By attending or participating in one of the on-campus events listed below and writing a reflection, you may replace a missing homework assignment. Each opportunity will be worth one homework grade replacement. Each assignment will require at least a 1 1/2 to 2 page (typed, double-spaced, MLA format) reflection of the event AND THE ACTUAL MISSED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. In your reflection, please include a brief summary of the event, your impressions of the event (you can be the critic), and some reflection on how attending this impacted you. If available, please also include some "proof" of your attendance (a play bill or a program). Do not submit "re-treads" of assignments required for other classes. This is a form of self-plagiarism and is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Instead, re-write other assignments to fit the requirements of the Islander Event Reflection. black%You may attend events in advance, then turn them in after you find that you've missed a homework assignment.
Deadline to submit all Islander Reflections along with any missed homework is Tuesday, May 1, 2018!

NOTE: If you attended similar events during the semester that aren't on this list, such as special guest lectures or other fine arts performances, you may write reflections on these as well, with prior approval.

April 23: Shakespeare's Birthday Party
Please join the Department Theatre and Dance and the Department of English for a celebration of William Shakespeare’s 454th birthday on Monday, April 23rd from 2-5PM. Students in Alison Frost’s audition preparation course will showcase their Shakespeare monologues from 2-3:15PM in the Wilson Theatre, and Dr. Michael Saenger from Southwestern University will deliver a lecture entitled “Shakespeare in a Time of Madness” at 3:30PM in the Warren Theatre. We will have birthday cake in the Center for the Arts lobby in between the two events!

April 17-22: One Man, Two Govnors Theatre Performance:

 The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance is performing “One Man, Two Guvnors” at the Warren Theatre from Tuesday, April 17, through Sunday, April 22. Tue-Sat performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee starts at 2 p.m. The uproarious “One Man, Two Guvnors” was a runaway hit both in London’s West End and on Broadway. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton, to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. Click here for ticket information.

April 17: Bring Back the Bees!
Bee populations everywhere have been declining at an alarming rate. 44% of bee colonies collapsed in the U.S. in 2016! Bees need us now more than ever, and that is why we are partnering with General Mills to #BRINGBACKTHEBEES. General Mills is shipping over 100 million flower seeds nationwide. Join Chartwells Islander Dining at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a planting party with the Islander Green Team and Island Waves Newspaper to upcycle the student newspaper into a compostable planter for bees! Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the back patio of the dining hall.

April 15: Drumpetello Recital:
Drumpetello, a dynamic trio of percussion, trumpet and cello, will host a CD release recital on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public and is designed for an eclectic mix of music lovers, as music to be premiered at the concert is inspired by everything from dwarves to vampires. Drumpetello, which has been nurtured in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Music as part of the College of Liberal Arts, includes Dr. Matthew McClung?, associate professor of music and percussionist, Dr. Carrie Pierce, associate professor of music and cellist, and Dr. Mary Thornton, professor of music and trumpeter. Drumpetello’s new CD, “The Beginning of Everything” will be sold for $10 cash at the door.

April 13: "Writing in the Digital Age"
Eraldo "Dino" Chiecchi, who worked for the Associated Press (AP) for many years and later managed the Spanish language publications for the San Antonio Newspapers, will be on campus on Friday, April 13th at 10 am in O’Connor 258. He will give a talk entitled Writing in the Digital Age.

April 5-6: April 5-6: “Hansel and Gretel” Opera Performance
The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Opera Workshop is proud to present an opera performance of “Hansel and Gretel” on Thursday, April 5, and Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The performance, which was adapted into a children’s opera by Denise Page Caraher, will be directed by Dr. Ellen Denham, professional assistant professor of music at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and is a condensed version of Humperdinck’s classic fairy tale opera. Known for its folk music-inspired themes, “Hansel and Gretel” will teach important lessons about healthy eating and food insecurity while dazzling audiences with its musical numbers accompanied by an instrumental ensemble conducted by Dr. Jose Flores, associate professor of music, and featuring Dr. Sangmi Lim, piano, and students from the A&M-Corpus Christi orchestra. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students and military with proper ID. For more information, call 361.825.3516.

April 4: April 4: Outstanding Author Speaker Series featuring Dr. Kathy Smith and Dr. Murphy Smith:
The campus community is invited to attend the Outstanding Author Speaker Series featuring Dr. Kathy Smith and Dr. Murphy Smith, College of Business professors, on Wednesday, April 4 at 2p.m. in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, second floor. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a reception with time for questions and conversations with the speakers. For more information, click here.

April 4: COMM/Media Week Keynote Speaker Dr. Miranda Banks
On Wednesday, April 4, keynote speaker Dr. Miranda Banks talks about current and past attempts to diversify the media industries. UC Oso Room 221, 3-4 pm. (OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC!)

April 2: COMM/Media Week - A Public Conversation with TAMU-CC President Dr. Kelly Quintanilla
On Monday night, April 2, a public conversation on Women, Communication, and Leadership with TAMUCC President Kelly Quintanilla. UC Lonestar 142A, 7-9:30 pm. (OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC. REFRESHMENTS SERVED!)

