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Islander News Briefs

November 14, 2018

FEATURED NOTE

All faculty and staff are invited to Islander Friendsgiving! Stop by the Islander Dining hall on Thursday, Nov. 15, for an all-you-can-eat traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $9 or one meal swipe. One pound of food will be donated to Izzy's Food Pantry for every person that dines during Islander Friendsgiving. For more information, click here.

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

Human Resources are now in the Natural Resources Center: The Human Resources Department has moved from the University Services Center to the Natural Resources Center, Suite 2400 (second floor). For more information, visit hr.tamucc.edu or call 361.825.2630.

Payroll and Administrative Services are now in the Natural Resources Center: Payroll and Administrative Services have moved from the University Services Center to the Natural Resources Center. For more information and payroll assistance, call 361.825.3231.

Nov. 14-15: Accounting Services/Comptroller move to Natural Resources Center: Routine daily operations of Accounting Services and Comptroller will be limited between Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. until noon Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information, contact accountingservices@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 21-25: University Holiday Hours: In recognition of Thanksgiving, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will be closing at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Island University will remain closed for business on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23; and will re-open for business on Monday, Nov. 26. Visit http://www.tamucc.edu/ for more information.

Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving Dining Hours: Hours for all dining locations on campus will be modified during the week of Thanksgiving. All dining locations will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 22, through Saturday, Nov. 24. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, dining locations will operate under the following hours:

  • Starbucks: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Grill Nation: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Crisp: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Subway: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Oso Creek Smokehouse: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fresh & Go: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.
  • Islander Food Truck: Closed

On Sunday, Nov. 25, dining locations will operate under the following hours:

  • Islander Food Truck: 8-11 p.m.
  • Islander Dining Hall: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fresh & Go: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 5-8 p.m.

All locations will resume normal hours on Monday, Nov. 26. For more information, visit dineoncampus.com.

Bay Hall Re-Roofing: Bay Hall’s roof is currently under construction. 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 the 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 James.Eckhart@sscserv.com.

THINGS TO DO

On Sale Now! Islander Lights T-shirts benefiting Toys for Tots: Get your Islander Lights T-shirts today! Festive green t-shirts are available in long or short sleeve adult’s sizes and short sleeve children’s sizes. All profits from the sale of these shirts benefit the annual Islander Lights Marine Corps Toys for Tots donation drive. For more information or to purchase t-shirts, visit islanderlights.tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.3645.

Nov. 14: Outstanding Author Speaker Series featuring Dr. Chuntao Liu: The campus community is invited to attend the Outstanding Author Speaker Series featuring Dr. Chuntao Liu, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, second floor. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a reception with time for questions and conversations with the speakers. For more information, click here.

Nov. 14: Percussion Ensemble: The Music Department will be hosting a concert showcasing the department’s Percussion Ensemble. The Concert is free and open to the public. The concert will be taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center. For more information, call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 14: 'Inspire an Islander' Exhibit in Bell Library: Suicide Awareness Focuses on Everyone (SAFE) personnel will have the “Inspire an Islander” exhibit from now through Wednesday, Nov. 14, located on the 1st floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The purpose of the event is to fight mental health stigma through creativity and to express oneself through various artworks. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact jsnead1@islander.tamucc.edu

Through Nov. 14: Duo for Students: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is committed to protecting the accounts and personal information of our faculty, staff, and students. All current Student IslandID accounts will be enabled with Duo Security two-factor authentication starting Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Wednesday, Nov. 14. This change will directly impact students’ ability to receive email and log into Texas A&M-Corpus Christi systems. Students will be prompted to register with Duo when attempting to access A&M-Corpus Christi systems such as email, Blackboard, and SAIL. The activation dates below are determined by the first letter of the student’s last name:

  • A - F:     9 a.m. on Oct. 24 
  • G - M:   9 a.m. on Nov. 7  
  • N - Z:     9 a.m. on Nov. 14 

Step-by-step registration instructions are available at https://guide.duo.com/enrollment. For more information, visit twostep.tamucc.edu, or contact the IT Service Desk at 361.825.2692 or ITHelp@tamucc.edu. Students may also visit the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Service Desk or stop by Corpus Christi Hall, room 205 for assistance.

