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Generations of Javelinas
Left: Humberto Gonzalez was in the first cohort of graduates in 1927. Right: This month, his great-granddaughter, Angelica Alvarez ’24, walks the stage during her commencement ceremony.

In anticipation of celebrating our Centennial—100 years since the founding of our university—we are seeking Javelina family connections that span generations.

For example, Humberto Gonzalez was a member of our very first graduating class.

Most recently, two of Humberto’s great-grandchildren; Jacob Gonzalez graduated last summer and Angelica Alvarez graduated on May 10.

Tell us your Javelina Family Legacy by tapping the button below and sharing all your connections—by birth or marriage—to other Javelinas.

Alumni News

New Resource for Alumni: Free, On-Demand Virtual Courses

Texas A&M-Kingsville Career Engagement has partnered with the world’s #1 job site and hiring platform, Indeed, to provide Javelina Alumni with skills and knowledge required for successful job searches.

Alumni are encouraged to contact Career Engagement to schedule a virtual appointment if they wish to receive job search assistance beyond Indeed's Job Search Academy.

University News

University Supporters Recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists of Coastal Bend

Right: Brad Walker, and Brigitte Acevedo, Bill Colston, Jr. and Judy Colston at the awards ceremony on April 30 in Corpus Christi.

Long-time supporters of Texas A&M-Kingsville, Judy and Bill Colston, Jr., were recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Coastal Bend chapter as Outstanding Philanthropists at the National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) awards ceremony. In attendance was Bill and Judy Colston Honors Scholar and first year Finance major, Brigitte Acevedo.

Engineering Senior Reception and 'Ringing Out' Ceremony

On May 9, all graduates from the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering were able to ring the bell when they announced their own names upon taking the stage. For 14 years, the tradition to “ring out and serve,” has been a powerful reminder for graduating engineers, computer scientists, and industrial technology professionals to always uphold high levels of integrity within their future careers. Congrats Javelinas!

Congratulations, Javelina Graduates!

Right: Daniel Morales '91, president-elect of the Javelina Alumni Association, warmly welcomed new graduates with handshakes and encouraging words at all three commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 10.
Student Spotlight

Mother, Daughter Pair Graduate with Same Degrees

The future for Erica Esquivel and Abigail Hernandez-Meza is bright. Two years ago, the duo decided to continue their education together and that TAMUK was the right place for them. On May 10, Erica and Abigail each graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work! We cannot wait to see what is next for them; whatever it is, we know they will be there to support one another.

Carlos Puentes '24

Left: Carlos, with his family, on campus after commencement on May 10. Right: (From Left) Ramiro Gonzalez '22, '23; Alyssa Gonzalez '21 attend the Puentes wedding.

Carlos Puentes, Career Engagement student employee, will join Infinity MEP+S Consultants as a Mechanical Designer in June. He is looking forward to relocating to Houston with his beautiful bride, Marianna, who he married after graduating on May 10. Carlos met Infinity representatives at this semester's career fair and got an interview and job offer shortly afterwards. We wish him the best in this next stage of life!

Spotted on Social Media

Agriculture Students Learn In Costa Rica

On May 15, five students from the Dick & Mary Lewis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, along with students from University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and Florida International University, arrived in Costa Rica!

Thanks to the USDA grant program GO START NOW (Getting Occupational Student Training in Agricultural Research Through Novel Workshops), under the direction of Dr. Randy Stanko, students are able to take on research-based experiential learning with one-on-one faculty mentorship.

During their time abroad students learned about local production of sugar cane, rice, plantain, cattle, cheese and much more.

Engineering STEM Summer Camp

Texas A&M-Kingsville will host two sessions of the Young Engineers of South Texas (YES Texas). The camps will introduce the departments in the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering and provide a broad overview of different STEM career fields. Students entering 6th through 12th grade in Fall 2024 are eligible to attend.

Registration is currently open for:

YES Texas Session 1: June 10 – June 14

YES Texas Session 2: June 24 – June 28


Javelina Football Schedule LIVE

The 2024 Javelina Football schedule is here! We are eagerly anticipating filling Javelina Stadium with blue and gold! On August 29, the season kicks off against Colorado Mesa. Make sure to check out the 2024 Football schedule to stay up to date with who, where, and when our Javelinas will be playing this fall; remember, J's Up!

Javelina Tennis Player Most Improved Nationally

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named Alessa Maier '24 the Most Improved Player for Division II Women's Tennis nationwide.

During her senior year, Maier had an overall record of 30-8. She was ranked as high as 6th in the country. She won the South Central Region ITA and made it to the final of the consolation draw after losing to the number one player in the country in the first round of the main draw.

During the season, she had a 12-match win streak before hurting her back at the end of the regular season and she had wins over 12 ranked players throughout the year.

Five Javelinas Named to First Team All-LSC

With the announcement of the Lone Star Conference's list of All-Conference honors for the 2024 Outdoor Track & Field season, a bevy of Javelinas were on the list!

Five of our athletes were named First Team All-LSC. Three Javelina men, Paxton Hair, Markim Felix and Thomas Nieto received the honor; two Javelina women, Katryna Hernandez and Devon Williams, received the honor.

Additionally, several Javelina men received Second Team All-LSC nods for their performances at the conference championships. Gabriel Field, Roel De Leon, Ke'Andre Jones, Reid Barba, Sterling Riles, Taylor Chaney and Tony Benitez were the recipients of the honor.

Rounding out the recognitions for the Javelinas were five selections to the Third Team All-LSC. The men receiving the honor are Eric Edison and Kobi Valchar. For the women, Kaylea Demetrius, Maya Espinosa and Madison Ramons were the recipients. Way to go Javelina Track and Field!

Nominations Open for Javelina Athletics Hall of Fame

The Texas A&M-Kingsville athletics department is requesting nominations for the Javelina Hall of Fame. They are open now and will be accepted until Thursday, June 13th. Tap the button below for important information, criteria, and the online nomination form.

Engineering Alumni

Submit Engineering Hall of Fame Nominations Now

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering seeks Engineering Hall of Fame nominations as well as nominations for a new category of recognition--Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna designation recognizes graduates of Texas A&M-Kingsville who have experienced professional success and who are within 15 years of their graduation from the university.

The online nomination form for the Hall of Fame or the Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna is available at the link below.

Alumni Travel

Trot the Globe with Fellow Javelinas!

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Africa this December, led by Dr. Nirmal Goswami. Alumni trips help make global experiences possible for students at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Get Involved

PeopleGrove is Now a Community of 1,000+ Javelinas!

We all have something in common: a desire to connect and help each other. Join the 1,000+ Javelinas on PeopleGrove to help students access unique job opportunities, career support and countless resources by signing up as a mentor. Just click the button below to get started.