Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Ribbon Cutting for Newly Updated Auditorium Named for Longtime Faculty Member

KINGSVILLE - February 18, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Latest technology fills remodeled lecture hall

Room 100 of the Biology-Earth Sciences Building officially showed off its new name and remodeling work today, Feb. 18, with a ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. The formerly unnamed lecture hall, fondly known as simply BES 100, is now the J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium, named in honor of a longtime biology faculty member.

Peacock taught biology at A&M-Kingsville for 38 years. He served as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor over the years of 1955-1990. In addition, Peacock was biology chair from 1968-1976, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1977-1989. He retired in 1990, but continued teaching part-time until 1993. In addition to teaching, Peacock established the Darline Sue and John Talmer Peacock Scholarship, which awards $1,000 scholarships to students majoring in biological and health sciences at A&M-Kingsville. Peacock also established the Doris L. (Corky) and J. Talmer Peacock Biology Support Fund. The earnings from this endowment go toward student and faculty research grants, and visits from distinguished biologists to speak with students.

Accompanying the naming distinction to the room is a host of updates and improvements, made over the course of summer 2008. Some of those changes include new seating, better acoustics, dual digital projectors, and state-of-the art Symposium technology with touch screen controls for multimedia lecture presentations. Notes can be written and directly projected from the monitor.

“As but one small example of how Dr. Peacock’s generosity impacts our Texas A&M-Kingsville students, The Darlene Sue and John Talmer Peacock Scholarship Fund alone allows biological and health sciences to recruit new biology students and retain those making the difficult transition from their freshmen to sophomore year,” said Dr. Glenn Perrigo, professor and chair of the biological and health sciences department. 

“Because of Dr. Peacock’s years of selfless service and enormous scholarship generosity to Texas A&M-Kingsville, we are proud to honor his legacy with the dedication of the J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium.  I wish I had had the privilege of serving under his leadership,” Perrigo said.

The ribbon cutting is being held this week in conjunction with the inauguration of Dr. Steven Tallant, new university president, Friday, Feb. 20.

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