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Javelina Alumni Association to honor Dr. Tallant as honorary alumnus

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            KINGSVILLE (September 28, 2018) — The Javelina Alumni Association (JAA) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville honors several distinguished alumni each year at Homecoming and 2018 is no exception. However, a new award will be given this year as the JAA gives an Honorary Alumni Award to University President Dr. Steven H. Tallant.


            “I am honored and humbled to be receiving this award,” said Tallant. “I have enjoyed my tenure at Texas A&M-Kingsville and I share this honor with all the faculty and staff who have been here as we put our ideas in motion to make this university a great place to get a college education.”


            “Dr. Tallant has a saying ‘The students are the heart of the university and alumni are the soul.’ Well, Dr. Tallant has poured his heart and soul into our university and the results prove it,” said Rick Garza, president of the Javelina Alumni Association.


            “Our alma mater is undeniably a better university because of his work and the Board of Directors of the Javelina Alumni Association is honored to bring Dr. Tallant into our ranks as the first Honorary Alumnus,” Garza said.


            Tallant will end his 10-year stint in Javelina Nation when he retires at the end of the year. He oversaw enrollment growth as high as 58 percent during his tenure earning the designation of the Fastest-Growing Public Doctoral Institution in the United States from The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2015.


            A&M-Kingsville became the 13th public university in Texas to reach more than $100 million in endowment funds, which will produce more than $4.5 million for the university to spend in the 2018-2019 academic year.


           Campus construction projects under Tallant’s presidency totaled more than $200 million and included student housing, research centers, sporting and recreation facilities and the $60 million Music Education Complex, funded by Capital Construction Revenue Bonds from the state.


          Tallant also pioneered an educational alliance with the Premont Independent School District, in which the university helped the district meet academic standards and improve its financial health through securing grants, professional development for district employees, and raising college awareness among Premont students.


         The JAA will honor Tallant and the other recipients at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Grand Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building.


            Nominations for the Honorary Alumni Award will be taken by the JAA beginning next year; however, it may not be given each year. The Honorary Alumni Award will honor individuals who have provided service and support to the university that is characteristic of the most dedicated alumni.


            The Board of Directors reserves this award to recognize friends of Texas A&M-Kingsville who are not alumni, but whose efforts have had a great impact on advancing the mission of the university.


            For more information about the Distinguished Alumni event visit this site Ticket and sponsorship information can be found at


            For more information, call 361-593-4191.



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