Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Curtis Rock

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Curtis Rock

There’s No Place Like Home

After alumnus Curtis Rock earned his degree at the Island University, he chose to remain in Corpus Christi to implement innovative ideas to make the city an even better place for future grads to call home.

“We’re creating a culture for University students where they realize that once they receive their degrees, they are not done with the University,” said Rock, who received his BBA in Management Information Systems in 2004. “The University has played an important part of my life. There are things we can do to keep our graduates here after they get their education.”

As a Momentum Capital Campaign co-chair with his wife, Jennifer (BBA Accounting ‘06) he targeted the young professional community. Rock says there are many ways alumni can contribute. They can raise scholarship funds; show school spirit at Islanders games; support small businesses; and develop attractions to create a more inviting atmosphere.  

Named the 2010 Corpus Christi 40 under 40 “Person of the Year,” Rock is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi XXXIII, serves as chairman of Leadership Corpus Christi XL and, in 2006, was appointed to the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) by the Corpus Christi City Council. He was subsequently elected TAC chairman in 2009.

While at the University, Rock, business development manager for Rock Engineering and Testing Laboratory, was a founding father of Sigma Phi Epsilon, where he honed his budding leadership potential.

“That’s where I developed a knack for running a business and being involved in the community and organizations,” said Rock, who owns Boombox Brothers DJs, a special events booking agency.

In addition, Rock is on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi National Alumni Board and is past vice president of the Corpus Christi Area Alumni Club. It’s crucial, he says, to keep alumni engaged in the community and to foster fellowship amongst Islander alumni.

“The reason our University has so many assets to offer students is because of the support we received from others before us,” he said. “Alumni should continue to develop our network and get people involved.” 

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