October 2011                                                     A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
State of the University
Momentum Capital Campaign Raises More Than $37 Million for Scholarships
An interactive display consisting of students representing a cross-section of the University community revealed the grand total of more than $37 million raised by the Momentum Capital Campaign during the "State of the University" luncheon on Sept. 14 at the American Bank Center. Prior to the announcement, University President Flavius Killebrew discussed the growth and development of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and recognized the accomplishments of the chairs whose initiative insured the campaign's success. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi through the Achieve Partnership scholarship program.
Former Secretary of Defense to Inaugurate University's Distinguished Speaker Series
Dr. Robert Gates Dr. Robert M. Gates, who served as secretary of defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will be the inaugural speaker in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Distinguished Speaker Series on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 361.825.2787 (ARTS). For sponsorships, call 361.825.2763.

University's Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Honors Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia
Dr. Hector P. Garcia CelebrationHistory Professor Patrick Carroll spoke to a full house during the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Celebration on Sept. 21 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. In 1949, Garcia, a World War II veteran and founder of the American G.I. Forum, sparked a national movement for Mexican-American civil rights when he brought attention to the plight of Army Pvt. Felix Longoria whose body was denied a wake at a funeral home where whites were interred.
Research, Grants, and Scholarly Activity
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been awarded a $178,358 grant by the White House to work with the Medical Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Texas, to identify strategies to align enlisted health care training and nursing academic credit. The grant is an addition to the $635,187 for the College's eLine Military program to help Texas veterans with medical experience to become registered nurses through distance learning technologies.
Dr. Riccardo MozzachiodiDr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi, assistant professor in the Department of Life Sciences, has been awarded a $173,973 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support research on how the brain remembers an aversive event. Mozzachiodi will lead the project that will demonstrate how brain circuits change when an animal encounters an aversive stimulus.
Dr. Darek BoguckiDr. Darek Bogucki, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded an $800,000 grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) to support research that will investigate the fate of petroleum in the environment from the BP Deepwater Horizon. The GRI Research Board is an independent body established by BP to administer the company's 10-year, $500 million commitment to independent research into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon incident. The University is one member of a consortium of 12 research institutions across the nation, led by the University of Miami, which will investigate the dispersion of petroleum in sea water.
Dr. JoAnn CanalesDr. JoAnn Canales, associate dean of Graduate Studies, is the principal investigator on "The CULTIVAR Project: Connecting Underrepresented Latinos to Integrate Values and Academic Resources." The USDA-funded program prepares young Hispanic scholars for a career in the food and agricultural sciences and nurture them from a graduate program to a doctoral and/or workplace program with emphasis on preparing them for their career.
Recognition, Honors, and Awards
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has earned an "A" for its general education programs in the 2011-2012 "What Will They Learn?" study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). The University is only one of 19 nationwide to earn the highest mark from ACTA, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that fosters excellence and accountability in colleges and universities.
G.I. JobsFor the third year in a row, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been designated as a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs magazine. Colleges, universities and trade schools named as "Military Friendly" must rank in the top 20 percent nationwide for efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students to increase diversity among the student body, faculty and staff.
The Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Medical Research Foundation has donated $52,000 for academic scholarships at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Foundation donated $32,000 to the Lichtenstein String Quartet Scholarship Fund for the 2011-2012 school year, and $20,000 to the Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Scholarship Fund that supports graduate student scholarships awarded by the dean of the College of Business.
Around the Island
TAMUCC flag Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's new flag was unveiled following the posting of colors at the "State of the University" luncheon on Sept. 14 at the American Bank Center. The flag, which replaces the banner adopted by the University in 1994, employs the Island University's official school colors, and esthetically recalls the University's location on the water through its nautical design reference.
The Student Foundation Association will present the "Islander Revue" music and dance extravaganza on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Students with a valid SandDollar$ ID pay $5. General admission is $10. T-shirts and pre-orders of DVDs of the show are available for $10 each. Proceeds from sales fund student scholarships. For more information, call 361.825.5558.
Tickets for the seventh season of the Furgason Bravo! Series will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, at; or by calling 361.825.ARTS (2787) to charge by phone. The line-up includes the return of Michael Martin Murphey's "Cowboy Christmas" on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and a nostalgic show of singing and entertainment with the Alley Cats, America's premier doo-wop group, and The Perfect Gentlemen, keeping the tradition of vaudeville alive on Friday, Feb. 3. For more information, go to; or call 361.825.2787 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Women's Center for Education and Service will hold the eighth annual "Paint the Island Pink" expo on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the University Center, east lawn. The expo, 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. Breast cancer survivors and cancer specialists will discuss their experiences and answer questions about breast cancer. Local cancer organizations will display materials showcasing the treatment, care, and support options available for patients in the Coastal Bend. The expo is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.825.2792; or email
Islanders Athletics will present the "Dig Pink" volleyball match to raise awareness of breast cancer research and First Friday on Thursday, Oct. 13. Pre-match activities will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the east lawn outside the Dugan Wellness Center. Following the activities, the Islanders volleyball team will take on Southland Conference foe Nicholls State at 7 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for youth 12 and under; and free for students with a SandDollar$ ID. For more information, contact Samantha Thomas at 361.825.2521; or email
  Hispanic Heritage Month
The Island University threw a fiesta on Sept. 20 to celebrate "Hispanic Heritage Month" in the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza. The evening sponsored by the 2011 Hispanic Heritage Group included salsa performances and dance lessons by the University’s Latin and Ballroom Dance Club, live music by Latin band Libra, and dances by Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico.

Rappelling exercise
The ROTC Islander Battalion hit the ground running on Sept. 7 with a rappelling exercise off the Center for the Sciences building. At the beginning of each semester, the Islander Battalion conducts a rappelling lab as a tool to build self confidence, conquer fears, and prepare cadets for the Leadership Development Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash.

President's Picnic
Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers at the President's Picnic to celebrate the beginning of the 2011 fall semester. The festivities kicked off with performances by the Islanders cheer and dance teams followed by a welcome by University President Flavius Killebrew. The annual fall picnic is sponsored by the Student Activities' Waves of Welcome committee.

The University community marked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with a memorial observance in the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza. Don Luna, professor of theatre, narrated a timeline of events that led to the deaths of more than 2,700 people, and several students recounted their remembrances of that day.

Party House
Students witnessed the possible social and legal ramifications of alcohol abuse at a simulated "Party House" on Sept. 27 in the University Center. During the event sponsored by I-ADAPT (Islander Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) and Camden Miramar student housing, participants observed and took part in scenes depicting situations ranging from alcohol poisoning to date rape, then participated in an educational presentation.

Passport to the Island
Campus groups provided information to potential members during the Student Organization Fair on Sept. 15 on the University Center east lawn. The event, which was sponsored by the University Council of Student Organizations, included live music by the All Real Music Organization (ARMO) and spray paint artists who created free pictures for students.


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