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‘State of the University’ Celebrates Students, Outstanding Programs and Research at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

September 16, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students from many different fields of study took the spotlight at this year’s State of the University luncheon held Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Anchor Ballroom of the newly-renovated University Center.

This year’s luncheon was student-focused, featuring student emcee Frank Garcia of the College of Liberal Arts. Multimedia presentations with videos narrated by energetic “student reporters” took audiences on a visual tour of each college, highlighting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s progress on its path to becoming an emerging research institution. Deans from each of the University’s five colleges showcased vibrant and timely examples of research, scholarship and creative activity in their respective disciplines. Students and attendees also had the opportunity to engage in discussion and conversation on Twitter by using this hashtag: #tamuccSOTU.

“We knew we wanted to do something different this year and put our students front and center,” said Dr. Flavius Killebrew, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi President and CEO. “Our students are the best individuals to give the community a first-hand look at the exciting news and research happening in each of their colleges, as well as the opportunities that they are afforded.”

A growing number of new academic programs, such as the Doctor of Nursing Practice, an Executive MBA Program, and a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences, to name a few, were  highlighted, as well as accolades and the many examples of how the Islander family helps improve our community through numerous projects and partnerships.

The State of the University examined what the future holds for the Island University and revisited the Momentum 20/20 strategic plan for academic programs, construction and research.

Before the start of the program, guests were greeted by Izzy the Islander, the Islander Cheer and Dance Teams, and the sounds of the Islander Pep Band.

Following the program, guests had the opportunity to tour the campus.  This year’s State of the University Islander Sponsors included KRIS Communications, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Fulton Coastcon General Contractors, The Blossom Shop and M&G Chemicals.

To view videos from each of the colleges, click here.