Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Receives $5,000 to Initiate its First Ever ‘Suit Bank’

Published: October 27, 2015

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Receives $5,000 to Initiate its First Ever ‘Suit Bank’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received $5,000 to create a suit bank, which will serve as a professional-clothing library for Islander students and alumni going on job interviews. The suit bank plans to open in spring 2016, in a location near Careers Services, which is on the third floor of the University Center.

This suit bank is an initiative of Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp and his Chancellor’s Century Council (CCC), a group of donors who support special projects throughout the Texas A&M System. The CCC donated $70,000 to create or support suit banks at each of the System’s 11 universities. Texas A&M University-College Station received $20,000 and each of the System’s 10 regional universities, including the Island University, received $5,000 either to start a program, or to supplement existing efforts to help job applicants with their wardrobes.

Local representation for CCC includes Dan Leyendecker; Thetis and Judge S. Loyd Neal, Jr.; Jenny and Philip Skrobarczyk; Dee and Ted M. Stephens; and Yma and Chuck Urban.

“First impressions are important and that’s why the Chancellor’s Secretary Council chose to fund this outstanding initiative,” said Neal. “This funding isn’t just an investment into suits. It’s an investment into students.”

Career Services will oversee the development of the A&M-Corpus Christi suit bank, though they welcome feedback from other departments and university groups.

“We were excited and happy when we learned about this generous gift.  It will help us fill a need for many students,” said Terri Howe, Director of Career Services. “This benefits every student, from every major, from every background, who will put their degree to use and look for a job.”

The majority of the $5,000 will be spent purchasing suits; although, suit donations will be accepted as well. Money will also be set aside for dry cleaning.

“Keeping an inventory of suits that are modern and fit a wide range of students will be an on-going process,” Howe said. “While we won’t be tailoring suits, we plan to assist students in finding the best fit.”

Career Services offers a variety of services to Islander students including career counseling, industry-specific career fairs, mock interviews, job search assistance, resume reviews, internship information, and the Hire an Islander online job board. Learn more at http://career-services.tamucc.edu/.