Campus News and Events

College of Education and Human Development News

VANTAGE Program Empowers Teen Girls through Mentoring and Career Exploration

Jul 20, 2018
VANTAGE, which stands for Vocational Awareness and Team-Based Girls Empowerment, challenged the young ladies to explore career opportunities, gain leadership skills and establish meaningful relationships with high-achieving women in the community.

Island University Hosts ME by the SEa, STEM Professional Development Conference

Jun 25, 2018
Eager to expand their educational toolbox and gain a renewed sense of excitement about teaching, more than 160 established educators and future instructors from 26 local school districts and five universities attended the 14th annual regional professional development conference for STEM education, ME by the SEa.

Valuable Water Monitoring System Destroyed by Harvey Benefits from Grant

Jun 15, 2018
Thanks to a $23,833 grant from The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Larry Lloyd, CBI research specialist II and project lead, will now be able to reestablish this valuable monitoring system in the San Antonio Bay.

Very Important Kids Camp Makes Islander Impact on Local Youth

Jun 14, 2018
The Very Important Kids (VIK) Camp, which is co-hosted by the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center, the Art Museum of South Texas and the Island University’s College of Science and Engineering (COSE), provides local kids with a summer full of fun and education in the arts, drama, reading and STEM.

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

Islander Student Vows to Create Lasting Change, Attends Prestigious Institute

Aug 03, 2018
She is a stellar student, eager activist, founder and president of the Islander Feminists, and future political leader. Ariana Rodriguez `18, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumna and incoming Islander graduate student, is making waves on and off campus.

Words Create Impact: Islanders Improve Community through Grant Writing

Jul 19, 2018
Words are powerful. Not only do they convey concepts, thoughts, and feelings but they also translate into real world change. This was a lesson learned by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi graduate and undergraduate students recently enrolled in grant writing courses as their hard work contributed to the mission of local nonprofits and organizations.

Camp on the Coast: Creating Leaders in Life and on the Stage

Jul 12, 2018
It’s a theatre camp that teaches more than acting, lighting, props and costume design – it’s an immersive experience promoting creativity, comradery and healthy competition. More than 120 of the best high school theatre students from around the state attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Camp on the Coast 2018, an intense two-week summer program for students whose skillsets range from novice to leading lady/gentleman.

Mexico Inspires Eight Islander Honors Students During Study Abroad Experience

Jun 29, 2018
Eight Island University Honors Program students spent a part of their summer walking the wide cobblestone streets of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, awed by the beautiful landscape surrounding them. The small town – a seamless marriage of natural foliage and man-made architecture – welcomed them with unexplored streets, friendly locals and vendors selling local crafts.

College of Business News

Ed Cantu, Islander Alumnus, to Deliver Summer Commencement Address

Aug 01, 2018
He’s known affectionately as “Mr. Islander.” He’s a constant fixture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi events, from Homecoming to alumni meet and greets to Islanders sporting games. Now, Ed Cantu `81 will be able to check another box off his Islander bucket list as he delivers the commencement address to 535 graduating students at the summer 2018 commencement ceremony.

Love of Family Inspires Outstanding Graduate to Specialize in Human Resources

Jul 27, 2018
From your first day on the job to the day you retire, it is the unsung heroes – the people who work in Human Resources (HR) department – who help navigate the many milestones of a career. Denise Rocha, who will be one of 535 students walking the stage during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 4, hopes to one day become an “HR hero” so she can positively impact people within an organization.

A&M-Corpus Christi’s New Online BBA Completion Offers Work-School-Life Balance

Jun 12, 2018
The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is responding to a need expressed by adult learners who wish to complete a four-year business degree but have found balancing existing obligations with school to be an insurmountable challenge. The Online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Completion was developed to allow those who have completed first and second year lower division courses through a community college to complete the final two years of a business degree online.

MBA Graduate Makes Islander Impact at Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Jun 05, 2018
Driven by motivation to improve health care for children in South Texas, Eduardo Gomez, ’05, earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences News

Island University Celebrates Scholarship, Leadership, and Service with Sigma Theta Tau Induction

Aug 08, 2018
On Aug. 2, a total of 35 undergraduates, four graduates, one doctoral student, and one community nurse leader were inducted into the Eta Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in front of their friends and family.

