Largest Philanthropic Gift in Laredo's
Provided to TAMIU
by Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust
The largest cash
philanthropic gift in Laredo’s history, $10 million, was announced in dedication
ceremonies Saturday for Texas A&M International University’s Lamar
Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium.
The gift, announced by Bruni Vergara Trust trustees Judge Solomon Casseb and
J. C. Martin III, will support graduate education scholarships at the
TAMIU president Ray Keck said the Trust’s latest gift will catapult
the regional university to its next level in growth and development and open
new doors for students.
“This is simply a life-changing gift. It will change the
lives of our students and put a graduate education, be it a master’s
or doctoral degree, within their grasp. It moves this University to its
next level in growth and development and opens the door wider still to brighter
futures here,” Dr. Keck said.
Trustees Casseb and Martin said the Gift is in keeping with the legacy of
giving established by the Trust and its dedication to education.
“The late Lamar Bruni Vergara asked that her estate’s legacy support
religious, health and educational initiatives in this community that she so
completely loved. We believe that this continues her outstanding legacy
in a most meaningful way,” Judge Casseb said.
Martin concurred, noting that Saturday was the 16th anniversary of his late
aunt’s passing and the dedication of the Science Center in her honor
was especially powerful.
“I think we would all agree that she would find it especially fitting
that this Center and Planetarium, dedicated in her honor today, will open minds,
just as it opens heavens to Laredoans for generations to come. I think
that she’s smiling quite broadly from above,” Martin said.
The gift will support scholarships and internships for students seeking graduate
degrees at TAMIU.
The three-story facility dedicated Saturday is 79,000-square feet in size
and includes 40 distinct science labs in addition to classrooms, computer labs,
an auditorium, faculty offices and the signature Planetarium. The Trust provided
a $2.5 million gift in support of the Center in 2002. The total construction
cost was $24.5 million.
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium, designed by Kell-Muñoz
Architects of San Antonio, will be home to both science and social sciences
faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The first and second floors
are dominated by science labs and computer labs, while the third floor is primarily
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