Around javelina nation Week of 02/11/19

Wind Symphony wows at TMEA Convention

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wind Symphony performed at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention Thursday morning in San Antonio. Their performance earned them a standing ovation from the crowd! Way to go #TAMUKMusic!

Flute Ensemble represents A&M-Kingsville at the Capitol

The Flute Ensemble from Texas A&M Kingsville also gave a performance this week. They are pictured below during their performance in Austin at the Capitol.

King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management featured in A&M-System Chancellor John Sharp's video

The world’s biggest ranches need strong managers to ensure America’s ranching heritage can survive, but only one place in the world offers a master’s degree in ranch management.

At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) is a small, elite and highly selective program that uses the King Ranch as its laboratory. Students in the program are unique: They must be proven cowboys or cowgirls with experience managing ranches, and they have to possess the ability to handle complicated coursework in business and finance.

Hear what #JohnSharpSays in this video feature on KRIRM.

Veterans Memorial HS seniors attend college for a day at TAMUK

A group of Veterans Memorial High School seniors went to college for a day Friday at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

40 seniors were escorted to various classes and lectures ranging from agriculture to criminal justice and geology. The seniors said the trip was a good experience to find out about the next step in their education.

Texas A&M-Kingsville communications MBA ranked second in the nation by MBA Central

The online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received yet another high national ranking. This time, the communications certificate portion of the program has been ranked second in the top 15 in the nation by MBA Central.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville’s College of Business Administration offers an online masters of business administration with a certificate in collaboration and team dynamics.

The College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and their affordability score is “very affordable.”

Other certificates available through this online MBA program include business analytics, health informatics, energy finance and logistics and managing people in the global enterprise.

International Rural Mental Health Conference: Tackling Isolation and Fostering Connections

Texas A&M University-Kingsville is an official co-sponsor of the International Rural Mental Health Conference: Tackling Isolation and Fostering Connections.

Along with A&M-Kingsville, conference sponsors include the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Inverness College and the Scottish Rural Health Partnership. The conference is scheduled for August 2019 at UHI, Inverness College in Inverness, Scotland.

There is currently an open invitation to submit abstracts. The closing date for abstracts is Monday, April 29, 2019

Abstracts on the following conference related topics:

  • Learning from Lived Experience
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Rural Workforce
  • Rural Mental Health Research and Scholarship
  • Rural Mental Health and Young People
  • Community Led Initiatives for Rural Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Open Stream

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of conference working group. A list of accepted abstracts will be included in the conference programme. Abstract Submission Form can be downloaded from:

For more information, or to register please visit:


February 11 was #WomenInScienceDay. From our leading researchers and outstanding faculty, to our amazing students, we can't fit them all in one collage, but #TAMUK proudly celebrates all of our #WomenInScience!

Women have been apart of science for a very long time, and they have contributed to many scientific discoveries. Being able to share their untold stories to young girls at a very early stage can motivate many more girls to follow a path in the sciences. They too can someday make a difference and a contribution to our society," Dr. Elda Sanchez, Associate Professor & National Natural Toxins Research Center Director said.

From the Same Inner City Program to College Head Coaches

Autumn Williams, Tayo Bailey-Duvall and Gabrielle Moore were born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. They were three young black females interested in the sport of tennis, and seeking ways to learn the game.

Autumn Williams was named head coach of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville women’s tennis program on July 1, 2014.

They found a safe haven in Love To Serve, Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to “provide quality tennis and education that contributes to positive youth development, improves student-academic outcomes and builds knowledge and skills for future success in college and careers.”

As the nation celebrates Black History Month, the three serve as role models for what can happen when young minority players are guided in the right direction from an early age. They all played college tennis, earned degrees and have remained in the sport as head coaches.

Williams, 36, is the women’s coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Bailey-Duvall, who turns 35 on Tuesday, is the women’s coach at Middle Tennessee State and Moore, 26, is the men’s and women’s coach at Jackson State University.

“There is a love for tennis and a love for developing and mentoring players that we all share. That is the thread that connects us,” Williams said. “Being involved in somebody’s life in a positive way beyond just tennis is the reason we all do this. We all developed from a community of not just tennis, but of mentorship and a community of love.”

Cervantes and Zahafi sweep LSC Men’s weekly awards

Heading into the Lone Star Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program turned in strong performances across the board at the Fourth Annual Gorilla Classic over the weekend and came away with a pair of weekly honors in a release from the conference office on Thursday.

Redshirt senior Richard Cervantes (Mission, Texas) and sophomore Ayman Zahafi (Casablanca, Morocco) took home the men's honors following their performances at the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State. Cervantes was honored with his first distinction of the indoor season after he had his best toss of the season in the shot put en route to the gold medal.

Somoye, Wallace, Michna named LSC All-Academic

Less than 24 hours away from the start of the Lone Star Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, and the Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program had a trio of standout student-athletes bring home LSC All-Academic honors ahead of the completion.

Senior Racheal Somoye (Houston, Texas), junior Lane Michna (Lorena, Texas) and sophomore Dean Wallace (Geronimo, Texas) were all named to the LSC All-Academic team for their performances in the classroom and on the track. This is the first distinction for all three Javelinas named to the team.

In order to make the All-Academic team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 GPA and have reached sophomore status both athletically and academically. The Academic Athlete of the Year award and All-Academic Team are selected from the list of academically qualified players, with the league's sports information directors voting on the basis of both academic and athletic achievement.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville students can save lives by signing up for the marrow donor registry at the Be the Cure on Campus drive until Sept. 30, 2019. GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global, will have information tables on campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 18-20, at the Memorial Student Union Building, Jernigan Library and Javelina Dining Hall.

Every person who joins the marrow donor registry gives hope to blood cancer patients like Bella. At 2 years old, Bella is fighting leukemia for the third time. She was first diagnosed at 7 months old.

“Being in the hospital and being treated is all Bella has known her entire life,” said Ray Sanchez, Bella’s father. “It means more time away from home and from her brothers.”

Bella currently is undergoing treatment in San Antonio. While she is not always able to leave the ward, she stays entertained with toys, art and music. Bella’s father and mother are staying with her while she is receiving treatment, but her brothers remain in the family’s hometown of Laredo.

Be the Cure on Campus is an effort to register individuals ages 18-44 to the national marrow donor registry and find lifesaving bone marrow or stem cell transplants for patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. For patients like Bella, a marrow or stem cell transplant is the best hope for a cure.

Because a patient is more likely to match someone from their own race or ethnicity, students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are especially encouraged to join the registry. The more people who join the registry, the higher a chance for Bella and other patients to find a match.

Last year, 182 Texas A&M-Kingsville students joined the Be the Match Registry. This year’s drive aims to add 500 potential marrow or stem cell donors to the registry.

Acclaimed Dance Company Step Afrika! Gives Free Performance February 25

Stepping is a rising art form and an important part of America’s artistic and cultural heritage. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word.

Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping.

The group will give a free public performance Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus.

Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival celebrates 52nd year

High school and middle school jazz bands from all over Texas will converge to help celebrate the 52nd Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.

Drummer, Bernie Dresel.

This year’s featured guest, drummer Bernie Dresel, will be performing with Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Jazz Band I during the 7 p.m. concert Saturday in Jones Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each and are available by calling the music department at 361-593-2803 or visiting them in room 112 of the Bellamah Music Building.

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