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Around Javelina Nation Week of 03/18/19

Students Celebrate Holi

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called as the “festival of colors” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. It is celebrated by throwing colors at each other. Students at A&M-Kingsville enjoyed celebrating at Mesquite Village Grove.

Texas A&M-Kingsville theatre students, faculty bring home festival honors

Theatre students and faculty from Texas A&M University-Kingsville were successful at the regional level of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Abilene.

Corey Ranson, associate professor of theatre, received the highest honor, the KCACTF Gold Medallion Award. It is given by each of the eight regions to honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the KCACTF.

Ranson said, “It means we got some recognition for what we do. They know we are a small program and I appreciate them a lot. It also bodes well on myself and the university for what we have done here. When we do a show, we know we must work harder than other schools, but we still put up great work.”

Individually, Ryan Duncan won the Aspire Arts Management Award which provides him with an all-expense paid trip to the national festival in Washington D.C. for a week to participate in an arts management fellowship.

Lexi LaCour received the Music Theatre Initiative Finalists Award.

The theatre production of June Bugs received an award for supporting new works and a plaque honoring the production.

From Path to Plate

Students and faculty from Texas A&M-Kingsville recently participated in From Path to Plate. At the demonstration, graduate students along with Dr. Greta Schuster and Dr. Tanner Machado, presented information to local elementary students regarding various topics on food production including the importance of wheat, corn, dairy and poultry. Learn more in the video below.

Visiting Professor

Dr. William "Bus" H. Jaco is an American mathematician, who currently resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jaco is known for his role in the Jaco–Shalen–Johannson decomposition theorem and is currently a professor at Oklahoma State University.

Jaco visited the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville on March 19. While on campus he met with Dr. Hussey and other members of university administration, as well as faculty members.

KIII TV highlights A&M-Kingsville Accounting Students

With the tax deadline quickly approaching, learn how accounting students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville are helping the local community during tax season.

King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management Managing Farm and Ranch Employees Lectureship

The King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management hosted 48 ranchers at the Managing Farm and Ranch Employees lectureship in Kissimmee, Florida, February 21-22, 2019. This lectureship was held in partnership with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Attendees at the 2019 Managing Farm and Ranch Employees Lectureship participating in the listening exercise.

Excellence in employee management is of critical importance for successfully managing livestock, land, and natural resources. The ranchers in attendance increased their understanding of the value in training and motivating employees effectively and building a productive team. Under the instruction of Dr. Bob Milligan of Dairy Strategies, LLC and professor emeritus of Cornell University, participants learned the value of identifying the future direction of the ranch and its workforce needs; supervisory and coaching skills; effective recruitment, interviewing, and hiring procedures; and more. A key take-away for the participants was the importance of maintaining an open dialog of communication between employers and employees. Dr. Milligan stressed the significance of listening to employee needs and concerns through a workshop-style listening exercise with various scenarios. Participants were also taught the six steps to writing an effective position description, which ended with participants employing their new skills to develop position announcements for their ranches as part of a team exercise.

Instructor Dr. Bob Milligan, Dairy Strategies, LLC and professor emeritus at Cornell University.
The group of ranchers represented 130,000 beef cows and almost 2 million acres of ranchland and wildlife habitat.

The ranchers in attendance ranged from general managers to mid-level supervisors, representing 130,000 beef cows and almost 2 million acres of ranchland and wildlife habitat.

12th Annual Cactus Cup on tap for defending National Champions

The defending national champion Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program kicks off its outdoor season on Friday, March 22, with the 12th Annual Cactus Cup at Pepsi Field at Javelina Stadium.

Photo courtesy of Hugh Lieck.

The meet begins at 1 p.m. CT with returning First-Team All-American sophomore Johnathon Harper (Lorena, Texas) entering his first decathlon after placing seventh at the 2018 NCAA National Championships. Events will run until Saturday, March 23, with the 4x400 meter relay bringing the first outdoor competition of 2019 to a close.

TAMUK bumped up to No. 11 in NFCA Poll

For the second straight week, the Texas A&M-Kingsville softball team took a step forward in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, sliding up one place to No. 11, their highest spot in the rankings this season.

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:

Each day, students who excel in a certain area will be eligible to wear a special button representing their hard work and dedication. Students who wear their championship button on their designated day will receive a 10% discount at all Aramark locations on campus, including the Javelina Dining Hall and Starbucks.

Student Champions Award Nomination Form

One of the highlights of Championship Week is the selection of students to win our student championship awards at the MVP Reception. Faculty members, staff members and students are invited to take a few moments to nominate a student to win an award in one of the selected categories. Nominations are due no later than noon, March 28th. The nominations are submitted online, and the nomination form and description of the award categories and criteria can be found at this link:

Conversations with Campus Book Authors/Editors

During April 22-26 the University Library Committee has scheduled “Conversations with Campus Book Authors/Editors,” an event in Conner Museum on Wednesday, April 24, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Authors who wish to participate please go to:

Campus authors interested in more information should contact Ms. Sylvia Martinez, Jernigan Library Administrative Coordinator II, by March 22 at sylvia.martinez@tamuk.edu or x4092.

The event will be open to the public.

Dr. Grace Ann Hopkins

Dr. Grace Ann Hopkins, former dean of the College of Education at Texas A&I University, passed away March 9. She was 80. Hopkins was the first female dean of an academic college awarding undergraduate and graduate degrees at Texas A&I. She came to Kingsville in 1986 and served a dean for five years. She stayed on as professor and coordinator of Special Education Programs until her retirement in 2011.

In 2013, the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System awarded Hopkins the title of Professor Emerita, recognizing her leadership, scholarship and collegiality.

She was born in Chicago and earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University. Hopkins received her master’s and doctoral degrees in special education from University of Illinois.

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