Students to travel to Spain to study architecture, culture

Coastal Bend College students plan to travel to Salamanca, Spain this summer for intensive study in architecture or sociology from June 22 to July 5. Jack Young, Coastal Bend College Drafting and Design Instructor, will lead the group on an exploration of historical and contemporary Spanish architecture in public and private spaces. Kelly Rea will teach Essentials of Sociology with a special emphasis on Spanish culture to an accompanying group of students.

 Young, a member of American Institute of Building Design and the Texas Institute of Building Design, will accompany local guides in introducing Spanish culture through excursions to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Avila and Granada. The academic emphasis will be on the relationship, culture, geography, climate, natural resources and materials that complement design methods of construction. All students will participate in these excursions.

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A.C. Jones High School sophomore parents invited to dual credit info session

Coastal Bend College and A.C. Jones High School will host the annual Sophomore Class Passport Program on Feb. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Marecek Physical Fitness Center in Beeville. Dual credit students who are Bee County residents can take tuition-free college classes. Parents interested in learning about dual credit opportunities available for high schoolers are encouraged to attend and take part in a parent’s panel discussion. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jennifer Linney at (361) 354-2722 or or call the high school counseling office.

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Future Coastal Bend College students can now apply online at A single application can be submitted to most public Texas colleges and universities.

Uranium Energy Corp announces scholarships for Coastal Bend College students

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Uranium Energy Corp (UEC) announced the creation of a new “Community Scholarship Program” in partnership with Coastal Bend College. The two-year educational program establishes a $20,000 fund for scholarships. Students in South Texas attending classes on any of Coastal Bend College’s four campuses in Alice, Beeville, Kingsville and Pleasanton are eligible to apply. 

UEC scholarship check

Uranium Energy Corp CEO Harry Anthony (center) presents a $20,000 to Coastal Bend College for scholarships. Receiving the check on behalf of the college are CBC Board Member Laura Fischer (left) and CBC President Dr. Thomas Baynum.

UEC Chief Operating Officer Harry L. Anthony presented a big check to CBC President Dr. Thomas Baynum and CBC Board Member Laura Fischer during a reception attended by CBC students, faculty and staff.

Anthony said, “A well educated workforce is essential to the success of any business and UEC is committed to supporting the communities where we operate.  Coastal Bend College is a leader in workforce development and providing affordable, accessible education. We are very honored to support their efforts.” 

UEC CEO Harry Anthony CBC students athletes ambassadors

Harry Anderson, far left, representing Uranium Energy Corp, presents a check that will cover as many as 20 scholarships for Coastal Bend College students. Receiving the check on behalf of the college are, from left, Rachel Rivas of El Paso, Cristian Padron of Refugio, Tiffini Horton of Alice, Cedric Ritell of Galveston, Bianco Cortez of San Antonio, Monzelle White of Houston, Marissa Lopez of Carrollton, Alex Pineda of Houston, Brianna Rios of Beeville and Todd Drennan of Montgomery, Texas.

Dr. Thomas Baynum, President of Coastal Bend College, thanked UEC for their educational outreach and said, “Investment in CBC is a sound business decision. Our goal is to provide a quality education to our students and prepare them for the outside world. This partnership is a perfect example of that mission. I applaud UEC’s community investment and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.” Anthony and Baynum also announced the possibility of curriculum and workforce training initiatives related to the clean energy industry in the near future. 

The scholarship is open to students who are residents of UEC’s geographic service area, which consists of Bee, Duval, Goliad, Jim Wells, Karnes, Live Oak and Nueces Counties and will be awarded to academic, industrial trades and engineering-related majors. The scholarships are not need-based, but applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher to qualify and must carry at least 12 hours per semester.

Applications will be accepted now for the Spring 2012 semester. Multiple scholarships will be awarded; some of them will be disbursed over two semesters. As many as 20 students stand to benefit from the gift.

“We put so much emphasis on student success that I’m happy to see when students go through to completion,” Dr. Baynum said. “A major issue for many of our students is access. These scholarships will help to address that issue.”  

Fischer added that the investments of business partners like UEC have a great impact on the college and put voice to the assertion that education is important to local industry.

Uranium Energy Corp is a Corpus Christi-based uranium production, development and exploration company whose operations are managed by professionals with a recognized profile for excellence in their industry, a profile based on many decades of hands-on experience.  Uranium Energy Corp is an industry leader in meeting the world’s overwhelming demand for more uranium, for more energy, for cheaper energy and for a cleaner environment. For more information on Uranium Energy Corp, visit 

The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2011 at 5 p.m. in the Financial Aid Office. For information, contact CBC Financial Aid office at (361) 354-2237 or visit an advisor on any campus.


Coastal Bend College makes immediate changes to immunization policy in line with new state law

Proof of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Required for Spring 2012

 Beginning Spring 2012 semester, a new state law requires all students entering institutions of higher education to show evidence of receiving a bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster dose during the five year period prior to enrollment and not less than ten days before the first day of the semester. Entering students include transfer students from other colleges and returning or continuing students who have had a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

 The law allows for exceptions for:

  • A student 30 years of age or older;
  • A student enrolled only in online or other distance learning courses;
  • A student who submits an affidavit or certificate signed by a physician duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States. It must be stated that, in the physician’s opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student; and
  • A student who submits an affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including religious belief. A conscientious exemption form (Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience) from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be used. Several weeks are required to have the form approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services after it’s been submitted.

 To get the vaccine, check with your family doctor or local public health department.

Coastal Bend College is working on a process for submission of immunization documentation and once finalized the process will be posted on the CBC website Please continue to check for updated information regarding this new requirement.

 For more information about immunization requirements, contact the Velma Elizalde, CBC Dean of Students Services at (361) 354-2301.