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Special Services and Opportunities

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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, Military Personnel and Veteran's Services,  Financial Aid and Scholarships, Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs (includes New Student Orientation); University College, including Success Coaches, First-year Leadership Class (FLC), Regent’s Scholar Program, Student Assessment, College Readiness and Retention, Developmental Education,  Early Intervention, Freshman Success Seminars and Student Engagement; Honors College; Student Support Services, including Trio programs, Career Development, Academic Success Center, Student Disability Resources and Services; Off-site Locations include A&M-Commerce at Rockwall, Collin Higher Education Center, Mesquite Metroplex Center, Navarro College Partnership-Corsicana and Midlothian Higher Education Center, and Universities Center at Dallas; Campus Life and Student Development, including Residential Learning and Living, Morris Recreation Center, Sam Rayburn Student Center, Counseling Center, Children’s Learning Center, Judicial Services, Student Organizations and Activities, Leadership Engagement and Development, and Student Health Services.

 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 “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs. This 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. 

Enrollment Management and Retention

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the departments in Enrollment Management and Retention 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 the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 903-886-5000.

University 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

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the Veterans and Military Services Office administers Veteran's Administration educational benefit programs for veterans and their dependents that 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
Texas A&M University-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
AFROTC-Detachment 835
940-565-2074

Aerospace Studies, Department Chair
1155 Union Circle #305400
Denton, TX 76203-5400
(940) 565-2074

AFROTCDET835@unt.edu

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. Numerous university scholarships are available to assist students with the costs associated with higher education. The general university scholarship application is accessed through the student myLEO portal. 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 students who have been admitted into the university may apply for scholarships. There are priority deadlines for aid with limited funding. Information on priority deadlines can be found on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid

Freshman Entering Texas A&M-Commerce—Incoming freshman students who have been admitted to the university will automatically be considered for one of the freshman scholarships based on their official SAT or ACT college entrance test scores. The academic scholarships available to entering freshman are the: Academic Excellence, Blue and Gold, and Presidential. We encourage all students to complete the Scholarship Application in the myLEO student portal for other university scholarships. Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at: http://www.tamuc.edu/scholarships Select the SCHOLARSHIPS Tab for information.

Transfer Students—Students who have submitted official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions and have been admitted to the university will automatically be considered for a transfer scholarship. There are many other university endowments/departmental scholarships in which a Scholarship Application is required. We encourage all students to complete the Scholarship Application through the myLeo portal.

If you are Phi Theta Kappa Member, official documentation stating that you are a Phi Theta Kappa member will need to be sent to the Admissions Office. . Additional information is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships website at:www.tamuc.edu/financialaid . Select the SCHOLARSHIPS tab.

Graduate Students—While graduate student scholarships are limited admitted graduate students are encouraged to apply by completing the General Scholarship Application. Access to the scholarships application will be available through the myLEO student portal.

Financial Aid

A student planning to enroll at Texas A&M University-Commerce who seeks financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). The FAFSA is completed on line at www.fafsa.gov . Additional information on financial aid programs, requirements, etc. is available at: www.tamuc.edu/financialaid .

Most financial aid granted at Texas A&M University-Commerce is based upon a student’s financial need and is awarded on a priority basis according to FAFSA completion date in our office. Dependent students who do not demonstrate financial need will be eligible for the unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan and for the Federal Parent PLUS Loan. The Parents PLUS Loan application is found at www.studentloans.gov . Programs with limited funding (TPEG, FSEOG, CWS, 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. 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. Pro-rated repayment of aid is expected from students who withdraw or drop hours. Information on requirements, priority deadlines, standards of progress for financial aid eligibility can be found at www.tamuc.edu/financialaid .

Withdrawing on Financial Aid/Return of Title IV Aid
A student who receives Federal Student Aid (Title IV aid) and withdraws, receives semester grades of All F’s, or is suspended from the university during a term in which the student began attendance, will have his or her financial aid eligibility recalculated as prescribed by the 1998 amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Federal Student Aid (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 of the term, 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 Federal Government (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 to the Federal government. When the university returns its unearned portion of the Title IV funds, a portion of the student's 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. As a result of this process, the student may owe both the university and the Federal government.

