Campus News and Events

College of Education and Human Development News

iHeart Engages Children in Literacy-Focused Instruction

Oct 25, 2018
To help students struggling with literacy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education and Human Development has partnered with John F. Kennedy Elementary School in West Oso ISD for an initiative called Islanders Helping the Early Acceleration of Readers Together (iHeart).

Islander Community Comes Together to Form Links Across Campus, Spread Awareness for Suicide

Oct 12, 2018
In a moving demonstration of how we’re all connected, Islanders gathered to spread a paper chain across campus. Faculty, staff, and students christened each link with words of encouragement displaying their caring for each member of the University.

Islander Spends Summer with NFL Buffalo Bills

Sep 25, 2018
Many people only dream of meeting NFL greats, but Joseph Eberhardt, senior athletic training major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, spent the summer working with some of his favorite players as an athletic training intern with the NFL Buffalo Bills in New York.

Barrio Writers: Our Voice is Our Weapon

Aug 24, 2018
Mindful, passionate, unfiltered, outspoken, cultured, artists. These are words a group of young students used to describe themselves after attending Barrio Writers, a one-week creative writing workshop hosted by the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center and facilitated by faculty from the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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

Learn from the Experts: Becoming Bilingual and Culturally Competent

Nov 09, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has teamed up with West Oso High School to create “Learn for the Experts,” a 10-week after-school program that allows Spanish-speaking high school student and English-speaking Islander students to help each other become bilingual.

Art to Change Perspective: Artist Martha Whittington Uses Sculpture to Shift Focus

Nov 09, 2018
To some, an art gallery is a place to go to immerse themselves in art. To others, they are rooms filled with knowledge of history, both current and past. To Atlanta-based artist Martha Whittington, a gallery is a canvas waiting to be filled with sculpted pieces of intrigue and beauty.

New Spanish Scholarship Forges Path for Cultural and Linguistic Understanding

Nov 06, 2018
The Joan Aleshire and LeRoy Arthur Ufkes Excellence Fund in Spanish was established by Dr. Frances M. Ufkes `15, Islander alumna, in memory of her parents. Although she had a successful career first as a geography professor at Dartmouth College and then as a hospital administrator in Iowa, Ufkes discovered a new passion while working with Spanish speaking patients at a clinic in the Rio Grande Valley. Ufkes created this annual scholarship and other special awards to inspire other Islanders to discover the wonders of Spanish and to help the Spanish-speaking community of South Texas.

Islander Criminal Justice Program Debunks Crime in Prime-Time

Nov 01, 2018
While prime-time TV shows would have us believing it only takes one hour to solve a crime, Dr. Wendi Pollock, associate professor of criminal justice at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, knows that’s not the case and has made it her mission to prepare the next generation of real-life criminal justice heroes.

College of Business News

Passion, Pride, and Pursuit of Preserving A&M-Corpus Christi History

Oct 16, 2018
Christopher Potter, senior business major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is the epitome of Islander pride. Led by a fascination with the University’s origins and a desire to share that information with others, Potter created a documentary detailing the entire history of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Islander Alumnus, Business Grad, to Premiere on HGTV

Aug 20, 2018
Shakas up” to Gino Montalvo `12, who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The former radio host, turned real estate agent, is starring in a new HGTV pilot called “Shoring the House,” which is set in Corpus Christi.

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.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences News

CONHS Faculty Members and Students Give 7 Presentations at Transcultural Nursing Society Conference

Nov 06, 2018
A group 15 faculty members and students representing the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi gave a total of seven presentations at the 44th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, which was held Oct. 18-20 in San Antonio.

Islander Community Comes Together to Form Links Across Campus, Spread Awareness for Suicide

Oct 12, 2018
In a moving demonstration of how we’re all connected, Islanders gathered to spread a paper chain across campus. Faculty, staff, and students christened each link with words of encouragement displaying their caring for each member of the University.

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.

