Special Services and Opportunities
Click on any of the following links for information:
- Division of Student Access and Success
- Enrollment and Retention Division Offices
- Offices of the Dean of Campus Life and Student Development
- University Institutional Advancement
- University Police Department
- Academic Programs and Services
Division of Student Access and Success
The Division of Student Access and Success was created in January 2009 to provide students at Texas A&M University-Commerce with opportunities and experiences that will foster their access to and success in higher education. The unprecedented organizational structure of this division reflects a continuum of support services that are required for today’s students to have the transformational experience desired from earning a college degree.
The Division of Student Access and Success includes the following units: enrollment management and retention, including undergraduate admissions, registrar, financial aid and scholarships, Hispanic outreach, military personnel and veterans' services, and international student services; university college, including college readiness and student assessment, success coaches, early intervention, freshman success seminars and student engagement, and developmental education; Honors College; Campus Life and Student development, including residential learning and living, Morris Recreation Center, Sam Rayburn Student Center, counseling services, diversity affairs, student judicial services, student organizations and activities, applied leadership institute, and student health services; Student Support Services, including Trio programs, career development, and student retention initiatives, Outreach, including off-campus sites and programs and distance education.
Texas' Closing the Gaps goals stress the need for higher education institutions to rethink current organizational structures to focus on student access and success. A cohesive and unified framework in which academic and social support policies and practices go hand-in-hand with increased expectations for student success is necessary for today's students, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has created an organizational structure that first focuses on creating partnerships with public schools and community colleges to align curriculum, instruction, and expectations. A Student Access and Success Center provides a one-stop shop concept for student support services. This facility is located at 2200 Campbell Street. Locating all enrollment management and University College functions in one facility, allows the university to form a team to focus on the success of each new student. Freshmen Success Seminars, as well as early intervention processes, allow the university to diagnose concerns and prescribe strategies to assist students with their educational experience. Success coaches, rather than traditional academic advisors, have been hired and trained to assist students in developing personalized educational plans focused on career goals and financial resources.
The traditional Student Affairs organizational structure has been replaced by focusing on campus life and student development. Specific learning outcomes for the postsecondary experience have been developed so that students not only receive a degree that prepares them for success in their chosen careers, but also provides them with specific knowledge and skills that are transferable to any setting. These specific learning outcomes are focused on leadership, globalization, service learning, and wellness.
The university has identified the traditional "gate-keeping" courses with which data indicate students have difficulty. Innovative academic support services have been and will continue to be implemented, monitored, and adjusted to increase student success rates.
Texas A&M University-Commerce has created two offices to focus on two populations targeted in the Strategic Enrollment Plan. An Office for Hispanic Outreach has been formed and resources dedicated to focus on the university’s goal of becoming an Hispanic-Serving Institution within three years. An Office for Military Personnel and Veteran Services has been formed and Texas A&M University-Commerce has been designated a 2010 “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs. The designation is reserved for the top 15% of colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States that are reaching out to America’s veterans as students.
Office of Student Disability Resources and Services
Students with disabilities at TAMU-Commerce are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Therefore, Student Disability Resources and Services (SDRS) provide services to students with disabilities to ensure accessibility to university programs. Some of the services SDRS offers include accommodations counseling, evaluation referral, disability-related information and resources, adaptive technology counseling and equipment for on campus use, testing accommodations, and interpreter services for academically related purposes.
All students with disabilities who need accommodations must file an application for eligibility as well as provide current documentation of disability. Applications are available in the Office of Student Disability Resources and Services and also on their website at http://web.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campus Services/studentDisabilityResources And Services/studentResources/default.aspx
SDRS is located in Room 132 of the Gee Library. For additional information email StudentDisabilityServices@tamuc.edu or call 903-886-5150 or visit http://web.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campus Services/studentDisabilityResources And Services/studentResources/default.aspx
The TRIO Programs of Texas A&M University-Commerce consist of Student Support Services and Upward Bound. Each program is designed to assist low-income, first generation, and disabled students with a quality education. The goal is to ensure that each student is provided with quality academic support in the areas of tutorial assistance, college and career counseling, leadership skills, and character education.
