Javelina Marketing Group takes 3rd place at AAF National Student
President’s Legacy Ball honors
members of the Legacy Society
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Art provided by Dolores Price, Directions to Life
The South Texan
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Tuesday April 20, 2010
VOLUME 84, Issue 27
Tallant addresses issues during the last President’s Round Table
Dining facilities, extended study hours, safety on campus among topics discussed
Mary Beth Cleavelin
The South Texan
Students want more options; that was the
theme of the President’s Round Table Thursday, April 15.
Approximately 30 people attended the
forum, where President Tallant addressed
issues such as the desire for healthier options
in the dining facilities and study areas open
longer for late night cram sessions.
Earlier in the semester, students expressed
interest in bringing better dining facilities
to TAMUK. ARAMARK will now replace
Sodexo as the food provider on campus.
Even though the transition is already
in progress, questions still linger. Tallant
addressed doubts about the availability of
vegetarian options, stating that the “Real
Food on Campus” program would cover
such dietary restrictions.
More places to study at odd hours was
another concern students brought to the table
earlier this year.
“As a president, I’m thrilled to hear that
students want to spend more time studying,”
This week, students can fill out a survey
Miss TAMUK candidates
prepare for pageant
in Jernigan Library about when they would
like to see the library open.
“We can open it a little later cost effectively, but not 24 hours a day,” University
Provost Rex Gandy said.
University officials took the idea of longer
study hours to another level when they
looked into more outdoor places for students
to interact and hang out. The university has
drawn up plans and set aside money for
three areas, such as benches in the shade.
With students looking to be on campus
throughout more of the day, another problem
“Security is number one in our book, with
your education coming second,” Tallant said.
Lighting around College Hall was
brought up by a student submission as a
trouble spot and a solution was immediately
“I challenge [Student Government Association] and the [University Police Department] to take a walk at night to find spots
that are not safe,” said Teresa Remelius, Vice
President of Student Affairs.
Last week’s Round Table was the last of
the semester, but will return in the Fall.
20 women to take the stage
Saturday, April 24
The South Texan
Twenty Texas A&M University-Kingsville women will
take the stage Saturday, April 24, for a chance to represent the
university as Miss TAMUK and receive a $2000 scholarship to
be used for the Fall semester.
Miss TAMUK will be held in Jones Auditorium and is
sponsored by Student Activities.
Thomas Bingham, TAMUK graduate in 2007 and an
Alumnus for the Board of Directors, will serve as Master of
Ceremonies throughout the event.
“Planning and getting everything arranged is going
smoothly as hard as it may sound,” Nino Mendietta, director
of Student Activities, said.
This year’s theme is “Springtime in Paris” and candidates
will perform their opening act to Taylor Swift’s song, “You
Belong With Me.”
The first part of the pageant will take place April 23. Each
candidate will have a private face-to-face
interview with the five judges.
The interview is a big part of the scoring process.
The day of the actual event, the candidates will present a minute-and-a-half
speech on one aspect of the university.
The rest of the scoring will be based on
the evening gown portion of the pageant.
Once the scores are tallied, the judges
will pick the top five and will ask each
one a question, Mendietta said. How the
candidates answer will determine their
“Miss TAMUK [candidates] have to give speeches on an
university event or aspect and they have to think on their feet
and be creative about how they talk about the university,”
Rebecca West, choreographer, coordinator, program development, and information director said.
Usually the speech segment of the pageant is based around
the theme, in this case Paris, but West wanted it to be different this time around.
Instead of making the candidates give a speech about an
aspect of Paris, they chose to keep it simple and have them
focus on the university.
According to West, when the girls practice their speeches
some of them have given astonished looks when they hear all
these facts about TAMUK that they didn’t know before.
Practice for the opening act has already begun and the
candidates and West have been meeting almost everyday to
“Practice is getting more frequent and longer. Its also getting a lot more hectic because we have so much to get done
and the candidates still have to practice their speeches,” West
(L-R) Noe Longoria, AJ Collier, Zach Houston, Christin Rycroft, Artie Leal, Devina Arredondo, Michael
Bolman, Manuel Flores, Rudy Garcia, Hector Castelltort, Jose Hernandez, Tresor Baptiste, Amanda Marcum,
Crystal Guerra, Sabrina Reyna, Alyssa Reyna, Todd Lucas, Megan Harvey
Javelina Marketing Group takes
3rd place at AAF National Student
Rudy Garcia picked as “Best Presenter” in division
The South Texan
AMARILLO - The Texas A&M UniversityKingsville American Advertising Federation Team can
now be regarded as one of the best in a four-state area
of the nation.
Calling itself the Javelina Marketing Group, the
team was awarded a Second Runner-Up plaque for
Best Overall Campaign, and received two Special
Judges Awards including Best Presenter, Rudy Garcia,
and Best Big Idea or advertising concept for the
“virtual agent” idea for State Farm Insurance.
The TAMUK Advertising Team participated in the
2010 District 10 AAF National Student Advertising
Competition, April 15-17.
All schools in the nation were doing an advertisingmarketing campaign for State Farm Insurance.
Two District 10 teams – the University of Houston
and Texas State University – advanced to national
competition later this year.
Javelina Marketing Group competed against nine
other schools, including Baylor University, West
Texas A&M, and Stephen F. Austin University – in its
“We did wonderful. We did the best that any A&MKingsville team has ever done and we probably did
the best of any small college university in recent
memory. The students worked very hard and they
deserve it. We’re very proud of them,” Dr. Manuel
Flores, TAMUK Advertising Team adviser, said.
However, the journey to the competition in
Amarillo took more than hard work.
“[For the team,] it took hard work and then it
took believing in themselves. Once they believed in
themselves, the next step was just to do it, and on one
particular day in Amarillo, Texas, they did it. They
proved that they were among the best in the district
and perhaps, the best in the nation as well,” Flores
For team presenter Michael Bolman, the long hours
See AAF Competition on page 2
Natural Toxins Research Center adopts new name
National Natural Toxins Research Center reflects scope of research
Courtesy of Marketing and
The Natural Toxins Research Center at
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a research program dedicated to the discovery
of medically important toxins in venomous animals, has changed its name to the
National Natural Toxins Research Center
“The new name is more reflective
of the scope of the research we do in this
discipline,” said Texas A&M-Kingsville
president Dr. Steven Tallant.
