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Nigliazzo confirmed as inaugural president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas

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

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April 30, 2010

Nigliazzo confirmed as inaugural president of Texas A&M University-Central Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Marc A. Nigliazzo was appointed inaugural president of Texas A&M University–Central Texas today during a special telephonic meeting of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Nigliazzo had been named the sole finalist in a nationwide search for the university’s first president last month and his unanimous confirmation follows a 21-day, state-mandated waiting period.

Nigliazzo, 65, 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 The University of Texas at Austin, his M.A. in English at Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in English at The University of New Mexico.

“As the first president of A&M-Central Texas, Dr. Nigliazzo will play a key role in shaping the direction of this important new university in the A&M System,” said Morris E. Foster, chairman of the Board of Regents. “Under his leadership, there will be a tremendous expansion of educational opportunities for Fort Hood and the Central Texas region.”

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.

“Marc Nigliazzo brings exactly the kind of experience and background that we were seeking as we watched the steady evolution of the Killeen campus from a system center under the guidance of Tarleton State University to its stand-alone status today,” said Michael D. McKinney, M.D., chancellor of the A&M System. “All of us in the system expect great things from Dr. Nigliazzo and are fully confident that he will not only meet those expectations, but exceed them.”

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.

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. The Temple College Board of Trustees named the Marc A. Nigliazzo Administration Building in his honor for his leadership.

“I am more than a little overwhelmed to have been confirmed by the Board of Regents as this new university’s inaugural president.  I could never have imagined such an attractive opportunity—to return home to Central Texas and to help build a dynamic new institution. A&M-Central Texas has unlimited promise and will become a catalyst for partnerships that will not only grow the institution, but will have dramatic impact upon the development of the region.”

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Award Recipients from the A&M-Central Texas 1st Annual Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards

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1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5790 rex@tarleton.edu

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April 27, 2010

Award Recipients from the A&M-Central Texas 1st Annual Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards

Killeen, TEXAS— The Department of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University-Central Texas hosted the 1st Annual Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 6:00p.m.—8:00p.m. in Warrior Hall.

Congratulations to the following award recipients from the evening:

Student Organization of the Year- Student Association of Social Workers

Program of the Year- Association of Texas Professional Educators

Commitment to Community Service- Clarence Enochs

Commitment to Diversity- ROTC Club

Commitment to Integrity- Kayren McCarty & Mayra Quiroz

Academic Achievement (Undergraduate)- Elizabeth Hunt

Academic Achievement (Graduate)- Evelyn Dillman

Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member- CSM Steven Hixon

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor- Major David Price

Student Affairs and A&M-Central Texas would like to give a special thanks to Brandie Cleaver for her inspiring words at the ceremony and to all TAMU-CT students for their constant contributions to the university and community at large. Pictures from the event can be found at www.Facebook.com/TAMUCT.

A&M System launches “Life is Loud” campaign to help Texas classrooms fight critical shortage of math and science teachers

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April 26, 2010

A&M System launches “Life is Loud” campaign to help Texas classrooms fight critical shortage of math and science teachers

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – “Life is Loud,” a new career-building campaign to help address critical statewide teacher shortages in math and science, was announced today by The Texas A&M University System. The campaign promotes the Mid-Career STEM Teacher Education Program (MC-STEP), developed in partnership with the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and the Texas Education Agency. MC-STEP will accelerate the certification of teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, where a shortfall of 11,000 teachers is projected in Texas by 2012.

Aimed primarily at college graduates who may be looking for a career change, or who always wanted to teach but were unable to go back to school, MC-STEP offers both tuition reimbursements and signing bonuses toward certification and employment. It also allows placement in teaching positions, pending qualification, in as little as three months and certification within 18 months.

The campaign takes its name from the background “noise” of modern life that too often distracts students from fulfilling their dreams and achieving their goals. Teachers who participate in the program “fight the noise” by offering sanctuaries of calm and quiet that nurture the learning process. The program’s website, http://www.lifeisloud.org, features videos that follow the experiences of a student, Jasmine, and a teacher, Oscar, whose lives illustrate the battle against the noise and the ability to soften it. The videos stress the extraordinary role that a teacher, especially in STEM subjects, can play in the lives of students.

“The great thing about ‘Life is Loud’ is its sense of authenticity. This is a real solution to real issues in our state, using the real people that are the true strength of Texas,” said Dr. Frank Ashley, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the Texas A&M System. “And our goals here are of the utmost urgency. There is an extreme shortage of qualified math and science teachers in this state. We have to make a difference, now. And this is one of the ways that we are going to.”

Each of the system’s 11 universities is participating in the “Life is Loud” campaign, which has a goal of recruiting 50 new teachers in its first semester. Interested students can go to the “Life is Loud” website at http://www.lifeisloud.org and request information by selecting the A&M System university of their choice. Their request will be forwarded to the appropriate department.

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.

Contact: Rod Davis at (979) 458-6023 or Syscomm@tamu.edu

Student Affairs at A&M-Central Texas Will Hold 1st Annual Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards

Department of Marketing and Public Relations
1901 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen, Texas 76549
Alison Rex, Communications Specialist
254-519-5791 rex@tarleton.edu

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April 22, 2010

Student Affairs at A&M-Central Texas Will Hold 1st Annual Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards

Killeen, TEXAS— The Department of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University-Central Texas will host the 1st Annual Distinguished Leadership and Service Awards on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 6:00p.m.—8:00p.m. in Warrior Hall.

