Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
|Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi|
|Motto||The Island University|
|President||Dr. Flavius Killebrew|
|Students||10,510 (Fall 2012)|
|Location||Corpus Christi, Texas, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 240 acres (970,000 m²)|
|Colors||Blue, Green, and Silver
|Mascot||Izzy the Islander|
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. The school became a public university in 1973 when the Baptist General Convention of Texas sold it to the State.
The College of Science and Engineering 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.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is English as a Second Language International (ESLI) member university. ESLI, through its Language Centers, prepares students from non-English speaking countries to successfully enter and study at North American universities
The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science is a research institute dedicated to geospatial science. 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, and aid in oil spill response, hurricane tracking, and commercial shipping.
Student life 
Student government 
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.
Island Waves is Not the official student newspaper at TAMU-CC. It was first published in 1993. Island Waves is entirely student-run, on account of the University not having a journalism department. Thus, Island Waves 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 
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 also has four National Panhellenic Sororities (NPC). Delta Delta Delta, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Gamma Delta, and Zeta Tau Alpha. 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.
TAMUCC offers 5 men's sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and field; as well as 7 women's sports: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
TAMUCC teams all compete under the team name The 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 
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 
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.
Notable alumni 
- Film directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks graduated with communication arts degrees in 1999. Their debut motion picture The Wild Man of the Navidad, released by IFC Films, was co-produced by Kim Henkel, a professor at the university who was a co-writer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
Photo gallery 
- The Baptist Standard
- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Liberal Arts
- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Business
- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Education
- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Science and Engineering
- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science
- 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.
- Beware: Bigfoot Ahead. The homegrown horror of The Wild Man of the Navidad, Austin Chronicle
- A&M-CC alums tell Texas-sized ghost story, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
- http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0377066/ Kim Henkel on the IMDB
- A virtual tour of the TAMUCC campus
- Islanders Athletics
- Message Board for Islanders fans
- Texas A&M University System
- Business Incubation Program