All News Current News for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi en-us Sat, 4 Jan 2020 10:16:49 -0600 Cascade Server Island University Team Works to Design UAVs that Can Fly as a Flock Dr. Luis Garcia Carrillo's research offers an innovative approach to increasing autonomy in robotic unmanned aerial vehicles. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:00:00 -0600 December 18, 2019 Congratulations Islanders! Class of Fall 2019 Graduates Walk the Stage 1,027 Islanders walked the stage at the American Bank Center in downtown Corpus Christi during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Fall 2019 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14. This largest graduating fall class in the University’s history joins the ranks of nearly 50,000 Islander alumni. Sat, 14 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0600 December 14, 2019 Island University Celebrates Commissioning of Two ROTC Cadets Islander Army ROTC at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrated the commissioning of two new second lieutenants on Dec. 13, 2019, at a ceremony in University Center. This ceremony marks the transition of graduating ROTC students from cadets to officers and includes pinning of lieutenants’ bars by the soldiers’ loved ones as well as the Silver Dollar Salute. Cadets Vincent Lising, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, and Zachary Rojas, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, were commissioned at the event. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0600 December 13, 2019 Shared Passion for Research, Soccer Inspires Outstanding Graduate Ashley Hamilton Hamilton, a biology major with a 4.0 grade point average, has been selected as an Outstanding Graduate for the College of Science and Engineering and will receive her degree during the Fall 2019 commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0600 December 13, 2019 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Recognizes 26 New Members Celebrating academic success, professionalism, and leadership, a total of 26 new members – a mix of students and community nurse leaders – were inducted into the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (SIGMA), an elite nursing honor society. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:00:00 -0600 December 13, 2019 Island University Ceremonially Signs Purchase Documents for New Downtown Building Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi commemorated the historic expansion of the Island University with a ceremonial signing of documents signifying the purchase of a five-story building located at 223 N. Chaparral St. in Downtown Corpus Christi. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:00:00 -0600 December 13, 2019 Outstanding Graduate, Michael Morris, Shines Light on Finance Sector and Foster Youth Michael Morris, finance major in the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is down to the finish line for his undergraduate degree and has received the honor of being named one of two Fall 2019 Outstanding Graduates. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0600 December 11, 2019 Island University Commemorates PASS Program Fall 2019 Graduates Celebrating student success and academic achievement, the Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored 62 Islander students who will walk the stage on Saturday, Dec. 14. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:00:00 -0600 December 11, 2019 Senior Executive Director Dr. Larry McKinney Announces Retirement After 12 Years of Leadership at Harte Research Institute Dr. Larry McKinney, Senior Executive Director for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has announced that after more than a decade of service he will retire from his position leading the Gulf’s only dedicated marine science and policy institute effective Aug. 30, 2020. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:00:00 -0600 December 10, 2019 Island University Professors Win National Award for Research on Compassion Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Business Professors Dr. Katherine Taken Smith and Dr. Murphy Smith, along with Dr. Hannah Russell, recent Texas A&M Ph.D. grad, and Dr. Don Ariail of Kennesaw State University, Georgia, teamed up to win the Distinguished Research Award for their paper, “Analysis of Compassion in Accounting and Business Students, Overall and by Gender.” Fri, 6 Dec 2019 16:00:00 -0600 December 6, 2019 Record Number of Islander Staff and Faculty Serve Community During Giving Tuesday 2019 With more than 380 volunteers on the ground, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi created a wave of Islander spirit and pride throughout the Coastal Bend during the annual global day of giving event, Giving Tuesday, held Dec. 3. Fri, 6 Dec 2019 14:00:00 -0600 December 6, 2019 Island University’s Sigma Theta Tau, Honors Society of Nursing, Receives Regional Excellence Award Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Nursing and Health Science’s Eta Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (SIGMA) was recently recognized in Washington, D.C., during the Biennial SIGMA Showcase of Regional Excellence. Advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, the only honor society for nursing professionals recognized the chapter for fulfilling the Presidential Call-to-Action to Catalyze and Collaborate from 2017-2019. