CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A new tradition at the Island University honors the life and legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia. ROTC Islander Battalion Private First Class Simbai Mutandiro came up with the new practice.
“Each time a uniformed member of the ROTC Islander Battalion should pass though Hector P. