Javelina Nation lost one of its most beloved individuals early Monday, Feb. 1, when Rosie Moreno, assistant manager-tickets for the Athletic Department, passed away.
Widely regarded as a cornerstone of the department, many of the athletic students, faculty, and staff could be seen with faces coated in shock when they heard the news. ShaquiraKennedy, a sports information student assistant, said, “Her voice still rings in my head…I can still hear her saying my name.”
Kelvin Queliz, director of sports information, can confirm that the somber faces on campus are not merely a façade. “Her and Johnny [Rosie’s husband] were always at every softball and baseball game,” said Queliz. “I know the athletes are not putting on ashow; they are all definitely distraught.”
While his tenure at TAMUK has not been long, Queliz cherishes what time he spent with Moreno. “When I got here, she essentially helped me mold this office,” Queliz noted.
Moreno oversaw ticket sales for all of the Javelina athletic programs. Seen as a behind-the-scenes hero, Moreno never refrained from taking on a duty beyond her job description.
From the most mundane tasks that most casual staff members would overlook, to performing routine checks and balances to avoid being audited, Moreno made sure that everyone’s working experience could be as enjoyable as possible. “She made sure that everything got turned in on time. She’s the one that looked at [student worker] hours. She was always making sure that everything was getting done on time,” said Queliz. “Everything had to somehow get back to her.”
According to calculations from the chief of staff, Randy Hughes, Moreno held her position of assistant manager-tickets for 21 years. Moreno started hercareer at the university as office personnel, having originally been hired by Fred Nuesch, current coordinator for External Relations.
She spent a total of 37 years as an employee at TAMUK. “Through the demands of working the hectic schedule, she always had a smile on her face,” said Queliz.
Her funeral mass will be held today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, located at 1102 East Kleberg Ave.
Queliz confirmed that in honor of the pride that Moreno had for the university, the male head coaches will be serving as pallbearers, wearing Javelina sports polos.
Instead of flower donations, Johnny Moreno would prefer that donations be made, in the hopes of beginning an endowment or scholarship fund in his wife’s name. Memorial donations can be made at the Javelina Club, located at 700 University Blvd., MSC 173. Please indicate “in memoriam of Rosie Moreno” in the memo line.
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