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April 18, 2018

FEATURED NOTE

Staff Council at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is selling gifts to honor Administrative Professionals Day. This year’s gift is a glass frame that holds 4” X 6” photographs for $12, or a gift bundle of the glass frame and photo cup for $25. To reserve a gift, CLICK HERE; call 361.825.2745; or email staffcouncil@tamucc.edu. Gifts can be picked up anytime on Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 25, at the Bell Library, room 112B; or gifts can be delivered by members of Staff council on Wednesday, April 25. All proceeds will benefit the Dorothy Yeater Scholarship. 

HOURS/SERVICE CHANGES

April 23: Changes to Wireless Network Coming Soon!: The Division of IT has rescheduled the campus wireless change to begin Monday, April 23. This change to the wireless network will heighten security across campus. After April 23, you may be prompted to accept a security certificate before you will be connected to the wireless network. Personally-owned devices, such as smartphones, connecting to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s wireless network will be placed into an unprivileged network. The unprivileged network will allow access to all internet resources except for A&M-Corpus Christi’s internal resources. Resources such as the “I: Drive,” the “U: Drive” and printers will not be accessible in the unprivileged network. A&M-Corpus Christi owned devices will continue to have access to internal resources using Islander_Admin. Eduroam will continue to be an option for all internet resources and allows convenience when traveling to or hosting guests from other Eduroam affiliated institutions. IT will also be unveiling a new version of the Islander_guest network. The new version of the network that will allow campus visitors to self-register with a valid mobile phone number and email address. Successful registration will allow five days access to the Islander_guest network. If access is needed for longer than five days, an account can be requested through the IT Help Desk. For more information or assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at 361.825.2692; or email ithelp@tamucc.edu.

Designated Smoking and Vaping Locations: In an effort to create an environment of health and wellness on campus, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has designed areas for smoking and vaping. Please only smoke or vape in these designated areas and dispose of all refuse in the receptacles provided. A map of approved smoking and vaping locations is posted athttp://smokingmaps.tamucc.edu/. For more information, please refer to University Rule34.05.99.C1.

Outdoor Voice and Sound Alarm Testing: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Police Department tests the Outdoor Voice and Sound Alarm System between 2 – 4 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month:

  • Tuesday, May 8
  • Tuesday, June 5
  • Tuesday, July 3

The testing will consist of two blasts of information. The outdoor broadcast sound system can be heard throughout the campus, similar to emergency sirens and stadium speakers. The system is utilized to warn the campus community regarding active emergencies where there is a concern for the safety of students, employees and visitors. No action is required on your part. For more information, call the University Police Department at 361.825.4242.

THINGS TO DO

Sign Up Now for Summer Camps 2018: Register now for summer camps at the Island University! This summer, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a wide variety of fun and educational camps. With offerings from basketball to theatre to robotics, there is a camp available for any child pre-k through high school interested in athletics, arts or sciences. To see a full listing of camps, visit tamucc.edu/summercamps.

April 19: Islander Dining Farmer’s Market: Chartwells Islander Dining, Campus Activities Board (CAB) and the Student Volunteer Connection have partnered up to host the spring Islander Dining Farmer’s Market, the Islander Music Festival and the Community Service Fair all on the same day and in the same location! The campus community is invited to stop by the East Lawn in front of the Dugan Gym on Thursday, April 19, from 3-7 p.m. to check-out the festivities. Farmer’s Market vendors will include GROW Local South Texas, Fulton Kettle Corn, Lemon Shakers Lemonade Stand, Chimcha Foods LLC, Sarah's Kosher Deli and more! CAB will keep the music bumping and the energy up with their lineup of live music, a rock climbing wall, caricature artists, face painting, henna tattoos, free food and tie-dye t-shirts. Attendees can also stop by their favorite non-profit organization to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Only cash, credit or debit will be accepted. For more information, email amanda.hall@compass-usa.com; or call 361.825.4354.