Nov. 15: Seminar and International Film Screening: The Office of International Education and the International Student Organization invites the Islander community to join Dr. Ari Sherris, former Fulbright scholar from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, for a special seminar called “Safaliba Language Power: Safale̱ba Bo̱lo̱ So Faŋŋa,” which will focus on Safaliba community activism. The seminar will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom B. Later in the day, Islanders can join the office of International Education for a film screening of the international film, “Pelé: Birth of a Legend,” from 8:15-9:45 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star C. This film is the story of Pelé, a sport legend and national hero who carried the hopes and dreams of a country on his back. Both events are a part of International Education Week and are free and open to the campus community. For more information, visit oie.tamucc.edu.

Nov. 15: Humanities Speaker Series: 'A Matter of Spirit: Philosophy Meets Literature': The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents the second installment of the fall 2018 Humanities Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. The event features Alan Berecka, Corpus Christi Poet Laureate, Dr. Robin Carstensen, assistant professor of English, Tom Murphy, professional assistant professor of English, and Dr. Stefan Sencerz, associate professor of philosophy. The speakers will be followed by an open mic. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Nov. 15: Flute Ensemble Concert: The Music Department presents a concert showcasing the department’s Flute Ensemble. The Concert is free and open to the public. The concert will be taking place on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 15: Islander Lights Arts & Crafts Market Call for Vendors: The Islander Lights Arts & Crafts Market at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accepting vendor applications through Thursday, Nov. 15. The market, which takes place Friday, Nov. 30, is open to students, student organizations, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi departments and outside vendors. All vendors must sell hand-constructed wares; commercial products are prohibited. No food or beverage products, fresh or premade, may be sold. The vendor fee for students, student organizations and A&M-Corpus Christi departments is $25; the vendor fee for outside vendors is $30. For a full list of market rules and regulations and registration details, download the Islander Lights Arts & Crafts Market vendor registration form

Through Nov. 15: Spring 2019 Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Now Available: The Scholarship Office at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites all faculty and staff to encourage students to apply for the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Scholarships now through Nov. 15. The Island University offers a variety of academically competitive scholarships for all students across multiple major specific areas. For more information, application deadlines and to apply, visit scholarships.tamucc.edu.

Nov. 16: An Evening of Fine Art Exhibitions at TAMUCC: The Department of Art presents an evening of exhibition openings for five candidates receiving their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The event takes place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5-7 p.m., in the Bell Library (1st and 2nd floors) and the Center for the Arts. The candidates will showcase their art work completed after an extensive period of studio exploration and preparation. The candidates include: Erica Garcia (Painting and Sculpture), Mandy Garcia (Painting and Sculpture), Jade Goldick (Painting and Printmaking), Clark Johnson (Drawing), and Hannah Stephens (Printmaking). This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Joe Pena at joe.pena@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 16: Mariachi De La Isla Concert: The Music Department is proud to present Mariachi De La Isla in concert. The concert will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 7:30-8:30.pm. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held in the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 16: Nominations Now Accepted for Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Honor: The Islander Alumni Association is proud to honor Islander Alumni with three special Distinguished Alumni Awards that are given out at the Homecoming Honors Banquet every year. Additionally, Islanders Athletics is collecting nominations for the Athletics Hall of Honor. The nomination process for 2019 nominees is now open. The applications will close promptly on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. All submissions, including all required documentation, must be submitted by that time. For any additional questions or clarification, contact the Alumni Association’s Executive Director, Russell Wagner ’08 at 361.825.2352 or Russell.Wagner@tamucc.edu; or Travis Whipple at Travis.Whipple@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 17: Register Now for Island Day: Island Day is Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s official preview day program, designed especially for prospective undergraduate students to learn about the robust student life of an Islander. At Island Day, students and their family and friends will have the opportunity to sit in a simulated classroom experience, learn about and visit student housing and tour the beautiful Island campus. The next Island Day is Saturday, Nov. 17. Register now at http://islandday.tamucc.edu/.