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 13:00:00 -0600 December 3, 2019 Paulette Guajardo to Serve as Island University’s Fall Commencement Speaker As a lifelong resident of Corpus Christi, City Council Member At-Large Paulette M. Guajardo has a deep knowledge of the challenges faced by her beloved hometown. Two decades removed from her own Island University graduation, Guajardo will serve as the 2019 Fall Commencement speaker for her alma mater. Tue, 3 Dec 2019 10:00:00 -0600 December 3, 2019 Island University Scientist Leads Ocean Acidification Study in Gulf of Mexico As oceans become more acidic, the need to carefully monitor the chemistry of ocean waters becomes more urgent. One of the first challenges in dealing with this change is finding out how and where to best monitor seawater to give researchers the best data to analyze. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 10:00:00 -0600 November 27, 2019 Life, Legacy of Dr. John ‘Wes’ Tunnell Jr. Portrayed in HRI, KEDT documentary The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and KEDT-TV will present “Remembering Wes,” a documentary honoring the life and legacy of institute founding member Dr. John "Wes" Tunnell Jr. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, as a part of KEDT’s annual Day of Giving. Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:00:00 -0600 November 25, 2019 Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program Supports Student Aspirations Thanks to the Islander Chamber Music Scholarship Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, music students in the Lichtenstein String Quartet, Islander Brass Quintet +1, and Islander Winds ensembles each receive $10,000 per academic year. Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:00:00 -0600 November 22, 2019 Island University Celebrates International Education as the Key to Growth To honor International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 18-21, the Office of International Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christ hosted a series of cultural events and invited the campus community to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:00:00 -0600 November 22, 2019 Texas Anglers Help HRI’s Sportfish Center Tag More Than 6,000 Sharks for Research Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation (CSSC) scientists at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi this week surpassed more than 6,000 Gulf of Mexico sharks tagged for conservation research. Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:00:00 -0600 November 19, 2019 Endowed Scholarship Banquet Honors Donors Who Make Islander Dreams Possible At the 2019 Endowed Scholarship Banquet, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored donors whose generosity supports the students of today and tomorrow. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:00:00 -0600 November 15, 2019 Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, Nurse Educator and Researcher, Named Texas A&M System Regents Professor Thanks to her decades of service and contributions to higher education in Texas and throughout the world, Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik received the Texas A&M University System 2018-2019 Regents Professor Award – the highest honor bestowed upon faculty by the Texas A&M University System. Fri, 8 Nov 2019 15:00:00 -0600 November 8, 2019 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Purchases Building in Downtown Corpus Christi With approval from the Texas A&M University System, the Island University has purchased a five-story building located at 223 N. Chaparral Street in Downtown Corpus Christi. Downtown Corpus Christi is strategically important to the expansion of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s footprint, as the institution has grown 41% over the past decade. The new building offers the University the ability to more easily connect and interact with people and businesses in the heart of downtown. Fri, 8 Nov 2019 09:00:00 -0600 November 8, 2019 Island University Celebrates Inaugural Research and Innovation Week Groups across the University participated in events that appealed to faculty, staff, students and the community. The week was a chance for the University to showcase its growing emphasis and successes in the areas of research and innovation. Thu, 7 Nov 2019 17:00:00 -0600 November 7, 2019 HRI Director Larry McKinney to Attend White House Ocean Summit Dr. Larry McKinney, Senior Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been invited to participate in a White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology Thursday, Nov. 14. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 14:00:00 -0600 November 6, 2019 Island University Honors Regents Professor at Alumni Shrimp Boil Islander alumni, faculty, and staff gathered Oct. 26 at a remote College of Science and Engineering (COSE) research station to celebrate the accomplishments of a Regents Professor and to enjoy a Cajun-style shrimp boil. