Around Javelina Nation Week of 03/04/19

Students, faculty and staff: You are cordially invited to the inauguration of Dr. Mark Hussey, the twentieth president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

If you are unable to attend, you may watch the event via livestream, which will be found at tamuk.edu/inauguration.

Students: Please continue to check your emails and social media for updates on how you may be asked to participate in the inauguration ceremony.

All are encouraged to check email for more information regarding the upcoming inauguration. As always, you are encouraged to share your inauguration experience on social media, using the hashtag #Welcome20!

Dr. Mark Hussey

Ballard, Wester, students win big at Wildlife Society Texas Chapter

The Wildlife Society Student Chapter from Texas A&M University-Kingsville brought home a number of awards from the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TCTWS) state meeting. In addition, a number of faculty members also won awards.

Kelly Wood, a senior from Victoria received one of the highest honors, the Colin Caruthers Award. That earned Wood, the Texas A&M-Kingsville chapter’s Distinguished Student Award.

Michael Page, a senior from Kennedale received the Charly McTee Award and Mikayla House, a master’s student from Helotes, received the Sam Beasom Memorial Award.

Dr. Bart Ballard (Left) and Dr. David Wester (Right) after receiving their awards.

Two faculty members received major awards. Dr. David B. Wester, professor, received the Educator of the Year award and Dr. Bart Ballard, professor and C. Berdon and Rolannette Lawrence Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Research, was made an Honorary Life Member.

Health and kinesiology students take home bronze medal in statewide exercise science academic bowl

A team from Texas A&M University-Kingsville placed third out of 35 teams at the Texas American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Student Bowl in Fort Worth.

The Texas ACSM Student Bowl is an annual event where teams of undergraduates from universities from all over Texas compete in an academic quiz bowl devoted to exercise science and sports medicine topics.

This is the best finish that the team from A&M-Kingsville has had in the 10-year history of the event, surpassing the 2016 team that placed fifth at the event held in College Station.

The team from A&M-Kingsville consisted of Armando Gonzalez, Alyssa Fick, Abbey Wells, and alternates Isaiah Culpepper and Isabel Soto.

Alpha Lambda Delta Induction

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta welcomed 42 new members at the March 4, 2019 Induction. The ceremony honored students whose first year on the TAMUK campus was 2017/2018.

Photos from Alpha Lambda Delta Induction ceremony

Recognizing outstanding academic achievement in the first-year of study at a four-year institution, membership in Alpha Lambda Delta is open to full-time first-time on campus students who rank in the top 20% of their class at a four-year university. A minimum GPA of 3.50 is also required.

This year’s new TAMUK members have grade point averages that average out to 3.92; half of them had a perfect 4.00.

At the ceremony, twenty-two graduating seniors were honored by presenting them with their Alpha Lambda Delta honors cords.


In honor of #InternationalWomensDay we'd like to take a moment to recognize the amazing women of #JavelinaNation! 👏

Hogs host Rams for four games

Just three days after taking away a thrilling win in wild walk-off fashion, the Texas A&M-Kingsville baseball program will host No. 24 Angelo State for a four-game series starting on Friday, March 8, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. CT at Nolan Ryan Field.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Gonzales

The Javelinas took on St. Edward's earlier in the week and came away with a 15-14 win in the bottom of the ninth after battling back from a 10-0 deficit going into the bottom of the third inning. The Hogs loaded up the bases with two outs in the ninth and the winning run came home courtesy of a wild pitch from SEU to move TAMUK to 10-4 on the year.

Mickens and Stevenson named to All-LSC teams

Two key contributors to the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball program were honored by the Lone Star Conference on Wednesday, as freshman Darius Mickens (Willis, Texas) and senior Robert Stevenson (Houston, Texas) were named to the All-LSC teams ahead of the matchup against Angelo State on Thursday, March 7, to start the tournament.

Interruption of service to the Water Supply

Due to construction work at the corner of Ave. B & Armstrong on Saturday, March 9th, there will be an interruption of service to the Water Supply for the Engineering Complex and Dotterweich Building starting at 12:00 PM. The disruption of service will last until 9:00 PM on Saturday, March 9th; please plan accordingly. Thank you for your patience during this construction work.

Be safe during Spring Break

With Spring Break fast approaching, System Risk Management wanted to briefly touch base with you regarding the current situation in Mexico.

We understand that Spring Break is a student’s personal time, and thus not controllable by their respective institutions. We would still like to strongly encourage each of you to inform yourselves on the U.S. State Department Mexico Country Information Page found:

South Padre Island is a favorite destination of those participating in Spring Break and crossing the border into Matamoros, Mexico is a likely destination. The specific reference to Matamoros is below.

Tamaulipas state – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel due to crime.

Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault, is common. Gang activity, including gun battles and blockades, is widespread. Armed criminal groups target public and private passenger buses as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers hostage and demanding ransom payments. Federal and state security forces have limited capability to respond to violence in many parts of the state.

U.S. government employees may only travel within a limited radius between the U.S. Consulates in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros and their respective U.S. Ports of Entry. U.S. government employees may not travel between cities in Tamaulipas using interior Mexican highways and they must observe a curfew between midnight and 6:00 a.m. in the cities of Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo.

If you or anyone with your institution would like to further discuss the Mexico situation, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Dr. Shane Creel, CSP, CFE, CCEP

  • Executive Director
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • 955 University Circle
  • MSC 141 Lewis Hall 158
  • Kingsville, Texas 78363
  • (361) 593-2237

Please have a safe and fun Spring Break

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