Students, who are considering withdrawing, should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships 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 and Scholarships website. www.tamuc.edu/financialaid

Scholarships 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 and Scholarships website.  www.tamuc.edu/financialaid

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 www.tamuc.edu/financialaid . A copy of the policy is also available in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships located in the Student Access and Success Building. 

Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the mission of the Office of Hispanic Outreach and Student Programs is to raise a greater awareness of the importance of higher education among groups and individuals at high schools, community colleges, and in the general community with a special focus on the Hispanic community. Office staff advises prospective Hispanic students and families on the college application process, how to finance an education, and the student support services available to ensure their 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 can be reached via e-mail at HispanicOutreach@tamuc.edu or by calling our bilingual (English/Spanish) line at 903-468-8699.

Hispanic Outreach: www.tamuc.edu/hispanicoutreach  

New Student Orientation

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the New Student Orientation program is the first step for all newly admitted students. Orientation is designed to make the transition to A&M-Commerce 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.

While parents are not required to attend orientation with their student, parent programming is available for those parents who choose to attend New Student Orientation. The Parent and Guest Orientation program provides an opportunity to meet key faculty and administrative personnel as well as current college parents.

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 taking the new TSI Assessment or have documentation of being exempt; have provided evidence of compliance with the State of Texas Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination requirement (SB 1107); and complete the orientation reservation process to secure a spot at one of the scheduled orientation sessions. There is a $100 orientation fee that will be assessed to all new students who are required to attend orientation. The fee will be posted to the student’s account upon completion of orientation. If the student receives financial aid, scholarship or other financial assistance funds, these may assist in covering the fee; otherwise the student is responsible for payment of the fee.

Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program either online or at an off-site location or teaching site should contact the academic college advisor or the specific off-site location director/coordinator for orientation information pertinent to that program. New online and transfer students will have an online orientation through SoftChalk software with interactive information regarding the services available and identify links to webpages, telephone numbers and persons to contact if there are questions.

Another opportunity offered through New Student Orientation is Lion Camp. 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 and before classes begin for the fall. More information can be found at http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/orientation/lionCamp.aspx

New Student Orientation: www.tamuc.edu/orientation

University College

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, University College provides entering undergraduate students access to guidance and services necessary for success at the university and coordinates the general education courses that will assist them throughout as they become life-long learners. University College supports the university’s vision through application of high academic standards, high quality programs and a personal educational experience for each student. These efforts have resulted in an increased retention rate for FTFE . First-Year Seminar , First-Year Leadership Class, Regents’ Scholars, and Early Intervention are some of the programs provided by the University College. Units within the College also include: Student Assessment and College Readiness, Success Coaches, and Developmental Education. Contact the office at 903-886-5878 or email successcoaches@tamuc.edu .

Success Coaches

Success Coaches are responsible for advising undergraduate students new to Texas A&M University-Commerce. First year students are required to consult Success Coaches for advisement until they meet the following conditions:
A. Complete their first academic year at A&M-Commerce;
B. Complete twenty-four semester hours of credit bearing courses;
C. Satisfy the Texas Success Initiative requirements; and
D. Declare a major.

All entering transfer students will be advised by a Success Coach until they meet the following conditions:
A. Complete thirty semester hours of credit bearing courses, whether at Texas A&M-Commerce or elsewhere;
B. Satisfy the Texas Success Initiative requirements; and
C. Declare a major.

Once students have met the conditions above they will then be referred to the appropriate college and/or department for future advising. Success Coaches will notify each student and their receiving college and/or department at the time that they meet these conditions after working with the UC office. Students who do not fall under a SC for advisement upon admission to the university will work directly with their faculty advisor or college advising staff.

Students and their Success Coaches are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success. The partnership requires participation and involvement of both the Success Coach and student. In this partnership both the Success Coach and student have well-defined responsibilities.