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

Island University Ph.D. Student and Scholarship Recipient Researches Corpus Christi Bay Bacteria

Nov 07, 2018
Bacteria are a natural part of life and can be found everywhere. However, while unavoidable, bacteria are not something to be afraid of, according to Nicole Elledge, a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Ph.D. student in the marine biology program who received a $9,000 Eugene and Millicent Goldschmidt Graduate Student Award last year. The funds helped her to kick-start her research on tracking bacteria that indicate fecal contamination in Corpus Christi Bay. While it may be a gross study, it’s one that’s important.

Island University to Provide Nueces County UAS Disaster Response Thanks to New Agreement

Nov 06, 2018
The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi entered into an agreement on Oct. 31 with Nueces County to provide emergency drone support in the event of future natural disasters.

Island University Honors Dean Emerita at Alumni Shrimp Boil

Nov 02, 2018
From a relaxing boat ride to the Laguna Madre Field Station to a feast of savory Cajun-style shrimp, Islander alumni, faculty, and staff enjoyed an idyllic afternoon of science, food, and sunshine as part of the 2018 Alumni Shrimp Boil, hosted by the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Oct. 27.

Wes Tunnell Honored with Texas State Aquarium Funded Scholarship

Oct 19, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to announce “The Texas State Aquarium Endowed Scholarship in Biodiversity and Conservation Science,” a new scholarship funded by the Texas State Aquarium.

Research

Island University Ph.D. Student and Scholarship Recipient Researches Corpus Christi Bay Bacteria

Nov 07, 2018
Bacteria are a natural part of life and can be found everywhere. However, while unavoidable, bacteria are not something to be afraid of, according to Nicole Elledge, a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Ph.D. student in the marine biology program who received a $9,000 Eugene and Millicent Goldschmidt Graduate Student Award last year. The funds helped her to kick-start her research on tracking bacteria that indicate fecal contamination in Corpus Christi Bay. While it may be a gross study, it’s one that’s important.

Islander Criminal Justice Program Debunks Crime in Prime-Time

Nov 01, 2018
While prime-time TV shows would have us believing it only takes one hour to solve a crime, Dr. Wendi Pollock, associate professor of criminal justice at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, knows that’s not the case and has made it her mission to prepare the next generation of real-life criminal justice heroes.

iHeart Engages Children in Literacy-Focused Instruction

Oct 25, 2018
To help students struggling with literacy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education and Human Development has partnered with John F. Kennedy Elementary School in West Oso ISD for an initiative called Islanders Helping the Early Acceleration of Readers Together (iHeart).

Islander Student and Victoria Substitute Teacher Spends Summer at National Lab

Oct 18, 2018
John Harrison, a senior physics major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was selected to participate in the Department of Energy’s highly competitive Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships program at the Brookhaven National Laboratory for the summer 2018 term.

Student Life News

Learn from the Experts: Becoming Bilingual and Culturally Competent

Nov 09, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has teamed up with West Oso High School to create “Learn for the Experts,” a 10-week after-school program that allows Spanish-speaking high school student and English-speaking Islander students to help each other become bilingual.

Islander Students Give Thanks to Endowed Scholarship Donors

Nov 09, 2018
Smiles and laughter, displays of gratitude, and newly formed friendships filled this year’s Endowed Scholarship Banquet at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The banquet, held Nov. 6, was attended by more than 150 donors and 190 scholarship recipients. The annual banquet allows students to express their appreciation for their donors’ philanthropy, while donors get to meet their scholarship recipients and see the true impact of their gift.

Explore Diversity at 7th Annual Culture Fest on Saturday

Nov 08, 2018
To showcase the vibrant and rich cultural backgrounds of Islander faculty, staff and students, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) invites you to the seventh annual Culture Fest on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom.

New Spanish Scholarship Forges Path for Cultural and Linguistic Understanding

Nov 06, 2018
The Joan Aleshire and LeRoy Arthur Ufkes Excellence Fund in Spanish was established by Dr. Frances M. Ufkes `15, Islander alumna, in memory of her parents. Although she had a successful career first as a geography professor at Dartmouth College and then as a hospital administrator in Iowa, Ufkes discovered a new passion while working with Spanish speaking patients at a clinic in the Rio Grande Valley. Ufkes created this annual scholarship and other special awards to inspire other Islanders to discover the wonders of Spanish and to help the Spanish-speaking community of South Texas.

