Frazier Elected as President-Elect for the Executive Board of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Dr. Kimberly Frazier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, will join the Executive Board for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) as President-Elect for the 2015-2016 year. She will take office for the 2016-2017 year on July 1, 2015. AMCD is a division of the American Counseling Association.

Kinesiology Student 2015 Receives Prestigious Texas Chapter of America College of Sports Medicine Major of the Year Award

Jasmine Green, a kinesiology student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, recently received the Major of the Year Award at the 2015 Texas Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM).

Green received her award at the TACSM meeting held February 26- 27 in Austin, Texas. Green was nominated for Student of the Year – Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi by her professors.

To be selected as Student of the Year, candidates must be currently enrolled junior or senior at a college/university in Texas during the current academic year, must have a declared major in exercise science or a related field, and must have at least a 3.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average.

TACSM is a professional organization that promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical health.

Retired Director Receives Life Achievement Award for Contributions to Chicana and Chicano Studies

Dr. Thomas Kreneck, a retired Associate Director for Special Collections and Archives and Joe B. Frantz Lecturer in Public History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected to receive the Premio Estrella de Aztlan, an award instituted by the Tejas Foco of National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). He was presented with the award at the Tejas Foco conference held February 26-28 in Houston, Texas.

The award seeks to honor persons making contributions to the wellbeing of Chicanos in the arenas of cultural arts, social justice, social services, political engagement, and publications. The Life Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose service, contributions and/or work has spanned a minimum of 25 years. Kreneck currently resides in his native Karnes County.

Senior Academic Advisor Attains Two Recent Achievements

Angela Speaker, Senior Academic Advisor for the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has attained two recent achievements.

Speaker, who graduated from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2007 and a Master of Science in Counseling in 2012, now serves on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is also Co-Chair for the South Region of the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN).

For the Alumni Association position, Speaker was elected during the University’s Alumni Association Annual Meeting held February 27, along with seven other peers for open seats on the Board of Directors. Speaker will serve a three-year term on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

For the position of Co-Chair of South Region TEXAAN, Speaker assumed the role along with fellow academic advisor, Jacqueline Fischer of the Islander Transition Center.

The English Department Recognizes 2015 Haas Award Winners

The Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recognized outstanding papers, projects, or online works written by undergraduate and graduate students during the Haas Writing Awards event held on February 26.

The Paul and Frances Haas Endowment allows the department to celebrate the art of writing in all forms—essay writing, literary analysis, textual studies, research, fiction, technical and professional works, linguistics, and rhetoric.

Professors submit outstanding papers written in their courses, and anonymous judges read and rank submissions for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the following categories: 1301, 1302, 2000, 3000, 4000 literature, 4000 rhetoric and composition/ linguistics, creative writing, services learning, and technical and professional writing.

The winners were:


1st place: Jose Juncal: Emotions in Writing

2nd place: Elizabeth Fedorova: Nursing as a Discourse Community

3rd place: Hayleigh Moor: Saving Bastrop, Texas: A Personal Narrative on Nature

English 1302

1st place: Savannah Wilkinson, Angelica Arambula, Kara Herrera, and Maddie Warren: The Effect of Food Availability on Foraging of the Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor) on Ward Island, Texas

2nd place: Anthony Jaramillo, Miranda Garcia, Torin Havelka, and Francis Maldonado:

Bioturbation and the Effects Fiddler Crabs (Uca) Have on Aeration of Soil and Plant Life

3rd place: Nicole Vasconcellos: The Media Versus a Woman's Body Image

English 2000

1st place: Giselle Roberts: The Cruelty of Tradition

2nd place: Alexis Areola: Building a Heaven in Hell’s Despair

3rd place: Alisha Cornejo and Morgan Brown: Museum of the Living Dead: Humanity Uncovered

English 3000

1st place: Victoria Ramirez: A Scarce Line: A Study of John Donne’s Combination of the Religious and Erotic

2nd place: John Cantu: The Honest Faces of the Stage: Analyzing Pirandello and Churchill

3rd place: Julie Wallace: MET-DEAF-WOW: A Sociolinguistic Study of American Sign Language

English 4000

1st place: Ricardo R. Galvan: No Laughing Matter: A Freudian Analysis of The Dark Knight and Civilization

2nd place: Cheyenne Kauha: The Mirror of All His Audiences: Henry V

3rd place: Alexis Trevino: The Talented Mr. Ripley: Alternate Ending

Technical/Professional Writing

1st place: Rene Zamora: Personal Website and Online Resume

2nd place: Matthew Whitehurst: Pipeline Safety and Inspection Powerpoint

3rd place: Sandra Hicks: Sun Safety in the Sparkling City by the Sea

Creative Writing

1st Place: Laurel Kanipe: “Amateur”

2nd Place: Tina Lentz: “Parents”

3rd Place: Emille Moreno: “Take a Breath and Imagine

Service Learning

1st place: Kaitlyn Willis: Recommendation Project for Borls Marine Electronics

2nd place: Kristen Kerger: Eagle Ford Shale

3rd place: Rene Zamora: SGA Website Recommendation Project

Graduate Rhetoric/Composition/Linguistics/Theory

1st place: Daniel Davis: Rhetoric as a Driving Force Behind Policy Enactment in the War on Drugs

2nd place: Teri Ruiz: Corpus Christi: A Site of Literacy

3rd place: Christina Hardegree: Protofeminist Ideology and Conduct Book Rhetoric

Graduate Literature

1st place: Meghan R. Moon: “Wig on a Pyre”: Frankenstein, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the Positive Abject

2nd place: Cristina Rhodes: “Not an apartment in back. Not man's house. Not a daddy's. A house all my own:” Patriarchal Space and the Defiance of the Shadow-Beast in Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street

3rd place: Kelsey Willems: Daniel Defoe’s Use of Animal and Social Identity in Robinson Crusoe

Three University Students Named USDA Graduate Fellows

Photo: Rodriguez, Lopez, and Martinez

Three graduate students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were named as 2015 USDA Graduate Fellows. The students, Maria Rodriguez, Mayra Lopez, and Melinda Martinez, were three of 20 recipients selected from across the nation to attend a Career Preparation Institute held March 11-14 in Frisco, Texas.

Additionally, the students and Texas A&M -Corpus Christi were publicly recognized as part of the opening festivities of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education annual meeting on March 12.

The purpose of this conference is to increase the number of individuals in the food and agricultural sciences to pursue an advanced degree and/or employment in the USDA or related agency.

Mayra Lopez earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Regulations at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2011. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Science at the University and is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Her research is focused on understanding socio-economic processes and how they drive environmental education, management, and policy.

Maria Rodriguez received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology in spring 2013. In spring 2014, Rodriguez accepted a NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center fellowship, and has entered into the Environmental Science graduate program. Rodriguez works in the Coastal Conservation and Restoration Ecology Lab at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Her research focuses on the oyster disease, Dermo, which is caused by a protozoan parasite.

Melinda Martinez received her Bachelor of Science in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she was a research assistant with El Centro Ecológico de Akumal in Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. She also helped develop the seagrass monitoring program in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Science at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Martinez conducts research on short-term wetland sediment accretion rates on Mustang Island, Texas.