Nearly 700 graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees during three commencement ceremonies held at the Steinke Physical Education Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday, Dec. 14.
At the 10 a.m. ceremony, graduates from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Science; the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Performance received their degrees.
At the 1 p.m. ceremony, graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering crossed the stage.
The graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences received their degrees at 4 p.m. This ceremony was the last commencement for University President Dr. Steven H. Tallant who is retiring at the end of the month. Click the link below to visit our Facebook page to see how we surprised him during that ceremony.
Tallant Endowment Started to Develop Presidential Scholarship
The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation has established the Steven and Karen Tallant Presidential Scholarship Endowment in honor of the couple’s service to the university. More than $200,000 has already been committed to the new fund.
According to Brad Walker, Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation Chief Executive Officer, the Foundation made the decision at a recent meeting to establish the scholarship and provide $500,000 in matching funds for any contribution of $10,000 or more.
CYC Deliver Letters to Santa & Sing Carols
Last week, children from the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children dropped off letters to Santa and sang Christmas carols across campus.
Missed the carols? Listen below.
Therapy Dog Helps Students Take a 'Paws' from Studying for Finals
Beginning with Yale Law School Library about ten years ago, libraries have begun inviting therapy dogs to library buildings for students to interact with the dog and "chill out" for a few minutes. Our library was able to begin such a program this past week during finals.
Shop Javelina Heritage Collection Online
Get your favorite Javelina gear at the university bookstore. You can shop the bookstore online at the link below.
Texas Association of Students for Bilingual Education (TASBE) Toy/Book Drive
The Texas Association of Students for Bilingual Education (TASBE) completed their Toy/Book drive for Driscoll Children's Hospital, with a delivery on Tuesday, December 12.
In collaboration with TASBE, Harlingen CISD's Lamar Dual Language Academy - Student Council and their sponsor, Ms. Erika Campos collected over 200 toys for Driscoll Children's Hospital. Dr. Norma Guzman, TASBE faculty sponsor, and TASBE member Yvette Martinez, picked up the toys on Monday, December 11 in Harlingen, Texas.
Guzman said the Student Council at Lamar Elementary, with their sponsor Erika Campos did a great job with the toy drive. Each student who donated a toy, received a ticket to attend a school dance.
"In addition to the toys collected in Rhode Hall on campus in Kingsville, the toy drive was a success. We hope that these donations make a child's day while at Driscoll's Children's Hospital," Guzman said.
Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hosted a Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference in McAllen, Texas on December 6-7, 2018. The educational conference had speakers from USDA-NRCS, USDA-FSA, USDA-ARS, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Veteran’s Commission, Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas Grazing Land Coalition, Texas International Produce Association, Texas Center for Local Food, Grow Local South Texas as well as speakers from Texas A&M University—Kingsville, University of Texas-RGV, Texas A&M AgriLife, University of Arkansas, University of Georgia, North Carolina State Extension, Texas A&M, Clemson University and the University of Kentucky.
The conference was designed to aid agriculture producers with the most influential issues affecting producers today. As part of the conference, Texas State Senator Juan Hinojosa addressed the audience in regards to the state government and how agriculture impacts and is impacted by legislation.
Over the two days, there were workshops that addressed four main areas: 1) small producers, 2) ranching, 3) farming, and 4) southern sustainable agriculture research and education (SSARE). From TAMUK, there were eight undergraduate students who attended the conference with three TAMUK faculty. The students included Kristina Cardenas, Sammy Guerra, Esmeralda Gutierrez, Harley Guzman, Jennifer Mendez, Ayla Rangel, Yolanda Reyes, and Allison Watts. Allison, Harley, Kristina and Sammy received scholarships from NCAT.
Processed Meats Product Show
This fall, students in the Processed Meats course (ANSC 3390) were able to showcase what they learned in the course by developing a meat product, and marketing the product to consumers at a product show that was held in the Human Science building on campus. In the course there were 22 students divided into nine groups with each group creating a meat product. The products ranged from snack sticks, to sausages, to battered cheeseburger bites. Over the course of a lunch hour, there were 50 individuals who came to taste and evaluate the students’ products.