A Year of Javelinas Coming Home Alumni moments of 2023

In the Chemistry department, an alumna returned to campus for a special reason. For the first time, the Fred M. Garland Lecture was given by a Javelina, Dr. Jacqueline Thomas ’03.
Sherie Jackson '00 was one of the three amazing alumnae who shared their experiences with students during a career-focused panel this Spring.
Remi Yusuf '07 visited campus on World Kindness Day to speak with students about his journey from TAMUK student to non-profit founder.
Amanda DeFrees ’21 interviews TAMUK’s School of Music Director Dr. Elizabeth Janzen. DeFrees hosts a podcast, Fem Forte, about empowering women in music.
Michael Martinez ’23 was one of the first 15 Javelina Relight students to receive their degree during summer commencement held Friday, Aug. 4.
From left, Elyssa Benavides ’18 and Sarah Muñoz ’07, help with the Miss TAMUK ceremony on Apr. 15.
Mike Howard ’93 addresses the faculty, staff and administration of Javelina Nation at Convocation on Aug. 18.
President Vela presents Amado M. Peña ’65, ’71 with a "Leader of the Pack" statue for his invaluable contributions during the With You Without Limits Campaign.
Orlando Salinas ’96 took the reins full-time of Javelina Softball, after serving as interim coach for the majority of the team's 2023 campaign.
Javier Salinas ’18 now serves as Lecturer of Latin American Music and Director of Mariachi Javelina for Texas A&M-Kingsville. Welcome home!
On Oct. 21, TAMUK Veterinary Technology (VETT) alumni gathered for the 3rd annual VETT Alumni event. Most of the alumni in attendance live and work within in the coastal bend and valley area, although a few traveled from San Antonio and even out of state to participate!
For Richard Ritchie Night in Javelina Stadium on Oct. 28, President Robert H. Vela (far right) and Vice President for Advancement & TAMUK Foundation CEO Brad Walker (far left), presented a commissioned “Leader of the Pack” javelina bronze to Penny Ritchie (next to Vela) and Richard’s daugthers Leslie Ritchie Robnett and Lacie Ritchie Austin. Former Javelina Head Football Coach and Richard’s quarterback Coach Ron Harms joined in the photo (next to Walker), along with Richard’s sons-in-law Kevin Robnett and Matt Austin. Richard’s grandson, Eli (in No. 16) led the coin toss prior to kick-off. Other grandchildren were in Javelina spirit attire. Richard, a Javelina Athletics and National College Football Hall of Famer, served as a TAMUK Foundation Board Trustee and created an endowment to support Javelina football.
Future alumna Jennifer Rios (Pre-Dental major) at Hoggie Days in June, with the support of her proud Javelina Family.
Amanda Cavazos '14, '22 was commissioned to paint this TAMUK mural, housed in the new Welcome Center.