CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted a Legislative Appreciation Reception on Nov. 14, to thank and honor Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Representative Todd Hunter and Representative Abel Herrero, their staff, and others in the Coastal Bend community for their support of the Island University in Austin during the 85th Texas Legislative Session. It was their commitment and outstanding work this past spring that ensures the Island University can continue to invest in the needs of students, faculty and staff.
“Early in the session, Senate Bill 1 came out, which proposed a 35 percent cut to University appropriations from the State. A cut that large would have been devastating,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, President and CEO of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “In the end, with the hard work of our United Chamber of Commerce, the City of Corpus Christi, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, many local citizens who went to Austin to push forward our legislative priorities – but above all, our local delegation – A&M-Corpus Christi had one of the lowest budget cuts at 5.7 percent.”
In addition, A&M-Corpus Christi received an additional $7 million in special item funding to support our Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation.
“Our more than 12,000 students enrolled at A&M-Corpus Christi deserve the best resources available to accomplish their educational goals, and because our local delegation and others made us their priority in Austin, we can continue to remain committed to every students’ success and close the gaps in educational attainment,” said Quintanilla.
The reception included special remarks from Andrea Gilson, an Islander kinesiology graduate student and officer in the Student Government Association (SGA). Gilson was one of about 50 A&M-Corpus Christi students who participated in TAMU-CC Day at the Capitol in February.
“After to our trip to Austin, SGA members were re-energized and inspired to continue to impact policy, influence change, and give a voice to others on our campus, just like our delegation does for our University and all their constituents,” Gilson said.
The appreciation reception ended with Hinojosa, Hunter and Herrero receiving a small token of appreciation from the Island University.