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 Department of Art’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents Aaron Coleman and Johanna Mueller on Thursday, April 30, at 5 p.m., in Island Hall, room 163. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Petican at 361.825.5752.

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.

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.

NEW: Sunday, May 3 – The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi School of Arts, Media & Communication encourages you to dress to impress as they honor their students and faculty with featured performances from all departments throughout the evening during the SAMC Awards Ceremony. The ceremony takes place on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A SAMC Awards pre-party begins at 6 p.m. complete with a red carpet, professional photos, refreshments, and giveaways. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361.825.2659.

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

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: Friday, May 8, through Friday, May 22 – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites you to “They Don’t Break in the Tool Box,” an MFA Thesis Exhibition by Alex “Al” Johnson, which opens with a reception on Friday, May 8, from 6-9 p.m. at the Islander Art Gallery, located at 4024 Weber Road. The exhibition, which marks the culmination of three years of work for Al Johnson at the Island University, features original artwork that explores the concepts of tools and the environment they are used in. The work also speaks to the agro-based industry that Johnson grew up working around. The exhibition may be viewed during the Islander Art Gallery’s normal business hours, which are Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Alex Johnson at 815.762.5026.