April 19: Spring 2018 History Film Series: The Department of History and History Club at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host a Spring 2018 History Film Series on Thursday, April 19, in the O’Conner building, room 145.

  • Thursday, April 19: Dr. Scott Johnson will lead a discussion on the film, “The Battle of Algiers” at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

Film screenings will cover the historic events that took place in the year 1958, including protests against racism, imperialism, capitalism, sexism and repressive state violence. For more information, email beth.robinson@tamucc.edu.

April 19: Guest Speaker Dr. Vanessa Vázquez Sánchez: The College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting guest speaker, Dr. Vanessa Vázquez Sánchez, Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Havana, Cuba. Click here to read her biography. Dr. Sánchez will give two presentations during her visit to the Island University. Both are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in UC Legacy Room: "Nutritional status in Cuban children and adolescents and perceptions of obesity of their relatives.”

The presentations are sponsored by the A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Psychology and Sociology and the Harte Research Institute and are funded by the Miriam Wagenschein Endowment Grant. Email pamela.meyer@tamucc.edu for more information.

April 19: Free Cha Cha and Tango Milonga dance classes: Join the University Dance Club at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for free classes in Cha Cha and Tango Milonga on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. in the University Center. See below for dates and room numbers.

  • April 19 – Bayview

For more information, call 316.825.6016; or email amir.hormozi@tamucc.edu.

April 20: Poster Contest: It’s contest time! The Art Center of Corpus Christi is calling all youth and young adults to submit their designs for a poster contest to design the new Downtown Corpus Christi Farmer’s Market poster! The theme is “why I love the farmer’s market”! Do you think you have what it takes? Come by the dining hall Friday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to design your poster for the Art Center and we will gladly submit it on your behalf. For more information, visit the Art Center of Corpus Christi’s Facebook page.

Now through April 20: Register Now for Islanders Race to Zero 5k Walk/Run: As a part of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s annual Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month, the Office of the Associate Dean of Students will be hosting its inaugural Islanders Race to Zero 5k walk/run. Islanders Race to Zero will take place on Friday, April 20, beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the University’s hike and bike trail. The race aims to raise awareness concerning issues of sexual violence with a resource fair with campus/community resource tables and a candlelight vigil to honor victims of sexual violence. Proceeds from Islanders Race to Zero will benefit sexual violence prevention and awareness initiatives. Registration is free for Islander students. Click here for pricing information for faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

April 21: ‘Let's Get Wild: Week of the Young Child’: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students in Dr. Jana Sanders’ ECED 3324 (Child Development) class are helping to organize “Week of the Young Child,” a community event taking place on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Retama Central Library, 805 Comanche. The event, which has a “Let’s Get Wild” theme, includes major activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the subjects of animals, art, building and books. Other special activities for youth will take place from 1- 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. For more information, email jana.sanders@tamucc.edu.

April 21: Culture Fest: Islander Cultural Alliance will host their annual Culture Fest on Saturday, April 21st, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Participants will have the opportunity to experience performances from Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico, The Pacific Islander and Corpus Christi Brazilian Capoeira; sample foods from different countries; and make ethnic arts and crafts.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit http://ica.tamucc.edu or email ica@tamucc.edu.

Through April 22: “One Man, Two Govnors” Theatre Performance: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance is performing “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Warren Theatre from Tuesday, April 17, through Sunday, April 22. Tue-Sat performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee starts at 2 p.m. The uproarious “One Man, Two Guvnors” was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton, to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Click here for ticket information.

April 23: ECDC Student Application Deadline: The Early Childhood Development Center is currently accepting applications for student enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year for students in grades PK3 through 6. The application can be accessed at https://programsofchoice.ccisd.us. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 23. For more information, call 361.825.3366.

April 24: April AutoCheck: In three to five minutes, AutoCheck measures harmful pollutants emitted from vehicles. 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 at the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Located at the first entrance to campus, Island Blvd., just past the stop sign.

