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During the March 8 regular Board of Regents meeting, two retired faculty members––Dr. Christine Tarasevich and Drue Jones––were conferred the status of “Professor Emeritus” for their exemplary service to Del Mar College as educators in the Business Administration Department.

Christine Tarasevich and Jonda Halcomb

Dr. Christine Tarasevich, retired Professor of Economics, taught at Del Mar College for 13 years from August 2008 through August 2021 and was known for her mentorship of students, innovative teaching methods and contributions to DMC and community initiatives. She served as a notable advocate of the Alpha Beta Gamma Student Business Honors Society and was recognized for her distinguished support of the Junior Achievement Program, the annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive and St. Andrew’s Lenten fundraisers.

Dr. Tarasevich provided invaluable leadership as the Business Administration Program Coordinator and served on instructional program review committees, position search committees and numerous College standing committees that included Recognition Day/Hall of Fame, Faculty Professional Development and the Library and Curriculum Committee.

Additionally, she continuously enhanced her own expertise. Dr. Tarasevich actively participated at professional events, including annual conferences such as the National Economics Teaching Conference and the Texas Community College Teachers Association Convention.

Drue Jones and Jonda Halcomb1

Drue Jones, retired Associate Professor of Business, was also conferred with the status of Associate Professor Emeritus. Jones was recognized for her 13-year tenure (August 2008 to August 2021) at Del Mar College and as the recipient of the 2017 Disability Advocate of the Year Award, the 2017 Sigma Alpha Pi Excellence in Teaching Award and 11 nominations for the College’s Teacher of the Year Award, all demonstrating her dedication to DMC students.

During her DMC tenure, Jones successfully received a Pan American Round Table grant to offer her International Business class an interdisciplinary, multi-faceted examination of conducting business with North, Latin and South American countries. Her devotion and support to education is also evidenced by Jones’ establishing the Luther Jones Scholarship fund at both Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in memory of her father, Mayor Luther Jones, and she has raised over $75,000 to fund these direct and endowed scholarships.

Additionally, Jones served DMC as a member of instructional program review committees, position search committees and numerous College standing committees. Her contributions were invaluable as a member of the Faculty Professional Development, Faculty Council, Recognition Day/Hall of Fame, Quality Enhancement Plan and Guided Pathways Committees.

Jones regularly participated at events to enhance her own expertise. She attended several professional development conferences and conventions that addressed the higher education sector, including those organized by the League for Innovations, Online Leaning Conference Accelerate, Instructure/Canvas, Marketing Management Association Educators and the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

Congratulations to both Professor Emeritus Tarasevich and Associate Professor Emeritus Jones!


About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.