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A&M-Texarkana PLACE to Feature Guest Speaker Adam Gussow Blues Musician and Educator from the University of Mississippi

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Program for Learning And Community Engagement (PLACE) will be featuring blues musician Adam Gussow as a part of its “Southern Experience” themed speaker series on November 20th.  Gussow is a professor at the University of Mississippi and will be discussing his journey into blues music with a man named Mr. Satan, a well-known blues guitarist. As a professional blues harmonica player, Gussow has recorded a half dozen albums, played major blues, jazz, and folk festivals, and is featured in the documentary “Satan & Adam” currently screening on Netflix. The PLACE event “Working with Mr. Satan: A Personal Introduction to the Blues” will take place November 20th at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom. The lecture is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Office of Extended Education and Community Development Offers Free Mental Health Awareness Mini-Series

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Office of Extended Education and Community Development and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Bowie County Leadership Advisory Board are partnering to present a free online mental health awareness mini-series in November and December. The series of programs is designed to help people recognize and help those who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or are in the midst of a mental health crisis. The three events in the series include:

• November 19th – 2 p.m. Ms. Kelli Cook, Discussionwill be geared toward identifying issues in pre-school/elementary school/middle school (pre-teen) age youth. • December 1st – 10 a.m. Ms. Jennifer Sellers, LPC-S and owner of Texarkana Mental Health & Wellness, Discussion will be geared toward identifying mental health issues in high school & college age youth. • December 8th – 10 a.m. Claire Rodriquez, Heritage Hospice, Participants will discuss mental health stressors in the senior population geared towards family, friends, and caregivers. The Mental Health Awareness Mini-Series is free and open to the public. Participants must register in advance at www.tamut.edu/eecd. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Alumni Association Plans Eagle Roundup Giveaway In Lieu of Annual Roundup Alumni Celebration

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Alumni Association is holding a giveaway for a Sandestin beachside vacation and a Honda Pioneer 500 UTV instead of hosting the annual Eagle Roundup celebration on the university campus. The Eagle Roundup, normally held each October, is an on-campus event featuring live music, a silent auction, and a BBQ dinner. The event honors a group of distinguished alumni and friends of the university and raises much needed scholarship funds for TAMUT students. Concerns over hosting a large gathering during the current COVID-19 crisis led to the decision to cancel the popular event. “Cancelling one of our favorite events of the year was a tough decision, but we know it had to be done,” said Mark Missildine, TAMUT’s Coordinator of Alumni Relations. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Admissions Hosts Application Week

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana is hosting its annual Application Week from Monday, October 26th to Friday, October 30th. During the annual event, incoming students can receive assistance filling out their application for admission from TAMUT admissions staff. “Application Week is a chance for high school seniors to virtually follow along as we go through the application process,” said TAMUT Associate Director of Admissions Chrissy Gonzalez. “Our hope is that these students will gain some knowledge on why it is so important to fill out the application accurately and completely. We will also be answering questions about the admissions process. With everything that a high school senior has to do to prepare for graduation, we want to make it a little easier to apply to TAMUT. Students will also have the opportunity to defer their application fee or use an application fee waiver. We will also be giving away TAMUT swag during the session so students should definitely sign up to attend!”

Admissions staff will be available nightly from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and prospective students may register for the event by visiting https://tamut.edu/Admissions/Admissions_Week.html. In addition to assisting with the application, admissions staff will be able to answer a variety of questions dealing with scholarships, dual credit, residency, housing, and more. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Athletics Quarantines Three Teams for Covid-19 Exposure

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Athletics Department has quarantined three of the university’s intercollegiate athletic teams after a player on each team tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. The TAMUT women’s soccer team, women’s basketball team, and men’s basketball team each had one player report a positive COVID-19 test. As a result, each team is in a 14 day quarantine period to quell the potential spread in the event other players were exposed. All upcoming games that were scheduled within the quarantine period have been cancelled. Texas A&M University-Texarkana offers free on-site COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Food Pantry Opens More Frequently Citing Increased Need

TEXARKANA, Texas – When Michael Stephenson, TAMUT’s Assistant Director of Student Life, first opened the university’s food pantry a year ago, he knew there was a need. Now, with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting daily life for many, that need has grown even greater. “We launched the “Eagle Pantry” in September of 2019 after running a needs assessment to determine if it was something our students needed,” said Stephenson. “I had been hearing about food pantries at universities from some student life workers from other institutions. It was something I hadn’t considered for TAMUT, but after our needs assessment survey we determined that it would benefit our students.”

The first month it was open the Eagle Pantry served 49 students and saw a total of 343 students during the academic year, despite being closed from April through August. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Program Features “The Southern Experience” as Annual Theme

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University Texarkana’s Program for Learning And Community Engagement (PLACE) has chosen “The Southern Experience” as the theme for this year’s programming. The theme is incorporated in a wide array of activities and programming throughout the campus. Activities and programming include faculty lectures, student presentations, guest speakers, a common reader, symposium of community members, and by incorporating the theme into courses, student debates, the university library book club, and dramas. The PLACE Lecture Series is a series of organized discussions designed to generate excitement and engagement both at the university and in the community at large. The goal of PLACE is to facilitate learning and collaboration among students, faculty, and community members by providing opportunities to discuss and debate a common theme, which allows TAMUT to develop and nurture a broad community of learners. This year, many of these lectures will be virtual, giving rise to a new era in PLACE programming. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Alumni Association Donates $15,000 to Endowed Scholarship

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Alumni Association recently made a $15,000 donation to the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Foundation Board’s “Double Your Impact” scholarship initiative. Members of the TAMUT Foundation Board of Directors have pledged to match donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million. The $15,000 donation from the alumni association will contribute $30,000 in much-needed scholarship money for A&M-Texarkana students. “Financial support of our students is an important part of the mission of the TAMUT Alumni Association,” said Alumni Association President Nicole Raley. “This is why we are proud to partner with the TAMUT Foundation Board of Directors to “double the impact” of our $15,000 donation for scholarships for the students of A&M Texarkana.” “We are very fortunate to have an active alumni association here at A&M-Texarkana,” added TAMUT President Dr. Emily Cutrer.” “Having groups like this who remain involved and dedicated to their university after graduating is key to the success and growth of the institution, and to providing more opportunities for the next generation of Eagles.”

The mission of the TAMUT Alumni Association is to serve as a liaison between the university and the community by building relationships, financial support, and recognition for graduates, faculty, and staff now and in the future. For more information about the TAMUT Alumni Association contact Mark Missildine, TAMUT Alumni Coordinator at mark.missildine@tamut.edu. Continue Reading →

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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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