AutoCheck is free and open to the public, performed with penalty monies from a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality enforcement action. For more information, contact Trent Thigpen at 361.825.3070 email trent.thigpen@tamucc.edu; go to autocheck.cc; or visit the TAMU-CC Community Outreach Facebook page.

April 24: Islanders Baseball vs. HBU: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders Baseball team will host Houston Baptist on Tuesday, April 24. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Islanders at Chapman Field at 6 p.m. Students will get in free with their SandDollar$ ID. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Devin Skapura at devinskapura@outlook.com.

April 24: 2018 G. Russell Kirkland Visiting Executive Lecture Featuring Dr. Ruby Payne: The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites students, faculty, staff and the community to attend the annual G. Russell Kirkland Visiting Executive Lecture, featuring Dr. Ruby Payne, on Tuesday, Apr. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Payne will speak on “Starting and Developing a Social Entrepreneurship.” Payne is the founder of aha! Process and author, speaker, publisher and career educator. She is recognized internationally for her foundational book “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” and workshops that have helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional and personal success. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit cob.tamucc.edu/Kirkland; email shawn.elizondo@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.6045.

April 25: Q&A with the DA: The Criminal Justice Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host “Q&A with the DA” on Wednesday, April 25, from 2-3 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom A&B. Mark Gonzalez, Nueces County District Attorney, will be the event’s speaker and will share information about his job duties and high-profile cases he has been a part of since he was elected. The event is free and open to the public, including students of all majors at A&M-Corpus Christi. For more information, click here or email Dr. Gabriel Ferreyra at gabriel.ferreyra@tamucc.edu.

April 25: Island Dance Demo “Broadway Beats”: The Island Dance Demo “Broadway Beats” is a culmination of the spring semester’s work in all areas of dance-ballet, jazz, modern dance, choreography and dance performance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. This year the event, taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the Performing Arts Center, will have show-stopping dances from many of your favorite Broadway shows from guest choreographers Sarah Gonzalez, Kathleen Burrill and Jillissa Cotton; and student choreographers Ty Aldridge, Brandon Besse, Hayley Davison, Rebecca Juarez and Christopher Niesner. Dancers in the show are all students in the Islander dance program working towards a Minor in dance. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 students, and are available online at theatre.tamucc.edu, or at the PAC box office. Call 361.825.3756 for more information.

April 26: First-Year Research Conference: The Department of Undergraduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites the campus community and the public to attend the First-Year Research Conference on Thursday, April 26, in the University Center, Anchor Ballrooms from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. First-Year students from disciplines throughout the five colleges will present their independent research products. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Through April 26: Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the Office of the Associate Dean of Students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host several educational and engaging activities for students, faculty/staff, and the campus community throughout April. They include:

  • April 20: Islanders Race to Zero 5K Walk/Run, starts at 6:45 p.m. on the University’s Hike and Bike Trail
  • April 26: Denim Day, 10 a.m. to noon on the East Lawn

Visit http://saam.tamucc.edu to learn more about each event. Volunteers are needed to make Sexual Assault Awareness Month a success. Email Michael.LaTorre@tamucc.edu to learn more about volunteering.

April 26: Buc Days Rodeo College Night: Buc Days Rodeo invites Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students, faculty and staff to come out to the Buc Days Rodeo College Night on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the American Bank Center. With the promo code STUDNT, Islanders will receive a $5 discount on tickets. Come see top athletes in the sport of ProRodeo compete against the rankest livestock. After the rodeo, fans will enjoy a concert from the Josh Abbott Band. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit bucdays.com.

