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Alba Cook Welcomed as New Director of Recruitment

November 28, 2022

Alba Cook Welcomed as New Director of Recruitment

Texas A&M University – Central Texas has appointed Alba Cook as the director of recruitment. She brings with her more than 12 years of experience in higher education, holding positions with the Texas Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Texas Association for College and University Student Personnel Administrators, and the Texas Association of College Admission Counselors.

Cook joins TAMUCT from Vanderbilt University, where she served as the program coordinator for the Bass Military Scholars Program. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she served as the director of Admissions and Special Programs in the School of Health Professions at UT Health San Antonio.

Meet Alba...



A&M-Central Texas Welcomes New Director of Veterans’ Affairs

November 15, 2022

A&M-Central Texas Welcomes New Director of Veterans’ Affairs

Killeen resident Joshua Missouri, 40, is a recently-appointed director of The Ted & Diane Connell Center for Military and Veterans Services at A&M-Central Texas. And, given his considerable record of service in both the armed forces and higher education, it is easy to see how well he fits into his new position.

It has been sixteen years since his service in the U.S. Navy concluded, and still, both his demeanor and physical appearance suggests that the discipline and the athleticism once required of him in service is more than what may have been developed while there.

Meet Joshua...



A&M-Central Texas Aviation Program growing; newest faculty member one of ‘The Whirly Girls’

November 14, 2022

A&M-Central Texas Aviation Program growing; newest faculty member one of ‘The Whirly Girls’

For more than two decades, Angie Griffin, 61, lived another life — a full and accomplished life — as an experiential counselor, a corporate team builder, a charter school guidance counselor, and a university administrator before her career took an unexpected and dramatic turn.

Today, she is known as “Grangie” by her three grandchildren, but this woman is hardly the typical grandmother, if indeed such a thing even exists. A member of the Female Helicopter Pilots Association, known as The Whirly Girls, Griffin is the newest member of the faculty in the Texas A&M University-Central Texas Aviation Program.

Together with Carson Pearce, associate lecturer, and coordinator, the two of them are shepherding more than 100 undergraduate students through to completion as the program grows by leaps and bounds.

Meet the newest faculty member...



Connell Veteran Affairs Center to Host Appreciation and Benefits Expo

October 28, 2022

Connell Veteran Affairs Center to Host Appreciation and Benefits Expo

Locals with any military affiliation are encouraged to attend the Veterans Appreciation and Benefits Expo Wednesday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bill Yowell Conference Center, Warrior Hall, on Texas A&M University-Central Texas’ campus.

Attendees can expect to learn about educational benefits and services, connect with veteran service organizations to help with disability claims, veterans' healthcare, and network with others over lunch. The expo is hosted by the Ted and Diane Connell Veteran Affairs Center and VetSuccess on Campus.

Discover the expo resources...



A&M-Central executive director shares passion for education

October 23, 2022

A&M-Central executive director shares passion for education

To those around her, Killeen resident Stephanie Legree-Roberts, 53, is a vibrant, intelligent, composed woman. Well educated and professional, Roberts recently became the executive director of the Warrior Center for Student Success, Equity, and Inclusion at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Before coming to the university, Roberts had made a career at Central Texas College, spending almost two decades as a counselor, an international student coordinator, a grant manager, a director of student success and persistence, and a dean of institutional accountability.

Her story, however, is much, much more than what she has done professionally or even what she has personally endured. The greatness of her story lies in the indefatigable spirit of a girl child, unwilling to give up on herself and embrace her own belief that she was more than the circumstances she was born into.

“It is 100% true that education saved my life,” she began, outlining the way she came to be where she is now.

Learn about her story...



A&M-Central Texas and TAFE Highlight Pathways for Future Educators

October 19, 2022

A&M-Central Texas and TAFE Highlight Pathways for Future Educators

The Texas A&M University–Central Texas chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) is easing the transition from high school to college by inviting Copperas Cove High School and Killeen ISD TAFE chapters to campus.

“TAFE is a cocurricular student organization that we integrate to our training and education program. TAFE is the Texas Association of Future Educators and is the largest future teacher organization in the country,” said Theresa Morgan, Education and Training Pathway Teachers at Copperas Cove High School.

See what they learned...



A&M-Central Texas Student Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

October 6, 2022

A&M-Central Texas Student Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Allyssa Michelle Avila, 32, is composed, articulate, and insightful, speaking deliberately about what motivated her most recent creative endeavor.

