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A&M-Texarkana to Dedicate Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center at 11:00 a.m. on October 2nd.  Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp will be speaking during the grand-opening event and the public is invited to attend. The nearly 40,000 square foot facility was built through a public-private partnership and will provide students with a much-needed space to meet, study, exercise, learn, and participate in intramural sports. The new $11 million dollar facility includes:

a regulation-sized basketball/volleyball court with retractable bleacher seating for 1,200-1,500 patrons
a training and fitness center
biomechanics and motor skills labs to support the university’s new Kinesiology program
a recreation room
Ace’s Place café featuring Starbucks Coffee
two multi-purpose classrooms
locker rooms
recreational sports locker rooms
coaches’ quarters, athletic director’s office and 12 faculty/staff offices

Tours of the new facility will be available immediately following the ceremony. For more information on the Lois & Cary Patterson Student Center at Texas A&M University-Texarkana contact Joe Sloan, Student Engagement Coordinator at 903.334.6725 or jsloan@tamut.edu. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Foundation Board Announces Matching Contribution Campaign

TEXARKANA, TX – The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Foundation’s Board of Directors announced today that they will personally match contributions to establish the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contributions made to this scholarship fund will be matched on a dollar for dollar basis, up to a total of $1 million. The 27 members of the Foundation Board have collectively committed to using their own personal funds to match the contributions. “We are elated about this new scholarship campaign. The fact that these men and women have committed up to a million dollars of their own money is a fantastic example of the kind of support we have from members of the community,” said university president Emily Cutrer. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana PLACE to Present Opening Lecture in Series about Gender Issues

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Program for Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana (PLACE) will be kicking off its fall schedule Thursday, September 13th with a lecture presented by Dr. Jaime Cantrell, TAMUT Assistant Professor of English. The lecture, titled “The Sex Life of Food: Gender, the Body, and Carnal Appetites in Southern Lesbian Poetics,” will take place from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in University Center room 217. This event is free and open to the public. *Note: this lecture contains references to explicit sexual content  

The Program for Learning and Community Engagement is a faculty-driven initiative designed to create and nurture a community of learners by developing an academic year’s worth of programming around a central theme. The theme for the 2018- 2019 PLACE series is “Gender Issues.” PLACE themes are carefully selected to not only engage the faculty, staff, and students of Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMUT), but also members of the greater Texarkana community. In its 5th year, PLACE has become one of the most vibrant programs on campus. “Gender issues is an important topic that is relevant to everyone,” said Dr. Angela Sikorski, A&M-Texarkana Associate Professor of Psychology. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Announces Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, and Other Awardees

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana has recently announced the 2018 Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Faculty, as well as the winners of the university’s Pioneer Award and Spirit of A&M-Texarkana Award. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni are Mark Bledsoe, Melva Flowers, Tanya Dunlap, Travis Ransom, and Carol Caver Miller. The 2018 Distinguished Faculty award winner is Dr. Michael Perri, A&M-Texarkana Associate Professor of History. The Pioneer Award recipient is Janet Barnes, and Joe Nichols has been named the Spirit of A&M-Texarkana winner. Carol Caver Miller graduated from A&M-Texarkana with a bachelor’s degree in 1990 and a master’s degree in 1996. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Athletics earns NAIA’s 5 Star Champions of Character Gold Award for 2017-2018

TEXARKANA, Texas – For the second year in a row Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s athletic department has earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) highest award, the 5 Star Champions of Character Gold Award. Institutions are measured on their commitment to being Champions of Character and earn points in the areas of character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. This award not only concentrates on competitive and academic success, but also takes into account how each university does in advancing the NAIA’s 5 core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. “This award is indicative of the cooperative spirit that exists within the department of athletics,” said A&M-Texarkana Director of Athletics Michael Galvan. “It is important to teach the value of giving back to the community.  But it is also vital that the student-athletes understand and learn the art of sacrificing one’s own agenda for the betterment of someone else.  If a need exists around you try to be a problem solver not a problem creator.  We often tell our student-athletes if they are going to complain about something make sure they offer up their services to make things better or create a solution that can remedy the problem,” Galvan added. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Professor Dr. Craig Nakashian Presents Lecture: “Fake News in the Medieval World”