April 27: SEAS Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony: The Student Engagement & Success Leadership & Service Awards Ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27 in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate deserving students. Deserving students were nominated by faculty and staff based on the following categories: Vice President for Student Engagement & Success Impact Award, Emerging Leader Award, Spirit Award, Departmental Student Organization of the Year, Partners in Prevention Award, Amigo de la Isla Award, and more! The event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

April 27: Student Art Association Opening Reception: My Medium: The Islander Gallery and Student Art Association at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are pleased to present “My Medium,” an exhibition of new work by Islander undergraduate students. Opening reception will be held Friday, April 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Islander Art Gallery, 4024 Weber Rd. Tommy Reyna, SAA President, characterizes the vision of the exhibition as follows: “When we are born to this world, we are blank slates. As we grow into the people we are today, the world around us shapes and directs our perspectives. Now, we see the world from a certain point of view and we choose to share what we see. This is us, and this is how we see the world.” The exhibit runs from April 27-May 10 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. CLICK HERE or email Elizabeth.Cook@tamucc.edu with any questions. 

April 27-28: Islanders Softball vs. Nicholls: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders Softball team will host Nicholls Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Islanders at Chapman Field on Friday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Saturday at noon. The first 100 fans to Friday’s contest will receive FREE Islanders Sunglasses, and Saturday will include the Senior Day ceremony for players and family. Students will get in free with their SandDollar$ ID. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Devin Skapura at devinskapura@outlook.com.

April 28: Garcia Center Community Health Fair: The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center, located at 2021 Agnes Street, will hold a community health fair on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will feature blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, snacks, games, face painting and a bike giveaway. The Garcia Center operates as part of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Education and Human Development. For more information, visit garciacenter.tamucc.edu.

April 29: 6th Annual SAMC Awards: Join the College of Liberal Arts and School of Arts, Media and Communication (SAMC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in honoring the outstanding work of SAMC students at the 6th Annual SAMC Awards. The celebration will take place on Sunday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Awards will be presented in several categories across the departments of Arts, Communication & Media, Music, and Theatre & Dance. The evening showcases current Islanders performing in their designated genre. SAMC Awards is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE or email elizabeth.cook@tamucc.edu for more information.

Through April 30: ‘Breakfast for the Pantry’ April Food Drive: Izzy’s Food Pantry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is holding an April “Breakfast for the Pantry” food drive. Through the entire month of April, the food pantry is asking for donations of breakfast food items, including hot and cold cereal, granola bars, dry pancake mix, bottled syrup, pop tarts and fruit cups. Donations can be made in either the University Center or Dugan Wellness Center. For more information, visit foodpantry.tamucc.edu.

Through April 30: National Poetry Month at the Bell Library: In honor of National Poetry Month, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host a display throughout the month of April. The display, located on the second floor of the Bell Library, will include noteworthy poetry titles and “pocket poems” to read to others or pass along during your day. Poetry is an art form that masters language and the possibilities, inspiration, and power that the written word can have. Poetry promotes introspection, contemplation and discovery. For more information, email patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.

May 1: College of Nursing and Health Sciences Research and Scholarly Works Exposition: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host their annual Research and Scholarly Works Exposition on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. This event will showcase original research and scholarly work done by the CONHS faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. University faculty, students and their families are invited to attend. For more information, email Cathy.Miller@tamucc.edu.

May 2: Islanders Baseball vs. Texas Southern: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders Baseball team will host Texas Southern on Wednesday, May 2. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Islanders at Chapman Field at 6 p.m. Students will get in free with their SandDollar$ ID. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Devin Skapura at devinskapura@outlook.com.

May 2: ‘2nd Annual Legends of the Tejano Community Awards’ Concert and Dance Honoring Freddie Martinez, Sr.: The Mexican American Studies Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Citgo invites Tejano music lovers to dance the night away and celebrate the legacy of Freddie Martinez, Sr. at the "2nd Annual Legends of Tejano Community Awards," on Wednesday, May 2. Come and enjoy a cultural night full of music and dance at the University Center, Anchor Ballroom, starting with a ceremony/awards at 7 p.m., followed by a Tejano music concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Have fun dancing and listening to your favorite songs with a variety of Tejano artists gathered in one place to provide entertainment and honor Freddy Martinez, Sr. Artists include Los Palominos, Solido, Elida Reyna y Avante, Lucky Joe and Carlos Guzman. This event will be recorded for the weekly Johnny Canales Show, which airs on KRIS 6. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the show! Enjoy free hors d'evours and a cash bar. Parking in the garage is also free of charge. Additional sponsors include AEP Texas. For more information, email anthony.quiroz@tamucc.edu or call 361.443.6920.

