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Islander News Briefs

September 19, 2018

FEATURED NOTE

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 Center for Faculty Excellence and the Division of Finance. For more information on this new initiative, visit http://cfe.tamucc.edu/.

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

20 Minute Blackboard Sessions: The Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (ODELT) is offering quick, 20-minute or less sessions to prepare students for using the Blackboard Learn tools in your course. Our staff will come to your class and provide students with either a generic overview of Blackboard tools or a presentation of features tailored to each instructor’s course. Please contact our office at 361.825.2122 or odelt@tamucc.edu to schedule a session.

WebEx Training: WebEx is a web-conferencing tool that supports meetings in multiple formats including webinars, online class meetings, presentations, guest lectures, screen sharing, tutoring, group discussions, interviews, and more. WebEx is available to all faculty, staff, and students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For information on how to use WebEx or to schedule a training for a group or individual, please call the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at 361.825.2122.

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 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

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is an immersive role-play learning experience, that gives participants an opportunity to experience poverty first hand through the eyes of real people who have lived life facing its challenges. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact it can have on families and communities. COPE, which is open to students, faculty, staff, and the community-at-large, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Islander students, faculty, and staff can sign up by clicking HERE. Community members can sign up by clicking HERE. Cope is co-sponsored by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the United Way of the Coastal Bend, Emmaus Church, and the Department of Family and Child Protective Services.

Tickets Now Available for 2018 Furgason Bravo! Series: Tickets for the 2018 Furgason Bravo! Series are now available for all performances. This year’s series includes the Russian Renaissance, Michael Martin Murphey, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and more. Purchases for three or more performances will receive a 15 percent discount. For more information visit pac.tamucc.edu/bravo.

September AutoCheck: AutoCheck is a free and open to the public program that quickly measures pollutants from vehicles, and it only takes 3-5 minutes. If your vehicle is determined to be polluting, you may qualify for a voucher good for up to $600 in repairs. AutoCheck will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus, at the end of Island Boulevard, past the stop sign, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 19
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26

AutoCheck will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center, 2021 Agnes St. (map) on the following date:

  • Friday, Sept. 28

AutoCheck is performed with penalty monies from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality enforcement action. For more information, email trent.thigpen@tamucc.edu; or go to autocheck.cc.

Sept. 23-29: Banned Books Week and Open House: The Bell Library will celebrate Banned Books Week Sept. 23-29, with displays, activities, and interactive events. Stop by and explore the interactive display, learn more about the banning and challenging of books, leave comments about your thoughts on the issue, and enter to win amazing prizes! New this year, a special display will highlight banned/challenged musical pieces. On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Bell Library will host an Open House from 1-4 p.m., where visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt, interact with banned book characters brought to life by theatre students, and much more! For more information, contact patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26-29: Islander Music Festival 2018: Sound Waves: The Music Department at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi presents the Islander Music Festival 2018: Sound Waves, with guest composer Miguel del Aguila. The festival will feature multiple concerts taking place from Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Performing Arts Center. Del Aguila is a three-time Grammy-nominated composer whose works are rooted in classical music and inspired by his South American roots. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, and a full list of events, click here.

Sept. 28: Pup Rally 5K Run/Walk to Support First Friday: Pup Rally is a dog-friendly 5K walk/run fundraiser offered by Recreational Sports at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for First Friday, a local organization that provides free mammograms and other services for those with breast cancer. Pup Rally will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, at the A&M-Corpus Christi Hike and Bike Trail. Registration will take place the day of the race in the Hammerhead parking lot at 5:30 p.m. A $5 registration donation is recommended. Dogs must be well behaved and on a leash or harness. For more information, click here.

Sept. 28 through Oct. 5: Scholastic Book Fair: A Scholastic Book Fair will be held at the Early Childhood Development Center on Friday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Oct. 5 (closed weekends) from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the ECDC Library, ECDC #210. The Book Fair will close at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5. Book selection includes pre-school, elementary, and middle school books, Spanish books, and teaching resources. The event is open to the public. Cash, checks, and major credit cards accepted. For more information, visit http://www.scholastic.com/bf/ecdcschool.

