Around Javelina Nation Scroll through to see what happened on campus for the week of September 4 through September 8, 2017

We hope all of you had a relaxing Labor Day holiday!

Several students from Javelina Nation have dedicated their time to cleanup efforts around the Gulf Coast after the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help students who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click below to make a contribution.

The University is encouraging willing and able bodied persons to serve as volunteers on Saturday, September 16th from 8am-2pm to help clean up the areas of the Coastal Bend that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click below for more information and to register to help.

Recognizing the Excellence of Graduate Students Attending Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Sruthi Ganesan Valli, 24, is studying computer science and will conclude her graduate degree in May 2018. The Kerala, India native is grateful for the high-quality education that Texas A&M University-Kingsville has given her, and has made many great memories on campus.

Why did you decide to attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville?

I was keen to study in a university which can give me quality education, and while searching various options I found that Texas A&M University-Kingsville had the best faculty available in the areas of my interest. The diverse lines of research in the field of Computer Science encouraged me to choose this university, since I wanted to do my Masters with a thesis option. Above all, taking into consideration my GRE score and my undergraduate academic records, the university offered me a $1000 scholarship and an in-state tuition waiver. It greatly reduced the financial burden on my family, and cleared any uncertainty I may have had regarding my choice.

Did you conduct research on the university prior to making your decision?

I had many choices on where I could have gone to receive my Master’s degree. I was very particular in choosing a university that would give me an amazing experience in terms of academics, culture, life and everything a master’s student could expect. I went through the history of this university and how it had grown from the time it was established in 1925 to be the biggest and leading university in South Texas. When going through the research work being done here, especially in my field, I was inspired and wanted to be a part of it. The university made my choice easier by offering a scholarship, which encouraged me to work hard and contribute towards the university and my field.

Describe campus life at A&M-Kingsville.

The facilities on campus are state-of-art. The campus is beautiful, clean and green everywhere. The library in the university is a bundle of knowledge in itself. The computer labs, and the labs belonging to other departments, are also well equipped. The swimming pool, tennis courts, and gym are also great, and encourage students to be physically active, and take part in outdoor activities. Altogether, the university has all the essentials that any student could ask for.

Do your professors take the time to ensure you fully understand the content you’re being taught?

The professors here are very friendly, encouraging and try to pay individual attention to each student as much as possible. They encourage students to approach them with any kind of research interests or ideas, and help them in any way they can.

Are you involved in any organizations on-campus? If so, have they made your college experience more worthwhile?

During my fall 2016 semester I was involved in a bike recycle program. We had campus cleaning, pumpkin planting, Halloween party planning and many other events. I got to meet a lot of new students from different cultural backgrounds and learn about them. I learned to appreciate the fact that although all of us are as different as the day and night, we are still living together as one, in this university.

What research are you currently focusing on?

Teaching is my passion. I have always worked in areas, which could enrich education and make it an enjoyable experience to students. From the time I have been closely acquainted with the field of computer science, I have noticed that students struggle to learn a lot of new and emerging computer languages. I plan to orient my research in a way that could make this a lot easier to students. I am currently focusing on developing an online website/ tool, that would make learning JAVA (a famous coding language) easier to everyone, particularly high-school students. This work is being conducted under Dr. Young J Lee, from the computer science department, and it is a part of S.T.E.M. education research work. I am also developing a tutorial website for JAVA under the guidance of Dr. David Hicks, form the computer science department.

How do you think this research will prepare you for your future career?

I wish to take up a profession in teaching. The topic of my research would be very effective in molding me into a good teacher. It would help me view my field as a teacher, but from a students’ perspective. I believe, this is necessary when you want your teaching to be effective

What do you think makes Texas A&M University—Kingsville unique?

The mix of students from diverse cultural backgrounds, the location of the university is what that make the university stand out. In a very brief time (being situated in a semi-urban area) the university has grown to be the biggest in South Texas, which is very commending. I feel this growth is what makes the university unique.

Does living in a small town like Kingsville make it easier to focus on your graduate studies, as opposed to living in the hustle and bustle of a big city?

The location of a university plays a significant role in the life of a student. As opposed to those located in the city, Texas A&M Kingsville is in a semi-urban area. In fact, I was little apprehensive, about the whole place, when I first came. I have since realized that it is actually good for a university to be located in a place like Kingsville. The reason being is that it has everything to offer, from water to food to groceries to libraries to hospitals. In short, it has all the basic necessities, but they also do not distract a student. In such places, where there is not much to do, students actually end up spending time studying.

What advice do you have for any students considering pursuing a higher education at A&M-Kingsville?

I would say they have chosen the best place possible in terms of location, facilities, professors and finance. In fact, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, I would say you can do you can complete your higher education in the most effective way possible.

What is the best thing about being part of Javelina Nation?

The campus, students, staff and people you will surround yourself with while here are the best part. I would say that at any time, one can proudly claim that he/she is a part of Javelina Nation.

Tessie Ledesma is a senior studying Communications at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master's in Business Marketing.

In early-August, former Miss TAMUK, Tessie Ledesma, competed in the Miss Texas/Lone Star State Pageant in Houston. The event was conducted by the National Elite Pageant System and is the official preliminary to the National Elite Pageant.

September 23rd vs. A&M Commerce

Finance and Chief Financial Office

• Human Resources

• Strategic Sourcing and General Services / Logistics

• Accounting Services

• Budgets

• Business Services

• Financial Reporting

• Payroll Services

Office of the President

• Office of Compliance

• TAMUK Foundation/Office of Alumni Services and Giving

• Office of Marketing and Communications

Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation

• Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation

• Athletics

• Campus Recreation & Fitness

WHAT: President’s Tailgate Parties

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: President’s Tent (with tower logo) at Javelina Stadium

RSVP: Thursday by noon, to Raquel Garcia (raquel.garcia@tamuk.edu or 593-3207)

Good luck to our Javelina football team who will be traveling to Canada this week to face off against Simon Fraser University!

AUSTIN, TEX. (Sept. 1, 2017) -- Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations, and businesses have come together to launch the Harvey HELP Fund, a crowd-sourced relief fund dedicated to aiding the close to 500,000 students impacted by Hurricane Harvey--almost a third of all of the college and university students in the state. Announced today, HELP, which stands for Higher Education Learning Pathways, will provide emergency funds to enable students in southeast Texas to stay on or more quickly return to their education pathway.

Two student organizations at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host a Memorial Run/Walk in honor of Sept. 11. The event will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday, Sept, 11, on University Boulevard in front of College Hall.

September 12:

Women's Volleyball Game V.S. St. Mary's

7:00 p.m.

SPEC Auditorium

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