Around Javelina nation Week of 10/28/19

Halloween on Campus

Kids from the Marc Cisneros Center for Young Children went trick-or-treating across campus on Halloween.

Nirmal Goswami named Regents Professor

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has designated 13 faculty members and eight agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2018-2019.

This year’s recipient of the Regents Professor Award from Texas A&M-Kingsville is Dr. Nirmal Goswami.

Dr. Nirmal Goswami.

“These awards recognize and honor the exemplary accomplishments and contributions of our faculty, extension or research professionals,” said Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “Though they vary in focus and location, these individuals exemplify the commitment to excellence in research and service that sets A&M System employees apart.”

Beef Marketing, Consumers, Technology, and Opportunities Discussed at KRIRM Ranch Management Symposium

A detailed look into the changing consumer, worldwide beef consumption, technology, and more was discussed at the 16th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management in Kingsville, Texas, Oct. 17-18, 2019. Professionals spanning the beef industry offered their knowledge to more than 200 ranchers and landowners from 16 states at the symposium, The Future of Beef Marketing: Technology and the Changing Consumer.

The 2019 Texas Farm Credit Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management recipients were recognized on Thursday, October 17 at the symposium dinner.
The 16th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management attracted more than 200 ranchers to Kingsville, Texas, Oct. 17-18 to learn about The Future of Beef Marketing: Technology and the Changing Consumer.
Symposium attendees enjoyed an industry trade show that was open during the two-day event.
A symposium attendee reviews materials in the trade show during symposium.
Symposium attendee listens to the start of presentations on beef marketing.
Four of the symposium speakers (from left to right: Randy Blach, Justin Gleghorn, Molly McAdams, Glen Dolezal) participated in a question and answer panel session concluding the final presentations of symposium.

The keynote address was delivered by Michael Uetz, Managing Principle of Midan Marketing. He broke down the different generations that make up today’s consumers and influencers. Where once the beef industry distributed the product and assumed consumers (baby boomer generation) would purchase it, now beef producers must meet the demands of a generation with higher expectations. Today’s consumers want more transparency on how food is raised, handled, and processed. A new category of meat eaters, explained Uetz, are the “Flexitarians,” those who follow vegetarian preferences yet still enjoy animal products in moderation. About one third of these consumers, said Uetz, claim vegetable/plant-based protein as their main dish, more than four times greater than the general meat eater. Uetz concluded with an explanation of the powerful impact that plant-based and new competitors have in their story telling and urged those in attendance to share their passions for environmental stewardship and pursuit of a safe, healthy, wholesome food supply.

Department of Language and Literature Writing Workshop Series

A Creative Writing Workshop was held in the Blue Room of Sam Fore Hall, facilitated by Dr. Sobia Khan, Dean for Academic Success at San Antonio College. The events were organized by Dr. Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay with the support of Dr. Roberto Vela Cordova, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature and in collaboration with Dr. Steven Corbett, Director of the Writing Center.

The writing workshop focused on the theme of “Writing Identity.” There were about 20 attendants throughout the course of the workshop. Dr. Khan also presented a talk on “Identity, Belonging, and the Search for Home” from 5-6:30 pm in Room 200 of the Javelina Dining Hall.

Dr. Khan and attendees at the talk in the evening. From left to right, Dr. Cathy Downs (faculty in Department of Langage and Literature), Mark Gutierrez (English major), Dr. Susan Roberson (faculty in Dept. of Lang & Lit), Sejal Bakhati, Dr. Aniruddha Mukhopadhyay (faculty in Dept. of Lang & Lit), Dr. Sobia Khan, Dr. Roberto Vela Cordova (Chair, Dept. of Lang & Lit), Dr. Michelle Johnson Vela (faculty in Dept. of Lang & Lit), and Marco Iniguez Alba (faculty in Dept. of Lang & Lit).
Image of the writing workshop with students listening to Dr. Khan.
Image of Dr. Khan conducting the workshop

Bloomberg classroom officially opened

The new Robert Justus Kleberg Sr. Bloomberg Classroom was unveiled in the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Funding for the new classroom came in the form of a $75,000 donation by Kleberg Bank.

Shown from left, are Stewart L. Armstrong, chairman of the Kleberg Bank Board of Directors; Dr. Natalya Delcoure, dean of the College of Business Administration; Gabe Guerra, president and chief executive officer of Kleberg Bank; and Brad Womack, Kingsville Market President and Chief Operating Officer for Kleberg Bank.

A classroom on the second floor of the Business Administration Building was converted to accommodate the lab. It opened for student use in spring 2019. The Bloomberg Essentials terminals that are housed in the lab provide users with an introduction to the Bloomberg Professional Service.

Grower Appreciation Event

Last Friday, we celebrated grower appreciation with an event honoring citrus growers at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in McAllen.

This year’s Legends awards were given to Jim Hoffmann and Julian Sauls.

Jim Hoffmann is a grower of many years standing. He serves on several boards (Citrus Center advisory board; Edinburg Citrus Association, Texas Citrus Mutual etc), and allows our faculty to conduct trails in his orchards.

