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Texas A&M-Kingsville honors Hispanic alumni with awards

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Four Javelina alumni were honored at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Annual Tejano Heritage Award Banquet on Oct. 14 in the Memorial Student Union Building.

Antonia Alvarez, a longtime administrator at the University, received the Tejano Service Award. Alvarez, of Edinburg, retired from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 2021 after serving more than 30 years at the University in various administrative capacities.

Roberto Gonzalez, a longtime teacher and coach in South Texas, received the Tejano Heritage Award. Roberto Gonzalez, of Falfurrias, was one of the nation’s top distance runners in the late 1960s when he earned All-America honors for the Javelinas. 

Alicia Arredondo Clarke, of Rio Grande City, and Oscar Gonzalez, of Hebbronville, attended the university when it was Texas College of Arts and Industries. 

Clarke is a retired educator and school administrator with more than 60 years in South Texas education. She was awarded the Tejano Service Award. 

Oscar Gonzalez, who received the Tejano Heritage Award, was one of the first Hispanics to play football for the Javelinas and a longtime teacher and coach in South Texas. He was also a County Commissioner for Jim Hogg County. 

The Tejano Heritage Banquet is part of Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Hispanic Heritage Month observation. It is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art, Communications and Theatre.  

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