Success Coach Responsibilities—What You Can Expect
Success Coaches will:

  • Effectively communicate the curriculum for your major and university and college academic policies and procedure.
  • Encourage and guide you define and develop realistic goals.
  • Provide you information for using the available resources and services on campus.
  • Assist you in understanding the purposes and goals of higher education and its effects on your life and personal goals.
  • Monitor and accurately document your progress toward meeting your goals.
  • Be accessible in person, by telephone, e-mail, or web access during posted office hours.
  • Assist you in gaining decision making skills and skills in assuming responsibility for your educational plans and achievements.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

Student Responsibilities—What Your Success Coach Can Expect

Students have clear responsibilities in this partnership. Students will:

  • Schedule regular appointments or make regular contacts with their Success Coach during each semester
  • Come prepared to each appointment with questions or materials for discussion
  • Ask questions if you do not understand an issue or have a specific concern
  • Enroll in the courses selected for you by you and your Success Coach
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Organize official documents in a advising portfolio that enables you to access them when needed
  • Complete all assignments or recommendations from your Success Coach
  • Clarify personal values and goals and provide Success Coach with accurate information regarding your interests and abilities
  • Become knowledgeable about college programs, policies and procedures
  • Accept responsibility for your decisions

Expected Student Learning Outcomes for Student Interaction with Success Coaches

Through the interaction with Success Coaches at Texas A&M University-Commerce,

  • Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of degree requirements.
  • Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of the University’s primary academic tools, policies and procedures.
  • Students will be able to articulate a basic understanding of general education core requirements.
  • Students will be exposed to the value of life-long learning.

First-Year Leadership Class (FLC)

The First Year Leadership Class is a two-semester, two-credit hour course focused on leadership development, service and multiculturalism. FLC is a living and learning community that creates a close-knit Texas A&M University-Commerce environment, equipping students with the personal leadership skills and education necessary to lead throughout their college experience. Students receive a $2000 per semester tuition scholarship for their first year and live together in campus housing. The First-Year Leadership Class truly inspires participants to take an active role in the campus and Commerce community (requires application, Contact the Dean of University College with questions 903-886-5878).

Regent's Scholars Program

What is RSP?
Regents' Scholars Program provides outstanding freshmen a four-year scholarship equivalent to 70% of the published tuition, fees, and room and board rates for the academic year. The program allows students to pursue a bachelor's degree in their chosen field while developing their awareness of
international issues and cultural contrasts. In addition, RSP provides students with leadership training and experience that will allow them to have a positive impact upon the lives of others on campus and in their future profession. Thirty to thirty-five students each year are admitted to the program.

Qualifications
To qualify for RSP, an applicant must be accepted to the university, a first-year student and proceed through the Honors College application and interview process. They must meet the basic qualifications for Honors College. At the end of this process fifty students will be offered Honors College scholarships and thirty to thirty-five students will be offered the Regents' scholarship. The basic requirements for Honors College are:
ACT Composite of 27 or higher; SAT (Critical Reading and Math) of 1200.
Graduation in top 10% of high school class.

Expectations
To maintain the RSP scholarship, a student must earn 3.25 GPA each semester and students must be enrolled full-time at the university. RSP students must live on campus their first year as a part of a living-learning community created around the program. Students wishing to live on campus in subsequent years will be grouped together in student housing to keep the community together.
All RSP students must sign and abide by the Regents' Scholars acceptance agreement and code of conduct. In recognition of the university's investment in their education, Regents' Scholars must contribute to the intellectual, social and cultural life of the campus and Commerce communities through campus and community service.

Finally, Regents' Scholars must complete the RSP academic program which includes specific core curriculum (University Studies), leadership and foreign language courses.

The most unique, life-changing aspect of this program is the opportunity for a study-abroad experience the summer after completing the junior year. Financed by a combination of scholarships, these travel experiences earn students’ academic credit and a memorable foreign cultural experience.
RSP students may opt to graduate with “Honors" by completion of an Honors Thesis and seven credit hours of honors program requirements.
For questions concerning the Regents' Scholars Program, contact the Dean of University College at 903-886-5878 or email
RegentsScholars@tamuc.edu  

Regent's Scholars Program Courses

RSP 111 - Critical Thinking I (One Semester Hour) - First-year success seminar for the Regents' Scholars Program.  The course helps new students make the adjustment to the demands of the university environment and the Regents' Program.  The course prepares students specifically for the demands of the program by: 1) building the sense of community within the program; 2) increasing awareness of global issues and events; 3) introducing and implementing leadership practices and theory; and 4) instructing students to the idea of being change agents of the institution.  Special focus will be given to assisting student with increasing individual awareness and developing a greater sense of self-focusing on actions, values, and strengths.

