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Around Javelina Nation Week of 09/30/19

Grant to help launch program for TAMUK engineering and science minority students

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will soon have a new program for minority students studying engineering and science thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Education.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville engineering students listen and take notes in a classroom.

Dr. Hua Li, associate professor and industrial engineering graduate coordinator, and his team will receive $749,196 for the proposed project “Research, Education and Financial Literacy Excellence for Minority-focused Engagement” or REFLEX-ME.

The award summary states the program will focus on improving student learning outcomes, educational benefits, and awareness and knowledge of financial literacy and professional development for Texas A&M University-Kingsville engineering and science minority students, especially women.

Long-time engineering professor earns Distinguished Faculty Service Award

The Faculty Senate at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently honored Dr. Rajab Challoo, professor of electrical engineering, with the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. He was presented with the award by Dr. Ambrose Anoruo, president of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Rajab Challoo

Challoo has been at the university for many years and has made many positive contributions to his department, college and the university. During his service as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Science Engineering, the department grew from 350 students to 1,300 students in less than four years, which necessitated the addition of 12 faculty.

He served the Faculty Senate for many years including serving as president three times in 2004, 2013 and 2015. No one has ever been elected president three times.

Grant awarded to engineering professor for epidemiology research

A grant awarded to a Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor will contribute to research in diseases and how to control it from spreading.

Dr. Maleq Khan

Dr. Maleq Khan, assistant professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will receive $100,790 for collaborative research.

A summary of the award states the goal of the project is to “advance the state of the art in the distributed computation of large-scale graph problems that arise in computational epidemiology and contagion dynamics.”

The grant is funded through the National Science Foundation and the University of Virginia.

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) represented at The Wildlife Society Joint Conference

Students and scientists from the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville traveled to Reno, Nevada for The Wildlife Society Joint Conference this week.

Forrest Smith and Keith Pawelek of the CKWRI's Texas Native Seeds program receiving the Group Achievement Award from Darren Miller, president of The Wildlife Society.
Forrest Smith, director of the Texas Native Seeds Program, discusses the importance of conservation on private land during the TWS Caesar Kleberg Keynote.
Randy DeYoung, of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, moderates Wednesday’s keynote, “Behind the Gates: Importance of Private Lands to Wildlife Conservation.”

Conservationists need help from private landowners | By The Wildlife Society

At the TWS Caesar Kleberg Keynote speech, presenters underscored the need to work with private landowners for wildlife conservation. “Private landowners care more deeply about land conservation than almost everyone else,” said Forrest Smith, director of the Texas Native Seeds Program, at the Wednesday keynote at the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Conference in Reno, Nevada.

About 60% of U.S. land is held by private owners, Smith said, and while much attention is focused on public lands, for many species, working with private landowners is critical. This is especially true in Texas, where some 90% of the land is private, including most of the landscape used by the endangered ocelot (Leopardus pardalis).

Javelina Leadership Academy

TAMUK is proud to announce the start of a new training initiative on campus, the Javelina Leadership Academy. The JLA was designed to develop individuals, from across campus, who to seek to enhance their leadership and personal development skills at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The inaugural class of fifteen faculty & staff members, began its program recently week with a full-day session on Emotional Intelligence.

The program seeks to provide participants the opportunity to nurture existing leadership strengths needed for current and future positions within the university, while gaining a better understanding of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville organization and how various departments interact. The inaugural class of fifteen faculty & staff members, began its program recently week with a full-day session on Emotional Intelligence.

Over the next ten months, the academy plans to offer a variety of experiences in areas such as finance, conflict management, change management, interpersonal and team skills, project and team management and leadership self-awareness to prepare participants for the many challenges facing leaders in higher education today.

2019-2020 Cohort Members

  • Dr. Daniel Burt, Associate Chair, Department of Health & Kinesiology
  • Raul Cavazos, Director, Financial Aid
  • Heather Elsik, Senior Director of Prospect Management, Alumni Services & Giving
  • Rolando Garza, Interim Director, Distance Learning & Instructional Technology
  • Dr. Norma Guzman, Chair, Department of Teacher & Bilingual Education
  • Dr. Brent Hedquist, Chair, Department of Physics & Geosciences
  • Selina Kieshnick, Public Relations Director, College of Business Administration
  • Peter Li, Director, Office of International Studies & Programs
  • Diana Luna, Director of Contracts & Grants, Office of Research & Graduate Programs
  • Erin McClure, Director, Office of Student Activities
  • Dr. Michael Muzheve, Chair, Department of Mathematics
  • Samantha Padilla, Assistant Director of Financial Management, Finance
  • Dr. David Ramirez, Chair, Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Elda Sanchez, Director, National Natural Toxins Research Center
  • Dr. Greta Schuster, Chair, Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness & Environmental Sciences

JLA Committee Members

  • Dr. Ambrose Anorou
  • Brenda Ballard
  • Henry Burgos
  • Dr. Jaya Goswami
  • Elisa M. Guerra
  • Dr. Allen Rasmussen

The Javelina Campus Store Open for Family Weekend

The Javelina Campus Store in the Memorial Student Union Building will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for Family Weekend. Pick up merchandise from the exclusive Javelina Heritage Collection and show off your Javelina Pride.

FAFSA Workshop

Please join us for 2020-2021 FAFSA Workshop! Pick one of any of the available days to get help with your FAFSA! The workshops will be held in Jernigan Library, room 306B.

Family Weekend

Family Weekend is one of our most anticipated Fall events and is held to allow the parents of our undergraduate students an opportunity to share their son or daughter's campus experience while helping them to become more familiar with Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Meetings with University administrators and staff, community experience opportunities, as well as a Saturday night Javelina football game are just a few of the many exciting events planned for this special weekend.

Families at a Javelina football game.

Mark your calendars, Javelinas🗓️, the most exciting week is around the corner! Texas A&M-Kingsville Homecoming begins 10/21.

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