Around Javelina Nation Week of 02/25/19

Citrus Center Winter Festival

Last Friday, Feb 22, about 200 people braved the cool and damp morning to attend the 4th annual Citrus Winter Festival at the Citrus Center in Weslaco, in collaboration with the Texas Pest & Disease Management Corporation. Visitors spent the morning visiting the booths of the various labs and departments, learning about growing citrus in dooryards and how not to negatively impact the commercial industry. Both the Texas Department of Agriculture and USDA-APHIS representatives were on hand to answer questions about quarantines and other regulations.

Visitors sampling new varieties from the breeding program.
John Watson, Citrus Center Farm Superintendent, shows visitors the wide variety of citrus types.
Dr. Veronica Ancona, Citrus Center plant pathologist, explaining how to recognize and control citrus diseases.

In addition, there was fresh orange juice and door prizes of bags of freshly picked grapefruit and oranges. This year, there were also grapefruit pies. Other new additions were a demonstration of how to plant a citrus tree, and a visit from Queen Citriana, from the City of Mission Citrus Fiesta, Victoria Silva.

Queen Citriana, Victoria Silva, graced the festival with her royal presence.

Texas Native Seeds program wins Texas Environmental Excellence Award

The Texas Native Seeds Program, created by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, started as the South Texas Natives Project in 2011 in Kingsville, Texas. Their mission was to become a commercialized source for native seeds, which anyone could buy and plant for restoration. Since then, they have expanded to the entire state and impacted thousands of acres of native habitats in Texas. This restoration project benefits the environment by ensuring healthy watersheds and providing habitats for wildlife and pollinators.

Dr. Nirmal Goswami selected as Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor in the department of Political Science and Philosophy at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist.

A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two to six week, project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe.

Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas.

Individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster are then eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from over 150 countries and other areas.

“I am looking forward to helping small communities in resource-poor environments,” Goswami said. “I want to go where not many American universities go frequently, to establish connections and ongoing partnerships for our students.”

Dr. Hussey hosts President's Circle

Last weekend was the first opportunity for Dr. and Mrs. Hussey to host members of the President’s Circle.

The President’s Circle is a prestigious group of alumni and friends of the University whose leadership giving and enthusiastic support to Texas A&M University-Kingsville set a standard of commitment. President's Circle collectively accounts for 30% of annual gift contributions to the University. These contributions support our students in every facet of their educational experience - from scholarships to travel and training opportunities.

86th Annual CCTE & TCEA Conference hosted at A&M-Kingsville

American Society Of Civil Engineers helps complete endowment

A check from the American Society Of Civil Engineers was presented to the university which completes the $25,000 Endowment for the Fred C. Benson Memorial Scholarship.

Left to right: P. T. Leelani, (TAMUK Civil and Architectural Engineering Faculty) Breanna Bailey, (TAMUK Civil and Architectural Engineering Faculty) Mohammad S. Alam, (College of Engineering Dean) Joseph Minor, (ASCE) at back Stephen Skrobarczyk (ASCE, Alum) Jong-Won Choi, (TAMUK Civil and Architectural Engineering Faculty) at back Daniel Mazoch, (ASCE, Alum) Amir Hessami, (TAMUK Civil and Architectural Engineering Faculty) at back Osama Al-Hamdan, (TAMUK Civil and Architectural Engineering Faculty) Victor Murillo, (ASCE, Alum) Francisco Aguiniga (TAMUK Civil and Architectural Engineering Faculty)

Javelina Beach clinch victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders

A come-from-behind victory by freshmen Lauren Kadilis (Spring Branch, Texas) and Nicole Murff (San Antonio, Texas) in the fifth flight helped spur the Texas A&M-Kingsville beach volleyball team to 3-2 victory over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders on Thursday morning in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Islanders looked to be in control in the early going, winning the opening set in each of the first three matches. They were able to turn two of those leads into wins, with Kylie Kvam and Fanny Ahman collecting the fourth flight and Olivia Rook and Kayla Walker triumphing in the exhibition match at No. 6.

Kadilis and Murff stole the momentum in the fifth match and forced a third set with a 21-15 second frame. They then jumped out to a 10-4 lead in third and cruised the rest of the way for a 19-21, 21-15, 15-10 final as the Javs pulled even.

In the day's second set of matches, TAMUK used its second and third pairings to lock up a season-opening win. Sophomore Macy Berg (San Antonio, Texas) and senior Haley Hutchinson (Georgetown, Texas) dominated the third flight to the tune of a 21-14, 21-8 final. Sophomores Whitney Walker (Bellingham, Wash.) and Tenley Housler (Bulverde, Texas) provided the clincher in 21-19, 21-16 fashion.

Doubleheader split secures series victory for Javelinas over No. 8 Tarleton

Keyed by a nine-strikeout performance freshman Saidi Castillo (Kingsville, Texas) and a grand slam courtesy of senior Roxy Chapa (McAllen, Texas), the Javelinas secured a series victory over the No. 8 Tarleton State Texans with a 9-3 win in the opening game of a doubleheader at the TSU Softball Complex in Stephenville, Texas on Sunday afternoon. The Texans salvaged the final game of the series, taking it 4-0.

The Javelinas now own a record of 16-2 overall and are 4-2 in Lone Star Conference play. That matches the best record in program history through 18 games. The Javelinas were also 16-2 in 2005 and 2001. In addition, this represents the team's first series victory over a top 10 team since 2009, when they swept a two-game set against No. 3 St. Edward's.

Don't forget, this semester spring break will be March 11-15, 2019.

Women, Gender Studies celebrate Women's History Month March 7

The Women and Gender Studies Program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host several speakers as part of an event to celebrate Women’s History Month. The Women’s History Month Celebration will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, in room 221 of the Memorial Student Union Building.

The featured speaker will be Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales who will take to the podium at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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