RSP 200 - Leadership Theory I (One Semester Hour) - This course will examine the etymological origins of leadership; discriminate between popular notions of leadership models and empirically-tested theories.  Students will develop working knowledge of the history of leadership and the evolution of leadership theories including; great man, trait, behavior/style, situational/contingency, influence/charisma, reciprocal/relational theories.  Group learning goals are to learn to develop common purpose in groups, student elements of strategic planning including development of mission, vision, goal and outcome statements.  Personal development will include understanding the nature of influence and power.  Students will draft a beginning theory of leadership that must be presented in class, continuing the process of refining and emproving effective oral and written communication skills.

RSP 297 - Special Topics - Special topics course. May be repeated as topic vary.

Student Assessment, College Readiness and Retention

This unit administers various national, state and local testing instruments.  Office effectiveness is measured by expansion and modification of services, as well as by volume of traffic and students assisted. The office also promotes college readiness through cooperation with public schools, academic departments and other campus offices in highlighting readiness issues. 

Developmental Education

The math skills center serves students requiring remediation in mathematics. The reading and writing falls under the Department of Literature and Languages but offers similar support.  This involves close cooperation with the department of mathematics. The one of the main emphases of this cooperation has been insuring greater access to entering students to college-level math. The result has been an increased percentage of first-year students completing college-level math. The other area of cooperation has been in experimentation with delivery and pedagogy in developmental math (MATH 131).  Both efforts contributed to institutional effectiveness by helping increase retention and decrease time to graduation. 

Honors College

 The Honors College , located in Prairie Crossing, 1809 Monroe Street, is an honors learning community of 200 students, with 50 full ride academic scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen. As long as they meet the requirements of the program, the scholarship continues each year, building the ranks to 50 Honors College students as sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These students take half their core courses in Honors sections, attend a series of colloquia, and complete a thesis project in their major area. Although classes are a key part to the learning experience, also emphasized are the many learning opportunities that exist outside of the classroom. An Honors learning community, in keeping with the “personal educational experience,” is fostered by housing Honors College students in the modern and attractive Prairie Crossing apartments. Many late night study and chat sessions invariably enhance the learning experiences of students.  On and off campus programs are scheduled to provide educational and experiential opportunities. For students who are not in the Honors College, the Honors Scholar Program provides with opportunities to take courses in the Honors sections, and engage in high level creative and critical thinking. It provides students with many of the same academic benefits and requirements as the Honors College and allows them to graduate with honors. Honors Scholars have the opportunity to enter at virtually any point in their university studies. Contact the Honors College at 903-468-3001 or email honorscollege@tamuc.edu .

Admission

Students will be admitted into the Honors College as they begin their first (freshman) year at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Although there are no strict cut-off scores for admission to the college, competition for space in 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 Courses

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 25.  Honors College students should consult with the Dean of the Honors College and a departmental advisor before registration each semester.

Instructors for honors section will be carefully chosen by Department Heads in consultation with the Dean of the Honors College.  Honors faculty will have reputations for excellence in teaching and a direct interest in teaching honors students.

Honors Probation

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 which that allows the 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 semester.

Honors Thesis

The honors experience culminates in a 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 take many forms including both "traditional" research and creative projects.  Students are not required to pursue a thesis project based upon their major field of study - although they typically do.  The thesis can count as course work in the student's degree program.  The department courses numbered 490H and 491H are served 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.

Honor 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.

Benefits

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

All students are welcome to attempt to graduate with Honors from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  If the student is not a member of the Honors College, the pathway to doing so is the Honors Scholar Program.  Students entering the Honors Program must fulfill the following four requirements to graduate with Honors.

  1. Complete two Honors courses (See the Honors Dean to be permitted into one of the these courses.
  2. Take one semester of Honors Colloquium (HC 300) for one semester credit hour sometime during the student's stay at A&M-Commerce.  (course is designated to get students started on their Honors Thesis)
  3. 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).
  4. Attain a minimum 3.25 GPA at the time of graduation.

