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College of Education News

Counseling Students and Faculty Study Abroad in Costa Rica; Professors Recognized

Jul 12, 2017
Six Islander graduate students traveled to San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica for nine days of culture, education and field-based learning as part of the Graduate Certificate in Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Islander counseling professors Dr. Yvonne Castillo and Dr. Mary Alice Fernandez supervised the students, who worked to provide counseling resources to Spanish-speaking children and adults during their June 2017 trip.

Islanders Make Lasting Impact on Beach Accessibility for Wheelchair Users

Jun 30, 2017
Spending time along the sandy shores is how many Coastal Bend residents and visitors enjoy their Saturday afternoons. For others, it may be more difficult to access the beach, especially for those who use wheelchairs.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Announces Dr. David Scott as New Dean of College of Education and Human Development

Jun 26, 2017
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. David Scott as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD).

Coastal Bend Educators Gather at Island University for 13th Annual ME by the SEa Conference

Jun 22, 2017
In an effort to provide the best in science and math to the next generation of students, teachers and professors from around the Coastal Bend gathered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 13th annual ME by the SEa Regional Professional Development Conference. Traveling from as far away as Laredo, more than 200 educators and dozens of vendors attended the June 16 event as a collaborative means to promote curriculum alignment and access to engaging mathematics and science for students in grades pre-kindergarten through college.

College of Liberal Arts and School of Arts, Media & Communication News

Island University’s Department of Social Sciences Prepares Students to Make a Local Impact

Jul 19, 2017
Each year the Department of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prepares their students to make an impact in the local community. Through the criminal justice internship program opened to juniors and seniors, more than 40 students in the program work with different law enforcement agencies around the Coastal Bend.

Research Funding Shines Spotlight on Islander Student and Alumni Successes

Jun 21, 2017
As research funding has increased at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, students have had more opportunities to work with experienced researchers and educators and be involved in the community, preparing them to be competitive in today’s global job market.

Islander Students Benefit From Combining Art and Tech in Educational Art History Game

Jun 15, 2017
Thanks to the educational video game ARTé: Mecenas by Triseum, Islander students now better understand the cultural and societal influences behind Renaissance artworks.

New Bachelor of Media Arts Degree at TAMU-CC Offers Specialization in Media Studies and Production

Jun 09, 2017
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to offer a new Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts degree beginning fall 2017.

College of Business News

Flag Ceremony Honors Highest-Ranking Islander Military Alumnus

Jun 23, 2017
On Friday, June 2, members of the ROTC Islander Army Battalion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored retiring Lieutenant General Larry Wyche in a flag ceremony on campus. Wyche is the highest-ranking military officer who is also an Islander alumnus and he is retiring from the US Army this summer after more than 42 years of service.

Island University Business Students Awarded at Entrepreneurial Competition at Texas A&M University College Station

Jun 13, 2017
Like the TV show Shark Tank, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi business students dive into competition and finish like champs.

GROW Local South Texas Emerges as Local Winner of CBBIC InnovateHER Pitch Contest

Jun 08, 2017
The Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is pleased to announce GROW Local South Texas as the winner of the local InnovateHER Challenge.

CBBIC Announces First-Round Winners of the Local InnovateHER Challenge

May 30, 2017
The Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has announced the contestants who will proceed on to the pitching round of the 2017 InnovateHER Challenge competition.

College of Nursing and Health Sciences News

A&M-Corpus Christi Announces Dr. Julie Anne Hoff as New College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean

Jul 13, 2017
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. Julie Anne Hoff as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She will assume her duties fall 2017, subject to approval by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. Hoff most recently served as the Director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas, a position she held for the past for three years.

Island University Online Nursing Program Ranked 17 in Nation

Jul 07, 2017
An award-winning graduate degree in nursing is available even to those who cannot physically make their way to the Island. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program has been recognized among the top 50 colleges in the nation by College Values Online, placing 17 out of 50.

Mission Accomplished: A&M-Corpus Christi Collaborates with A&M System, Army, to Care for Colonia Residents

Jun 29, 2017
It was a mission well done for more than 60 students and faculty from the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences, who volunteered to provide a concentrated effort of care to those who need it most. From June 19-29, Islander students and faculty, along with members of the Texas A&M Colonias Program and more than 200 U.S. Army personnel, were in Webb County, offering healthcare services, infrastructure enhancements and other services to the improve the quality of life for those living in Colonias near Laredo. Colonias are rural communities that lack basic living necessities, such as sewer systems, electricity and safe and sanitary housing.

