Anonymous Texas A&M-Kingsville Group Recognize Staff, Faculty Members as “Bringers of Light”
KINGSVILLE - April 02, 2008
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Anonymous Texas A&M-Kingsville Group
Recognize Staff, Faculty Members as “Bringers of Light”
Texas A&M University-Kingsville staff member Margie Galvan, administrative secretary in the bilingual education department, and faculty member Dr. Thomas L. McGehee, professor of geology, were named “bringers of light” by the campus group, 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 honorees, Galvan and McGehee each received a ceramic “luminaria,” or large ornamental candle holder, an Easter lily and a framed certificate of recognition. The certificate states that Galvan and McGehee had, through word and deed, “selflessly and consistently shone the light of goodness into our midst.”
About Margie Galvan
Galvan said she normally receives little gifts on holidays from her colleagues, so her first thought was wondering what holiday March 26 was. When she saw the details on the award, though, she realized what it was.
“I’ve read about past honorees in the newspaper, so I was familiar with the luminaria award,” said Galvan. “I am very grateful and appreciative to have been considered. As a secretary, I consider myself one part in a big support system, so to be thought of for something like means a lot.”
April 19 will mark Galvan’s 20th year of service at the university. Prior to joining the bilingual education department in March 2006, Galvan was with the student activities office for 18 years. She notes that working with the students was what motivated her to be a part of A&M-Kingsville.
“When it comes to students, I go that extra mile. Whatever the need might be, from helping them when they’re lost, to financial aid, to admissions, regardless of whether they are bilingual education students or not. We’re here for the students.”
Galvan has been married for 34 years to her husband Rudy, and has three children who are all graduates of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
About Dr. Thomas L. McGehee
Fellow recipient McGehee also is a 20-year member of the Texas A&M-Kingsville community. He started as an assistant professor in the geosciences department in 1988, was promoted to associate professor in 1993, earned tenure in 1994 and was named professor in 2002.
“This was a great surprise for me to walk in my office and see these amazing gifts,” said McGehee. “I feel very fortunate to have a good job with faculty and students that appreciate my efforts. It is also fun to know that I bring a level of goodness to this job.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Servants of Las Luminarias.”
McGehee has been a licensed geologist in Texas since 2002. He has conducted summer environmental studies for the Oak Ridge, Tenn., office of the U.S. Department of Energy for six years, and for the Vicksburg, Miss., office of the U.S. Department of Defense for 11 years.
McGehee received the university’s Olan Kruse Science Faculty Award in 2004. From 2004-2005, he served as the interim chair of the chemistry department. McGehee earned both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.
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