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Around Javelina Nation February 16, 2018-February 23, 2018

Venom Week:

Javelina Nation is the proud host of this year's International Venom Week! Physicians, clinicians and toxinologists from around the world will make their way to Kingsville beginning on March 14! Topics discussed will range from advances in antivenom and molecular biology of venom, as well as discussions pertaining to different case studies. Click below for more information.

The Bigger Event:

Several members of Javelina Nation made quite the difference last weekend! The Bigger Event is a city-wide community service effort that aims to beautify the city of Kingsville.

Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society Meeting:

The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society meeting was held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Rio Farms, Inc. in Monte Alto, TX. Over 300 participants attended.

Invited speaker, Dr. Shad Nelson, spoke about Advancing Student Learning Opportunities in the Agricultural and Biological Sciences through Hispanic Serving Institutional Collaborations. Other professors in attendance were Dr. David Ruppert (soil science), Dr. Tanner Machado (meat science) and Dr. Randy Stanko (animal science), who was also an invited speaker; Topic: Utilization of Hair Sheep as an Alternative Small Ruminant in South Texas.

Plant and Soil Science graduate students; Ph.D. candidate Amanda Lewis, Master of Science students Mounika Pudota and Varsha Chowdary Anche
Ruby Saldana, Master of Science Plant and Soil Science student, received 2nd place in the student poster competition. Her research advisor is Dr. Mamoudou Setamou at the A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center.
Dr. John da Graca was awarded the Arthur T. Potts Award.

Student represents at National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Tournament:

In his first national tournament, Anthony Villasana finished in the top half of officials at the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) National Flag Football Tournament in Pensacola, Florida in January.

Anthony started officiating games at A&M-Kingsville for 4x4 Flag Football in the spring of 2016. Since then he has competed at the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) University of Nebraska-Lincoln Region V Flag Football Tournament in 2016, and this year, he attended the Regional Tournament at UT-Dallas where he earned the bid to go to NIRSA’s National Flag Football Tournament.

Villasana was 1 of 40 officials hosted by University of West Florida at the National Tournament. He officiated the men’s semi-final game.

“I was very impressed with the development and performance of Anthony Villasana. I first met Anthony as a first-year official at the University of Nebraska regional tournament, where I found him to be engaging, dedicated, and very talented,” Jason Gant Assistant Director for Official at the National Flag Football Tournament said.

“To see his growth over the past year was encouraging, and his performance at this year’s national tournament showed it. Anthony finished in the top half of officials, which is quite the accomplishment for an official working his first national tournament. What excites me the most is that Anthony still has the ability to grow tremendously as an official, and I cannot wait to see him in future years. If he continues to work hard and learn the rules and mechanics of the game, he will have an excellent shot at working a championship game next year and being named All-American, which is awarded to the top ten student officials in the nation,” he added.

Anthony is currently an Intramural Sports Supervisor at A&M-Kingsville. He has become a leader amongst the staff and an ambassador for the department. He is also the President of the student organization, Kingsville Student Sports Officials Association.

Featured Student: Anthony Villasana

Meet Kaley:

Kaley Dodd is from from Rockdale, Texas and is the current president of the Student Government Association. She is studying architectural engineering and political science, as well as minoring in art and mathematics.

"The thing I love most about going to school at A&M-Kinsgville is finding my place amongst everything that goes on. The very first time I set foot on this campus I knew I would love it; but it's all about finding your place. This is where I decided on my majors, where I decided to get two degrees, where I chose to do a study abroad program, and where I decided to be active on campus through student organizations. I was so shy my whole life before I came here, but this place has made me come out of my shell. Everything that has happened to me here, and every choice I have made, has brought me where I am today."

Would you like to nominate somebody to be the next person featured on Humans of Javelina Nation? Email Shelby Purdy at shelby.purdy@tamuk.edu or Naissa Lopez at naissa.lopez@tamuk.edu.

Dhol Tasha:

The wonderful sounds of Dhol Tasha were heard around the Pavilion on Monday, February 19!

Dean's Forum:

On Wednesday, February 21, a Dean's Forum was held in the Javelina Student Engagement Center. Students were able to ask their questions in front of a panel of deans from every college.

Bone Marrow Registry:

For the third year, Texas A&M University-Kingsville was the site of the Be the Cure bone marrow/stem cell registry drive. We were the largest site in the country to pilot the new online, all digital registry. Even Porky got in on the action!

Dr. Marie Lassman Inducted to the 2018 Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators:

The Texas A&M University System recently honored 10 inductees to the 2018 Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators.

The organization was established in 2011, and salutes individuals from Texas A&M System Universities who have made momentous contributions in teacher education, as well as highlights the role of the A&M System in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas.

A&M-Kingsville’s very own, Dr. Marie Lassman, was one of the 10 inductees this year. Dr. Lassman is the coordinator for the Master of Science in Education online degree, as well as the coordinator for the Undergraduate Secondary, All-level, and 4-8 programs. Her research interests include substitute teaching and developing critical thinking skills in students.

Dr. Kim Jones discusses being environmentally friendly during Mardi Gras:

Mardi Gras is a joyous time full of food, beverages and beads! Dr. Kim Jones, Regents Professor and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at A&M-Kingsville, sat down with WalletHub to discuss how we can be a little more environmentally conscious during this festive time.

Graduation Fest:

Get all the information you need prior to commencement at the Grad Fest on Thursday, March 1!

Hurricane Harvey's Impact in the Coastal Bend:

RJ Mitte Presentation:

RJ Mitte, co-star of AMC’s Breaking Bad and an equality and diversity activist, will speak at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as part of the University Lectureship Series.

Mitte will deliver the presentation, “Overcoming Adversity: Turning a Disadvantage to an Advantage,” in Jones Auditorium Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Documentary shows flight from Syria through a child's eyes:

The Multicultural Heritage Committee and Intercultural Programming at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a free showing of the award-winning documentary Unwelcome at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Javelina Student Engagement Center (JSEC).

Self-Defense Class (R.A.D.)

Spring 2018 Student Health and Wellness Events:

Complimentary Pain Assessments:

Student Health and Wellness Tropical Temptations Safe Spring Break Fair:

Letter to spring 2018 graduation candidates:

If you are graduating this semester, click below for graduation information pertaining to regalia, photos and DVD orders.

Interested in hosting your very own Snapchat Takeover? Email Sheby Purdy at shelby.purdy@tamuk.edu or Naissa Lopez at naissa.lopez@tamuk.edu for more information.

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