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April 2021 edition


Texas A&M University-Kingsville wants to hear from Alumni & Community during Strategic Plan Input Sessions

We need your help again as we develop the strategic plan for the next five years. These meetings are open, and we want to hear your opinions. Here are the scheduled focus groups: Community: Monday, May 3rd, 6-7 p.m. CST & Alumni: Tuesday, May 4th, 6-7 p.m. CST


Engineering Hall of Fame

Congratulations to recently inducted Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame alumni John Ehlers '58, David G. Ford '75 and Ernest Franke '61, '63. Due to COVID-19 the Engineering Hall of Fame Ceremony was delayed to April of 2021.

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering seeks nominations for the next class of the Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame and Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna Award. The Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna designation recognizes graduates of the university who have experienced professional success and who are within 15 years of their graduation from Texas A&M University - Kingsville. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2021.

Alumna elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Rabalais pictured with Anissa Hernandez at 2015 Javelina Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Texas A&I University alumna Dr. Nancy Rabalais was recently elected as one of the newest members of the National Academy of Sciences. The academy recognized Rabalais for her distinguished achievements in original research.


The core group coordinating the annual event are pictured here (L-R): Rick Bridgers '71, Blake Powers '70, and Randy Hebner '77, all of San Antonio.

What began in 1974 as a golf outing and reunion for Kappa Sigma alumni, soon added Sigma Chi alumni and became known as the Jalisco Open. By the early 1990s, the event found a home in Laughlin, Nev. and several Texas A&I alumni attend each year. Congratulations to these dedicated Javelinas! Do you have a group of alumni getting together? Contact us to see if we can help. 

Thank you to Javelina alums Aaron Demerson '84 and Julian Alvarez '88 - two of our Texas Workforce Commissioners- who met with our new Director of Career Services, Ralph Leal, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Brad Walker. Demerson and Alvarez are paving the way for past, current and future Javelinas.

University Spotlight

Commencement at Javelina Stadium

Spring 1966 Outdoor Commencement

Three commencement outdoor ceremonies will be held at Javelina Stadium Friday, May 7th, and Saturday, May 8th, of 2021. This marks the first time in 20 years that we will celebrate graduation at our historic stadium. It will also mark the first time we are having an in-person commencement ceremony since 2019. While Friday's ceremonies will honor the Class of 2021, Saturday's event will be an opportunity for any 2020 graduates to participate in a in-person ceremony. We look forward to celebrating with these new Javelina alumni.

Student Spotlight

Graduate student receives highest honor from Kinesiology Association

Alice native Jessica N. Hinojosa has received the 2021 National Master’s Scholar Award from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA). Hinojosa is a graduate student and graduate assistant in the master’s kinesiology program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Program Spotlight

support the national natural toxins research center

Our Javelina Family is facing new challenges and we are counting on you to help make an impact. As the only federally-funded viper research center in the nation, together we have built a legacy. Join us in making a difference in the lives of students, and this one-of-a-kind program.

Social Media Spotlight

April 16th was #NationalSelenaDay. Check out the 2015 Javelina Marching Band playing "The Music of Selena."

Javelina Sports Spotlight

SOFTBALL, nationally ranked and being considered for South Central Regional Tournament.

Pictured is Loren Kelly, 2020 Division II Stolen Base Leader.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville softball team maintained its hold on a spot in both the NCAA South Central Regional Rankings and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, both of which were released on Wednesday. The NCAA's second batch of regional standings again list the Javelinas among eight teams under consideration for a berth in the regional tournament, which is scheduled to begin on May 19th. The NFCA's latest poll has the Javs sharing the No. 25 position with Northwest Nazarene.

Javelina Football Flashback

Image by Raiders.com: Gene Upshaw was drafted in 1967 out of Texas A&I University to the Raiders.

In honor of the NFL Draft, here is a throwback to Javelina Alum Gene Upshaw who was the 17th pick in the draft thanks to the Raiders.

Covid-19 University Updates

Texas A&M System Issues Guidance on Covid-19 Protocols

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will continue to follow system COVID-19 protocols issued in Oct. 2020 on testing, face coverings, physical distancing, occupancy limits, co-curricular activities, and more.

Based on assessment of current conditions, this step will help the university successfully complete the semester and is consistent with Gov. Greg Abbott’s order that masking and other protocols should be decided by institutions, not by the state.

Javelinas Care. Protect. Help. Do your part to be socially responsible.

For all official Texas A&M University-Kingsville updates on COVID-19, please visit the university's website at the link below.