CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The campus community welcomed freshmen to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi during two First-Year Islanders (FYI) Convocations held on Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Performing Arts Center.
The College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, School of Arts, Media, and Communication, and the College of Nursing participated in an 11 a.m. ceremony, while the College of Business and College of Science and Engineering participated in a 2 p.m. ceremony.
“The tip that really stuck with me throughout today’s presentation was to communicate with my professors early on in the semester,” said Lane Smith, a First-Year-Islander and psychology major from Liberty Hill, Texas. “I’m looking forward to learning to surf, meeting new people, and really having a great time my first year in school.”
Prior to each ceremony the First-Year Islanders were given medallions, signifying the beginning of their academic journey. Dr. Don Albrecht, Vice President for Student Engagement and Success, presented the 2014 First-Year Islanders class by asking students to stand and place their medallions around their necks.
Both ceremonies included a welcome from Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President and CEO. Dr. Michelle Maresh-Fuehrer, Assistant Professor of Communication, and James “Gus” Ladwig, a sophomore studying Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spoke to guests during both ceremonies.
Immediately following the convocations, the colleges’ hosted receptions where new students had the opportunity to mingle and meet with faculty.