Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Eva De León honored as "Bringer of Light" by anonymous group

KINGSVILLE - April 13, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

De Leon named

Eva De León, administrative assistant in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, is the latest person on the campus to be named a “bringer of light” by the 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 an honoree, De León received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, an Easter lily and a framed certificate of recognition.

The certificate stated that De León has, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.”

“I saw it when I walked in this morning and was so surprised,” said De León.

A Kingsville native, De León also has been a mainstay at Texas A&M-Kingsvillle. As of May 17, De León will have worked at the university for 30 years. Ten of those years have been in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences. Within the college, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute recognized De León with a gift the same day she received her luminaria, April 12, recognizing her work and efforts above and beyond the office.

Among those efforts is the time she spends helping Ph.D. students from Mexico get acclimated to the campus. De León helps the students with everything from finding furniture to remembering them and their families during the holiday season.

De León said she considers all the students she works with her children. Proof of that can be found in alumnus Oscar Valdez, who received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1988 and an M.S. in 1990 at then-A&I University. De León’s support of Valdez carried over to his son, O.J., who also was a university student. The younger Valdez is currently among U.S. armed forces in Iraq and sends pictures to De León.

In addition to her life on the campus, De León also is actively involved with her church, El Buen Pastor Methodist Church.

She said she had heard of the Servants of Las Luminarias and its past winners. One of the things that stuck in her mind about the award was the luminaria itself—De León said she is a fan of the special candle, especially during Christmas. Now she has one of her own, as well as a white lily.

“How sweet for this to come during Easter. What a blessing,” said De León. “I was about to buy an Easter lily to take to church in memory of my parents, and now I have this special one from Texas A&M-Kingsville…a special place to work for 30 years.”

To the anonymous campus group, De León said, “I just want to say thanks. I feel very humbled and honored.”

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