Island University Professors Win National Award for Research on Compassion

Island University Professors Win National Award for Research on Compassion

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Business Professors Dr. Katherine Taken Smith and Dr. Murphy Smith, along with Dr. Hannah Russell, recent Texas A&M Ph.D. grad, and Dr. Don Ariail of Kennesaw State University, Georgia, teamed up to win the Distinguished Research Award for their paper, “Analysis of Compassion in Accounting and Business Students, Overall and by Gender.”

Island University Professor Wins National Award for Gender Equality Research

Island University Professor Wins National Award for Gender Equality Research

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Business Professor Dr. Murphy Smith and his colleague Dr. Hannah Russell won the Klynyeld Peat Marwick Goerdeler Outstanding Published Manuscript Award from the American Accounting Association Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section.

More than 550 Islanders Walk Stage During Island University’s Largest Summer Commencement

More than 550 Islanders Walk Stage During Island University’s Largest Summer Commencement

554 Islanders celebrated years of diligence and hard work as they joined the ranks of nearly 50,000 Islander alumni during the Island University Summer 2019 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10. The ceremony was held at American Bank Center for all six academic colleges.

Island University Professor Recognized for Dedication to Literacy Research

Island University Professor Recognized for Dedication to Literacy Research

Dr. Bethanie Pletcher, Associate Professor of Reading Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was named the Barbara G. Silverman Endowed Professor of Literacy. Pletcher will serve a three-year term during the academic years 2019-2022.

Faculty Center Lactation Room Adds to Campus Options for Nursing Moms

Faculty Center Lactation Room Adds to Campus Options for Nursing Moms

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently opened its third lactation room. The newest addition is located on the second floor of the Faculty Center and is open to students, faculty, and staff. The room features two rocking chairs, a mini-fridge, a noise canceling machine, and a wall partition; it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The other two lactation rooms are in the University Health Center and in Tidal Hall.

Three-Time Islander Alumnus, Now Doctoral Candidate, Pens Children’s Book

Three-Time Islander Alumnus, Now Doctoral Candidate, Pens Children’s Book

Veterans Memorial High School teacher and three-time Islander alumnus Fredrick Gonzales has self-published a children’s book called “Freddy from the Pond in: This is My Song Ya’ll” after the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi doctoral candidate read several children's books for a Children and Adolescents literature course he took in summer 2019.

Island University to Host Campus Conversation Challenging Stigmas in Mental Health

Island University to Host Campus Conversation Challenging Stigmas in Mental Health

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Project GRAD is working to defy and debunk the myths and stigmas associated with mental health and minorities.

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship Awarded to Island University Grad Student

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship Awarded to Island University Grad Student

An American hero, medical doctor, civil rights activist, and distinguished humanitarian, Dr. Hector P. Garcia (1914-1996) ranks among the most prolific figures in Mexican American history. To celebrate and remember his life, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections and Archives at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, along with support from the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation, created the inaugural Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship.

More than 550 Islanders Walk Stage During Island University’s Largest Summer Commencement

More than 550 Islanders Walk Stage During Island University’s Largest Summer Commencement

554 Islanders celebrated years of diligence and hard work as they joined the ranks of nearly 50,000 Islander alumni during the Island University Summer 2019 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10. The ceremony was held at American Bank Center for all six academic colleges.

Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program Supports Student Aspirations

Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program Supports Student Aspirations

Thanks to the Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, music students in the Lichtenstein String Quartet, Islander Brass Quintet +1, and Islander Winds ensembles each receive $10,000 per academic year.

Mark Your Calendar! Island University to Host Inaugural Mariachi Festival in 2020

Mark Your Calendar! Island University to Host Inaugural Mariachi Festival in 2020

To showcase and celebrate mariachi in the Coastal Bend, the Island University will host its first mariachi festival in spring 2020 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The festival will include performances by area and regional high school ensembles, and an evening performance by the University’s Mariachi de la Isla.

Islander Student Film ‘El Oso Loco’ to Premiere at 2019 Rockport Film Festival

Islander Student Film ‘El Oso Loco’ to Premiere at 2019 Rockport Film Festival

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student Matthew Austin Taylor’s film, “El Oso Loco,” follows the monster truck driving journey of Alex Bardin, a Rockport local and recent Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduate. The film, which is named after the monster truck Bardin drives, will be featured in the 2019 Rockport Film Festival’s Local Love Shorts Program on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Island University’s Sigma Theta Tau, Honors Society of Nursing, Receives Regional Excellence Award

Island University’s Sigma Theta Tau, Honors Society of Nursing, Receives Regional Excellence Award

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Nursing and Health Science’s Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (SIGMA) was recently recognized in Washington, D.C., during the Biennial SIGMA Showcase of Regional Excellence. Advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, the only honor society for nursing professionals recognized the chapter for fulfilling the Presidential Call-to-Action to Catalyze and Collaborate from 2017-2019.

Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, Nurse Educator and Researcher, Named Texas A&M System Regents Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, Nurse Educator and Researcher, Named Texas A&M System Regents Professor

Thanks to her decades of service and contributions to higher education in Texas and throughout the world, Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik received the Texas A&M University System 2018-2019 Regents Professor Award – the highest honor bestowed upon faculty by the Texas A&M University System.

Islander Nursing Students Bring Better Days to Families in Need

Islander Nursing Students Bring Better Days to Families in Need

Creating an Islander impact in the lives of parents and children in need, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Nurses Association (SNA) is bringing a sense of joy and hopefulness to families that are experiencing homelessness.

Shared Passion for Research, Soccer Inspires Outstanding Graduate Ashley Hamilton

Shared Passion for Research, Soccer Inspires Outstanding Graduate Ashley Hamilton

Hamilton, a biology major with a 4.0 grade point average, has been selected as an Outstanding Graduate for the College of Science and Engineering and will receive her degree during the Fall 2019 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14.

