Seven Texas A&M University-Kingsville deans were present at Forum Day to represent their colleges, as well as offer advice to attendees on the second floor of the Student Union Building , Oct 26.
Among those present were: Dr. Natalya Delcoure, dean of College of Business; Dr. Alberto Ruiz, dean of College of Education; Dr. George Rasmussen, associate vice president of College of Graduate Studies; Dr. Kimberly McCuistion interim dean of Honors College; Dr. William Kuvlesky, dean of College of Agriculture; Dr. Mohammad Alam, dean of College of Engineering and Dr. Dolores Guerrero, dean of College of Arts & Sciences.
Guerrero, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, greeted the crowd and began to address why it is vital to network within one’s college.
The amount of resources that could potentially advance one’s career are not being fully utilized by students, she said.
Guerrero made it a point to encourage attendees to take time to develop interpersonal relationships. “Teaching and educating students is our top priority. We want your voices to be heard,” said Guerrero.
More than 30 students attended Forum Day and also took part in the question-and-answer segment.
Topics in regards to time management and resource contacts were discussed.
Ariana Barboza, sophomore in Business Marketing major said, “I think it’s a great opportunity to get to know your dean within your college. If anyone is interested in searching for internships, having those connections will help you.”
Kuvlesky, and Ruiz gave words of encouragement to students as they sympathized with the daily stresses one might face. Both deans emphasized the need and desire a student should have for their education. “We’re all here for our students. We remind our faculty of that. You all are the priority, focus on your goals and do the best job you can,” said Kuvlesky. Ruiz, who followed in suit said, “There’s a lot of great things going on here. Make a difference. That’s what I want from every student that graduates from A&M Kingsville. Go to class and treat it like it’s a full-time job.” Larissa Flores, senior in psychology
“It was nice that [the deans] told you who to speak to when seeking advice and who to contact if there’s an issue with professors. It’s nice to feel welcome,” said Larissa Flores, senior in psychology.