Monthly Archives: November 2009

A&M-Central Texas Begins Search For President

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Randy McCauley, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
254-519-5491 mccauley@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2009

A&M–CENTRAL TEXAS BEGINS SEARCH FOR PRESIDENT

KILLEEN, Texas – The presidential search committee for Texas A&M University–Central Texas has been selected and will begin its search immediately. The committee serves as an advisory council to The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, which will select the inaugural president. The committee is scheduled to present its nominations to the board at its regular meeting March 25-26, 2010.

“The search committee is seeking the very best candidate to lead this new university and build a successful institution from the ground up,” said Dr. Frank Ashley, Vice Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “The opportunity to mold A&M-Central Texas should attract a diverse pool of qualified applicants. I am confident we will find a leader that understands the Central Texas community and will cultivate a university dedicated to the excellence of teaching, service and scholarship.”

Members of the search committee include: Dr. Frank Ashley, Chair; Phil Adams, Regent; Jim Schwertner, Regent; Dr. Jerry Jones, Division of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Steve McNett, Division of Business; Dr. Ann Farris, Division of Education, Psychology, and Counseling; Dr. Steve Vitucci, Division Director; Sarina Swindell, staff representative; Karen Gilbert, staff representative; Charles Kincaid, undergraduate student representative; Tanya Blenden, graduate student representative; Gen. Pete Taylor, TAMUCT Foundation representative; and Brenda Coley, community representative.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – CENTRAL TEXAS
Texas A&M University-Central Texas was born in the spirit of community cooperation on September 1, 1999 as Tarleton-Central Texas and became a stand-alone university on May 27, 2009 as a member of The Texas A&M University System.  A&M-Central Texas is an upper-level institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The University provides a wide range of flexible course schedules, including on-line, night and weekend classes.
For more information, call 254-519-5421 or log on to http://www.TAMUCT.org.

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New Scholarships Offer Over $500,000 In Financial Assistance For Spring 2010

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5491  rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2009

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS OFFER OVER $500,000 IN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR SPRING 2010

Killeen, TEXAS– The Texas A&M University-Central Texas Office of Scholarships is proud to introduce 8 new scholarships available to prospective and current students beginning Spring 2010.  Now, with a total of 25 scholarships available, TAMUCT is able to award a total of over a half million dollars to students for aid with tuition costs.

Marcus Perkins, Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, stated:

“Offering a variety of new scholarships benefiting both prospective and current students, coupled with the scholarships we already offer, is such an exciting opportunity.  The faculty and staff are thrilled to be able to offer such a large amount of financial aid to accommodate a wide variety of students.”

Some of the exciting new financial aid opportunities for Spring 2010 are “ Life’s Next Chapter”, “Mascot” and “Military Service” scholarships.  Perkins also stated, “We hope these scholarships relieve the financial burden of college tuition costs and encourage people to continue their education or go back for a masters at A&M-Central Texas.”

A&M-Central Texas Office of Scholarships is committed to providing assistance to students in pursuit of their education.  Scholarships are awarded for academic ability and achievement, demonstrated leadership, extracurricular activities, financial need, and other criteria as defined by specific scholarship programs. Scholarship applications are available online and students can apply year round.  Additional scholarship information and requirements can be found at http://www.TAMUCT.org
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A&M-Central Texas Interim President Resigns

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
Randy McCauley, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
254-591-5491 mccauley@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 13, 2009

A&M–CENTRAL TEXAS INTERIM PRESIDENT RESIGNS

Killeen, Texas – Texas A&M University – Central Texas Interim President, Dr. Garry Ross announced his resignation today due to health reasons, effective Friday, November 13, 2009. Dr. Ross has served as Executive Director and Interim President of A&M-Central Texas since January 21, 2008. Dr. Ross will continue to serve the university as a faculty member within the Division of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ross prepared the following statement in his resignation:

“I have greatly enjoyed serving A&M-Central Texas during such an exciting transition. The community of Central Texas has been working for over two decades to create a stand-alone institution for affordable higher education. To make that dream come to fruition, as A&M-Central Texas, has been the experience of a lifetime. I look forward to the opportunity to continue that experience as a faculty member and support our commitment to innovative education and lifelong learning.”

