Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Receives $80,000 for Science, Engineering Scholarships from South Texas Minerals Section of Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc.

KINGSVILLE - August 30, 2007

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

Engineering and geology students of Texas A&M University-Kingsville now have an additional $80,000 in scholarship funding available to them, courtesy of a gift from the South Texas Minerals section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) Inc.

The gift was presented Aug. 27 by Paul Goranson, representative for the South Texas Minerals section of SME and a Texas A&M-Kingsville alumnus, to Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, university president, and representatives of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. “The purpose of the donation is to support more scientists, geologists and engineers at the college level,” Goranson said. “These students are valuable resources in the growth of our industry. Most of the local hires in the fields of mining and engineering come from Texas A&M-Kingsville.”

Juárez praised the South Texas section for its donation. “I feel great for two reasons. First, this is a contribution from an alumnus to the next generation of Javelina engineers. Secondly, it’s knowing the motivation and help that this contribution will provide to our students.”

According to Dr. Kim D. Jones, chair of the environmental engineering department and director of the South Texas Environmental Institute, the money will be used for both recruiting and supporting engineering and geosciences students at A&M-Kingsville.

“Attracting more math, science and engineering students is a national priority issue as well as a priority at Texas A&M-Kingsville,” said Jones. “Working with the South Texas Minerals section of SME is a win-win situation. They build on the number of quality employees for their industries, and we gain additional scholarship support for our students,” said Jones.

SME is an international society of professionals in the minerals industry. The SME membership is more than 11,500 strong, with members in nearly 100 countries and organized into five distinct divisions: coal and energy, environmental, industrial minerals, mineral and metallurgical processing, and mining and exploration.

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