UPCOMING:

Ongoing – Register now for Summer I and Summer II sessions and August and Fall 2015 semester classes at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Summer I classes begin on Monday, June 1. For more information, go to http://www.tamucc.edu/.

Saturday, April 18 – The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center will host an event called “I Like to Move It Move It” on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 2021 Agnes St. The event will feature an activity trail with multiple stations for play with balance, coordination, creative movement and body awareness. Children will be able to make their own healthy trail mix, and families will receive information for take-home activities. This event is free and open to the public. The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center is part of the College of Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For more information, call 361.825.3600.

Saturday, April 18 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold its “Island Day” campus preview program on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the University campus. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Island Hall Gym. “Island Day” is designed especially for prospective undergraduate students and their families to learn about the robust student life of an Islander. The preview will include a guided campus tour, an opportunity to learn about the University’s top-rated programs, and explore academic interests with outstanding University faculty. The cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch and program materials. Students and parents will receive a free Islander gift at the end of the day. For more information, go to http://islandday.tamucc.edu/.

Sunday, April 19 and Monday, April 27 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Music will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” a collaboration between the University’s voice and guitar studios. There will be two performances at two local venues:

Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., at the chapel at First United Methodist Church, 900 S. Shoreline Blvd.

Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Weil Art Gallery of the Center for the Arts on the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus.

Teachers of these students include Dr. Hope Thacker, Dr. Ross Bernhardt, Mr. Michael Moore, and Dr. Philip Hii. Many of the songs performed will be familiar to audiences including “Scarborough Fair,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” “Greensleeves,” and “La Llorona.” Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hope Thacker at hope.thacker@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3943.

Monday, April 20 – Join in a ribbon cutting of Islander Way, the new road on the Momentum Campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Festivities start at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20. Momentum Campus is located off Nile Drive and Ennis Joslin Road. More than a roadway, Islander Way represents all the underground utilities that will be needed as the University expands. The event will feature a foot race of University student down the road, with the winner receiving an iPad. The winner will also “cut the ribbon” at the finish line. The event is free and open to the public.

NEW: Monday, April 20 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend Coalition Against Modern Day Slavery will present a special screening of the documentary “In Plain Sight,” on Monday, April 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom D. “In Plain Sight” features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. The screening is free and open the public. For more information, contact Dr. Yvonne Castillo at 361.825.3995; or Tracy Ferezan at 361.658.6405; or email cbcamds@aol.com.

Tuesday, April 21, through Sunday, April 26 –The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present “Assassins” by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, in the Warren Theatre on Tuesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. The Tony-winning musical lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States. The historical "revusical" explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking audiences on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact, and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7.50 for non-university students and $5 for University students with SandDollar$ ID. Tickets are available for purchase online, at the door the night of the show or at the box office in the Center for the Arts, first floor on Monday, April 20, through Friday, March 24, from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Rachel Holman at Rachel.holman@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3756.

Thursday, April 23 –Join the Fiesta San Antonio festivities with the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Alumni Association. The Alumni Fiesta will be held on Thursday, April 23, from 6 – 8 p.m. at La Paloma on the San Antonio River Walk, 215 Losoya. The event is free and open to Islander Alumni and guests. Come enjoy a good time on the River Walk complete with free food, cash bar, and great company. For more information, contact Islander Alumni Relations at 361.825.5787.

Friday, April 24 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to an opening art reception of “The Places In Between” by Stella Ann Wheeler, which will take place on Friday, April 24, from 6-8 p.m., in the Weil Gallery at the Center for Arts. The exhibit features various photographs that explore the constant reminder of daily life, dreams, fears, and memories of the past. To create these images, the artist combines several traditional black and white photographic techniques as well as digital and alternative photography processes. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stella Ann Wheeler at 956.545.3306.

Saturday, April 25 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center will host a Community Health Fair on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2021 Agnes St. Students from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences have partnered with the College of Education and community partners to offer free health screenings (blood pressure, diabetes, body mass index, cholesterol, and dental) and information stations on navigating the Affordable Care Act, medical expenses, and dental expenses. Kids’ activities will include a bounce house, dry ice bubbles, mask making, and face painting. All activities are free and open to the public. The Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center is part of the University’s College of Education. For more information, contact 361.825.3600.

Through Sunday, April 26 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to the Art Museum of South Texas’s newest temporary exhibition, Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston, which will be on display from Saturday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, April 26. Join contributing exhibition artists Richard Stout and Noe Perez, Houston gallery owner Bill Reaves, and fine art collector David Ellis with AMST Curator Deborah Fullerton moderating for Brunch Amongst the Masters on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m., and panel discussion, Art and Commerce: Perspectives on All Sides at 11 a.m. at the Art Museum of South Texas Singer Gallery and H-E-B Auditorium. Brunch reservations are $15 for museum members; and $20 for non-members. The panel is free with admission to the museum that day. For more information, contact Angela Schwengler at 361.825.3504.

NEW: Tuesday, April 28 –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to the first ever Adele Bemis Leadership Lecture Series to be held on Tuesday, April 28, at 6 p.m., at the Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. The lecture series is being launched to honor and recognize Adele Bemis, MSN, RN, for her steadfast leadership in the nursing profession. Keynote speaker for the lecture series is Marion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, on the topic of “Nursing Leadership for Uncertain Times.” Broome is the Dean and Vice-Chancellor for Nursing Affairs at Duke University and Associate Vice-President for Academic Nursing at Duke University Health System. The reception and lecture attendance fee is $25. For more information, go to www.etaomicron.org.

NEW: Wednesday, April 29 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Educational Administration Program invites you to attend “Imagine, Invent, Ignite: Enlighten us, but Make it Quick!” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Early Childhood Development Center, room 219C. Aspiring school administrators completing the graduate program in Educational Administration will present their practicum major projects, in which they each introduced and carried out an idea in a local school, under the mentorship of an experienced school administrator. Each presentation will take five minutes. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Hemmer at 361.825.3702.