Island University Professors Research HIV/AIDS, Present at Star-Studded International Conference

Aug 01, 2018
Scientists, activists, and leaders from all over the world have set an ambitious goal of finding a cure for AIDS by 2030, and two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi nursing professors are making a meaningful impact toward that mission. Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton and Dr. Liz Sefcik have each taken a holistic approach to researching persons living with HIV.

Nursing and Health Science Students Take on Mission to Improve Texas Colonias Healthcare

Jul 13, 2018
For the second year in a row, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi nursing and health science students took time out of their summer to help the disadvantaged.

Mexico Inspires Eight Islander Honors Students During Study Abroad Experience

Jun 29, 2018
Eight Island University Honors Program students spent a part of their summer walking the wide cobblestone streets of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, awed by the beautiful landscape surrounding them. The small town – a seamless marriage of natural foliage and man-made architecture – welcomed them with unexplored streets, friendly locals and vendors selling local crafts.

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

High School Student's Drones Take Flight at 2018 UAS Summer Institute

Jul 31, 2018
From conceptualization to realization, high school students got hands-on experience with creating and flying their own Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Science and Engineering 2018 UAS Summer Institute.

Island University Professor Fights Fatigue with 45+ Years of Research

Jul 26, 2018
Sleep is a beautiful thing, but many of us often neglect its true value. Dr. James Miller, adjunct faculty in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has spent more than 45 years researching what we can do to fight fatigue.

New Summer Course Explores Science-Based Animal Husbandry Techniques at the Texas State Aquarium

Jul 20, 2018
During the new summer course, Island University students learned everything there was to know about what it takes to run an aquarium.

HRI Director Larry McKinney on the Passing of Dr. John 'Wes' Tunnell

Jul 16, 2018
Wes Tunnell is the soul of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. World renowned ocean explorer and advocate Sylvia Earle was the inspiration and Ed Harte was the visionary, but Wes was the one to put it all together and make HRI a reality.

Research

Sportfish Center’s Mako Shark ‘Pico’ Surprises Scientists with 2,000-Mile Migration

Aug 07, 2018
Researchers at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies’ Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation continue to unlock the mysteries of shark migration.

Island University Professors Research HIV/AIDS, Present at Star-Studded International Conference

Aug 01, 2018
Scientists, activists, and leaders from all over the world have set an ambitious goal of finding a cure for AIDS by 2030, and two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi nursing professors are making a meaningful impact toward that mission. Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton and Dr. Liz Sefcik have each taken a holistic approach to researching persons living with HIV.

Shark Week Live! Draws Thousands to Learn About Shark Science

Jul 26, 2018
More than a thousand shark fans from across the Coastal Bend came out to watch Discovery Channel’s Shark Week as the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted their second annual “Shark Week Live!” watch party.

Island University Professor Fights Fatigue with 45+ Years of Research

Jul 26, 2018
Sleep is a beautiful thing, but many of us often neglect its true value. Dr. James Miller, adjunct faculty in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has spent more than 45 years researching what we can do to fight fatigue.

Student Life News

New Graduates Join Ranks of 50,000+ Islander Alumni

Aug 03, 2018
“There will be many opportunities for you to chase your dreams. Push forward, no matter what obstacles you may face. After all, it’s not about how many times you fall but how many times you get back up.” These words, shared by Ed Cantu `81, echoed through the American Bank Center on Aug. 4, as more than 530 Islander students graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Islander Student Vows to Create Lasting Change, Attends Prestigious Institute

Aug 03, 2018
She is a stellar student, eager activist, founder and president of the Islander Feminists, and future political leader. Ariana Rodriguez `18, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumna and incoming Islander graduate student, is making waves on and off campus.

Love of Family Inspires Outstanding Graduate to Specialize in Human Resources

Jul 27, 2018
From your first day on the job to the day you retire, it is the unsung heroes – the people who work in Human Resources (HR) department – who help navigate the many milestones of a career. Denise Rocha, who will be one of 535 students walking the stage during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 4, hopes to one day become an “HR hero” so she can positively impact people within an organization.

Words Create Impact: Islanders Improve Community through Grant Writing

Jul 19, 2018
Words are powerful. Not only do they convey concepts, thoughts, and feelings but they also translate into real world change. This was a lesson learned by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi graduate and undergraduate students recently enrolled in grant writing courses as their hard work contributed to the mission of local nonprofits and organizations.

