Happy Retirement Tina!

Mrs. Faustina (Tina) Vega is retiring from Texas A&M University and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences on May 31, 2020

Mrs. Vega has worked for Texas A&M for more than 47 years, 42 of those with Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences. Unfortunately, we will not be able to gather and celebrate Mrs. Vega in a way she truly deserves.

Please help us with an alternative to let her know how much she is appreciated. Offer your congratulations and thanks on this page. Sentiments will be shared with Tina and all who know and have worked with her over a long and successful career!


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97 entries.
Debe Shafer Debe Shafer from College Station wrote on May 27, 2020 at 3:27 pm:
Dear Tina, Iโ€™m so excited for you as you begin your new retirement adventure....but I canโ€™t imagine RPTS and 4th floor AGLS without you! You have taken care of so many of us in so many ways, professionally and personally. Thank you for always being there for me. How comforting to know I could come sit in your office and I would have your listening ear, your guidance, your knowledge about all things that had to do with budgets!, your friendly reminders to complete those trainings, getting to see your precious grandkids growing up through pictures, and best of all, the opportunity to develop a wonderful friendship. You are quite an amazing woman and you have made a lasting impact on Texas A&M, RPTS, and so many former students, faculty, and staff. Let the fun begin!! Enjoy, my friend!
Kelly Kyle Kelly Kyle from College Station wrote on May 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm:
Tina, Thank You does not seem adequate. For all you've done for me, my family and others over the years, I am truly grateful. RPTS will not have the same "spark" without you. I will miss you! Enjoy all of your retirement adventures!
Vivian Medrano Vivian Medrano from College Station wrote on May 27, 2020 at 12:29 pm:
My Dear Tina, I am so excited that you are about to start your new journey of retirement. My 11-year tenure (1997-2008) at RPTS were wonderful because of you. I still remember you and Ann coming to the hospital to visit me after I had my son Jacob (21 years ago). Your years of service and dedication are so remarkable, something that everyone should strive to do. There are no words to say "thank you" for "all" that you do and have done in the past. Your are the the queen of the business office! But now it is time for you to ENJOY life! Congratulations!!
Jamie Rae Walker Jamie Rae Walker from Dallas and beyond! wrote on May 27, 2020 at 12:05 pm:
Tina, Words cannot express the impact you have made on each of us, the RPTS department, and the citizens of and communities in Texas. Professionally, your impact factor is off the charts. Your ability to make things work has been the hidden foundation to most, if not all, of the accomplishments within our Department. Personally, I have been fortunate to have many mentors in my career. None, however, have supported me as selflessly as you have for 22 years. You were in the weeds with me so many times but always empowered me to reach for the sun and to choose to dance! Your friendship has been a blessing and your listening skills and advice, priceless. Lily and I will miss you calling to tell us storms on our path, checking to make sure we (or I) made it off the road safely, and being there for me during the challenging times and the good times. I will dearly miss you at work but am thankful to have your cell number and friendship for life! ; ) โ€ฆ Enjoy time for you--- you have more than earned it.
Andrea Ettekal Andrea Ettekal wrote on May 26, 2020 at 2:47 pm:
Tina, I really can't say whether you have supported me more professionally or personally. You kept me organized with the business office (an impossible feat) and your support during my transition into motherhood is beyond words. I really do not know what our department will do without you. Even worse, I don't know what Reza will do without his adopted abuela around to keep his mama in line! THANK YOU for being YOU! You will be sorely missed!
OMAR VALENZUELA OMAR VALENZUELA from COLLEGE STATION wrote on May 26, 2020 at 1:01 pm:
Dear Tina, Words cannot express how much Iโ€™m going to miss you. Although we probably didnโ€™t get to know each other much on a personal level, I sincerely appreciated all of your guidance and wisdom throughout our short time together here. Iโ€™m truly thankful that I got to know you and that I got to share the raza feeling with you. You honestly remind me of my mom and grandma mixed together. I admired our lunches because hanging out with you helped remind me of them so much. Youโ€™re an awesome woman, mom, and grandma! May God bless and guide you and yours always, and please donโ€™t hesitate to ever call me if you ever need any help at all. Have a wonderful and blessed retirement! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ’ฐ
Debbie Barnes Debbie Barnes from College Station wrote on May 26, 2020 at 12:13 pm:
Well, I have no words....because I'll cry. You have taught me and covered my badonk-a-donk, and I am truly grateful! You have been my boss for what seems like such a short time, and you are the best! As friends go, I don't know what I'm going to do with out you!!! Love you Lady!
Ronald Kaiser Ronald Kaiser from College Station wrote on May 21, 2020 at 8:59 pm:
Tina--what an amazing career. First, I thank you for your contributions to the success of so many faculty, staff and students and to me over the last four decades extending back to the last millennium. You have been a dear friend and colleague on our Texas A&M journey. Secondly, I am indebted to you and the โ€œMMโ€ for helping me avoid University budgetary pitfalls, and importantly, making sure I got paid each month. Lastly, I am often reminded that you are held in high esteem by so many former students. When I see former students at conferences, meetings or in travels they invariably ask about the University, RPTS and if Tina is still in the department and to say โ€œhi to herโ€. That speaks volumes on your importance to them. As you prepare for and enjoy retirement remember your weekends will now last for seven days. Voy a extraรฑar trabajar contigo, pero me alegra que tus nietos van a pasar su tiempo con su abuela.
JD Salinas JD Salinas from McAllen wrote on May 21, 2020 at 12:57 pm:
Tina, Congratulations on your retirement! Please know that you helped several students through the years and I will be the first to vouch for it. I will never forget the help & support you provided, especially when some of us did not have our family to lean on. Thank you! JD Salinas '91
Jun Wang Jun Wang from College Station wrote on May 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm:
Dear Tina, Happy retirement! Thanks for all your help and support! I'll miss the small talks and random conversations that we shared. Your contribution to the department is impressive and remarkable. I hope your new chapter in life will be even more enjoyable and fulfilling. Please do stay in touch and stop by when you can.
Clara Aguilar Clara Aguilar from Bryan, TX wrote on May 18, 2020 at 1:25 pm:
Well, where to begin. Like it was said earlier, a lot of knowledge is leaving us. I hate to see her go, she will be dearly missed. I have enjoyed working with Tina and she has giving me the opportunity to learn some much. Please keep you cell phone on, i might need to call you for HELP! You have truly been more than a supervisor to me, you have been a Great Friend that I will treasure. I pray that you will enjoy your retirement. Thank you for everything.
Bob Gantt Bob Gantt from College Station wrote on May 17, 2020 at 11:53 am:
I was a student worker in '85 and '86 with Rec. & Parks Extension. During that timeframe, you always took care of making sure I was paid and were a good friend to me. I have been in charge of the ChallengeWorks program in HLKN for over 20 years now and almost beat you to retirement! Hope you enjoy your time off!
Belinda (Nailon) Mergen โ€˜81 Belinda (Nailon) Mergen โ€˜81 from Frisco TX wrote on May 17, 2020 at 9:30 am:
Thank you Ms Tina for all you did for me and all the RP students back in the day. I especially remember seeing your smiling face after we moved to Francis Hall and everything felt right again. Enjoy every minute of your retirement, you deserve the best!
Kathleen Davis '84 Kathleen Davis '84 from Nacogdoches wrote on May 15, 2020 at 7:24 pm:
WELL DESERVED! You were always a kind & encouraging voice on numerous occasions when I dragged myself in to see Dr. Hodges. Celebrate! LIVE BIG!
Bryan Davis '97 Bryan Davis '97 from Burlington, VT wrote on May 15, 2020 at 2:10 pm:
Thank you Tina for guiding so many of us through RPTS and being a steadfast presence and resource through our formative years. Congratulations on a well-earned retirement! Three cheers to you, and hereโ€™s to a wonderful and exciting next chapter!
Bekah James Bekah James from Bryan wrote on May 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm:
Congratulations, Miss Tina! Thank you for all you do for RPTS. You helped make the department so unique and special!
Christopher Andrews '80 Christopher Andrews '80 from Aurora, Co. wrote on May 15, 2020 at 11:34 am:
Congratulations Tina, I was there in the original building when you started in the RP Dept. You were a smiling ray of sunshine and always there to help us students get through it all. Good Luck in retirement.
Lisa Hudson Cox Lisa Hudson Cox from Houston wrote on May 15, 2020 at 10:37 am:
Hi Tina! I had the pleasure of working with you and Marguerite back in 1987-89 when I was one of the RP Dept student workers. You were so kind and supportive and I cherish those years and memories at Francis Hall!!! Iโ€™m now 30 years into my profession as a Community Manager and everyone in the Dept helped make an important part of my path successful!! Thank you for all your years of service to Texas A&M!! Gigโ€™em! Lisa Hudson Cox โ€˜89
Scott Anderson Scott Anderson from Round Rock, Texas wrote on May 15, 2020 at 9:49 am:
Hey Tina, Thank you for your service to all the Professors, Grad Students and Undergrads there in Francis Hall & in the ALS (still haven't visited there yet). RPTS won't be the same without you. Enjoy your retirement and all the vacation travels that go with it!!
MARK KIRK MARK KIRK from Granbury wrote on May 15, 2020 at 9:48 am:
Mrs. Vega: I'll never forget when I moved to College Station and began my first semester in the RPTS department. Everything about college seemed so foreign to me, but you, Margaret VanDyke and Susanna Coppernall made me feel so welcome. The words "Thank you" do not seem to be adequate or sufficient to let you know that you made a difference for me. God Bless You Always, Mark "Captain" Kirk Class of '96

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