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January 2020 edition

Distinguished Alumni Awards - Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the Javelina Alumni Association's 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open. If you know of a Javelina deserving of these prestigious awards, please nominate them at the link below. Deadline for nominations is March 20th.

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Surpasses $100 Million Campaign Goal

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation has raised more than $100 Million in private support through its comprehensive capital campaign, With You. Without Limits. The Campaign for Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Continuing until Aug. 31, 2021, With You. Without Limits. has exceeded its goal 20 months ahead of schedule as dedicated supporters of Texas A&M University-Kingsville continue to propel the university’s opportunities of excellence for students, faculty and staff.

To read the full press release, please visit the link below.

Javelina Alumni Spotlights

Clayton Hewett '06 was named the Executive Vice President of Engineering at Vaquero Midstream. Congratulations, Clayton! You can view the full article at the link below.

Melinda Luna '87 was awarded the 2019 Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award by The American Society of Civil Engineers. Congratulations, Melinda! You can view the full article at the link below.

Congratulations to Distinguished Alumnus John P. Jackson '73, '75, who was named to Forbes Magazine's Best In-State Wealth Advisors for 2020!

President Mark Hussey & Dean Mohammad Alam Guests at Southwest Research Institute

President Mark Hussey; Brad Walker, Vice President for Institutional Advancement/Foundation CEO; and Dr. Mohammad Alam, Dean of Engineering, were guests of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The day was arranged by Roger Lopez '84, who serves on the College Engineering Deans Leadership Board. Many Javelina Alumni work at Southwest Research Institute and were able to gather with one another and showcase their research.

President Hussey with Dr. Ernest A. Franke '61, '63, former Dean of Engineering and current Technical Advisor with Southwest Research Institute.
Student Spotlight

Vet Tech Student Spends Winter Break Working Alongside the Texas State Aquarium

Victoria Saenz, a first-year veterinary tech at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently spent her winter break with the Texas State Aquarium learning firsthand about animal health and assisting with procedures on Aquarium and Wildlife Rescue animals.

Students Share First-Day Experiences

The university caught up with students on the first day of classes for the Spring 2020 semester. Watch the video below to hear from current Javelinas about their first-day experiences!

Music Students To Participate in National Opera Competition

Students from the Music Department at Texas A&M-Kingsville are set to participate in the National Opera Association's Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. Learn more in the video above.

Faculty Spotlight

UPD Celebrated on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Jan. 9th was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, and the UPD were recognized and celebrated for their hard work and dedication to keeping our campus safe!

Social Media Spotlight

Brittany Culp '14 Inspires Others Through Fitness Journey

Javelina Alumna Brittany Culp '14 was diagnosed with RP as a child, causing her to lose her sight as she grew older. Now 28 years old, she refuses to let that hold her back and encourages others through her fitness journey. Watch the video at the link below to hear from Brittany about her story!

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Javelina Sports Spotlight

San Francisco 49ers Coach Kris Kocurek '06 Heads to Superbowl

Javelina Alumnus and former Javelina Football Coach Kris Kocurek '06 is headed to the Superbowl in his first year as defensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers! Join us in cheering on Coach Kocurek as the 49ers compete against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 2nd!

You can learn more about why he attributes much of his success to his time spent at Texas A&M-Kingsville in the Javelina Story linked below.

Juan Castillo '86, '90 Hired by Chicago Bears

Former Javelina Football Coach Juan Castillo '86, '90 was hired by the Chicago Bears as a new offensive line coach. You can read the full press release at the link below.

Al Harris '97 Hired by Dallas Cowboys

Javelina Alumnus Al Harris '97 was hired in January by the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive backs coach! Welcome back to the great state of Texas, Al! You can read the full press release at the link below.

Men's Basketball Team Visits The Capital

Javelina Alumnus Caleb Troxclair '04 hosted the Javelina Men's Basketball team at The Capital on Jan. 17th. The student-athletes enjoyed a tour of the building and lunch together during the visit.

Javelina Softball Team Picked No. 1 in Preseason Poll

Williams Receives Don Hansen All Super Region IV Second Team Accolade

Senior Kyle Williams (Katy, Texas) from the Texas A&M-Kingsville football program was named to the Don Hansen All-Super Region Four second team offense on Tuesday in a release from the Don Hansen Football Committee. Read the full press release at the link below.

Santia Deck '14 Signs Contract with Women's Football League Association

Santia Deck '14 has signed a contract with the new Women's Football League Association. Learn more about Deck's journey post-graduation from Texas A&M-Kingsville at the link below.

Engineering Hall of Fame Open for Nominations

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering seeks Engineering Hall of Fame nominations as well as nominations for a new category of recognition - Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna.

The Javelina Engineering Hall of Fame designation is presented to alumni who have demonstrated long-time, successful contributions to their careers and communities and have brought special honor to the College of Engineering due to their accomplishments.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna designation recognizes graduates of the university who have experienced professional success and who are within 15 years of their graduation from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The online nomination form is available at the link below. Deadline for nominations is April 10th.

Upcoming Events

Join us in Austin for a Hog Call with the Print Austin Expo

Join Todd Lucas, Art Communications & Theatre Arts Department Chair, and Javelina Rising Star Jesus Pantel '99 for a night of art, socializing and fun! Alumni will meet for food and drinks at the Brewtorium, where you'll receive a complimentary ticket to the Printmaker's Ball, a Print Expo event, being held right next door. To learn more about the Print Austin Expo, you can view their full event brochure at the link below!