Bruce Schueneman – Library Director

Bruce Schueneman When did you first set foot on campus?

September 1, 1979

What was your first job on campus?

Head of Library Systems

Who was the first person you met on campus? What was your impression of him or her?

Mr. Goode, who was Library Director in 1979, made an immediate favorable impression. Never pretentious, he always supported library faculty and staff.  He was a fair boss who cared about those who worked in the library, and one time hosted a dinner for all library personnel at a French restaurant in Corpus Christi. He was also a cigar smoker and used to smoke in the Director’s office (which is my current office). 

Describe your first office. Very cramped and narrow (partly because it was used as a workspace for the students as well as myself). Where was it? It was located in the rear northeast corner of the library.  At that time all government documents were located in this area.

What type of technology did you use?

The library maintained a card catalog.  The documents section maintained a separate documents shelflist, which consisted of typewritten cards arranged in call number order. There were no computers in the library except for dumb terminals at circulation, which used a punched-card system.

What does the university mean to you?

Texas A&M-Kingsville means opportunity - for students primarily, but also for faculty and staff. As an A&M-Kingsville student myself, I learned to play the violin from an A&M-Kingsville professor (Dr. Thomas Pierson) who had studied at one of the best music schools in America (Eastman School).  I also earned an additional master’s degree in history/English. Taking into account work, school, and the “whole person,” Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been one of the guiding lights of my life.

What do you believe has been the university’s greatest accomplishment?

Texas A&M-Kingsville’s greatest accomplishment is the life-changing effect A&M-Kingsville has had on its students. When I first arrived at the university, there were two student workers in documents. Both came from underprivileged backgrounds--one had been a migrant worker. One eventually became a pharmacist and the other a teacher. 

What is your favorite Javelina tradition?

Seeing Porky go around the track after a touchdown.

What is your favorite Javelina memory?  Many of my memories revolve around music. I was briefly a member of a glee club organized by an ag professor - we met at his house. I played violin for more than 30 years in various A&M-Kingsville productions: the summer musicals under Dr. Robert Scott, a chamber group also headed by Dr. Scott, a Christmas party hosted by President Billy Franklin (each “voice” of our quartet taking a separate voice in a hymnal), and ten years with the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra - including the inaugural concert.  I also remember the day in May 1990 when President Bush gave the commencement address. In my experience, it was the grandest Javelina event and I believe may be the only outdoor commencement ceremony. I remember it as an exciting day, very warm, and that the President spoke of the space program.  Helicopters roamed the area, and Secret Service personnel were atop Javelina Stadium. A favorite library memory is James Michener’s speech at the opening of the third floor in 1984.