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College of Education News

A&M-Corpus Christi Hosts Free Exercise Therapy Classes, Including Yoga and Tai Chi

May 22, 2018
Enter a SummaryRecent studies have shown that certain types of exercise can drastically improve the mental health benefits already enjoyed by those receiving regular therapy. With this in mind, the Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is now offering free yoga and tai chi classes meant to complement ongoing individual, group or couples therapy sessions. Through these new exercise therapy programs, staff at the clinic hope members of the local community will improve their mental health while increasing their physical health.

Islander ROTC Hosted Largest Ever Commissioning Ceremony

May 11, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its largest ever Islander ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, with 11 students making the transition from Army cadet to second lieutenant. Family and friends, along with university officials, attended the ceremony, which was held May 11, in the Warren Theatre. Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, University President, who praised the students for their development in the areas of leadership, team-building, management and physical fitness.

Islanders Create ‘VeedaMom App’ to Detect Depression During and After Pregnancy

May 09, 2018
Almost 30 percent of women all over the world experience feelings of anxiety, fear, insecurity and sadness after the birth of a baby. These feelings are commonly known as postpartum depression (PPD). However, little is known about the depression that affects thousands of women during pregnancy, lesser known as peripartum depression. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnas Dr. Adriana Dyurich, ‘17 and Dr. Veena Prasad, ’18 created “VeedaMom App”, an educational mobile app to help women cope with both PPD and peripartum depression.

Buc Days ProRodeo: Athletic Training Islanders Gain Unique Clinical Experience

May 04, 2018
From the intensity of bucking broncs to the music pumping and heart thumping race against the ticking clock, six seniors in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Athletic Training Program got a taste of the cowboy experience at Buc Days ProRodeo from April 26-29. Under the supervision of Dr. Mikaela Boham, assistant professor and athletic training director in the Department of Kinesiology, future healthcare professionals gained clinical experience working with top tier professional athletes.

College of Liberal Arts and School of Arts, Media & Communication News

Islander Students Showcase Summer Research at 2018 McNair Day

May 24, 2018
The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides low-income, first-generation and under-represented undergraduate students with premier higher learning experiences such as opportunities in research, attending national academic conferences and other scholarly activities. In celebration of their efforts and impact in academia, Islander McNair Scholars, faculty mentors and staff were recognized at “McNair Day” events on April 18.

Island University Host Double Retirement Reception to Celebrate Lives Dedicated to Student Success

May 18, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted a double retirement reception honoring two longtime employees who dedicated many years of service and commitment to the education of thousands of students. Honorees were Dr. David Billeaux, professor of political science and associate vice-president for Academic Affairs who served 28 years at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and his wife, Ana Billeaux, program coordinator for the First Islander Scholars’Academy Program (FISAP) in Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA), who served the Island University for 10 years.

Islander Student-Athlete Overcomes Early Academic Struggles to Become No. 3 Pitcher in the Nation

May 14, 2018
One year ago, Aaron Hernandez, a sophomore at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, experienced what many student-athletes fear – getting kicked-off the team. Hernandez, who became academically ineligible to continue playing baseball because of a low GPA made his way back to the pitcher’s mound and rocketed to the number three ranking in the nation for collegiate baseball pitchers.

Excellence in Art, Media and Communication Celebrated at 6th Annual SAMC Awards

May 11, 2018
In celebration of excellence in art, design, music, theatre, dance, media and communication, the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its 6th annual School of Arts Media and Communication (SAMC) Awards. The ceremony was held April 29 in the beautiful Performing Arts Center.

College of Business News

A&M-Corpus Christi Receives a Federal Grant to Construct a Hurricane Harvey Economic Recovery Plan

May 16, 2018
The U.S. Economic Development Administration has enlisted the help of the College of Business at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to research the economic needs of communities hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey to help them not only recover, but potentially prosper beyond where they were before the natural disaster.

BBA at RELLIS: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Extends BBA Program to Bryan, Texas Beginning Fall 2018

May 04, 2018
The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi joins other universities in the Texas A&M University System in offering degree programs in Bryan, Texas at the new RELLIS Campus beginning Fall 2018. The RELLIS Campus is located at the former Bryan Air Base site and will combine the engineering and technical expertise of TAMUS research agencies such as Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Center for Infrastructure Renewal with the educational programs of RELLIS Academic Alliance partners.

A&M-Corpus Christi Accounting Professor Receives International Award for Mentorship

Apr 26, 2018
Dr. Anita Reed, associate professor and department chair of accounting, finance and business law at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was named the 2018 recipient of the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) Mentoring Award from the American Accounting Association Section of Gender Issues & Work-Life Balance.

