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A&M-Texarkana Soars to New Freshman Enrollment Record

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana recently announced that a record number of new, first-time students are enrolled for the fall 2020 semester. Many colleges and universities nationwide have faced enrollment declines due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the economic disturbance it has caused. Despite those obstacles, TAMUT has enrolled the largest freshman class since the university’s downward expansion in 2010, when it first began accepting underclassman admissions. The number of new, first-time college students enrolled at A&M-Texarkana jumped from 217 in 2019 to 298 this semester, giving the university’s freshman class a 37% bump while total enrollment rose to 2,214 from last year’s 2,103. “We are all very pleased with our enrollment numbers, particularly during such challenging times,” said university president Dr. Emily Cutrer, who attributes the rise in enrollment to multiple factors. Continue Reading →

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Texas A&M Texarkana to Close Thursday and Friday Due to Tropical Storm

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The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Texarkana area. This means that tropical-storm-force winds are expected in the area within the next 36 hours. The forecast also includes heavy rainfall over an extended period of time. These scenarios will make traveling to and from the university extremely dangerous. Because of the imminent threat of perilous weather and the potential for widespread power outages, Texas A&M University-Texarkana will be closed Thursday, August 27th and Friday August 28th. Continue Reading →

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A&M- Texarkana TRIO Student Support Services Funded for Additional Five Years

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) has announced that the program has received funding for the next five years through a successful TRIO SSS grant submission with the United States Department of Education. The total funding for the five-year period is just over $1.3 million, with an annual allotment of $261,888.00. The purpose of TRIO SSS is to increase the number of disadvantagedlow-income college students, first-generation college students, and college students with disabilities in the United States who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level. The mission of TRIO SSS at Texas A&M University-Texarkana is to provide an academic and personal support system to meet participants’ individual needs, enabling them to persevere and be successful in attaining their desired degrees. TRIO SSS program services include academic tutoring, advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, financial and economic literacy education, FAFSA information, assistance in applying for enrollment in graduate and professional programs, cultural enrichment opportunities, career and professional development, and peer mentoring. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Political Science Department Adds New Course: Public Health and Epidemiology

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Political Science Department is offering several classes during the fall semester that deal with current issues related to today’s political climate. Among these is a new course offering this year, Public Health & Epidemiology. Public Health & Epidemiology introduces students to the principles and practices of epidemiology and the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics. The class emphasizes current principles and practices in the cause, prevention, and control of diseases in various community settings. Other political science classes available for A&M-Texarkana students include courses that study political parties, public administration, and political ideologies. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Texas Offers State Bar Webinars on U.S. Founding

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana is hosting Texas State Bar’s virtual workshops about the U.S. founding, June 29–30. The webinars are free and open to anyone. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion. As part of the State Bar’s professional development series, the “Founding Documents” covers how to teach about the U.S. founding.  The workshops review America’s prominent founding documents, history, and ideas. It provides participants the chance to work with well-established scholars to learn about the founding period. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Announces Spring 2020 Honor Graduates