For 38 years, university researchers led
by Regents Professor and NNTRC director John C. Perez, have studied venom for
its potential contributions to biomedical
In March 2000 the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents established
the NNTRC and in 2003 the center received the National Institutes of Health
Viper Resource Center grant, which was
renewed in 2008.
The NNTRC is the only Viper Resource
Center in the United States and is a leader
in promoting global research, training
and resources that will lead to biomedical breakthroughs through the study of
Perez said the inclusion of the term
“National” in the center’s name better
identifies its role as a national resource.
“The name change will bring more
recognition to the university and the
NNTRC,” Perez said, adding that the new
name may also help recruit new students
from around the world and increase
potential for grants and support of the
The NNTRC is a university-operated
facility that includes elaborate research
laboratories and a new serpentarium for
housing and breeding snakes.
Trash for Cash
The organization that collects the most
aluminum cans and plastics from now
until Earth Day wins a cash prize of $500.
For more information contact Campus
Activities Boards at (361) 593-2160
Relay for Life postponed to April 30
‘Daughters’ give a relatable
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The South Texan
From left to right, Event Chair, Nickolas Knorr, Frances Kuhn. Center row, Briseida Mendoza, Misty
M. Tavarez, Marcy Cavazos, Silicia Garcia, Melissa Rodriguez, Diana Perez. Back row, John Perez,
Silver Chapa, Event Co Chair, Tawnya Little, Prissy Alaniz, Frances Chapa
Due to inclement weather, the 11th annual Relay for Life has been postponed
to Friday and Saturday, April 30th and May 1st. Around 900 relayers and over
100 survivors will be in attendance at the all-night camp out. Last year Relay
for Life raised a total of $104,950 to donate to cancer research. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday with the first ceremonial lap followed by the Luminaria Ceremony at 9 p.m; the event will end Saturday morning at 7 a.m.
time period. Desiderio had to carry an
Italian accent with her character, an accent
she portrayed adequately. It kept coming in
Family arguments usually lead to trouble.
and out and, although, Desiderio did carry
This was certainly the case during the
herself well throughout the play, she found
performance of “Daughters”- a play written
it difficult to keep a straight face when her
by John Morgan Evans and directed by
character did something comical or had an
associate professor for theatre arts Patrick
unusually clever line.
Faherty, at the Little Theatre on April 14.
Patty Ann, Tessie’s sister and played
The cast put on a
by Desiree Putnam, was the
character who thought she was
but lacked the spark that
a bit better than most people.
had made this popular
Putnam gave a believable
comedy a hit in other
performance and brought her
venues. The play is a
character to life. Overall, her
comedy that tells the story of four Italian
performance was the best. She stayed in
women living in Brooklyn, New York, and
character during the whole play and made
dealing with death, adultery and life in
her character obnoxious when it was called
for and sympathetic as well.
The play in general had a good storyline,
Cetta, played by Amanda Soto, was the
and there were some parts that were
daughter of Tessie, a 17-year-old girl who
had to grow up before her time. Soto was
Tessie, played by Michelle Flores, was the
only believable when her character had to
eldest daughter and head of the family. At
be dramatic and serious, which was toward
the beginning of the play, Flores’ acting was
the end of the play. At the beginning her
hollow and it felt like she was just yelling
character called for her to be carefree and
her lines rather than putting emotion and
immature, which Soto did not do well and
drama into them. It was only during the
her character at times was portrayed as a
second act that her character became real and younger teen.
believable.From that point on, she carried the
The performance reviewed was opening
day. Other performances displayed better
Mom, played by Catherine Desiderio,
quality acting and “Daughters” was an
was a very spacey woman who, like most
excellent way to end the Spring 2010 Drama
grandparents, didn’t understand the current
AAF Competition continued
of preparation paid off in the end.
“It felt awesome not only to compete
in the AAF tournament, but be the first
advertising team to take home awards in
TAMUK history. The Javelina Marketing
Group put a lot of effort into researching
and preparing for this tournament and it
was great to finally see everything come
together,” Bolman said.
Garcia, a senior from Corpus Christi, felt
humbled by the experience of winning “The
Best Presenter” award.
“It was humbling and awesome; [I am]
so honored that Jesus would use me this
way,” Garcia said. “The hard work that our
team went through was exhausting and
draining but I had a great partner and great
teammates. We laid the smack down.”
This year, District 10 included 17
competing schools from the district’s fourstate area, including Texas, Oklahoma,
Arkansas, and Northwest Louisiana, making
it a mega district. Therefore, it was split into
two separate competitions, placing TAMUK
in the first competition.
“District 10 is the most winning district
in the country, having nine national titles and
they’ve actually won more than any other
three districts combined including the top
three districts behind District 10,” Professor
Todd Lucas said. “This district is probably
the strongest district in the country and
in any [other] district, their top contender
From the Files of UPD
Undocumented people caught
TAMUK police identified five
undocumented people near University
Village when they were questioned
for loitering. Once information had
reached the officers that a bail out
had occurred near the Santa Rosa and
Corral area, the officers took them
into custody. Border patrol was then
contacted and the suspects were taken
Bicycle stolen from Nierman Hall
A bicycle was stolen from the bike
rack in front of Nierman Hall. The
bike, valued at $950, is described as
being a black TREK 4500 with a cateye speedometer. No suspects have
Burglary in Turner Hall
A report was made by a TAMUK
student in regards to someone
breaking into his dorm room. The
student stated that he had left for ten
minutes only to return finding that his
X-Box and several other items were
missing. The stolen merchandise was
some bizarre behavior by a roommate.
The complainant stated that when he
returned from class one afternoon, he
attempted to wake up his roommate.
His roommate then began to speak
a very strange language to him and
began acting very strangely, in a
frightening way. The complainant
was told by his roommate’s father
that if he ever began to act strange to
call him immediately, so he did. The
complainant stated that the student’s
father along with a priest soon arrived
and immediately began praying
loudly as his roommate lay on the
floor. According to the report that the
appellant “saw his roommate go from
laying down on his back to a standing
position without changing posture.”
