Texas A&M University-Kingsville New Endowment Brings Support, Professor Title to Civil Engineering
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New Endowment Brings Support, Professor Title to Civil Engineering

Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Eugene Dawson Jr.

Eugene H. Dawson, Jr. has pledged to establish the Eugene H. Dawson, Jr. Endowment for Excellence in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

That endowment will be matched by the university with funds from the Estate of Nadine Arrington to form the Arrington Match-Eugene H. Dawson, Jr. Endowed Professorship in Civil Engineering. 

The proceeds from these two endowments, valued at $250,000, will provide an annual distribution to be used to advance the mission of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. 

One faculty member will hold the title of Eugene H. Dawson Professor of Civil Engineering, and will direct the expenditures of the fund with the approval of the Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. 

Examples of how the funds may be used include student research projects, student travel to national conferences, and guest lecturers from industry leaders. 

Dawson said of the endowment, “It is a privilege to be able to participate with the College of Engineering as A&M Kingsville continues to provide a high quality education for students from around the world.” 

About Eugene H. Dawson, Jr.

Eugene H. Dawson, Jr. is President of Pape-Dawson Engineers. In this position, Dawson provides technical management and leadership to the firm’s management team and its employees. From a staff of two 50 years ago, Pape-Dawson now employs more than 450 professionals and has grown into one of the largest and most respected engineering firms in Texas. 

As a member of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s President’s Circle, Dawson consistently give in support of the leadership efforts at Texas A&M-Kingsville, as well as the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. Through the Gene and Lori Dawson Engineering Scholarship Endowment, Dawson gives back to Javelina students of the greater San Antonio area studying civil engineering at the university. Dawson also lends his time and talents to the university through his service on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation Board of Trustees. 

About Nadine Arrington and the Arrington Match

Nadine Rucker was part of the Class of 1946 of the Texas College of Arts and Industries—now Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

She was an active student, serving terms as president of the Beta Gamma Sorority, the Pot ‘O Gold club, and the B.B.A. Club. The El Rancho university yearbook said that she “…maintained her gracious poise on all occasions…Kingsville claims this lovely senior with the invigorating smile.” 

Rucker would become Nadine Arrington, and later work in Washington, D.C. as Chief Clerk of the United States Senate Committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for more than 20 years. She passed away in February 2009, with a lasting dedication to her country and her alma mater. 

The Arrington Match has made a significant impact on Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The Match, presented to the university through the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation, started as a $1.3 million gift from alumna Nadine Arrington, who passed away in 2009. The Arrington Match used $1 million of that gift as endowed funds and allowed Foundation donors to have their gift matched, as long as the gifts were designated as either new faculty endowments or new scholarship endowments. 

The result--that $1 million was matched in a year’s time, resulting in six new faculty endowments, 10 new scholarship endowments, and two endowments supporting academic programs.        


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