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Around Javelina Nation Week of 08/20/18

We are so excited to welcome all of our students back to campus! For those new to our campus, this weekly newsletter will show you what has been happening on campus, and will give you information about upcoming events.

Move-In Day

Students began moving into the dorms on Saturday, August 18. Student volunteers from various campus organizations were on-hand to help make the process of moving a little easier! Move-in day also marked the start of Javelina Welcome Week.

First Day of Classes

The first day of the fall semester began on Monday, August 20.

Welcome week activities were in full swing. Watch our first day recap video below.

The King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) at Texas A&M-Kingsville hosts Lectureship

The King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) at Texas A&M-Kingsville hosted a lectureship last week on August 13-16 at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center. The event, John B. Armstrong Lectureship on Systems Thinking, attracted 48 ranching stakeholders from 14 states. Attendees learned about the concept of systems thinking, which teaches ranchers and landowners to evaluate complex problems by looking at the big picture of the ranching operation and how each component works with one another. In attendance at this lectureship was the third class of the KRIRM Excellence in Ag Leadership Program, in partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The event kicked off their one-year distance learning education with KRIRM, which will train them to be exceptional leaders in the ranching industry.

The third cohort of the KRIRM Excellence in Ag Leadership Program includes nine individuals from seven states, and five KRIRM ranch management graduate students.
: The systems thinking lectureship attracted nearly 50 ranchers from 14 states to Kingsville. Group work is an opportunity for attendees to network and discuss the most pressing issues facing today’s ranches with a systems thinking perspective.
The lectureship also welcomes the incoming KRIRM ranch management graduate students and is the official start to the year for the students in the only ranch management master’s program in the world. From left to right: Zane Herrin, Joe Glascock, John Olsen, Chance Muehlstein, and Tyler Gardner.

Rec Center Shows Off New Updates

The Student Recreation Center at Texas A&M-Kingsville made renovations and improvements during summer 2018.

Have you seen the changes to the Rec Center? More lifting stations, new equipment, new look—check it out!

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Online MBA Program Ranked Fifth in Texas

The website OnlineMBAToday.com has ranked the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville the fifth best in the state of Texas. Read more by clicking the link below.

A&M-Kingsville Trombonist Wins Prestigious Award

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is home to one of the top bass trombone players in the world.

Music student Eden Garza recently won the prestigious Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Orchestral Excerpt Competition. He was one of three finalists for the competition held yearly by the International Trombone Association at their international festival. Read more by clicking the link below.

Three Ensembles from Music Department chosen to perform at Texas Music Educators Association

Three ensembles from the Texas A&M-Kingsville music department have been chosen to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention in February. The Wind Symphony, the university’s premiere concert band, is one of only four chosen through a highly selective selection process to perform in the concert hall. This is the fifth time the Wind Symphony has performed for the TMEA.

The Flute Ensemble and the Mariachi Javelina were chosen to perform at a Musical Showcase during the convention.

Dr. Scott Jones directs the Wind Symphony, Dr. Veronica Lopez is the director of Mariachi Javelina and Dr. Elizabeth Janzen leads the Flute Ensemble. All are assistant professors.

Be sure to be checking the academic calendar for important dates about registration. You can find the academic calendar at the link below.

The Conner Museum will be closed during normal operating hours on Saturday, August 25 to enable staff to prepare for the Li'l Oscar Cantu Exhibit Premiere.

Wait- Don’t Contaminate!

Our Javelina Recycling Team works hard every day to ensure TAMUK stays clean and green! Did you know that we have to discard contaminated recycling? That’s right, things that could be recycled sometimes end up in a landfill due to contamination in the recycling bins! We don’t want this, and neither does anyone else here in Javelina Nation, so here’s what you can do to make a difference!

  • No liquids! Liquids are the number one contamination in our bins! The compactors in the Kingsville Recycling Center cannot take liquids, so you must empty your bottles before putting them in the bins!
  • No food! We do compost on campus, (see the Rocket next to the Javelina Dining Hall) but food waste does not go into recycling bins! Please finish your plate or place food scraps in the trash bin.
  • No glass or film plastics! At this time we do not accept glass or film plastics, such as plastic bags, in the recycling bins on campus. If you would like to recycle your bags, please take them back to HEB or Wal-Mart!

Thank you for recycling and for helping our team to make continuous improvements to our beautiful campus!

Green Office Program

Calling all offices at TAMUK! The Office of Campus Sustainability is relaunching our Green Office Program, which is live now!

The Green Office Program is a points-based certification system aligned with our University-wide Sustainability Plan. Check out our video here for more info:

All you have to do is apply here:

And a member of our staff will come to your office to conduct an audit of your green practices. After that, they will consult you on goals that are within your reach as an office, and tell you what level of certification your office can attain.

We look forward to receiving your application soon!

31 Javelinas Receive D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award

The Division 2 Athletic Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2017-18 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards this past week, and a total of 31 members of the Texas A&M-Kingsville athletic department were part of the prestigious group. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. Read more at the link below.

Take a look at the schedule for our upcoming Football and Volleyball season!

Career Fair in the Student Union Building

Welcome Week Continues Next Week!

DIVA Jazz Orchestra Kicks Off 2018-2019 Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has played some of the most prestigious venues for jazz in the world—Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland and the Apollo Theater, just to name a few.

On Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m., this all-female big band will add Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Jones Auditorium to their list, in a free public performance.

Read more about this concert at the link below:

Museum reception, exhibit to honor Li'l Oscar Cantu

Kingsville boxer Li’l Oscar Cantu will be honored Saturday, Aug. 25, at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. to unveil a new permanent exhibit highlighting Cantu’s career. To read more about this event click the link below.

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