The incident was recorded and no
further action was taken.
The weekly police blotter is
The South Texan staff
Reports are gathered from
the incidents documented by
the Texas A&MKingsville’s University
valued at $350
Strange behavior in Martin Hall
Police were dispatched to Martin
Hall in reference to a complaint about
Immigration arrest in bookstore
Police and immigration officials
detained a 45-year-old TAMUK
student from El Salvador for noncompliance of immigration records.
The apprehension happened at the
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wouldn’t even place in this district.”
Flores added, “We were able to say that
we belong with the big schools when it
comes to advertising and marketing in the
nation, not just in Texas, because District 10
is the best in the nation and we’re third in
Flores and Lucas plan to continue the
tradition and take the team to competition
again next year.
Editor’s Note: Every
week The South Texan
will share a “green”
tip of the week to help
students identify easy
ways to help protect
the world around us.
Send your suggestions to email@example.com
By Sabrina Salinas
The South Texan
Are you a gamer? Do your games get lost, scratched or
worst, broken? If this is you, then this week’s green tip is
This week’s Green Tip is a cardboard game organizer.
For this project you will need a small box (shoe box size),
scissors, marker, pencil and a ruler. A sturdy table or
surface is best to work on this project.
Start off by laying the box down on its side. Next take
your scissors and carefully cut off the top of the box.
Next take your pencil and ruler and measure half of the
width and carefully trace it out. Then, cut it out and set
aside. Proceed to cut the box in half horizontally. This
will give you game organizers that can hold up to 12
games each, depending on the original size of the box.
Finally, use your marker to decorate your new
homemade game organizer. Another way you can
decorate your game box is by using colored tape. This
will make your box more durable and colorful. How
does this help the environment? Many storage bins and
shelves are made from plastics that use chemicals in the
making process that cause air pollution.
This Green Tip also helps out your investments.
Games cost money, why not take the inexpensive and
earth friendly step into protecting your money. So next
time you buy a new and exciting game remember that
you can have a safe place for it with this week’s green
TAMUK Clothesline Project
Will take place at University Village on
Tuesday, April 20, from 6 p.m to 8 p.m.
Students who have had experience with
violence in their lives are encouraged to
bring their own shirts to design and speak
out. For more information contact Life
Services and Wellness at (361) 593-3991
The South Texan - April 20, 2010
Breaking the silence
Hand-full of students gather for the second
Annual March of Silence at College Hall
The South Texan
Silence surrounded the campus as a hand-full
of students marched twice around College Hall as
part of the second annual Day of Silence at Texas
A&M University-Kingsville organization Unity.
“I’m proud to be the advisor for this
organization,” said Dr. Kasey Baker, assistant
professor for language and literature. “It gives
students of a different sexual orientation a soft
place to fall and a safe place to come.”
Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become
the largest single student-led action towards
creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual
orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The Day of Silence began at the University of
Virginia in 1996, and expanded to the organizing
efforts of over 8,000 middle schools, high schools,
colleges and universities across the country in
Among the supporters of the event were
Coastal Bend Aids Foundation, Sigma Lambda
Beta, South Texas Art Society of TAMUK
(S.T.A.R.T.S) and the St. Paul Church of Corpus
“It’s a wonderful thing to be a gay, straight
church,” Charles Brown, pastor of the St. Paul
Church, said at the reception held in the Javelina
Café in the Student Union Building. “There
are a lot of ways to break the silence by either
boycotting or marching, but which ever side
you’re on, the best thing you could ever do is
listen, understand and value one another.”
Everyone joined in a rhythmic clap as a sign of
breaking the silence.
Various students spoke against hate crimes
toward people of a different sexual orientation
during the open mic forum.
Members of the fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta
were present and held a light ceremony. They
passed out glow sticks and asked the students
Sabrina Salinas/The South Texan
to light them as one of the members read about
people and the tragedies that have fallen on them Students gather in front of College Hall to participate in the 2nd Annual March of
Silence held by TAMUK organization Unity.
because of their sexual orientation.
Award-winning poet visits TAMUK
Paul Christensen reads poems, hosts workshop during his visit
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A&M professor Paul Christensen
spoke in Fore Hall, April 15
Award-winning Texas poet and Texas A&M
professor Paul Christensen served as the reader
for the second annual Lucille Kruse Reading
Series, April 15 in the Blue Room in Fore Hall.
Prior to the reading, Christensen taught
a poetry-writing workshop to Dr. Catherine
Downs’ creative writing class.
Christensen taught writing beginnings and
endings to poems and then read a few of his
poems as an example. The poems he read have
never been published.
“I’ve rejected them from the book I’m
working on right now, so these are poems that
are in my notebook, and for one reason or
another I’ve given up on them,” Christensen
said. “I can’t fix them anymore. There’s not
enough penicillin in the world to get these
poems out of their safe nets.”
At the lecture later in the day, Dr. Susan
Roberson said some opening remarks and gave
Christensen some mementos to remember his
time at TAMUK. Christensen read a selection
of his poems that are going into his new book
coming out next May.
“Every time you start a new project, you’re
always at the edge of your ignorance. You really
don’t know what you’re doing,” Christensen
said. “You’re a child, you’re an innocent, you’re
an apprentice and you can easily fail and so
that always hovers over a new work and you’re
hanging by a thread.”
After the reading, Christensen answered
questions from students who attended the event.
Students across the country make TAMUK President’s, Dean’s list
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville has
Alice: James H. Dinn, Christina L. Gonzalez;
Alton: Gerardo Carmona; Alvin: Thomas
R. Schuenemann; Aransas Pass: Abraham
L. Gonzales; Bartlett: Thomas S. Janke;
Beeville: Jace D. Rothlisberger; Bigfoot: Kelsi
A. Gulick; Bishop: Mark A. Dragon; Brownsville: Mayra M. Felix; Bulverde: Jeremy S.
Brannon; Comfort: Maribel Ramirez; Corpus
Christi: Hector Chavarria, Talitha Costley,
Tania C. Garcia, Davis D. Gossett, Adina S.
