The Inauguration of Dr. Hussey
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Javelina Nation came together April 25, to celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Mark A. Hussey, the 20th president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
He opened his address with this sentiment, “Today is a special day for my family, but more importantly for our university. We stand firm on the foundation established by the leaders of this university throughout the years-the men and women who have educated generations of students and who have helped shape this region. Today, I want you to know that from that proud past we face an exciting future together. I truly believe that THIS IS OUR TIME.”
“I am a product of Land Grant Universities. This historic piece of legislation known as the Morrill Act of 1862, also known as the Land Grant College Act, has shaped my thoughts about higher education,” Hussey added. “Penned by Justin Smith Morrill, who himself did not have a college degree, this legislation has made a lasting impact on public higher education not only in this nation but throughout the world.
“Throughout our history, Texas A&M-Kingsville has been an institution with a mission similar to our country’s original land-grant universities. Our shared mission is one based on the fundamental principles of accessibility, affordability, excellence, a practical as well as classical education, as well as research and service in the public interest,” Hussey said.
“It is my belief that Texas A&M-Kingsville as well as all of our System’s regional universities will continue to play an ever-increasing role in helping to shape the future of this great state,” he added. “At Texas A&M-Kingsville our primary focus is to develop the next generation of leaders for Texas, the nation and beyond. To achieve this goal we must also enhance the experiences (both domestic and international) of our undergraduate and graduate students.”
Hussey used his inaugural address to reveal his two-part vision for Texas A&M-Kingsville. He wants the university to be a top three choice for any student in South Texas who wishes to attend an institution of higher education and to have programs that are perennially recognized nationally to be among the best in Texas.
To make this vision a reality, Hussey outlined five priorities:
• Embrace our history, traditions and our unique culture and in doing so communicate our strengths and accomplishments.
• Continue to strengthen our position as a Carnegie High Research Doctoral University. This will require us to sharpen our focus on excellence and scholarship and in doing so grow our research and graduate programs.
• Achieve recognition as a Carnegie Engaged University. Community engagement is a collaboration between an institution and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global). In my opinion, we do this well in a few programs, but we must strive to expand this type of engagement university-wide. This will require us to develop new partnerships with local-, regional- and Texas-based businesses and communities to provide our students with new learning experiences.
• We should strive to become a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. To achieve this we will need to strategically grow our enrollment by investing in programs that can best meet the emerging the needs of this region.
• We must achieve the goal of our ‘With you without Limits’ capital campaign and in doing so create a new culture of philanthropy
The inauguration festivities started with a brunch for invited guests. The procession started in front of the Founders Room. Hussey was led by students bearing the university flags, international students carrying their home country flags and members of the faculty in their regalia.
Once in Jones Auditorium, Hussey was joined by his wife, Melissa. The Javelina Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony provided music for the event. Dr. Teresa Riley, senior vice president affairs and university administration, was the master of ceremonies.
Business Statue Unveiling
A new statue was dedicated on April 26 in front of the College of Business Administration. The Beta Gamma Sigma statue is a symbol which identifies that the college has been recognized and honored for producing top performing students. It was made possible by generous donations.
Conversations with Authors and Composers
Students and faculty came together to converse and listen to live music at the Conversations with Campus Authors and Composers event. The event was help April 24 in the Conner Museum.
Soil Judging Team Wins at National Competition
The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Soil Judging Team competed at the National Collegiate Soils Contest April 14-19 at California Polytechnic State University. The team placed in the Top 10 for the Team Soil Pit Competition.
This was the first time a team from Texas A&M-Kingsville advanced to the national competition. They were selected to compete after a third place overall team ranking and first place team pit ranking at the Region IV contest in late 2018.
Most teams at the competition had 10 students on a team. The team from A&M-Kingsville is composed of only four undergraduates, Jonah Trevino from La Feria; Scott Cardenas from Floresville; Juan Cortinas from Houston; and Kelley Wood from Victoria.
Dr. Shad Nelson, Dean of the College Agriculture and Natural Resources and Dr. Greta Schuster, Department Chair and Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness, and Environmental Sciences, said that the team performed well thanks to training received by local and state United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) soil scientists.
Administrative Professionals' Day
Administrative Professionals' Day (also known as Secretaries' Day or Admin Day) is a day observed yearly. This year that day fell on April 24. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals.
We went and talked to our very own Deans and VPs on campus and they told us why their Administrative Professionals are so important to them.
Thank you to all of our administrative professionals across campus!
E-Sport Club at Texas A&M-Kingsville takes second place at South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference
During Spring Break 2019, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville E-sports League of Legends team, known as TAMUK HOGGERS, represented the university at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Gaming Convention in Austin.
The team participated in the League of Legends (LOL) tournament where they won their first round match with a score of 29-11 in 25 minutes using a dive composition. The initial win secured a bye and another win with a score of 28-7 in only 18 minutes using a team-fight composition sent them to the finals. In the final best of 3 series, TAMUK HOGGERS lost to Texas A&M University-College Station 0-2, going 26-17 and 26-8 respectively, resulting a second place finish at the tournament.
This comes after a second place finish in the South 1 conference of the National League of Legends Collegiate League 2018-2019 regular season and the first E-sports playoffs appearance in the school’s history. Some LOL team members also participated in the SXSW Super Smash Bros Ultimate (SSBU) tournament at the convention and met Hungrybox, a professional SSBU player signed to team Liquid. The team was also able to spectate the Halo Championship Series Invitational professional matches and live broadcast.
