CBC September Board Meeting Highlights STEM Related Initiatives at the College

Headline: CBC September Board Meeting Highlights STEM Related Initiatives at the College

BEEVILLE, TX— At the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Board of Trustee regular meeting on September 23, Project OASIS provided the Board with an update on their grant progress. Project OASIS is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grant focusing on increasing the number of Hispanics and low-income students obtaining degrees in STEM fields.

The Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) is a part of the Project OASIS grant. ALA provides students with the opportunity to earn college credits at an accelerated pace of four, six or 10 weeks. These courses are offered to students during non-traditional class times such as weekends and evenings. ALA courses are also offered at an accelerated pace with a hybrid format that includes both face-to-face as well as an online (Internet) component. Financial aid is available for students who qualify and courses are offered year round with rolling admission.

Project OASIS was also able to establish the Science Learning Commons on the Beeville campus to complement the newly renovated science laboratories. The Science Learning Commons houses technology and tools that help supplement their classroom instruction. Science Case Manager Taylor Tomlin has been instrumental in creating an awareness and interest for the activities hosted at the Science Learning Commons such as tie-dye, stargazing and other science related workshops.

Students have also had the opportunity to attend various STEM related field trips and guest lectures. Tomlin was also instrumental in the College gaining a PepsiCo Dream Machine. The PepsiCo Dream Machine is a recycling kiosk located in the James R. Dougherty Student Center that provides CBC faculty, staff and students with convenient ways to recycle their bottles or cans. For every bottle or can students place in the Dream Machine, they receive reward points to redeem for prizes, including local entertainment, dining and more.

The Board adopted a proposed tax rate of 0.17738 at the regularly scheduled August 24 board meeting. The College held two required public hearings on September 2 and September 9. No requests regarding the College’s proposed tax rate were received. Through a record vote, the Board decided to adopt the tax rate of 0.17738.

Dr. Espinoza’s President’s Report highlighted upcoming events that are scheduled to take place throughout the remainder of 2015. On Saturday, November 7, CBC will host the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held at the CBC Beeville campus in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium at 6 p.m. Information about the Mr. & Miss CBC Scholarship Pageant is available online at www.coastalbend.edu/cbcpageant.

In celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary, the CBC Foundation is hosting the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala. The Gala will benefit students and programs at all CBC locations. This fundraising event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 14 at CBC Beeville’s Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). Tickets ranging from $25-$100 are available for purchase online at www.coastalbend.edu/foundation or by calling the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348.

About the CBC Board of Trustees:

The CBC Board of Trustees is comprised of seven elected trustees that serve six-year terms. Their regularly scheduled meeting is on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm on the Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus, Robert J. Beasley Administration Building inside the Sandy Dirks Board Room. Meeting notices, agendas and board packets can be found online at www.coastalbend.edu/board.

93 CBC Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

93 CBC Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society


Ninety-three Coastal Bend College (CBC) students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) for the fall 2015 semester. Nearly 50 CBC students from the College’s four locations participated in the induction ceremony held on October 1 at the CBC Beeville campus.

The students were honored with a traditional candle-lighting ceremony as family and friends gathered in support. PTK is endorsed by the American Association of Community Colleges as the official honor society of two-year colleges. The organization recognizes academic excellence and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service. In order to be part of PTK, students must have above a 3.5 grade point average.

The fall 2015 inductees were:

Ana Acevedo, Leana Adams, Mikayla Adams, Michael Alfaro, Dustin Almaraz, Norma Balboa, Alfredo Benavidez, Benjamin Brewer, Haley Brynelsen, Amanda Burger, Courtney Cantu, Emily Carabajal, Mary Carter, Natalie Cash, Laura Castellanos, Jaime Catete, Connor Christie, Cameron Clark, Max Clarke, Alyssa Cleary, Joel Contreras, Rini Dangelewicz, Stephen De La Garza, Marilyn De La Torre, Amber De Pau, Margaret Downing, Zandra Emanuel, Mary Galindo, Erin Gallagher, Hector Garcia, Maricela Garcia, Samantha Garza, Savannah Garza, Melanie Gonzalez, Mary Gower, Christian Granado, Crystal Hargrove, Seth Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Kylee Henderson, Dual Herzog, Leslie Holick, Brittany Johnson, Samuel Kalu, Liana Laso, Benito Lazo, Melvin Listenbee, Isiah Longoria, Claryssa Luera, Tesla Martin, Melanie Martinez, Anyssa Medrano, Kaliana Meineke, Domonique Middleton, Tristian Moore, Maria Moreno, Diana Munselle, Patricia Myers, Alexis Navarrette, Monica Ostos, Brock Paris, Amit Patel, Elisa Perez, Joshua Perez, Minh-Chau Pham, April Pruneda, Mikayla Ramirez, Natalie Rivas, Brenda Robledo, Tyra Rodas, Sara Ruiz, Samantha Salazar, Christopher Salvador, Breanna Sanchez, Joshua Schwindt, Lorenzo Serna, Bailey Skinner, Rebecca Sonnenberg-Rogers, Jennifer Stewart, Lena Summers, Brenna Tipps, Monica Tompkins, Alexis Trevino, Eryka Vasquez, Adrian Vera, Vanessa Villa, Katarina Wilcox, Avery Wright, Walker Wright, and Robert Wyman.