Her project, she says, did not happen the way some inspired events do; it was not a ‘big idea’ or even an academic assignment. It was, she says, something more routine than that. And it is a good feeling, she says, to think that inspired things can spring forth out of her everyday life as a student.

“I received an email from Sandra Desjardins, an A&M-Central Texas Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture Series Coordinator and also a librarian specialist,” Avila explained. “They were reaching out to everyone to ask if anyone had an idea that they could share during the University’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

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A&M System’s TV show expands to more markets

October 5, 2022

Chancellor John Sharp of The Texas A&M University System is coming to living rooms all around the state.

Around Texas with Chancellor John Sharp will appear in 18 media markets across Texas (and one in Louisiana) when Season Three of the show premieres in the first full week in October. Last year, the show aired in eight Texas markets.

See how you can tune in...



A&M-Central Texas TORCH Award nominees brighten campus culture

September 27, 2022

From left: Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychology LaToscha Sherman, Admissions counselor Christina Acevedo, and Associate Director of Instructional Technology Service Sara Dierk.
 

Texas A&M University–Central Texas prides itself in being the only upper-level university in the state, offering high quality, affordable, and innovative higher education programs. Staff members play in integral role facilitating the university mission.

Learn about the winner and nominees.



A&M-Central Texas Student Government Planning a “Spook-tacular” Halloween Event

September 23, 2022

Killeen, Texas – The summer weather has not yet yielded to the long-awaited cooler temperatures of the fall, but that hasn’t stopped A&M-Central Texas Student Government and the Office of Student Affairs from getting ready for a ‘spook-tacular’ event coming up next month.

Event organizers are hoping for a “fang-tastic” turnout for the 2022 Trunk or Treat, Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m.

“Trunk or Treat is an event for the whole community,” said Paul York, associate dean of student affairs. “Last year, there were more than 300 people walking through the event and 40 cars all decorated in ‘eerie-sistable’ Halloween themes and quite a few of the cars’ owners got in the “spirit,” dressing up in their “boo-tique inspired costumes.”

Learn more about this "Spook-tacular" Halloween Event



A&M-Central A&M-Central Texas Hires New Development Director

September 21, 2022

Jared Foster, 40, former Killeen city councilman at-large, and one-time Greater Killeen Young Professionals board member is now the Director of Development at A&M-Central Texas.

Foster’s many ties to the Central Texas community and his years of experience in leadership positions make him an ideal addition to the University following the retirement of former Development Director, Lana Carey, says A&M-Central Texas President, Dr. Marc Nigliazzo.

Learn more about his plans.



A&M-Central Texas ROTC cadet embraces life as future Army officer

September 20, 2022

A&M-Central Texas ROTC cadet embraces life as future Army officer

The streets of downtown Pelham, Georgia, are lined with statuesque pecan trees, manicured neighborhood lawns, historic buildings, a chamber of commerce, a Piggly Wiggly, a half dozen or so restaurants, a pharmacy, and, because no town is complete without at least one, a honkytonk named Sylvia’s Bar, and a café aptly called Southern Sass.

Further out of town, the countryside resembles an endless agricultural quilt laid out on top the earth, as acres and acres of rows of crops crisscross the countryside like seams plowed into the earth.

Lauren West, 23, grew up in this place, one of five children in a blended family, raised on the family farm with as many animal friends as human ones.

Learn more about her.



UWC Helps Writers At All Levels, At Any Stage of the Process

September 15, 2022

UWC Helps Writers At All Levels, At Any Stage of the Process

The University Writing Center (UWC) at Texas A&M University-Central Texas is a resource available to all students who need help with their writing. There, they can receive one-on-one or group tutoring at any stage of the writing process and at any level, undergraduate or graduate.

Skilled peer-tutors can act as a test audience, go over instructors’ feedback on papers, brainstorm topics, and much more. Phyllis Wheeler, a UWC tutor and faculty member at A&M-Central Texas, spoke about some of the things they offer.

Read more about better writing!



Bell County Superintendents Attend Fall Kickoff Meeting at A&M-Central Texas

September 14, 2022

Social Work Students Recognized with Chapter Service Award Texas A&M University-Central Texas hosted Bell County superintendents’ first in-person, collaborative meeting of the school year.

The meeting allows local Independent School Districts, ranging in size from hundreds of students to thousands, to discuss trends, brainstorm solutions and talk shop.

The exchange of invaluable information has proven useful, especially in the wake of current issues like school safety and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about their meeting.



