Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

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Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi seal.png
Motto The Island University
Established 1947
Type State university
President Flavius C. Killebrew
Provost Christopher Markwood
Students 10,508 (Fall 2012)[1]
Location Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Campus Urban, 240 acres (970,000 m²)[2]
Colors Blue, Green, and Silver
              [2]
Athletics NCAA Division ISouthland
Sports 15 varsity teams
(6 men's & 9 women's)
Nickname Islanders
Mascot Izzy the Islander[2]
Affiliations Texas A&M University System
Website www.tamucc.edu

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi (abbreviated Texas A&M–Corpus Christi, or TAMUCC, or A&M-Corpus Christi, or A&M-CC) is a state university located in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, on Ward Island in Oso Bay. The university is part of the Texas A&M University System. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was formerly known at various times by one of the following three names: Corpus Christi State University, Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi, and the University of Corpus Christi (a Baptist university founded in 1947) before joining the Texas A&M University System in 1989. The school became a public university in 1973 when the Baptist General Convention of Texas sold it to the State.[3]

Academics[edit]

Pottery exhibit by Art students in the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi offers 33 undergraduate majors, 25 graduate programs, and five doctoral programs through five colleges. [4]

The College of Liberal Arts[5] has 7 departments, housing 12 undergraduate and 6 graduate degrees, ranging from the arts to criminal justice to psychology.

The College of Business[6] offers 8 undergraduate and 4 graduate degrees and is accredited by AACSB.

The College of Education[7] offers teacher certification in more than 30 areas as well as three undergraduate degrees, 11 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs.

The College of Science and Engineering[8] offers 12 undergraduate and 5 graduate degrees in areas like Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science and Engineering. The Geographic Information Science (GIS) program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Engineering and Technology program offers B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (ME), Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and Electrical Engineering Technology (EET). The EET program offers three options: Control Systems, Electronic Systems, and Computer Systems, while the MET program offers Construction and Maintenance options—all ABET accredited.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences[9] offers two undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Health Science and one graduate degree in Nursing.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is English as a Second Language International (ESLI) member university.[10] ESLI, through its Language Centers, prepares students from non-English speaking countries to successfully enter and study at North American universities

Research[edit]

According to the Scimago Lab, between 2007 and 2011, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi ranked 261 in the World by normalized impact of publications. In 2013 it ranked 2247 in the World by quality of publications, and 2548 by publication output.[11]

TAMUCC Entrance and Harte Research Institute building

The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science is a research institute dedicated to geospatial science.[12] The Institute was founded by an endowment from the Conrad Blucher family. Research by the institute includes the Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network (a tide monitoring system), Texas Spatial Reference Center research for the Texas Height Modernization, and other geospatial research relating to surveying and mapping.

The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies brings scientists to the campus to strengthen TAMU-CC's research on environmental issues facing the Gulf of Mexico, area wetlands, coastal waterways, and beaches. Other centers on campus conduct research on biodiversity through offshore scientific diving expeditions,[13] and aid in oil spill response, hurricane tracking, and commercial shipping.

The Carlos Truan Natural Resource Building, which opened in 1993, was named in 2003 in honor of the late State Senator Carlos Truan of Corpus Christi, who worked to obtain funding for the facility.[14]

Student life[edit]

Student government[edit]

The Student Government Association at TAMU-CC hosts the officers of the student body. The SGA runs a three-branch system, with the Executive Board consisting of the Student Body Officers, the Legislative Board consisting of the Student Senate, and the Judicial Board consisting of the Chief and Associate Justices.

The current legislative branch, or Student Senate, has two underlying groups of senators: the classification senators, which holds 3 graduate senators, 4 senior senators, 3 junior senators, 3 sophomore senators, and 3 freshman senators, as well as the college senators, which holds two senators for each of the five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science & Technology.

Elections for SGA are held twice a year, once near the close of the spring for all positions, and then at the opening of the fall for the freshman senators and remaining vacancies from the spring elections.

Publications[edit]

TAMU-CC does not have a journalism department. As such, it does not have an official student newspaper.