A&M-Corpus Christi uses Technology to Bridge Language Barrier in Colonia Healthcare Clinic

Jun 29, 2017
When a language barrier threatened to slow the process of delivering healthcare to Colonia residents in Laredo, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi used an innovative piece of technology – along with a handful of volunteers – to continue the critical mission of care.

College of Science and Engineering and School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News

Island University Scientists to Research Trash Problem in Corpus Christi’s Waters

Jul 21, 2017
Public health, animal health and tourism can all be affected by the litter on Corpus Christi’s beaches and in the bay.

Researchers Search for Sharks on a Drifting Reef for “Shark Week”

Jul 17, 2017
Researchers from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi spent a week drifting hundreds of miles offshore to study the relationship between sharks and the Gulf of Mexico’s unique artificial reef habitats for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

First Confirmed Case of Zika in the Coastal Bend, Islanders Should Take Precautions

Jul 13, 2017
With the first case of Zika Virus confirmed only a few short weeks ago, Islander faculty and staff are doing their best to keep students informed and educated on preventing the virus. Zika is not a stranger to South Texas as the first case of the mosquito-borne virus was detected in Cameron County, late November 2016. Along with local officials addressing the virus Dr. Gregory Buck, Associate Professor of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is doing his best to keep students informed by lecturing on the virus in his classes this summer.

UAS Researchers Take First Place at International SPIE Conference

Jun 28, 2017
Taking center stage with their recently awarded paper, Islander researchers Dr. Tianxing Chu and Dr. Michael Starek are protecting crops through the research and testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to detect lodging, the premature falling of crops due to strong wind events. Taking first place at the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)’s April 2017 Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping II Conference, the focus of their research could potentially improve the production of the U.S.’s most widely produced grain – corn. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. is a major player in the world corn trade

Research

Island University Scientists to Research Trash Problem in Corpus Christi’s Waters

Jul 21, 2017
Public health, animal health and tourism can all be affected by the litter on Corpus Christi’s beaches and in the bay.

Researchers Search for Sharks on a Drifting Reef for “Shark Week”

Jul 17, 2017
Researchers from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi spent a week drifting hundreds of miles offshore to study the relationship between sharks and the Gulf of Mexico’s unique artificial reef habitats for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

Counseling Students and Faculty Study Abroad in Costa Rica; Professors Recognized

Jul 12, 2017
Six Islander graduate students traveled to San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica for nine days of culture, education and field-based learning as part of the Graduate Certificate in Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Islander counseling professors Dr. Yvonne Castillo and Dr. Mary Alice Fernandez supervised the students, who worked to provide counseling resources to Spanish-speaking children and adults during their June 2017 trip.

Islanders Make Lasting Impact on Beach Accessibility for Wheelchair Users

Jun 30, 2017
Spending time along the sandy shores is how many Coastal Bend residents and visitors enjoy their Saturday afternoons. For others, it may be more difficult to access the beach, especially for those who use wheelchairs.

Student Life News

First Confirmed Case of Zika in the Coastal Bend, Islanders Should Take Precautions

Jul 13, 2017
With the first case of Zika Virus confirmed only a few short weeks ago, Islander faculty and staff are doing their best to keep students informed and educated on preventing the virus. Zika is not a stranger to South Texas as the first case of the mosquito-borne virus was detected in Cameron County, late November 2016. Along with local officials addressing the virus Dr. Gregory Buck, Associate Professor of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is doing his best to keep students informed by lecturing on the virus in his classes this summer.

Mary and Jeff Bell Library Showcases Photos in Islander Cell Phone Photography Show

Jul 13, 2017
When the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi put the call out for submissions to the second annual Islander Cell Phone Photography Show, faculty, staff and students delivered.

Counseling Students and Faculty Study Abroad in Costa Rica; Professors Recognized

Jul 12, 2017
Six Islander graduate students traveled to San Isidro de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica for nine days of culture, education and field-based learning as part of the Graduate Certificate in Counseling Spanish-Speaking Clients Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Islander counseling professors Dr. Yvonne Castillo and Dr. Mary Alice Fernandez supervised the students, who worked to provide counseling resources to Spanish-speaking children and adults during their June 2017 trip.