Nov. 18: Trombone Ensemble Concert: The Music Department will be hosting a concert showcasing the department’s Trombone Ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert takes place on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 3-4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 18: Senior Recital: Luz Romero, Flute: The Department of Music is proud to showcase a senior in the music program, Luz Romero. His recital will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 18: Senior Recital: Victoria Brown and Virginia Hernandez: The Department of Music is proud to showcase two seniors in the music program Victoria Brown and Virginia Hernandez. Their recital takes place on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 18: “The Tempest": The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting productions of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The play runs Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Center for the Arts, Warren Theatre at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday, when there will be a 2 p.m. matinee. Prospero is a magician, able to bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Tickets are $7 for Islander Students; $5 cash with a SandDollar$ ID at the box office window. Adults tickets are $10. The box office is open 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday, two weeks before every show, and 1 hour before show time. For more information, or to buy tickets online, visit cla.tamucc.edu, call 361.825.3756, or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 19: Voice Studio Recital: The Department of Music is hosting a recital highlighting the Voice Studio. The recital is free and open to the public, and it takes place on Monday, Nov. 19, from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 19: Woodwind Chamber Ensemble: The Music Department hosts a concert showcasing the department’s Woodwind Chamber Ensemble. The Concert is free and open to the public. The concert takes place on Monday, Nov. 19, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center. For more information call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 19: Guest Lecture by Dr. Romeo García: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of English presents “State and Local Settler Colonial Rhetorics and Narratives” by guest lecturer Dr. Romeo García, Islander alumnus and Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Utah. The talk will take place Monday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom B and is free and open to the public. In a two-part conversation, García will discuss the role of Texas settler-colonial rhetorics and narratives at the state and local level that have left behind logics still haunting Texas today and the responsibility of speaking and researching back. Garcia, a graduate of the A&M-Corpus Christi Master of Arts program, went on to complete a Ph.D. at Syracuse University. He is considered one of the new, emerging scholars in LatinaX in the areas of Rhetoric and Composition and Writing Studies. For more information, email susan.garza@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 19 through Dec. 5: End of Course Evaluation: End of Course evaluations for fall 2018 open Monday, Nov. 19, and close Wednesday, Dec. 5. Evaluations are critically important to Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; as the feedback helps faculty enhance the design and delivery of courses and gives students an opportunity to be heard. The evaluation is only open to current students, and the results provided remain anonymous. Visit studenteval.tamucc.edu to take your course evaluations.

Nov. 20: Student Choreography Showcase: The Department of Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a student choreography showcase on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.825.3756 or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 28: Fall 2018 Island Dance Demo: The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents the 2018 Island Dance Demo, themed “Crossing Borders.” The Dance Demo takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The demo will include student and guest choreographers and will be a culmination of an entire semester of work in many areas of dance, including ballet, jazz, modern, and choreography. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $7 for non-Islander students, and $5 for Islander students with a valid SandDollar$ ID. Only cash will be accepted. For more information, email jilissa.cotten@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.3296. To purchase tickets, click here.

Nov. 29-30: First-Year Symposium: Island University first-year students from disciplines throughout the five colleges will present their semester-long research projects to a general audience on Thursday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Nov. 30, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s First-Year Learning Communities Program. For more information, email Chelsie.hawkinson@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.3603.

Nov. 30: The 13th Annual Islander Lights: Now in its 13th year, Islander Lights at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi takes place Friday, Nov. 30, and features four activities: the Arts & Crafts Market, Holiday Bash, the Lighting Ceremony and the Music Department’s Sounds of the Season holiday concert. Stop by the Holiday Bash at University Center between 5:30-7:30 p.m. to take a photo with Santa before heading over to Lee Plaza for the Lighting Ceremony to watch as the entire campus is illuminated in Islander blue, green and white lights.  While on campus, be sure and browse a wide range of handmade art and crafts creations as well as unique gifts offered by local vendors at The Arts & Crafts Market, which runs from 4-7:30 p.m. in University Center. The event wraps up with the annual Music Department holiday concert, Sounds of the Season, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. For more information, go to islanderlights.tamucc.edu.

Dec. 2: Michael Martin Murphey, A Cowboy Christmas 25th Anniversary: Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for “Michael Martin Murphey, A Cowboy Christmas 25th Anniversary,” at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. This the second show in 2018-2019 Furgason BRAVO! Series. Reserved seat ticket prices range from $25 to $35 (plus applicable services fees), and Islander student tickets are $7 with valid SandDollar$ ID. Tickets to all shows are now currently on sale. Individuals who purchas tickets for three or more BRAVO! Performances will receive a 15% discount. To purchase tickets, visit tamucc.tix.com or call 361.825.ARTS.

Dec. 6: Paws on the Island: “Paws on the Island” at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a great way for students, faculty and staff to alleviate the stress of final exams and learn about the benefits of the University Counseling Center. Paws on the Island will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 1-4 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The PAWS Up, Inc. organization will bring their therapy dogs and the Cattery will be on hand with kittens – as petting an animal is proven to be a stress relieving experience. The University Counseling Center will be offering a wide variety of stress relieving activities. Don’t forget to sign up for the amazing raffle prizes! For more information, email Alison.marks@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.2703.