Alumni News

Shakas Up! Island University Preps For Homecoming 2019

Nov 12, 2018
Preparations are underway at the Island University for Homecoming Week 2019, set to take place Sunday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 9. For details on Homecoming 2019 events, visit IslanderHoco.com.

New Spanish Scholarship Forges Path for Cultural and Linguistic Understanding

Nov 06, 2018
The Joan Aleshire and LeRoy Arthur Ufkes Excellence Fund in Spanish was established by Dr. Frances M. Ufkes `15, Islander alumna, in memory of her parents. Although she had a successful career first as a geography professor at Dartmouth College and then as a hospital administrator in Iowa, Ufkes discovered a new passion while working with Spanish speaking patients at a clinic in the Rio Grande Valley. Ufkes created this annual scholarship and other special awards to inspire other Islanders to discover the wonders of Spanish and to help the Spanish-speaking community of South Texas.

Island University Honors Dean Emerita at Alumni Shrimp Boil

Nov 02, 2018
From a relaxing boat ride to the Laguna Madre Field Station to a feast of savory Cajun-style shrimp, Islander alumni, faculty, and staff enjoyed an idyllic afternoon of science, food, and sunshine as part of the 2018 Alumni Shrimp Boil, hosted by the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Oct. 27.

Islander Alumnus in Running for Grammy Music Educator Award

Oct 30, 2018
Islander alumnus Matthew Trevino is in the running for a Grammy Music Educator Award. The San Antonio-based elementary school music specialist learned in early October he was one of 25 semifinalists vying to move on to the final round, which whittles the field down to 10 music teachers from over 2,800 nominations from across the U.S. A winner will be announced in 2019.

Campus News and Events

Shakas Up! Island University Preps For Homecoming 2019

Nov 12, 2018
Preparations are underway at the Island University for Homecoming Week 2019, set to take place Sunday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 9. For details on Homecoming 2019 events, visit IslanderHoco.com.

Learn from the Experts: Becoming Bilingual and Culturally Competent

Nov 09, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has teamed up with West Oso High School to create “Learn for the Experts,” a 10-week after-school program that allows Spanish-speaking high school student and English-speaking Islander students to help each other become bilingual.

Art to Change Perspective: Artist Martha Whittington Uses Sculpture to Shift Focus

Nov 09, 2018
To some, an art gallery is a place to go to immerse themselves in art. To others, they are rooms filled with knowledge of history, both current and past. To Atlanta-based artist Martha Whittington, a gallery is a canvas waiting to be filled with sculpted pieces of intrigue and beauty.

Islander Students Give Thanks to Endowed Scholarship Donors

Nov 09, 2018
Smiles and laughter, displays of gratitude, and newly formed friendships filled this year’s Endowed Scholarship Banquet at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The banquet, held Nov. 6, was attended by more than 150 donors and 190 scholarship recipients. The annual banquet allows students to express their appreciation for their donors’ philanthropy, while donors get to meet their scholarship recipients and see the true impact of their gift.

Conrad Blucher Institute News

Conrad Blucher Institute Tackles Global Issues with United Nations

Aug 17, 2018
The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi attended a forum hosted by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Academic Network from July 30 to Aug. 3.

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.

College of Graduate Studies

Islander Graduate Students Grow with GROW

Oct 19, 2018
Nestled on the second floor of the Mary & Jeff Bell Library, Graduate Resource and Opportunity Workplace, better known as GROW, facilitates the unique needs of graduate students. The space is a comprehensive resource at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi that illustrates commitment to service excellence for more than 2,200 currently enrolled graduate students.

Sign up for ‘Study in America’ – Travel to Five States in 11 Days

Sep 21, 2018
An information session about Study in America will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the University Center, room 310. All interested students are invited to attend.

Islander Ph.D. Student Interns at NASA, Studies Extreme Weather

Aug 22, 2018
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi doctoral student Kevin Nelson spent eight weeks at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center conducting proprietary research on the development of new algorithms used to identify extreme precipitation events as well as examine their spatiotemporal and physical characteristics.

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.