September 2011                                                 A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Green Mountain Energy
$140,000 Donation from Green Mountain Energy Helps Art Museum Go Solar
The Art Museum of South Texas "flipped the switch" Aug. 5 for the new 25-kilowatt solar array made possible by a $140,000 donation from Green Mountain Energy Company's Sun Club. The solar array, which consists of 108 large panels, captures and transforms sunlight into energy to help power the Museum. Pictured are (from left) Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Manager Tony Napolillo, University President Flavius Killebrew, and Art Museum of South Texas Director Joe Schenk.
First-Year Islanders Welcomed into Campus Community during FYI Convocation
FYI Convocation Dr. Diana Ivy, professor of communication, was among the faculty who welcomed around 950 freshmen to campus during the First-Year Islanders (FYI) Convocation on Aug. 23 in the Performing Arts Center. The convocation, which celebrates the official beginning of the students' entry into the Islander community, included an introduction of the new Islander Pledge led by Student Government Association President Kimberly Garza and a welcome from University President Flavius Killebrew.

Dr. Flavius and Kathy Killebrew Establish Dean's Annual Scholarship Fund
Dean's Annual ScholarshipThe University has established the Flavius and Kathy Killebrew Dean's Annual Scholarship Fund to provide merit-based scholarships to students from each of the University's five colleges. Dr. Flavius Killebrew, president and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and first lady Kathy Killebrew have created a $30,000 account to be divided equally among the College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and College of Science and Technology.
City's Oldest Club for Hispanic High School Girls Donates Papers to University
Hi-Fairnessee Girls ClubDr. Tom Kreneck, associate director for Special Collections and Archives, looked over documents donated to the University by the Hi-Fairnessee Girls Club with three former members of Corpus Christi's oldest social and civic club for Hispanic high school girls, during a ceremony Aug. 10 in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The materials documenting the club's 80-year history include photographs, newspaper clippings, memoirs of early club members, books chronicling the club's yearly events, and other historical documents.
Lazenby Named Interim Director of Islanders Athletics
Scott LazenbyScott Lazenby has been named director of Islander Athletics on an interim basis following the resignation of Tim Fitzpatrick who left to become athletic director at the Coast Guard Academy. Lazenby joined the Islander staff in 2008 to oversee the University's compliance with all NCAA and Southland Conference rules and regulations. Lazenby earned both his bachelor's of science and master's degrees in Sports Management from Texas A&M University.
Former UTSA Assistant Named Head Coach of Islanders Softball Team
Stephanie HughesStephanie Hughes, a former standout player and assistant coach at UTSA, has been named head coach of the Islanders softball team. Hughes spent eight years at UTSA, the last as the Roadrunners interim head coach. She takes over an Islanders squad that returns 11 players from a team that posted a 41-19 last season and won its first Southland Conference regular-season championship. Hughes succeeds former head coach Jake Schumann, who was recently named head coach at Florida International.
Student Services Center Shows Support for Military on 'Red Shirt Friday'
Red Shirt FridayStaff members and work-study students from the Student Services Center participated in "Red Shirt Friday" at the University Aug. 5 to show their support for our military and our veteran students on campus. "Red Shirt Friday" was started earlier this year to showcase The Texas A&M System's Military Friendly initiative.
Service Remembers Former Dean of College of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Miriam WagenscheinThe College of Liberal Arts held a memorial service for Dr. Miriam Wagenschein Aug. 31 in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Dr. Wagenschein was the founding dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and served in this position from 1973-1987. The memorial service was a celebration of her service to the university and recognition of the scholarship endowment for students in her name.
Michelle Locke Succeeds Joe Pena as Director of University Galleries
University GalleriesMichelle Locke has been named the director of University Galleries. Locke, who was curator of the permanent collection of the Art Museum of South Texas, has been with the Art Museum since 1999. Joe Pena, who has served as the University Galleries director for the last three years, is now an assistant professor of Art in the College of Liberal Arts.
Research and Scholarly Activity
The Harte Research Institute and six other national conservation groups have submitted a blueprint for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico to the Presidential Task Force on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The plan was compiled by the HRI, Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Ocean Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Awards, Honors and Grants
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named one of the Best Part-Time MBA Schools for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report. The award recognizes universities that allow students to work a full-time job and attend graduate school through a part-time MBA program that offers evening and weekend classes required to earn a business degree.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers: Hispanic Masters-All Disciplines Combined for 2011 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The award recognizes rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students across all disciplines. Rankings are based on analysis of U.S. Department of Education reports submitted by institutions.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named one of the Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics for Master's Degrees by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, the only magazine for the higher learning community that focuses on Hispanic education. The "Top 100" list was compiled with information provided by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is ranked among the Top 20 Percent of All Undergraduate Institutions in the United States, according to Forbes' 2011 list of The Nation's Top Colleges. The annual rankings, which focus on quality of teaching, career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt, are exclusively prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
Around the Island
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present its seventh annual "State of the University" luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Bank Center, Henry Garrett Ballroom. President Flavius C. Killebrew will discuss the University's growth and development over the past year and future planning. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students through the Achieve Partnership scholarship program. Individual tickets are $50. Tables and sponsorships are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 361.825.5894.
TurbineThe University's Performing Arts Center (PAC) was selected as the location for the recording of the United States Air Force Band of the West's newest CD "Turbine" featuring contemporary works for Concert Band. The Band of the West, based at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, traditionally performs at the PAC when on tour and is offering free copies of the CD to librarians, educators and public service broadcasters. There is a limit of one per person. Delivery can take up to six weeks. To request a CD, email
The University will hold a kick-off to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5-9 p.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza. There will be live music by local band, Libra, performances from Ballet Folklorico and Viva Mexico, and salsa lessons from the University's Latin and Ballroom Dance Club. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Cristina Kirklighter at 361.825.2263; or email
The History Area will hold a Dr. Hector P. Garcia Celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will include short excerpts from the documentary film, "The Longoria Affair," followed by remarks from Dr. Pat Carroll, author of "Felix Longoria's Wake." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Quiroz at 361.825.5985; or email
Thunderstorms rolled across the Corpus Christi area on Aug. 25 bringing much needed rain and temporarily-cooler temperatures to the Island University. Freshman art major Jeff Burris grabbed his camera and captured the lightening-filled bank of clouds as they quickly moved in from offshore.

