Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Gerardo “Gerry” Moreno

An Outstanding Islander

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Top-Notch Tutor

Dr. Gerardo “Gerry” Moreno learned all about the value of higher education as a young boy, when he met Hispanic labor leader, civil rights activist and farm worker César Chávez while picking grapes with his family. After having dinner with Chavez, Dr. Moreno, who is assistant vice president for Student Success and leads CASA operations, soon realized his calling to help at-risk students succeed. In 1994, Dr. Moreno joined the Island University staff to start the Tutoring and Learning Center, which was recently renamed the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) and received the National Tutoring Association Outstanding Program Award in 2004. More than 5,000 students visit CASA, which provides a one-stop shop for academic services. In 2008, the Center launched SMARTHINKING, the latest Web-based technology available 24 hours a day to assist students with study and research. CASA also started the Academic Insight Mentors (AIM) peer-mentoring program in 2009 to offer advice to freshmen about campus services and provide them with opportunities to connect with knowledgeable and supportive upperclassmen that can help students with their classes, registration or any other issues preventing academic success. Dr. Moreno takes Chavez’s charismatic words to heart. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Moreno received his Ed.D. from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2008. Over the years, he has encouraged his son, Gerardo, a junior in high school, to earn a Ph.D. Dr. Moreno has many professional certifications that include a developmental education specialist from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators, and certification by National Association of Developmental Education to train leaders that are interested in building academic support centers. A ribbon cutting for the new Glasscock Student Success Center, which houses CASA, TRIO and Title V programs, took place on Jan. 25, 2010.

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