The TRIO Department is located on the third floor of the Halladay Student Services Building. Student Support Services provides advisement, academic counseling, and free tutorials in basic skills, general education subjects, and socio-cultural activities to strengthen each participant’s academic and personal background. The Upward Bound Program is a “Pre-Collegiate” program designed to assist high school (9-12 grades) students in preparing for college academically and socially. The primary goal is to make certain that each student receives the proper academic and social skills, training and development necessary to succeed in high school and college.
Enrollment Management and Retention Division Offices
The Enrollment Management and Retention Division effectively recruits, enrolls and retains a diverse student body at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The Enrollment Management and Retention Division prides itself in providing exemplary student service in a continuous improvement and cohesive environment. The offices that provide quality customer service to our students include: Undergraduate Admissions for Freshman and Transfer students, Registrar, including Veterans and Military Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs and New Student Orientation.
Undergraduate Admissions Office—Freshman and Transfer
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, this office is responsible for both the recruitment and enrollment of new undergraduate students. For more information, please contact Freshman Admissions or Transfer Admissions at 903-886-5000.
Office of the Registrar
Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the Registrar’s Office is the custodian of student’s permanent academic records. The Graduation Coordinator located in the Registrar’s Office, is responsible for the certification of university candidates for graduation. For more information, please contact the Registrar at 903-886-5068.
Veterans and Military Services
The Veterans and Military services office administers Veterans' Administration educational benefit programs for veterans and their dependents who may be eligible to receive benefits under any one of several programs. Applications and further information are available in the Veterans and Military Services Office or by calling 903-886-5123.
AIR FORCE ROTC PROGRAM
Through the University of North Texas
A&M-Commerce students are given the opportunity to participate in the Air Force ROTC program
through the University of North Texas. For more information, the student should contact:
Unit Admissions Officer
Division of Aerospace Studies
Aerospace Studies, Department Chair
1155 Union Circle #305400
Denton, TX 76203-5400
The courses which may be taken in this AFROTC program are located below.
COURSES IN AEROSPACE STUDIES
The Air Force ROTC courses are taught on the campus of the University of North Texas, Denton,Texas. Students register and pay for the courses through MyLeo. Directions to UNT
Aerospace Studies, AER
103-104. The Foundation of the United States Air Force. 1 hour each. (1;1) Survey of the structure and missions of Air Force organizations; officership and professionalism; and an introduction to communication skills.
203-204. The Evolution of the U.S.A.F. Air and Space Power. 1 hour each. (1;1) Focus on factors contributing to the development of air power from the earliest beginnings through two world wars; the evolution of air power concepts and doctrine; the global war on terrorism; and an assessment of communicative skills.
292. Cooperative Education in Aerospace Studies. 1–3 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student’s major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): student must meet employer’s requirements and have consent of department chair. May be repeated for credit.
331-332. Leadership Studies. 4 hours each. (3;1) Study of leadership and management fundamentals, professional knowledge, leadership ethics and communication skills required of an Air Force officer. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied.
332. Prerequisite(s): AERO 331.
431-432. National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty. 4 hours each. (3;1) Examines the need for national security, analyzes the evolution and formulation of the American defense policy, strategy, and joint doctrine; investigates the methods for managing conflict; and overview of regional security, arms control and terrorism. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, the military justice system, civilian control of the military, preparation for active duty, and current issues affecting military professionalism.
431. Prerequisite(s): AERO 331 and 332.
432. Prerequisite(s): AERO 331, 332 and 431.
492. Cooperative Education in Aerospace Studies. 1–4 hours. Supervised work in a job directly related to the student’s major, professional field of study or career objective. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours credit in aerospace studies; student must meet employer’s requirements and have consent of department chair. May be repeated for credit.