Dr. Paul Orser, retiring associate vice president for Planning and Effectiveness, exchanged congratulations with fellow retiree Maria Fonseca during a reception in Orser's honor Aug. 10 in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Orser has been with the University for 37 years. Fonseca has worked for the University for more than 32 years, most recently as assistant registrar.

Veterans Information Fair
Veterans of the United States military learned about educational benefits and other state and federal programs Aug. 17 at the University's second "Veterans Information Fair." Representatives from the University and the Texas Veterans Land Board answered questions about college enrollment and benefits available to those who have served their country.

Island Move-In
University President Flavius Killebrew greeted new Islanders and their families to campus at Camden Miramar student housing on Aug. 18 during the "Island Move In." Faculty, staff and student volunteers were also on hand to help freshmen settle into their homes. This fall, Camden Miramar is at capacity with 1,490 permanent beds on campus.

Alumni Mixer
The Corpus Christi Area Alumni Club of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its annual "Summer Taste of Texas" mixer Aug. 4 at the K Space Contemporary. The event included a wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Johnny Hotcakes and a silent auction.

Passport to the Island
Around 250-300 students and guests attended "Passport to the Island" in August during one of several summer student orientations held in the Dugan Wellness Center. "Passport to the Island" is a comprehensive service and organization fair where participants learn about the services, organizations and programs that are available to them on campus.

Alice in Wonderland
The University Theatre performed the timeless children's fantasy "Alice in Wonderland" Aug. 4-6 on the Performing Arts Center stage. Based on the classic novel by Lewis Carroll, the play follows Alice as she goes through the looking glass and down a rabbit hole into a bizarre world where she encounters a cast of peculiar characters.


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