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Islander Ring Makes the World a Smaller Place, Connects Alumni on Sight

September 18, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Receiving the Islander Ring is not only a milestone achievement for students, but the ring also bonds fellow Islanders to each other in a symbol of tradition, pride, and university spirit. U.S. Army Captain Marcos R. Garcia, an Islander alumnus, shares this story about just such a connection.

Recently, Garcia was assisting with a briefing at Army Material Command Headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. While there, he met Lieutenant General Larry Wyche, an Army Three-Star General, and the two realized they were fellow Islanders.

“When we shook hands, we saw each other’s ring. That’s when we connected,” said Garcia. “I haven’t met that many people, especially outside of South Texas, that carry the Islander ring.”

During their fortuitous meeting, Garcia and Wyche spent time talking about their alma mater.

“I worked hard to earn this ring. There was no doubt that I would buy one,” said Garcia. “Being a military officer, and travelling the world, it’s nice to have a college ring that allows people to know where you attended college, and find those connections.”

A Corpus Christi native, Garcia came to the Island University in 2002 and graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2006. During his time at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, he was a member of the ROTC Islander Battalion. Garcia now works as an aid for Major General Gwendolyn Bingham and is stationed at Tank Automotive Command Headquarters in Warren, Michigan. Garcia is married to Islander alumna Amanda Garcia.