Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Faculty member named distinguished alumna of Texas A&M International University

KINGSVILLE - February 08, 2007

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

Display of alumni to be featured alongside traveling Smithsonian exhibit at TAMIU

laura garza
Featured in the photo, (L-R): Texas A&M International University
interim director of athletics Rafael Romo, Garza's husband Raul and
Dr. Laura C. Garza.

KINGSVILLE (February 8, 2007) — A Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty member will take her place among distinguished alumni of Laredo-based Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in a special exhibit.

Dr. Laura Cruz Garza, A&M-Kingsville assistant professor of psychology, will be featured in, “Picture Our Lives – Portraits of TAMIU Alumni Achievements,” along with nearly 40 others named distinguished alumni. The alumni were chosen by a TAMIU selection committee in December 2006, based on their significant work in Laredo and the surrounding areas.

“Being recognized as a distinguished alumni brings me much satisfaction and joy,” said Garza. “I feel greatly honored to have been recognized.”

The exhibit will run alongside a traveling bilingual exhibition developed by the Smithsonian Latino Center, to be featured in the TAMIU Student Center from March 1-May 12. Titled, “Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement,” the exhibit will feature Latinos who have made an impact nationwide, including New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, astronaut Ellen Ochoa and writer Sandra Cisneros.

Garza earned a B.A. in psychology from TAMIU, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Texas Tech University. She has been teaching at A&M-Kingsville since fall 2005. Prior to that, she was an instructor and general psychology coordinator at Texas Tech.

Some of her current research projects are, “Cross-cultural differences in acculturation, familism and beliefs about memory in aging: A comparison between Mexican Americans and European Americans,” “Factor analysis study on the Family Attitude Scale” and “Suicidal motives and risk factors in male suicide attempters.”

Awards received by Garza include being named among Outstanding Hispanic Faculty at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the Outstanding Professor Award from Pi Beta Phi and a fellowship from the Teaching Effectiveness and Career Enhancement Program.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Southwestern Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America.

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