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AUGUST 2021 EDITION

ALUMNI NEWS

Javelina Day of giving Sept 15th

Celebrate our pride & traditions with a gift of any size AND get it MATCHED to the area you are most passionate about!

In support of Javelina Day of Giving, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board has designated $100,000 of previously received Welhausen Estate funds to create a $50,000 gift match AND a $50,000 competitive bonus!

$50,000 GIFT MATCH: $1 per $1 match up to $1000 for any gift made online at www.javelinagiving.org/oneday in support of Javelina Day of Giving

$50,000 COMPETITIVE BONUS: Five, $10,000 bonuses will be granted to the top five performing Javelina Day of Giving campaign priorities. Performance will be measured by the total amount raised. Campaign priorities include: Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Class Giving Society, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Human Performance, the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, Honors College, Javelina Athletics, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children, Military Science and President's Circle.

Join us in honoring the day we broke ground on Javelina Nation, Sept 15th, and watch Javelinas across the globe unlock the power of Javelina Pride!

Back-to-school with DARRELL GREEN, Pro Football & Javelina Hall of Famer

Green spoke with Javelina Football, volunteers and staff during his visit to Kingsville.

Superior HealthPlan, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Douglass Youth Center teamed up to bring former Javelina Football player Darrell Green to Kingsville for a Back-to-School Community Fair & Fest. "Be prepared for right now", Green told Javelina football players and athletic staff - words these Javelinas will likely never forget.

Green, an All-American player during his time with Javelina Football, went on to play in the NFL with the Washington Football Team starting in 1983. The Super Bowl Champion is known for his speed and made a mark for himself throughout his 20-season career. In 2008 Green was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he continues to be an inspiration not only to Javelinas, but across the nation to many fans and young people.

interested in serving the javelina alumni association? board of director Applications are now open

Looking to make a difference at Javelina Nation? We are now accepting applications for the Board of Directors for the Javelina Alumni Association. Approved applicants, for the three-year terms, begin after the General Meeting October 30, 2021.

ALUMNI ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

Thanks to our alumni for the thousands of updates through our oral history project! If you have not called in or responded to the emails or postcards - you still can. The project will continue collecting updates a little longer. If you did not receive a postcard or an email, but want to share your story, please contact us at javalumni@tamuk.edu

Alumni Spotlights

JAVELINAS IN NASHVILLE CELEBRATE 50+ YEARS OF BROTHERHOOD

From Left to Right: Dennie Dixon '70, John Waddell '69, Michael Colwell '71, Martin Chiuminatto '70, Richard Bridgers '71 and Rick Womack '70

Six alumni and brothers of the Theta Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma in Kingsville, TX attended the 173rd National Conclave in Nashville last month. They celebrated over 50 years of membership in the Order of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. While they all live in different parts of Texas - they still stay in touch, often attend Javelina Football games, share old memories and even continue to create new adventures - including some with the Kappa Sigmas on campus today!

long-time Javelina ALUMNI retire after serving a combined 120 years to Javelina Nation

Left Photo: J. Randy and Belinda Hughes, Right Photo: Brad Walker, Bruce R. Schueneman, María de Jesús Ayala-Schueneman and Jeff McLain

After serving the university for nearly 40 years, Javelina alumnus J. Randy Hughes '74, '82, recently retired. He was first an instructor and later Department Chair for Health & Kinesiology before serving as Vice-President of Advancement and then Chief of Staff. Hughes is well known across campus, in the surrounding communities and among the thousands of alumni who he impacted during his time as an employee of Javelina Nation.

Faculty members, Javelina alumni and leaders of the Jernigan Library - Bruce R. Schueneman '83 and his wife María de Jesús Ayala-Schueneman '72, '86, '98 retired this month. Most recently, Schueneman served as Library Director after his 42 years with the university. Ayala-Schueneman served for 38 years and retired from her role as Associate Director of Public Services. We wish these three Javelinas the best in their retirement!

MEET TAYLOR TASKA '14

Taylor Taska, photo credit: Javelina Athletics

Taska '14 played multiple pivotal roles for the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball program from 2010 to 2014. He crafted an effort on the mound that featured nine saves in the 2010 campaign while his efforts at the plate across all four years landed him fourth all-time in hits, second in doubles, third in home runs and second in RBI. He was rewarded with the 2013 Lone Star Conference Co-Player of the Year, NCBWA South Central Region Player of the Year and a Daktronics First Team All-America bid. He recently was named Player of the Decade.