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana recently announced the 68 graduates from the spring 2020 semester who earned academic honors while attaining an undergraduate degree. Honor graduates are determined by grade point average and divided into three categories, Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. The spring 2020 Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.9-4.0) graduates are Brayden Tanner Cook, Jordyn Makenzy Cook, Hanh Thi Doan, Addyson Paige Hill, Vallerie Elizabeth Klingbeil, Courtney Marie LeBrun, Denver Brooks Lockhart, Garrett Kahler Mason, and Dylan Michael Yowell. The spring 2020 Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.75-3.89) graduates include Madison Brooke Beal, Brandon Allen Butler, Maggie Kilpatrick Currey, Stephanie Dachiel Gerdes, Maria Guadalupe Gomez-Martinez, Kyli Danielle Halford, Ty Brandon Hervey, Tina Marie Hock, Amy Lee Moore, Coda Renee Phillips, Amanda Rae Rotunno, Brookelyn Christina Cheek Shaw, Amber Lynn Thompson, Hoang Huy Dinh Tran, Jessica Michelle Williams, and Daniel Stuart Wood. The spring 2020 Cum Laude (GPA 3.5-3.74) graduates are Idialu Samuel Abhulimen, Nicholas Donald Barkman, Shelby Eugenie Nicole Bayer, Samantha Vivian Bell, Aleigh Kae Bessonett, Britney D. Boehm, Hailey René Bowman, Madison Layne Buley, Sachse, Goldie A. Burnett, Bogota, Ta’Mar JaShay Coby, Emily Paige Dennis, Cortney Page Eudy, Raquel M. Garcia, Christina Marie Graves, Molina Amarrette Gwin, Amanda C. Hargrave, Caitlin Denise Harris, Samantha Ann Henry, Majory Perrynz Herron, Okayla L. Johnson, Jacie Jo Keener, Mallory Janae Kosub, William B. Lee, Jr., Jeffrey Thomas Leonti, Kacey Ann Maines, Montana Wayne Moore, Sterling Pryce Noe, Rachel L. Perez, Rahnique Lajuanya Perry, Natalie Antonia Pineda, Essie-Elizabeth Alyssa Pippins, Maria Manuela Ramirez, Heather Renee Robinson, Alondra Rodriguez, Joey San Juan, Landon Rhyne Simmons, Jason Andrew Soule, Troy A. Squires, Rodessa, Kayla Stewart Torres, Jayme Taylor Danielle Vega, Elizabeth Ann Waltrip, Stephen Kyle York, and Darykca Yun. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Launches Master of Social Work Degree in Fall 2020

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana officials have recently been given the approval to begin offering a Master of Social Work degree beginning with the fall 2020 semester. The MSW program will prepare students as therapists and to provide direct intervention at the individual, group, organizational and community levels. Graduates will be able to become independently licensed as Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), qualifying them for a wider range of employment opportunities working with various populations (children, adolescents, adults, elderly, disabled, etc.). “The MSW program will include a specialization in mental health with an emphasis in substance abuse and trauma-informed care,” said Dr. Kristine Yells, TAMUT’s social work program director. “Other electives will prepare students to work with a variety of populations in different settings. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Awards Regents Grants to Students in Need

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana has recently awarded 68 Regents’ Grants to students whose families have endured unexpected financial difficulties. The grants, available to students who meet certain criteria, are funded from the Texas A&M University System in College Station, Texas. To be eligible for the grant the student or the student’s family has to have an adjusted gross income (AGI) between 40,000 and 100,000 annually and is designed to help families who make too much to qualify for federal aid, but do not make enough to cover expenses if an unexpected circumstance arises. The eligibility requirements Regents’ Grant are:

Texas Resident seeking first undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degreeBe in Good Academic Standing and good standing with financial aidFile a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the year you are seeking additional assistanceStudent/Family FAFSA adjusted gross income (AGI) must be between $40,000 – $100,000 (special consideration may be given to families with less than $40,000 earned)Student/Family must have an unforeseen financial hardship. Something unforeseen is something that could not be predicted and was not expectedDocumentation of this claim is required

The university received 87 applications for the Regents’ Grant. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Donates 110 COVID-19 Test Kits to Local Hospitals

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Officials from Texas A&M University-Texarkana donated 55 COVID-19 test kits each to CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital and Wadley Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, April 8th. The test kits were shipped to A&M-Texarkana from the Texas A&M University System, which shipped test kits to all 11 Texas A&M System universities in an effort to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak on a local level. “We are so thankful for the many men and women in our medical community who are working on the front lines to take on this pandemic.” said A&M-Texarkana President Dr. Emily Cutrer. “We are happy to be able to contribute in some way and hope that these additional test kits make a difference for local patients.”

The kits consist of a swab, a vial with transport media to preserve the sample in the vial, and a bag. Continue Reading →

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Aggie Veterinary labs cobble together 2,000 COVID-19 sampling kits

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FDA-compliant swab kits to be donated to hospitals across the state

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than 2,000 COVID-19 sampling kits will soon be on their way to hospitals across the state, thanks to Aggie innovation and ingenuity. Viral sampling kits — usually used on pigs, cows and chickens — are being repurposed to test humans by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station. The sampling kits are being assembled from lab supplies already in stock at TVMDL’s four labs across the state. 

Once assembled, they will be shipped to hospitals in cities with a Texas A&M System campus to help meet surge in needed test kits. The university presidents will determine where there is the greatest need for the kits in their community. “No one has ever done this before, but tough times call for creative measures,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. Continue Reading →

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