Students interested in entering the Honors Scholar Program should consult with the Dean of the Honors College.  For additional information, visit the Honors Web Page at: www.tamuc.edu/honors  

Student Support Services

Academic Success Center

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the Academic Success Center (ASC) is an academic tutoring program for all students, and especially for those whose basic skills (math, reading, and writing) indicated more support was necessary for success in the Core Curriculum courses and other difficult traditional "gate-keeping" courses. As a result, a Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, JAMP study room for science courses, Walk-in tutoring program in the Library were implemented in Fall 2011 to provide tutoring, study groups, supplemental skills instruction and peer mentoring for students.  Beginning in fall 2013, an online tutoring program, Tutor.com, will be available to and benefit undergraduate students, whether on campus, at an off-site location, or online www.tutor.com/tamuc .  ASC provides support to students in courses identified as ones where students may be at a higher risk for failure. On average, students who regularly attend tutoring sessions have a higher percentage of ABC grades and fewer DF grades and drops than those who do not. Contact the ASC at 903-468-8620 or email ASC@tamuc.edu . 

Career Development

Located in the Student Access and Success Center at 2200 Campbell Street, the mission of the office is “to educate students and provide opportunities throughout their college career to achieve employment success.” The office provides a number of programs and services throughout the academic year for students as they prepare for successful careers. Programs available on campus or by scheduled event at off-site locations include: job fairs both on-campus and off-site, an InternInDFW Fair, a S/FW Alumni Career Fair, job search workshops for professional development, mock interviews, Lion Job Shadow and a Career Closet (Dress for Success). Services available to all students, at off-site locations and online include résumé and cover letter consultation, career assessment and counseling, job search and applications and letters for professional schools or employment. Career Development provides a guide, “Make the Connection Handbook”, available online for undergraduates, graduates and alumni, including students at a distance. All students may register and receive access to the job database, Lion Tracks . Contact the Office of Career Development at 903-468-3223. 

Office of Student Disability Resources and Services

Located on the first floor of Gee Library, the office of Student Disability Resources and Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to promoting an academic, recreational, and social experience for students with disabilities that is fully inclusive and accessible. Students with disabilities at Texas A&M-Commerce are encouraged to participate in all aspects of campus life. Student Disability Resources and Services offers accommodations counseling, disability-related resources, access to adaptive technology, assistive equipment for on campus use, and academic/non-academic accommodations.

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://tamuc.edu/studentLife/campusServices/studentDisabilityResourcesAndServices/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 www.tamuc.edu/SDRS

TRIO Programs

Located in the Halliday Student Services building, 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. Contact TRIO at 903-886-5836. 

Additional Student Resources and Services 

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Off-Site Location

A&M-Commerce at Rockwall http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/locations/rockwall/

Located at 2610 Observation Trail, Rockwall, Texas 75087, the Rockwall center is located 45 minutes from A&M-Commerce’s main campus. The College of Education & Human Services offers a full master’s program for RISD educators and doctoral program in Curriculum, Instruction & Supervision.  The College of Business and Technology offers their full MBA program as well a number of classes in other business related programs.  These programs are administered and assessed by the academic programs. They are located at 2610 Observation Trail. Contact Rockwall at 214-771-4570 or email rockwall@tamuc.edu .

Collin Higher Education Center www.tamuc.edu/chec

Located at 3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas 75069, Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with three area universities to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney.  The CHEC is a great alternative for students that live in the Collin County area and want an education from A&M-Commerce minutes from their home.   Students who have already earned an associate degree or have a substantial number of college academic credit hours are able to complete their baccalaureate and graduate degrees offered at the CHEC.  A&M-Commerce offers three undergraduate degree programs, BA/BS Interdisciplinary Studies in Elementary Education (with Teacher Certification), BS in Psychology, and BA in Spanish, and two graduate degrees, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary Education), and MEd in Counseling. Contact at CHEC at 972-599-4122 or email at CHEC@tamuc.edu .

Mesquite Metroplex Center http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/locations/mesquiteMetro/default.aspx

Located at 2600 Motley Dr., Mesquite, Texas, 75150, A&M-Commerce offers the BS in Social Work is offered in Mesquite beginning fall 2013 and A&M-Commerce offers a variety of graduate degree programs. Students have the opportunity to earn their Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction (Elementary Education & Secondary Education), Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Special Education, Social Work, and courses toward a MEd in Psychology. Additionally A&M-Commerce offers several online degree programs. Contact Mesquite 972-613-7591 or email at mesquite@tamuc.edu .