Alumni News

New Graduates Join Ranks of 50,000+ Islander Alumni

Aug 03, 2018
“There will be many opportunities for you to chase your dreams. Push forward, no matter what obstacles you may face. After all, it’s not about how many times you fall but how many times you get back up.” These words, shared by Ed Cantu `81, echoed through the American Bank Center on Aug. 4, as more than 530 Islander students graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Islander Student Vows to Create Lasting Change, Attends Prestigious Institute

Aug 03, 2018
She is a stellar student, eager activist, founder and president of the Islander Feminists, and future political leader. Ariana Rodriguez `18, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumna and incoming Islander graduate student, is making waves on and off campus.

Ed Cantu, Islander Alumnus, to Deliver Summer Commencement Address

Aug 01, 2018
He’s known affectionately as “Mr. Islander.” He’s a constant fixture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi events, from Homecoming to alumni meet and greets to Islanders sporting games. Now, Ed Cantu `81 will be able to check another box off his Islander bucket list as he delivers the commencement address to 535 graduating students at the summer 2018 commencement ceremony.

Business Degree Gives Islander Alumna Confidence to Pursue Passion for Writing

Jun 01, 2018
One Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumna has used her degree in a way she never imagined. Alyssa Harbert ‘13, earned a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and, at the time, didn’t realize she would one day become a self-published author. Her short story, titled ‘The Child,’ is the first installment in a mystery series that incorporates science fiction and biology.

Campus News and Events

Island University Celebrates Scholarship, Leadership, and Service with Sigma Theta Tau Induction

Aug 08, 2018
On Aug. 2, a total of 35 undergraduates, four graduates, one doctoral student, and one community nurse leader were inducted into the Eta Omicron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in front of their friends and family.

Islander Athletics Hit the Jackpot with Casino Night: Raised $100K for Student Scholarships

Aug 07, 2018
Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, and illuminated slot machines were just some of the festivities that Islanders Athletic Fund supporters enjoyed at the “Viva Las Vegas” themed fundraiser that brought in a record-breaking $100,000 in donations.

Sportfish Center’s Mako Shark ‘Pico’ Surprises Scientists with 2,000-Mile Migration

Aug 07, 2018
Researchers at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies’ Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation continue to unlock the mysteries of shark migration.

Upward Bound Introduces College Life to Local Teens

Aug 07, 2018
It was just last summer when Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received a $2.5 million grant to establish Upward Bound. With a major goal of preparing young students to succeed in high school and college, Upward Bound includes year-round academic assistance to 120 low-income local students in households in which neither parent has a bachelor’s degree, and in the summer, it also includes a Summer Academy Program.

Conrad Blucher Institute News

Conrad Blucher Institute and Bell Library Celebrate 100K Historical Documents Cataloged

Jul 13, 2018
The public now has online access to these historical and legally significant documents, the earliest of which are the Blucher Family Papers, thanks to a partnership between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Special Collections and Archives Department at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library and the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science.

A&M-Corpus Christi Researcher helps Tackle Indoor GPS Limitations and Wins $20,000

Jun 25, 2018
Dr. Tianxing Chu, assistant research scientist at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science, and researchers from Wuhan University, China, created an app to improve smartphone limitations when it comes to GPS.

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.

College of Graduate Studies

VANTAGE Program Empowers Teen Girls through Mentoring and Career Exploration

Jul 20, 2018
VANTAGE, which stands for Vocational Awareness and Team-Based Girls Empowerment, challenged the young ladies to explore career opportunities, gain leadership skills and establish meaningful relationships with high-achieving women in the community.

Texas Sea Grant Awards Eight Island University Graduates Research Funding

Jun 19, 2018
The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University recently awarded $15,400 in funding to eight graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi through their Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program.

Valuable Water Monitoring System Destroyed by Harvey Benefits from Grant

Jun 15, 2018
Thanks to a $23,833 grant from The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Larry Lloyd, CBI research specialist II and project lead, will now be able to reestablish this valuable monitoring system in the San Antonio Bay.

MBA Graduate Makes Islander Impact at Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Jun 05, 2018
Driven by motivation to improve health care for children in South Texas, Eduardo Gomez, ’05, earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.