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Around Javelina Nation Week of 04/08/19

Each day, the students of Javelina Nation do remarkable things. From conducting research alongside leading researchers in their field to giving back to the community through selfless service, students are contributing to campus, region and nation in diverse and exciting ways.

In recognition of student excellence across Javelina Nation, Student Championship Week celebrates outstanding students in the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Student Work
  • Community Service
  • Research
  • Creative Activity
  • Academics

Students were also nominated for the Javelina Champions MVP awards. The 2019 Javelina Champion MVP's were:

  • Newcomer of the Year - Aryssa Enriquez
  • Humanitarian Award - Kany Drame
  • Outstanding Future Professional - Francisco Haces-Garcia
  • Unsung Hero - Kayla Carm
  • First Generation Champion - Juan Ovalle
  • Non-traditional Student Champion - Rebecca Ybarra-Leal
  • Javelina Legacy Champion - Ruben Martinez
  • Student Worker of the Year - Eutimio Alaniz, Jr.
  • The Phoenix Award - Chris Cooke
Dr. Terisa Riley (Left) awarded the 2019 Javelina Champion MVP winners.
Newcomer of the Year - Aryssa Enriquez
Outstanding Future Professional - Francisco Haces-Garcia
Unsung Hero - Kayla Carm
First Generation Champion - Juan Ovalle
Non-traditional Student Champion - Rebecca Ybarra-Leal
Student Worker of the Year - Eutimio Alaniz, Jr.
Javelina Legacy Champion - Ruben Martinez
Humanitarian Award - Kany Drame
The Phoenix Award - Chris Cooke

Javelina Research Symposium

Undergraduate and graduate students were invited to submit proposals to present their original scholarly work at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville 13th annual Javelina Research Symposium. The students selected to present gave poster presentations on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms. Presentations reflected completed and on-going research projects.

Winners

Undergraduate Winners:

  • 1st: Francheska Garcia, Psychology, Mentor - Dr. Richard Miller, Abstract Title - The Effects of Religiosity and Parenting Styles on Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • 2nd: Cristian Toren, Chemical Engineering, Mentor - Dr. Alberto Lopez-Manriquez, Abstract Title - Two Phase Flow
  • 3rd: Jessica Gonzalez, Kinesiology, Mentor - Dr. Amber Shipherd, Abstract Title - Body Esteem in College Students: The Influence of Psychosocial and Demographic Variables

Master's Winners:

  • 1st: Nnana Edmund, Plant and Soil Science, Mentor - Dr. Ambrose Anoruo, Abstract Title - Effects of Superabsorbent Polymer-Soil interaction on Plant Growth, Development, Water Use Efficiency and Soil Leachate
  • 2nd: Jemilade Longe, Electrical Engineering, Mentor - Dr. Gahangir Hossain, Abstract Title - A Novel and Improved Implementation of Image Steganography Via DCT Compression
  • 3rd: Kaitlyn Garcia, Chemistry, Mentor - Dr. Christine Hahn, Abstract Title - Studies on various reaction parameters to increase efficiency of the palladium catalyzed hydroarylation of acetylene

Doctoral Winners:

  • 1st: Srikanth Bashetty, Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering, Mentor - Dr. XueWei Zhang, Abstract Title: Optimal Planning of Battery-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Network
  • 2nd: Aramide Akintunde, Environmental Engineering, Mentor - Dr. David Ramirez, Abstract Title - Applications of the Membrane Contactor Technology in Air Quality Field– A Review
  • 3rd: Abdullah Al Hadi, Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering, Mentor - Dr. Rajab Challoo, Abstract Title - Design and Simulation of Solid-State Transformer

Kingsville Day in Austin

On Wednesday April 10, students and administrators from Texas A&M University-Kingsville visited the Capitol in Austin for a special recognition of the city of Kingsville. Students met with their local representatives, and Mariachi Javelina gave a special performance in the rotunda.

President's Legacy Ball

Over 350 alumni and friends of Texas A&M University-Kingsville were in attendance at the 2019 President’s Legacy Ball on April 6, 2019. The President’s Legacy Ball is held annually at the university and recognizes and honors the new Legacy Society members for their generosity to our students, faculty and programs. Members of the Legacy Society are individuals, corporations and foundations who have contributed $100,000 or more, cumulatively, to the university.

