Faculty, students and alumni gathered in the Memorial Student Union Building at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) last Saturday, Oct. 12 to celebrate the accomplishments of four distinguished alumni.
At its annual Homecoming Luncheon, the Javelina Alumni Association honored Mark Hamilton, Gloria Hicks, Abel Lopez and Balous Miller.
The event consisted of short speeches by the honorees who said they were all honored to be a part of the success of the university and the improvements that have been made in the years since they made their marks at TAMUK.
Justin Munoz, Interim Director of Alumni Affairs, coordinated the event.
“The goal of the event was to acknowledge the accomplishments of those alumni who really stood out among their peers,” Munoz said.
Though the alumni honored graduated from Texas A&I University, that didn’t change the pride they have kept over the years. In addition to contributions to their professional communities, they have made an effort to keep their presence known here at TAMUK’s ever- evolving campus.
Gloria Hicks started her college career at age 29 at Del Mar College and completed her final three years at Texas A&I University. She is currently the CFO and partner in Ed Hicks Imports in Corpus Christi and is a member of the President’s Circle at TAMUK and also serves on the board of directors.
“I’m very proud that I am a graduate from here. The campus is beautiful and I am really impressed with what’s going on,” she said.
Balous Miller, the CEO and President of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, is a 1966 graduate of Texas A&I University.
Miller is a member of the Javelina Club and President’s Circle. He was named Outstanding Restaurateur of San Antonio and Outstanding Restaurateur of Texas.
But Miller had a rough start to his college career and his grades suffered.
“My dad didn’t think that I was going to make it,” he said.
He returned to the university and decided to be a “real college student” three years later,
graduating on time with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education.
“I showed them,” he said.