Gray, Benjamin E. Isaak, Monica L. Kindervater, Everett H. Lamb, Michael G. Marshall,
Katy L. McNair, Anthony T. Pabillano, Sarah
D. Pohlers, Paul A. Reyes, Nida N. Shaikh,
Richard S. Van Winkle, Greg A. Werenskjold,
Justin K. Yaklin; Del Rio: Brandi E. Rials;
Donna: Kimberly M. Rodriguez; Driscoll:
Jenna R. Schubert; Eagle Pass: Ariel Castillon, Priscilla G. Marin, Edgar A. Rodriguez;
Edinburg: Lorissa K. Luna; Edna: Ashlee
L. Muschalek, Anna K. Trevino; El Campo:
James L. Cannell, Garret H. Pool; Falfurrias:
Kristina M. Lopez, Maria D. Lopez, Noe
Saenz; Falls City: Amanda M. Waclawczyk;
Flatonia: Jessica E. Schneider; Freeport: Ana
G. Cardona; Garciasville: Jaime O. Ochoa;
Glen Rose: Amber N. White; Harlingen:
Karl D. Lewis, Tasha N. Perry; Hebbronville:
Rene C. Ramirez; Irving: Laura E. Eidson,
Jessica J. Stephens; Keller: Diana L. Sokoly;
Kingsville: Katherine E. Boles, Damon K.
Broglie, Valarie A. Gomez, Joshua E. Ramos,
Alyssa M. Reyes, Breeze V. Rueda, James E.
Schumann, Maria E. Snelson, Harris M. Van
Fleet, Jaime X. Villarreal, Zelina Zavala; La
Grulla: Vianna I. Solis; La Vernia: Daniel
P. Wilson; Lake; Hills: Eric A. Wineman;
Mathis: Devon M. Wilder; McAllen: Michael
P. Balli, Mariana R. De La Rosa, Griseidy
Ochoa; Mission: Vanessa Gomez, Ruben
Riojas; Orange Grove: Trent A. Hodges,
Laura M. Ortiz; Palacios: Jelisa L. Kocurek,
Brianna R. Long; Pharr: Carlos Juarez; Pleasanton: Melissa L. Thompson; Portland: Lee
D. Dykes; Raymondville: Josefina D. Garza,
Cara L. Smith; Richmond: Caitlin N. Fetterly, Samantha A. Janota; Rio Grande City:
Orlando H. Herrera; Robstown: Stephanie R.
Merritt, Jessica M. Navejar; San Diego: Josef
released the names of the students who made
the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor
Roll for the fall 2009 semester. In order to
qualify for the prestigious President’s List, a
student must be enrolled in at least 15 semester hours and have a perfect 4.0 grade point
average for the semester.
To make the Dean’s List, a student must
earn a grade point average of 3.65 (on a 4.0
scale) on all work attempted for the semester with a minimum of 13 semester hours
A. Lopez; Sarita: Joseph A. Acevedo, Genesis
R. Urbina; Seguin: Kelsey L. Fort; Skidmore:
James D. Henshall; Sweeny: Rikki N. Sheffield; The Woodlands: Alison L. Insell; Tyler:
Ricky Marshall; Tynan: Jessica M. Hall;
Universal City: Christopher R. Washington;
Victoria: Jennifer A. Boren, Kara L. Simnacher; Weslaco: Daniel A. Bisch, Miriam E.
Villanueva; Windcrest: Kaitlin R. Marroquin
Andrew N. Willias; Deer Park: Paul M. Sigle;
Donna: Leslie I. Hinojosa, Jessica D. Jimenez;
Driscoll: Leah Olivarez, Andrew G. Rios;
Eagle Pass: Zaida Olivera; East Bernard:
Josephine A. Dietz; Edinburg: Gilberto De La
Rosa, Elizabeth Garza, Amanda I. Montalvo,
Michael J. Perez; El Campo: Thaddeus Deiss;
El Paso: Billy R. Polk; Elmaton: Matthew J.
Hickl; Falfurrias: Erica A. Alvarado, Mateo
Longoria, Clarissa R. Sanchez, Enrique Sanchez, America C. Vela; Falls City: Christina
R. Zunker; Freer: Diana E. Fowler, Cameron
M. Johnson, Parthkumar V. Naik; Friendswood: Brittany S. Von Ruff; George West:
Kyle L. Mircovich; Harlingen: Daysha N.
Atencio, Jorge A. Mata, Abel L. Morales,
Modesto Morales, Febe Villagomez, Faren
K. Von Duben; Hobson: Emily G. Sczepanik;
Hondo: Andrew P. Haertner; Houston: Michael A. Garcia, Sebastian Gonzalez, Abdel
A. Zoungrana; Humble: Amanda S. Soto;
Jourdanton: Tiffany R. Masters; Kingsville:
Angelita M. Alegria, Patrick L. Alvarez,
Rolando Barrientes, James C. Bolton, Tobias D. Bradley, Frank A. Buell, Flavio R.
Campos, Hector R. Castelltort, David H.
Cavazos, Davina B. Covarrubias, Brenda
D. De Leon, Kristen M. Foley, Hermelinda
Garcia (2), Juan R. Garza, Liselette Garza,
Alauna L. Hunter, Jackelyn M. Lomas, James
J. Lutenbacher, Ivan A. Mora, Ramon F.
Navarro, Sara B. Pena, Jason A. Quintanilla,
Matthew A. Ray, Sylvia Rodriguez-Ozuna,
Aaron B. Schuenemann, Christina M. Sears,
Joshua A. Smith, Amanda R. Stanley, Sonya
Vasquez, Irma L. Vela, Andy R. Vigstol; La
Feria: Tori L. Betancourt, Matthew H. Kelso;
La Vernia: Blake L. Young; Lakeway: Norman E. Gutierrez; Laredo: Gerardo I. De
Leon, Jaime Garcia, Victor Moyeda, Karina
J. Perez, Jesus A. Prado, Charles M. Prince,
Jesus A. Reyes, Michael A. Talamantez; Live
Oak: Ashlee R. Craven; Lytle: Christina M.
