Concert on the Lawn a total success
The College of Engineering hosted its annual Welcome Back Picnic in the complex’s front lawn for students, staff, and city residents last Thursday, Sept. 11.
“The event is an opportunity for teachers to interact with students, especially those that are new,” said Dr. Patricia Polastri, industrial management &technology professor.
Polastri said the college is very diverse and events like this help bring everyone together to socialize and have a moment in common which is food and music.
H.M. King High School Mariachi Band, TAMUK Cheerleaders, Porky the mascot, and Sapphires, were some of the performers. The Department of Music provided a singer for the Star Spangled Banner and for the finale, Cameran Nelson.
“The event was very enjoyable,” said Trisha L. Gottschalk, director of administration, communication, & outreach.
A large number of people attended the event including freshman engineering students, faculty, staff, community members and university administration. NAS Kingsville Captain Christopher Misner was the guest speaker, Gottschalk said.
“September 11 was a defining moment for our nation. There were many heroes that day and many more have emerged in the 13 years since,” Misner said.
Misner said when he thinks of competency as it relates to 9/11, he thinks of things that relate to engineering.
Misner’s speech was followed by Cameran Nelson’s musical performance to close off the event.
“The event turned out to be extremely successful,” Gottschalk said.
She said that approximately 1,000 people attended the picnic and concert, surpassing their previous record of 400.