Through Dec. 7: “reCollection” exhibition: The Islander Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents “reCollection,” an exhibition featuring works by the Department of Art and Design faculty. The exhibition is broadly conceived upon the notion of collections and the role they play in the creative process. Faculty members will present, variably, collections as aesthetic projects in their own right, as well as works formed by collection materials, and recent works inspired by their own collections. The exhibition will offer an impression of the objects and ephemera that inform these interdisciplinary practices. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Islander Gallery is located at 4024 Weber Road. For more information, email Laura Petican at laura.petican@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.5752.

Through Dec. 12: Martha Whittington Sculpture Gallery: The Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomes Atlanta, Georgia based sculptor Martha Whittington who will feature an installation of her process-based work centered on themes of labor, industry, and technique. The gallery is open Monday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Dec. 12, in the Weil Gallery, located in the Center for the Arts. This is a special collection that includes controlled objects and site-specific arrangements. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Petican at laura.petican@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.5752.

Dec. 13: Sigma Theta Tau Induction Ceremony: Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, will induct Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi nursing students on Thursday, Dec. 13, 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 Dr. Pamela Greene at Pamela.greene@tamucc.edu.

Dec. 14: ROTC Fall Commissioning Ceremony: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ROTC will hold its fall Commissioning Ceremony Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. in the University Center Lonestar Ballroom 142C. This ceremony marks the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to enlisted officers. Each will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The ceremony includes the pinning of lieutenants' bars by the soldiers' loved ones, and the Silver Dollar Salute, an Army tradition in which newly commissioned second lieutenants present a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes them. The coin symbolically acknowledges the receipt of respect due the new rank and position. The ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact joanne.salinas@tamucc.edu.

Feb. 3-9: Homecoming 2019: Generations of Islanders are ready to celebrate Islander spirit during Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2019 Homecoming week, taking place Sunday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 9. Faculty, staff and students, along with alumni and the local community, are invited to partake in the festivities. This year’s homecoming theme is “Shakas Up!” Events include games, philanthropic events, alumni recognition and other fun activities. A few festive highlights include the annual Lighting of the “I,” the Homecoming Block Party and cheering for our Islanders Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. Game tickets are available at GoIslanders.com or by calling 361.825.BALL. For more information on any Homecoming 2019 events, visit islanderhoco.com, email russell.wagner@tamucc.edu , or call 361.825.2352.

Tickets Now Available for Furgason Bravo! Series – Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 2018-2019 “Furgason BRAVO! Series” at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This is the first year the series has been extended to five different performances.

  • Michael Martin Murphey will perform A Cowboy Christmas 25thAnniversary on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m.
  • Westminster Choir will perform on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform a Valentine’s Concert on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
  • PEN Trio, will perform on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Read more about each performance here. Ticket prices vary per show, and Islander student tickets are $7 with valid SandDollar$ ID. Tickets to all shows go on sale Monday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. and individuals receive a 15 percent discount when purchasing tickets for three or more BRAVO! performances. Tickets can be purchased at tamucc.tix.com; or call 361.825.ARTS. PAC box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

GET INVOLVED

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 http://tamucc.edu/news/newsform/ 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 http://www.tamucc.edu/marcom/request/ 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.

EMPLOYEE NOTES 

Sign up Now for Situational Leadership Workshop: The Training & Development Office will present a Situational Leadership workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Many managers make the mistake of trying to use the same style with every person in every situation. However, not all styles work best in every situation. A great manager must change their styles based on the situation and the individual involved. Learn how to apply the Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model for managing people. The registration deadline is until noon on Monday, Dec. 3. For more information, call 361.825.5826. To register online, click here or email employee.relations@tamucc.edu.

On Sale Now! Islanders Basketball Season Tickets: Get your Islanders season tickets today! Each package includes tickets for all Islanders Men’s and Women’s games during the 20th Islanders Basketball season. Ticket packages start at just $99 and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff receive a 30% discount. Ticket purchases make a direct impact upon 250 student-athletes across 16 programs, each of whom are committed to making an impact both on and off the court. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here, or call 361.825.2255.

Nov. 14: IslanderBuy Refresher: The Office of Procurement and Disbursement at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is offering an IslanderBuy refresher training session on Nov. 14, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the O’Connor Building, Room 240. Department allocators are asked to bring any actual purchase orders and/or payment requests that need to be processed to class. These requests will be entered in the live IslanderBuy system. Department allocators may bring their work on a flash drive or paper copies and will have the ability to access their email or use Syncplicity. Participants will need access to the appropriate means for two-factor authentication through Duo Mobile to use IslanderBuy, which is accessed through SSO. Employees who need to attend the training can RSVP with Rachal Ganson at Rachal.Ganson@tamucc.edu or by calling 361.825.2616.