Maldonado; McAllen: Marylou I. Espinosa,
Carolina Guerrero, Maricela Luna, Alexa T.
Yunes; Midland: Cheryl A. Warren; Midlothian: Justin M. Rattan; Milano: James
C. Couch; Mission: Amanda R. Arevalo,
Alexandra Calderon, Josie L. Chavez, Morgan L. Cowgill, Javier A. Sanchez; Oilton:
Priscilla N. Hernandez; Olmito: Ernesto C.
Valenzuela Romero; Orange Grove: Mary
V. Rangel, Mary M. Rokohl; Palacios: Andy
T. Beard, Amanda N. Vecera; Pearland:
Gabriel L. Miller; Penitas: Diana Hinojosa; Pharr: Amanda Pecina; Port Lavaca:
Brittany L. Hranicky, Jonathan F. Stroup,
Adrian Trevino; Portland: Stephanie L.
Miller; Poteet: Moriah C. Sanders; Premont:
Julie U. Martinez, Sara E. Munoz, Marcos
H. Ramirez; Progreso: Cristina Ontiveros,
Norberto Ontiveros; Raymondville: Jaime
Herrera; Rio Grande City: Nancy Valadez;
Robstown: Juana M. Bueno, Crystal Calvillo, Lorena Hernandez, Logan R. Louderman, Myranda L. Medina, Kenneth A.
Schroeder; San Antonio: Jennifer M. Allen,
Bryan S. De Waal, Emily C. Johnson, Joseph
A. Maldonado, Myles L. Martinez, Charles
T. Phillips, Christopher T. Schraeder, Tracie
A. Sheppard, Nathan A. Sneed, Jonathan E.
Tapia; San Benito: Abraham Amaya, Denver
S. Hance, Edna Rosenbaum
San Elizario: Evelyn Lopez; San Marcos:
Brenda N. Rosas; Santa Elena: Claudia I.
Alvarez, Rebecca A. Gonzalez; Santa Fe: Joseph A. Rodriguez; Sinton: Maria A. Avalos,
Cheryl L. Jordan, Dollie A. Molina, Meagan
A. Rudolph; Sweeny: Chance E. Lowrie;
Taft: Kayla B. Box; Three Rivers: Andrea K.
Goebel, Whitney D. Ruiz, Jamie L. White;
Tilden: Justin G. Anderson; Victoria: Samantha J. Alvarez, Nicholas A. Brown, Timothy
J. Byerly, Denver H. Diefenbach, Dylan F.
Riedesel, John L. Solis; Weslaco: Andrew
L. Alvarado, Edelmiro Cavazos, Quentin
J. Donalson, Frank D. Segovia; Yoakum:
Dustyn R. Jansky; Yorktown: Katherine M.
Dugie; Zapata: Christina I. Garcia
Wyoming: Andra M. Schroff; Mexico: Boris
Hugo Torres Martinez, Michel A. Zarate
Agua Dulce: Hillary M. Garcia; Alice: Ashley N. Arellano, Donella Delgado, Ludivina
Estringel, Lace J. Garcia, Lydia A. Holt, Linda
A. Lopez, Katrina A. Mondragon, Victoria
C. Perez, Jessica C. Willie; Allen: Richard A.
Hodges, Michael A. Schneider; Aransas Pass:
Cody S. Hall, Matthew F. Hall, Dora E. Hernandez; Austin: Michael W. Shipley; Baytown: Rene Cienfuegos; Beeville: Felicia R.
Soza, Eric C. Taylor; Big Wells: Richard Rosa;
Bishop: Ricky A. Balderas, Robert J. Carter,
Ernest Colin, Angel A. Flores, Patricia A.
Norman, Marcus R. Perez, Kelly L. Tijerina;
Blessing: Leanne M. Wiley; Boerne: Marissa
N. Johansen; Brenham: Blake A. Eikenhorst,
Michael R. Randermann; Brownsville: Ana
V. Alvarez, Elvira Escobedo, John D. Garza,
Joshua N. Losoya, Dalia N. Marroquin, Javier
Perez; Bruni: Michael A. Chapa, Tracy L.
Munoz; Caldwell: Marcus E. Blum; Carrizo
Springs: Lucas J. Rutledge; College Station:
Kellie L. McConnell; Corpus Christi: Matthew R. Busker, John W. Caballero, Jason R.
Custer, Sanaa Drif, Michael G. Fisher, Robert
D. Fisher, Carmen M. Garcia, Rudy J. Garcia,
Alexander R. Knowles, Bianca I. Lord, Domingo D. Loria, Amanda P. Marcum, Lauren
L. Martinez, Rene Martinez, Jeremy A. Murillo, Wayne G. Nobbie, Justin K. Peninger, Stephen A. Rios, Shari L. Ruschhaupt, Michael
A. Salinas, Elizabeth Sanchez, Ashley A.
Schneider, Maricia A. Startz, Edward T. Vargas, Leonardo E. Vasquez, Helen E. Wheeler,
Kansas: Melissa D. St. Clair, Candice J.
Wardyn; Honduras: Hector David Briceno
Sanchez; Mexico: Edgarth Andres A. Rivera Leon, Oscar E. Corripio Luna, Jorge L.
Molina, Almendra M. Reyes Moron, Jesus
R. Santos; Nepal: Ramesh Pudasaini, Anup
M. Tuladhar; Nigeria: Francis E. Musa, Itong
A. Ujile; Ivory Coast: Totoh Leslie J. Gnako;
Venezuela: Julio C. Rondon Martinez
“Here at TAMUK, Javelina Stu-
The South Texan - April 20, 2010
dents for Sustainability (JSS) has
worked tirelessly to implement
changes to our conventional waste
system on campus. ”
Kudos goes to...the TAMUK
American Advertising team
Team picks up several awards
in Amarillo past weekend
Courtesy of Hector Castelltort / The South Texan
Members of the Javelina Marketing Group take pictures with the judges of the
American Advertising Federation after receiving their awards this past weekend in
Crystal Guerra / The South Texan
Rudy Garcia earned the Best Presenter award at last weekend’s AAF competition.
