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Board of Regents Names Marc Nigliazzo Sole Finalist for Inaugural President of Texas A&M University-Central Texas

For Immediate Release

March 26, 2010

Contact: Jason Cook or Rod Davis

(979) 458-1729

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Marc A. Nigliazzo was named sole finalist for the position of president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas today in a vote by the nine-member Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Nigliazzo, currently president of Arizona Western College at Yuma, Ariz., will be eligible to become president after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period. He will begin meeting with various groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders to seek input and discuss his vision for the future of the Killeen campus.

Nigliazzo brings a wide range of administrative and academic experience to A&M-Central Texas, as well as a Texas background that began in his birthplace of Hearne. He has served as president of Temple College and Galveston College, and chair of the department of English at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, among other positions. He obtained his B.A. in English at the University of Texas, his M.A. in English at Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of New Mexico.

“The first president for this important new university in the A&M System will play an especially critical role, and we are pleased and enthusiastic to have selected Dr. Nigliazzo,” said Morris E. Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents. “Dr. Nigliazzo’s academic background and leadership abilities make him an ideal choice to lead A&M-Central Texas, which meets a critical need in this part of the state and presents many opportunities for engagement with Fort Hood.”

Nigliazzo, who has served as president of Arizona Western since 2009, was chosen following an extensive presidential search conducted by the A&M System and a committee composed of educators and stakeholders from the A&M-Central Texas campus.

“I have watched the Killeen campus evolve from a system center under the guidance of Tarleton State University, and I have taken a great interest in ensuring that we find the best leader possible to help continue its path as a leader in higher education in Central Texas,” said Michael D. McKinney, M.D., chancellor of the A&M System. “Marc Nigliazzo is that leader, and I am confident that A&M-Central Texas is in good hands.”

A&M-Central Texas became a stand-alone university in the A&M System on May 27, 2009. It was established in 1999 as Tarleton State University System Center-Central Texas, and rapidly grew in its mission to provide higher education opportunities to the rapidly expanding Central Texas region. Classes are offered at several sites, and a new campus will be located on 662 acres adjacent to Fort Hood that were transferred from the Department of the Army in 2009. Construction on the first building is scheduled to begin this fall.

The current enrollment of 2,553 students includes about 30 percent who are members of the military or spouses of active duty soldiers, primarily at Fort Hood. The upper-level institution offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has articulation agreements with Central Texas College, Temple College and other community colleges, enabling smooth transitions for transfer students. A&M-Central Texas also is a member of GoArmyEd, a virtual gateway for soldiers on active duty to request tuition assistance and education guidance online.

Nigliazzo’s academic interests have focused on learning and literacy, and his experience includes considerable professional service as well. He is a member of the Arizona Community College Council, the Arizona Productivity Improvement Initiative, and has served on the Advisory Committee on the Texas Success Initiative, the Tarleton State University Presidential Advisory Council, the Advisory Committee to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the Associate of Arts in Teaching, and the Council on Women in Higher Education.

His community service includes membership in the Yuma County Workforce Investment Board and the Yuma Business and Education Coalition, and he has served on the Advisory Committee of the Texas Bioscience Institute, the Temple Education Foundation, the Salado Institute for the Humanities, and the Galveston Historical Foundation.

Nigliazzo was awarded the Leopard Pride Award for his work with the Temple College Athletic Program and was named Hispanic Educator Star Achiever for encouraging excellence and diversity in the classroom. Other awards include an Outstanding Service Award by the Central Texas Workforce Development Board and a Galveston County Literacy Council Award. The Temple College Board of Trustees named the Marc A. Nigliazzo Administration Building in his honor for his leadership.

About the A&M System

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates nearly 115,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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First SGA Presidential Debate Coming To A&M-Central Texas

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5790 rex@tarleton.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2010

First SGA Presidential Debate Coming To A&M-Central Texas

Killeen, TEXAS—The Student Government Association (SGA) at Texas A&M University-Central Texas will hold their first annual student presidential debate on March 30, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Warrior Hall.

Milestones have been occurring for SGA over the past several months beginning with their charter signing on December 1, 2009; establishing them as a student organization and the official voice of the student body. Since then SGA has rallied together to raise money for the Ft. Hood tragedy, created ‘Student Appreciation Week’ and now, will be hosting the first annual student debate.