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 13:00:00 -0600 November 6, 2019 Mark Your Calendar! Island University to Host Inaugural Mariachi Festival in 2020 To showcase and celebrate mariachi in the Coastal Bend, the Island University will host its first mariachi festival in spring 2020 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The festival will include performances by area and regional high school ensembles, and an evening performance by the University’s Mariachi de la Isla. Tue, 5 Nov 2019 14:00:00 -0600 November 5, 2019 ‘Harvey Help’ Scholarship Gives Islanders New Hope After Devastation More than 8,800 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students were directly affected by Hurricane Harvey when it collided with the Texas coast on Aug. 17, 2017. While many Islanders escaped major catastrophe, others found themselves directly in the path of destruction leading to devastating loss of home, job, and financial stability. Fri, 1 Nov 2019 16:35:00 -0500 November 1, 2019 Islander Dining Hall Celebrates ‘Ocean Friendly’ Recognition Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Islander Dining Hall is celebrating a new wave of sustainability following its newest recognition and title as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant. Fri, 1 Nov 2019 04:53:00 -0500 November 1, 2019 Island University Professor Recognized for Dedication to Literacy Research Dr. Bethanie Pletcher, Associate Professor of Reading Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was named the Barbara G. Silverman Endowed Professor of Literacy. Pletcher will serve a three-year term during the academic years 2019-2022. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:00:00 -0500 October 30, 2019 Islander Student Film ‘El Oso Loco’ to Premiere at 2019 Rockport Film Festival Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi student Matthew Austin Taylor’s film, “El Oso Loco,” follows the monster truck driving journey of Alex Bardin, a Rockport local and recent Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduate. The film, which is named after the monster truck Bardin drives, will be featured in the 2019 Rockport Film Festival’s Local Love Shorts Program on Sunday, Nov. 3. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 13:00:00 -0500 October 29, 2019 Island University to add Civil, Industrial Engineering Programs Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s engineering program will expand to now offer civil and industrial engineering bachelor’s degrees after receiving final approval on Oct. 24, from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 14:00:00 -0500 October 25, 2019 Public Notice: Texas A&M University System Board Of Regents As required by Texas Education Code, the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System will hold a public hearing to receive input from students and the public regarding the proposed changes in tuition and fees as shown in Agenda Item 1.1 to be effective with the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 Semesters. This hearing is for students and the public to provide input to the Board of Regents and will be scheduled during the October 31, 2019, Board Meeting, Memorial Student Center (MSC), Bethancourt Ballroom 2300 (D&E), 275 Joe Routt Boulevard, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Persons wishing to provide public testimony on proposed increases should follow the guidelines as set forth in Policy 02.01 (paragraph 2) posted on the Board's website ( The schedule for the Board meeting will be posted to the Board website ( no later than close of business, Friday, October 25, 2019. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0500 October 24, 2019 Island Scientist Joins International Team in $1.1 Million Study of Low Oxygen Impact on Fish A Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi researcher is part of an international team that has been awarded $1.14 million by the National Science Foundation to study how important fish species are reacting to oxygen loss in three locations around the world. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 11:00:00 -0500 October 23, 2019 Faculty Center Lactation Room Adds to Campus Options for Nursing Moms Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently opened its third lactation room. The newest addition is located on the second floor of the Faculty Center and is open to students, faculty, and staff. The room features two rocking chairs, a mini-fridge, a noise canceling machine, and a wall partition; it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The other two lactation rooms are in the University Health Center and in Tidal Hall. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:00:00 -0500 October 23, 2019 Island University Professor Wins National Award for Gender Equality Research Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Business Professor Dr. Murphy Smith and his colleague Dr. Hannah Russell won the Klynyeld Peat Marwick Goerdeler Outstanding Published Manuscript Award from the American Accounting Association Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:00:00 -0500 October 22, 2019 Three-Time Islander Alumnus, Now Doctoral Candidate, Pens Children’s Book Veterans Memorial High School teacher and three-time Islander alumnus Fredrick Gonzales has self-published a children’s book called “Freddy from the Pond in: This is My Song Ya’ll” after the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi doctoral candidate read several children's books for a Children and Adolescents literature course he took in summer 2019. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:00:00 -0500 October 22, 2019 Islander Collaboration with Local Professionals Impacts Coastal Bend Community Under the direction of Corpus Christi-area advertising professionals, dozens of Graphic Design students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi created an advertising campaign for The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse – Coastal Bend in a marathon single-day event that was held on Oct. 12, 2019. