Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Bea Blomquist

An Outstanding Islander

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Islander for Life

In the same way that the Island University has touched her life, Bea Blomquist is doing all she can to enrich the lives of our alumni and students.

“The University provided me with my education, so now I’m giving back,” said Blomquist. “Before earning my degree, it was difficult to move up in my career. After I received  my degree, I was able to do so much more.”

Blomquist, who graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1998, has been employed at the University for 13 years. For the last four years, she has worked as business manager for the College of Science and Engineering. This fall, she will earn her MPA.

While at the University, she has received the Young Alumni Award and the Employee Excellence Award, has served as president of the Staff Advisory Council, and has taken the reins as president for the National Alumni Board and the Anchor Alumni Club. Blomquist has made meaningful connections with alumni of the University of Corpus Christi, Texas A&I University at Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“I want alumni to understand that it is not only important to give their money to the University, but their time to help our students,” she said. “We are a fast-growing university and there’s always a need for volunteers and mentors.”

In April, for the fifth straight year, Blomquist will be involved with the College Against Cancer - Relay for Life. After being diagnosed herself in 2007, she served as co-captain and captain of the Lifesavers Team comprised of University staff. Last year, she was the top individual fundraiser ($1,325) for the relay. She has also volunteered at campus events including Late Night Breakfast, Island Days, and Student Orientation and community events such as H.E.B. Feast of Sharing.

Although Blomquist has faced many challenges in the last 10 years, she never gave up on her education or career thanks to the encouragement of mentor and professor, Dr. Awni Zebda, and the support of her late husband, Gus Blomquist, and her son, Gus Jr.
 
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