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July 11, 2018


The Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites the Coastal Bend Community to join them in celebrating Discovery Channel’s 2018 Shark Week from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Brewster Street Ice House. A special meet and greet with the HRI researchers and shark-tagging demonstration will take place from 6-7 p.m. and a rerun of HRI’s Monster Mako episode will take place from 7-8 p.m. Sit back and relax on Brewster’s deck and tune in for a live showing of a new Shark Week episode from 8-9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact


July 16, through Sept. 28: Bay Hall Re-Roofing: Bay Hall’s roof will be under construction from Monday, July 16, through Friday, Sept. 28. On Monday, July 16, contractors will begin constructing fencing and scaffolding for the replacement of the roof. The sidewalk on the south side of Bay Hall and the north side of Faculty Center will be fenced off and closed to all pedestrian traffic for the duration of project. The south side entrance doors to Bay Hall will remain accessible to staff and students; however, detour signage will be placed in appropriate locations. In addition, the immediate parking and road in front of the Faculty Center will be rerouted and closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic. For more information, contact Jim Eckhart at 361.825.2839; or

Through August 21: Summer Hours of Operation for Dining: The summer hours for dining services in the University Center are as follows:

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday:

  • Crisp Salad Bar
  • Grill Nation
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Orientation Days Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday:

  • Balance Kitchen
  • Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Chick-Fil-A (Only During Orientation)
Monday – Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday (Based on Summer Camps):
  • Dining Hall
  • Orientation Days Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on summer hours listed above, please contact University Services at 361.825.5710.

Through August 21: Summer Hours of Operation for the University Center: The summer hours for the services in the University Center are as follows:

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday:

  • Barnes & Noble University Bookstore
  • Wells Fargo
  • SandDollar$
  • Orientation Days Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The following services will continue with their regular scheduled hours:

  • Mail Services
  • Printing Services

For more information on summer hours listed above, please contact University Services at 361.825.5710.


July 12: Third Annual Islander Cell Phone Photography Show Opening Reception: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host the third annual Cell Phone Photography Show from Wednesday, July 11, through Sunday, Sept. 16. An opening reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Cell phone photos submitted by the campus community, including current and past Islanders, will be on display on the first and second floor exhibit areas. The reception is free, open to the public and includes light refreshments. For more information, click here or contact Jennifer Anderson at

July 13: Conrad Blucher Institute and Bell Library Celebrates 100K Maps Scanned: The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections and Archives Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invite the public to celebrate as they catalogue their 100,000th historical map scanned! To mark this momentous occasion, the map will be uploaded into the University’s public repository on Friday, July 13, from 3-4 p.m. in the Library’s Special Collections and Archives section department located on the second floor. The map is part of a large surveying collection comprised of items from the Conrad Blucher Surveying Company and the William S. and Patricia Green Surveying Records. Both collections represent four generations of surveying history in South Texas. Special guest, Ron Brister, president of Brister Surveying Inc. will be present to share how these historical documents have already helped surveyors settle land disputes in the Coastal Bend. For more information, email or call 832.350.3677.

Sept. 13: The Windward Review Release Celebration: The Department of English and Islander Creative Writers at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi will host The Windward Review: An International Literary Journal of the South Texas Coastal Bend Volume 16 on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6- 8:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320. The event features public readings and an open mic to celebrate the release of Volume 16 of Windward Review, an international literary journal operated by Islander students and affiliates. Readings will include poetry, fiction and nonfiction by local contributors who invite connection with our community, culture, eco-socio-political spheres and history. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Carstensen at

Aug. 2: Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, will induct Islander nursing students on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The ceremony and reception are open to the public. New inductees meet the requirements of academic success, academic integrity, professionalism and leadership potential. For more information, contact STTI President Yvonne Serna at


Suggest a Story: Do you have a great story idea to share or want to spread the word about a faculty, staff, student or alumni achievement to the campus or external community? Visit to request the services of the Marketing and Communications Department.  Final products can include web stories, news releases, social media posts and inclusion in mass email newsletters. Please allow two to three weeks for a finished product. Timing will depend on the information provided, so please contact us early and often.

Campaign/Services Request Form: Are you planning an event and want public participation? Visit to request a publicity campaign from the Marketing and Communications Department. Final products can include digital signage, inclusion into Islander News Briefs, the community calendar of events, media alerts, interview pitches, brochures, surveys, photography, videography, web design and more. For events requiring heavy community exposure, please submit information at least three months in advance. For all other events, please give at least one month’s notice.


