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Retired Director Receives Life Achievement Award for Contributions to Chicana and Chicano Studies

March 12, 2015

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Dr. Thomas Kreneck, a retired Associate Director for Special Collections and Archives and Joe B. Frantz Lecturer in Public History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been selected to receive the Premio Estrella de Aztlan, an award instituted by the Tejas Foco of National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS). He was presented with the award at the Tejas Foco Conference held February 26-28 in Houston, Texas.

“It is both an honor and humbling for me personally to be recognized in such a manner by such an esteemed organization,” said Kreneck, who has been involved with NACCS since the late 1970s.

The award seeks to honor persons making contributions to the well-being of Chicanos in the arenas of cultural arts, social justice, social services, political engagement, and publications. The Life Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose service, contributions, and/or work has spanned a minimum of 25 years. Kreneck currently resides in his native Karnes County.