October is Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Month: The month of October marks Domestic Violence Prevention & Awareness Month (DVPAM) and the Associate Dean of Students' Office at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will once again host signature events for DVPAM. The goal is to educate the community about issues of domestic violence, prevent domestic violence through education, and to hold programmatic efforts that engage our community about this important issue. Visit https://dvpam.tamucc.edu/ for a full calendar of events.

Oct. 4-6: 19th Annual Bailando Dance Festival: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in partnership with Corpus Christi Concert Ballet and Corpus Christi Parks and Recreations, will hold the 19th Annual Bailando Dance Festival on Thursday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 6. Master classes in a variety of dance styles will be held at A&M-Corpus Christi’s Island Hall and the Dugan Wellness Center, and evening performances being held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Bailando International Dance Festival features dancers, including Ad Deum Dance Co, NobleMotion, and Danza Universitaria-Costa Rica. For more information on tickets to evening performances, go to http://ccbailando.com/; or contact Jilissa Cotten at 310.927.1830, or jilissa.cotten@tamucc.edu.

Now through Oct. 12: The Outskirts/Exposed Exhibition in Weil Gallery: The Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomes “The Outskirts/Exposed,” an exhibition of photographic works by Rhode Island-based artist Odette England. The gallery will be open from Thursday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Oct. 12, in the Weil Gallery, located in the Center for Arts. The photo collection explores the relationships between autobiography and vernacular photography. England uses objects of photography as a subject matter to manipulate content and to reveal what the act of photography itself has made. 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.

Through Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus. All the events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full list of events, go to hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu or email andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 16: Distinguished Speaker Series Featuring Craig and Marc Kielburger: Learn how the next generation can make “doing good, doable” at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s 2018 Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Craig and Marc Kielburger, social entrepreneurs, passionate humanitarians, founders of the WE Movement, and New York Times best-selling authors. Join us for their interactive talk titled, “ME to WE: Making Doing Good, Doable” on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Monday, Sept. 17 and prices range from $30 to $150. For more information, visit dss.tamucc.edu.

Now Through Oct. 19: Undergraduate Exhibition 'Are We There Yet?': Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents the ‘Are We There Yet?’ exhibition of undergraduate student art from Friday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Oct. 19, in the Islander Gallery, 4024 Weber Rd. Curated by Master of Fine Arts candidates Trent Thigpen and Clarissa Gonzalez, this exhibition addresses the human journey in all its forms. Juried by guest artist Jimmy Pena of the Shaudies Gallery, the exhibition asks questions and proposes answers about where we came from and where we are going as artists, individuals, and social beings. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Petican at laura.petican@tamucc.edu, or call 361.825.5752.

Oct. 20: 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 view student housing and tour the beautiful Island campus. The next Island Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20. Register now at http://islandday.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/.

Dec. 14: ROTC Fall Commissioning Ceremony: 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.

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 

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday: All Islander faculty and staff are invited to take part in Giving Tuesday (Tuesday, Nov. 27), a global day dedicated to giving back. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This is the fifth year Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has participated and given back to the Corpus Christi community. Registration for Giving Tuesday will open Oct. 15-Nov. 2. For more information, go to http://givingtuesday.tamucc.edu.