July 17: Open Enrollment and Benefit Fair, TRS Presentation: Human Resources is hosting an Open Enrollment Benefit and Retirement Fair on Tuesday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Representatives from retirement and insurance companies along with PERKS vendors will be present at the fair. Prior to the fair, there will be a special video presentation by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) from 9-11 a.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of benefits including: qualifications to retire, what to expect after retirement and beneficiary benefits. A Q&A session along with handouts will be available. RSVP to the TRS presentation by emailing All events are free and open to all benefits eligible employees. For more information, email or visit the Human Resources website.

July 19, July 26 & July 30: Assistance Entering Benefits in Workday: Human Resources is poised and ready to assist all benefits-eligible employees to enter their information in Workday during the open enrollment period of July 1-31. HR will hold three drop-in “lab days” to answer questions and walk employees through the new process. Lab Days will be held in the Bell Library, room 216, on the following days and times.

  • Thursday, July 19, from 9-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 26, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, July 30, from 1-3 p.m.

RSVPs are encouraged. Email to RSVP or learn more at

Through July 20: Islander Buy Training Sessions: The Department of Procurement and Disbursement will host training sessions for Islander Buy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s new E-commerce system, Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 20, in the O’Connor building, room 240. Each training class will consist of a training session from 9 a.m. to noon, and a hands-on workshop from 1-4 p.m. This training is specifically for those departmental employees who currently have the “Requisition Creator” role in FAMIS. Employees who need to attend training can sign up through TrainTraq by using the following link:

Now through July 27: Upgrade Anti-Virus Software for all University-Owned Windows Computers: Information Technology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has recently upgraded its anti-virus software to provide enhanced security. As part of this change, all University owned Windows computers will need to upgrade their anti-virus software to the latest version, Sophos Central Anti-Virus, by Friday, July 27. If you wait until the update is forced on July 27, you risk losing open documents when your computer restarts to complete the installation. All faculty and staff have the ability to upgrade the software themselves at a time that is most convenient to minimize the impact on University computers any disruption in the work day. Installation takes approximately fifteen minutes and requires at least two restarts for completion.

Upgrade Now - Simple and Easy!

  1. Save your work and close any open programs
  2. Go to the Start button, search for Software Center
  3. Open Software Center
  4. Click on Sophos Central Antivirus Software and click Install
  5. Follow the installation prompts  

Follow this link for a step-by-step guide of how to install software using Software Center: 

For assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at 361.825.2692; or email

Through August 17: Apply Now for Dorothy Yeater Book Scholarship: Dorothy Yeater was a valued staff member who worked at the University Bookstore and left great memories of kindness and laughter. To honor her memory, Staff Council created the Dorothy Yeater Memorial Scholarship Fund to support the academic achievement of staff members who are registered for courses at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Scholarship applications for the fall will be accepted until Tuesday, Aug. 17. For more information, click here.

Aug. 22-24: Course Design and Development Workshops: The Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies will offer an opportunity to earn a Certificate of Professional Development in Best Practices for Online Course Design required for all new faculty.  The three-day workshop will take place Wednesday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to register or visit to view the detailed schedule of workshops. For more information, contact Mayra Orozco at ext. 2122; or email

Through Sept. 4: Register Now for Fall Classes: Registration for fall 2018 is now open! Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi employees are encouraged to take advantage of the Employee Betterment Program, which will cover 100 percent of current resident tuition costs for up to 18 credit hours per fiscal year at the Island University. For more information and a request for tuition benefits form, click here.

Be Disaster Aware, Take Time to Prepare: The Division of Information Technology provides several technologies that help to enable employees work off campus in the event of a disaster or evacuation. They include:

  • Connectivity: Eduroam
  • File Access: Syncplicity
  • Voice and Video Conferencing: WebEx
  • Application Access: Outlook Web Access (OWA), Blackboard
  • Emergency Notifications: Code Blue

For further information or to schedule a one-on-one training session, contact the IT Service Desk at 361.825.2692; or visit

Birthday Leave: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi now provides regular, budgeted, leave eligible employees paid time off in recognition of an employee’s birthday. Birthday leave should be taken 30 days before or 30 days after an employee’s birthday. With supervisor approval, full-time employees are allowed 8 hours of leave. Part-time employees are granted leave on a proportional basis. For rules and instructions on how to submit birthday leave, visit  For more information, call 361.825.2630.

