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.

Call for Submissions: 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar

Each year, Coastal Bend College (CBC) features the work of South Texas photographers in its annual wildlife calendar. Over 3,500 CBC Wildlife Calendars are distributed throughout South Texas, and requests for copies of the calendar are also submitted from all over the world.

Calendars are provided free of charge to the community as a way to showcase the Coastal Bend region’s native birds, flowers, insects, vegetation and wildlife.

Photographers who are interested in submitting their outstanding South Texas wildlife photographs have until July 16, 2015 at 6 p.m. A three-person panel of local wildlife experts will judge the entries to select the photographs to be included in the 2016 calendar, which will arrive in November 2015.

All photographers must submit their files via CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or via an online service such as Dropbox or Google Drive. All photos must be submitted along with the 2016 CBC Wildlife Calendar Photographer Submission Form available for download online at www.coastalbend.edu/marketing or by requesting the form via email to mcruz@coastalbend.edu. Photos may not be emailed as attachments.

Photos may include flowers, insects, birds, and animals that are native to the area, as well as photos that highlight regional landscape, vegetation, and character.

All photographs should be bright, exceptionally sharp with a prominent subject in the photo, and taken with high-quality camera settings suitable for printing at an 8×10 inch size. Prints and slides are not acceptable submissions.

Photographers who are interested in submitting their work can contact Monica Cruz, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, at (361) 354-2258 or via email at mcruz@coastalbend.edu for more information.

CBC Kingsville students honored at spring 2015 awards ceremony

The Coastal Bend College Kingsville site held its Annual Student Awards Ceremony to recognize and highlight achievements in both academic and workforce programs. CBC faculty and staff nominate students who have excellent grade point averages (GPA), attitudes, and dedication to succeed in their courses. We congratulate these students on their excellence both in and out of the classroom.

Rosalinda Albarado- State Government Achievement Award
Michael Alfaro- American History Achievement Award
Kristian Beltran- Academic Excellence Achievement Award
Julie Burnell- A&P Achievement Award
Lori Cantu-Calimlim- American Government Achievement Award
Amy Cantu- American History Achievement Award
Kayla Cavazos- Florence Nightingale Clinical Achievement Award
Alexandria Chapa- American History Achievement Award
Miranda De La Garza- American History Achievement Award
Bobby Garza- American History Achievement Award
Olivia Gutierrez- American Government Achievement Award
William Hargis- Academic Excellence Achievement Award
Alison Henske- American History Achievement Award
Georgina Medietta- Academic Excellence Achievement Award
Jose Ramirez- American History Achievement Award
Carlos Rocha- American History Achievement Award
Jose Salinas- Science Achievement Award and an American History Achievement Award
Samantha Salinas- American History Achievement Award
Ebony Sanchez- American History Achievement Award
Brandy Trevino- A&P Achievement Award
Anissa Valverde- State Government Achievement Award
Keisha Vasquez- American History Achievement Award
Rene Villavicencio- American History Achievement Award
Amanda Yuraitis- American Government Achievement Award
Ania Zapata- American History Achievement Award

Coastal Bend College is an Achieving the Dream community college with a main campus located in Beeville, TX, along with sites in Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton, TX. All CBC locations offer academic courses that transfer to a university, as well as several workforce programs in oil & gas, allied health, and business technology related industries, to name a few. CBC proudly educates about 3600 students each year and is also home to six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) athletics teams. You can learn more about CBC at www.coastalbend.edu.

Media Advisory: Riviera ISD announces new Early College High School Partnership with CBC

Media Advisory

Newly formed Riviera Seahawk Early College Academy (Kaufer High School) to host ECHS Celebration and College Signing Day

Kaufer High School in Riviera, Texas will recognize students who have committed to attend Coastal Bend College (CBC) in fall 2015 as well as all of the students who participate in the dual enrollment program. Riviera Independent School District (ISD) will also announce their newly formed Early College High School partnership with CBC for the 2015-2016 academic year.

WHAT:                    Riviera ISD Celebration/College Signing Day

WHEN:                   Friday, May 1, 2015

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

WHERE:                 Riviera Seahawk Early College Academy

Kaufer High School Gymnasium

203 Seahawk Drive

Riviera, Texas 78379

WHO:                    Dean of Workforce, Julia Garcia; Dual Enrollment Director, Kayla D. Jones; Laura Payne, Dual Enrollment Specialist; Mariah Sauceda, Dual Enrollment Specialist

CONTACT:            Coastal Bend College, Office of Dual Enrollment, Kayla D. Jones, Dual Enrollment Director, (361) 354-2714,              kdjones@coastalbend.edu


Coastal Bend College (CBC), formerly known as Bee County College (BCC), is a public two-year institution of higher education that was founded in 1965. There are currently four CBC locations in South Texas: Beeville, Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton. CBC offers both academic and workforce pathways for students and is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS).


The Office of Dual Enrollment (ODE) provides high school students with a head start on college courses while still enrolled in high school. Dual enrollment college courses that are offered through CBC are high quality, affordable and transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in Texas. These courses are offered online, on campus and via distance learning at over 35 high schools in the surrounding areas.


ECHS are designed to provide high school students, who are not likely to attend an institution of higher education, with the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma as well as an associate degree. The college level credits that students earn are transferrable to most four-year institutions in Texas. There are currently 154 ECHS across the State of Texas.

CBC Foundation receives $31K to support Kids College

Headline: CBC Foundation receives $31K to support Kids College 


Cutline: Coastal Bend College representatives were on hand to accept a generous donation of $31,000 from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation. The donation will be used to fund 80 Kids College scholarships to underserved youth in the Beeville, Alice and Kingsville areas. 

The Coastal Bend College (CBC) Foundation received $31,000 from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation for the college’s 2015 Kids College summer programming. The funds will benefit children from the Beeville, Alice and Kingsville areas. Kids College aims to provide high quality educational programming for youth, and all Kids College programming takes place in CBC ‘s classrooms and facilities. Programming is led by qualified teachers and instructors in subjects such as science, math, computer technology and art.

Patricia Patel, executive director of the Coastal Bend College Foundation, states that the donation will be used to offer 80 scholarships for underserved youth.

“We have enjoyed a long standing collaborative relationship with the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, and this donation in the midst of the college’s 50th anniversary really means a lot to all of us,” Patel said. “It’ll also mean a lot to the 80 families in the Coastal Bend area who otherwise wouldn’t have access to this type of programming.”

Kids College scholarship and registration applications will be accepted soon. For more information please contact Jenny Moore, general industry coordinator, at (830) 569-4222 ext. 1212 or via email at jmoore@coastalbend.edu.