Gift Presented to AMIU
The largest cash philanthropic gift in Laredo’s history, $10 million, was announced in dedication ceremonies March 14, 2005 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 University.
“This is simply a life-changing gift,” said TAMIU President Dr. Ray Keck, “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.”
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.
AMIU Adds MS Biology Degree
Texas A&M International University’s commitment to address its service community’s needs continues with the addition of a Masters of Science in Biology to its degree programs.
The degree is a response to overwhelming support from students, teachers and employers after they expressed a need for the program, said Dr. Daniel Mott, TAMIU associate dean, professor and chair for the department of biology and chemistry.
“We surveyed our current students, all the teachers in the local districts and employers in the area and established a Web site link to the department so that others from outside our area could respond. The results were very positive, so we proceeded,” explained Dr. Mott.
With the addition of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center (LBVSC), the University tripled its teaching lab space and now has research lab space for graduate students.
The degree will be of special interest to local teachers interested in advancing their science education. Other potential employers include state and federal agencies, corporate research divisions and independent laboratories.
TAMIU now offers 78 undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees.
Historic Day -
On hand for the ribbon-cutting of the Lamar BruniVergara Science Center and Planetarium are, left to right, Bishop James Tamayo, Dr. Dan Jones, AMIU provost; Joe Martin, Lamar Bruni Vergara Trustee; State Senator Judith Zaffirini; LBV Trustee Judge Solomon Casseb; Dr. Nasser Momayezi, dean, AMIU College of Arts and Sciences; Congressman Henry Cuellar and AMIU president Dr. Ray Keck III.
AMIU Alum Martínez A “Rising Star”
Elizabeth Newman Martínez (B.A.’80 and M.P.A.D.’01),TexasA&M International University’s associate vice president for administration, was one of two national recipients of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) “2005 Rising Star Award” in ceremonies held at the Association’s national Conference held this summer in Baltimore, Md. The Award recognizes outstanding professionals at colleges and universities who have high potential to succeed as an executive and officer in higher education. Serving as assistant vice president for administration since 2001, Martínez has responsibility for the department of Human Resources, Purchasing and Budget/Payroll/ Grants and Contracts. Part of the TAMIU family for more than 23 years, she also holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute and completed the University of Kentucky’s College Business Management Institute’s three-year program. She’s a life member of the TAMIU Alumni Association, and served as president in 1991. Married to Mario E. Martínez, the couple has twin children, Mario and Rebecca, both TAMIU students.