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Admiral Robert Smith III, President of TAMUG Receives Cesar E_ Chavez Legacy & Education Foundation Conscience Builder Award

Admiral Robert Smith III, President of TAMUG Receives Cesar E_ Chavez Legacy & Education Foundation Conscience Builder Award

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(Galveston, Texas
April 5, 2013)
Rear Admiral Robert Smith III, president of Texas A&M University at Galveston was recently honored by the Cesar E. ChavezLegacy and Education Foundation in San Antonio with the 2013 ConscienceBuilder Award. He is the second recipient of this award.The mission of the foundation is to preserve the life and legacy of Cesar E.Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union of America. The foundat 
ion’s
Conscience Builder Award is given to those who are champions and guardians of human dignity.Jaimie P. Martinez, founder and chairman of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy andEducation Foundation and one who worked as a union member and socialactivist with Cesar Chavez says Chavez was a great America role model whodedicated his life to helping the poor and being a champion of education. Thosewho receive the Conscience Builder Award must build cultural bridges and
 
adhere to the principles of non-violence practiced by Dr. Martin Luther King,Mahatma Ghandi and Cesar Chavez.
“These men brought together different cultures to realize the values of social andeconomic justice and civil rights throughout the world,” he said. “Our organizing
principle is a choice of values between conscience, which recognizes obligationsand compassions, against the convenience of self-interest.
Martinez says the foundation’s Conscience Builder Award is bestowed upon
those who understand the conditions of the poor and disenfranchised and are
“unifiers”.
 
“I’m honored to have presented this award to Admiral Smith,” Martinez said. “Iknow we’ll have a long
-
time relationship with him and Texas A&M.”
As a former admiral and president of the Houston branch of the Federal Reserve
and now president of a university, Smith says it may seem that he doesn’t have
much in common with Cesar Chavez. But, he says his early years showotherwise.
“I was raised on a farm, and I spent much of my early years working in the fields,”Smith said. “There was no hot water, and there was an outhouse in the back. The
other thing I share in common with Chavez is military service. We were both in
the Navy.”
Smith says that shared upbringing built a conscience of core American valueswithin him that are within Chavez.
“I think what I most admire and share with Chavez is that you must have respect for others and remember that the least of us is the sum of all the rest,” Smith said.“I believe as Chavez did, that you should always
consider the needs of others andserve them as best you can. I am proud to have been honored with this award in
Chavez’s name.”
Media Contact: Cathy Cashio-Bertrand, (409) 740-4830, cashioc@tamug.edu 
**TAMUG**
Texas A&M University at Galveston is the maritime and marine-based branchcampus of Texas A&M University. It is a special purpose institution offeringacademic programs, research and service in marine and maritime studies TAMUGis home to the Texas Maritime Academy, the only maritime academy located on the

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