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Texas A&M University-Commerce is dedicated to helping students attain a quality education. Eligibility for competitive merit-based scholarships is determined primarily by the results of the SAT or ACT college entrance tests and a student’s high school academic record. All freshman scholarship recipients are required to attend an early summer orientation and registration session, usually conducted in June. Some, but not all, of the competitive scholarship programs may act to reduce an out-of-state student’s tuition charges from nonresident to Texas resident levels. This status is determined by legislative act and is subject to change. All scholarships are only for full-time students, unless otherwise indicated. All students who have been admitted into the University will be considered for scholarships.
Satisfactory Academic Progress—Evaluation of satisfactory academic progress of students receiving a scholarship is completed by the staff of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. To review the SAP Policy please visit the scholarship website at www.tamuc.edu/scholarship.
Freshman Entering A&M-Commerce—Students who have been admitted to the University will be considered for scholarships. A separate application is not required. The primary scholarships available to entering freshman are the: Academic Excellence; Blue and Gold; Presidential.
Transfer Students—Students who have been admitted to the University will be considered for scholarships. A separate scholarship application found at http://web.tamuc.edu/admissions/tuitionCosts/financialAid/scholarships/documents/UndergradApplication.pdf will need to be completed. The primary scholarships available for junior-community transfer students are: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship; the Transfer Scholarship.
Graduate Students—While graduate student scholarships are limited, graduate students are encouraged to apply by completing the Graduate Scholarship application. The application is located at http://web.tamuc.edu/admissions/tuitionCosts/financialAid/scholarships/documents/GraduateApplication.pdf . For additional information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship at 903-886-5915 or visit the website at www.tamuc.edu/scholarship .
Financial Aid Office
A student planning to enroll at A&M-Commerce who seeks financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Online information available atwww.tamuc.edu/financial-aid.
Most financial aid granted at A&M-Commerce is based upon the student’s financial need and is awarded on a priority basis according to file completion date. Students who do not demonstrate financial need will be eligible for the unsubsidized Direct or Federal Family Education Loan and for the Federal Parent Loans for Students (Fed. PLUS). Academic progress and scholastic standing are taken into consideration when aid is awarded. Recipients are required to maintain the number of hours for which they are paid. Prorated repayment of aid is expected from students who withdraw or drop hours. All applications must be completed by the priority deadline to insure availability of funds. Programs with limited funding (TPEG, FSEOG, FCWS, Perkins, and other grants, but not the Pell Grant) are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority for these funds is given to full-time students who have completed their financial aid file by the priority deadline. For information on the priority date and to view all forms of available financial aid please visit the website at www.tamuc.edu/financial-aid.
Withdrawing on Financial Aid/Return of Title IV Aid
A student who receives Title IV aid and withdraws or is suspended from the University during a term in which the student began attendance, will have his or her eligibility for aid recalculated as prescribed by the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Title IV aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per diem basis up to and including the 60% point in the term. After the 60% point all aid is considered earned. The percentage earned is calculated by dividing the number of days completed by the total number of days in the term. It is the unearned percentage of aid that determines the amount that must be returned to the Title IV program(s). The University, as well as the student, may be required to return to the federal government the unearned portion of the Title IV funds. When the University returns its unearned portion of the Title IV funds, a portion of the students institutional charges may be left outstanding. The University will require students to pay any portion of institutional charges that are left outstanding after the University returns Title IV funds. This may cause the student to owe both the University and the Federal government.
Students who are considering withdrawing, should contact the Financial Aid Office for a thorough explanation of how this policy will affect them. Additional information on the Return of Title IV Aid policy, including examples, is available from the Financial Aid Office. This policy is accessible on the A&M-Commerce Financial Aid website, http://www.tamuc.edu/financial-aid .
Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedure (SAP)
The Higher Education Amendment Act of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish a minimum standard of “Satisfactory Academic Progress” for students receiving financial aid.
For additional information visit the Office of Financial Aid website at http://www.tamuc.edu/home/finAid/23.htm . A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid located in the Student Access and Success Building.
Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs
The mission of the Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs is to raise a greater awareness on the importance of higher education among groups and individuals at high schools, community colleges and in the general community with a special focus on Hispanic/Latino students and their community. Office staff advise prospective Hispanic/Latino students and families on the college application process, financing their education and the student support services available to ensure their college success. The office is responsible for coordinating and implementing various outreach activities, new student orientation and educational programs in an effort to enhance the university’s diverse enrollment. The Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs is located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street and can be reached via e-mail at HispanicOutreach@tamuc.edu or by calling our bilingual (English/Spanish) line at 903-468-8699.
New Student Orientation and Registration
The New Student Orientation and Registration program is the first step for all newly admitted students. Orientation is designed to make this transition a smooth and enjoyable experience by addressing the common needs of incoming students. New Student Orientation is designed to provide first-year and transfer students with the opportunity to become familiar with the campus services; meet faculty, staff and current students; learn about campus activities and organizations; receive academic advising; and register for classes. New Student Orientation is a mandatory step for all new students.
Parents who choose to attend the orientation program have their own activities and have opportunities to meet key faculty and administrative personnel for an exchange of questions and ideas. Parent attendance is not mandatory.
New Student Orientation programs are offered prior to the fall and spring semesters. Students will be provided with dates upon their acceptance to the University. Before attending an orientation, a student must be fully accepted to the university, have completed and met Texas Success Initiative requirements by either the THEA or other placement test (or have documentation of being exempt), and complete the orientation reservation process. If students are attending an off-campus location or satellite campus, they should contact that location directly for specific orientation information pertinent to that program.
Another opportunity offered through New Student Orientation and Registration is the Lion Camp experience. Student leaders serve as camp counselors who facilitate activities, discussions, games, and presentations. During Lion Camp, new students develop friendships, an awareness of their personal values, and essential survival skills as well as discover how to use the university services to maximize their strengths and success. Lion Camp occurs after the residence halls open before classes begin for the fall.
Offices of the Dean of Campus Life and Student Development
The Component of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to the development of a seamless learning environment in which information learned in the classroom and activities outside the classroom are integrated. This holistic approach is designed to help students get involved and take control of their education.
The Dean of Students is responsible for the development and enforcement of the rules and procedures governing the conduct of students at A&M-Commerce, which are outlined in the Student’s Guidebook. It is the responsibility of students to be aware of, and adhere to, these procedures which are subject to change without prior notice, upon approval by the proper officials of the institution. The Dean of Students Office also administers the student insurance program.
In conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, the Assistant Dean of Students provides leadership within the student disciplinary process by updating and enforcing the university Student Code of Conduct, which is located in the Student’s Guidebook. The Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for revising the Student’s Guidebook annually, maintaining changes within our local, state, and federal judicial systems. The Assistant Dean of Students serves as Student Service Fee Advisory Committee Chair and works with faculty and professional staff on a variety of issues.
Children’s Learning Center
A licensed day care/learning center is located on campus. Care is provided for children ages six weeks to five years of age. The CLC also offers an after-school program during the school year and a summer program during the summer for children ages five thru eight. The Children's Learning Center provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum and equipment for all children in a consistent, learning environment. The Children's Learning Center prides itself on quality care and an academic environment. For information on the Children's Learning Center, you can reach the director by calling 903-886-5769 or on the web at www.tamuc.edu/childrencenter .
Student Health Center
Medical services are available at the Student Health Center to those students who are currently attending classes at A&M-Commerce. Services include diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses, minor injuries, minor surgery, x-ray and lab procedures. Moving vehicular accidents are not treated. Students are seen only during regular clinic hours; all after-hour illnesses or emergencies may be seen at the local hospital at the expense of the students.
Department of Residential Living and Learning
A&M-Commerce can accommodate approximately 1,800 single students and 100 families in campus housing. The costs for these facilities are reasonable, and the facilities are varied to meet different lifestyle alternatives. Staff members provide residents with services and programs that are structured to assist and develop a positive livinglearning environment.
