Javelina Alumni Association to honor five as Distinguished Alumni, Rising Star

KINGSVILLE - July 21, 2017

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


The Javelina Alumni Association at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will honor five alumni during the school’s annual Homecoming celebration. Four have been named Distinguished Alumni for 2017 and one has been named the year’s Rising Star.

Javelina Nation will celebrate Homecoming festivities October 16-21, 2017. 

Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments have brought honor and prestige to Javelina Nation. The Rising Star Award recognizes graduates of Texas A&M-Kingsville who have experienced professional success and who are within 15 years of their graduation. 

New Distinguished Alumni are: 

Benjamin Marconi, Class of 1988, San Antonio

Vincent Louis Mogas, Class of 1963, 1964, Houston

Dr. Francis (Monte) Rouquette, Class of 1965, Overton

Carol A. Scott, Class of 1982, Corpus Christi 

The Rising Star is John Bradley Womack, Class of 2002, Kingsville 

The Javelina Alumni Association’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Grand Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building. 


About the Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


Benjamin Marconi died recently in the line of duty as a detective for the San Antonio Police Department. Marconi, originally from Floresville, earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&I University in 1988. He worked in the restaurant business before making a career change and returning home to Texas and beginning his 20-year career in law enforcement. 

Marconi was active in Army ROTC – Javelina Battalion as a student, as well as Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. As an alumnus he remained active with Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Association. He also was involved with several civil rights and children’s advocacy groups and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in San Antonio. 

Marconi was killed Nov. 20, 2016 while writing a ticket outside the SAPD headquarters. The story immediately became national news. 

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Vincent Louis Mogas, of Houston, founded MOGAS Industries in 1973 to develop, design and manufacture severe-service valves. Since then the company has become one of the most trusted, high-quality valve manufacturers in the world with service centers in China, Australia, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. 

Mogas and his company are involved in several professional organizations, including International Organization For Standardization, American Petroleum Institute, International Society of Automation, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, American Fuel and Petrochem Manufacturers and Valve Manufacturers Association. 

As an industry leader with a focus on community, MOGAS has received several awards including:

  • The Jessie H. Jones Award in 2004 by the Greater Houston Partnership,
  • National Philanthropy Award in 2005 by the Houston Business Journal as an Outstanding Corporation,
  • The Inc. 500 magazine as one of America’s fastest growing private companies in America (1982),
  • Shell Canada 2007 Vendor Excellence Award,
  • Texas Association of Business Best Companies to work for in Texas in 2016,
  • 2017 World at Work Seal of Distinction Charitable Activities. 

Mogas and his wife, Marilyn, are dedicated philanthropists personally and involve MOGAS and its employees in many of their charitable activities. MOGAS has had a bike team participating in the MS150 Bike Ride for the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Association since 1996. 

MOGAS Employees are volunteers and donors to Ronald McDonald House, Periwinkle Foundation, and Camp for All. The Mogas family established a scholarship fund for children of MOGAS employees who are pursuing post-secondary education. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1963 and his master’s in business administration in 1964 from Texas College of Arts and Industries.

Mogas credits much of his success in business to the hands-on education, mentoring and guidance he received from Dr. Dennis Ford, former Dean of the College of Business Administration at Texas College of Arts and Industries and remained in contact with Dr. Ford until Ford’s passing. 

Dr. Francis M. Rouquette earned a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Texas College of Arts and Industries in 1965. After earning a master’s in Forage Cropping Systems from Texas Tech and a doctorate in Forage Physiology from Texas A&M University, Rouquette began his career in 1970 at the Texas A&M University AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton where he still serves today.

In 2000 he was named Regents Professor, the highest academic honor awarded by The Texas A&M University System. 

Rouquette has authored 695 publications and has an extensive list of research work and presentations. He is a Fellow in the Crop Science Society of America and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Society of Animal Science, Southern Section, in 2010. He was named Outstanding Citizen in 2009 by the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce for his civic activities.

As a student at Texas A&I, Rouquette was an officer in the T Association as a Javelina football letterman. He also was a member of the Aggie Club and Sigma Rho fraternity.

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Carol A. Scott, of Corpus Christi, has worked as a public relations professional for over three decades. Originally from Bishop, Scott graduated with a bachelor of business administration from Texas A&I University in 1982. Her early career in public relations included positions with the Texas A&I Alumni Association, the American Heart Association and the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.

Scott earned Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 1993.

Other professional highlights include her induction into the PRSA’s College of Fellows in 2005 and being honored with the Golden Spur Award from the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA). She has served in numerous leadership roles in TPRA, including Board President. Scott received PRSA’s highly-recognized Paul M. Lund Public Service Award in 2013.

Leadership in education has been a hallmark of Scott’s service, beginning with her term as President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority while in college. She later served as Alumnae Chapter President from 1987-90. She was a founding board member and the second President of the Javelina Alumni Association in 1996-97.

Scott was elected to the Corpus Christi Independent School District Board of Trustees in 2006 and served through 2014, including three terms as President. Scott was elected to the Del Mar College Board of Regents in 2014 where she currently serves as second vice chair and represents the college on the board of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees. 

She also has served on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s President’s Leadership Council since 2010. Scott also has served in dozens of philanthropic and civic leadership roles at the city, region, state and national level

About the Rising Star Recipient

John Bradley Womack earned his bachelor’s in business administration in 2002 and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Kleberg Bank in Kingsville.

Womack is a member of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas Leadership Division and a speaker at several regional and national banking conferences. As Kleberg Bank COO he is responsible for banking operations, retail banking, customer service, product management and technology.

Living and working in his hometown of Kingsville, Womack is busy with several civic and philanthropic organizations. He has taken on leadership roles with Santa Gertrudis Independent School District Education Foundation, Riviera Independent School District CTE Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Kingsville, Boys and Girls Club of Kingsville, Kingsville Economic Development Council, Kingsville Chamber of Commerce and South Texas Charity Weekend. 

Womack has remained active as a Javelina alumnus, serving on the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Board, the Javelina Club Leadership Council and the Texas A&M-Kingsville Leadership Speaker Series. Womack also is a founding member and four-time president of the Javelina Tailgating Association.


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