Students, student groups, and faculty members will have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their group, university, or local communities. The awards will include: Student Organization of the Year, Program of the Year, Commitment to Community Service, Commitment to Diversity, Commitment to Integrity, Academic Achievement (undergraduate), Academic Achievement (graduate), Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member, and Outstanding Student Organization Advisor.

Brandon Griggs, Director of Student Affairs, states, “This event creates the opportunity to recognize students’ and faculty members’ achievements and contributions within the university and in the community at large.” Griggs continues, “The success of our students and faculty during the growth of the institution will help solidify and encourage the creation of future traditions.”

The guest speaker for the evening will be Brandie Cleaver, Director of Centroplex P-20 Regional Council, and Let Us Do The Cooking will cater the dinner.

The awards ceremony will take place at A&M-Central Texas North Campus in Warrior Hall and doors open at 5:30p.m. (701 Whitlow Drive Killeen, TX 76541). For more information please contact  Diana Corimski atCORIMSKI@tarleton.edu

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A&M-Central Texas Student Receives ‘Student Social Worker of the Year’ Award

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

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April 6, 2010

A&M-Central Texas Student Receives ‘Student Social Worker of the Year’ Award

Killeen, TEXAS—Elizabeth F. Hunt, a student at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, was granted the ‘Student Social Worker of the Year’ award by the Central Counties Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Hunt became a Social Work student at A&M-Central Texas in 2008, and in 2009 became President of the Phi Alpha social work honor society. As president of Phi Alpha, Hunt leads with dedication and creativity and her undertakings and accomplishments are plentiful.

Dr. Claudia Rappaport, Associate Professor of Social Work and Interim Director of the Social Work Program, has had the opportunity of working closely with Hunt. Dr. Rappaport states, “Elizabeth is a phenomenal social work student; every aspect of the social work philosophy, values, and ethics mirror those that Elizabeth holds, and she seems to be a “natural fit” with this profession.” Dr. Rappaport continues,  “She has worked hard in all of her classes to achieve the level of knowledge and expertise that will take her natural abilities and give them direction and purpose as a professional social work practitioner.”

Hunt has spear-headed a number of effective community projects including: the Phi Alpha social work honor society’s annual school supply drive for a low-income elementary school (an ongoing Phi Alpha project since 2002); the annual holiday party for senior citizens who live in HUD housing (which has occurred every year since 2001); and the annual project helping a military family over the holidays. These projects require that the chapter carry out ongoing fundraising efforts to make the projects successful, and Hunt is always looking for new and creative ways for the chapter to earn money. Consecutively the Phi Alpha chapter at A&M-Central Texas has won a national service award for the community projects they have carried out, and Hunt’s efforts were instrumental in receiving the award this year.

Dr. Rappaport states, “All of these activities that Elizabeth has contributed to have been conducted in addition to the fact that she has a job and a personal life. She previously served in the Army, including a tour of duty in Iraq, and continues to serve through the Army Reserve.” Dr. Rappaport continues,  “And she carries out this busy life with the most positive, cheerful approach, which is an inspiration to all of us who have had the good fortune to interact with her.  This is a student who is most deserving of this recognition as our social work student of the year.”

Upon receiving the ‘Student Social Worker of the Year’ award Hunt expressed, “I’m truly amazed and thrilled that I’m getting recognized for doing things I’ve enjoyed so much!” She continues, “I think this award is a great opportunity for me to tell others about the great activities our organizations do and how Social Workers help within the community.”

Currently, Hunt is completing her field placement at Darnall Army Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry unit and is scheduled to graduate this year. Hunt’s peers and faculty members at A&M-Central Texas will be sad to see her go, but wish her the best in the future.

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 Highlights Gender Identity Issues and Workplace Discrimination

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

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April 1, 2010

A&M-Central Texas Lecture Highlights Gender Identity Issues and Workplace Discrimination

Killeen, TEXAS—Texas A&M University-Central Texas Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dr. Michelle Dietert, will conduct her presentation of  ‘Gender Identity Issues and Workplace Discrimination: The Transgender Experience’ on April 8, 2010 from 6­­–7:30p.m. in Warrior Hall.

Dr. Dietert will share her presentation and research with A&M-Central Texas before it becomes published in the Journal of Workplace Rights. The lecture will include an introduction to the social issue, the literature, methods, data (actual words collected from some of the participants), and a question answer session with the audience.

The focus of Dr. Dietert’s abstract is how mainstream social constructions of gender tend to demand conformity by adhering to only two choices of gender identity, male and female. Transgender individuals transgress this binary conception of gender by deviating from societal gender norms associated with assigned sex at birth. Using a combination of face-to-face and phone interviews to collect data, twenty-six interviews were conducted with male-identified transgender individuals aged 18 to 57 from throughout the United States. All participants were born female-bodied but eventually expressed gender traits that align with male identity rather than female identity. Participants were recruited using purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Our findings reveal the workplace experiences of a sample of female to male (FTM) individuals and provide accounts of how male-identified transgender individuals negotiate their gender identities within the workplace and deal with issues that arise as a result.

Dr. Dietert states, “I think the TAMU-CT faculty, students, staff, and community can learn a great deal about a social group that is not often talked about, namely transgender female-to-male individuals.” She continues, “This population faces a great deal of discrimination in all areas of their lives, including in the workplace. They often cannot find employment or are fired from their current jobs for being transgender.”

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

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