Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Four to Receive Distinguished Alumni, Rising Star Honors during 2011 Homecoming

KINGSVILLE - September 22, 2011

Contact: Karen Kelly
karen.kelly@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4660

            Four alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be honored Saturday, Oct. 22, when the Javelina Alumni Association hosts its annual Distinguished Alumni luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.  

            The recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award are:

            Dr. Roger Campos, Class of 1981, of San Antonio

            Judge Theresa Chang, Class of 1981, of Houston

            Dr. Jaime Chahin, Class of 1974, of Austin 

            The recipient of the 2011 Rising Star Award is:

            Jesus Pantel, Class of 1999, of Austin 

            Distinguished Alumni are chosen based on their professional and civic accomplishments and are those individuals that have brought special honor to the university through service and support.  The Rising Star Award recognizes graduates of the university who have experienced professional success early in their careers. Special consideration is given to those alumni who have graduated in the last fifteen years.  

About the Distinguished Alumni and Rising Star Award recipients

            Dr. Roger Campos has been a generous supporter of the university and Javelina athletics for many years. He is president of Campos Family Dental, P.C., one of the largest private dental employers in San Antonio. Campos is a key backer of the biology and chemistry departments through student scholarships and is a leader in the recruitment and mentoring of students with particular focus on the university’s Natural Toxins Research Center.   

            Campos is a former president of the Javelina Alumni Association, a member of the President’s Circle and earlier this year was inducted into the university’s Legacy Society, which recognizes individuals, families, corporations and foundations who have made significant contributions. He previously served as the president of the Greater San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association where he was instrumental in developing the city’s first high school pre-dental club as an avenue to encourage students to continue their education into college and the health professions. 

            In addition, Campos dedicates his time to numerous professional organizations throughout the area. He is currently on the board of directors for the San Antonio District Dental Society and is a steadfast supporter of the University of Texas Health Science Center as a member of the President and Deans Council. Campos is also involved with several community groups such as Los Quijotes de San Antonio, a medical and dental missionary service organization partly sponsored by the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Foundation of San Antonio. 

           Campos earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&I University in 1981 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School in 1989.  

           Judge Theresa Chang is an alumna of the university’s College of Engineering but has built a career more recently as a judge in the Houston area. After spending the early part of her career in the engineering industry, she earned a juris doctorate from the South Texas College of Law in 1996. Chang has worked in the Harris County Attorney’s Office as its Division Chief since 2000, served as the Harris County District Clerk since 2007 and currently serves as Associate Judge at the City of Houston Municipal Courts.  

           Chang’s dedication to her professional industry, community and education is evident by the number of hours she devotes to these causes. She has served as a board member for the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board and commissioner of the City of Piney Point, Planning and Zoning Commission. From 1997 to 2004, Chang served on the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System, a position she was appointed to by then-Governor George W. Bush. She also currently serves on the boards of the Houston Grand Opera, the Chinese Community Center, the Asian Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA of Greater Houston and is a commissioner of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline of the State of Texas. Previously, she held several leadership positions with the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Chinese Business Women Association.  

           Chang earned a bachelor of science degree from National Taiwan University in 1979 and a master of science in natural gas and chemical engineering from Texas A&I University in 1981. She received the Outstanding Young Chinese Global Award in 1992, the Women on the Move Award in 2005 and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women by Houston Woman magazine in 2010. 

           Dr. Jaime Chahin has been a long-time supporter of the higher education of Hispanic students. Through his work first as an assistant professor at Texas State University and currently as a professor and dean of the College of Applied Arts, he has made an impact in this area through his research and writing. Among his publications are Engaged Scholarship in Hispanic Serving Institutions (2009), US. Latino Psychology Handbook (2009) and Latina Immigrant Transnational Mothers: The Voices of Leaders (2007) 

           In addition, Chahin has been the executive producer an award-winning PBS documentary, opened the Center for Migrant Education and received the Outstanding Latino in Higher Education Award from the American Association Higher Education and the Hispanic Caucus. He is also the recipient of a National Kellogg Foundation Leadership fellowship (1993-96) and received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002). In April, Chahin was recognized by the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District for his commitment to academic excellence through his program Caminos and Caminitos, which provides 8th grade students an opportunity to “get a head start on high school” during the summer prior to the 9th grade. 

           Chahin received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Texas A&I University in 1974. A year later he received a master’s in administration and policy from the University of Michigan and in 1977 earned a doctorate in education administration from the same institution. He currently serves as an advisor for several foundations and as the treasurer of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. 

           Jesus Pantel has found success in the arts industry since earning a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and history at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1999. In 2002, he received a master’s degree in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University and worked with Pittsburgh’s Squonk Opera where he quadrupled the amount of money raised in just one fiscal year. Pantel currently works as a grants coordinator with the City of Austin’s Cultural Division and is president of his own consulting and grant writing company.

           Pantel has already received several awards in his short career, including the Otto A. Davis Award for Commitment to Racial and Social Justice. He is a member of the Grant Professionals Association, was a presenter at the Texas State of the Arts 2011 Conference and received an emerging leaders scholarship to attend the Americans for the Arts conference. In addition, he stays involved with his community by serving as a task force member for CreateAustin, an initiative to develop Austin’s arts, culture and creativity.

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