DATE:  November 22, 2005
CONTACT:  Dr. Janet Tillinger, College of Business, (361) 825-2385; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336 

Six Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Students Win Scholarships during College of Business Basketball Bash
Six Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students won scholarships in random drawings during the University’s fifth annual College of Business Basketball Bash on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the American Bank Center Arena.

The random drawings for scholarships were held during halftime of the men’s and women’s double header games. The Islander women lost to 16th-ranked Vanderbilt in the opener of the twin bill while the Islander men defeated Concordia in the nightcap.

Winners of $500 general scholarships were: Julie Williams, sophomore business major; Adriana Armendarez, junior communications major; Nicholas Huffoldf, sophomore biology major; and Veancna Jones, sophomore communications major. In addition, sophomore marketing major Betsi Watter and sophomore computer science major Jose Perez won $250 book scholarships.

Each year, the College of Business throws the “Basketball Bash” to show its support for the basketball teams while promoting local businesses and student opportunities in the field of business. Businesses participating this year were the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation,, Coastal Community and Teachers Credit Union, Corpus Christi Gas Department, Lower Colorado River Authority, Ensemble Group, Utopia Restaurant, Pete's Chicken-N-More, IBC Bank, and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Bookstore.

Dr. Moustafa Abdelsamad, dean of the University’s College of Business, sees the Basketball Bash as an opportunity for the University and business community to emphasize their common commitment to education. He also believes that it takes a combination of athletics and academics to make a university attractive to prospective students.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show that athletics and academics can co-exist and that they are both necessary for the University to be successful,” said Abdelsamad. “Athletics can support academics. People hear about the University through athletics and that makes them want to learn more about the University. Athletics gives us an opportunity to show off our academics.”