The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelina
Marketing Group placed
as the second runner-up
in their competition this
weekend in Amarillo.
The team has been
working toward this competition all semester and
had made an advertising
plan for State Farm Auto
The team had to make a
plan book for their advertising plan and present it
to advertisers from State
The competition was a
district competition from
schools in Texas, Arkansas,
Oklahoma and northwest
The TAMUK team
competed against and beat
out the likes of Angelo
State, Baylor, Lamar, Stephen F. Austin, Southern
Texas A&M and West Texas
This was just the third
year A&M-Kingsville has
sent a team into the competition and this was by far
the best any of those teams
Despite the third place
finish, the team picked up
the Best Big Idea award
for their idea for a “virtual
Rudy Garcia also picked
up an individual award for
Members of the Javelina
Marketing Group have to
take at least two classes in
advertising with the second being dedicated to the
preparation for the contest.
Despite the class time,
team members spend
hours outside of class
preparing the presentation,
creating a plan book on
their marketing strategy
and actually having to
make the advertisements
they develop it.
District 10, the district
TAMUK competes in, is
considered a mega-district
and is split into two competition areas.
Because of its size, the
district is divided into two
Four members of the
team are allowed to make
the actual presentation
without any help from
other team members or
The Javelina Marketing
Group is advised by Dr.
Manuel Flores, associate
professor of communications and theatre arts, and
Todd Lucas, assistant dean
of the College of Arts and
Both professors have already committed to taking
a team back to competition
As for this year, for their
hard work and awardwinning representation
of A&M-Kingsville, the
Javelina Marketing Group
receives this week’s KUDOS award.
Javelinas are ready to act on Earth Day
A&M-Kingsville ready to become a green leader in South Texas community, region
With each passing
day, an insurmountable
amount of trash is packed
into dumpsters, collected
by garbage trucks and
carried off to landfills
where it is left to continue
on with its decomposition
From old broken
furniture to rotting food,
there is no question that
landfills are the home of
all kinds of unwanted
However, take into
consideration the fact that
most of what you find at
such landfills falls under
the jurisdiction of the
waste hierarchy: “Reduce,
Reuse, and Recycle.”
According to several
70 percent of all trash is
thought to be recyclable.
This includes cans,
glass, bottles, papers and
cardboard—items that lay
wasted in landfills when
they could easily be reused
in a recycling system, a
system set up for moneysalvaging purposes with
the intent of doing good
for the environment.
How many of us are
guilty of throwing away
tons of junk each day
while cognizant of the fact
that 70 percent of our trash
can be reincarnated in
various new forms?
Even worse, how
many of us are completely
oblivious to this
knowledge and would
rather not separate our
garbage into distinctive
piles of what constitutes
as recyclable and nonrecyclable items?
The percentage for that
amount would probably
that recycling is a waste of
time and is not financially
valuable, one of several
arguments that have been
made in the great debate
For some recyclable
items it actually cost
is if they substituted
their conventional waste
system for more
relevance in the
The South Texan matter.
more to reprocess them
a chemical which can
than to dump things off
contribute to global
at a landfill, especially
warming if not curbed,
items made of plastic
is produced via the
which all come with a
resin identification code
that occurs at landfills.
that distinguishes their
have already taken
Sorting out the various
advantage of this gas
product and have
plastics is costly and time
managed to convert it into
a reliable energy source
importance of recycling
with enough power to
was enough to warrant an
provide electricity to entire
entire recycling industry,
and it has been known
If the opportunity to
that the only way a
utilize your electricity,
community can really save water, paper, and
money through recycling
other wastes with
methods presents itself,
shouldn’t you at least
jump at the chance?
Here at TAMUK,
an organization called
Javelina Students for
Sustainability (JSS) has
worked tirelessly to
implement changes to our
conventional waste system
With their efforts
finally having paid off,
the university, backed
by President Tallant, has
agreed to support the
The signed article will
push our administration
to employ campus-wide
recycling programs that
will distinguish our
university as a pro-green
leader in South Texas.
With Earth Day
approaching this coming
week, it is our personal
responsibility to recognize
the fact that human beings
are creatures of this planet
We were all conceived
on the same planet.
We have all breathed
this planet’s air and
walked on its surface, so at
the least we owe it our full
Our intelligence, which
separates us from the
other animals, appoints
us as the Earth’s primary
caretakers, and it should
be utilized in a way that
benefits the Earth and all
that live in it.
Therefore, it is
imperative that we
discover the proper
lifestyle, such as recycling,
that coincides with this
Consider the fact that
recycling may not prevent
global warming or even
save the entire eco-system.
At least not overnight.
But it definitely starts
us off in a very humane
Career Services clarifies advice for students in work force
Dealing with career problems must be handled in a mature way
Editor: I was concerned that last
week’s article “Students Fire
Questions at Panel After
Film Viewing” blurred the
message that was being
communicated. I was misquoted as
saying that when you are
fired it is okay to go out and
drink a few adult beverages,
and I wanted to be clear that
this was a comment that
was injected into what I was
saying by someone else, and
that certainly it was spoken
as an attempt at humor. I was expressing to
students that it is okay to
be sad or upset about being
Letter to the Editor
fired, however, they should
pick themselves up, dust
themselves off, and use the
experience in a positive way. At Career Services, we do
not advise nor condone the
use of alcoholic beverages to
solve problems. There are different ways
to react when difficulties
arise in our lives and our
careers, and to take some
time to reflect and even
grieve is a natural and
healthy way to move on. Problems and mistakes
will occur in each of our
lives but we must learn from
these experiences and use
it to grow personally and
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Thomas hits for cycle against East Central
The South Texan
The Texas A&M-Kingsville
baseball team hammered Lone Star
Conference rival East Central Tigers
12-7 on Friday April 16th as Clifton
Thomas became the University’s first
player to accomplish the feat of hitting for the cycle.
Thomas singled in the first, led
off the fifth inning with a home run,
tripled in the
sixth then completed the cycle
in the seventh with a double after
Trent Wagner was hit by a pitch to
allow the at-bat.