March 22: Humanities Speaker Series: “Being Muslim – A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam”:
Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik, scholar of American studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, will headline the spring 2018 Humanities Speaker Series at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Humanities Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, will take place on Thursday, March 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. Chan-Malik will talk about her book, “Being Muslims: A Cultural History of Women of Color in US Islam,” which explores how Islam re-emerged within the African American community in the 1920’s. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Feb. 23: Bravo Series – Craig Morris, Trumpet:
Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for the 2017-2018 “Furgason Bravo! Series” at the Performing Arts Center, Sunday, Feb. 23, with Craig Morris at 7:30 p.m. General admission ticket prices are $10. TAMU-CC student tickets are $5 with valid SandDollar?$ ID. You can purchase tickets at or call 361.825.ARTS. PAC Box Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb. 22-24: 3rd Annual People’s Poetry Festival:
The Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold the 3rd Annual People’s Poetry Festival with a series of events from Thursday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 24. Events include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22: Robb Jackson High School Poetry Awards from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, room 106. Address is 3209 S. Staples. The poetry awards will feature Corpus Christi Poet Laureate, Alan Berecka and 1st Cellist Corpus Christi Symphony, Susan Sturman as well as several local poets. This is a family friendly event.
  • Friday, Feb. 23: Poetry Festival from noon to 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center, Bayview room 320. Includes these of immigration, women, gender, sexuality and comedy.
  • Friday, Feb. 23: Open Mic at Graffitis Downtown, from 8:30-10 p.m. Graffitis is located at 417 Starr St.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Slam Poetry, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi University Center, Bayview room 320. Includes themes of nature, environment, Spanish and “print to performance.” For more information, and a full schedule of events, click here or visit Facebook.

Feb. 21-22: Student Government Association's Spring Town Hall:
Join Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Government Association for a presentation entitled “Free Textbooks-An Open Education Resource.” This event will be a town hall regarding the future of OER resources for students, and how this will help their budget. SGA representatives will also be in attendance to hear any student concerns or feedback about the University. The town hall will be held in the University Center Legacy Room on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22, with sessions starting at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on each day. A&M-Corpus Christi faculty are encouraged to announce this event to their classes, as it will bring great benefits to the students. Snack and refreshments will be provided. For more information or to request disability-related accommodations, contact Justin Bustos at or 361.825.5475.

Feb. 8: University Authors’ Day:
The Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting the 21st annual University Authors’ Day on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m., in the University Center Bayview, room 320. Emmy Pérez is the event’s keynote speaker. Her books, “With the River on Our Face” and “Solstice,” focus on the borderland region, history, languages and cultures of South Texas. University Authors’ Day also includes a workshop on Friday, Feb. 9, where local high school students will work with the visiting author and English faculty. For more information, contact Dr. Robin Carstensen at or Dr. Charles Etheridge at or click here.

Feb. 1: Dr. Anthony Squiers: “The Politics of the Sacred in America” Presentation and Discussion:
The Political Science Program and Department of Social Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is proud to host Dr. Anthony Squiers, Associate Professor of Government at Tarrant County College, for a presentation and discussion of his new book, “The Politics of the Sacred in America: The Role of Civil Religion in Political Practice” (Springer 2018). The free talk will be held Thursday, Feb. 1, from 3-4 p.m. in the University Center Anchor Ballroom B. Dessert snacks, ice tea, and water will be available. The talk is open to the campus community and the public. “The Politics of Sacred in America” investigates the political dimensions of public religiosity in the United States by showing how totemic signs of ‘the Founding Fathers’ and the signs of America’s sacred texts (the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) are used in attempts to link partisan policy positions with notions that the country collectively holds sacred. Contact Dr. Jennifer Epley, Political Science Coordinator, at 361.825.2554 or for more information.

Feb 1: Queering the Island
Queering the Island presents: “Writing Sapphism: Lesbians in Fiction.” Dr. Kathryn Klein, Texas A&M International University & Dr. Ula Klein, Texas A&M International University lead the discussion on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. in UC Bayview 320. Join us for pizza and drinks! Sponsored by the English Department

Jan 26: Artist Lecture: Amy Stevens
"Confections" Public Artists’ Lecture and Opening Reception: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Art presents “Amy Stevens: Confections” on Friday, Jan. 26, through Tuesday, March 6, at the Weil Gallery in the Center for the Arts. Taking a humorous, feminist approach to life’s struggles and the futile quests for perfection, this exhibition celebrates one of life’s big moments in the form of an obsessive investigation of the perfectly imperfect birthday cake. Stevens’ exhibition includes an artist’s lecture and opening reception on Friday, Jan. 26; both are free and open to the public.
Artist’s Lecture: 5-6 p.m. in Bay Hall, room 104.
Opening Reception: 6-7:30 p.m. in the Weil Gallery, Center for the Arts.
For more information, contact Dr. Laura Petican at 361.825.5752; or email