DATE:  April 7, 2008
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AEP Texas Gift to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Will Support the Greatest Needs of the University and the Community

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi today (April 7) announced a gift of unrestricted funds from AEP Texas, headquartered in Corpus Christi, which will support the greatest needs of the University.

The $25,000 gift was made during a ceremonial check presentation held at the campus.

A longtime partner with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, AEP Texas has supported the University since 1980. Its contributions have provided funds for the President’s Council, an annual giving program that supports Presidential Scholarships and the Parents’ Council, which provides numerous programs and opportunities for students.

Other areas that have received funding include the Athletics/Tarpon Foundation, various scholarships and community events including the State of the University Luncheon and Islander Lights, as well as the South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS) Extravaganza, which funds scholarships in South Texas.

“For nearly three decades, AEP Texas has provided generous gifts to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, that have helped move us forward in developing a variety of programs at our University,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “Our friends at AEP Texas continue to place their trust in the University to utilize these funds for our greatest needs at the time they happen.”

In addition, AEP Texas participates in a matching gift program for its employees where donations to the University by employees are matched one-to-one up to $2,000.

“The University continues to be a shining star in our community and we are excited about its plans to expand and meet the needs of South Texas,” said Julio Reyes, AEP Texas vice president of External Affairs. “There is a direct link between a thriving University and a thriving community.”

Part of the American Electric Power system, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, AEP Texas serves more than 900,000 electric consumers in the deregulated Texas marketplace across its nearly 100,000 square mile service territory in south and west Texas which includes the cities of Corpus Christi, Abilene, McAllen, Harlingen, San Angelo, Vernon, Victoria and Laredo.

In addition, AEP Texas contributes more than $1 million annually to teach electrical safety, improve education, enhance the environment, and support community and economic vitality in the areas served.

Photo cutline: Pictured are Julio Reyes, AEP Texas vice president of External Affairs (left); University President Flavius Killebrew; and Ken Griffin, community affairs manager for AEP Texas.