However, TAMU-CC does have an entirely student-run newspaper, Island Waves. It was first published in 1993, and is, in part, funded through student fees and advertisement sales. Issues are put out every Thursday throughout the fall and spring semesters, with three issues printed over the summer.

Islander Magazine is a biannual news publication for Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, first published in the Fall of 2006.

Greek Life[edit]

TAMU-CC is home to five Interfraternity Council Fraternities (IFC). Phi Delta Theta, Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Chi, and Kappa Sigma. The university has four National Panhellenic Sororities (NPC). Delta Delta Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Zeta Tau Alpha. The university also has 6 Multicultural Greek Council organizations (MGC). Lambda Theta Alpha, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Delta Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Beta Xi Chi. Greek Life is a growing aspect of the TAMU-CC campus gaining notoriety and size over the years since it began at the university in 1998.

Athletics[edit]

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi joined the Southland Conference as of 2006-07 as a non-football member. Before that, it had been an independent since it began offering Division I sports in 1999.

TAMUCC offers 5 men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and field; as well as 8 women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

TAMUCC teams all compete under the team name Islanders. Their mascot is "Izzy the Islander", a costumed man with a tiki mask headdress, grass skirt and spear. Prior to that, the official mascot was "Tarpie" the Tarpon.

Men's basketball[edit]

The Islanders basketball team is coached by Willis Wilson and play their home games at the American Bank Center as well as at the Dugan Wellness Center on the University's campus. They have played in the NCAA tournament once, in 2007, losing in the first round.

Women's Cross Country[edit]

The Islander cross country team is regarded as the most successful sport in school history, as the women's team has won 7 out of the 9 conference titles (more than any other team in the history of Texas universities). In 2009, they scored the highest at the regional meet, with a 6th place finish.

TAMUCC People[edit]

Presidents[edit]

Presidents of TAMUCC years as president
1 E. S. Hutcherson (1947–1948)
2 R. M. Cavness (1948–1951)
3 W. A. Miller (1952–1965)
4 Joseph Clapp (1966–1968)
5 Leonard Holloway (1968–1969)
6 Kenneth Maroney (1969–1973)
7 Whitney D. Halladay (1973–1977)
8 Allan Sugg (1977–1989)
9 Robert R. Furgason (1990–2004)
10 Flavius C. Killebrew (2004–present)

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty members[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ {{cite web url=http://pir.tamucc.edu/Internal%20Resources/Factbook%20pivot_tables/Web_Factbook_Student_Enrollment_by_Time_Status.xls | title=Web Factbook - Student Enrollment by Time Status | accessdate=16 July 2014}}
  2. ^ a b c title=Fast Facts http://www.tamucc.edu/about/facts.html title=Fast Facts. Retrieved 16 July 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ The Baptist Standard
  4. ^ http://gradschool.tamucc.edu/atoz_terminal.html
  5. ^ Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Liberal Arts
  6. ^ Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Business
  7. ^ Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Education
  8. ^ Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Science and Engineering
  9. ^ Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  10. ^ ESLI
  11. ^ Scimago Institutions Rankings
  12. ^ Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science
  13. ^ Dokken, Quenton R (1999). "Application of Technical Diving Technology to the Study of Natural and Artificial Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.". In: Hamilton RW, Pence DF, Kesling DE, eds. Assessment and Feasibility of Technical Diving Operations for Scientific Exploration. (American Academy of Underwater Sciences). Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  14. ^ "Rick Spruill, "Remembering Carlos Truan (1935-2012), April 11, 2012". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ Beware: Bigfoot Ahead. The homegrown horror of The Wild Man of the Navidad, Austin Chronicle
  16. ^ A&M-CC alums tell Texas-sized ghost story, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
  17. ^ http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0377066/ Kim Henkel on the IMDB
  18. ^ http://www.tamucc.edu/news/2014/07/071814%20Crustacean.html#.U8yEouNdWE6

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Coordinates: 27°42′44″N 97°19′31″W / 27.7121°N 97.3254°W / 27.7121; -97.3254