Navarro College Partnership-Corsicana http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/locations/navarroPartnership/default.aspx

 Located on the Navarro College Campus, 3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, Texas 75110, the A&M-Commerce-Navarro College Partnership offers a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in EC-6, 4-8 Math, 4-8 Science, and 4-8 Math and Science available for students pursuing a career in teaching. A master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction is also available. Corsicana also provides advising for Bachelor’s degrees through online programs in Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Liberal Arts. Contact Corsicana at 903-875-7617 or email Navarro.Corsicana@TAMUC.edu

Navarro College Partnership – Midlothian Higher Education Center http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/locations/midlothian/default.aspx

 Midlothian Higher Education Center (MHEC) is located on the Navarro College Campus, 899 Mount Zion Rd., Midlothian, Texas 76065. Students attending the MHEC can complete their Bachelor’s degree with a combination of face to face and online coursework in Interdisciplinary Studies with EC6 Education, 4-8 English Language Arts, 4-8 Science, and ESL/Bilingual certification options. The Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction include Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education. Online program options through the MHEC include Applied Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, and Liberal Studies. Contact MHEC at 972-775-7232 or email Navarro.Midlothian@TAMUC.edu

Universities Center at Dallas  http://web.tamuc.edu/academics/locations/dallas

 The Universities Center at Dallas, located at 1901 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75201, offers a variety of Texas A&M University – Commerce undergraduate and graduate degree programs conveniently in downtown Dallas. The Universities Center at Dallas (UCD) was established in 1994 as the Dallas Education Center (DEC) and is located in the former Joske’s Department Store building at 1901 Main Street in downtown Dallas. The UCD was the first multi-institutional teaching center (MITC) for higher education in Texas and was established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide access to public higher education at the upper division and graduate levels to citizens who live, work and find it convenient to take their education in downtown Dallas. The City of Dallas, the business community, and the Alliance for Higher Education partnered to provide opportunities for such access by establishing the DEC, which became the UCD. Contact UCD 214-915-1900 or http://www.ucddowntown.org/ .  

Campus Life and Student Development Programs  

 Campus Life and Student Development supports the university’s mission by providing support services and student development programming to assist students in having a personal educational experience through cultural and social opportunities, to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to become life-long learners, and to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service. 

Residential Living and Learning

Located in the Halliday Student Services building, Residential Living and Learning (RLL) is committed to the educational philosophy of Texas A&M University–Commerce and promotes the unique, personal development of each resident by providing them with a well-maintained, safe, secure, and reasonably priced living/learning environment. RLL has many opportunities for students to find a community that fits their interest and needs. It also provides opportunities for students to understand themselves and engage in global citizenship through innovative initiatives that encourage and value diversity, enlightened inclusion, and life-long learning. Each resident hall offers activities and events that engage the students in their living communities as well as the university community. Freshman resident communities include the Freshman Leadership Class, Regents Scholars, Spirit Den, and Women’s Leadership. The Sophomore Year Experience offers students an opportunity to use the skills learned during the freshman year to implement change that will enhance their local and global communities. Residential Living and Learning serves both undergraduate and graduate students. 903-886-5798.

Residency Requirement

All single, freshman and sophomore undergraduate students who are not commuting from the home of their partents or legal guardians mus reside in the University housing (residence halls) and all freshman are required to purchase an Unlimited Meal Plan for the full academic year.  This policy covers all beginning students who are starting college in the same year as their date of graduation from high school.  Students who have been out of high school for one year or more are exempt from this policy.  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 Residential Living Learning , Texas A&M-Commerce, P.O. Box 3011, Commerce3, TX 75429 or call 903-886-5797.  Additional information is available at the department's website at http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/housing

Housing

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 co-ed, Greek, a small female hall, single or double room assignments, and apartment facilities.  Each of these facilities will offer unique opportunities for students. 

Morris Recreation Center  

The Morris Recreation Center provides programming for undergraduate and graduate students to promote health, fitness and wellness through participation in a variety of structured and informal recreational activities, services, and educational programs emphasizing lifelong wellness. Some examples of the fitness program activities include yoga, zumba, cycling, Pilates, and TRX circuit training. The wellness programs offer wellness lectures, personal trainers, massage therapy, and wellness education programs. The Recreation Center coordinates the intramural sports program; the summer recreation camp; outdoor adventure programs, including the climbing facility and challenge course; the aquatics program; and many special events throughout the year. 903-468-3170.

