There will be food, fun and games. A SandDollar$ ID is required for all University faculty and staff to be eligible for door prizes. Additional tickets are on sale for $10. For more information, call Sara Lopez at 361.825.5518; or e-mail sara.lopez@tamucc.edu.
 
Jeffery SwannThe Furgason Bravo! Series will present Steinway Artist Jeffery Swann in concert on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Swann's performing career has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. For ticket information, go to http://tamucc.tix.com; or call 361.825.2787 (ARTS) to charge by phone.
 
  Homecoming 2011 Islanders' basketball fans rallied outside the American Bank Center Feb. 5 prior to the men's Southland Conference game against Northwestern State to cap off Homecoming Week at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The week of events, which attracted alumni from across the state and nation, included a shrimp boil, the Alumni Awards Breakfast, an Athletic Hall of Honor Dinner, and a Homecoming parade through downtown Corpus Christi.

Mayor Joe Adame
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame read the children's book "Froggy's First Kiss" to kindergarten and first grade students on Feb. 7 during the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) Book Fair. The annual book fair, which is open to the public, raises money to purchase books for ECDC students and the school library. Award-winning books for elementary and middle school-aged children in both English and Spanish were available for purchase.

Island Day
More than 1,200 students and their families took guided tours of the University campus Feb. 26 during "Island Day," the preview program designed for prospective students to learn about the robust student life of an Islander. In addition to meeting with faculty, counselors and admissions advisors, participants received information about the University's top-rated programs and various services provided to students. The next "Island Day" is scheduled for Saturday, April 2.

 

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