TAMIU Names Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Posted: 04/22/2010

TAMIU Names Distinguished
Alumni Awards Winners

For over four decades, Texas A&M International University has changed countless minds, hearts
and futures.

As a testament to its rich trajectory and history, the University has recently named its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award winners, from nominations submitted by colleagues, friends and family members.

Candy Hein, TAMIU vice president for Institutional Advancement, said the University is proud to cap its 40th Anniversary Celebration by announcing the winners of this prestigious award at the Laredo Philharmonic Concert scheduled at TAMIU on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the concert.

The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award winners are Juan Gerardo Alfaro ’03; Lupita R. Canales ’83; Mary G. Capello ’85; Dr. Sara Carrasco ’96; Sandra Cavazos ’82; Carlos Evaristo Flores ’00; Norma G. García ’85; David González, Sr. ’05; Juvenal “JJ”Haynes ’77; Dr. Belinda Villarreal Jordan ’91; Gina Tsai Mejía ’87; Dr. Homero Aguirre Milling ’77; Dr. Linda Marie García Mitchell ’77, ’82; José Angel Moreno ’81; Dr. Elsa Cantú Ruíz ’76, ’82; Martha Speer ’89; Mary Treviño ’72; Victor Villarreal ’99; Yolanda Castillo-Yzquierdo ’03, ’09; and Dr. Jovannelly Zaragoza ’00.

“The successes of our alumni and students are what make TAMIU what it is today,” Hein said, “We honor and thank this year’s Award winners for their contributions to our community and the other communities they call home. They are truly ambassadors of our University and the ones who will help carry TAMIU’s legacy to the future.”

A committee made up of alumni members reviewed the nominations and selected the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Hein said.

They were chosen on several criteria including humanitarian services, achievements and accomplishments, volunteerism, involvement in TAMIU-sponsored events and programs, contributions toward the Alumni Association scholarship fund and display of positive images of TAMIU in their respective communities.

Tickets for the concert are $25 and will be available at the Office of Institutional Advancement at TAMIU located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 262. For information on tickets, please call 326-GIVE (4483).

TAMIU’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, which began last year, has included numerous events such as Dusty’s Birthday Party, the AutMus Fest, 40th Anniversary Gala, A.R. Sanchez Distinguished Lecture Series, Western Hemispheric Keynote Speaker Series, and the Western Hemispheric and Global Recovery: Trade and Investment Conference.

Hein said that TAMIU’s Office for Institutional Advancement is continuously working with students and alumni to establish lasting traditions at the University.

For more information, please contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 326.4483, e-mail candy.hein@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 262.


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