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.
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.
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.