Current Students and Alumni from the department of Language and Literature had a meet and greet at Fore Hall in the Blue Room on April 17, 2019. It was a great chance to meet and share experiences and inspire graduating students about possible job options once they graduate.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Teal Tailgate event was held on April 17 at the Pavilion. There were tables from the Purple Door, Crime Stoppers, the District Attorney’s Office, UPD, Pep-Talk and Wellness to discuss resources during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Faculty, staff and students were able to pick up t-shirts and free food while supplies lasted. Participants were tailgating the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event sponsored by Student Health and Wellness.
Students participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women.
It's on Us
It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. It’s On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us. It’s a rallying cry to be a part of the solution. Student athletes at Texas A&M-Kingsville have taken the pledge to commit to helping create a culture of consent, bystander intervention and survivor support. Watch the video below to learn more.
Texas A&M-Kingsville joins international partnership to advance sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asian-Pacific region
Dr. Weimin Xi, associate professor of biology and senior ecologist, as a member of American delegation has just come back from a three-day visit to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Forestry Commission of Mexico (CONAFOR) and National Commission for Protected Areas of Mexico (CONANP) to discuss potential collaboration in sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the North and South America region. Xi was invited as an international expert of forest rehabilitation by the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation to conduct post-project evaluation and consultant on APFNet-funded project regarding online forestry education; evaluate suitability of proposed projects; and provide advisory in the past years.
This visit was led by the APFNet America Office, stationed in the University of British Columbia, and is a large international effort to advance sustainable forest management and rehabilitation in the Asian-Pacific region led by APFNet. The APFNet, currently composed of the representatives of 31 members (economies), was officially launched in September 2008, with its arrangement and operations guided by the Operational Framework, evolved from the Framework Document jointly developed by China, Australia and the United States.
APFNet-funded projects are aimed at rehabilitating degraded forests and increasing forest cover, promoting sustainable forest management to enhance the ecological function and health of forests, and enhancing the contribution of forests to socio-economic development and local livelihoods. As of year-end 2017, APFNet’s project portfolio consisted of 37 projects, 15 closed and 22 ongoing, with a total grant amount of approximately $22 million.
As result of the visit and discussions, Texas A&M-Kingsville will, in collaboration with faculty members in the Center for Research in Environmental Geography, organize an international workshop later this year on Using remote sensing and modeling approaches to monitoring and predicting regional forest degradation and health. Future collaboration for Texas A&M-Kingsville will be focused on to promote information exchange, capacity building and education program collaboration among the five countries in North (Canada, U.S.) and in Central and South America (Mexico, Chile and Peru).
TAMUK Students Win at Buc Days
Students from the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources participated in the calf scramble portion of the Buc Days rodeo on April 25. The students worked as a team to capture and place a halter on the calf, all while trying to bring it to the middle of the arena. The students were successful in doing so and received a wooden Buc Days Sword as the first prize. The students who competed are all members of the TAMUK Rodeo Team.
Buc Days produces one of America’s Top 25 ProRodeos at the American Bank Center. It is proud to be one of 59 rodeos participating in the 2019 ProRodeo Tour.
Students from the College of Business Administration volunteered their time this tax season for the VITA program. This year, 33 students participated and they completed 603 tax returns for low income taxpayers.
The volunteers come from several different accounting classes. Most from the advanced tax class, but a few introductory students were involved. Once tax season was officially over, they got together for a VITA appreciation dinner
Spring TABE Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) Leadership Institute
Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TASBE) members attended the annual Spring TABE Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) Leadership Institute held in San Antonio, Texas.
TASBE members Amanda Delgadillo, Jennifer Flores, Ashlie Salinas and Samantha Fonseca joined over 60 BESO members from across the state of Texas for this leadership meeting that focused on, "Fostering Advocacy" for bilingual-bicultural students in Texas schools.
Presentations included talks related to advocacy related to teacher preparation, leadership development and community service. Mr. Hugo Hernandez, bilingual director in Edgewood ISD and Bilingual Education EdD Alumni, Dr. Xochitl Rocha (SAISD Bilingual specialist) presented to the group their story and their journies from to becoming bilingual educators and leaders. From migrant farmworkers, to first generation college students, to top educators and state bilingual education leaders.
BESO student groups in attendance came from across the state: Texas Woman's University (TWU), UTSA, A&M-San Antonio, U of Houston, UT-RGV, Texas Wesleyan and A&M-Kingsville and others. Some student group advisors were also able to join them.
The Second Annual Javelina Model United Nations was held at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, on the second floor of the Javelina Dining Hall.
Forty students joined this session. Model United Nations is a simulation of decision-making processes of councils and committees at the United Nations. It is a well-established, hands-on program adopted by many universities across the world that allows students to learn about world governance and global issues.
Student participants also learn how to act professionally, negotiate diplomatically and engage in interdisciplinary research.
The Javelina Model UN offered two different councils in which the students can participate. They may choose the United Nations Security Council or the G20.
The Security Council is one of the most important parts of the UN and is responsible for maintaining international peace and security, accepting new members into the United Nations and approving changes made to the United Nations Charter. The Security Council will debate nuclear proliferation and international displacement of people with emphasis on the situations of Venezuela, Central America and Europe.
G20 is a meeting of 20 countries in the world which account of 85 percent of global economic activity, 75 percent of international trade and two thirds of the world’s population. It is grown out of G7, the group of the seven most powerful economies in the world. G20 is not a part of the United Nations, but it a partner of the UN. The G20 group will debate international trade and energy transitions and global environment for sustainable growth.