2018 G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive Lecture Welcomes Dr. Ruby K. Payne

Apr 16, 2018
The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is thrilled to announced Dr. Ruby K. Payne as keynote speaker of the 2018 G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive Lecture and recipient of the related award. Payne, who is the CEO and founder of aha! Process, Inc., will headline the Kirkland lecture, which will take place on Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences News

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Welcomes 79 Islander Nursing Students

May 11, 2018
A total of 79 new members were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on May 10, in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Each inductee received a lavender and white honorary cord, along with an inductee ribbon from Eta Omicron Chapter officers.

Outstanding Graduate Earns 4.0 GPA while Undertaking Research and Making Personal Connections

May 08, 2018
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard – this is the sentiment that drives Clarissa Lara to study the profession of nursing. Lara, who is working to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, says being a nurse isn’t just a job, it’s a career that includes lifelong personal connections with patients. Nursing is also about bettering situations for others, which is why Lara was eager to conduct research focused on helping non-traditional nursing students succeed in the classroom. Lara is one of 1,141 Islander students graduating during two spring 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony is the largest in the University’s history.

Island University Celebrates Student Workers with Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Apr 20, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently celebrated the contributions Islander student workers make in the multitude of roles they fill at the University during National Student Employment Week, April 9-15.

Nursing Students at the Island University Learn Leadership During Adele Bemis Lecture

Apr 05, 2018
Leadership was the topic of conversation during the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s annual Adele Bemis Leadership Lecture Series featuring Nora Frasier, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC. With the recent influx of nurses stepping into leadership roles, Fraiser’s presentation titled, “Enhancing Authentic Leadership Behaviors in Nurse Leaders,” was a perfect choice to help ready nursing students for their expanded career responsibilities. Both Island University students and members of the local nursing community were invited to attend the lecture.

College of Science and Engineering and School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News

Islander Students Showcase Summer Research at 2018 McNair Day

May 24, 2018
The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides low-income, first-generation and under-represented undergraduate students with premier higher learning experiences such as opportunities in research, attending national academic conferences and other scholarly activities. In celebration of their efforts and impact in academia, Islander McNair Scholars, faculty mentors and staff were recognized at “McNair Day” events on April 18.

Technical Prowess Displayed During Engineering Capstone Presentations

May 09, 2018
The rapidly expanding field of engineering calls for highly qualified and experienced professionals. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi meets this growing need with an accredited engineering program that continues to produce skilled students ready for a career in engineering. In a display of their proficiency, 42 graduating seniors showcased their engineering expertise during live demonstrations and presentations of their capstone projects on May 4.

Outstanding Graduate Helps Grow Island University Electrical Engineering Program

May 02, 2018
Charles F. Brush, Edith Clarke, Daniel M. Moore and David Packard are just a few pioneers of the electrical engineering field, yet it’s a safe bet that many of these innovators are not household names. Miles Segler, who is days away from earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, wishes to create a culture in which the names of scientists roll off the tip of the tongue, and even one day, have his name added to the list of experts of scientific invention and innovation.

Island University Celebrates Student Workers with Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Apr 20, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently celebrated the contributions Islander student workers make in the multitude of roles they fill at the University during National Student Employment Week, April 9-15.

Research

Islander Students Showcase Summer Research at 2018 McNair Day

May 24, 2018
The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides low-income, first-generation and under-represented undergraduate students with premier higher learning experiences such as opportunities in research, attending national academic conferences and other scholarly activities. In celebration of their efforts and impact in academia, Islander McNair Scholars, faculty mentors and staff were recognized at “McNair Day” events on April 18.

Post-Harvey, Island University Scientists Recover Lost Data on Snapper Artificial Reef Use

May 23, 2018
Dr. Judson Curtis, assistant research scientist at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Kesley Gibson, Islander Ph.D. candidate, were at a Florida fisheries conference in August 2017 when they heard a hurricane was heading straight for the Coastal Bend and their research site.

Make Your Red Snapper Season Count: Use iSnapper for Every Trip

May 21, 2018
After years of contentiously short fishing seasons, the 82-day federal Red Snapper season is set to open for private recreational anglers on Friday, June 1. Researchers at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are asking anglers to use those extra fishing days to contribute vital data about their catch through the mobile app, iSnapper.

Island University Professor Continues to Monitor Crucial Wetlands Post-Harvey Thanks to $41k Grant

May 18, 2018
Dr. Michael Starek, associate professor of geospatial systems engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, received a $41,084 grant from the National Academies of Sciences' Gulf Research Program Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants.

Student Life News

Islander Students Showcase Summer Research at 2018 McNair Day

May 24, 2018
The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides low-income, first-generation and under-represented undergraduate students with premier higher learning experiences such as opportunities in research, attending national academic conferences and other scholarly activities. In celebration of their efforts and impact in academia, Islander McNair Scholars, faculty mentors and staff were recognized at “McNair Day” events on April 18.

