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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.
The officers of the award-winning Vet Tech Club prepare to be interviewed about their new award by Marissa Cummings from KIII-TV.

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:

"In closing, this has been one of the most life changing educational experiences I have ever been a part of. Over less than two weeks we explored different areas of Belize, took a tour of a tropical farm, broke bread and cooked with Mayan women, climbed to the top of an ancient Mayan structure, went snorkeling, zip-lining, cave tubing, and finally spent a week working with children and teachers at the Stella Maris School," Eric Swartz, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at A&M-Kingsville said.

It is difficult to put into words how proud I am of the six SGC students who embarked on this adventure with me. After spending several days exploring Belize and observing the SGC students work with the children and teachers at Stella Maris, I realize that these six SGC students are gifted and truly care about how important it is to make a difference with the children they work with.

Hear what the students had to say about their one-of-a-kind experience by watching the video below:

USDA Career Success Program

TAMUK College of Agriculture students are gaining a wealth of valuable experience and knowledge each year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Career Experience Program.

Students Visit Padre Island National Seashore Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery

Over the winter break, a group of faculty and students from the Chemistry and Biology Departments visited the Padre Island National Seashore Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery. This activity was organized by Dr. Maribel Gonzalez Garcia. Watch the video the students made about their experience below:

Dr. Hussey Welcomes Students, Faculty and Staff to Campus

Dr. Hussey addressed faculty and staff of A&M-Kingsville at the Spring 2019 General Faculty and Staff Meeting on January 10, where he talked about his plans for the upcoming semester. Hear from the new President in the video below:

First Day of Classes Recap

Texas A&M University-Kingsville welcomed close to 8,000 students to campus for the spring semester.

JESC Extended Hours

The Javelina Enrollment Services Center (JESC), located in room 132 of the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB), is your one stop for frequently asked questions regarding admissions, financial aid and registration. In order to provide more convenient service to Javelina Nation the JESC will be open extended hours on the following days:

January 26 (Saturday) 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

January 28-30 (Monday - Wednesday) 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Stevenson nabs LSC Defensive Player of the Week Award

Photo courtesy of Leo Garcia.

Senior forward Robert Stevenson (Houston, Texas) has become the first Javelina to capture one of the Lone Star Conference's weekly basketball awards in 2018-19, as he was named the LSC's Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday.

The senior from Houston played an integral role in his team's recent victories over No. 8 West Texas on Thursday and Eastern New Mexico on Saturday. In the Javs' upset of the Buffs, his stat line included seven points, nine rebounds and a pair of rejections. He also helped limit one of the LSC's top players, WT forward Ryan Quaid to seven points on just 2-of-7 shooting. Less than 48 later, Stevenson set a new season-high with 10 boards while blocking two more shots in a nine-point triumph over ENMU. He also spearheaded a defensive effort that held the Greyhounds to a shooting percentage of 31.3, matching their lowest mark of the season.

Thompson, Meador pave the way for 64-62 Javelina win over Mustangs

Hoping to play spoiler on the road, the Texas A&M-Kingsville women's basketball program got standout performances from a pair of players on Thursday at Drag's Court and came away with a 64-62 win over Western New Mexico to get back into the win column in Lone Star Conference play.

Photo courtesy of Leo Garcia

"I thought it was a good team win," said head coach Wade Scott. "We made plays when we needed to and anytime you can get a conference win on the road it helps."

117 Javelinas named to LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

The Lone Star Conference announced the Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2018-19 fall semester on Thursday, with 117 members of the Texas A&M-Kingsville athletic programs making the list of 1,237 student-athletes.

The Javelinas had a total of 38 student-athletes compile a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester, third most amongst all LSC schools.

From the TAMUK athletic department, head coach Daren Wilkinson's football program lead the way with 28 student-athletes making the cut. Right behind the gridiron group was 23 from the three squads headed up by head coach Ryan Dall, while head coach Jason Gonzales' baseball program rounds out the trio with 17.

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.

Dr. Albert Ruiz.

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!

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Flute Day

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: elizabeth.janzen@tamuk.edu 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.

Moschen will be performing ‘Mysterious Forces,’ a dynamic act that identifies, explores and celebrates the essentials of Creativity.

This free event will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 29 in Jones Auditorium. This event is open to the public.

Office of Student Activities January Event Calendar

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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