Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Three to be Honored as Professor Emeriti During Commencement

KINGSVILLE - August 05, 2010

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

KINGSVILLE (August 5, 2010) — During the summer commencement Friday, Aug. 6, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, three longtime faculty members will be honored by receiving emeritus status. Commencement will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Steinke Physical Education Center.

Those honored will be Dr. Maria Morales, professor of bilingual education; William Renfrow, professor of art; and Dr. Robert Scott, professor of music.

Scott’s son, Corpus Christi City Council Member Mark Scott, will provide the keynote address for this summer’s commencement.

About Dr. Maria Morales

Morales holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s degree in educational supervision from Texas A&I University and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from The University of Texas at Austin.

She served full-time at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from September 1, 1971, until July 31, 2005, in various positions, including instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the departments of bilingual education and education. She then served another two years as a part-time employee under the Early Retirement Program.

Morales was a very student-oriented and dedicated teacher and student mentor. She was a true pioneer in the field of bilingual instruction, developing structure for the bilingual movement and sharing instructional approaches through journal articles and conference presentations to assist others in developing preparatory programs. Morales also initiated the Texas Association of Students in Bilingual Education (TASBE) for her bilingual students.

During her 34 years with the university, Morales published various articles and served on numerous university committees.

About William Renfrow

Renfrow holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. He served full-time at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from September 1, 1961, until May 31, 2004, in various positions, including instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the department of art.

Over a period of 17 years, Renfrow served as acting chair of the art department during the summer. His areas of expertise were painting, drawing, printmaking and art history.

In addition to teaching, Renfrow participated in one-person exhibits, juried exhibits and group exhibits in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Laredo, McAllen, Victoria, South Padre Island and Alice. Honors and awards include receiving the College of Arts and Sciences William J. Hall Award and the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence.

His service to students was a top priority. He sponsored the Student Art Association, organized art exhibits for the University Art Gallery and participated in student recruitment, “Art Day in May” and “Creative Hands.”

Renfrow mentored many Texas A&M-Kingsville students, and some became famous artists, such as Amado Pena, Cesar Martinez, Carmen Lomas Garza and Jose Rivera-Barrera. During his 43 years of university service, Renfrow was active on the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee for over 10 years, the Task Force for the Development of the General Education Curriculum and the art department’s curriculum development for the master’s and bachelor’s in fine arts degrees, while being active in the Faculty Senate, serving on many other university committees, and participating in various community clubs and projects.

About Dr. Robert Scott

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Knox College, a master’s degree in music literature and theory from Texas College of Arts and Industries, and a doctoral degree in musical arts/performance from The University of Texas at Austin.

He served full-time at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from September 1, 1963, through July 15, 2001, in various positions including instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor of music. He also served as chair of the music department for four years and served as acting chair over various summer sessions.

Scott was an excellent voice teacher and was the director of choral activities. He taught and mentored many music students who went on to be successful music educators throughout Texas. Some of the music department’s graduates have sung in the Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, San Diego Light Opera, New York City Opera, Nashville Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Six Flags and AstroWorld.

During his 38 years with the university, Scott was active in directing summer musicals, beginning in 1964 and continuing until his retirement. The summer musicals involved the community as well as the university in entertaining shows.

He also was involved in university committee work, serving on the General Education Committee for six years. For 25 years, he was committed to singing the Alma Mater at commencement exercises.

Scott was very active in the local community, directing musicals in Kingsville and Corpus Christi, being a music critic for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, singing in the Corpus Christi Chorale and being an organist in Kingsville churches for 30 years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

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