Spring 2018 Commencement Confers Record Number of Islander Graduates

May 12, 2018
Excitement filled the air as the largest class of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi graduates – 1,141 to be exact – completed another milestone in their academic journey, the earning of a new degree. For most, it was their first degree, while for others receiving a master’s or doctoral degree, it was a continuation of a lifelong journey of learning.

Excellence in Art, Media and Communication Celebrated at 6th Annual SAMC Awards

May 11, 2018
In celebration of excellence in art, design, music, theatre, dance, media and communication, the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its 6th annual School of Arts Media and Communication (SAMC) Awards. The ceremony was held April 29 in the beautiful Performing Arts Center.

Islander ROTC Hosted Largest Ever Commissioning Ceremony

May 11, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted its largest ever Islander ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, with 11 students making the transition from Army cadet to second lieutenant. Family and friends, along with university officials, attended the ceremony, which was held May 11, in the Warren Theatre. Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Kelly M. Quintanilla, University President, who praised the students for their development in the areas of leadership, team-building, management and physical fitness.

Alumni News

Islanders Create ‘VeedaMom App’ to Detect Depression During and After Pregnancy

May 09, 2018
Almost 30 percent of women all over the world experience feelings of anxiety, fear, insecurity and sadness after the birth of a baby. These feelings are commonly known as postpartum depression (PPD). However, little is known about the depression that affects thousands of women during pregnancy, lesser known as peripartum depression. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnas Dr. Adriana Dyurich, ‘17 and Dr. Veena Prasad, ’18 created “VeedaMom App”, an educational mobile app to help women cope with both PPD and peripartum depression.

Islander ‘Pride and Tradition’ Celebrated at Homecoming 2018

Feb 15, 2018
Generations of Islanders gathered to celebrate their Islander spirit during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2018 Homecoming week, taking place Feb. 4-10. This year’s homecoming theme was “Pride & Tradition.”

Alumni News

Feb 15, 2018
Generations of Islanders gathered to celebrate their Islander spirit during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2018 Homecoming week, taking place Feb. 4-10. This year’s homecoming theme was “Pride & Tradition.”

Campus News and Events

Islander Students Showcase Summer Research at 2018 McNair Day

May 24, 2018
The McNair Scholars Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides low-income, first-generation and under-represented undergraduate students with premier higher learning experiences such as opportunities in research, attending national academic conferences and other scholarly activities. In celebration of their efforts and impact in academia, Islander McNair Scholars, faculty mentors and staff were recognized at “McNair Day” events on April 18.

Island University Welcomes Texas Tribune to Discuss Hurricane Relief and Recovery

May 24, 2018
Conversations about hurricane relief and recovery were held in the Coastal Bend when Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi co-hosted the daylong “Rebuilding After Hurricane Harvey: A Texas Tribune Symposium” on May 18, which brought together state representatives, public figures, members of the local community and Island University experts.

Post-Harvey, Island University Scientists Recover Lost Data on Snapper Artificial Reef Use

May 23, 2018
Dr. Judson Curtis, assistant research scientist at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Kesley Gibson, Islander Ph.D. candidate, were at a Florida fisheries conference in August 2017 when they heard a hurricane was heading straight for the Coastal Bend and their research site.

A&M-Corpus Christi Hosts Free Exercise Therapy Classes, Including Yoga and Tai Chi

May 22, 2018
Enter a SummaryRecent studies have shown that certain types of exercise can drastically improve the mental health benefits already enjoyed by those receiving regular therapy. With this in mind, the Counseling and Training Clinic at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is now offering free yoga and tai chi classes meant to complement ongoing individual, group or couples therapy sessions. Through these new exercise therapy programs, staff at the clinic hope members of the local community will improve their mental health while increasing their physical health.

Conrad Blucher Institute News

Island University Professor Continues to Monitor Crucial Wetlands Post-Harvey Thanks to $41k Grant

May 18, 2018
Dr. Michael Starek, associate professor of geospatial systems engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, received a $41,084 grant from the National Academies of Sciences' Gulf Research Program Scientific Research Disaster Recovery Grants.

A&M-Corpus Christi Researchers Take Part in Bahamas Ocean Wave Study

Apr 10, 2018
While many people visit the Bahamas for vacation, one group of researchers went for more than just the beautiful sights. Dr. Michael Starek, assistant professor and director of the Measurement Analytics Lab at the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and his student research assistant, Jake Berryhill visited the Bahamas to investigate the movement of massive boulders by large storm waves as part of a scientific research team.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Port Corpus Christi Provide Reliable Data for Safe Ship Navigation

Apr 04, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science recently entered into an interlocal cooperation contract with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority to install a Physical Oceanographic Real-time System, or PORTS®, that is now operational and live on the NOAA PORTS website.

Conrad Blucher Institute News

Apr 04, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science recently entered into an interlocal cooperation contract with the Port of Corpus Christi Authority to install a Physical Oceanographic Real-time System, or PORTS®, that is now operational and live on the NOAA PORTS website.