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TAMU-CC Honors Program Holds ‘Mardi Gras’ Themed Ball to Recognize Student Achievement

May 04, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Honors Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi held its annual Honors Ball on April 9 to acknowledge the achievements of the more than 100 students in the program. The black tie “Mardi Gras” themed event included dinner, dancing and awards for outstanding achievement for both students and faculty.

“The Honors Program of­fers an enriched plan of study to highly motivated students,” said Elizabeth Shope, Professional Assistant Professor and Director of the Honors Program. “Many students in the program naturally aspire to be actively engaged in learning and scholarly activities because they want to expand their knowledge and build research interests.”

Currently, there are 126 students and 121 faculty members in the program.

“Success in the Honors Program requires an exceptional commitment from students and their faculty mentors because of the program’s rigorous academic learning standards and high expectations,” said Shope. “The program supports students as they achieve their academic career goals from start to finish, by monitoring their progress and guiding them through bumps in the road.”

At the ball, six students who graduated or will graduate this academic year were recognized for completion of their Project of Excellence. The Project of Excellence showcases strong presentation skills and diverse research interests and can consist of a paper, performance, or presentation of research results typical of professional work in the major field.

The students included:

Christina Boothe
Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Charles Etheridge and Dr. W. Scott Sherman
Project of Excellence: “The E.L. James Phenomenon: A Comparison of Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing within the Literary Industry”

Andrea Multer
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Theresa J. Garcia
Project of Excellence: “Effects of Government Food Program on Childhood Overweight and Obesity in Nueces County”

Chani Rue
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher E. Bird
Project of Excellence: “Mitochondrial DNA Sequencing of the Gulf of Mexico Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Population”

Crystal Salinas
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Heather Webb
Project of Excellence: “An Assessment of Occupational Stress, Anxiety, Coping Mechanisms, and Employer Programs amongst Crime Scene Personnel in the State of Texas”

Brittney Tamborello
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rick Paige and Dr. Val Murgulet
Project of Excellence: “Abridged Exploration Strategy For Use in Established Productive Oil and Gas Trends”

Conner Tichota
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford & Dr. Michael Sollitto
Project of Excellence: “The Effects of Anonymity on Yik Yak Users’ Uncertainty Reduction and Telepresence”                

Additionally, five other awards were presented. They included:

  • Outstanding Faculty Award:  Dr. Deniz Gevrek, College of Business
  • Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Heather Webb, College of Education and Human Services
  • Outstanding Mentor Award: Dr. Theresa Garcia, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Outstanding Student Award: Chani Rue, Senior Majoring in Integrative Biology emphasis in Veterinary Science
  • Rising Star Award: Karen Ward, freshman math major

To see photos from the 2016 Honors Ball, click here.