The housing residency requirement stipulates that all beginning single undergraduate students who are not commuting from the home of their parents or legal guardian must reside in University housing (residence halls) and to purchase a University meal plan. Students planning to live at home in Commerce or the immediate vicinity are required to file a notarized Commuting Authorization form with the Department of Residence Life prior to registration. Students must notify the Department of Residence Life of any change in name or address. For cost information regarding both single and family housing, please contact the Department of Residence Life, Texas A&M-Commerce, P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429 or call 903-886-5797. Additional information is available at the department’s website at www7.tamuc.edu/reslife .
Single student housing provides students with the opportunity to experience the advantages of on-campus living. Single students will have the opportunity to select from coed, Greek, a small female hall, single or double room assignments, and apartment facilities. Each of these facilities will offer unique opportunities for students.
Cable television, central air and heat, and ethernet connections are provided in each room. Mail service is provided in Smith, Whitley, Berry and the New Pride Apartments. Housing is available on a limited basis when classes are not in session. Residents may be asked to consolidate during break periods and will be charged a fee for the entire break period.
Once a single student application and $100 deposit is received applicants will receive an assignment letter and room and meal plan contracts prior to the beginning of the semester.
Two-bedroom apartments are available in family housing. Family housing students are required to rent a post office box on campus because mail delivery is not available in these facilities. Some apartments are furnished and the rent includes all utilities.
Once a family housing application and a $100 deposit is received, applicants will receive an assignment letter and a housing contract prior to the beinning of the semester.
The Counseling Center provides free services to currently enrolled University students. Counselors are available to listen, lend support and help students meet the daily challenges of college life. Programs and services are offered that will help students maximize their potential for personal and academic success. Services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation and referral. Legal assistance, educational outreach, biofeedback, and a relaxation room are also available. Confidentiality is respected, and counseling records are not included as part of a student's academic record. For more information about services or to schedule an appointment, com by the Counseling Center in the Halladay Student Services Building, Room 204, or contact 903-886-5145. We encourage all students to take advantage of the services the Counseling Center has to offer. Sometimes a little help can make a big difference!
Morris Recreation Center
A $12 million state-of-the-art recreation facility is the newest addition to the A&MCommerce campus. The Morris Recreation Center officially opened its doors in the summer of 2003. The facility features the following activity areas: a 45-foot climbing rock, 3-lane jogging track, 4 racquetball courts, 2 basketball courts, large fitness room with cardiovascular machines and weight equipment, aerobics room, classroom, snack area, and locker rooms. Also included is: heated leisure pool, 2 tier hot tub, 2 sand volleyball courts, 2 basketball courts, picnic tables, barbecue pits and a sunbathing area. The Morris Recreation Center is the focal point of the A&M-Commerce campus and serves as the “heartbeat” of student life.
Diversity and Cultural Affairs
Diversity and Cultural Affairs is located in the Student Life Office, Halladay Student Services Building, Suite 201.
Diversity and Cultural Affairs provides for the needs of a culturally diverse student body, and offers educational programs and activities for the general population as well. Some of the sponsored programs and events—designed to promote success and community service—include V.I.S.I.O.N.S., African American History Month, Hispanic Awareness Week, Cinco de Mayo, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
International Student Office
The International Student Office offers assistance to international students and exchange visitors in regard to academic, personal, and immigration-related concerns and refers them to other offices (on or off campus) as needed. Services provided by the International Student Office include an international new student orientation, informational workshops, coordination of special activities, liaison with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regarding nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors, documentation for travel, employment authorization, extension of stay, etc. The International Student Office also handles the issuance of Forms I-20 and DS-2019 to nonimmigrant students and exchange who have been officially admitted or invited to the University. For more information, contact John Mark Jones; phone 903-886-5097; fax 903-468-3200; E-mail email@example.com
Office Hours: M-F, 8am-5pm
Student Access and Success Center, Room 152
What will I major in? What am I going to do when I graduate? Where will I work? These are big decisions a college student will need to make. Career Development is here to help you along the way from freshmen to graduate. We are here for you! Take advantage of these opportunities to “Make the Connection” with Career Development:
· My Plan - (www.MyPlan.com ) web based career assessment system that is easy to use. Whether you are deciding/changing a major or narrowing your major career options, MyPlan should be in your plans. Call our office today and ask for the FREE code.
