Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Meet your Admission Counselor

Ramon Blakley

About Ramon

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Going to college is one of the BEST decisions you'll ever make and you don't have to bury yourself in tremendous debt to do it. That's why I love being apart of team that is able to offer this opportunity to students with a high return on the college investment. Our graduates are among the top earners in our region. More importantly, our campus is full of friendly people with tremendous pride. The one-of-a-kind residential college experience and the high quality of education we provide is unmatched in South Texas. Explore the possibilities. You'll find it’s an honor to be a JAVELINA!

Title: Director of Admission

Hometown: Saint Louis. MO

High School: Academy of Math and Science

Colleges: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville/Missouri State University

Major: BS-Communication, MS-Guidance and Counseling

Did you know? I've recruited in 44 states at some time or another including, Hawaii! I enjoy traveling, electronics, and singing.  I'm a sports fanatic with a special love for baseball, basketball, and football.

Laura Knippers

About Laura

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I really enjoy working with prospective students, families and high school counselors.  It’s a great feeling to know that I’m able to help students meet their educational goal – and the best part is being able to share my Javelina pride every day! I’m proud to work at the university I attended.  It is great to share my experiences with students and families as they make their decision about what school to choose.   I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your enrollment at Texas A&M University–Kingsville.  Come check out our Javelina Pride!”

Title: Associate Director of Recruitment

Territory: Primarily the local South Texas area (Jim Wells, Kleberg and Nueces counties) and other states

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX

High School:  Richard King High School, Corpus Christi

College: Texas A&I University/Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: BBA-General Business, MS-Counseling and Guidance

Hobbies: Reading, visiting state parks with family, and crafting.

Did you know? I think our campus is so beautiful.  The architecture of the buildings and the way our campus is laid out really highlights our rich campus history and our sense of tradition.  Our newest buildings on campus are beautiful but there’s just something about walking down the halls of our oldest buildings and knowing that we’ve been offering a great education to students for over 85 years

Miguel Briseño

About Miguel                                                        

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I really love this campus.  I had many high school teachers who were Javelina graduates and they told me that this was a great place to live and learn.  I enjoyed student life and I had a great time meeting new people.  Today, as I look out my window, I see a beautiful campus that continues to grow in enrollment, academic excellence, research opportunities, and traditions.  It’s a great day to be a Javelina!

Title: Senior Admission Counselor

Territory:Central and South Texas

Hometown: Eagle Pass, TX

High School: Eagle Pass High School (Eagle Pass, TX)

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: BBA-General Business

Hobbies: Volunteering my time,  camping and dancing

Did you know?  I currently serve as Greek Advisor for Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc,. I am an active Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 144, I hold two positions within the Knights of Columbus #2623, and I am the Artistic Director/Instructor for the Kingsville Youth Ballet Folklorico.

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Samuel Diaz

About Samuel

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I believe it is our duty to provide the best academic foundation possible for students so they can go into the world prepared to not only take care of themselves, but to give back to their community and to our world. I have been serving students in higher education in South Texas since 2001. Most of the time, I am in classrooms talking with students about the academic challenges of college, character development, or working with parents and teachers to support student success initiatives.  

Title: Regional Outreach Coordinator

Territory: Texas Rio Grande Valley

Hometown: Edinburg, TX

High School: Edinburg North High School (Edinburg, TX)               

College: University of Texas-Pan American

Major: BBA-Marketing

Hobbies: Travel, basketball, baseball, gardening, and coaching Edinburg Little League Baseball.

Did you know? I am proud to be special education certified to deal with the numerous barriers all students face when entering post-secondary education.

Rocio M. Benavides

About Rocio

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All great journeys start with a first step. At this University, we hold true to our mission to encourage academic excellence at the highest level, and to advance each student’s individual promise. I encourage you to find out for yourself what we can provide for you and your future. Working with future Javelinas gives me so much pleasure, and knowing that Texas A&M University-Kingsville is the right place for them, makes me even happier. I look forward to the opportunity to personally speak with you about your hopes and dreams, and to answer any questions about our superior programs, and talented faculty.

Title: Regional Outreach Coordinator

Territory: San Antonio Area

Hometown: San Antonio, TX (Born in Palau Coahuila, Mexico)

High School: La Pryor HS

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: BS-Human Nutrition

Hobbies: Camping, running, hiking, fishing, hunting, and reading.

Did you know? I was the president of the Human Nutrition Club and student manager at the MSUB.  I took part in many school activities every day.

Adrian Garcia

About Adrian

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I believe that all students should pursue a college degree and Texas A&M University-Kingsville offers so many great programs and a unique college atmosphere that will help them achieve their goal.   My favorite events on campus include the Fall Carnival, Spring Fling, and huge festivities leading up to the football games.  The tailgate events are exciting.  I also enjoy the campus environment and close proximity to Corpus Christi and Baffin Bay which boast’s Texas best fishing.

Title: Regional Outreach Coordinator

Territory: Houston and Surrounding Area

Hometown: Bishop, TX

High school:  Bishop High School

College: Texas A&M University–Kingsville.

Major: BS-Sociology and Psychology

Hobbies: Fishing

Did you know? I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my positive experience about Texas A&M University – Kingsville.   

Tara Schulze

About Tara

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I love this school because the classes were not overwhelming to me, despite coming from a small high school. Most of the classes are small in size and the professors are friendly and willing to help if needed. Our classes are also very hands-on when it comes to training and there are always field trips to different places for different majors. The town itself is a small country town where most people know each other and are willing to lend a helping hand. 

Title: Transfer Services Manager

Territory:  All transfer students

Hometown:  Pearl, TX

High School: Evant HS

College: Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Major: BA-Psychology/MS-Counseling & Guidance

School activities: Psychology Club-President

Hobbies: Watching sports football and hockey and hanging with my family and animals

Did you know?  My Research project in graduate school helped the Women's Shelter in Kingsville receive a grant for a new family counseling room. Being a mom and wife, I can help non-traditional students with the adjustment of being a student and away from their families.

Marshall Fulghum

About Marshall

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My education is a result of hard work and dedication. I, however, owe a debt of gratitude to my parents, siblings, professors, and academic advisors! To date, the decision to attend college is among the “best” choices I ever made! In other words, my life is forever changed based on the various experiences I encountered as a college student 

As a student at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, I suspect you will have similar experiences. Ultimately, your life will be changed for the better the moment you “set-foot” on campus! The professors, academic advisors, support staff, and students are “second to none!” Therefore, I encourage you to join “Javelina Nation!”

Title: Transfer Counselor

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

High School: Benjamin E. Mays Independent High School

Colleges: Langston University/University of Central Oklahoma/Oklahoma State University

Major: BA-Broadcast/Journalism, MEd-Secondary Education, EdD-Higher Education

Did you know? I am a first-generation college graduate. My educational achievements are largely due to the unwavering support of my parents! I am passionate about sports to include college and professional football. With regard to the National Football League, I consider Walter Payton “Sweetness” the greatest running back to ever lace-up a pair of cleats. Go Chicago Bears! My other interests include reading, teaching (Sunday School/Higher Education courses), and traveling.  

This page was last updated on: August 21, 2014