Where is he now? After graduation Taska returned to Houston and for years worked for Enterprise running the accounting office for South Houston. Now he now works in a consulting role working with the leasing division in client relations. He still keeps in touch with some of his fellow Javelinas through fantasy football league!

University Spotlight

Do you love wildlife and nature? The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute offers big time adventures through the new podcast series "A Talk On the Wild Side". Join Dr. Sandra Rideout-Hanzak, Ph.D. and faculty as they chat with experts and enthusiasts on topics from butterflies and native plants to quail and sea turtles!

Texas A&M-Kingsville partners with Fannin Innovation Studio to develop novel antivenom

Fannin Innovation Studio announces it has been awarded a $2 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, National Institutes of Health (NIH) for development of a novel RaptamerTM-based antivenom, in partnership with Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Snake bite envenomation is a significant problem in the United States (U.S.) and worldwide that can result in substantial morbidity and even death. Each year, approximately 8,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by venomous snakes.

SUMMER COMMENCEMENT WELCOMED ANOTHER CLASS OF ALUMNI

Left Photo: Graduation Couple and Right Photo: Dave DeLaney, photo credit KRIRM

During Summer Commencement, there were 340 prospective graduates that received degrees. David S. Delaney, vice president and general manager of ranching and wildlife for King Ranch® Inc. received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree during one of the ceremonies. DeLaney earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond and a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition from Texas A&M University.

Looking to hire Javelinas? Are you a Javelina looking for a job? The 2021 Career Expo is Oct 20th!

Looking to hire work-ready Javelinas? As an employer you can register your organization for the Fall 2021 Javelina Virtual Career Expo, taking place October 20, 2021 from 1pm-4pm CST.

Are you a Javelina Alum looking for a job? You can register online for this event through Javelina Careers powered by Handshake and also check out CareerShift - Advanced Searches through the Career Services website.

Student Spotlight

the 2021 Pride of South Texas Drum majors are ready for showtime!

Left to Right: Meaghan Rodriguez, Carlos Navarro and Kevin Perez

It's almost that time of year - not only is it football season, but it's almost performance time for our Pride of South Texas Javelina Marching Band! We cannot wait to watch these drum majors in action. Meaghan Rodriguez is a Senior who plays the clarinet, Carlos Navarro is a Senior who plays the saxophone and Kevin Perez is also a Senior and plays the clarinet. Good luck to these leaders and the entire Javelina Marching Band!

Family Weekend is coming! Apply for Family of the year award before 9/2/21

Family Weekend is September 24-25th

Family is what makes Javelina Nation special! Do you have a currently enrolled student? Then submit your application for your family to be considered for the 2021 Family of the Year! Your student will have the opportunity to win a $500 scholarship! We hope to see you all September 24-25th!

Social Media Spotlight
Javelina Sports Spotlights

kicking off the 2021-2022 season at Javelina BBQ

Javelina Athletic alumni, supporters and staff gathered to celebrate the start of a new season!

KRIS 6 to BROADCAST JAVELINA HOME FOOTBALL GAMES

Javelina Athletics announced a partnership with local television affiliate KRIS 6 to broadcast the entirety of the home schedule for the 2021 Javelina football season. "As a Javelina alumnus I am very excited to televise Hoggie football," said Alan Harwell '83, Sports Director for KRIS 6. "This will give fans who are unable to attend in person a chance to watch the games in the comfort of their own home. "And an added benefit to our TV package, the games will be replayed during the week. So I invite fans to sit back, relax and enjoy great Javelina football."

Javelina Volleyball is gearing up to defend the division title

Less than six months since the end of arguably the best year in program history, the Texas A&M-Kingsville women's volleyball team is taxiing back into take-off position for the start of the 2021-22 season, which will begin with four matches in San Angelo, Texas at the Kathleen Brasfield Invitational at the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center on Friday and Saturday.

Stay up to the minute with all things Javelina Athletics on the mobile app today!
Covid-19 University Updates

Texas A&M University-Kingsville Coronovirus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their recommendations for fully vaccinated people to maximize protection from the Delta variant.

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