Island University Scientist Leads Ocean Acidification Study in Gulf of Mexico

Island University Scientist Leads Ocean Acidification Study in Gulf of Mexico

As oceans become more acidic, the need to carefully monitor the chemistry of ocean waters becomes more urgent. One of the first challenges in dealing with this change is finding out how and where to best monitor seawater to give researchers the best data to analyze.

Life, Legacy of Dr. John ‘Wes’ Tunnell Jr. Portrayed in HRI, KEDT documentary

Life, Legacy of Dr. John ‘Wes’ Tunnell Jr. Portrayed in HRI, KEDT documentary

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and KEDT-TV will present “Remembering Wes,” a documentary honoring the life and legacy of institute founding member Dr. John "Wes" Tunnell Jr. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, as a part of KEDT’s annual Day of Giving.

1919 Hurricane Demonstrates how Past Speaks to Present

1919 Hurricane Demonstrates how Past Speaks to Present

To commemorate the 1919 Hurricane that ravaged the coastal city of Corpus Christi and claimed as many as 1,000 lives, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Historical Forum along with the Mary and Jeff Bell Library hosted “100 Years After the Storm” on Friday, Sept. 13.

Shorebirds Enjoying a Fruitful Nesting Season on University Beach

Shorebirds Enjoying a Fruitful Nesting Season on University Beach

As the annual shorebird nesting season heads into its final weeks, volunteers with the Conrad Blucher Institute, the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi say the season has been an especially successful one to date at University Beach, across from the Island University.

Blucher Institute Partners with Colorado State Researchers to Study Hurricane Harvey

Blucher Institute Partners with Colorado State Researchers to Study Hurricane Harvey

During the month of June 2019, the Conrad Blucher Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi acted as home base for a group of students from Colorado State University as they completed a four-week immersion program called the Ethnographic Field School for Risk and Disaster. The program marks the first collaboration between the Blucher Institute and Colorado State and is the first field school of its kind in the U.S., program officials say.

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star UAS, NASA, Usher in New Era of Aviation

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star UAS, NASA, Usher in New Era of Aviation

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation and NASA, who have worked together for nearly five years, are entering the final stages of testing for their Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) project for the purposes of safely integrating UAS into the National Airspace System.

Aug 12-23: Lone Star UAS, NASA, Continue Unmanned Traffic Management Testing in Downtown Corpus Christi

Aug 12-23: Lone Star UAS, NASA, Continue Unmanned Traffic Management Testing in Downtown Corpus Christi

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence & Innovation will conduct a test demonstration of its NASA Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) project, commencing Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 with an expected completion date of Friday, Aug. 23.

Two City Parks to Temporarily Close During Drone Testing

Two City Parks to Temporarily Close During Drone Testing

Testing on the UAS will be conducted in downtown Corpus Christi and will create slight diversions throughout the area. On Friday, July 26, the Watergarden Park will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Monday, July 29, Cole Park will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Texas Anglers Help HRI’s Sportfish Center Tag More Than 6,000 Sharks for Research

Texas Anglers Help HRI’s Sportfish Center Tag More Than 6,000 Sharks for Research

Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi this week surpassed more than 6,000 Gulf of Mexico sharks tagged for conservation research.

Island University Celebrates Inaugural Research and Innovation Week

Island University Celebrates Inaugural Research and Innovation Week

Groups across the University participated in events that appealed to faculty, staff, students and the community. The week was a chance for the University to showcase its growing emphasis and successes in the areas of research and innovation.

Island University to add Civil, Industrial Engineering Programs

Island University to add Civil, Industrial Engineering Programs

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s engineering program will expand to now offer civil and industrial engineering bachelor’s degrees after receiving final approval on Oct. 24, from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Paulette Guajardo to Serve as Island University’s Fall Commencement Speaker

Paulette Guajardo to Serve as Island University’s Fall Commencement Speaker

As a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi, City Council Member At-Large Paulette M. Guajardo has a deep knowledge of the challenges faced by her beloved hometown. Two decades removed from her own Island University graduation, Guajardo will serve as the 2019 Fall Commencement speaker for her alma mater.

Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program Supports Student Aspirations

Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program Supports Student Aspirations

Thanks to the Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, music students in the Lichtenstein String Quartet, Islander Brass Quintet +1, and Islander Winds ensembles each receive $10,000 per academic year.

Island University Celebrates International Education as the Key to Growth

Island University Celebrates International Education as the Key to Growth

To honor International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 18-21, the Office of International Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christ hosted a series of cultural events and invited the campus community to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Paulette Guajardo to Serve as Island University’s Fall Commencement Speaker

Paulette Guajardo to Serve as Island University’s Fall Commencement Speaker

As a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi, City Council Member At-Large Paulette M. Guajardo has a deep knowledge of the challenges faced by her beloved hometown. Two decades removed from her own Island University graduation, Guajardo will serve as the 2019 Fall Commencement speaker for her alma mater.

Island University Honors Regents Professor at Alumni Shrimp Boil

Island University Honors Regents Professor at Alumni Shrimp Boil

Islander alumni, faculty, and staff gathered Oct. 26 at a remote College of Science and Engineering (COSE) research station to celebrate the accomplishments of a Regents Professor and to enjoy a Cajun-style shrimp boil.

'100 Years After the Storm,' Island University Hosts Forum to Remember the 1919 Hurricane

'100 Years After the Storm,' Island University Hosts Forum to Remember the 1919 Hurricane

To commemorate the 1919 storm, which played a large influence in the city's current civil engineering, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Historical Forum and the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will host "100 Years After the Storm," on Friday, Sept. 13, from 1-3 p.m. outside of Special Collections and Archives.