May 3: CRECEMOS: Health & Nutrition Series: The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in partnership with Ben F. McDonald Library, will host the “Community Resources: Easing Concerns by Educating on Matters of Science (CRECEMOS): Health and Nutrition Series” during the first Thursday of each month from 1-2 p.m. at Ben F. McDonald Library. Dr. Xavier Fonz Gonzales, professional assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will provide scientific information on topics that directly impact our local community. Specific topics and dates include:

  • Thursday, May 3: Alzheimer

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The series will be in English with a bilingual question and answer session to follow. For more information, visit facebook.com/mcdonaldlibrary/; or email Xavier.Gonzales@tamucc.edu.

May 4-6: Islanders Baseball vs. McNeese: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders Baseball team will host McNeese State from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Islanders at Chapman Field with games beginning at 6 p.m., 4 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively. The first 100 fans to Friday’s contest will receive FREE Islanders Lightsaber and the chance to hit a Death Star piñata in celebration of Star Wars Day, and there is a FREE post-game clinic being held after Sunday’s contest—registration required. Students will get in free with their SandDollar$ ID. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Devin Skapura at devinskapura@outlook.com.

May 5: Volunteers Needed for Oyster Reef Restoration Event: Help restore protective shorelines in Goose Island State Park! The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) and Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have announced their 2018 Oyster Reef Restoration Events. Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 7, and Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. to bag oyster shell collected from local restaurants and seafood wholesalers and help build a living shoreline. Every year 2.7 million pounds of oysters are harvested from Texas bays. With the help of the community Sink Your Shucks has returned more than 1 million pounds of that shell back into our bays to create important habitat, filter our waters and protect our shorelines from erosion. Volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt to wear on event day. Gloves, water and snacks will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to wear sturdy closed toe, closed backed shoes, bring a hat and sunscreen. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

May 11: Islander Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander ROTC will celebrate the largest commissioning ceremony in its history on Friday, May 11, with the commissioning of 11 new second lieutenants. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Warren Theatre, Center for the Arts, and marks the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to enlisted officers. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, email alissa.mejia@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2701.

May 11: Spring 2018 CONHS Recognition Ceremony: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold its spring 2018 Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 11, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. During the ceremony, graduates from the college will be honored. Students who will graduate with their master’s degree will receive their master’s hood while those graduating with a bachelor’s degree will receive a special pin. For more information, contact Candace Martinez at 361.825.5708; or by email at candace.martinez@tamucc.edu.

May 11: College of Science & Engineering Hooding & Cording Ceremony: The College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate the achievements of their newest group of graduates during their master’s hooding ceremony and undergraduate cording ceremony on Friday, May 11, from 2-3 p.m. in Island Hall, room 160. The ceremony is also a chance for graduates to recognize the family, friends and educators whose support helped make their graduation possible. For more information, email Krystal.Thomasson@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2479. The event is free and open to the public.

May 11-13: Islanders Baseball vs. UIW: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders Baseball team will host Incarnate Word Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Islanders at Chapman Field with games beginning at 6 p.m., 4 p.m., and 1 p.m., respectively. The first 100 fans to Friday’s contest will receive FREE Islanders Sunglasses, and there is Senior Day Celebration being held before Sunday’s contest. Students will get in free with their SandDollar$ ID. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Devin Skapura at devinskapura@outlook.com.

May 14: Track and Field: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Track & Field will be hosting an all-day event on Sunday, May 14. Fans, faculty, and students are welcome to the Dugan Family Soccer Stadium to support the Islanders. Students will receive free admission with the presentation of their SandDollar$. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Devin Skapura at devinskapura@outlook.com.