[Left to right – Dale Murden/TCM president, Jim Hoffman, Dr. Julian Sauls, John da Graca]

Dr. Julian Sauls is a retired Teas A&M horticulture extension specialist who worked closely with the Citrus Center. He is also a grower and serves on the ECA board and the Texas pest/Disease management Corp, Technical Advisory Committee. He continues to maintain close ties with the citrus center.

Economic Forum

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick was the keynote speaker for the Annual Economic Forum held by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Business Administration and sponsored by Kleberg Bank. She talked about the duties of the Texas Railroad Commission and the importance of the state’s oil and gas industry.

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, left, chats with Dr. Mark Hussey, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville

At 100 years old, the Railroad Commission is the oldest oil and gas regulatory body in the world. Not only do they regulate oil and gas, but they also regulate pipeline and pipeline safety of 460,000 miles of pipelines. “We are the biggest pipe state by 6,” Craddick said.

Wildlife Education and Sustainability Training (WEST)

Last Week 10/22-10/25, A&M-Kingsville hosted the USDA-NIFA Grant Project Wildlife Education and Sustainability Training Wildlife Education and Sustainability Training (WEST) program. The goal of this grant project is to improve the training of future and current agricultural science teachers in wildlife and ecology. This is achieved through a four-day hands on workshop that focuses on teaching methods and wildlife technical skills. This grant is a partnership between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge. We had 18 undergraduate agriculture science students from TAMUK and Sam Houston State University in addition to seven current agriculture science teachers from across the state working together to improve their wildlife knowledge and teaching skills.

Activities included wildlife and ecology lectures, night time deer surveying, aquatic invertebrate labs, plant collection and ID labs, animal track, skull and scat labs and certification in the nationally recognized Project WILD curriculum. Participants were also able to make their own tracks, plant collections and received numerous curriculum materials to use in their future teaching. This is the second semester of this three-year project with 2-3 workshops scheduled every year. Dr. Bart Ballard, and graduate students Matti Bradshaw & Michela House, provided their expertise while leading lectures and labs at this training.

47th Annual Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Conference

The 47th Annual Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Conference was held in Corpus Christi, Texas October 16-19, 2019. There were over 100 plus exhibitors, 150 professional development sessions to choose from in addition to two keynote speakers at this year's conference. There were over 1,200 bilingual/ESL educators in attendance at the Bank of American Center.

A&M-Kingsville was well represented with volunteers, faculty presenters, Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) facilitators and one Community Service Honoree (Dr. Manuel Flores).

Keynote speakers included author, Victor Villasenor; and early childhood bilingual educator, Dr. Mariana Suoto-Manning. One featured session was a celebratioin of the 50th anniversary of the Bilingual Education Act of 1969 at the federal level. This panel session included former educators, university professors and legislators.

Dr. Norma Guzman served as the Conference Co-Chair with Dr. Frank Lucido, A&M-Kingsville alumni; Dr. Lucido and Guzman lead the local planning committee preparations for this year's conference.

Thursday night featured a performance by Ballet Nepantla at the Selena Auditorium; Friday night was the President's reception at the Omni hotel, with the theme of "Dia de los muertos" and a costume contest.

Homecoming Highlights

Study Abroad in Paris Can Drive

Several students from the music department at Texas A&M-Kingsville are raising money to fund their study abroad trip to Paris summer 2020. To that end, they have started the French Can-Ection, their effort to collect 500,000 aluminum cans by May 1, 2020. The cans will be recycled and the money raised will help fund their trip.

Lead by Dr. Elizabeth Janzen, the students will earn credit in either French or music. They will be studying how the Paris Conservatory, which emerged out of the French Revolution in the late 18th century, impacted and reflected music, art and culture through the 19th and 20th centuries, all while developing and improving French skills through immersion in the language.

Students have placed white collection boxes in the Bellamah Music Building, Sam Fore Hall, the residence halls, College Hall and the Memorial Student Union Building.

For more information, please visit their campaign page at www.facebook.com/CANectionCampaign or contact Janzen at 361-593-4562 or email at elizabeth.janzen@ tamuk.edu

Poultry stock has soared in active trading after a report indicated China may be lifting ban on U.S. poultry. See what our expert, Dr. Jason Apple, department chair and professor of animal science at #TAMUK has to say about that:

Theatre Production

Our Theatre dept. will be having a play this coming weekend Nov. 1 – 3, 2019 in the Little Theatre. The show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Free Admission for Faculty and Staff. $7.00 admission for everyone else.

Conner Museum exhibit features mosaics by South Texas artist, alumna

Visitors to the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be taken on a journey provided by their new exhibit A Journey to Elsieland: Mosaic Art of Elsie Reichenbacher. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, Dec. 14. Admission to the museum and the exhibit is free.

A Journey to Elsieland features 40 examples of mosaics created by the South Texas artist and university alumna in a variety of mediums and reflecting a variety of subjects. Reichenbacher has been a resident of Corpus Christi since graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music from Texas A&I University in 1974.