Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Four to receive distinguished alumni honors during 2013 Homecoming

KINGSVILLE - October 11, 2013

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Four alumni of Texas A&M University-Kingsville will be honored at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Javelina Alumni Association meets for its annual Homecoming Luncheon at the Grand Ballrooms in the Memorial Student Union Building.

Each year, a number of alumni are chosen for special recognition, not only for their professional achievements, but also for their exemplary service to both their alma mater and their communities. This year, four alumni will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. 

            Distinguished Alumni are: 

            Abel López, Class of 1972, of Washington, D.C.

            Gloria Hicks, Class of 1970, of Corpus Christi

            Rep. Mark Hamilton, Class of 1978, of Cumming, Georgia

            Balous Miller, Class of 1966, of San Antonio 

About the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

Abel López is currently the associate producing director of the GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos) Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&I University in 1972. He also graduated from Harvard Law School, is an adjunct professor at George Mason University and on the faculty of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute.

During his time at GALA, López has produced more than 65 shows and directed another 30, including the company’s first hit production of Kiss of the Spider Woman that won numerous awards in 1993. 

He currently sits on the board of directors of Americans for the Arts, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture and the Helen Hayes Awards, among others. His contributions to the arts have been recognized with the Richard Bauer Leadership Award from the Washington Performing Arts Video Archive, Selena Roberts Ottum Award from Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington Post Award for Distinguished Community Service from the Helen Hayes Awards.

Gloria Hicks is chief financial officer and partner in Ed Hicks Imports in Corpus Christi. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&I University in 1970. She is currently a member of the President’s Circle at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Hicks started her college career at Del Mar College when she was 29 after having three children. She and her husband, Ed, were married in 1957. She completed her degree at Texas A&I in three years. She went on to become the first woman at an accounting firm in Corpus Christi and earned the title of certified public accountant. At the same time, she kept for books for her husband’s car sale company; she became the chief financial officer in 1972.

She serves on the board of directors for a host of organizations, including the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, South Texas STARS Scholarship Funds, the Kenedy Foundation and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Among her honors, Hicks received the Golden Star Award from the Texas State Aquarium, the American Institute of Public Service Jefferson Award and the Metro Ministries Luther Jones Award. She was Newsmaker of the Year for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and was inducted on the Del Mar College Wall of Honor.

Mark Hamilton currently is serving his seventh year in the Georgia House of State Representatives. He chairs the house Industry and Labor committee and the Energy sub-committee, while also serving on committees for Appropriations, Governmental Affairs, Rules, Governor Deal’s Digital Learning Task Force and the House GOP Caucus Policy Committee. 

A 1978 graduate of Texas A&I, Hamilton earned a degree in engineering business. He is founder, president and CEO of H & H Staffing Services, Inc., a staffing firm serving business throughout North Georgia, and AppliedWisdom LLC, an executive coaching and consulting firm with clients across North America. 

A leader in both business and politics, Hamilton also is committed to community service. He is a member of the Lanier Technical College Board of Trustees and a member and past-chairman of the Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce. He has been active in the South Forsyth Rotary Club and Forsyth County American Heart Association Walk. 

Hamilton and his wife Sandy have three daughters and live in Cumming, Georgia. 

Balous Miller is the CEO and President of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q. Nearly 70 Bill Miller Bar-B-Q restaurants are located in San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. Miller is a 1966 graduate of Texas A&I, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education. 

He is a member of the Javelina Club and President’s Circle. He has been named Outstanding Restaurateur of San Antonio and Outstanding Restaurateur of Texas. Miller has been inducted in the Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honors and has earned recognition for his business endeavors and philanthropy. 

A dedicated community leader, Miller and his family were recognized as the first family in San Antonio to contribute the total amount needed for the construction of a Habitat for Humanity home in San Antonio. He donated nine acres of the 11-acre University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus. The campus’ green area is named The Bill Miller Plaza. Miller has also funded San Antonio’s Mama Patrol Program—a safety patrol that ensures students can cross the street safely before and after school. 

Miller and his wife, Julie, have two children and live in San Antonio.


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