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Around Javelina Nation Week of 04/01/19

2019 Cattle Raisers Convention

Last week, students and faculty in the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management (KRIRM) graduate program attended the 2019 Cattle Raisers Convention and Trade Show held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 29-31 hosted by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. This convention provided educational and networking experiences for KRIRM graduate students through the School for Successful Ranching classes and the industry trade show.

KRIRM ranch management graduate students from left to right: Joe Glascock, Zane Herrin, John Olsen, Chance Muehlstein, and Tyler Gardner.

KRIRM graduate students attended multiple sessions at the convention that built upon their knowledge of ranching topics such as cattle health and reproduction, agricultural law, natural resource management, low-stress cattle handing techniques, and more. KRIRM faculty member Dr. Rick Machen and KRIRM Practitioner Stan Bevers opened the School for Successful Ranching with the opening general session presentation titled “20 Years From Now: An Informed Estimate of the World in 2039.” Machen and Bevers provided an engaging look into how the ranching industry can embrace various changes over the next 20 years in regards to consumers and technologies.

Rick Machen, PhD, (left) and Stan Bevers opened the School for Successful Ranching sessions with their presentation on the future of the beef industry.

During the trade show, students and faculty interacted with many ranching stakeholders who were interested in KRIRM’s ranch management graduate program and rancher learning opportunities. The trade show also provides job networking opportunities for the graduate students who are nearing spring graduation.

Students interacting with visitors to the KRIRM trade show booth at the 2019 Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

High-Impact Practices in Higher Education

The Center for Student Success at Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted their fourth annual conference on High-Impact Practices in Higher Education March 29.

This year’s topic, Sustaining Undergraduate Research Across the Curriculum, ties in with the recent new ranking the university received from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Texas A&M-Kingsville ranking as a Carnegie Classified Doctoral University with High Research Activity.

Speakers discussed the importance of undergraduates doing research. Watch more below:

Engineering Students Tour Brewery

Senior chemical engineering students enrolled in CHEN 4311 (Biochemical Engineering) took a field trip to the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas with the two faculty that teach the course, Drs. Alexander and Amaya.

This is a trip that the faculty organize every year so students get practical exposure to fermentation processes, which is a fundamental aspect of the beer manufacturing process.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Awards TAMUK

AVID is a non-profit, college readiness system aimed a closing student achievement gaps. AVID for Higher Education is the newest component in the AVID program and is currently being implemented in more than 40 colleges and universities nationwide. Texas A&M-Kingsville was the first to complete the process. Watch:

Ag Olympics

Students from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and students from Palo Alto Community College competed in the annual AG Olympics. The Hay Toss, Wheel Barrel Races, Tug of War and Egg Tossing were some of the events. Take a peak in the video below.

Spring Fling 2019

Watch the recap and highlights of Spring Fling below:

TAMUK Lecturer art on display

Ruth A. Keitz, Harlingen Art Forum Featured Artist and TAMUK Adjunct Lecturer in Art, presented "View / No View," a collection of recent mixed media collages many of which feature the ubiquitous business window envelope.

The exhibition continues through April 20 at Harlingen Art Forum’s D’Arte Centre Gallery, 115 East Jackson Street, Harlingen Historic Downtown District.

My mixed media collages reflect my interest in the physicality of objects, their “thingness”: textures, shapes, colors. Regardless of the series, message, or symbolism, all my work includes a variety of found objects. In the tradition of Picasso’s collages and Duchamp’s found objects, the stuff of my art is likely to be ropa usada or other man-made discards or the discards of nature.
The subject matter of View / No View explores how we create a space/room where we live and where we work. The spaces/rooms include former classrooms where I have taught, views from my studio, views of room in what was my sister’s home, views of spaces and structures from my childhood home. Some of the works are done as diptychs or triptychs showing the same scene from differing points of view.

First-place Javelinas host Mustangs for three

With another series victory over a ranked team in their pocket and after moving into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll top five, the No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville softball team is set to start a three-game series at home against the Western New Mexico Mustangs, beginning with a Friday night contest that will begin at 6 p.m. at Hubert Field in Kingsville, Texas.

The Javelinas (28-5, 14-4) spent their previous weekend in Canyon, Texas, taking two of three from No. 9 West Texas A&M to remain undefeated in series against ranked opponents. That series win allowed TAMUK to remain in first place in the Lone Star Conference and the Javs also upped their record against ranked teams to 8-2. The team's current total of 28 wins is just one shy of the 29 victories they totaled in 2018.

Javelinas lead Decathlon after Day One at David Noble Relays

A pair of decathletes representing the Texas A&M-Kingsville track and field program are currently pacing the group at the David Noble Relays following the first day of competition, as freshman Valentin Charles (Rennes, France) and sophomore Johnathon Harper (Lorena, Texas) stand atop the leaderboard through five events.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Smith.

Charles ends day one as the lone competitor eclipsing the 4000-point mark as his total of 4016 leads the way. He gathered his greatest point total from the 100m dash as he crossed the tape second at 10.88 to add 888 to his total.

The newcomer from Rennes, France, added 874 points in the long jump after leaping to 7.25m (23-9.50) and closed the first day with 849 points in the 400m dash with a time of 49.25.

Harper, meanwhile, sits second with 3874 points through five events, posting his greatest total in the 100m by finishing just ahead of his teammate at 10.86 for 892 points. He also tallied 797 points in the long jump behind a mark of 6.93m (22-9.00) and closed the first day with 873 points in the 400m as he clocked in at 48.76.

The Javelina Championship Week Committee has prepared a full week of activities to celebrate YOU, our students, during the 4th annual Student Championship Week which is April 7-13. Below, you will find a schedule of awesome events and the theme of each day on which we celebrate outstanding students. Check out our website for more info about the week:

Through the week, we will be giving out buttons which signify the theme and which should be worn by you on the days of the week in which YOU are a champion, Aramark has generously offered to provide a 10% discount at their retail locations during the week if you are a Javelina Champion and you are wearing your button. Retail locations on campus include Starbucks, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, TacoTaco, and Cup and Chaucer in the Library.

This is our great schedule with information about all events. Please come to our kick-off on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. where you have the chance to win some fun prizes include a Nintendo Switch, JBL speakers, and even free parking permits for the 2019-20 academic year.

Best-selling author and historian to visit campus

We would like to invite you to a special Kingsville Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast featuring New York Times best-selling author and historian Andrew Roberts at 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, in MSUB 221. Mr. Roberts is the author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which the New York Times considers the best single-volume Churchill biography.

Annual Faculty Lecture features over three decades of ocelot research

Dr. Michael Tewes has been studying the elusive ocelot for 35 years. During that time, several ideas have come forward from various agencies and private landowner on how to protect their small number.

Tewes will present the 37th Annual Faculty Lecture at 4 p.m., Monday, April 8, in the auditorium at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center. His program is entitled Conservation Status and Recovery of the Endangered Ocelot in the United States—A 35-Year Perspective.

Tewes is a Regents Professor who holds the Frank D. Yturria Endowed Chair for Wild Cats Studies for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

The Faculty Lecturer is selected each year by a committee within the university’s Faculty Senate. The chosen lecturer shares a topic of expertise in a format written for general audiences.

The public is invited to attend this free presentation.

Library Survey

Would you like the chance to win $400? Just take a 5 minute survey about the Jernigan Library! Hop online or swing by one of the library’s stations throughout April and be entered for a chance to win.

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