 

 

Sept. 25: Zotero, Your Personal Research Assistant: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library invites all graduate students, along with faculty and staff, to attend the Zotero, Your Personal Research Assistant” writing workshop, on Sept. 25, at the Bell Library on the 2nd floor, at 3:30 p.m. Less citing, more writing! Find out how Zotero can help you manage your citations, organize your pdf and produce great bibliographies in the citation style of your choice! For more information, contact emily.metcalf@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 25: Engaging Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Research Workshop: 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. Bethanie Pletcher, assistant professor of Literacy Education, will present her lecture “Engaging Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Research” on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Sept. 27: Wellness Committee Walking Tour: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Wellness Committee is excited to announce a new initiative to encourage light physical activity while exploring new corners of our campus community. Each month, a 30-minutes walking tour will be held around various areas of campus to highlight the unique aspects, fun culture, and dynamic nature of TAMU-CC. All faculty and staff are invited to participate. The first walking tour will meet on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Welcome Desk of the Dugan Wellness Center for a walk from 12:15-12:45 p.m. along the Hike and Bike Trail to explore our avian friends. If you’d like to learn more about the local birding community, get a change of scenery, or simply earn some points for the Be Well University Cup; then join us! Please wear appropriate outdoor exercise attire, apply sunscreen, consider wearing bug spray, and bring a bottle of water. For more information, visit https://wellness.tamucc.edu/.

Sept. 28: Green Zone Training: The Center for Faculty Excellence, Department of Social Sciences and the Student Veteran Organization would like to invite you to attend Islander Green Zone Training to be held Friday, Sept. 28 from 1-4 p.m. in The University Center Anchor Ballroom D. This event is intended to foster an understanding of military life and culture, concerns and issues facing military students, and available campus resources. Islander Green Zone Training will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding the provisions of the GI Bill and Hazelwood Act
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • GI Bill and Hazelwood Act
  • An overview of military life in each branch of service
  • The challenges faced by military spouses and children
  • Referral resources for student veterans

Upon successful completion of the training, faculty and staff members will receive the coveted “Green Zone” sticker which can then be placed on their door to indicate that their office represents a veteran-friendly safe-zone. “Green Zone” status indicates an effort on the part of the faculty or staff member to create a structured and encouraging learning environment with a focus on student success and sensitive to the unique needs of military veterans. Refreshments provided, and RSVP required. To RSVP, click here.

Through Sept. 29: At-Risk Training Program for Faculty and Staff: At-Risk Training Program is an online, interactive gatekeeper training simulation used at more than 300 campuses nationwide. In this 45-minute training, faculty and staff learn how to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress and how to approach and connect the student with support services on campus. Users engage in conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars who exhibit signs of psychological distress. In this process, they practice and learn to use open-ended questions, reflective listening and other motivational interviewing techniques to effectively broach the topic of psychological distress, discuss their concern with the student, and avoid common pitfalls such as attempting to diagnose the problem or giving unwarranted advice. For more information, go to http://counseling.tamucc.edu.

Through Sept. 30: Hunger Action Month Izzy's Food Pantry Drive: Izzy’s Food Pantry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a “Hunger Action Month” food drive in September. Due to a recent pantry expansion and an increase in new student users, pantry shelves are nearly empty. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the pantry in UC 204 or donation bins located at the University Center Information Desk and at the Dugan Wellness Center desk through Monday, Sept. 30 to support “Hunger Action Month.” Izzy’s Food Pantry is a joint initiative between A&M-Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend Food Bank. Enrolled students can receive 10 non-perishable food items once a week at no charge. For more information, including a list of food items in most need, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Oct. 3: Positive Psychology and Resilience in Academia Workshop: 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. Pamela Brouillard, chair and professor of Psychology will present her lecture “Positive Psychology and Resilience in Academia” on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Oct. 3: Quality Enhancement Plan Open Forum: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is in the process of identifying a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) topic. The QEP is an important component of a successful SACSCOC reaffirmation and should 1) focus on improving student learning and/or success, 2) be sustainable, 3) be assessable, and 4) be supported by institutional data and best practices. Topic ideas have been collected from faculty, staff, and students, and the most suggested topics fall under the following five groups:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork/Collaborative Learning
  • Emotional and Social Support for Students
  • Information and Digital Literacy
  • Communication

The forum will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m in the University Center, Jetty Room (UC 123). Additional ideas for improving student learning and success can also be discussed at the open forum. The meetings are open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Please email Bryan.Baker@tamucc.edu to RSVP to the open forum.