All students, faculty, staff and community are invited to attend and witness this SGA and A&M-Central Texas landmark event.  The debate will serve to educate students on the candidates running for President and Vice President of SGA and their platforms.  Fred Chavez, Director of the Mayborn Planetarium, will moderate the debate. Students will be able to ask questions and vote for the candidate of their choice at the end of the event. Refreshments will be provided and the first 30 students to arrive will also receive a free t-shirt!

The debate will take place at A&M-Central Texas North Campus in Warrior Hall (701 Whitlow Drive Killeen, TX 76541). For more information please contact tamuctsga@go.tarleton.edu

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Texas A&M System Board of Regents to Meet March 25-26

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

Media Advisory: Texas A&M System Board of Regents to Meet March 25-26

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS:  The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System will meet on Thursday and Friday, March 25-26, in the Board of Regents Meeting Room on Clark Street and at the Bernard C. Richardson Zone on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The board will convene in open session to consider items including:

·        Approval of the Project Scope and Budget, Appropriation for Construction Services, and Approval for Construction for the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing Project, The Texas A&M University System

·        Approval of the Project Scope and Budget, Appropriation for Construction Services, and Approval for Construction for the Multipurpose Building Project, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

·        Establishment of the Wind Energy Center within the Texas Engineering Experiment Station

The board also will consider various legal and personnel matters in executive session, including:

·        Appointments of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Senior Vice President for Administration at Texas A&M University

·        Consideration of any and all things leading to the Selection of the Finalist(s) for the Position of President of Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Copies of the meeting schedule and agenda are available at:  http://tamus.edu/regents/agenda/regular.html

A live streaming video link to the meeting will be available at the system home page <http://www.tamus.edu/>  (or http://tamus.edu). Note: The link to the video is only active while the meeting is in session.

About the A&M System

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates nearly 115,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $730 million and help drive the state’s economy.

About A&M-Central Texas

Texas A&M University-Central Texas, offers evening, weekend and online classes toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is located just off of Highway 190 at 1901 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen. For more information, call 254-519-5421 or log on to http://www.TAMUCT.org.

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A&M-Central Texas Makes ‘The A-List’

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
March 15, 2010

A&M-Central Texas Makes ‘The A-List’

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — Texas A&M University – Central Texas was honored for outstanding advertising at the American Advertising Federation Central Texas 2009 ADDY® Awards Saturday, March 13. KXXV-TV Anchor Ann Harder served as the A-List Master of Ceremonies and the evening was made possible by sponsorships from Spectrum Printing and Metroplex Health Systems.

A&M-Central Texas picked up one Silver and four Bronze ADDY® Awards. The awards were given to the Marketing and Public Relations Department for the “Life’s Next Chapter” Campaign including billboards, print ads and university collateral materials.

There were 65 entries in the competition, more than double the number in the show for 2008, according to ADDY® Committee Chair Randy McCauley.  McCauley, whom also serves as the chapter Board President said, “The judges were very complimentary of the body of work in our show. For A&M-Central Texas to be recognized amongst such talented advertising and marketing professionals is a distinguished honor and validation to our unwavering commitment to excellence in everything we do at this university.” McCauley continues, “This inaugural year has been marked with milestones that will forever be etched in our history and this is yet another proud moment. Our department is driven by success and our efforts to increase enrollment, provide information to current students, create a public awareness campaign, and so much more will only get stronger as we grow. What an exciting time to be a part of.”

The AAF Central Texas chapter consists of members who manage, buy, sell, create, produce, teach or study advertising, marketing, public relations or related fields.  AAF Central Texas exists to bring together those interested in advertising and marketing for an active exchange of ideas.

Texas A&M University-Central Texas, offers evening, weekend and online classes toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is located just off of Highway 190 at 1901 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen. For more information, call 254-519-5421 or log on to http://www.TAMUCT.org.

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A&M-Central Texas Lecture Reflects On New Orleans Culture in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

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
March 11, 2010

A&M-CENTRAL TEXAS LECTURE REFLECTS ON NEW ORLEANS CULTURE IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA

Killeen, TEXAS—Texas A&M University-Central Texas Arts and Sciences Faculty kicked off their lecture series with “Why New Orleans Matters” on Tuesday, March 9, 2010.

Dr. William Sakamoto White, Division Director of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of Sociology at A&M-Central Texas, presented the lecture that focused on his research since September 2005 on how New Orleans has rebuilt after the storm.  He covered topics that define today’s New Orleans; neighborhood redevelopment, cultural reclamation and changes in the music expressed through the words of interviewees and the story of resiliency and anger.

“New Orleans is a place where absolute diversity and complete unity exist simultaneously without contradiction,” states Dr. White.