Social Work Students Recognized with Chapter Service Award

August 30, 2022

Social Work Students Recognized with Chapter Service Award Samantha Roberts, 31, is a military spouse, a mother of two children under seven, a full-time employee with a financial institution, a recent graduate from A&M-Central Texas, and a brand-new graduate student at the University of Texas at Arlington. But she is still very much a part of the University’s social work program.

Just two months have passed since she received her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University’s 2022 Summer Commencement, yet she routinely returns to campus. It is not because she has an errand in the business office, an overdue assignment, a parking ticket to pay, or a book to return to the library. Learn more about the award.



Foundation Honors Six University Faculty with Excellence Awards

August 30, 2022

Foundation Honors Six University Faculty with Excellence Awards

At an awards breakfast sponsored by the A&M-Central Texas Foundation, six A&M-Central Texas faculty were honored for their excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.

Originally funded in 2019 by endowed gifts made by two prominent local families, the Beck Family and the Yowell Family, respectively, the awards honor faculty who have demonstrated a record of excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.

The 2022 Beck Family Senior Faculty Award recipients are Hao-Min Chen, associate professor, College of Education and Human Development; Lucas Loafman, associate professor, College of Business Administration; and Mienie Roberts, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Read more about the award winners



Social Work Alum Returns to Classroom as Assistant Lecturer

August 22, 2022

Vené BaggettVené Baggett, 43, is one of the many educators returning to the classroom this fall, but for her, the moment has significance beyond just the start of another school year.

Recently hired as an assistant lecturer and field coordinator in the Social Work program at A&M-Central Texas, Baggett already knows the campus, its classrooms, and her colleagues because she is returning to the very place her journey as a social worker began.

“I graduated from A&M-Central Texas with my undergraduate degree in social work in 2012,” she said, flashing a 100-kilowatt smile. “So, it is very special not just to return to the place that helped make my career, but to be able to do that for the social work students who are here to pursue the same career that I chose more than a decade ago.”Read More



Professor of English and Film Studies Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

August 15, 2022

Texas A&M University-Central Texas has selected Dr. Allen Redmon as the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Beginning in the Fall 2022 semester, Redmon will serve as the academic and administrative leader for the college and will be responsible for the strategic and academic direction of its operations. As dean he will work with department chairs, faculty and staff to achieve the goals of the college and the university through shared governance, collaborative and consultative processes and consensus-building. Read More


Professor of English and Film Studies Appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Criminal justice student finds success with University Police Department

August 1, 2022

In the summer of 2022, Officer Phyllis Shaffer assumed her new role as Communications Officer at the Texas A&M University-Central Texas University Police Department (UPD). She has moved quickly through their ranks, all while studying at A&M-Central Texas to earn her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

When she first thought about working with the UPD, Shaffer was drawn in by the strong emphasis officers put on building relationships on-campus. After shadowing others in the department as an intern, she found that to be true. Read More


Criminal justice student finds success with University Police Department

A&M-Central Texas Grad Returns to Gatesville as Math Teacher

August 1, 2022

When she was just a little girl in Gatesville, Texas, KayLeigh Tennison, now 22, played her first game of T-ball.

And while the little ponytailed girl in a helmet and uniform spent youthful seasons learning to swing for the fences while family and friends cheered her on, the woman she is today has not forgotten what she loves about the game.

“I played little league forever,” she said. “I was the catcher on the girl’s softball team throughout high school, and even played on the traveling softball team in Hamilton.”

Recenlty, she said, a coach for the team, The Rattlers, invited her to take on a spot as assistant coach which she happily accepted. Read More

A&M-Central Texas Grad Returns to Gatesville as Math Teacher

Associate professor appointed assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs

Associate professor appointed assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs

Texas A&M University-Central Texas has announced the appointment of Dr. Sam Fiala to assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs, effective June 1, 2022.

In this role, he will be involved with long-range and strategic academic planning, student success initiatives, support of undergraduate programs and academic program review. He will also work closely with Dr. Kellie Cude, associate provost and senior associate vice president for Academic Affairs, on accreditation efforts.




Former command sergeant major is new dean at A&M-Central Texas

Texas A&M University-Central Texas announced the appointment of Dr. Jeff Kirk, a Lampasas County resident, as the new dean of the College of Education, according to a news release from the university. Kirk has a doctorate in educational psychology and a certificate in advanced studies in educational research from the University of Albany, a graduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in instructional psychology and technology and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in Management Studies.
Former command sergeant major is new dean at A&M-Central Texas


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