Around javelina nation Week of 01/21/19

A&M-Kingsville professor helps local community determine tree age

Back in June 2017, Dr. Weimin Xi, associate professor and senior ecologist in the biological and health sciences department, visited Kleberg Elementary School in Kingsville and measured a pecan tree.

June 2017: Dr. Weimin Xi measures tree.

Kleberg Principal Connie Calderon Herrera had asked Xi to measure the tree because they were curious about its age.

Xi calculated his measurements and compared it to some available tree ring data of similar size pecan trees and determined that the Kleberg Elementary tree is more than 100 years old and likely up to 120 years old.

Armed with that information, Herrera was able to get a Historical Marker for the tree. That marker was dedicated Thursday, Jan. 24, and Xi was present at the celebration.

Regents approve two new master's degrees for A&M-Kingsville

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved Thursday, Jan. 17, two new master’s degrees for Texas A&M University-Kingsville. They also authorized the degrees be sent to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the final approval.

The first new master’s degree approved is environmental systems management which will reside in the agriculture, agribusiness and environmental sciences department in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The College of Business Administration will be a partner for this degree.

The second is a graduate degree in mechatronics which will live in the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences and the department of mechanical and industrial engineering in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering.

The proposed implementation date for both new programs is fall 2019.

Environmental Systems Management

Environmental science courses have been offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level as elective courses since 2012 and enrollment has grown over that time. The enrollment data, coupled with increasing national demand for trained environmental scientists who can evaluate the economic aspects of the environment as an integrated system, indicate that the time is right for this advanced degree.


Mechatronics is a field that combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a significant increase in the demand for professionals working collectively in these fields.

If approved, Texas A&M-Kingsville will be the only institution in Texas to offer a degree in mechatronics engineering. This program will build upon the current computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering research and national prominence.

2019 Annual Concerto Competition

The TAMUK Music department hosted the final round of the 2019 Annual Concerto Competition on Wednesday, January 23. Two winners were selected by a panel of faculty judges: vocalist Oscar Lara and flutist Emily Munoz. Both musicians will be performing as featured soloists with the TAMUK Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, April 14th at 3 p.m.

Vocalist, Oscar Lara
Flutist, Emily Munoz

Texas A&M-Kingsville students honored on President's List, Dean's List, Honor Roll

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has released the names of the students who made the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the fall 2017 semester.

In order to qualify for the prestigious President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 15 semester hours and have a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted for the semester with a minimum of 13 semester hours completed.

The Honor Roll requires a grade point average of 3.5 while taking at least 12 semester hours.

A listing by hometown of all students making the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll can be found at the link below:

Sparked by Mills, Mickens, Javelinas erase another deficit for fifth straight win

Sparked by a 32-8 run to close out the first half, the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team wiped away an early 14-point hole to notch a 65-53 victory over the MSU Texas Mustangs on Thursday night in Lone Star Conference action at the Steinke Physical Education Center in Kingsville, Texas.

Photo courtesy of Leo Garcia.

The was the largest Javelina comeback during the Johnny Estelle era and marked the third time this season TAMUK has won a game after trailing by more than 10 points.

"It was ugly, but we'll take an ugly win any day," said Estelle. "Wins are hard to come by in this league. We just have to continue to work hard and get one percent better every day. These kids are working at a high level, believing and trusting each other and playing hard for their school. That's all that I care about."

Javelinas Secure 71-67 Win Late at the Line over Mustangs

Photo courtesy of Leo Garcia.

Icing the contest late at the charity stripe, the Texas A&M-Kingsville women's basketball program came away with the hard-fought 71-67 win over MSU Texas in a Lone Star Conference matchup that came down to the wire on Thursday at the Steinke Physical Education Center.

Javelina volleyball tryouts set for Feb. 24th

Javelina volleyball will be holding their annual open tryouts on February 24th from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Steinke Physical Education Center, the program announced on Thursday.

The tryout is open to graduating high school seniors, transfer students and those currently enrolled at TAMUK.

Each participant will need to bring their unofficial transcripts, their NCAA ID number, which can be obtained from the NCAA Eligibility Center, and a completed physical. Current students at the university must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of classes and must have been a full-time student in the fall of 2018. Transfer students will need a release from their previous school and must also meet the NCAA's transfer requirements.

January 30 is the 12th Class day (Census Date). No registration beyond this date. Last day to pay in full or make payment arrangements.

Michael Moschen to perform for university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

On Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m., this dynamic performer will perform at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Jones Auditorium, in a free public performance.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The Michael Moschen performance is part of the university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series. The audience will be asked to try their hands at skills that are both fun and challenge how they see their own limitations.

Center of Negotiation Schedules Seminars

Four sessions scheduled for spring 2019

The Center for Negotiation in the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has scheduled seminars for the spring semester.

All seminars will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce. Seminars are $25 each. The deadline to sign up is three days prior to each event.

  • February 7th - Negotiating a Crisis
  • February 28th - Negotiating Improvisation
  • March 28th - Negotiating Ethically
  • April 25th - Negotiating and Body Language

Current TAMUK students, faculty and staff can email CFN@tamuk.edu to receive a code for a 20 percent discount. For more information, contact Dr. John Cicala, director of the Center for Negotiation at CFN@tamuk.edu or (361) 593-4429.

Javelina Bound

Would you like to learn more about Texas A&M – Kingsville? We are bringing the Javelina Nation to you! Please join us for Javelina Bound where you will have an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and current students and learn more about the educational and social opportunities available to you at Texas A&M – Kingsville.

Check in and resource fair will begin at 6 p.m. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. with a welcome from Texas A&M University-Kingsville leadership followed by face-to-face opportunities to learn more about what the Javelina Nation offers you in academics, student life, and affordability.

By attending this event, you will be eligible for door prizes and a chance to enter the cash grab machine! We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP today!

January 30 – Sugarland

February 6 – San Antonio

February 12 – Rio Grande Valley

February 20 – Central Texas

Are you working on an interesting research project? Do you know someone who just received an award? Please send your accomplishments, story ideas, fliers and upcoming events to shelby.purdy@tamuk.edu to be featured in the newsletter.

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