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OCTOBER 2021 EDITION

ALUMNI NEWS

JAVELINA HOMECOMING IS HERE!

Distinguished Alumni Awards, Concert, Tailgate, Cornhole Tournament and Texas A&I Throwback Game: Javelinas vs. WT

Something for everyone! Click on each event image to get details or visit: https://www.tamuk.edu/homecoming

campaign totals more than $114M: with you, we are without limits.

Over 6,000 contributions from alumni & friends, totaling $114,073,541, is already at work - enhancing labs, adding scholarship endowments and expanding research!

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation kicked off With You. Without Limits. The Campaign for Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2018 with a goal to raise $100 million, making this campaign the first and largest comprehensive campaign in the history of our institution. Campaign chair Gene Dawson ‘82, President of Pape-Dawson Engineers in San Antonio, said, "an additional benefit of the campaign was strengthening the Foundation’s alumni outreach". While the campaign has come to a close, there are still ways alumni and friends can be involved, helping the next generation of Javelinas. Whether it be through time or talent - there's always an opportunity to give back!

"Campaigns like this are about excellence. That's really what philanthropy is." - Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Dr. Mark A. Hussey

get your Javelina HERITAGE gear THROUGH NOVEMBER 22nd!

Shop online now and show off your Porky pride!
Alumni Spotlights

SIGMA CHI Alumni gather in rockport

More than 20 Javelina Sigma Chi alumni gathered for a reunion in Rockport, joined by Texas A&M University-Kingsville President, Dr. Mark A. Hussey

CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE:

Javier Peña '76 visits campus for Luncheon

Pictured: Vice-President for Institutional Advancement Brad Walker, Javier Peña '76 and Director of Development Ruby Gonzalez '02

Inspiring the hit Netflix series, NARCOS, retired DEA agent Javier Peña '76 revealed inside stories from the center of the investigation that brought down the infamous narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar.

Texas A&M-Kingsville honors Hispanic alumni with awards

Pictured Left: Oscar Gozalez, Antonia Alvarez, Roberto Gonzalez and niece of Alicia Clarke

Four Javelina alumni were honored at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Annual Tejano Heritage Award Banquet on October 14th. Oscar Gonzalez, who received the Tejano Heritage Award, was one of the first Hispanics to play football for the Javelinas and a longtime teacher and coach in South Texas. Antonia Alvarez, a longtime administrator at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, received the Tejano Service Award. Alvarez, retired from the university in 2021 after serving more than 30 years in various administrative capacities. Roberto Gonzalez, a longtime teacher and coach in South Texas, received the Tejano Heritage Award. Gonzalez was one of the nation’s top distance runners in the late 1960s when he earned All-America honors for the Javelinas. Alicia Clarke is a retired educator and school administrator with more than 60 years in South Texas education. She was awarded the Tejano Service Award.

TWO JAVELINAS return to speak on social justice

Pictured: Dr. Natasha N. Croom and Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford

The President's Council on Climate, Diversity and Inclusion at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will present "Social Justice: Perspectives and Reflections from the United States" to the campus community, on November 1, 2021 starting at 1pm CST.

Dr. Natasha N. Croom '03, Associate Dean of the Graduate School & Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the College of Education at Clemson University, will give the keynote on "Building Coalitions for Equity: The Time is Now!". Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford '04, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity & associate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and History at the University of California Irvine, will be speaking on "Small Justice: Embodying Change in our Daily Lives".

University Spotlight

new Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering Announced

Heidi Taboada-Jimenez, Ph.D.

Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Lou Reinisch, announced the new Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering will be Dr. Heidi Taboada Jimenez. Dr. Taboada Jimenez joins Javelina Nation from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Texas A&M-Kingsville to receive $45 million for critical renovations

Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be receiving $45 million in funding from the Texas legislature’s SB52 that will help provide support for critical campus renovations. The University will also receive funding from SB8, the COVID-related appropriations bill to enhance the quality of education for at-risk students.

annual economic forum Nov 3rd hosted by college of business administration

Speaker: Dr. Lloyd Potter

The College of Business Administration will host its annual Economic Forum at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 3, in the Memorial Student Union Building. This year’s keynote speaker will be Lloyd B. Potter, demographer for the State of Texas. He will discuss Demographic and Economic Shifts in Texas: Business Related Implications.

HONORING ALL VETERANS, nov 11th at 12pm

Picutred: COL (ret.) Lisa Carrington Firmin '79

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville ARMY ROTC Javelina Battalion invites you to a special Veteran's Day ceremony featuring Javelina Distinguished Alumnus, retired U.S. Air Force COL Lisa Carrington Firmin '79, starting at noon on Thursday, November 11th. The program will take place on University Blvd. in front of the "Leaders of the Pack" Javelina Statue.

A ribbon cutting celebration in Eckhart Hall will be held immediately following the ceremony, to unveil our new Military & Veteran Resources Center. The ROTC Javelina Battalion looks forward to honoring all our service men and women.

Javelina Engineering survey

Calling all Javelina Engineering Alumni, your input is important. The College of Engineering would love your feedback! Please visit the link below to participate in this short survey.

Student Spotlight

Soil Judging team takes first place

Pictured Javelina students: Alexandar Meza, Amberly Zaragoza and Erik Zamora

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Soil Judging Team took first place in soil pit competition in the Southern Region Soil Judging Competition held at West Texas A&M University October 11-13, 2021. Team members Alexander Meza from Mission, Amberly Zaragoza from San Antonio and Erik Zamora from Brownsville, were coached by Dr. Ammar Bhandari, assistant professor in the agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sciences.

“Most institutions had four or more students to select as their top competitors for the team judged pit. This year only three students from TAMUK could travel that week. So to place 1st with the three students we had is awesome and rare,” shared Dr. Shad D. Nelson, Professor and Dean of the Dick & Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. The Javelinas competed against teams from University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State University, Tarleton State University and Texas Tech University.

Thanks to the earnings from The C.F. “Dick” Schendel ’50, ‘51 Soils Science endowment, established by Schendel's daughter, Cindy Schendel Nankervis and her husband Bryan, the Soils Team was able to participate in this competition.

Javelina Battalion wins Task Force Lipan Ranger Challenge

Congratulations to the Javelina Battalion Ranger Team

The Javelina Battalion took first at La Copa Ranch in the Task Force Ranger Challenge competition earlier this month and advance to the Brigade competition at Camp Gruber in Oklahoma, November 5-7. There they will compete against 9 other teams including programs from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.

Social Media Spotlight
Congratulations to Javelina alumnus Steve Windels '00
Javelina Sports Spotlights

2021 Javelina Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Javelina Athletics has announced the Javelina Hall of Fame inductees to be honored on February 18, 2022: Don Pittman, Kassie Rezza, Al Harris, Vivian Scholz, and the 1995 Javelina baseball team. Congratulations to these outstanding Javelinas!

Johnny and Buzz: a tale of two Javelinas

Pictured: Javelinas Buzz Williams & Johnny Estelle. The two coaches will go head-to-head at Reed Arena on Nov. 1st

On Nov. 1st, 2021, the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team will make its second trip to College Station, Texas in three years for a matchup against the Texas A&M Aggies. For most people, the significance of this game will be two squads, with championship aspirations at their respective levels, giving fans a first glimpse of what is in store for the coming season.

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Covid-19 University Updates

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Coronavirus Update

For all official Texas A&M University-Kingsville updates on COVID-19, please visit the university's website at the link below.

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