Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Lecturer Sue Sabrio named a "Bringer of Light" by anonymous campus group, Servants of Las Luminarias

KINGSVILLE - December 14, 2007

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

Sue Sabrio

KINGSVILLE (December 14, 2006) — Sue Sabrio, lecturer in the mathematics department, 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, Sabrio received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, a rose and a framed certificate of recognition. 

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

  “It’s a totally unexpected experience,” said Sabrio. “You carry out your work every day with the students and don’t always know if anyone notices what you’re doing – not that you’re looking for recognition. And then you receive an honor like this…

“This is an affirmation of good things. It affirms that there are good people in the world, like the Servants of Las Luminarias, making good things happen for others. They (The Servants) are the ones that should be getting the award. They’re the ones that bring light.”

Sabrio has been with A&M-Kingsville since September 1989, when she served as a graduate assistant for the math department. After earning her M.S. in mathematics, with a minor in statistics, in May 1992, she served as a visiting instructor for a year for the math department. Sabrio was then named a lecturer, working with then-College I from 1993-1999 before assuming her current lecturer post with the mathematics department in 1999.

Her teaching honors and accomplishments include an appointment to the A&M Regents’ Initiative Academy for Educational Development, cohort I, in spring 2000; earning the Javelina Alumni Association 2003 Non-tenure Track Distinguished Teaching Award; overseeing the Mathematics Summer Camp for elementary school students and teachers; and working with the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP) as co-author of the third edition of the text Transition Mathematics, used by an estimated 3.5 to 4 million students.   

In addition to the M.S. from A&M-Kingsville, Sabrio holds an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in history from Louisiana State University of New Orleans.

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