“It was great to hit for the cycle
but it feels better when the team
wins. We are playing lights out
with great team chemistry.”
The team had a banner
day at the plate on Saturday East Central as
they scored a season
high 14 runs in a
postponed due to inclement weather.
With the win the Javelinas stay on the
heels of Angelo State (22-17 in conferArturo Leal/The South Texan ence play) and are only four games behind
Clifton Thomas hits away during an at-bat. Thomas hit for
first place Abilene Christian in the win
the cycle during the weekend series at East Central. The
column. Second place Southeastern OklaJavelinas swept the Tigers two-games to none.
homa sits at 23-14 in conference while
Cameron is third at 21-13.
Thomas and the Javelinas (24-22, 2017) jumped out to an early lead, scoring
three runs in the top of the first. Thomas
led off with a single and scored on Luis
Diaz’s base hit. Cody Stigall laced a twoout, two-run double to cap off the inning.
The Tigers (9-25, 8-21) came back
with one run in the first inning and five in
the third to take a 6-3 lead.
The game remained that way until the
top of the fifth, when Thomas led off the
inning with his seventh home run of the
season. Jerry Rodriguez, Travis Earles
and Diaz followed with consecutive base
hits. Later in the inning, Stigall, Adrian
Williams and Cash Barker each drove in
In the sixth inning, Thomas led off with
his sixth triple of the season sparking a
Finally, in the seventh inning it looked
like Thomas would not have a chance to
hit for the cycle when the first Hoggie
batters turned in two successive outs.
Trent Wagner was hit by a pitch to give
Thomas a chance to come through with a
double to complete the cycle.
The Javelinas finished the game with
15 hits. Thomas went 4-for-5 with four
runs and two RBI’s. Earles, Diaz, Stigall
and Brandon Rohr each had two hits.
Diaz and Stigall each drove in three runs.
David de Leon picked up his eighth win
of the year after tossing 5.0 innings and
striking out five. Taylor Taska pitched the
final 1.2 innings without allowing a hit or
run to notch his school record eighth save
of the season.
The second game on Friday was
suspended due to lightning in the area.
The Javelinas were batting in the top of
the fifth with two outs and holding a 7-0
lead when play was stopped. The game
would continue Saturday.
The Javelinas led 7-1 in the top of
the fourth inning of the third game of the
series before weather forced postponement. The game would ultimately be
The Javelinas scored runs in six of the
nine innings of game two and had at least
two runs in five innings. They set a season high in runs, hits, doubles and triples.
Five different players had three hits in the
game as they pounded out 20 safeties.
Once again, senior center fielder
Clifton Thomas (San Diego, CA/El Cajon
Valley HS) led the way, going 3-for-6
with two runs, a double, two triples and
an RBI. He now has three triples and six
extra base hits in the series.
Lone Star Conference Diamond Hitter
of the Week Jerry Rodriguez (Canovanas,
P.R.) continued his recent hot hitting by
going 3-for-6 with a double, two runs,
three RBI’s and two stolen bases. Since
coming back from an injury last week he
is 12-for-19 at the plate in six games.
Luis Diaz went 3-for-5 with a double,
two RBI’s and a run scored. Brandon
Rohr also went 3-for-5 with a double,
RBI and a stolen base. Adrian Williams
hit his third home run of the season and
finished the game 3-for-5 with three runs,
two RBI’s and a double. Finally, freshman Trent Wagner hit his first career
home run in the ninth inning.
Senior pitcher Dan Rogers pitched his
third complete game out of his last four
starts and fourth overall despite pitching
four innings on Friday and five more on
Saturday. He scattered five hits while allowing one earned run and two walks. He
struck out six batters to improve to 7-1
on the season and he lowered his ERA to
Hyland signs three players to National Letters of Intent
Courtesy Sports Information
Texas A&M-Kingsville women’s
basketball coach Scott Hyland announced on
Friday that he had signed three high schoolers to National Letters of Intent to continue
their basketball careers for the Javelinas.
The three student-athletes are Brandy Garcia, a 5-11 wing from Edinburg North High
School, Ashley Perez, a 6-2 post from Lytle
and Allison Peters, a 6-4 post from Ganado.
Garcia led Edinburg North to a 27-12
record and an appearance in the regional
semifinals in Class 5A. She averaged 10.6
points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 2.4 steals
and 2.2 assists per game as a senior. She was
named the District 31-5A Defensive Player
of the Year and first team all-District, all-City
and all-Valley honors. She was a four-time
first team all-City and three-time first team
all-District player. She was tabbed on the allValley team three times and was the District
31-5A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
“We are very excited about the addition
of Brandy to the Javelina program,” said
Hyland. “She has grown up around the
game and it shows. She does a lot of the
little things that make a team click that only
a coach can really appreciate. She is a very
good athlete that can handle the ball and create for others. She can go inside, post up or
attack the basket and finish with either hand.
She is a tremendous shooter and gives us
another three-point threat.”
Perez led Lytle HS to a 29-7 record this
year. She averaged a double-double per
game with 14.2 points and 10.8 rebounds
while also blocking 4.0 shots per game and
nabbing 2.1 steals per game. She was a twotime first team all-district performer.
“We have followed Ashley’s progress very
closely over the past two years and really
feel she could have a great impact upon our
program as she continues to develop,” said
Hyland. “She is a very good athlete with
good size. She has great hands and a tremendous touch around the basket, but can also
step out and knock in the long-range jumper
to open up the paint.”
Peters comes to the Javelinas after an
outstanding career at Ganado HS. As a
senior, she posted three triple-doubles and
17 double-doubles en route to earning first
team all-district, Victoria Advocate All-Area,
TABC All-Region, Academic all-district and
Academic All-State honors. She averaged
14.4 points, 15.8 rebounds and 6.1 blocks per
game while shooting 39 percent from threepoint range. During her junior year he had
seven triple-doubles and 12 double-doubles
while earning first team all-district, Victoria
Advocate All-Area, TABC All-Region and
Academic all-district honors. She was also a
first team all-district and Academic all-district
selection as a sophomore.