· Career Counseling - a one-on-one opportunity for you to have your MyPlan interpreted by a career professional and obtain direction with clear and practical decision making tools. Call to schedule an appointment.
· Job Search - programs and events provide professional development opportunities such as resume/cover letter critique, mock interview, job fairs, business etiquette dinner, groundhog job shadow day, on-campus interview and job search workshops. These are offered throughout each semester.
· Lion Tracks (www.myinterfase.com/tamu-commerce/student ) is an online system that connects you to potential employers. You may search updated full-time, part-time, internship and co-op job opportunities. You may upload your resumes and cover letters. Employers may view your resumes and post their job announcements. Lion Tracks also features our upcoming calendar of events and job fair employer participant lists.
Sam Rayburn Student Center (SRSC)
With over 92,000 square feet of space for leisure enjoyment, facilities for meetings, banquets, and conferences, the SRSC seeks to be the hub of activity for campus. The SRSC serves as the center of campus life and encourages students, faculty, staff, and the community to come together.
The first floor features many services for the campus community, including lost and found and an information reception area. For fun, The Club provides nightly entertainment and hosts a recreation room with pool tables and the latest in electronic games. If you need a special gift, supplies, snacks, or books—the Campus Bookstore and Convenience Store is located there. A Food Court complete with Grill 151 and Einstein Brothers Deli are right across from The Club and next to the Campus Dining Room. If you need large-scale printing, posters, or specially imprinted gifts or awards, the Pride Shop is there to help you design and impress!
The second floor houses the offices for Student Activities and Leadership, which includes student organizations, the Campus Activities Board, Greek Life, The Golden Leos (the student ambassadors for the university), and Student Government. This is a place for the campus community to come together to create new programs, ideas, and projects. Their mission is to promote student learning, involvement, and success. Activities sponsored by student organizations and university departments in the student center include major events by nationally known entertainers, lectures, movies, cultural, social, and recreational programs and activities. A list of A&M-Commerce’s student organizations can be found in the Student’s Guidebook. The second floor also houses the SRSC administration, scheduling, and Campus Dining. A unique feature is our Monster Studio which is a digital video production studio where students can create training and promotional materials for their organizations and events.
University Institutional Advancement
This division of the university serves as the creative force that articulates a passion for the University, inspiring others to be generous in their giving and loyal in their support. It includes three areas: development (fund raising), marketing communications (including KETR) and alumni relations. Development
The purpose of the Development Office is to acquire gifts for scholarships, endowments, fellowships, research, capital improvements, and other programs. This is achieved through solicitation of individuals, corporations and foundations, direct mail, employee gifts (Bridge Builders), as well as special campaigns.
With the support of the Advancement Services department, the development office also maintains, organizes, plans and develops activities for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation Board of Directors. Acquisition and disbursement of all gifts are monitored by the development office.
The Foundation was established in 1970 to assist the University in seeking and administering private sector support. Its assets are managed through The A&M University System and there is an A&M-Commerce board of directors who lead efforts to solicit gifts from corporations, foundations, government granting agencies, alumni and other individuals.
This office is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the University’s 75,000-plus alumni records. Alumni Relations provides administrative support for the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association as well as special services to individual alumni and alumni groups.
Alumni Relations assists Marketing Communications in producing The Pride, a quarterly magazine for alumni and friends of the University. The office also plans and executes alumni events such as class and organization reunions, homecoming weekend, commencement receptions, alumni chapter activities, the alumni directory, alumni awards and recognition, alumni-funded scholarships, alumni ambassadors, distinguished alumni and other programs.
The Marketing Communications department develops and implements the strategic marketing efforts for the university including the design, production, and implementation of all advertising, branding, marketing materials, media relations, as well as design and maintenance of the university’s website. The department supervises the operation of the on-campus public radio station KETR 88.9 and coordinates the University’s collegiate licensing program. Marketing Communications is responsible for communicating information about the university’s activities, events, programs and people. The department includes graphic designers, publications writers, media specialists, web management staff and photographer and serves as the University’s official liaison with the news media. This office also publishes the employee newsletter, A&M-Commerce Today.