TEXARKANA, Texas – Dr. Craig Nakashian, Texas A&M University-Texarkana Associate Professor of History, will be giving a public lecture on “Fake News in the Medieval World” on August 18th. The lecture, given for the Texarkana Museums System, will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Ace of Clubs House Carriage House. Dr. Nakashian will be looking at examples of stretching the truth being used to justify actions in the Medieval period.  Tickets to the event are $5, but the lecture is free for Texarkana Museums System members.  Seating is limited, so all attendees should register through Ticketleap.com to guarantee a place. Texarkana Museums System members will need to present their membership card at the lecture. Hurry – Registration for the event closes on Wednesday, August 15th. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to offer Medical Billing and Coding Course

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the Office of Extended Education and Community Development will be offering an 80 hour Medical Billing and Coding course beginning September 17th and ending on December 10th. Tuition for the course, which will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., is $1899 and includes textbooks. This combined 80 hour billing and coding course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-10 manual), complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures. The course covers the following areas: CPT (Introduction, Guidelines, Evaluation and Management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), ICD-10 (Introduction and Guidelines) and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements. Students will learn how to identify services and look up codes using manuals such as CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS.  After completing this course students will be required to work in the field before becoming qualified to sit for national certification exams. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) recommends two years of work experience before taking its exams, the Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC) or the Certified Outpatient Coder Exam (COC). The American Health Information Association (AHIMA) requires a minimum six months experience before taking the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to offer Ophthalmic Assistant/Optician training course

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the Office of Extended Education and Community Development will be offering an 11-week Ophthalmic Assistant/Optician training course beginning September 4th. The course will feature 60 hours of classroom instruction at A&M-Texarkana and 40 hours of lab work in a local eye-care facility. The class will help students obtain the skills needed to work as a member of an ophthalmic or optometric eye care team. “We are excited to once again offer this fantastic training opportunity,” said Shelley Caraway, executive director of Extended Education and Community Development at A&M-Texarkana. “Employment opportunities are growing. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Adds New Articulation Agreements with Northeast Texas Community College

TEXARKANA, Texas – Officials from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Northeast Texas Community College in Mt. Pleasant recently signed several new articulation agreements between the two institutions. These agreements, sometimes called 2+2 plans, lay out a specific pathway between two institutions so that students can easily transfer from a community college to a 4-year university and know exactly what they need to complete a specific degree program. The six new agreements link associates degrees from NTCC to Biology and Chemistry degrees at A&M-Texarkana, four of which include teacher certification. Bachelor of Biology 

Associate of Science in Biology to Bachelor of Science in Biology
Associate of Science in General Studies to Bachelor of Science in Biology, 4-8 Science Certification
Associate of Arts in Teaching, 7-12 Science to Bachelor of Science in Biology, 4-8 Science Certification
Associate of Arts in Teaching, 7-12 Science to Bachelor of Science in Biology, 7-12 Life Science Certification
Associate of Arts in Teaching, 7-12 Science to Bachelor of Science in Biology, 7-12 Composite Science Certification

Bachelor of Chemistry

Associate of Science in Chemistry to Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s Dr. David Yells, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, believes that agreements like the ones between A&M-Texarkana and NTCC are instrumental in helping transfer students achieve their goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Presents Young Writers Workshop

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana and The East Texas Writing Project are sponsoring the 28th annual Young Writers Workshop July 16-27. The workshop, which is open to students entering the 1st grade through the 12th, focuses on age-appropriate material for each grade level. Grades 1st-2nd: Welcome to Whoville
Grades 3rd-4th: Food for Thought
Grades 5th-6th: Monsters in the Closet
Grades 7th-8th: Be the Change
Grades 9th-12th: Tales from the Peculiar

The cost for the two-week workshop is just $40 per participant. Dr. Corrine Hinton, who runs the program at A&M-Texarkana, says that while many universities charge between $150 and $300 for this type of program, A&M-Texarkana intentionally sets prices much lower. “We want to give as many children as we can the opportunity to come to this program. Continue Reading →

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