Around Javelina Nation Week of 12/03/18

Graduating Students Receive Ring as Symbol of University Years

Graduating students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville who purchased an official school ring received them during one of two special ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 1.

Graduates and alumni are able to purchase an official Texas A&M-Kingsville ring. Students have made the ring purchase and ceremony an annual university tradition. The rings symbols reflect the university’s history and traditions.

The symbols include the school’s mascot, the javelina, because of its tenacity; mesquite and cactus, because they personify the students’ ability to survive and prosper; palm trees, because they are found all over campus; the Lone Star, because it symbolizes the state of Texas; and the College Hall clock tower, because it is the most recognized landmark on campus.

Randall Williams Named Latest Regents Professor

Dr. Randall WIlliams, professor of agriculture science has been named Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s 18th Regents Professor.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents recently designated 15 faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2017-2018.

“I read somewhere a few years back that less than 00.01% of all the faculty that ever taught within the Texas A&M University System, would attain the status of being named a Regents Professor. To imagine and then realize that I have been selected to join the ranks of recognition among all of those distinguished intellectuals and revered professors that have been named as a Regents Professor or Fellow is beyond my earliest and wildest dreams,” Williams said.


Photo from December 2017.

Nearly one year ago, South Texas experienced a rare snowfall that kicked-off finals week in Javelina Nation.

Javelinas trek to Pittsburg State for 2018-19 indoor opener

Getting an early jump on the indoor season, the Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program, led by 2018 USTFCCCA Head Coach of the Year Ryan Dall, will pay a visit to the site of the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend for the Boo Rogers Combined Events and Crimson & Gold Invitational hosted by Pittsburg State University.


The Boo Rogers Combined Events will start on Friday, December 7, and will wrap up the following day. The Crimson & Gold Invitational will take place throughout the day on Saturday, December 8, starting at 11:30 a.m. CT.

The two meets are part of the first weekend of competition for the Javelinas, who look to build on their momentum from the end of the 2018 outdoor season that culminated in the men's program lifting the NCAA Division-II Outdoor National Championship trophy on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., to put a bow on the 2017-18 campaign.

Thomas and Lane grab IBC Bank Player of the Week Awards

The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's and women's basketball programs stumbled out of the gate to begin the Lone Star Conference schedule, but still had solid performances on the hardwood from a pair of upperclassmen as junior Chauncey Thomas (Plano, Texas) and senior Cloe Lane (Kansas City, Mo.) were named IBC Bank Players of the Week.

Thomas led the Javelina men's program with an 18-point outburst in a five-point loss to A&M-Commerce on Dec. 1, connecting on six field goals in the contest with a 5-for-7 mark from the charity stripe. He also added a pair of assists and one steal in the game.

The Plano, Texas, native had six points, three assists and one steal in the loss to Tarleton to begin conference play on Nov. 29, going 2-for-4 from the floor in the matchup.

On the year, Thomas is leading the team with an 8.0 scoring average on 37.5% shooting, added 13 total rebounds, 17 assists, 10 steals and two blocks.

For the Javelina women's program, Lane averaged 13 points over the course of two games, connecting for a game-high 19 on a 7-for-15 clip in the 60-44 loss to then-No. RV Tarleton on Nov. 29. She added four rebounds, two steals and one block in the game to complete her outing.

The transfer from Alcorn State added seven points, two rebounds and one assist in the decision to the Lions to wrap up the weekend of play. On the year, Lane is second on the team with a 10.0 scoring average, 5.0 rebounding average, 10 assists, 11 steals and six blocks for the Blue and Gold.

The Javelina men's basketball program will take on No. 15 St. Edward's in a midweek matchup tonight with a 7 p.m. CT tipoff. The women's basketball program is in the midst of a seven-game road trip and will take on No. 21 Angelo State on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. CT in San Angelo, Texas.

Fall 2018 Final Examinations

Texas A&M-Kingsville Schedules Winter Commencement Dec. 14

Nearly 700 graduates are ready to cross the stage to receive their degrees during three commencement ceremonies to be held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, Dec. 14.

At the 10 a.m. ceremony, graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Science; the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance will receive their degrees.

At the 1 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will cross the stage.

The graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences will get their degrees. This ceremony will be the last commencement for University President Dr. Steven H. Tallant who is retiring at the end of the month.

Students receiving their master’s and doctoral degrees will be recognized within their academic colleges.

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