Campus News and Events

College of Education News

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.

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.

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

A&M-Corpus Christi New Students Ready for College Life Thanks to Islander Launch

Jun 21, 2018
Surfers, kayaks and blue and green flags lined Ocean Drive as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi incoming students made their way to campus for Islander Launch, the University’s new student orientation hosted by the Department of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS). As students and their families turned the corner toward the Performing Arts Center (PAC), they were greeted by University faculty and staff in blue Hawaiian-themed shirts, waiting to help them prepare for their first day of classes and learn more about their college.

A&M-Corpus Christi Trumpet Ensemble Attends International Music Conference

Jun 14, 2018
James Tomerlin, a junior music major, was one of six students who make up the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Trumpet Ensemble, recently performed at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference, held May 29-June 2 in San Antonio.

Preserving Local History: A&M-Corpus Christi Hosts First Public History Harvest

Jun 14, 2018
During the two-day History Harvest, the Bell Library collected 45 photographs, eight programs of community events, two newspaper clippings and one birth announcement. Many of the items will be digitized for easy access by the public.

Islander Trumpet Student Receives Prestigious Music Scholarship

Jun 07, 2018
Music is a universal language that touches the hearts of many. It comforts us when we’re sad and energizes when we’re happy. And for some, like Dustin Hernandez, sophomore music major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, music is all of this, and so much more. It was Hernandez’s passion and artistry that caused him to be selected as one of 14 students for the 2018-2019 Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship award administered by the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS).

College of Business News

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.

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.

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.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences News

Island University Nursing Students Earn Their White Coats, Transition From Classroom to Clinic

Jun 21, 2018
“When you put on your scrubs and that white coat, it’s a whole new feeling. It’s like you are putting on your superhero suit and you are transforming yourself,” shared Destiny Pratt who received her white coat during a special ceremony hosted by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on June 20.

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.

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

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.

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.

Island University’s LSUASC Tests New UAS Sense and Avoid Technology

Jun 06, 2018
As the third step in a four-part project with NASA, The Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence and Innovation completed more than 80 flights in late May at the Charles R. Johnson Airport in Port Mansfield, which involved flying a manned Cessna 182 airplane toward a piloted UAS.

Research Continues for Island University Professor Despite Temporary Equipment Loss During Harvey

May 29, 2018
Dr. Xinping Hu, assistant professor in the College of Science and Engineering, was forced to terminate a project early and thought that he lost one of the sensors deployed in the field due to Harvey. The instrument, a YSI salinity and temperature sensor, was miraculously recovered by his colleague Terry Palmer, a senior research associate in the Department of Life Sciences, during a recent diving trip to the Port Aransas ship channel.

Research

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.

‘The Great Snapper Count’ Hits the Water This Summer

Jun 13, 2018
As the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and its partners head out into the field this summer to begin intensive data gathering for a monumental fisheries project, they’re inviting the public to stay informed through the launch of a new video series and website.

Island University’s LSUASC Tests New UAS Sense and Avoid Technology

Jun 06, 2018
As the third step in a four-part project with NASA, The Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence and Innovation completed more than 80 flights in late May at the Charles R. Johnson Airport in Port Mansfield, which involved flying a manned Cessna 182 airplane toward a piloted UAS.

Student Life News

Texas A&M System and DFPS Announce Extended Foster Care Pilot Program

Jun 21, 2018
The Texas A&M University System and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on Thursday announced a new pilot program focused on supporting and improving higher education success for young adults in extended foster care. This is the first such partnership between DFPS and a university system. The new SIL program will officially become available for extended foster students on the A&M-Corpus Christi and A&M-Kingsville campuses starting in fall 2018.

A&M-Corpus Christi New Students Ready for College Life Thanks to Islander Launch

Jun 21, 2018
Surfers, kayaks and blue and green flags lined Ocean Drive as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi incoming students made their way to campus for Islander Launch, the University’s new student orientation hosted by the Department of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS). As students and their families turned the corner toward the Performing Arts Center (PAC), they were greeted by University faculty and staff in blue Hawaiian-themed shirts, waiting to help them prepare for their first day of classes and learn more about their college.

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.

Islander Trumpet Student Receives Prestigious Music Scholarship

Jun 07, 2018
Music is a universal language that touches the hearts of many. It comforts us when we’re sad and energizes when we’re happy. And for some, like Dustin Hernandez, sophomore music major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, music is all of this, and so much more. It was Hernandez’s passion and artistry that caused him to be selected as one of 14 students for the 2018-2019 Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship award administered by the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS).

Alumni News

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.

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.

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.

Alumni News

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.

Campus News and Events

Island University Nursing Students Earn Their White Coats, Transition From Classroom to Clinic

Jun 21, 2018
“When you put on your scrubs and that white coat, it’s a whole new feeling. It’s like you are putting on your superhero suit and you are transforming yourself,” shared Destiny Pratt who received her white coat during a special ceremony hosted by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on June 20.

Texas A&M System and DFPS Announce Extended Foster Care Pilot Program

Jun 21, 2018
The Texas A&M University System and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on Thursday announced a new pilot program focused on supporting and improving higher education success for young adults in extended foster care. This is the first such partnership between DFPS and a university system. The new SIL program will officially become available for extended foster students on the A&M-Corpus Christi and A&M-Kingsville campuses starting in fall 2018.

A&M-Corpus Christi New Students Ready for College Life Thanks to Islander Launch

Jun 21, 2018
Surfers, kayaks and blue and green flags lined Ocean Drive as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi incoming students made their way to campus for Islander Launch, the University’s new student orientation hosted by the Department of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS). As students and their families turned the corner toward the Performing Arts Center (PAC), they were greeted by University faculty and staff in blue Hawaiian-themed shirts, waiting to help them prepare for their first day of classes and learn more about their college.

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.

Conrad Blucher Institute News

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.

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.