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Current News for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
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    Juggling a full-time career while acquiring a graduate degree can seem nearly impossible to many post-graduate students. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is making it possible to balance work and an education with its Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program. Recently ranked second in the nation for value by AffordableColleges.com the degree stands out in quality and affordability with classes designed to be part-time to allow students the option to work full-time.

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    Juggling a full-time career while acquiring a graduate degree can seem nearly impossible to many post-graduate students. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is making it possible to balance work and an education with its Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) online program. Recently ranked second in the nation for value by AffordableColleges.com the degree stands out in quality and affordability with classes designed to be part-time to allow students the option to work full-time.

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    The Suicide Awareness Focuses on Everyone (S.A.F.E.) program celebrated its first year of educating, raising awareness and reducing the stigmas related to suicide and mental health with a visual representation of the support that is offered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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    During the difficult times of natural disasters and political unrest, more than 100 Corpus Christi community members came together for the Light of Unity Festival. This interfaith and intercultural event was hosted by the Health Science Association (HSA) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Bahá’í Community of Corpus Christi on Oct. 22.

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    From owning local healthcare businesses to being active in the Coastal Bend community, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) alumni are making a positive difference with their degree. The impact of seven Islander alumni was recently highlighted in the November issue of MD Monthly.

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    With suicide the second leading cause of death in college students, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is using art as a way to engage the campus community and increase mental health awareness.

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    In a community center located in the heart of the Laredo Colonias a community center leader addressed a group of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) volunteers and with much emotion stated, “You cared for our people when no one else did.”

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    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Dining Hall invited the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Dr. David Scott, and the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. Julie Anne Hoff, to step out of their academic duties and don their cooking caps. The exceptional cooking event and first competition of its kind at the Island University, “Iron Chef: Dean’s Challenge,” was back for the second edition of epic culinary duels on Nov. 29.

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    With the fall semester coming to a close and finals drawing near, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s first-year students participated in the First-Year Learning Communities Program’s (FYLCP) First-Year Symposium on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in the University Center ballrooms. More than 2,400 first-year students presented their research via poster or PowerPoint presentation, answered questions and discussed their findings with interested attendees.

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    The National Islander Alumni Association and Islanders Athletics at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have announced their honorees for the 2018 Homecoming Honors Banquet, taking place Friday, Feb. 9 in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom.

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    Students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi concluded many years of hard work and determination today, Saturday, Dec. 16 at the American Bank Center located in downtown Corpus Christi. More than 840 Island University students from all five of colleges walked the stage and received their diplomas during two fall 2017 commencement ceremonies.

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    A total of 22 new members were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on Dec. 14, in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Each inductee received a lavender and white honorary cord, along with an inductee ribbon from Eta Omicron chapter officers. Eta Omicron is the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and was chartered in 1984.

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    In light of this particularly active flu season and the start of the spring semester, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi wants to keep its students educated on all things flu-related.

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    The University Counseling Center (UCC) wants to know how Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students are feeling through free anonymous and confidential screenings, called Mood Check.

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    In recognition for their professional accomplishments, including eliminating racism, empowering women and being a role model for young girls, Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science (CONHS) and health science coordinator at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Deborah Fullerton, curator of exhibitions at the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST), were both chosen as a 2018 Y Women in Careers, an award sponsored by YWCA Corpus Christi for the last 38 years. AMST is an affiliate of the Island University.

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    One Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi professor has taken the next step in furthering her career and advancing the careers of others. Dr. Jessica Peck, associate professor of nursing DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, has been named as a fellow to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) for her outstanding work in policy-making, advocating for pediatric victims of human trafficking on a local, state and national level. Peck is the second Island University professor to be accepted as an AANP fellow.

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    Leadership was the topic of conversation during the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s annual Adele Bemis Leadership Lecture Series featuring Nora Frasier, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC. With the recent influx of nurses stepping into leadership roles, Fraiser’s presentation titled, “Enhancing Authentic Leadership Behaviors in Nurse Leaders,” was a perfect choice to help ready nursing students for their expanded career responsibilities. Both Island University students and members of the local nursing community were invited to attend the lecture.

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    Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi recently celebrated the contributions Islander student workers make in the multitude of roles they fill at the University during National Student Employment Week, April 9-15.

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    How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard – this is the sentiment that drives Clarissa Lara to study the profession of nursing. Lara, who is working to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, says being a nurse isn’t just a job, it’s a career that includes lifelong personal connections with patients. Nursing is also about bettering situations for others, which is why Lara was eager to conduct research focused on helping non-traditional nursing students succeed in the classroom. Lara is one of 1,141 Islander students graduating during two spring 2018 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony is the largest in the University’s history.

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    A total of 79 new members were inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing on May 10, in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Each inductee received a lavender and white honorary cord, along with an inductee ribbon from Eta Omicron Chapter officers.