Texas A&M University-Kingsville

7th Annual Tejano Banquet & Symposium

Memorial Student Union Building, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 09/26/13 - 09/26/13

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

For more than 30 years, Carlos Truan dedicated his life to serving the people of South Texas in his roles first as state representative and, later, as state senator.

            His achievements during his decades in the legislature are many. Truan—a native of Kleberg County and a graduate of Texas A&I University— was the first Hispanic to be named Dean of the Texas Senate—the title awarded to the member of the body with the most seniority. He pioneered groundbreaking legislation in bilingual education, adult education, public housing and open beaches.

            Truan, who died in 2012, and the Truan family will be honored during the 7th Tejano Heritage Banquet and Symposium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The banquet begins at noon, Thursday, Sept. 26 in Ballroom A of the Memorial Student Union Building on the A&M-Kingsville campus. The banquet and symposium are part of the university’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

            Truan leaves behind a legacy marked by his dedication to education and service, said Dr. Manuel Flores, chair of the Department of Art, Communications and Theatre and Tejano Heritage Committee Co-Chair.

          “When you consider all that he accomplished in his years of service, it is clear that Carlos Truan was a champion of education and constant supporter of this university,” Flores said. “His legacy lives on today. Our bilingual education program at A&M-Kingsville is a testament to that.”

            Each year, the Tejano Heritage Award recognizes a Javelina alumnus who honored the university and the Tejano culture through service to the state and nation. The Tejano Legacy Award is presented to a Javelina alumnus who has promoted the Tejano culture and lifestyle through actions in politics, education or ranching. This marks the first time the two awards have been combined. 

            In addition to the banquet, this year’s Tejano Symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Armando Alonzo, Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. His presentation, "The Settlement of Nuevo Santander: From Villas to Ranchos, 1747-1824,” will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the banquet.

            A panel discussion focusing on Nuevo Santander—the Spanish province from which much of South Texas was carved—will begin at 2 p.m. and feature research and presentations by Kleberg County Judge Juan Escobar, local historian and Kennedy Ranch Museum curator Homero Vera and A&M-Kingsville history major Florence Ruiz.         

           The Tejano Banquet and Symposium are free and open to the public, but attendees to the banquet must R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 24. Call 361-593-3401 to R.S.V.P.

This page was last updated on: September 20, 2013