Nov. 14: Budgeting 101: Join the Human Resources department for “Budgeting 101,” presented by Mike Bowden from Voya. Don’t stress this holiday season over finances. Learn the basics on budgeting, how to establish and reach financial goals, managing debt and using credit to your advantage before the busiest season of the year. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the O’Connor building, room 135. Due to limited seating, RSVP by Friday, Nov. 9. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by email at benefits@tamucc.edu or call 361.825.2625.  

Nov. 15: Friendsgiving to Benefit Izzy's Food Pantry: All faculty and staff are invited to Islander Friendsgiving! Stop by the Islander Dining hall on Thursday, Nov. 15, for an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $9 or one meal swipe. The menu includes carved turkey, apple cranberry stuffing, roasted butternut squash, roasted brussels sprouts, sweet potato casserole, mashed potato bar, broccoli rice casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry BBQ chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries. Don't forget to bring your Thanksgiving pants! One pound of food will be donated to Izzy's Food Pantry for every person that dines  during Islander Friendsgiving. For more information, click here.

Nov. 15: Lunch and Learn – Italian Art and the Activism of Materials: The Center for Faculty Excellence at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites all faculty to mark their calendars for the fall 2018 Lunch and Learn Series. During the lunch, faculty will have the opportunity to hear about the research and work of their colleagues. Dr. Laura Petican, assistant professor of Art History and director of University Galleries, will present her lecture “Italian Art and the Activism of Materials” on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star C. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Nov. 15: Walking Tour: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff are invited to participate in a Campus Walking Tour on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 12:15 p.m. Take part in progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery exercises. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! The meeting point for this event will be at Sam’s Place, the covered gazebos next to the University Counseling Center (building 28 on the campus map). Attending this event will earn you and your team a point towards the Be Well University Cup, though all employees are welcome. For more information contact marcelina.garza@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2976.

Nov. 16: Lunch and Learn – Managing Holiday Stress: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff are invited to participate in the next Fall into Wellness Lunch and Learn. This event will take place on Friday, Nov. 16 and will be held in the O’Connor building, room 135, from noon to 1 p.m. The focus of this event will be on managing holiday stress. Lunch will be provided, so RSVP by e-mail to wellness@tamucc.edu. The class will be capped at 40 participants. Attending this event will earn you and your team a point toward the Be Well University Cup, though all employees are welcome. For more information contact marcelina.garza@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2976.

Nov. 19, through Dec. 5: 80 for 80 Faculty Incentive Program for End of Course Evaluations: End of Course evaluations for fall 2018 open Monday, Nov. 19, and close Wednesday, Dec. 5. Evaluations are extremely important to Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi; as the feedback helps faculty enhance the design and delivery of courses and gives students an opportunity to be heard. The evaluation is only open to current students, and the results provided remain anonymous. The Division of Academic Affairs and the Center for Faculty Excellence encourages faculty to achieve at least 80% completion in student evaluations.

Below are some best practices for increasing completion:

  • Announce evaluation availability to students
  • Dedicate class time for evaluation completion on phones and mobile devices
  • Encourage students to provide feedback to enhance and improve future courses

Faculty who achieve 80% student evaluation completion are automatically entered to win one of two $80 gift cards to Amazon, courtesy of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Each course with 80% completion equals one drawing entry. Faculty must attain 80% completion in courses by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, to be entered into the drawing. Visit studenteval.tamucc.edu for more information on the student evaluation; visit cfe.tamucc.edu for more information on the 80 for 80 Faculty Incentive Program.

Nov 21: Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night at Islanders Men’s Basketball: Islanders Men’s Basketball invites all Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff to come out for the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center, located at 1901 N Shoreline Blvd. All faculty and staff members and their families will receive free tickets to the game with a valid SandDollar$ ID card. For more information, contact Quintin Payton at quintin.payton@tamucc.edu.

Through Nov. 30: Community of Practice in Course Unit Redesign: The Center for Faculty Excellence, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, and the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies invite all faculty to apply for the Spring 2019 OER Community of Practice, which will focus on the redesign of at least one identified content unit for the fall 2019 Semester. Up to 10 faculty members will be selected. Selected faculty members will receive $250 upon completion of spring 2019 objectives and a $500 stipend upon completion of fall 2019 objectives. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 30. For more information and to apply, click here.