“We really like Allison’s potential,” said
Hyland. “She runs the floor extremely well
and has good lateral movement. She has
good hands and a strong face-up game that
will fit our offensive system well. Obviously,
we like her size and feel she has tremendous potential to develop into a high impact
The Javelinas are coming off an 18-10 season that saw them advance to the Lone Star
Bullinger receives prestigious TACSM award at annual meeting
Courtesy of Public Relations
Dyana Bullinger was a starter on the
women’s basketball team at Texas A&M
University-Kingsville for four years running,
a three-time team captain, named to the LSC
South Division All-Conference Second Team
last year and an honorable mention this
year, and the holder of numerous all-time
top ten university basketball records. These
are some impressive accomplishments on
the court. But believe it or not, Bullinger has
had as much success in the classroom and
The Spring, Texas senior studying
the kinesiology degree path of exercise
science/pre-physical therapy has made
frequent appearances on the dean’s list
and was twice listed in the Who’s Who
among Students in American Universities
and Colleges. She was named the health
and kinesiology department’s exercise
science undergraduate major of the year
for 2009-2010. She was named a 2007-2008
Outstanding Student of the Year by the
Texas Association for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance.
Last year, Bullinger received the
Exercise Science Undergraduate Research
Award by her academic department for her
work examining anaerobic performance in
athletes and non-athletes. She was selected
from seven nominees to be the recipient
of the undergraduate Be All You Can Be
Award, given by the Women’s Enrichment
and Advisory Committee.
Then this semester, Bullinger received
what may have been
her biggest academic
award yet, serving in
a way as recognition
for all of her
She became the
first Texas A&MKingsville student
to receive the
Scholar Award by
the Texas Regional
Chapter of the
of Sports Medicine
(TACSM). She was
presented this award
at the 2010 TACSM
Annual Meeting last month at
the University of Houston.
“The American College of Sports
Medicine, for which TACSM is a regional
chapter, is the premier learned society
for the exercise sciences,” noted Dr. Chris
Hearon, associate professor and chair of the
health and kinesiology department, and
coordinator of the department’s Human
“Having our students honored by this
organization really helps our reputation
regionally. The exercise science program,
including our pre-physical therapy program,
is growing fast and we have some really
solid students including, of course, Dyana.” “Our goal is that Dyana will the first in
a long line of recipients of this
prestigious award to come from
Bullinger echoed Hearon’s
respect for the regional
Undergraduate Scholar Award,
calling it a huge honor.
“I have worked so hard the
last four years and it all seems
to be coming together this last
semester. I have had so many
opportunities presented to me
and I am grateful I have been
able to capitalize on them.” “I am so appreciative of the
department and everything they
have done to help me get where
I am going. I am especially
thankful to Dr. Hearon for all the
time and effort he has put into helping
me excel, as well as Dr. Stacey Gaines
for assisting on my research project by not
only being an investigator but helping with
the psychological view of things. Thanks
also to my coach Scott Hyland and my
parents for all of their support. This award
means so much to me.”
Bullinger’s research project examined
athletes and non-athletes while using the
Wingate Anaerobic Cycle Test.
She and Hearon developed a project in
which the test subjects were given verbal
encouragement while on the cycle, then
tested without encouragement, to compare
athlete and non-athlete performance.
“As a department chair, our excessive
teaching loads coupled with our
administrative duties makes it difficult to
find the time devote to student mentoring
like this, which is why I don’t do it as
much as I’d like. It really takes a lot of time
mentoring undergraduate research,” said
Hearon. “This was especially true for Dyana’s
study, where the nature of the data
collection required me to be present for 60
of the 90 testing session. But she took charge
of the study and handled all the scheduling
of the subjects and other investigators,
screenings and preparations of the Human
Performance Laboratory for all 90 testing
sessions, as well as all the data maintenance
and reduction. She pretty much ran the
show, all I had to do was show up prior
to testing and do my job. And this is as an
undergraduate--an undergraduate who
also is an intercollegiate athlete, and all
that that implies from a time management
standpoint. She really did a great job.”
Bullinger presented her research at the
TACSM annual meeting in March, where
she accepted her Undergraduate Scholar
She will present again in June at the
ACSM national conference in Baltimore.
Bullinger is scheduled to earn her
bachelor’s degree at the end of the semester.
Hearon is among those that sees a strong
finish to her undergraduate education at
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Dr. Steven Tallant, TAMUK president, dancing with wife Karen, during the annual Legacy
Ball at the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms, Saturday, April 18.
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Dr. Steven Tallant visits with alumni (retired) Gen. Ricardo Sanchez and his
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Dr. Steven Tallant greeting guests as they arrived for the ball.
The red carpet was laid out as distinguished supporters
attended the 2010 President’s Legacy Ball, Saturday, April 18,
in the Memorial Student Union Building.
The ball celebrated and acknowledged supporters who help
make a difference in the lives of students during the past year.
“The President’s Legacy Ball celebrates and recognizes the
friends in the university community who have supported Texas
A&M University-Kingsville and helped make a difference in the
lives of students during the past year.” TAMUK President Dr.
Steven Tallant said.
“This event is a tribute to the individuals and organizations
who are linked with the proud history and recent achievements
of A&M-Kingsville,” he said.
“As we acknowledge our contributors, we do so with
confidence that their support will continue in future years,
ensuring that we have the necessary resources to sustain our
educational mission for decades to come,” he said.
Approximately 268 TAMUK supporters attended the Legacy
Ball this year. It was an evening of gourmet dinner, silent
auction, live entertainment and dancing to thank the friends
and donors of Texas A&M-Kingsville. Specifically, the event
supports student scholarships at A&M-Kingsville and honors
members of the Legacy Society, made up of individuals and
organizations donating $100,000 or more to the university.
“It is your support, loyalty, interest and generosity that
enable A&M-Kingsville to live up to its commitment to
excellence year after year,” President Tallant told those
Local artist Dolores Price provided the artwork for this year’s
legacy ball. Her piece, an acrylic entitled, “Directions to Life,”
was displayed on the invitations and other printed materials.