Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Hosts 10th Annual Honors Ball

Published: May 07, 2015

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Hosts 10th Annual Honors Ball

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Honors Program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hosted its 10th annual Honors Ball, celebrating the academic and professional accomplishments of students and faculty on Saturday, April 18, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.

During this evening of fellowship, awards, and celebration, outstanding faculty, staff, and students who have made significant contributions to the programs were recognized.

Those in attendance included Dr. Flavius Killebrew and First Lady Kathy Killebrew, and Honors faculty and staff.

This year was a special year because it was the 10-year anniversary of the Honors Program. Over the years, the honors program has provided academic services such as scholarships, travel funding, and research and professional development opportunities to more than 580 students.   In honor of this special moment, the guest speaker at the ball was the founding Honors Program Director, Dr. Janis Haswell.

During the ceremony, five students were presented with their Honors Program graduate medallions. The students received the medallions for completing 21 honors hours and a “Project of Excellence” senior thesis. Students must also maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

Graduating students presented the following theses:

  • Thanh Pham, biomedical science major: “Information Theoretical Approach to Decode Pulsatile Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Receptor Signaling.”Faculty mentor is Dr. Gregory Buck.
  • Byron Pillow, music major: “Sliding through History: The Trombones of Frank Holton & Co.” Faculty mentor is Dr. Brian Thacker.
  • Shannon Proksch, music major: “Music and Language: Cognitive and Evolutionary Perspectives.” Faculty mentor is Dr. Miguel Moreno.
  • Sergio Rodriguez, biomedical science major: “Better Living through Chemistry: A Content Analysis of Message Strategies in Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertisements.” Faculty mentor is Dr. Pamela Brouillard.
  • Dustin Smith, biology and mechanical engineering major: “Investigation of Seagrasses under supercontinuum Laser and Hysperectral Imaging Systems.” Faculty member is Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu.

The top two student award winners were: 

  • Rising Star Award: Jamie Fink, communication major
  • Outstanding Student Award: Byron Pillow, music major

The top three faculty and staff winners were:

  • Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Kelly Quintanilla
  • Outstanding Service Award: Stephanie Box
  • Outstanding Mentor Award: Dr. Miguel Moreno