Wednesday, April 29 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Island Dance Company and students of the Dance Program will perform the “Islander Dance Demo: Americana” on Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students with SandDollar$ ID. Tickets are available online and at the door the night of the performance. For more information, go to tamucc.edu/theatre; or contact Rachel Holman atRachel.holman@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3756.

NEW: Thursday, April 30 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Kinesiology Department’s Exercise Testing and Prescription (KINE 4340) students will conduct an exercise symposium in the main hallway of Island Hall on Thursday, April 30, from 2-3:15 p.m. Students will present posters depicting the ways exercise can be prescribed to help prevent and mitigate the effects of common ailments like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Presentations will also show how exercise can be effectively and safely applied to other populations such as children, the elderly, and those who are pregnant. All are welcome to visit with the students and ask questions. For more information, call Dr. Don Melrose at 361.825.2811; or email don.melrose@tamucc.edu.

NEW: Friday, May 1 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to “The World is Yours!,” an MFA thesis exhibition by artist and printmaking graduate student Julia Curran, which opens on Friday, May 1, at K Space Gallery from 5:30-9 p.m. during First Friday Art Walk in downtown Corpus Christi. In a brightly colored barrage of many-layered magnificence, Curran spawns a frenzied satire of hyper-masculine insecurities and the apocalyptic pitfalls of capitalist America on steroids. Curran’s work is of the socio-politically conscious tradition of printmaking, but is also nuanced by the artist’s well-seasoned perspective and understanding of pop culture. Curran is a Fulbright scholar and the youngest member of The Outlaw Printmakers. “The World is Yours!” exhibition runs through Friday, May 29. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact K Space Contemporary at 361.887.6834, or visit them at 415 Starr St. You can also visit the artist’s website at http://juliacurranprints.tumblr.com/.

Friday, May 1 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Division of Student Engagement and Success invites you to help commemorate the Grand Re-Opening of the newly-expanded and remodeled University Center. The opening ceremony will be held on Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. outside the Anchor Ballroom entrance in the turnaround drive on the Northwest Corner of the building. Festivities continue inside from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an open house and cake, entertainment, self-guided tours and giveaways. For more information, email julie.shuttlesworth@tamucc.edu.

Friday, May 1 –The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Communication and Media and South Texas Cinematheque will host a screening of “Ping Pong Summer” on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., at the Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: Ping-Pong and hip-hop. During his family's annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Md., Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Admission is free and open to the public. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/southtexascinema.

Through Tuesday, May 5 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Athletic Fund invites all fans to join them for their monthly luncheon series during the 2014-15 academic year. Guests at the luncheon will have the opportunity to get to know the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coaching staff better as well as get insider information about the teams. Luncheons will be held the first Tuesday of every month (except for March) from September to May on a rotating basis at Holiday Inn Downtown Marina and the Bar-B-Q Man. See schedule below. Tickets for the luncheons will be available for $15 per person and can be purchased in advance online; or by calling 361.825.2255. Fans may pay at the door, but are asked to RSVP in advance due to the limited number of available seats. For more information, contact Associate Athletic Director for Development Jimmy Frush at james.frush@tamucc.edu; or 361.825.3237.

Islander Athletic Fund Monthly Luncheon Schedule:

May 5 – Holiday Inn Downtown Marina

REVISED: Wednesday, May 6 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to the unveiling of a new mural by artist Arnold Gonzales celebrating the history of nursing in South Texas. The mural, titled “Carrying the Torch,” will be unveiled in its permanent location at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Island Hall, with a reception on Wednesday, May 6, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Josh Poorman at 361.825.3408.

NEW: Thursday, May 14 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, will hold an induction ceremony on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). A reception will follow, in the lobby of the PAC. Sigma Theta Tau membership is by invitation only, and includes registered nurses, undergraduate nursing students who are earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and nurse-leaders in the community who meet qualifications of excellence in academics and professional conduct. For more information, contact Chapter Counselor Sandy Stokes at 361.825.5935.

Saturday, May 16 –Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold two spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16, at the American Bank Center Arena. Keynote speaker is James Hallmark, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas A&M University System.

The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Engineering.

For more information, go to commencement.tamucc.edu.

Through Thursday, May 28 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Elite Toastmasters invites all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the community to visit and participate in their weekly meetings every Thursday at 6 p.m. from Feb. 28 through May 28, in Island Hall, room 162. Speak confidently in front of large groups. Become a better leader. Learn essential skills to make you thrive in today’s job market. Toastmasters International serves more than 300,000 members worldwide and has, for more than 90 years, fostered personal and professional growth. For more information, visit http://elite.toastmastersclubs.org/; or contact Diana Del Angel at Diana.delangel@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3681.

UPDATED: Saturday, June 20, through Friday, June 26– The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Science and Engineering will hold the STEM Summer Institute week-long summer educational program from Saturday, June 20, through Friday, June 26, for talented high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The camp will introduce students, ages 16 to 18, to oceanography research and engineering opportunities, in particular ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) operation, through lectures, exercises, hands-on activities, design and rapid prototyping, field trips, and project competitions. Students will spend one week on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus gaining knowledge in underwater robotics, interacting with other teens, and learning from experienced professors. This year, the camp will feature a live broadcast with the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus, a 64-meter research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust. The broadcast will give camp participants an opportunity for Q&A with crew members on the ship at sea. The cost is $500 which covers food, lodging, and instructional materials. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 1. For more information or to apply, go to entc.tamucc.edu/stemsi/; or contact Dr. Dugan Um at dugan.um@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.5849.