Through June 15: Register now for the “ME by the SEa” Educators Conference: The 14th annual regional professional development conference of Mathematics Education and Science Education, ME by the SEa, will take place Friday, June 15, in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Instruction. Check-in is at 8 a.m., and the event ends at 4 p.m. The conference promotes curriculum alignment and access to engaging mathematics and science for all PK-16 students. Registration includes continental breakfast, a box lunch, and CEU credits. Participants, presenters and vendors can all register at http://me.tamucc.edu/. Early bird registration is $30 through June 6; $45 after June 6; students are $15; presenters are $5; vendors are $35. Email Faye.bruun@tamucc.edu for more information.

Through June: FAFSA Applications Now Available: The Office of Financial Aid at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi encourages all students to apply for federal student aid now through June. Students are encouraged to apply early as first-time freshman will receive financial aid awards in December and returning students in March. To apply, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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 Employee Development Day: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty, staff and student workers are invited to take part in an Employee Development Day on Wednesday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Classes fill up early. CLICK HERE to register. Employee Development Day seeks to provide training and development opportunities, build community among staff and faculty, engage participants in life-long learning and improve the quality of Island University personal and professional roles. Participants are encouraged to bring iPads, tablets and smart phones for maximum session participation. The luncheon keynote speaker is University President Dr. Kelly Quintanilla. For more information, contact Rosie Ruiz at 361.825.5826.

Through April 19: Call for Proposals for “ME by the SEa” Educators Conference: The 14th annual regional professional development conference of Mathematics Education and Science Education, ME by the SEa, will take place Friday, June 15, in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Instruction. The conference promotes curriculum alignment and access to engaging mathematics and science for all PK-16 students. Presenters are asked to submit their proposals for the conference by Thursday, April 19. Presenter fee is $5. Learn more at http://me.tamucc.edu/ or email Faye.bruun@tamucc.edu.

April 24: HUB Training: Procurement & Disbursement will be hosting HUB Training Class on Tuesday, April 24, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the UC room 123, Jetty Room. For more information, email leon.roberts@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.2196.

Through April 25: Administrative Professionals Day Gifts: Staff Council at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is selling gifts to honor Administrative Professionals Day. This year’s gift is a glass frame that holds 4” X 6” photographs for $12, or a gift bundle of the glass frame and photo cup for $25. To reserve a gift, CLICK HERE; call 361.825.2745; or email staffcouncil@tamucc.edu. Gifts can be picked up anytime on Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 25, at the Bell Library, room 112B; or gifts can be delivered by members of Staff council on Wednesday, April 25. All proceeds will benefit the Dorothy Yeater Scholarship.

April 27: Save the Date for the 22nd Annual Islander Awards Celebration: Mark your calendar for the 22nd Annual Islander Awards Celebration on Friday, April 27, in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Mix and mingle, which includes live music, starts at 1 p.m. and the awards ceremony starts at 1:30 p.m. Come out to support Islander faculty and staff members as they are recognized for various milestones, including five years of service at the University, excellence in teaching and teaching innovation. Also honored will be employees who have recently graduated, Honors Program faculty, Dorothy Yeater Scholarship winners, University Police Department awards and Employee Excellence Awards winners. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hr.tamucc.edu/Recognition/index.html.

April 28: Register Now for the School and University Partnership Conference for Education: The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will host the annual “School and University Partnership Conference for Education” (SUPCE) on Saturday, Apr. 28, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University Field-based clinical teachers, cooperating teachers for student teachers, and students are encouraged to attend. Topic examples include Best Practices, Mentoring, Coaching, Bilingual Education, Culturally Relevant/Responsive Pedagogy, Evaluation Special Education, Technology Integration, Networking, Literacy Education, Assessment and Graduate Programs. The program features Conrado Garcia, West OSO Independent School District Superintendent. Sessions are free and CEU hours are available. Breakfast and lunch are provided. RSVP is required by Monday, April 23. Details and registration are available at supce.tamucc.edu/.