Oct. 12: Interprofessional Education Workshop: 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. Sherdeana Owens, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present her lecture “Interprofessional Education: Health Science Students in the Nursing Simulation Lab” on Friday, Oct. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Marlin 317. Lunch provided, and RSVP required. To RSVP, click here.

Oct. 16: Managing Student Misbehaviors in the Classroom Workshop: 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. Michael Sollitto, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Media, will present his lecture “Managing Student Misbehaviors in the Classroom” on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Oct. 19, and Nov. 9: Suicide Prevention: QPR Gatekeeper Training: The University Counseling Center will present a Suicide Prevention: QPR Gatekeeper Training on the following dates, times and locations.

  • Friday, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m. to Noon in University Center, Jetty Room 123.
  • Friday, Nov. 9, from 1-2:30 p.m., in University Center, Copano Room 216. 

Friends, family, and co-workers are often in the best position to recognize the early signs that someone may be depressed or at risk for suicide. This workshop will provide you with simple and effective tools to save a life.  Participants will learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and learn how to intervene and help someone who is depressed or suicidal. This workshop is free and open to all students, staff and faculty.  Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, email Theresa.sharpe@tamucc.edu or call (361) 825-2703 to register.

Oct. 24: Art Meets Politics in the Classroom Workshop: 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. Jennifer Epley-Sanders, associate professor of Political Science, will present her lecture “Art Meets Politics in the Classroom: Collaborative Learning through an Interdisciplinary Project” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Oct. 29: Coding Qualitative Data Workshop: 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. Brooke Friley, assistant professor of Communication and basic course director, will present her lecture “Coding Qualitative Data: A Project Case Study” on Monday, Oct. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Oct. 30: Everything is a Remix (Including this Workshop), A Copyright Discussion: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library is partnering with the Writing Center and Career Services to offer the “Everything is a Remix (Including this Workshop), A Copyright Discussion” workshop on Oct. 30, at the Bell Library on the 2nd floor, at 3:30 p.m. The workshop is tailored for graduate students, plus faculty and staff. When is it OK to copy and use work created by other people? Where can you publish your work online? In this workshop, participants will discuss copyright, explore open content, and learn about different digital publishing platforms. For more information, contact emily.metcalf@tamucc.edu.

Nov. 7: Investigating Citation Practices Workshop: 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. Stephen Doolan, assistant professor of English, will present her lecture “Investigating Citation Practices and Ideation Units in L1 and L2 Student Writing from Sources” on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview 320. Lunch will be provided and an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

Now through Nov. 9: CFE Faculty Travel Grant Application: The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is offering a limited number of grants up to $1000 to faculty who are presenting research or pedagogy at a conference within the United States. Applications are open now and the deadline to apply for spring 2019 travel grants is Friday, November 9. Recipients are required to present their research during CFE sponsored events such as brown-bags, lunch & learn workshops, and/or communities of practice. Travel grant applications must include a proposal that outlines workshop content and benefit to the university community. For more information, visit cfe.tamucc.edu and click support.

Nov. 15: 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.

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 Center for Faculty Excellence and the Division of Finance. For more information on this new initiative, visit http://cfe.tamucc.edu/.

Banned Chinese Services and Goods: A recently-passed federal law requires federal contractors (including universities) not to use certain equipment or services from specified China-headquartered companies (Huawei and ZTE), as well as their subsidiaries and affiliates.

  • Review the attached PDF list of companies. Click here for PDF
  • Until further notice, do not buy services or products from these companies.
  • If you have a compelling need to buy a service or product from these companies, send an email to iso@tamucc.edu.

Be Disaster Aware, Take Time to Prepare: The Division of Information Technology provides several technologies that help to enable employees to 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 http://it.tamucc.edu/hurricane.

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. 

