AROUND JAVELINA NATION Scroll down and see what is happening around campus this week

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The last stop in the Javelina Bound tour ended in McAllen, where prospective students to Javelina Nation got to visit different departmental booths, speak with advisors, take pictures with Porky and win scholarships and prizes!

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Student Health and Wellness held its 15th annual Tropical Temptations: Safe Spring Break Fair. Highlighting safety during Spring Break, there were many informational booths for students to visit and help educate them on being safe during Spring Break.

You may have heard the music and seen the wheels zipping by. We caught up with Alan, to hear his story and to talk about his impact on fellow students here on campus.

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The Javelina men’s basketball team was chosen to compete in the NCAA Division II South Central tournament set at Lockridge Arena in Golden, Colorado. Their first game will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, against the winner of the Lone Star Conference tourney, University of Texas-Permian Basin. Live stats and video will be available at the following link, http://www.javelinaathletics.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball. Scroll to the bottom of the schedule to find the UTPB game.

Five teams from the Lone Star Conference were chosen for the South Central tournament: Texas A&M-Kingsville, UTPB, Tarleton State University, West Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Dr. Elda Sanchez spoke at the SXSW Education Expo in Austin on Tuesday, March 7. Her presentation included information about diversity in the STEM fields.

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Dr. Catherine Ming Tu, assistant professor of music education, was selected by the campus NOW organization as Person of the Year for 2017.

Tu teaches music education methods classes that are designed to train music teachers and to promote and improve music education in children from early childhood to middle school. Her research centers on infant and toddler music behaviors and their interactivity with the iPad; music and autism; and the early impact of music on general intelligence and linguistic skills.

While at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tu has received the University Research Award, Undergraduate Research Award, Spring Research Award and the College of Arts & Sciences Arts and Humanities Research Award. In 2008, she received the prestigious Presser Music Award for her creation of a children’s music curriculum, “Authentic Chinese Children’s Songs and Music.”

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Over 320 junior high and high school students from 34 surrounding South Texas schools participated in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering EWeek Challenge – Let’s Zip to It! The students were given one hour and 15 minutes to build a vessel to drop a marble on a target using a zip line; they could only use the items in the bag supplied. In addition to the students, approximately 55 school staff joined us on the campus. After the challenge was complete, the schools had the opportunity to tour the campus and the engineering complex, visiting labs and observing demonstrations.

The winners of the competition were:

Junior High

1st – Mathis Junior High

2nd – Odem Junior High

3rd - Premont Junior High

High School

1st – Roy Miller High School

2nd – London High School

3rd - Hebbronville High School

The 50th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, March 24-25. This year’s guest performer is one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, the legendary Doc Severinsen. He will perform with TAMUK Jazz Band I at the Saturday evening concert at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Admission is $10.

Texas A&M-Kingsville has been recognized as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfer. A&M-Kingsville was one of only 65 institutions nationwide selected for this honor. Winners were selected based on engagement, collaboration, impact and achievements related to the transfer of community college students as well as partnerships, support, admissions outreach, scholarships/financial aid, student engagement opportunities and institutional priorities.

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center in Weslaco is a 2017 Texas Environmental Excellence Award winner! They were awarded for their work on "Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency: Citrus." The project was a collaborative effort between the Citrus Center, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension – Corpus Christi and Weslaco, and Harlingen Irrigation District – Cameron County #1. Read more about the award by clicking the link below.

One member of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Speech and Debate Team will be competing at the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial National Tournament in Boise later this month. Kendall Blackwell, a sophomore from Smithville, will compete in impromptu, extemporaneous speaking and poetry.

To qualify, Blackwell had qualifying performances in two earlier meets. She placed fourth in impromptu speaking at a tourney at Prairie View A&M University. At the Beach Swing tourney at Del Mar College, she was third in impromptu and sixth in extemporaneous speaking.

A second Javelina, Lue Gonzales from Bishop, also qualified for the national tournament, but is unable to attend. He qualified by placing in poetry and prose at Prairie View (fifth on Day One and fourth on Day Two) and second in poetry at Del Mar.

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