Around Javelina Nation Week of 12/10/18

Congratulations Graduates

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.

TAMUK students from left to right: Sammy Guerra, Kristina Cardenas, Harley Guzman, Allison Watts and Esmeralda Gutierrez

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.

Students at a table (back left) with Dr. Consuelo Donato and Dr. Tanner Machado listening to a speaker. Also pictured is Dr. Catherine Simpson from the TAMUK Citrus Center

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.

Speaking to the audience was Bertha Venegas with USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

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.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Vegetable Field Day

Dr. Consuelo Donato takes 6 undergraduate students from the Dick & Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture & Natural Resources to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Vegetable Field Day on December 5, 2018

Hydroponic setup for leafy vegetable production

Agriculture students from TAMUK got a chance to meet future President, Dr. Mark Hussey prior to the conference and field day, and later opportunities to discuss with A&M AgriLife Researchers about their research performed in Weslaco, Texas.

Aquaponic system for Talapia and vegetable production
New tomato hybrid screening in greenhouse
Movable greenhouse structure and different lettuce varieties
Tomato field evaluations under drip irrigation
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology used in agriculture
Potato psyllid and Zibra chip disease in pototo production

Stevenson’s Career-high 21 Points Propel Javelinas Past Wonder Boys

Senior Robert Stevenson (Houston, Texas) set a career-high with 21 points and added nine rebounds to steal the show as the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team powered past the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, 80-70, on Saturday afternoon at The Highlands gym in Waco, Texas.

"I was proud of how our kids bounced back in the second half," said coach Johnny Estelle. "It's pretty evident the 10-day layoff had an effect, but you have to give Arkansas Tech credit also."

Javelina Baseball First Pitch Banquet set for January 18

The 2019 Texas A&M-Kingsville Baseball First Pitch Banquet is set for January 18, 2019, to celebrate the Javelinas' run through the 2018 season that featured the first-ever NCAA South Central Regional Championship and first appearance at the Division-II College World Series in program history.

Fans of Javelina baseball who are interested in purchasing tickets to this prestigious event can do so at the following link: bit.ly/FPBanquet. Tickets are available for $50 for an individual ticket, or $600 for a table reservation.

Hours of operation for Javelina Care Pantry and Campus Dining Locations

The Javelina CARE Pantry—our pantry which provides free nonperishable food items, hygiene products, paper goods, and professional clothing—will be open at the following days and times this week:

Monday, December 17 from 1-3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 18 from 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, December 19 from 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, December 20 from 10 a.m. to noon

Closed Friday, December 21-January 6

Reopening January 7—Monday and Friday from 1-3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m.

The Javelina CARE Pantry is located in the Memorial Student Union Building, room 220A. You may gain access as needed at other times by calling 361-593-3606.

Campus Dining

In order to accommodate remodeling, deep cleaning, and employee training, the following schedule has been set for campus dining for the break:

Starbucks will be closed for renovations and updates starting Monday, December 17, 2018. Thank you to Aramark for providing complimentary drip coffee daily between the hours of 8:30 am to 1 pm in the hallway near Starbucks. Starbucks will be partially completed and open for business on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Please excuse our mess while we try to provide the best Starbucks experience possible with the ongoing renovation.

Chick-fil-A will provide a lunch option through Wednesday, December 19, 2018 and then will return on Monday, January 7, 2019.

Subway will be available as a lunch option through December 20, 2018 and will be open for the campus community on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Taco Taco will be closed during the break and will reopen for the Spring Semester on January 14, 2019.

Residential dining halls, Cup and Chaucer at Jernigan Library, and Pizza Hut in the Memorial Student Union Building will be closed throughout the break and will reopen on the first day of the semester in January.

All hours can be viewed at www.tamuk.campusdish.com by clicking on the locations and hours tab on the main page, then clicking on each location for more details. As always, Javelina Dining Office can be reached at 593-3096 for any further questions.

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