Marketing Communications designs and produces promotional materials for the University including the publication of the alumni magazine pride, the President’s Report and all university, college and department promotional materials including brochures, newsletters, flyers and other collateral materials. This office also oversees the university website and works closely with other departments and organizations in the maintenance of their web pages.
The department oversees the collegiate licensing efforts of the University by standardizing, protecting and promoting the University’s brand via the on-line Graphic Identity Manual and through its licenses vendor program.
As part of the Marketing Communications department, the 100,000-watt KETRFM 88.9 Public Radio station provides local and nationally produced news, sports, weather, public affairs, and national programming. The KETR staff includes the general manager, news director, program manager, and program producer as well as volunteers and students from the University’s Radio/Television department. The KETR digital signal broadcasts to a 75-100 mile radius of the University and is also online at www.ketr.org . The KETR studios along with the Marketing Communication offices are located on the first floor of Binnion Hall, facing Education Drive.
University Police Department
This office provides police services and all security functions for the university. The University Police Department also provides many services for the faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus. The department is responsible for investigation of criminal activity, crime prevention programs, safety awareness, public service assistance for motorists, event security and parking enforcement. The department is responsible for the enforcement of university parking regulations as well as motor vehicle laws. All motor vehicles parking on campus must be registered with the department and the parking permit properly displayed.
Officers of the department are certified by the State of Texas as commissioned peace officers, and have full law enforcement authority.
The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day for assistance. The office is located on the first floor of Henderson Hall on Monroe Street. Emergency— 911; Non-Emergency—903-886-5868. For a copy of crime statistics, call or come by the UPD, or visit us online at www.tamuc.edu/upd/Reports/2009.pdf
Academic Programs and Services
The Writing Center
The Writing Center (aka The Communication Skills Center) is located in the Hall of Languages on the east side of the campus. As you come in the front (north) entrance, the Center is on the right (room 106).
The Center is a drop-in center (which means students need no appointment) staffed by graduate students who are preparing to teach composition and/or literature in four year colleges and community colleges, and by selected undergraduates who have come recommended by composition teachers. Generally we are open Monday through Thursday 9-4 and Friday 9-1. We also have a location in the Gee library next to the circulation desk. Generally we are available at this location Sunday-Thursday 6PM-9PM. The hours are posted by the door and the phone number is 903-886-5280.
The Communication Skills Center is not a grammar fix-it shop. It is a place where writers can share techniques for examining ideas and effectively exploring them in writing. Students are encouraged to bring their writing assignments at any stage of the writing process. Tutors can help students determine whether they have met the criteria of the assignment, whether they have organized their essay well, and whether their writing needs more development or attention to logic.
While tutors will not proofread papers, they are ready to help the student achieve mastery over mechanical and grammatical features. Tutors will explain any grammatical problems they see and assist students in correcting them, but they will not make corrections for them. The Center has many worksheets that students may use to relearn any rules of grammar they have forgotten.
Students doing research can receive help in documentation. The Center has handouts on MLA and APA documentation and a computer program to assist students in creating a work cited page.
Students may also receive help in reading assignments, in annotating texts, and preparing for tests.
The Honors College is administered by the Dean of Honors, who also serves as chapter sponsor for Texas Lambda Chapter of Alpha Chi (a national honors society), and as faculty advisor for the Student Honors Council.
Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Although there are not strict cut-off scores for admission to the college, competition for spaces is intense. Generally, students should have ACT scores of 27 or higher and/or SAT scores (critical reading and mathematics) of 1200 or higher, and be in the top 10% of their class if they intend to apply for admission to the Honors College. However, exceptions can be made. For instance, a valedictorian with an SAT score of 1170 should consider applying for admission. The final step of the admission process is an interview.