Cain Sports Complex

Located on the western edge of campus, the Cain Sports Complex is a multipurpose outdoor facility for Texas A&M University-Commerce and the Commerce community.  It features multiple sport fields, multipurpose green space, two barbecue grills, and eight picnic tables.  Home to Campus Recreation's Intramural program, the Cain Sports Complex plays host to numerous outdoor Intramural events.  Also featured at the complex are lighted NCAA softball and baseball fields, two lighted Intramural Sports fields , and an informal soccer field.  This area is great for parties, organizational events, or simply a fun weekend with family or friends.

Outdoor Adventure Center

The Outdoor Adventure program provides adventure and educational opportunities promoting active lifestyles, appreciation for natural environments and personal development.  Activities include day and weekend trips, cycling and bike shop, clinics, disc golf course, and outdoor gear rental.  Outdoor Adventure center also features a challenge course which offers adventure-based learning opportunities to enhance leadership, decision-making and communication skills through an interactive process for groups to develop as a team.  This hands-on approach is designed to help individuals learn from their interaction with others and then apply those principles to their life situations.  The course offers 13 low challenge course elements and 18 high element challenges.

Crabtree Tennis Courts

The Crabtree Tennis Court complex is a four court fenced off tennis complex that is open for informal play and tournaments.  The complex is well-lit and open for play seven days a week.  Come show us what you've got! 

Rayburn Student Center

The Rayburn Student Center (RSC) hosts many campus activities and events aimed to enhance and nurture educational, cultural and social student experiences. The many campus activities and programs take into account the varied populations of both undergraduate and graduate students, ranging from nontraditional to traditional, students with families, and students who live off campus, in addition to faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff experience the state-of-the-art facility by having a snack or beverage in The Club, enjoying music or playing a game in the Game Room, visiting the University Bookstore, attend a meeting in one of the conference rooms, or enjoying the outdoor patio. The Rayburn Student Center supports and hosts the Student Government Association, with over 100 different student organizations; Greek Life; the Pride Shop; and cafeteria. The Student Government Association serves as the liaison between students, faculty and staff by addressing issues, holding informational forums and finding solutions to campus-related concerns. 903-886-5808. 

Counseling Center  

Located in the Halliday Student Services building, the Counseling Center provides academic skills assistance; assessment and screening; consultation and referral; crisis intervention; educational outreach; individual and group counseling; legal advising; and a relaxation room which offers biofeedback for stressors, such as academic, interpersonal, family, work, and financial that can impact academic success. They serve as a resource for faculty, staff and parents and also play an active role in interpreting and advocating the concerns of students to the university community. The Center is sensitive to the needs of the diverse student populations that are served by the university—both undergraduate and graduate students. Students at off-site locations may use the campus services, and counselors will provide referrals. 903-886-5145. 

Children’s Learning Center

The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) offers campus child care in a rich learning environment to parents, who are university students or faculty/staff. The Center provides care for children ages six weeks to five years and an after-school program. It also operates a KID CAMP in the summers for children in elementary school. The CLC provides the latest in teaching programs and age appropriate educational play equipment and collaborates with academic programs as an observation site. The CLC serves both undergraduate and graduate students. 903-886-5769. 

Judicial Affairs

 Located in the Halliday Student Services building, Judicial Affairs works to educate the campus community regarding standards for student conduct and to foster a community of civility, integrity, dignity, respect for others and appreciation for diversity. The office addresses behavioral misconduct, provides a resource for students concerning their rights and responsibilities and provides assistance to faculty, staff and students regarding student disciplinary matters. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is an advisory group to the Dean of Campus Life and Student Development. The focus of BIT is to focus on prevention and timely intervention before a crisis arises. The office addresses issues of both undergraduate and graduate student populations. 903-886-5171.

Student Guidebook

Students are informed about their student rights and responsibilities primarily through the Student Guidebook which is produced by the Office of the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Student Development annually. The Code of Student Conduct is applicable to every student enrolled at the university, whether the student is in residence, participating in study abroad, or completing coursework at an off-site location or online. Each student is expected to be fully acquainted with and held responsible for compliance with all published university policies. The student guidebook is available online http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/oneStopShop/undergraduateAdmissions/studentGuidebook.aspx to all students, faculty and staff. Hard copies of the guidebook are available in the office of the Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Student Development. 

