Welcome back to Texas A&M-Kingsville!
We would like to welcome all our students, faculty and staff back to campus. For those new to #JavelinaNation, this weekly newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all things happening at A&M-Kingsville.
Texas A&M-Kingsville Vet Tech Club wins national Chapter of the Year award
The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) gives a Student Chapter of the Year award to one deserving group. This year, that student chapter is from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Known officially on campus as the Vet Tech Club, the organization is still in its infancy, formed just three years ago. The group is made up, not only of vet tech students, but also others in the pre-vet program or those just interested in animals.
The Student Chapter of the Year award is given to a NAVTA student chapter that works to promote the field of veterinary technology/nursing and demonstrates involvement in community service.
"In the year 2017-2018, our chapter has donated approximately $500.00 for items to be provided to families in need that are a part of the Heifer international program," Tiffany Pope, Instructor in the Veterinary Technology Program and Advisor for the Student Chapter of NAVTA at TAMUK said.
Not only do our students promote educational information about the veterinary technology field, but our students are also very loving, caring, and so dedicated that they will do anything in their will to give back to those in need.
About the Veterinary Technology Program at TAMUK
Veterinary Technologists work side by side with veterinarians to provide the best medical care for patients and the best customer service to clients. Functioning as veterinary "nurses", technologists are involved in all aspects of veterinary medicine including anesthesia, pharmacology, nursing care, laboratory procedures, radiology, surgical assistance, and client education.
What differentiates Texas A&M University - Kingsville's Veterinary Technology (VETT) program is its emphasis on large animals, wildlife and lab animal expertise to meet the future needs of animal care. It is one of only 22 programs in the U.S. that offers a 4-year B.S. degree; the rest are 2-year certificates or AAS degrees. This program is the only one in Texas that offers a hands-on classroom experience, dedicated to giving students the best experience. Only 30 students are admitted each fall which allows for small class sizes and individual attention.
A state-of-the-art, 10,000 square foot teaching facility that includes classrooms, animal housing areas, student study areas, laboratory spaces, surgical and radiology rooms and other teaching spaces is used for all veterinary technology courses. Beyond the teaching hospital, program participants have access to the university farm, wildlife center and the National Natural Toxins Research Center. Students also work with Kingsville Animal Control for small animals and surrounding community ranches for greater access to cattle and horses.
The TAMUK Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the AVMA as a program for educating veterinary technicians.
Texas A&M-Kingsville receives grant to gear courses toward Naval workforce
Faculty in the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science departments at Texas A&M University-Kingsville were recent recipients of a grant from the Office of Naval Research that will help produce engineering graduates that will qualify for U.S. Navy related research and advanced technology as a career option. The group received over $675,000 for the next three years, 2018-21.
As part of the project, engineering faculty from Texas A&M-Kingsville, will redesign the curriculum in existing courses to introduce and strengthen naval relevance in presentations, projects and applications, said Dr. Xue Yang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and principal investigator for the grant.
#JavelinasAbroad: CSDO Students Take Belize
Belize is home to 375K people. There is only one speech pathologist for the entire country. During their study abroad trip, Students for Global Communication from TAMUK worked to fill that gap. Learn about their work by reading their blog here:
Javelina Pride Spotted on Good Morning America
Margaret Olivarez, an educator at Copperfield Elementary School in Texas, noticed her student didn't have shirts to wear for the school's weekly "College Shirt Wednesdays." She asked universities across the nation to donate them.
Dr. Albert Ruiz, Dean of the College of Education at A&M-Kingsville, answered her request, personally hand-delivering TAMUK shirts to her.
A big nod of appreciation to Dr. Ruiz for going out of his way to help a fellow educator inspire young students. A great example of #JavelinaPride!
Social Chatter in Javelina Nation
The TAMUK Flute Society is hosting a day-long “Flute Day” this Sunday, January 20th, from 11-7. We are featuring guest artist Elena Pinderhughes, a world-famous jazz flutist.
The whole day is FREE and will include educational activities for flutists and non-flutists alike, culminating with a FREE concert from 6-7PM in Miller Recital Hall (Bellamah Music Building). Everything is open to the public. For more information email Dr. Elizabeth Janzen: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook Event page:
Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series Presents Michael Moschen’s ‘Mysterious Forces’
Ranked as one of the world's leading jugglers and one of America's most visionary performing artists, Michael Moschen has transformed this ancient circus art into a mesmerizing concert form that has garnered critical acclaim as "genius," "exhilarating virtuoso entertainment" and "flawless purity" from leading media such as the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.