Distinguished Alumni


HOMECOMING 2019  -  October 25th  -  distinguished alumni AWARDS

Join us during Javelina Homecoming this year as we induct 3 Distinguished Alumni and 2 Rising Stars during the annual Javelina Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville starting at 5:30pm in the Grand Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building.To read more about each honoree, please click their name to access their full biography. 


This year's Distinguished Alumni honorees are:

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin, Class of 1979, San Antonio

Jackie Collins, Class of 1972, Kingsville

Richard Ritchie, Class of 1977, Mineral Wells 


The Rising StarS ARE:

Brian McFall, Class of 2005 and Class of 2008, Vicksburg, MS

C. Michelle Unda, Class of 2005, Corpus Christi



Mayor Sam Fugate, Kingsville Mayor, Fugate Law Firm


 distinguished teacher award:

Dr. Christine Reiser Robbins, Professor of Anthropology


distinguished research award:

Dr. Jingbo Louise Liu, Professor, Department of Chemistry


Click here to learn more about our 2019 honorees.

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Click here to learn more about our Distinguished Teacher and Research Honorees. 


ABOUT the Alumni Awards

Javelina Alumni and faculty make amazing things happen in the world. Their accomplishments significantly benefit both society and our campus, by inspiring others and providing insight and creativity. Their actions communicate the dynamic excellence of being a Javelina and the importance of service as a component of our philosophy. To celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni and faculty, the Javelina Alumni Association sponsors awards for distinguished alumni, research and teaching.
Distinguished Alumni Award 
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated long-time and successful commitment to their careers and communities and have brought special honor to the university because of their accomplishments.
Rising Star Award
Rising Star Award recognizes graduates of the university who have experienced professional success and who are within 15 years of their graduation from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


Every Fall Semester, the Javelina Alumni Association honors faculty who excel in the classroom and in the field. Only two faculty members receive recognition during the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony dedicated to celebrate faculty dedication to the university's core values—teaching and research. 
Distinguished Research Award 
Distinguished Research Award is presented to a deserving faculty member who has shown superior scholarship through publication, continued creativity, the research impact on the field, and/or other academic or professional awards. 
Distinguished Teaching Award
Distinguished Teaching Award is presented to a deserving faculty member who has shown excellence, intellectual insights and ability to engage student learning that has life-long impact.