Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Anonymous Texas A&M-Kingsville Group Names Residence Life Coordinator a “Bringer of Light”

KINGSVILLE - November 20, 2007

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

Gary L. Davis, facilities coordinator for residence life at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 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, Davis received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, a rose and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate stated that Davis has, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.”

Davis wasn’t familiar with the honor before he received it. After finding out more about it from last semester’s honoree Joseph L. Cusack, assistant to the dean of students, Davis said he was proud to get it.

“It’s nice to be recognized for the job you do,” he said.

Davis started working for A&M-Kingsville in 1989. He served as the facilities coordinator for the Steinke Physical Education Center (SPEC) until this year, when he moved to residence life.

As he maintains the quality and appearance of student residences, Davis said he is driven by the sentiment, “Students and family come first. What can we do to make it work for them?”

Beyond day to day duties, Davis can often be found preparing food for the athletics department on game days and doing whatever needs to be done to enhance A&M-Kingsville student living.

“You get back from the university what you put into it. If you’re doing it for praise or for money, you’re doing it for the wrong reason. You do it for the university.

“Texas A&M-Kingsville gives students the chance to learn the value of an education. Kids that haven’t realized their full potential have an opportunity to do that here.”

While coordinating the SPEC, Davis oversaw the center’s equipment, day to day schedule, and helped in the many special events it hosted, including commencements.

Prior to A&M-Kingsville, Davis and his wife of 33 years Sara Jean worked with the Paisano Girl Scouts organization. He served as a ranger at their Camp Greenhill, located at Lake Corpus Christi.

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