Through Dec. 1: 2019 CEDER Yearbook call for proposals: The College of education and Human Development (COEHD) is now accepting proposals for the 2019 CEDER Yearbook. This is a peer-reviewed journal produced by the COEHD and guest edited by Drs. Lynn Hemmer, Phyllis Robertson, & Jana Sanders. The upcoming yearbook will explore the theme “Crossing Boundaries/Crossing Borders: Narratives of Intercultural Experiences.” Brief chapter proposal submissions are due Saturday, Dec. 1. Full chapter proposals, by invitation, will be due Friday, Feb. 1. Visit ceder.tamucc.edu for the proposal form and a detailed description of the call.

Through Jan. 11: 2019 SUPCE Conference call for proposals: The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences is now accepting proposals for the 2019 School and University Partnership Conference for Education: Revitalizing Professional Practice. This is a free conference that strengthens connections and supports professional development for all roles involved in the educator preparation network. It will take place on April 13 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The proposal deadline is Jan. 11. Details and the proposal form are available at supce.tamucc.edu.

Through Jan. 18: Employee Wellness Program Spring Applications: Applications for Spring 2019 Employee Wellness Program are now live! The deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 program is Friday, Jan. 18. To access the application, visit the recsports.tamucc.edu. For more information contact marcelina.garza@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.2976.

Through July 31, 2019: On Sale Now! Izzy’s Kids Club Tickets: Sign your kids up for Izzy’s Kids Club, the official kids club of Islanders Athletics! Children of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty and staff will enjoy benefits including a membership card and t-shirt, free admission to regular season athletics events, free admission to Kids Zone athletics events, special opportunities from athletics, and much more! Izzy’s Kids Club tickets are $40 per child and membership runs through Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Faculty and staff can use the promo code “TAMUCC” at checkout to receive a $25 discount per child. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit goislanders.com/kidsclub, or call 361.825.2255.

2017-2018 Campus Security and Fire Safety Report Now Available: The 2017-2018 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is now available. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault, and other matters. Island University faculty and staff can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the University Police Department at ext. 4242 or by clicking here.

Campus Dining Club: Mix and mingle with your fellow faculty and staff, exchange ideas, and avoid the hustle and bustle of the UC Rotunda at The Campus Dining Club, located in the University Center, Oso Room 221. The space has been reserved for all Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of the fall semester. Sponsored by the Division of Finance and the Center for Faculty Excellence. For more information on this new initiative, visit http://cfe.tamucc.edu/.

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 tamucc.edu  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 sga.president@tamucc.edu.

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 tamucc.edu. 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 Mario.Montelongo@tamucc.edu 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
  • Thanksgiving (2): Nov. 22-23, 2018
  • Christmas – New Year (7): Dec. 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

For additional questions, please contact the President’s Office at ext. 2691.

Sign Up Now for Direct Deposit: The Payroll Office wants to remind employees to prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters. Ensure that you are signed up to receive your wages via direct deposit. Note: New employees must complete/answer the Direct Deposition declaration (you certify that you will not wire your funds to a foreign bank) question before payment election set up. Please complete all your new hire workday inbox tasks before setting up your direct deposit.

  • Log in to Single Sign On: https://sso.tamus.edu
  • From the Workday Home Page - Click the Pay worklet
  • Click the Payment Elections button
  • Add a bank account to the Accounts section of the page to add a direct deposit election
  • After adding your account (s) scroll down to the Payment Elections section of the page
  • Click Add Elections in the far right-hand column of Expense/Payroll to set up this payment election for each payment type (Payroll = payroll earnings / Expense = reimbursements processed/paid through Accounts Payable). Currency will automatically populate to US.
  • Add Payment type – Direct Deposit and Account and click on the radio button for Balance
  • Click OK

Follow these steps to get set up. For more information, contact payroll at 361.825.3231 or payroll@tamucc.edu.

'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 ThinkAboutIt.tamucc.edu for more information or contact TAMU-CC Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Sam Ramirez at 361.825.2765 or Samuel.ramirez@tamucc.edu, or Ms. Rosie Ruiz, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, at 361.825.5826 or rosie.ruiz@tamucc.edu.

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: http://edcs.tamucc.edu/TitleIX.html. 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: http://police.tamucc.edu/campusSecurityAct.html. 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.

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 https://emergency.tamucc.edu/staffcontact/.

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