MEDIA ALERT
DATE:  December 1, 2004
CONTACT: Michele Byars, Core Curriculum Program, (361) 825-2150; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

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WHO:         More than 2,000 Students from A&M-Corpus Christi’s First-Year Learning Communities Program          

WHAT:       First-Year Celebration

WHEN:      Thursday, December 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

WHERE:    University Center Ballroom

Works by Students in Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s First-Year Learning Communities Program to be Showcased

More than 2,000 students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s First-Year Learning Communities Program will showcase their works during the "First-Year Celebration" on Thursday, December 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Students will give oral, musical, visual and PowerPoint presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

Under this award-winning program, designed to help students make the transition from high school to college, first-year students and their professors work together in small groups called “learning communities” that stay together for several classes.

The first-program has been recognized nationally several times in the past three years. Most recently, it was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its 2004 list of

America’s Best Colleges. In 2001, the University received the prestigious STAR award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its First-Year Program. In 2002, A&M-Corpus Christi was one of only 13 institutions to be recognized nationally as an “Institution of Excellence in the First College Year” by the Policy Center, alongside such institutions as the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ball State University and the University of South Carolina. The program was selected in 2003 as the only public university in Texas and one of only 12 nationally to participate in the Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year Project by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.