Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Language and Literature benefactor Lucille Kruse to be honored at scholarship dinner Nov. 16

KINGSVILLE - November 10, 2006

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

KINGSVILLE (November 10, 2006) — Thursday, Nov.16, will be a festive night of song and celebration at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, as the department of language and literature recognizes its scholarship recipients with a dinner at 6 p.m.

This annual event brings together current and retired faculty to sing songs, joke and congratulate students who have received department-related scholarships. This year is no different, with a faculty-led, truncated version of Bizet’s Carmen. The evening will go beyond that this time, though, and pay tribute to one of the people that made evenings like this possible.

The department will honor Lucille Kruse, wife of the late Dr. Olan Kruse, who provided more than 50 years of service to the university as professor and longtime chair of the physics department, co-designed the Lon C. Hill Building on campus and chaired the committee that created the Faculty Senate. He died in 2004.

Prior to his death in 2004, Olan and Lucille Krause established three endowments: the Olan Kruse Science Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences; the Lucille Kruse Scholarship Fund for incoming freshmen women who graduated from H. M. King High School and who intend to major in language or literature; and the Larry Kruse Scholarship – named for the Kruse’s son James Lawrence (Larry), who was born in 1950 and died at age 45 – which goes to a Spanish major or minor, or a French minor, to promote the study of foreign languages. In addition, Lucille Kruse gave $10,000 to the language and literature department in spring 2006.

Lucille Kruse’s continuing involvement

Dr. Jacqueline Thomas, Regents Professor of French and director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness, remarked on the time and effort Kruse has given to the department and the university.

“Lucy is so gracious when she meets the scholarship recipients: so charming and able to put them at ease.  They warm to her immediately,” said Thomas.

The Larry Kruse Scholarship pays tribute to a man that spoke five languages and had a love for reading. He was raised in Kingsville, graduating from H.M. King High School and spending his first two years of higher education at then-Texas A&I University. He would go on to Mexico and South America, where he lived, explored and taught English, bringing an enthusiasm that was commented on often by friends and family.

When asked what she wants people to know about Lucille Kruse and her family, Thomas notes their generosity, graciousness and charm. She also mentions a calm, fair and soft-spoken nature both Lucille and Olan shared.

“I think the best term is ‘altruistic,’” said Thomas.

Scholarship recipients
All scholarship recipients to be honored at the event are:

Francis Alexander Scholarship: Ashley de Vaudrecourt
Yvonne Duffy Scholarship: Rita Maldonado

Pauline Brown Scholarship: Lisa Hinojosa

Hildegard Schmalenbeck Memorial Scholarship: Mirna Alvarez; Irlanda Alvarez; Kristen Wright; Courtney Shonefeld; Rita Maldonado

Larry Kruse Memorial Scholarship: Irlanda Alvarez; Mirna Alvarez

College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Scholarship: Micaela Flores; Ester Berrios; Albert Garcia; Martha Montes; Cecilia Solis; Omar Villarreal; Courtney Shonefeld

College of Arts & Sciences Master’s Assistantship Award: Victoria Garza; Courtney Shonefeld; Omar Villarreal

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