ABOUT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY – CENTRAL TEXAS

Texas A&M University-Central Texas was born in the spirit of community cooperation on September 1, 1999 as Tarleton-Central Texas and became a stand-alone university on May 27, 2009 as a member of The Texas A&M University System. A&M-Central Texas is an upper-level institution offering bachelor”s and master”s degrees. The University provides a wide range of flexible course schedules, including on-line, night and weekend classes.

For more information, call 254-519-5421 or log on to http://www.TAMUCT.org .

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A&M-Central Texas SGA Helps Raise Money For Those Affected in Fort Hood Tragedy

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5491  rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2009

SGA HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR THOSE AFFECTED IN FORT HOOD TRAGEDY

Killeen, TEXAS– The Student Government Association (SGA) of Texas A&M University – Central Texas is supporting the efforts of the Central Texas Army Post in raising funds to honor the Soldiers and family members affected by the mass shooting, which occurred on Fort Hood November 5, 2009.

Donations can be dropped off to:

Stefanie Gooding 
TAMUCT Main Campus, Room 114    
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Chestene Fullingam 
TAMUCT North Campus, Room 14
701 Whitlow Drive, Killeen, Texas 76541

*Donations will be accepted at these locations until Friday, December 4, 2009.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Student Government Association 
Texas A&M University – Central Texas 
1901 S. Clear Creek Road
Killeen, TX 76549
Checks should be made payable to: “CTOF” (Chapel””s Tithes and Offerings Fund) with a note on the memo line stating “Nov. 5 Tragedy.”

Texas A&M University – Central Texas is deeply saddened by the horrific event that occurred at Fort Hood on Thursday, November 5th. Our hearts go out to the soldiers, families and students that have been affected.

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The Carter Blood Drive Comes To A&M-Central Texas Main Campus

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5491  rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2009

THE CARTER BLOOD DRIVES COMES TO TAMUCT MAIN CAMPUS

Killeen, TEXAS—On Monday, November 9, 2009 from 10am-5pm the Carter Blood Drive had two Blood Mobiles in the main campus parking lot of A&M-Central Texas.  The blood drive attracted many donors; students, faculty, staff and members of the Central Texas community.  A&M-Central Texas is proud to announce that the blood drive was a huge success.  The blood donations will be given to local hospitals to help the victims of the recent Fort Hood shooting.

The mood at the donation site was electric.  A community coming together and reaching out during a time of crisis.  While giving blood one donor said, “I felt so helpless after learning about the Fort Hood tragedy.  Giving blood made me feel like I could proactively do something for the victims.”

It was a privilege to have the Carter Blood Mobiles at our campus and to be able to support such a wonderful cause.  Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us support the Carter Blood Drive in their quest to save lives.

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A&M-Central Texas Moment of Silence

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5491  rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2009

We will observe a minute of silence today, Friday, November 6 at 1:35pm in honor of those affected by yesterday’s horrific events on Fort Hood.

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All A&M-Central Texas Fort Hood Classes For 11/6 Have Been Canceled

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5491  rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2009

All Texas A&M University – Central Texas Fort Hood classes have been canceled for Friday, November 6, 2009.

Classes at the Main Campus, Southwest Building and North Campus will resume as usual.

There will be counseling available at the North Campus for faculty, staff and students.

For questions or more information, please contact Randy at 254-449-0654.
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Message From A&M-Central Texas Interim President Regarding Tragic Events On Fort Hood

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5491  rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2009

MESSAGE FROM A&M – CENTRAL TEXAS INTERIM PRESIDENT REGARDING TRAGIC EVENTS ON FORT HOOD

Killeen, TEXAS—A message from A&M – Central Texas Interim President Garry Ross PhD:

Faculty, Staff, Students & Community,

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that have occurred today at Fort Hood. As a result, all classes have been canceled for Thursday, November 5, 2009. Our hearts go out to all those involved in today’s shooting.

Sincerely,

Garry Ross, PhD

For more information please contact 519-5491.

