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June 2012                                                         A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
Groundbreaking
University Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Soccer and Track Stadium
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrated the groundbreaking for its new soccer and track stadium on May 25 at the Momentum Campus. During the ceremony, University President Flavius Killebrew presented Dr. Jack T. Dugan as the donor whose generosity has made the stadium possible. Dr. Killebrew has recommended to The Texas A&M System Board of Regents that the facility be named the "Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer & Track Stadium." More
 
Well-Wishers Pack the University Center to Say Goodbye to Dr. Eliot Chenaux
Holocaust RemembranceDr. Eliot Chenaux, who has served as the University's vice president for Student Affairs for the last 13 years, tried out the new rocking chair presented to him on May 16 during his retirement reception attended by well-wishers in the University Center commons. Chenaux, who has been with the Island University for 36 years, joined the faculty as an assistant professor of Spanish in 1976. Those dropping by to wish Chenaux farewell during the reception included state Rep. Todd Hunter, and former University president Dr. Robert Furgason.
 
'Power On' Conference Looks at Impact of Entertainment Industry on Texas
Power OnTexas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp were the keynote speakers at the "Power on for Texas Film, Interactive, and Tourism Conference" held May 15 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. During the conference, experts in film, music, interactive media, video gaming, and cruise lines discussed the economic impact their industries have on the future of Texas.
 
Largest Class in University's History Receives Diplomas at Spring Commencement
CommencementTexas A&M-Corpus Christi celebrated the largest graduating class in the University's history during spring commencement on May 12. More than 975 students from the Colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Science and Engineering walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during two ceremonies at the American Bank Center. Among those receiving their degrees were the first two graduates of the University's Mechanical Engineering Program.
 
Research and Scholarly Activity
Michael ReuscherMarine Biology Ph.D. candidate Michael Reuscher is co-author of a research article on two new species of "spaghetti worms" (terebellid polychaetes) that was published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (vol. 92, issue 4) in May. The "spaghetti worms" are the first species that have been found in the oceans where water is heated to up to 750 F and enriched with minerals. Reuscher is also a graduate research assistant for the Harte Research Institute for the Gulf of Mexico Studies.
 
Oyster reefThe Department of Life Sciences and the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies held their last oyster reef restoration event of the semester on May 19 at Goose Island State Park. Due to the success of the events, Dr. Jennifer Pollack has received a $99,825 grant from the Texas Coastal Management Program to provide future funding for Shell Bank, an oyster shell recycling, habitat selection, and outreach program for the Texas Coastal Bend.
 
Recognitions, Honors, and Awards
Dr. Ronald ScottA musical arrangement by Dr. Ronald Scott, associate professor in the Department of Music, was featured at the New Jersey Ballet Company's 53rd annual Gala "Ballet and the Band" held March 17 in Newark, N. J. The arrangement, part of a special salute to veterans, was a collaborative effort with the United States Military Academy's West Point Band. Scott prepared the arrangement at the request of the West Point Band on behalf of Paul McRae, the ballet company's assistant artistic director.
 
AwardWinners of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 2012 Excellence Awards were recognized on April 27 at the 16th annual Islander Awards Celebration. Recipients were (top, from left) Dr. Matthew McClung, assistant professor of percussion in the College of Liberal Arts- Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity Award; Jennifer Anderson, catalog librarian at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library- Excellence in Librarianship Award; (bottom, from left) Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences- Excellence in Service Award; and Dr. Janis Haswell, professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts- Excellence in Teaching Award.
 
Around the Island
The Office of Community Outreach will offer an Introduction to Kayaking class on the last Saturday of every month, beginning Saturday, June 30. This all-day class begins with a morning session in the University pool, and an afternoon guided paddle trip in the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail. The class includes instruction on equipment, safety, trip planning, self-rescues, assisted rescues, and much more. Equipment will be furnished. The cost is $100. For more information, go to http://outreach.tamucc.edu/kayaking/; or contact Joe Miller at 361.825.5967; or email joseph.miller@tamucc.edu.
 
FloatStudents and alumni riding aboard the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi float waved to the thousands of spectators lining the streets on May 5 during the 75th Buc Days Parade. The annual parade celebrates the discovery of Corpus Christi Bay in 1519 by Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez Pineda.
 
The Dugan Wellness Center is offering private, semi-private, and group swim lessons to for the campus community and Corpus Christi residents. For more information on prices and times, call Lindsey Keller at 361.825.2364; or email Lindsey.Keller@tamucc.edu.
 
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Islander Dance Demo
The Islander Dance Demo held May 1 in the Performing Arts Center showcased the skills of students enrolled in dance classes during the spring semester. The annual presentation sponsored by the Department of Communication and Theatre, featured ballet, jazz, modern dance, and dance performance.

Lunabot
A team of University computer science and mechanical engineering students designed and built the "TAMUCC Sandpiper" lunabot robot for NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition held May 21-26 at the Kennedy Space Flight Center. This was the University's first time to take part in the competition which included 58 teams from the United States and other countries.

Employee Development Day
Participants tried to balance cookies on their foreheads during the "Re-energize Your Life through Play" workshop on Employee Development Day held May 23 throughout campus. The theme of this year's event, which included sessions on professional development, general knowledge, and personal growth was "Refocus, Rebuild, Reenergize."

GenTX
A crowd of around 100 Islanders showed their school spirit and support for higher education by wearing their Texas A&M-Corpus Christi T-shirts on GenTex Day, May 4. GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board that focuses on building a college-going culture across the state.

Fishing
The University's Bassmasters Fishing Club team of Jake Heath and Kennedy Schwartzburg competed in the FLW College Fishing National Championship at Lake Murray, S. C., in April. The Bassmasters Fishing Club was one of just 25 teams from across the country to qualify for the event. The teammates were invited to compete based on their success in the 2011 season collegiate fishing tournaments.

 

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