Around Javelina Nation Scroll down and see what is happening on campus for the week of 4/3

At Javelina Nation, we have a message for the world.

Photos by Doug Smith

Hundreds were in attendance for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville President’s Legacy Ball, “Noche de Estrella Brillante,” an event which served to recognize nine major contributing people and organizations to the university with induction into its Legacy Society.

The President’s Legacy Ball is annually held in the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms and hosted by the university’s President and First Lady, Dr. Steven Tallant and wife, Karen. Each year, the event recognizes individuals, families, corporations and foundations whose cumulative donations to the university total more than $100,000 with induction into the university’s Legacy Society.

Honorees receive a plaque that is unveiled at the event and later hung on the University Legacy Wall of Honor. Proceeds from the event go towards student scholarships through the University Scholarship Endowment. Through the President’s Legacy Ball, more than $500,000 had been raised, with proceeds going toward the University Scholarship Endowment, a scholarship fund dedicated to some of the brightest students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The 2017 honorees for the evening were I.J. “Chip” Berthelot II; Jackie Collins & in Memory of Temple “Jerry” Collins; International Bank of Commerce Zapata; Roberto & Trauterose Montoya Foundation; Maurice Schmidt and Rebecca Schmidt; Peter & Fran Swenson; Mike & Mary Terry; Bryan and Allison Wagner; and Edward and Linda Whitacre.

Photos by Doug Smith

The campus is invited to see the 2017 Texas A&M University-Kingsville Agricultural Mechanics Project Show Monday, April 24 on University Boulevard, starting at 9 a.m.

High school students from the entire state will present barbecue pits, trailers, and other projects that they have fabricated themselves.

The students’ Project Show Divisions include Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Classes; Livestock and Equipment Classes; Trailers; Recreation Classes; BBQ Classes; and Tractor Restoration. Judging for Overall Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will take place, with the Tractor Class to be judged as its own division.

Photos by Doug Smith

The public is invited to an astronomy viewing at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Observatory at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

The free viewing, titled “An Earth and Space Evening,” is in the observatory on the third floor of Hill Hall, located east of the Memorial Student Union Building. Parking is available in the lot next to Jones Auditorium and Manning Hall, on the corner of Santa Gertrudis and Armstrong, and along Santa Gertrudis.

In addition, two episodes of the Emmy-winning History Channel series How the Earth Was Made will be shown at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., with a question and answer opportunity with a geologist to accompany the showings.

A rock, mineral and fossil display will also be a part of the evening, along with students showing physics concepts.

For more information, contact Cherrie Nelson, physics lecturer, at 361-593-2324 or at

Each day, the students of Javelina Nation do remarkable things. From conducting research alongside leading researchers in their field to giving back to the community through selfless service, students are contributing to campus, region and nation in diverse and exciting ways. In recognition of student excellence across Javelina Nation, Student Championship Week celebrates outstanding students in the areas of service, student work, academics, student leadership, and research and creative activity. Each day, students who excelled in certain areas were eligible to wear a special button representing their hard work and dedication.

Here are the winners from the 2017 MVP banquet. The banquet celebrates outstanding students during Javelina Champions Week.

Thank you to all the student leaders who participated in our group photo shoot!

Photos by Whitney Fakolade

The Javelina tennis team took on Western New Mexico Friday morning at the new tennis facility. The team entered the Lone Star Conference matchup 1-2 in conference play and 11-7 overall.

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville presents the energetic, one-of-a-kind musical ensemble Quartetto Gelato Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bellamah Music Building Recital Hall, on the A&M-Kingsville campus. Read the link below for more information.

Texas A&M-Kingsville graduates and undergraduates presented an array of projects at the 9th Annual Javelina Research Symposium. Congratulations to all submissions!

Staff Appreciation Week kicked off on Monday, April 3, with a spirited pep rally hosted by Staff Council! Faculty and staff enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill at Javelina Stadium.

Decorate your home or dorm with some Texas A&M-Kingsville-inspired DIYs!

1. Where did you travel and for how long?

I traveled to the music capital of the world, Vienna, Austria for two weeks. During two of my free days I also had the chance to visit Venice, Italy! It has been a dream destination that I’ve always wanted to visit.

2. What was your traveling abroad experience like?

My experience was beyond anything I could have imagined. The culture, food, and their way of life in general was vastly different than what I am used to. The rich history that comes from how old Vienna has been around is amazing.

3. Was it beneficial to experience life immersed in another culture while getting your education?

This study abroad trip was beneficial in many ways, like learning the cultural norms, the different types of food, and the music. I found a different perspective and understanding of the world. I couldn't believe how much it changed my life for the better.

4. What would you tell students who are contemplating studying abroad but are hesitant on going through with it?

Do it! Don't worry about the money, it will come. You just have to be determined and tell yourself that you can do this. Work hard and you will make it. College can go by so fast and we can forget that we are young and need to experience the world while we still can. Take this opportunity of a lifetime because I guarantee you might not get a chance like this again. Life is too short to just work and pay bills. Don't just do something that will make you happy, do something that will make you happy and a better human being at the same time. Studying abroad was the greatest life decision I’ve ever made.

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