TAMU-CC Honors Ball Hosts Magical Night for Outstanding Students and Faculty

Published: April 27, 2017

TAMU-CC Honors Ball Hosts Magical Night for Outstanding Students and Faculty

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty, staff and students had a night filled with magic and wonder during the 12th Annual Honors Ball, held April 15, in the University Center. The Honors Ball is a themed event that celebrates the student’s achievements in the honors program and those who will be graduating this academic year. This year’s theme was “Harry Potter,” because it reflects the characteristics of honors students.

Students graduating from the Honors Program must complete a Project of Excellence, which is a comprehensive and reflective portfolio of research leading to and including original scholarship or creative work.

“In the honors program, the faculty, staff and students are passionate about building creative and robust learning environments,” said Elizabeth Shope, Professional Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Honors Program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “Honors students are given opportunities to engage in diverse scholarly research projects which allows them to establish professional networks among faculty mentors in their disciplines.”

Honors Student Association Officers, honors faculty, and honors students were also given recognition during the ceremony.

“Honors Ball has always been our way of wrapping up the school year by recognizing everything that has been accomplished by students and faculty,” said Andrea Rodriguez, Honors Student Association President. “It also serves as an initiation ceremony for those entering officer positions in the Honors Student Association for the 2017-2018 academic years. I look forward to the continued success and advancements achieved by officers and all students in the Honors Program.”

Students and faculty who received special recognition at the ball were:

  • Amber Bachner, senior Psychology major, project title, “Children’s Perceptions of Lie-Telling in Modesty Contexts: A Qualitative Study”

  • Jamie Fink, senior Communication major, project title, “The Effects of Coaching Behaviors on Athletes”

  • Alexandra Harrel, senior English major, project title, “Responding to Higher Education Issues Using Social Media Technologies”

  • Brianna Hazelwood, senior Psychology major, project title, “An Argument for Sexual Rights in Populations with Physical Disabilities”

  • Kelli Holt, senior Environmental Science major, project title, “Quantifying Microplastic Debris in Effluent from Corpus Christi, TX Wastewater Treatment Plants”

  • Krista Sifers-Basinger, senior English major, project title, “Finding One’s Place and One’s Self: The Liminality of Identity in Almost, Maine”

  • Outstanding Faculty: Dr. Isaac Hinojosa, Assistant Professor of English

  • Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, Associate Professor of Engineering

  • Outstanding Mentor Award: Dr. Kevin Concannon, Associate Professor of English

  • Rising Star Award: Elizabeth Grimes, freshman Biomedical Science major

  • Outstanding Student Award: Andrea Rodriguez, senior Spanish major
The A&M-Corpus Christi Honors Program is part of the newly formed Department of Undergraduate Studies. For more information on the Honors Program, visit http://honors.tamucc.edu/.