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Around Javelina Nation Week of 02/04/19

New book edited by A&M-Kingsville professor is published

Dr. Alfonso ‘Poncho’ Ortega-Santos provided President Dr. Mark Hussey a copy of his new book entitled: Wildlife Ecology and Management in Mexico.

Ortega-Santos’ book is the English version that has been in development for three years, since the printing of the Spanish version of the book entitled: Ecologia y Manejo da Fauna Silvestre en Mexico by Raul Valdez and J. Alfonso Ortega-S. (editors).

"The English version has newly updated research information, and many more wildlife photos than the original Spanish book. The latest Spanish version has sold over 1000 copies, and we anticipate more sales for the English book Wildlife Ecology and Management in Mexico,” Dr. Shad Nelson, Dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences said.

The English book version has collaborations with over 40 U.S. and Mexico authors, with nearly every chapter in the book having at least one Mexican scientist as a co-author contributor.

About the book

Bringing together an international team of wildlife experts across North America, Wildlife Ecology and Management in Mexico provides information on the status, distribution, ecological relationships, and habitat requirements and management of the most important game birds and mammals in Mexico. It also reviews current threats and challenges facing wildlife conservation as well as strategies for resolving these issues. This reference is a valuable tool for wildlife biologists, wildlife management professionals, and anyone interested in conserving Mexico’s wealth of natural resources. By laying out the challenges to conservation research, editors Raul Valdez and J. Alfonso Ortega-S. hope to encourage interdisciplinary communication and collaboration across borders.

About Dr. Alfonso Ortega-Santos

J. Alfonso “Poncho” Ortega-Santos, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was appointed to the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2001 and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor and Research Scientist in the Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences and Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, respectively. Poncho teaches Range Ecology Methods, Range Improvements and Grazing Management and conducts research in Habitat Improvement, Grazing Management, and Cattle/Wildlife Interactions.

Pictured (L to R): Dr. Shad Nelson, Dean, Dick & Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture & Natural Resources; Dr. Mark Hussey, President Texas A&M-Kingsville; Dr. Poncho Ortega, Professor and Research Scientist; Dr. David Hewitt, Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research.

Unity Walk and Black Heritage Kickoff

A&M-Kingsville celebrated Black Heritage Month with a unity walk on campus. The unity walk was created as a celebration of the rich diversity that represents Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Students, faculty and staff from various departments and organizations came together to walk around University Boulevard.

Online industrial engineering ranked among the best in the nation

The online industrial engineering master’s program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been ranked 66th in the nation in the Best Online Engineering Program category by U.S. News and World Report, for 2018.

In 2017, the program was ranked between 72 and 94 indicting that the A&M-Kingsville program is improving its ranking. There are currently about 32 students in the program and most of those are employed when they enrolled.

The online program offers the same contents and has the same standards as the face-to-face classes and includes two certificate programs.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville program scored highest in faculty credentials and training and services and technologies.

Partnership between Naval Air Stations and A&M-Kingsville featured on Kiii TV

Watch the segment Military Matters: Homegrown at the link below.

Javelinas spotted in downtown Corpus Christi

“That’s not a typical habitat for javelinas,” Dr. David Hewitt, Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research says. “So, there’s some reason why they’re down there.”

Watch the video below to learn what Hewitt explains may be the reason for their appearance in Corpus Christi.

A&M-Kingsville professor’s study links Super Bowl outcome to stock market

“When a team from the NFC wins, the stock market tends to rise,” Texas A&M Kingsville Finance Professor Dr. Thomas Krueger said. “If a team from the AFC wins, the stock market tends to fall.”

Hear more about what Dr. Krueger had to say at the link below:

Exhibit brings fabric show to Bailey Gallery

Celeste De Luna is a printmaker from the lower Rio Grande Valley and her deep South Texas roots are reflected in her fabric art installation entitled Domestic Duty, now on display at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, Feb. 28. The artist’s talk will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in room 189 in the Bailey Art Building. The reception with the artist will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 in the gallery.

Texas Association for Bilingual Education (RGV-TABE) 24th Annual Conference

The Rio Grande Valley - Texas Association for Bilingual Education (RGV-TABE) hosted their 24th Annual Conference at the Convention Center at South Padre Island, Texas. January 18-19, 2019.