The President’s Legacy Ball is traditionally held in the Grand Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building and is hosted by the university’s President and First Lady, Dr. Mark and Melissa Hussey. The ballrooms were beautifully decorated in the Italian theme of the event, “Una Serata a Napoli,” with lights strung from the ceiling, softly illuminating the space. Tables were adorned with grapes and wine bottles perfectly placed amongst ivy and greenery.

The honorees of the night were Aramark; The Frederick J. Bremner Charitable Trust; Mary Ann Brookshire & the late Robert Scott “Bob” Brookshire; the late Vannie E. Cook Jr.; Enbridge; Helen Kleberg Groves; Billy and Angie Lemmons; and the late Gary & Joan Underbrink.

Each honoree was presented with a bronze plaque which will be proudly displayed on the University Legacy Wall of Honor to further honor each honoree’s service to the university. A silent auction was also held at the event, allowing attendees to bid on many unique items or experiences, with proceeds going toward the University Scholarship Endowment, which will continue to support students of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Faculty Lecture shines light on endangered ocelot destiny

Dr. Michael Tewes has spent the last 35 years of his life studying the endangered ocelot. Over those years, he has had triumphs and setbacks, but he still works to save his beloved wild cat. During the 37th Annual Faculty Lecture, Tewes addressed some of these attempts to help the elusive ocelot.

Dr. Michael Tewes with an ocelot.

Tewes began trying to capture ocelots in November 1981 for his doctoral research. He was not successful in trapping one until the morning of March 2, 1982. Over the two-year period of his research, he studied 12 ocelots.

“I was so used to not catching any ocelot every morning, that I had to drive back to town to retrieve my equipment,” he said.

Tewes said there are fewer than 80 ocelots in the United States. They occur in two different environments—between seven and 14 adult ocelots on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and more than 35 on privately-owned ranches, both located in the Rio Grande Valley.

Provost, Dr. George Allen Rasmussen presents Dr. Michael Tewes with the Annual Faculty Lecture Award.

He said those ocelots living in the wildlife refuge are isolated and surrounded by a lethal landscape. On the other hand, the population living on the ranch have a more friendly landscape of cover and prey. A much larger population than the two in the United States lives in northeastern Mexico.

Strategic Planning for Ranchers Lectureship held in Kingsville

On April 5-6, the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) hosted nearly 40 stakeholders from 9 states to Kingsville for the Strategic Planning Lectureship for Ranchers.

Ranching stakeholders from 9 states attended the recent Strategic Planning for Ranchers lectureship last week in Kingsville.

The attendees, along with KRIRM ranch management graduate students, learned the value of establishing a vision for the future of their ranch. They were taught how to implement the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategic planning, which includes conducting a SWOT analysis for their ranch, identifying strategic objectives based on SWOT, and developing a strategy map to link objectives and illustrate the path to reach the ranch vision. In order to monitor the progress of the established vision, attendees learned how to determine appropriate measures for benchmarking.

Ranching stakeholders from 9 states attended the recent Strategic Planning for Ranchers lectureship last week in Kingsville.

This lectureship was also attended by the 2018 KRIRM Excellence in Ag Leadership cohort, which includes nine ranching professionals and the five current KRIRM graduate students. These individuals are participating in the intensive one-year program to better develop their leadership skills and become influential leaders in the ranching industry. The program’s requirements for completion, among others, includes attending three KRIRM lectureships.

Ranching stakeholders from 9 states attended the recent Strategic Planning for Ranchers lectureship last week in Kingsville.

Churchill Expert Visits Campus

A special Kingsville Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast was held at A&M-Kingsville which featured New York Times best-selling author and historian Andrew Roberts. Roberts is the author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which the New York Times considers the best single-volume Churchill biography. He also spent the day visiting with students at various classes.

Hogs headed to the Sunshine State

The Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program will take a trip to Coral Gables, Fla., to conquer the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational. Competition for the Javelinas will span two days at Cobb Stadium with the Blue and Gold entering events on both Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.

Photo courtesy of Leo Garcia

A group of talented throwers will take center stage with redshirt senior Richard Cervantes (Mission, Texas) heading into the weekend after posting a pair of automatic qualifier marks at the David Noble Relays in San Angelo, Texas.

IBC Players of the Week go to Cervantes and Smith

For the sixth time in the 2018-19 season, redshirt senior Richard Cervantes (Mission, Texas) from the Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program was honored with the IBC Player of the Week award, joined by junior Breanna Smith (San Antonio, Texas) from the softball program as she hurled a pair of complete-game shutouts to lead the Javelinas to a three-game sweep of Western New Mexico in Lone Star Conference play.

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