Honors College students will take approximately 25% of their course work in Honors sections. Honors sections will be designated with an H on the course schedule and may only be enrolled in with Honors or Departmental permission. Enrollment in these sections will be capped at 20. Honors College students should consult with the Dean of the Honors College and a departmental advisor before registration each semester.
Instructors for honors sections will be carefully chosen by Department Heads in consultation with the Dean of the Honors College. These faculty will have reputations for excellence in teaching and a direct interest in teaching honors students.
Upon admission, Honors students are required to maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA. Students whose cumulative GPA falls between 3.0 and 3.29 will be assigned Honors Probationary status, that allows them to raise their GPA while continuing to enjoy the benefits of the Honors College. An exception is allowed for first-semester freshmen who may be assigned probationary status with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.29. Students may be on probation for a maximum of two consecutive semesters.
The honors experience culminates in an Honors Thesis. The Honors Thesis is an opportunity to pursue an area of interest in much greater detail than usually afforded in class. A thesis can consist of library research, original research, or be a creative project. The thesis can count as course work in the student’s degree program. The department courses numbered 490H and 491H are reserved for use in the students’ major departments in designing their plans of individual study as candidates for graduation with Honors. A thesis proposal must be approved before the student moves on to the final thesis project.
Honors College students must complete an Honors Thesis to graduate from the University with a bachelor’s degree. Students who withdraw from the Honors College before enrolling for their fifth semester at Texas A&M University-Commerce will not be held to this requirement.
Honors graduates are rewarded by being given a Presidential reception as they near graduation and are awarded special recognition at the graduation ceremony. In addition, the level of honors is noted on the graduate’s diploma and transcript. Students in the Honors College may register for all courses at the time of graduate student registration.
Honors Scholar Program
Students entering the Honors Program between Fall 1993 and Spring 2007 must fulfill the following four requirements to graduate with an Honors degree:
- Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors Director to be permitted into one of these courses).
- Take one semester of Honors Colloquium (HC 400) for one semester credit hour sometime during the student’s stay at A&M-Commerce. (Evaluation will be through a series of short reaction papers).
- Complete Honors Reading (491) and Honors Thesis (490) courses of three credits each. Students must submit the thesis and pass an oral exam to graduate with the appropriate level of Honors (Honors, High Honors, Highest Honors).
- Attain a minimum 3.25 GPA at the time of graduation.
Students interested in entering the Honors Scholar Program after Spring 2007 should consult with the Dean of the Honors College. For additional information, visit the Honors Web Page at: www.tamuc.edu/honors
Mathematics Skills Center
The Mathematics Skills Center primarily provides assistance for students enrolled in entry and developmental level mathematics courses. Most student workers in the Math Skills Center are also capable of providing assistance for students enrolled in calculus courses. Located in Binnion Hall, room 328, the Math Skills Center offers one-on-one tutoring throughout the day and includes evening tutoring on nights when developmental and entry level math classes are held. Lab hours vary each semester. Call for posted hours.
Services other than tutoring which are offered in the Math Skills Center include calculator assistance and computer software programs which supplement entry and developmental level mathematics textbooks. The Math Skills Center has an attached computer lab in Binnion 327, which is accessible through Binnion 328.
Students or faculty interested in further information are welcome to call the Math Skills Center at 886-5961. Also, the Director of the Math Skills Center is available to answer questions or discuss concerns with the Math Skills Center. Call Pamela Webster, Director, at 886-5950 or see her in Binnion 315.
Office of Student Assessment and Evaluation
Exams administered by this office include the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT and SAT II), the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), Texas Exam for Educator Standards (TExES); the Junior Level Essay (JLE), the General Educational Development (GED), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Additional information about any of these exams can be provided by calling the Student Assessment Office at 903-886-5122.
International Studies Program (Study Abroad)
Texas A&M University-Commerce promotes a number of international studies programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in the British Studies Program (London), Spanish Culture and Language in Spain (Madrid or Valladolid), Bilingual/ESL Education (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Global Business (China). Other programs are available in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russian, South Africa, and Spain. For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the director of International Studies at 903-468-6034.