Around Javelina Nation Week of 10/15/18

Sole Finalist for President of A&M-Kingsville Announced

The Texas A&M University System Regents named Dr. Mark Hussey as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


Hussey is a long-time leader in The Texas A&M University System, having served as Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 2008 until 2018 and as the Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research from 2004 until 2008.

He also was Interim President of Texas A&M University for 15 months during 2014-15.

“Dr. Hussey’s wealth of administrative experience in the A&M System will pay immediate dividends to Texas A&M-Kingsville,” said Charles W. Schwartz, chairman of the Board of Regents. “He is a perfect fit for Kingsville.”

Schwartz and Regent Phil Adams led a 12-member search committee to find a replacement for President Steve Tallant, who is retiring at the end of January.

“Mark’s breadth of experience spans the most prolific agriculture research in the country, the best agricultural academics in the country and 15 months running Texas A&M University,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “He did a great job in each of these and I predict he will oversee the rise of Texas A&M-Kingsville to a whole new level.”

Don't forget to thank your technicians during this #VetTechWeek! Vet techs are everything nurses are to humans and more. We would like to say thank you to all our amazing veterinary technicians here at A&M-Kingsville. Thank you for your hard work, compasion and dedication to making life better for every animal!

And for those interested in #ACareerThatLovesBack this is your time to look into our program!

Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) 2018 Conference

Eleven Texas Association of Students for Bilingual Education (TASBE) members took a professional development trip to Dallas, Texas for the TABE 2018 Conference.

During the conference, TASBE members facilitated sessions in which they were responsible for being time keepers and providing attendees with their confirmation of attendance sticker at the end of the session.

Future Javelinas in the Making

Driscoll Middle School AVID visited the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering on Saturday, October 13. They had the opportunity to visit with engineering faculty, football players majoring in engineering and fraternities. They also joined President Tallant for burgers under the President’s tent, met Porky and Baby and heard from the Javelina Band before they made their way into the football stadium. For many of these students this was their first time on TAMUK campus and it was a first time for all of them to attend a college football game. They had an amazing evening watching the Javelina football game.

12th Annual Tejano Heritage Awards Banquet

President Steven Tallant and Javelina Nation alumna and long-time regional educator Dr. Linda Villarreal were honored during the Tejano Heritage Banquet Thursday. The banquet—part of the university’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage—recognizes alumni and university supporters for their role in advancing education and culture in South Texas. Tallant was recognized for both his university leadership and his support for the Tejano Civil Rights Museum in Corpus Christi. Villarreal was honored for her work with the Premont Alliance, which played a crucial role in the Premont Independent School District’s success.

Documentary Screening of "Teach Us All"

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Texas Association of Students for Bilingual Education (TASBE) hosted a documentary screening. "Teach Us All" is organized around three central themes:

  • the critical role of teachers in shaping the lives of young people
  • the urgent need for community engagement to ensure the success of schools
  • the power of students themselves, who must fight for the quality, equitable education system they deserve

This event was hosted in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Javelina Madness

The 2018 Javelina Madness will take place at the Gil E. Steinke Physical Education Center on Thursday, November 1, starting at 8 p.m. to give fans and alumni a chance to meet the 2018-19 Texas A&M-Kingsville men's and women's basketball programs.

The first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free Javelina basketball t-shirt.

Brabham and Jones tabbed IBC Bank Players of the Week

Senior outside hitter Maddie Brabham (Kingwood, Texas) tied the school record in kills over the weekend in a five-set thriller for the Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball program, while senior Brandon Jones (Houston, Texas) put on a one-man show on his way to a 41-yard scoop-and-score for the football program as the duo were tabbed the IBC Bank Players of the Week for the eight iteration of the award.

Priority Registration

While consulting with your academic advisor prior to registering for classes is highly recommended, it is not required for all students. Please check your Blue & Gold Connection to see whether advising prior to registering is mandatory for you.

Also, please review your Blue & Gold Connection for outstanding holds that will prevent you from registering for your classes. If you clear your holds now, you will be ready to register when your priority registration date arrives.

For more information on registration, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

FAFSA Workshop

Get your FAFSA Done for Fall 2019-Spring 2020. FAFSA became available on October 1, 2018 at www.fafsa.gov

Timely completion of the FAFSA is critical for families and their ability to gain access to the largest possible amounts in state, federal, and institutional college aid programs. Financial Aid will be hosting a Financial Aid Workshop to help you complete your 1920 FAFSA Application on October 25, 2018. Priority is give to those who sign up at: http://www.tamuk.edu/finaid/upcoming-events.html.

To ensure the free workshop is a success make sure to bring the following:

1. Download the FSA Application

2. FSA UserID and Password

Make sure to bring all FSA User ID and passwords to complete and submit the FAFSA. For additional information, visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

3. 2017 Tax Information for Parent(s) and Student-including non taxed income

Bring all W2’s and Tax Returns for 2017.

Have you lost anything recently or did you find something and are looking for the owner? The University Police Department keeps a log of lost items that have been turned in to them at this website:

Honoring and our proud past, and continuing the legacy of excellence!

Be sure to attend some of the homecoming festivities next week!

Homecoming Shirts Available

Student Discount Available for Local Concert

Texas A&M University-Kingsville students, faculty and staff can use the code word Javs to get $5 off the Michael Ray concert for Ranch Hand Weekend. The concert is scheduled for November 17 at the JK Northway in Kingsville.

This code will be valid through October 31.

Purchase your tickets at the link below:

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