  • 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

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/.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus. All the events are free and open to the public. For more information and a full list of events, go to hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu or email andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

 

Sept. 24: Hispanic Film Series: The Spanish Program will screen the first film of the Hispanic Film Series on Monday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m., University Center Jetty 123. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Cristina Ortiz at 361.825.6009; or email cristina.ortiz@tamucc.edu.  

Sept. 25: Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dugan gym. Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings AIC/Cholesterol (first 50) and educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.  There will be exhibitors from various organizations providing information on their agencies. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Petra Martinez at 361.825.2264; or email petra.martinez@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 25: Mariachi & Folkórico Showcase: The Department of Music invites the public to celebrate the pageantry and beauty of the music of the Mariachi de la Isla and the traditional dances of Alcorta's Compañía de Danza Folklórica. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for an evening of beautiful and traditional mariachi music and Folkórico dances that are sure to please everyone! This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rai Morales at 361.825.2281, or email rai.morales@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26: Alebrije con ICA: The Islander Cultural Alliance invite the campus community to "Alebrije con ICA" on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. in the University Center Rotunda. Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by painting small ceramic figures in the Alebrije style. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26: Queering the Island: The Pride Alliance invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to a presentation featuring local LGBTQ+ activist, writer, and alumna, Kitana Sanchez on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m., in University Center Jetty 123. Join our conversation about advocating for broader public awareness of transgender & human rights and supporting empowerment within LGBTQ+ communities! This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Sarah Salter at 361.825.2834; or email sarah.salter@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 27: UnSchooled: From Black Cats to Ojo - How Myths Shape Identity: Join the Islander Inclusive Network for a lunch discussion about the ways myths shape identity on Thursday, Sept. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., UC Oso 221. Students should RSVP through I-Engage for this event. For more information, contact Delaney Foster at 361 .825.3925 or delaney.foster@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 27: Presentation by Dr. Carlos Huerta: Join us on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6-8 p.m., University Center Oso 221 for a presentation by Dr. Carlos Huerta. The presentation will examine party identification of Latinos in Texas by analyzing state demographics, public opinion data, and political generations, and racial/ethnic groups. The findings suggest that Texas may be entering a transition phase in party identification as the Latino population becomes a bigger percentage of the population and from generational change. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Carlos Huerta at 361.825.5995, or email juan.huerta@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 26 and Sept. 27: Read-A-Thon: On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Melissa Galván will host a Read-A-Thon where faculty, staff and students will read short excerpts of literary works by Spanish, Spanish American and U.S Latina/o authors. The Read-A-Thon event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Faculty Center Atrium. This two-day event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melissa Galván at 361.825.2580; or email melissa.galvan@tamucc.edu.  

Sept. 28: Fiesta Concert: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Music Department presents the Fiesta Concert with TAMU-CC Faculty Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will include music intrinsically related to Hispanic culture. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Melissa Melendez at Melissa.Melendez@tamucc.edu or Jose Flores at 361.825.3746, or email jose.flores@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 29: Hispanic Culture Through Sound: The Music of Miguel del Aguila: Join us on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for a concert by Miguel del Aguila. A Grammy-nominated composer of worldwide fame, Del Aguila’s music for the concert stage has been performed on every continent by some of the most important groups of our time. Del Aguila's music is infused with the harmonies and rhythms of Hispanic folk song and traditions. The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk, titled “Living in the USA as a Hispanic Artist,” and the concert will follow at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Scott Pool at 361.825.3648 or email scott.pool@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 2: Hispanic Poetry Reading: Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 2-3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

Oct. 2: Tejano Justice League Speaker Series - The Chefs: Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to the second presentation in the Tejano Justice League Speaker Series. The Tejano Justice League is a group of local artists, chefs, and designers who are united by a common purpose: To inspire others in the community to “take a risk, take initiative, start a business, and create change.” Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6-7 p.m. in University Center Oso 221 for the second presentation in the series featuring book author and blogger, Vianney Rodriguez, and local chefs Omar Arellano, Tony Maldonado, and Svani Quintanilla. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

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