Members of the Kingsville community and Texas A&M University-Kingsville were invited to Austin to tour the capitol from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27.
The attendees were welcomed by State Rep. J.M. Lozano on Mar. 26, “Kingsville Day in Austin,” who said he was pleased that the community could make it.
“Kingsville Day is not only important because it’s my hometown, it’s important because it’s a part of this state’s history,” Lozano said. “It’s home to the famous Naval Air Station, the university and it is important part of South Texas and its future.”
Prominent members of the community, such as President Dr. Steven Tallant of TAMUK, Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Misner of NAS, and Lisa Munoz, President of the Chamber of Commerce, got to visit with state officials throughout the day.
Chelsea Nkrumah, Student Government Association president of TAMUK, said the trip was important to show the legislature what the students still need for the university to grow.
“I’ve been making sure our students are known on Capitol Hill, just to make sure we’re showing our presence here and they know we need the state’s help,” Nkrumah said.
One item on the agenda is to make sure the legislation knows the music building is in need of updates and expansion, Nkrumah said.
“Those students really need a good facility to further their education and to make sure that they’re set up with the best learning experience they’ve had,” Nkrumah said. “Getting a new one is crucial.”
TAMUK administrators are also pushing for a new educational complex, to accommodate the growing demand for more students and space. Nkrumah said the legislators she has spoken to have noticed TAMUK’s needs.
“This year, most of our representatives around Texas are more receptive to things like this, because they know they are going to have to fund higher education at some point, and by not doing it, it’s not setting Texas up for success,” Nkrumah said.
Kingsville Day attendees were able to meet Lozano during a luncheon and toured the capitol afterwards. The event concluded with Mariachi Javelina performing in the outdoor rotunda.