Island University Offers Veteran Students Specialized Counseling Opportunities

Jul 07, 2017
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Counseling Center has partnered with the Corpus Christi Veteran Center to offer specialized, easily accessible counseling services for student veterans. Student veterans often face unique challenges, from living with injuries and combat memories to navigating the Veterans Affairs system. They may find it jarring to go from a regimented military environment where they were accustomed to being told exactly what to do, when to do it, and where to do it – to a college setting – with minimal direction from professors or staff. Counseling can provide a safe and confidential place for student veterans to explore their thoughts and feelings about their military service, while also getting the help and support they may need from a fellow veteran in the transition to civilian and college life.

Alumni News

Island University’s Department of Social Sciences Prepares Students to Make a Local Impact

Jul 19, 2017
Each year the Department of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prepares their students to make an impact in the local community. Through the criminal justice internship program opened to juniors and seniors, more than 40 students in the program work with different law enforcement agencies around the Coastal Bend.

Flag Ceremony Honors Highest-Ranking Islander Military Alumnus

Jun 23, 2017
On Friday, June 2, members of the ROTC Islander Army Battalion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored retiring Lieutenant General Larry Wyche in a flag ceremony on campus. Wyche is the highest-ranking military officer who is also an Islander alumnus and he is retiring from the US Army this summer after more than 42 years of service.

Islander Alumna Receives Fulbright Fellowship, Studies Invasive Lion Fish

Jun 23, 2017
Receiving her dive certification at just 11 years old, Dr. Avery Scherer has been exploring the depths of the ocean and its inhabitants since childhood. Now as a Fulbright Scholar, Scherer is ready to once again dive into her research, this time on one of the most recent species threatening the wellbeing of coastal waters, the lionfish. As a recipient of the Fulbright Garcia-Robles Postdoctoral Scholar Award and a recent alumna of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Scherer will voyage across borders, traveling to Chetumal, Mexico to begin a nine-month journey researching the invasive red lionfish.

Attention: Watch Out for Nesting Birds When Visiting the University Beach!

May 26, 2017
Shorebird nesting season is upon us and birds have begun to lay their eggs on University Beach, which is located across Ocean Drive and the Performing Arts Center along Corpus Christi Bay. The Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) at A&M-Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program asks the campus community and beachgoers to proceed with caution when in the area!

Campus News and Events

Island University Scientists to Research Trash Problem in Corpus Christi’s Waters

Jul 21, 2017
Public health, animal health and tourism can all be affected by the litter on Corpus Christi’s beaches and in the bay.

Island University’s Department of Social Sciences Prepares Students to Make a Local Impact

Jul 19, 2017
Each year the Department of Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prepares their students to make an impact in the local community. Through the criminal justice internship program opened to juniors and seniors, more than 40 students in the program work with different law enforcement agencies around the Coastal Bend.

Researchers Search for Sharks on a Drifting Reef for “Shark Week”

Jul 17, 2017
Researchers from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi spent a week drifting hundreds of miles offshore to study the relationship between sharks and the Gulf of Mexico’s unique artificial reef habitats for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

A&M-Corpus Christi Announces Dr. Julie Anne Hoff as New College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean

Jul 13, 2017
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. Julie Anne Hoff as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She will assume her duties fall 2017, subject to approval by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. Hoff most recently served as the Director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas, a position she held for the past for three years.

Conrad Blucher Institute News

UAS Researchers Take First Place at International SPIE Conference

Jun 28, 2017
Taking center stage with their recently awarded paper, Islander researchers Dr. Tianxing Chu and Dr. Michael Starek are protecting crops through the research and testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to detect lodging, the premature falling of crops due to strong wind events. Taking first place at the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)’s April 2017 Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping II Conference, the focus of their research could potentially improve the production of the U.S.’s most widely produced grain – corn. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. is a major player in the world corn trade

Attention: Watch Out for Nesting Birds When Visiting the University Beach!

May 26, 2017
Shorebird nesting season is upon us and birds have begun to lay their eggs on University Beach, which is located across Ocean Drive and the Performing Arts Center along Corpus Christi Bay. The Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) at A&M-Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program asks the campus community and beachgoers to proceed with caution when in the area!

Island University Screening of ‘Between Earth and Sky’ Explores the Truth about Climate Change in Alaska

Mar 16, 2017
Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries but what was once the last frontier of American expansion has become the first frontier in climate change. The film, “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier,” discusses the effects of global warming on Alaska. The film selected to play at the 2017 Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C is touring across the U.S. for the first time.

Islander Students Awarded Scholarships for Fisheries Studies

Feb 28, 2017
With the mission of promoting the development of fishery professionals throughout the United States, the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) awarded three of the Island University’s very own for their drive and passion for fishery-related studiesa Summary