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June 2019 Edition

2019 distinguished alumni and Rising Stars Announced

The Javelina Alumni Association at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has announced the recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, as well as the recipients of the Rising Star Award and the Blue and Gold Service Award.

As the association’s most prestigious honor, Distinguished Alumni is awarded only to alumni of the university who have had abundant success professionally and personally, through which they have positively represented and brought honor to Texas A&M University-Kingsville. This year’s recipients are retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin ’79, Jackie C. Collins ’72 and Richard P. Ritchie ’77.

The Rising Star Award was established in 2004 and recognizes alumni within 15 years of their graduation from Texas A&M University-Kingsville who have achieved professional success and brought special honor to the university. The awardees for 2019 are Brian McFall ’05, ’08 and Christina M. “Michelle” Unda ’05.

All recipients will be honored at a ceremony taking place during Homecoming Week on Oct. 25, 2019. To read the full press release, please visit our website at the link below!

Eddie B. '05: Teaching Through Comedy

"I know what I had to go through as an educator and my personal experience, and it seems like it’s transparent with teachers across the world."

“One video turned into 50, and that turned into a tour after one show turned into six, because they had sold out in like ten minutes,” Eddie Brown ’05 explained. That comedy tour, titled “I’m Already Professionally Developed,” was born from the sole need for more space – smaller comedy clubs just weren’t cutting it. Teachers were showing up by the hundreds and comments flooded in from teachers around the world comparing their stories to one another and relating exactly to what Brown poked fun at. And instantly, the phenomenon that is Eddie B. Comedy began.

Be sure to look out for Eddie B.'s story in the latest issue of Javelina Today!

Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Scott E. Henke

Dr. Scott E. Henke, Chair of the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, shared his research and knowledge of coyotes in an article titled "Meet the Coyote, One of Nature’s Great Tricksters" in the Houston Chronicle!

Student Spotlight - Bhutan-India Summer 2019 Program

Javelina Students created a blog to share their study abroad program from May-June 2019 in Bhutan and India. To view photos from their travels and learn more about the cultural experiences they were able to immerse themselves in, please visit the blog at the link below!

Research Spotlight - National Natural Toxins Research Center

Alumna Dr. Elda Sanchez '93, '99, head director at the National Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was featured by Kiii 3 News discussing the significant research being done by the serpentarium. She also shared the exciting news that the serpentarium was awarded a $2.7 million grant to fund further venom research - which contributes greatly to medical needs such as treatments for stroke, heart attacks and cancers.

Social Media Spotlight - Alumna Angelica Barerra '00, '01

Our congratulations go to Javelina Alumna Angelica M. "Angie" Barrera '00, '01 who has been promoted to Associate Vice Provost for Student Success at The University of Texas at San Antonio! We know her ability to serve and positively impact students through her new role is #WithoutLimits!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @javelinaalumni to see future posts like this one!

Javelina Sports Spotlight

Coaches Caravan Visits Houston

Javelina Alumni gathered in Houston on June 11 for the Coaches Caravan! The event was held at The Tasting Room and allowed Javelinas to interact with our coaches and also provided a great venue for mini-reunions among our alumni - many who were former Javelina athletes! Thank you to all who attended and made the evening such a huge success!

What's Happening on Campus?

The university welcomed the Class of 2023 for their New Student Orientation in June! We are excited for these future #JavelinaAlumni to begin their journey at Texas A&M University-Kingsville!

Javelina Alumni Association Board of Directors Applications Now Open
Upcoming Events
We are excited to welcome back our alumni from the Championship Classes for their reunions this Fall! More details to follow soon.