Photos from the ceremony may be viewed at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege.

CBC gets set for TACRAO 2015

Headline: CBC gets set for TACRAO 2015

The Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO) will be at the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Beeville campus on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 9 a.m. inside the Peter S. Marecek Gymnasium.

Representatives from various colleges and universities will be on hand to meet with students face-to-face. Information regarding each college or university’s admissions process, financial aid, programs of study and student life will be available for students.

The event will also feature representatives from CBC’s academic and workforce programs. Students who are interested in learning more about CBC will also have the opportunity to meet with and discuss the educational opportunities that are available at CBC.

Individuals and high schools that are interested in attending TACRAO at CBC Beeville should contact Angie Abrigo at 361-354-2599 or via email at aabrigo@coastalbend.edu.

CBC Foundation to host Gala in honor of the College’s 50th Anniversary

Headline: CBC Foundation to host Gala in honor of the College’s 50th Anniversary

This year marks Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) 50th year in providing higher education and career opportunities to South Texas. In celebration of this milestone, the CBC Foundation is hosting a CBC 50th Anniversary Gala to benefit students and programs at all CBC locations.

The fundraising event is set to take place on Saturday, November 14 at 3800 Charco Road in the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). Festivities kick-off at 6:30 pm with dinner from Werner’s Steakhouse, a keynote address, silent and live auctions, comedian Mike Hickman, and live music by The Gary Glenn Band. Tickets are $50 each.

VIP tickets that include valet parking, preferred seating and access to a VIP cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30-6:30 pm are also available for $100.

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and current president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association, Todd Staples, is the keynote speaker for the gala.

Community members who are interested in attending the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala are able to purchase their tickets online at www.coastalbend.edu/foundation, or by calling the foundation at 361-354-2348.

The CBC Foundation is pleased to announce Pioneer Natural Resources as the title sponsor of the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala. The College is honored to also have received an immense amount of support from various organizations and businesses who support CBC’s mission of educating South Texas: Beeville Publishing; Christus Spohn Health System; KIII-TV; NavyArmy Community Credit Union; Targa Resources, LLC; Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC); and Frank and Martha Warner. Corporate sponsorships are available and a portion of each sponsorship and each ticket is tax-deductible.

For more information about the CBC 50th Anniversary Gala, please contact the Executive Director of the CBC Foundation Pete Wyro at (361) 354-2447 or via email at pwyro@coastalbend.edu. Information about the event can also be found online at www.coastalbend.edu/foundation.

CBC’s Nursing Department accepting applications for spring LVN to RN Bridge Program

­­Headline: CBC’s Nursing Department accepting applications for spring LVN to RN Bridge Program

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Nursing Education Department is providing interested students with an LVN to RN Bridge Program option at the Beeville campus. Students who have already obtained their licensed vocational nursing (LVN) level I certificate will have the opportunity to gain the education and hands-on training necessary to begin a career as a registered nurse (RN).

Students who are interested in CBC’s LVN to RN Bridge Program should note that the program is scheduled to take place at CBC’s Beeville campus located at 3800 Charco Road. The program is scheduled to last one year (two semesters).

In order to be considered for CBC’s LVN to RN Bridge Program, students must submit their application no later than Friday, October 30. The application process consists of taking the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and completing an LVN to RN Bridge Program Application Packet.

The TEAS test will be offered every Friday at all CBC locations including Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton. Students should note that they must bring their picture ID as well as a debit, credit or pre-paid card to pay the $55 test fee. Information about the TEAS test can be found online at www.coastalbend.edu/TEAS_Schedule/.

A Nursing Selection Committee will screen applicants for the program based on their grade point average (GPA), TEAS score, previous coursework, recommendations and employment history. Students who are admitted into the program will receive an acceptance letter.

Upon successful completion of the two semester long program, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students will then be required to pass their state board examinations in order to legally practice the nursing profession in the state of Texas. Graduates from CBC’s LVN to RN Bridge Program had a high pass/success rate on their state board examinations. The state licensure exam pass rate for the 2014-2015 nursing cohort was 100%.

For more information about CBC’s LVN to RN Bridge Program, please contact CBC’s Nursing Support Specialist Mona Krishan at (361) 354-2768 or via email at mkrishan@coastalbend.edu. Information about the program is available online at www.coastalbend.edu/nursing.