Crispin Treviño, Director of Student Affairs Auxiliary Services at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has been named a “Bringer of Light” by the campus group Servants of Las Luminarias.
An anonymous collection of campus community members, the Servants of Las Luminarias select those that they feel are “bringers of the light of the knowledge of goodness to the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus community.”
As a fall honoree, Trevino received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, a coleus plant and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate states that Treviño has, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.”
When Treviño came into his office the morning of November 13 and saw the luminaria, he knew what it was and what it stood for. Gary Davis, a former colleague who served as the facilities coordinator for residence life, had also received the honor; Davis passed in a motorcycle accident in March 2010.
“I was very honored,” said Treviño.
The fall 2013 honoree has been with Texas A&M-Kingsville for 20 years. Treviño was an undergraduate at the university and worked with campus housing as a student. He left the university for Michigan, where he had been raised. Treviño completed his undergraduate degree and worked as an insurance
underwriter for four years before returning to A&M-Kingsville for his master’s degree.
“I love South Texas and I love the university, and I haven’t left since,” said Treviño.
When asked to recall some favorite moments over his 20 years on campus, Treviño cited the university’s growth. “It’s been exciting to see how it’s changed,” he said.
Treviño also noted the satisfaction he’s had in watching the students grow and graduate in front of his eyes. “The students keep me young. They’re like an empty palette—whatever you present to them, they soak it right in. You see them become stronger, better people.”
There isn’t a typical day for someone in Treviño’s position. Primarily, he said that his day begins in the Memorial Student Union Building by making sure that everything is up and running and “everything” ranges from conferencing happening that day, to the game room, to the ID center, the bookstore and all points in between.
Treviño also serves on a number of campus committees—about 10 standing committees.
Off campus, Treviño serves on a host of community-related boards and advisory groups. He is a commissioner for the Kingsville Housing Authority, serves on boards for the South Texas Youth Development Council, the Douglas Youth Center Incorporated, Kleberg County Adult Literacy Council and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, among others. For Treviño, he stays involved with so many groups for a simple reason—“I’ve been in Kingsville a long time. I’m single, have the time and want to give back.”