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:00:00 -0500 October 16, 2019 Islander Nursing Students Bring Better Days to Families in Need Creating an Islander impact in the lives of parents and children in need, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Nurses Association (SNA) is bringing a sense of joy and hopefulness to families that are experiencing homelessness. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 12:00:00 -0500 October 10, 2019 If You Didn’t Finish, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Wants You Back The Texas A&M University System wants you back and has partnered with ReUp Education to reach out and help you complete your degree. Dr. Melissa Jarrell, Dean of University College at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is overseeing the University’s partnership with ReUp Education. Jarrell said ReUp success coaches contacted 2,000 former Islanders who left the university before graduating, and 20 students are back on campus this fall. Wed, 9 Oct 2019 11:00:00 -0500 October 9, 2019 Opera Workshop Presents World Premiere of ‘Midsummer Night’s Music’ The Opera Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to present the world premiere of “Midsummer Night’s Music.” The comedic play within a play debuts Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tue, 8 Oct 2019 23:00:00 -0500 October 8, 2019 State of the University 2019 Answers the Question: Is College Worth it? Student success, award winning programs, community partnerships, and intellectual capital were celebrated during the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi State of the University. The luncheon, presented each fall to share the impact of the Island University, was held Oct. 2, and hosted a sold-out crowd. Tue, 8 Oct 2019 17:00:00 -0500 October 8, 2019 HRI Student Completes Summer Study at NOAA HQ Harte Research Institute Graduate Research Assistant Meghan Martinez completed a summer scholar program at NOAA headquarters. Tue, 8 Oct 2019 16:00:00 -0500 October 8, 2019 Celebrate Hispanic Culture, History at Hispanic Heritage Month Events Through Oct. 19 Hispanic Heritage Month 2019 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi began on Sept. 12 with a kickoff celebration and runs through Oct. 19 with a performance by the Los Angeles ensemble Las Cafeteras in the Performing Arts Center. Fri, 4 Oct 2019 11:00:00 -0500 October 4, 2019 Sculpture Professor Richard W. James Wins 2019 Chrysalis Award Newly arrived at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Assistant Professor of Art Richard W. James has been named the 2019 Chrysalis Award recipient for his intricately detailed mixed media oeuvre. Thu, 3 Oct 2019 15:00:00 -0500 October 3, 2019 Island University to Host Campus Conversation Challenging Stigmas in Mental Health Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Project GRAD is working to defy and debunk the myths and stigmas associated with mental health and minorities. Wed, 2 Oct 2019 10:00:00 -0500 October 2, 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program Hosts First Female Artists at Laguna Madre Field Station Corpus Christi artists Diane Weiner (left) and Jenifer Hartsfield spent five days in January at the Laguna Madre Field Station as part of the Artist-in-Residence Program, which is managed by the Center for Coastal Studies. The Artist-in-Residence Show will run from Oct. 7 to Nov. 6 in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on campus. Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:00:00 -0500 September 30, 2019 Island University’s Engineering Program Achieves High National Ranking U.S. News & World Report has ranked Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s engineering program as one of the best of its type in Texas. Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:00:00 -0500 September 27, 2019 Bailando 20th Anniversary Lineup is Full Complement of Dance Performances, Master Classes CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Bailando International Dance Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary Oct. 3-5, 2019, at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The three-day event features master classes in a variety of dance styles, taught by internationally renowned professionals in the field of dance, representing over 14 universities and cities nationally and internationally. Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:00:00 -0500 September 27, 2019 Island University Provides Free Period Products in Select Restrooms Thanks to the collaborative Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi initiative called Helping Students. Period., period products are now freely available in all unisex restrooms across campus, and in women’s restrooms in the University Center, Dugan Wellness Center, and Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:59:00 -0500 September 26, 2019 Island University Empowers Educators with Nodes of Excellence Creating lifelong educators through field experience, coaching, and in-class training, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) is providing tools for success for teachers of all levels. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:00:00 -0500 September 26, 2019 Izzy’s Food Pantry Kicks Off New Fresh Food Fridays Taking another step in the battle against food insecurity, A&M- Corpus Christi and the CBFB unveiled the new Izzy’s Food Pantry “Fresh Food Friday” program Friday, Sept. 20, serving more than 300 Islander Students. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:00:00 -0500 September 20, 2019