Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Javelina Alumni Association honored our 2018 Distinguished Alumni inductees last Friday. The awards included Rising Star, Manny Salazar III ’05; Distinguished Alumni: Jim Gandy ’74, Jim Hill ’68, Alan Johnson ’71, Cynthia Vidaurri ’91 and Robert Welker ’50. We also announced the Distinguished Researcher of the Year, Dr. Richard Miller, as well as recognized 2017 honoree Dr. Shad Nelson. A special service award was given to out-going President Rick Garza ’98 and Treasurer Jackie Collins ’72. And last, but not least the alumni association awarded President Dr. Steven Tallant with the Honorary Javelina Alumni award for his more than 10 years of commitment to Javelina Nation. Thank you to our Board of Directors, sponsors and attendees for supporting this special evening.
4th Annual Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame
On Friday, October 26, the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering inducted three new members into the Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame.
Dotterweich Engineering Dean Mohammad Alam and President Stephen H. Tallant are pictured with each honoree below.
- Eugene H. (Gene) Dawson, Jr., P.E., B.S., Civil Engineering, 1982
- George E. Kain, B.S., Chemical Engineering and M.S., Natural Gas Engineering, 1958
- Robert H. (Bob) Welker, P.E., B.S., Natural Gas Engineering, 1950. Welker was also recognized that evening as a 2018 Javelina Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni
Ranch Horse Safety, Economics, Health, Nutrition, and Strategies Discussed at Ranch Management Symposium
A variety of ranch horse topics were discussed at the 15th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management last Thursday and Friday in Kingsville, Texas. Experienced horsemen, practicing veterinarians, and ranch managers shared their horse program success experiences including horse safety, legal risk, ranch economics, health, nutrition, reproduction and more.
The symposium, Horse Program Success on Working Ranches hosted by the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM), attracted nearly 250 attendees from 25 states and Washington, D.C.: in sum, more than six million acres of ranchland were represented by attendees. The keynote address was presented by John Welch of Welch Cattle Company in Wolfforth, Texas. With decades of ranching experience, Welch offered participants a unique view on two approaches for successful ranch horse programs: horses as a profit center and horses as a support center. Welch illustrated the big picture of the ranch horse’s place in the operations as a co-worker and tool that benefits employee recruitment and retention, and aides in the improvement of stockmanship and cattle performance.
TAMUK one of Top 5 Oil & Gas Schools in Texas
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Develop LEADERS
The LEADERS program is a collaborative project between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and New Mexico State University to increase the number of underserved animal science students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The project helps these students develop experiential learning and professional development opportunities through internships, professional meetings, university exchange programs, educational tours, and mentors. In just two years, the LEADERS program has realized significant gains in student achievement: the percent of students with grade point averages (GPA) between 2.5 and 2.99 declined from 23 percent to 9 percent while the percent of students with GPAs between 3.0 and 3.99 increased from 77 to 82 percent. The number of participating students reporting a GPA of higher than 3.0 increased from 73 to 97 percent.
CITGO Innovation Academy Men4STEM Conference
Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering continues an aggressive outcome based recruitment program targeting South Texas high schools and community colleges. This past week engineering professors Jim Glusing and Dr. Larry Peel were part of the Student led CITGO Innovation Academy Men4STEM Conference with over 500 students present from 13 middle schools in the Corpus Christi area attending.