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A&M-Central Texas Mathematics Students Host Bubble Day at West Ward Elementary

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
254-519-5491 rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 22, 2009

A&M–CENTRAL TEXAS MATHEMATICS STUDENTS PREDICT PERFECT WEATHER FOR GEOMETRIC BUBBLE DAY

October 22, 2009, Killeen, TEXAS — Dr. Mienie de Kock’s Mathematics Education class at A&M–Central Texas is going to be using bubbles to teach geometric shapes to students and children on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.  Word of Dr. De Kock’s bubble event is floating around campus and stirring up tons of curiosity.

“The humidity is predicted to be just right next Tuesday, not quite raining but just enough humidity in the air to make the bubbles last longer,” says Dr. de Kock about Geometric Bubble Day’s weather prediction. The trick to making geometric shaped bubbles is in the wands.  These wands aren’t shaped like the typical circle, which is notably the bubble form.  However, they are shaped to create hexagons, octagons, etc.  The students will teach about each shape as it is created within the wands.

The event will begin at A&M–Central Texas North Campus, right outside the entrance, at noon on October 27th.  The first demonstration will be open for any students, staff, faculty, and community to attend.  The event consists of informative bubble blowing coupled with refreshments provided by Student Affairs.  Following at 1:00pm, Dr. de Kock’s students will travel to West Ward Elementary School to give their bubble presentation to fifty-six 5th graders.

Dr. de Kock and her students are very excited about the event and anticipate it being a huge success.   She feels that Geometric Bubble Day is a valuable tool in preparing her students to be creative and successful Mathematics teachers.  The students at West Ward Elementary are looking forward to Geometric Bubble Day as well.

Any questions please contact Dr. Mienie de Kock at dekock@tarleton.edu

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VA, A&M-Central Texas, & CTC To Promote Benefits of Post-9/11 GI Bill Education Expo

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
254-519-5491 rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2009

VA, A&M – CENTRAL TEXAS, AND CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE TO PROMOTE BENEFITS OF POST-9/11 GI BILL WITH EDUCATION EXPO

October 20, 2009, Killeen, TEXAS — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Central Texas College, and Texas A&M University- Central Texas will host an Education Expo to showcase the new Post-9/11 GI Bill on the campus of Central Texas College in Killeen, Texas on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Mayborn Planetarium & Space Theater, Building 152. Veterans, Central Texas College faculty, A&M – Central Texas faculty, and community officials on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will be in attendance.

“Since September 11, 2001, our men and women in uniform have shown a courageous commitment and sacrifice to their country,” Waco VA Regional Office Director Carl Lowe said. “VA remains as committed as ever to honoring that sacrifice and helping our country usher in a new generation of GI Bill recipients.”
Lowe, along with Central Texas College Chancellor Dr. James Anderson, will outline the benefits of the historic legislation and encourage student veterans to take advantage of the educational opportunities the bill affords during the expo. The on-campus ceremony, part of VA’s on-going effort to educate student veterans and key stakeholders about Post- 9/11 GI Bill benefits, will include remarks by Lowe, Anderson as well as Dr. Garry Ross, interim president, A&M – Central Texas, and Bill Kinnison, education services officer at Fort Hood.

Central Texas College and A&M – Central Texas provides quality education to a large veteran population serving over 1,500 veterans currently benefiting from the GI Bill.

Directly following a brief ceremony at 10 a.m., VA officials and subject matter experts will be available for individual questions and concerns at various booths and tables.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill authorizes the most extensive educational assistance opportunity since the passage of the original GI Bill in 1944. The maximum benefit allows every eligible veteran, service member, Reservist, and National Guard member an opportunity to receive an in-state, undergraduate education at a public institution at no cost.
VA is committed to ensuring a transparent, efficient and streamlined process for Post-9/11 GI Bill claims. More than 900 personnel are assigned to process claims, and VA is utilizing rehired annuitants to provide additional processing support. In addition, over 100 staff at the Education Call Center (1- 888-GIBILL) assist veterans, answering questions and concerns.
For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jessica Jacobsen, Dallas Office of Public Affairs
(817) 385-3720 (office)
(214) 649-8380 (cell)
Barbara Merlo, Central Texas College
(254) 526-1999 (office)
Tom Morley, Waco VA Regional Office
(254) 299-9002 (office)

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