Leadership Engagement and Development

Located in the Sam Rayburn Student Center, the Leadership office offers opportunities to undergraduates to learn about and enhance leadership skills through various workshops, retreats and conferences that will help students discover their strengths, talents and values. The L.E.A.D. program develops well rounded, responsible leaders through leadership education, global education, and service-learning. The purpose for L.E.A.D. is to provide innovative, experiential opportunities which promote students’ commitment to life-long learning and holistic development. 903-886-5816. 

Student Health Services

Located in Henderson Hall, the Health Services office offers affordable health care to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to the faculty and staff of A&M-Commerce. Some of the primary health care services include acute care and injuries, allergy injections, birth control, EKG’s, immunizations, flu shots, TB testing, labs, minor surgical procedures, physical exams, splints, STD/STI testing and treatment, stitches, women’s health, wound care, x-rays, diabetic and smoking cessation classes, and health related presentations and workshops. 903-886-5853.

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

The State of Texas has passed a new law (HR 4189) that will require all first-time freshman and transfer students who wish to live in campus residence halls or apartments to have a vaccination against bacterial meningitis.  All first-time freshmen and transfer students wishing to live on campus after January 1, 2010, must provide the following before moving into campus housing:

  1. Certification from physician evidencing that the student has bee vaccinated at least ten (10) days prior to moving into the residence halls; or
  2. An affidavit or a certificate from a physician stating that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well being of the student or stating that the vaccination has been declined for reasons of conscience.  Contact Residential Living and Learning for help obtaining the affidavit. 

The Writing Center

Hall of Languages 106

(903) 886-5280

The Writing Center is located in the Hall of Languages on the east side of the campus.  As you come in the main Hall of the Languages entrance, the Center is on the right (room 106).

Since 1977, the Writing Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce has been committed to assisting writers at all levels.  By working with students one-on-one or in small groups, tutors help writers at all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to polishing a final draft.  Our goal is to improve student writers through improving their individual writing abilities.  The ultimate goal is for students to take advantage of the learning inherent in the writing process.

Hours vary, but typically the Writing Center is open Monday-Thursday 9-4 and Friday 9-1.  Online students may take advantage of our Online Writing Lab; more information about the Online Writing Lab (OWL) can be found here: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiesSocialSciencesArts/departments/literatureLanguages/writingCenter/onlineWritingLab.aspx

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 the 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 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 attached computer lab in Binnion 327, which is accessible through Binnion 328.

Students of faculty interested in further information are welcome to call the Math Skills Center at 903-886-5961.  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 903-886-5950 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 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 program as part of its globalization strategy.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the Abbey Program (France), the British Studies Program (London), The Spanish Culture Program (Spain, Valladolid), Spanish in Spain (Madrid), Global Business (China), and special programs such as European Tourism, Politics in Argentina, and Korean Culture.  Other programs are available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.

For information on these and other international studies programs, contact the Office of International Studies at 903-468-6034. 

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 non-immigrant 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 non-immigrant students and exchange visitors 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:  http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campusServices/internationalStudentServices/default.aspx

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 five areas: major gifts, annual programs, advancement services, alumni relations and marketing communications (including KETR)

Major Gifts, Annual Programs and Advancement Services

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 advancement office.

Foundation

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.

Alumni Relations

This office is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the university's 60,000- plus alumni.  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 twice-yearly 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, alumni awards and recognition, alumni-funded scholarships, alumni ambassadors, distinguished alumni and other programs.

Marketing Communications

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, Public Relations.  The department supervises the operation of the on-campus public radio station, KETR 88.9 FM, and coordinates the university's collegiate licensing program.  Marketing Communications is responsible for the university's integrated marketing strategy, communicating information about the university's activities, events, programs and people.  The department includes graphic designers, publications and news writers, media specialists, photographers and videographers, and serves as the University's official liaison with the news media.  The department is also responsible for the graphics standards and branding as well as crisis communications.  This office also publishes several faculty/staff and alumni-related newsletters.

Marketing Communications designs and produces all of the promotional materials for the university, including the publication of the PRIDE magazine, the President's Report and a portion of university, college and department promotional materials including brochures, newsletters, flyers and other collateral materials.

The department oversees the collegiate licensing efforts of university.

As part of the Marketing Communications department, the 100,000-watt KETR 88.9 FM 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 (UPD)

This office provides police services and all 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 the 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 copy of crime statistics, call or come by the UPD or visit us online at http://www.tamuc.edu/studentLife/campusServices/universityPoliceDepartment/ .