April 28: Partnership Conference Proposals Open: The School and University Partnership Conference for Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is accepting proposals for presenters now through March 19. The Conference “Promising Practices for Improving Instruction,” will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. The conference is a venue supporting the professional development of educators, including all of the university and school partners, researchers, technology professionals, and counselors who support this development. The conference is free. For more information and to apply, visit http://supce.tamucc.edu/; or email Lucinda.sohn@tamucc.edu.

Through May 2: 80 for 80 Faculty Incentive Program for End of Course Evaluations: End of Course evaluations for spring 2018 open Wednesday, April 18, and close Wednesday, May 2. 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 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

New for faculty this semester, achieve 80% student evaluation completion for a chance 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, May 2, to be entered into drawing. Winners will be drawn at the Faculty/Staff Reading Day Social on Thursday, May 3. Must be present to win.

Once a student has completed the evaluations for all courses, they will be entered to win a waterproof Bluetooth speaker as our way of saying thank you for their thoughtful feedback. The evaluation is only open to current students and results provided remains anonymous. Visit http://studenteval.tamucc.edu/ for more information.

May 11: Retirement Celebration for Dr. Lauren Cifuentes: Please join the Office of Distance Education & Learning Technologies for a good-bye celebration for Dr. Lauren Cifuentes, Friday, May 11, from 3-5 p.m. in CCH room 118. Please RSVP to mayra.orozco@tamucc.edu by Friday, April 27.

May 14-17: Course Design and Development Workshops: The Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will offer an opportunity to earn a Certificate of Professional Development in Best Practices for Online Course Design required for all new faculty.  The certificate workshops are set to take place Monday, May 14 through Thursday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  To register click here. For more information and for a detailed schedule, visit iol.tamucc.edu; call Mayra Orozco at 361.825.2122; or email odelt@tamucc.edu.

Through Sept. 4: Register Now for Summer and Fall Classes: Registration for summer and 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.

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.

Welcoming Guests with Wi-Fi: IT will be unveiling a new version of the Islander_guest network that will allow campus visitors to self-register with a valid mobile phone number and email address. Successful registration will allow 5 days access to the Islander_guest network. If access is needed for longer than 5 days, an account can be requested through the IT Help Desk.

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.

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.

'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.

Holidays Approved for 2017-2018: Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the following holidays for A&M-Corpus Christi for the 2017-2018 year.

  • Labor Day: Sept. 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 23-24, 2017
  • Christmas – New Year: Dec. 25, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan. 15, 2018
  • Spring Break:  March 15 – 16, 2018
  • Memorial Day: May 28, 2018
  • Independence Day: July 4, 2018

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.

Emergency Notification System: The University emergency notification system is now open to parents, university neighbors and interested community members. Sign up online at codeblue.tamucc.edu to receive texts, phone calls or emails in the event of an emergency affecting the campus.

KUDOS

  • Gail Sutton, chief operating officer at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, commented on the recent success of the Oyster Reef Restoration event at Goose Island State Park on April 7. washingtontimes.com; houstonchronicle.com
  • Over 1,000 members of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi participated in The Big Event, a one-day event that allows students, faculty and staff to express their gratitude for the support of the surrounding community. kristv.com; KRIS; KZTV; KIII
  • Amanda Hall, director of Islander Dining marketing and guest experience, commented on General Mills’ #BringBackTheBees campaign and how the Island University has partnered to help. kristv.com; KRIS; KZTV
  • Angela Walker, associate dean of students, and Michael La Torre, student conduct officer, discussed the upcoming Islanders Race to Zero event, which is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Domingo Live!; KRIS; KZTV
  • Russell Wagner, director of engagement and executive director of the National Islander Alumni Association, commented on the Islander Ring Ceremony and how 30 percent of Islander students purchase an Islander ring. thebatt.com
  • Dr. Jim Lee, regents professor of economics, estimated about 25 percent of pre-Harvey businesses will not reopen. rockportpilot.com

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