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March 2010                                                                A Monthly Newsletter for Faculty, Staff and Friends of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
 
Campus-Wide Rally Will Launch New 'First-Year Islanders' ProgramFirst-Year Islander graphic mark
Join in spreading the word among students about the campus-wide “First-Year Islanders Student Rally” on Tuesday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Center, east lawn. Hot dogs, chips, ice cream and sodas will be served and FYI T-shirts and water bottles will be handed out first come, first served. The University has launched the bold new program that engages faculty to ensure freshmen have a successful transition from high school to college. The First-Year Islanders Program was born from the University’s desire to create a best-in-class quality enhancement plan that supports the academic strengths within the University’s mission. Learn more at http://fyi.tamucc.edu/.
 

Production of 'Vagina Monologues' Presented in Conjunction With V-Day
The Women’s Center for Education and Service presented the Obie Award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues” Feb. 12-13, in the Performing Arts Center.The Women’s Center for Education and Service presented the Obie Award-winning play 'The Vagina Monologues' Feb. 12-13 in the Performing Arts Center. 'The Vagina Monologues' is based on more than 200 interviews playwright Eve Ensler conducted with women about their views on sex, relationships, and violence. The University production is one of hundreds that have been performed on college campuses across the United States in conjunction with V-Day, a worldwide movement to promote awareness about the reality of violence against women and girls.

 

Author Discusses Book on History of Latin American Civil Rights Movement
Dr. Cynthia Orozco, professor and chair of the History and Humanities Department at Eastern New Mexico State University, spoke about her book “No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed” on Feb. 12 in the Special Collections section of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Dr. Cynthia Orozco, professor and chair of the History and Humanities Department at Eastern New Mexico State University, spoke about her book “No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed” on Feb. 12 in the Special Collections section of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. In her book, Orozco draws from archives of research to present the history of the League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC). Against a backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, World War I, gender discrimination and racial segregation, her evidence recasts LULAC at the forefront of the civil rights movements in America.

 

Pre-Nursing Students Mingle with Faculty at Meet-and-Greet
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences held a meet-and-greet for University freshmen and sophomores who have declared nursing as their major, on Feb. 22, in the University Center, Legacy Room. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences held a meet-and-greet for University freshmen and sophomores who have declared nursing as their major on Feb. 22 in the University Center, Legacy Room. During the meet-and-greet, nursing faculty met with the students to provide guidance on how to remain on track to enter the nursing program as well as financial incentives including scholarships, ROTC, and opportunities within the military.

 

Indian Dessert Festival Serves Up Buffet of Country's Native Treats
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences held a meet-and-greet for University freshmen and sophomores who have declared nursing as their major, on Feb. 22, in the University Center, Legacy Room. The India Students Association provided the campus community with a taste of the country’s native treats during the Indian Dessert Festival held Feb. 18 in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. In keeping with the theme “Your Food Is Incomplete without a Dessert,” Indian desserts including tal chikki, kaju kasata, kesar penda, badam maisur and hot nadiyadi mixers were available for tasting.

 
Research and Scholarly Activity

Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, assistant professor in the College of Science and Technology, has received a $524,171 award from the National Science Foundation for Development of Hyperspectral Optical Property Instrumentation for Biomedical Environmental Research.

 
Awards, Honors and Grants

Portrait of Dr. Jack CassidyDr. Jack Cassidy, associate dean and interim chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, will be inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame at the annual International Reading Association Convention in Chicago, Ill., in April. Cassidy is the first professor from the Texas A & M System to be selected into the Reading Hall of Fame which honors those in the field who have made significant contributions to the field of literacy for at least 25 years.

 
Marshall Collins of Marketing & Communications will co-chair “Looking Up When Things Are Down,” the AASCU Communications Conference for Senior Public Relations and Marketing Professionals on Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, March 9,  in Washington, D.C. The conference will offer discussion among peers on best practices in higher education during times of decreased institutional funding. Collins is a member of the communications advisory board for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
 

Students exercising in the The Dr. Jack and Susie Dugan Wellness CenterThe Dr. Jack and Susie Dugan Wellness Center is one of nine new collegiate sports centers at universities and colleges across the United States to receive the 2010 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). The annual NIRSA award recognizes innovative designs of new or expanded facilities which are considered a standard or model by which other collegiate recreational facilities should be measured. The 67,000-square foot complex includes two regulation NCAA basketball courts, weight and cardio areas, locker rooms, including two for those with special needs, and group exercise rooms.

 
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Promotional image for "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"The University Theatre will present the “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” from Tuesday, March 9, through Sunday, March 14, in the Center for the Arts, Warren Theatre. Performances are at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” is for mature audiences. Tickets are $8 for general admission; $7 for senior citizens and military; $5 for faculty/staff/students; and $3 for University students with their SandDollar$ card. For more information, call ext. 5800. To order tickets, go to http://theatre.tamucc.edu/.

 

The Department of Art will present the Oso Bay Biennial XVI Exhibition from Thursday, March 4, through Saturday, April 3. The Biennial began more than 30 years ago as a means to showcase alternative approaches to art. The exhibition will include shows at the Weil and Islander Galleries. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Olivia Ross at ext. 3756. For a complete list of events, go to http://cla.tamucc.edu/art/galleries.html.

 

Blue Crew cheering on their Islanders
Help break the women’s basketball team’s single-game attendance record and cheer the Islanders to victory on “Go Blue for $2 Night” when they take on the Lamar Cardinals in a critical game that could determine the Southland Conference championship on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the American Bank Center arena. Full Story

University President Flavius Killebrew presented longtime benefactor Woo Sung Lee with a commemorative press release
University President Flavius Killebrew presented longtime benefactor Woo Sung Lee with a commemorative press release written in his native Korean language that announced the opening of the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center during a ribbon cutting ceremony held Feb. 4. Lee, a 1959 graduate of the University of Corpus Christi, generously provided the resources to build the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center, which opened its doors in October 2009.

The annual Homecoming Parade led the way to the American Bank Center where the Islanders men’s basketball team took on Southland Conference rival Nichols State University
The annual Homecoming Parade led the way to the American Bank Center where the Islanders men’s basketball team took on Southland Conference rival Nichols State University to cap a week of festivities during Homecoming Feb. 1-6. The theme of this year’s Homecoming Week was “Welcome to Our Jungle.” The Islanders won handily, 71-46.

Students participate in “inflatable sumo wrestling” during the “Fry-Day Fiesta” Feb. 4 in the Center for Instruction Courtyard.
The campus community ate fried foods and took part in a variety of games and competitions including “inflatable sumo wrestling” during the “Fry-Day Fiesta” Feb. 4 in the Center for Instruction Courtyard. The annual event sponsored by the Student Government Association was part of Homecoming Week festivities at the Island University.

 

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