Kickoff officially opens With You, Without Limits campaign

KINGSVILLE - April 09, 2018

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



It has been over 100 years since the people of Kingsville rallied together to bring home the first normal school south of San Antonio. Now, that group includes thousands of alumni who join the fight to make Texas A&M University-Kingsville the best it can be and make sure it’s current and future students have everything they need.

To that end, university officials and alumni joined together Friday, April 6, to mark the beginning of the new With You, Without Limits comprehensive campaign with a celebration at the on-campus home of President and Mrs. Steven Tallant.

Alumnus Gene H. Dawson Jr., president of Pape-Dawson Engineers in San Antonio, is the campaign chairman. He took to the stage Friday to announce the goal of the campaign is to raise $100 million in private support by the end of 2021. However, organizers are more than halfway to the goal having raised over $58 million in the first phase of the campaign.

According to Tallant, most of the funding will be divided into four major areas, including $15 million for academic programs; $15 million for capital needs; $20 million for student scholarships; and $40 million for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI).

“Faculty endowments are important because they allow the university to recognize, reward, recruit and retain the best teachers and researchers. And donors can make sure our faculty and students are learning in state-of-the-art labs with state-of-the-art equipment,” Tallant said. “We are very fortunate to have the premier wildlife research faculty in the country in the CKWRI. When we talk about our university and our faculty being Without Limits it starts them.” 

“Student scholarship endowments are important because With You, our University is Without Limits,” he added. 

About Gene H. Dawson Jr.

In his position as president of Pape-Dawson Engineers, he provides technical management and leadership to the firm’s management team and its employees. The company has grown from a staff of two, 50 years ago, to a firm that employs 380 professionals and has grown into one of the largest and most respected engineering firms in the state.

Although the company has grown, it continues to serve its clients with the same dedication to integrity, competence, hard work and quality service. They have worked on projects including the Texas Research Park, Sea World of Texas and Fiesta Texas.

A 1982 graduate with a degree in civil engineering, Dawson also serves his alma mater, Texas A&M-Kingsville, with the same dedication. He consistently provides support for our future engineers to complete their educations through the Gene and Lori Dawson Engineering Scholarship.

Dawson serves as director of The Bank of San Antonio, Capitol of Texas Bancshares, Southwest Bancshares and served as president of the Real Estate Council of San Antonio.

The Bexar Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers named him Young Engineer of the Year in 1991 and Engineer of the Year in 1999. He also was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2011.

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