Bluesday Tuesday: Every Tuesday is now Bluesday Tuesday! Grab your Islander Blue and join the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Government Association as we wear our Islander Spirit each Tuesday. Throw on your favorite Islander polo, that dress in the right royal blue or anything that shows your A&M-Corpus Christi pride. Snap a picture and use the hashtag #BluesdayTuesday! For more information on Bluesday Tuesday, email

Employee Betterment Program Enhanced: The Employee Betterment Program (EBP) now covers up to 18 credit hours per year. Effective Sept. 1. The EBP covers 100% of tuition for classes taken at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for full-time employees. Less than full-time employees are treated proportionately. To view eligibility requirements, or access the EBP form visit For more information, call 361.825.2630.

Employee Tuition Covered at 100%: Beginning Summer I 2017, and until further notice, the Employee Betterment Program (EBP) will cover 100 percent of tuition at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This program is available to employees who have been in a budgeted regular status for three months prior to the start of classes. Standard fees are waived; consequently, EBP participants will not have access to student services funded by the waived fees. The EBP will cover 50 percent of the Distance Education Fee but employees are responsible for other applicable course fees like lab fees, field trip fees, etc. Coursework must be directly related to the employee’s job or required for the completion of a degree. Eligible employees who took Summer I classes should email Mario Montelongo at in Accounts Receivable for fee adjustments. For additional information, visit the Employment Betterment section of the Human Resources website.

2018-2019 Holiday Schedule: The following holiday schedule was recently approved by the Board of Regents. State employees are entitled to observe 13 holidays during the fiscal year ending August 31, 2019.  

  • *Labor Day (1): Sept. 3, 2018
  • Thanksgiving (2): 22-23, 2018
  • Christmas – New Year (7): 24, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1): Jan. 21, 2019
  • Spring Break (1): March 15, 2019
  • Memorial Day (1): May 27, 2019
  • Independence Day (1): July 4, 2019

*Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will observe one additional holiday, Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2018. Faculty and staff will be permitted to work four 10-hour days the week of Labor Day or utilize vacation leave. All supervisors are asked to be flexible in allowing employees to make up the 8 hours for this holiday. For example, employees will be permitted to work four 10-hour days the week of Labor Day, accrue comp time throughout the summer and utilize for the Labor Day holiday, or use vacation or other flexible options that work within your department. For additional questions, please contact the President’s Office at ext. 2691.

Title IX Student Video (One is too Many!) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013: The Texas A&M University System has prepared a video to help students understand all the key Title IX issues including definitions, reporting methods, standards of investigations, confidentiality, and related State and federal laws. You can view that video here: Additionally, the VAWA amends the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking within the campus community. The campus provides procedures and prevention and awareness programs pertaining to these crimes in the campus annual security report. The Campus Security Report is available at the following web address: Contact your campus Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez, ext. 2765, or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Rosie Ruiz, ext. 2530, regarding questions, concerns or your rights under these programs.

'Think About It' e-learning Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention Program: Title IX federal legislation requires institutions of higher education to take necessary precautions to prevent sexual assault on their campuses and to respond promptly and effectively when an assault is reported. Moreover, preparing students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship is central to the mission of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and addressing sexual misconduct and violence remains a top priority of our campus and the A&M System. A new campus effort, Think About It, will further strengthen our prevention programming and education. Think About It is a research-based, comprehensive e-learning (non-credit) course designed to minimize risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual misconduct and violence, by empowering students to make healthy choices. Visit for more information or contact TAMU-CC Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez at 361.825.2765 or, or Ms. Rosie Ruiz, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 361.825.5826 or

Update Contact Information in Code Blue: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi utilizes a system called Code Blue, which can send emails, texts and pre-recorded messages in the event of an emergency. All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to sign up for Code Blue or update their contact information as needed. Update at


  • Bryan Gillis, adjunct professor of geographic information science and Spatial (Query) Lab Coordinator, and Ann Hodges, special collections librarian and University archivist, commented on the upcoming celebration marking of 100,000 maps scanned by the Conrad Blucher Institute and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Domingo Live!; KEDT
  • Dr. Don Melrose, Professor and Chair in the Department of Kinesiology, has been invited to lecture on the “The Potential Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for the Population with Diabetes” at the 14th annual Diabetes Conference, to be held July 27-28 at the American Bank Center.
  • Dr. Greg Stunz, professor of marine biology, endowed chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, discussed the upcoming Shark Week Live event at Brewster Street Ice House on July 24.
  • Willis Wilson, interim director of Athletics and head men’s basketball coach, commented on students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi participating in the basketball program while taking summer classes. KRIS; KZTV
  • Willis Wilson, interim director of Athletics and head men’s basketball coach, and Steve Greene, head coach for women’s volleyball, commented on the upcoming 6th annual Islander Athletic Fund Casino Night on Aug. 4.; KRIS


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