Dr. White, a Hurricane Katrina evacuee, came to Central Texas to rebuild his life and hold on to the pieces of a culture that were taken away from him when his city was destroyed.  The research in his lecture is prompted by the questions, “Why do people come back to New Orleans after the hurricane and how do the evacuees re-build culture within their new homes?”

“My soul found its home in New Orleans, that’s why I’m coming back,” stated a New Orleanian from an interview with Dr. White.

Dr. White provided examples of how New Orleans has sustained an undeniable resilience to carry on the strong spirit of the city. Interviewees expressed a lot of remorse, anger and sadness toward the deeply rich culture that the city had been separated from. Dr. White played music that embodied the free spirited, “C’est la Vie,” attitude New Orleans had before the hurricane.  He compared it to the music being produced after, revealing sadness and anger within the melody and lyrics.

Dr. White also shared images of communities rallying together after the devastation and unifying under a new attitude, “We are tired of violence, we are tired of killing, we are New Orleans.” Residents covered their cars with symbols stating, “I Love New Orleans” and posted signs in front of neighborhood rubble stating, “I’m going home. I will rebuild. I am New Orleans.”

Nearly five years later, businesses are re-opening, neighborhoods are being re-established, music is being played throughout the town, the Saints won the Super Bowl and old traditions are resurfacing once again.  New Orleans faces a long road of recovery, but hope is not lost.  This candid lecture has shown how hope truly lives in the heart of every New Orleanian, every tradition, every relationship, every neighborhood, every beat in their music and flavor in their food. As a result, they will recover, they will rebuild and the culture of New Orleans will survive.

A question and answer session concluded the lecture and many students, faculty, staff and community were able to ask Dr. White questions about his extensive knowledge and research. “These open forums are exactly what we need to build our own culture within A&M-Central Texas,” said Randy McCauley, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at A&M-Central Texas.

Today, Dr. White makes annual pilgrimage to his old neighborhood and continues to find comfort by bringing the New Orleanian culture to his home in Central Texas. White states, “New Orleans will always be my home. Home is where the heart is.”

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Public Hearing on Mandatory Course Fee Rates Set for March 29th

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2010

Public Hearing on Mandatory Course Fee Rates Set for March 29th

KILLEEN, Texas — Officials at Texas A&M University-Central Texas have scheduled a public hearing to address a proposed increase in mandatory course fees for the 2011 academic year. The hearings are in accordance with Texas Education Code Section 54.0513.

The hearing will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Warrior Hall of North Campus, located at 701 Whitlow Drive, Killeen, Texas 76541.

The range of increase being considered is .60¢ to the instructional equipment fee and $3.00 to the program delivery fee. Both increases are per semester credit hour. The actual increase will be dependent upon The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approval.

The university will seek authority from The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents at its May meeting to increase designated mandatory course fees.

A&M-Central Texas is not alone in seeking an increase in mandatory course fees. Most state universities are looking at similar proposals. A&M-Central Texas is committed to keeping higher education affordable and is one of few institutions not proposing an increase in tuition.

All interested are welcome and invited to attend this important hearing.

Young Professionals Donate $12,963 for Texas A&M – Central Texas Scholarships

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

February 26, 2010

Young Professionals Donate $12,963 for Texas A&M – Central Texas Scholarships

Killeen, TEXAS–On January 30, 2010 the Greater Killeen Young Professionals (GKYP) held a benefit concert to raise scholarship dollars for Texas A&M University – Central Texas (TAMU – CT) students. The concert was held at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, and featured 3 bands spread across several hours.

Due to the sponsor donations, ticket sales, and volunteer work, the GKYP has raised $12,963.03 for TAMU-CT scholarships. The proceeds will be given to the Friends of Texas A&M University- Central Texas to assist in their scholarship campaign. On Friday, February 26, the GKYP presented a check to the Friends of TAMU-CT.

Friends of TAMU-CT has been formed to raise $3 million dollars over three years. Every dollar raised will be given out in scholarships to students who enroll in Texas A&M University – Central Texas. Friends of TAMU-CT is a part of the Texas A&M University- Central Texas Foundation.

Major sponsors for the concert were Toyota of Killeen, Patriot Pontiac-GMC-Buick, First National Bank of Texas, Metroplex Health System, and Dynamic Designs.

The GKYP was formed in November of 2008 to provide area young professionals with opportunities for professional development, networking, and community service. The hope of the organization is that Killeen will become a magnet for the talent that will grow its future economy.

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