Texas A&M-Kingsville was represented by faculty and students in attendance. Undergraduate bilingual education group TASBE-RGV facilitated sessions on Thursday, January 18 as volunteers, in which their duties included ensuring that all participants had documentation of attendance at their sessions. TASBE-RGV faculty sponsor, Dr. Gina Garza-Reyna is serving as President Elect of RGV-TABE and serves on the executive committee. In addition, one of our adjunct faculty, Mrs. Karina Chapa also serves on the Board of RGV-TABE as Past-President.

The Department of Teacher & Bilingual Education had an exibitor booth at the conference, promoting our College of Education and Human Performance and our graduate and doctoral programs in Bilingual Education. Dr. Guzman, Associate Professor of Bilingual Education manned the exhibit table with assistance from TASBE-RGV members Bianey Hernandez, Perla Tagle and Andrea Zuniga (pictured above).

Recruiting future Javelinas

Faculty and staff from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences are looking to bring more students to A&M-Kingsville.

Academic Advisors Javier Mendoza, Shelly Salazar and Carla Winterbottom and faculty Dr. Steven Chumbley, and Dr. Shad Nelson recently spoke with high school students to show them what A&M-Kingsville has to offer.

Skidmore-Tynan High School on campus.
Tuloso-Midway Career Day, Gregory-Portland
Dean, Dr. Shad Nelson recruiting for the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences and Dean, Dr. Natalya Delcoure recruiting for the College of Business Administration.

Hogs take first win of the year over the Jets at 4-Him Classic

The [6/5] Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball program was locked in a bitter-cold struggle with Newman on Thursday at Corbitt Field for the first day of the 4-Him Classic and came away with a hard-fought 6-5 decision to secure the first win of 2019.

Photo courtesy of Colorado Christian Athletics

"It was a good tough team win," said head coach Jason Gonzales. "We had outstanding relief pitching from [Noel] Solis and [Jacob] Vasquez along with some timely hitting. We're on to the next one."

The Javelinas (1-3) took an early lead over the Jets (0-2) courtesy of a two-run shot from redshirt senior Manny Loredo (McAllen, Texas) in the bottom of the first. Loredo skied a pitch from Zack Erdman over the right field wall with junior Seth Spinn (Holland, Texas) on the basepaths.

LSC bestows another golfer of the week award on Gutierrez

For the second time in-a-row, Javelina sophomore Kristina Gutierrez (Laredo, Texas) was honored as the Lone Star Conference Women's Golfer of the Week, it was announced on Thursday.

At the Jack Brown Memorial Invitational in Laredo, Gutierrez collected her third top 10 finish in five events this season and the fifth of her collegiate career, finishing the tournament tied for sixth. The sophomore completed the competition's first day in eighth at 10-over before firing off a one-over 73 during the final round. That mark represented her third-lowest 18-hole score this season and bumped her up two spots into a tie for sixth.

Gutierrez is the first Javelina to ever win consecutive LSC Women's Golfer of the Week awards and she's the first TAMUK student-athlete to win two in one year since Ashley Rivera during the 2014-15 season.

Non-conference schedule continues with four dates in San Antonio

The Texas A&M-Kingsville softball team is off to a 7-0 start, matching the best mark in program history to begin a season, and they'll be putting their perfect record on the line at their second tournament of the year, the St. Mary's College Softball Classic, which will be held on Friday and Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Gonzales

First up for coach Craig Nicholson's charges are the Drury Panthers at 10 a.m. on Friday, followed by a tilt against the Regis Rangers at 12:15 p.m. On Saturday, the Javs will tangle with New Mexico Highlands at 2:30 p.m. and Colorado School of Mines at 7 p.m.

TAMUK's pitching staff has been all but untouchable through seven games. In their most recent action, the Javelinas swept a doubleheader against St. Edward's without allowing an earned run. Freshman Saidi Castillo (Kingsville, Texas) moved to 4-0 after tossing a complete game with seven strikeouts and no walks in a 6-4 triumph.

Texas A&M-Kingsville students rally together to save lives

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.

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.

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