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Flour Bluff High School Students Get a Campus Tour and Lecture

February 27, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Nearly 85 sophomores from Flour Bluff High School were introduced to the Island University February 22, as part of the Flour Bluff University Preparatory High School Program’s “Compass to the Campus” spring event.  The field trip to the campus helped to alleviate the students’ fears of attending college.

Participants arrived at 9 a.m. to tour the campus guided by AVID mentors, receive their SandDollar$ ID cards, and experience a sample lecture from Dr. David Gurney, Assistant Professor of Communication; Dr. Shayd Speed, Flour Bluff High School Site Administrator, and Dr. Diana Ivy, Professor of Communication. Both Dr. Gurney and Dr. Speed discussed the importance of portraying oneself in a positive light when dealing with online social media.

Dr. Ivy concluded the presentation by providing the crowd with information on her background and genuinely expressed to the high school students that their decision to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a top priority.

“I really do hope that you come to school here,” said Dr. Ivy. “And I want you to feel good about your decision to come here.”

Both Gurney and Ivy are professors in the School of Arts, Media & Communication at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Preparatory Program consists of high school freshmen and sophomores enrolled in accelerated coursework at the high school campus to prepare them for college coursework.  While some sophomores are eligible, based on grades, to take one course on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus during the spring semester, the majority of the students do not begin attending the University until their junior year. 

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