“You’re here to have a lot of fun and by the looks of everything we’re going to have a lot of fun,” said President Tallant describing the colorful decoration set up around the grand ballrooms in this years’ theme “fiesta.” “But we are really here because we gather once a year to recognize people who have given a minimum of 100,000 dollars to the university.”
After donating to the university you become archived into the President’s Legacy Society and will be presented with a bronze plaque soon-to-be-hanged up outside the ballrooms wall in the Memorial Student Union Building along with all the other Legacy Society members.
Over the past 19 years of recognizing individuals or couples, they have had over 150 Legacy Society members.
For President Tallant’s 9th year speaking in the Legacy Ball since his induction as president of TAMUK he explained why the donations are needed.
“Going to college is very expensive and we are very proud that we can have our cost affordable and we do everything we can to keep this university efficiently and affordable to all students but having said that, a thousand dollars is a lot of money for our students,” said President Tallant. “A thousand dollars can change a lot for a student life. To those who have given to the university, I want you to know how much I thank you for helping move our students forward.”
Tallant brought up the budget cuts stating, “we’re not going to get into any politics tonight but the federal budget is going to cut down dramatically on our university. On [something] students, work-study, and financial aid is going to show significant drop… so I continue to encourage you to continue to give to the university and helping the students.”
As the night went on, President Tallant congratulated 9 honorees. Peter & Fran Swenson, Mike & Mary Terry, Bryan & Allison Wagner, Edward & Linda Whitacre, International Bank of Commerce Zapata, Roberto & Trauterose Montoya Foundation, Maurice Schmidt & Rebecca Schmidt, I. J “Chip” Berthelot II, and Jackie Collins & I memory of Temple “Jerry” Collins.
The program continued to serve dinner and dancing, music provided by Glynn Garcia & The Bay Rock Orchestra, until the end of the event.
To continue the legacy of giving, individuals can visit online at www.javelinagiving.org/ or checks payable to Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, Inc. At Office of Alumni Services & Giving 700 University Blvd., MSC 173 Kingsville, TX 78363 (361) 593-4191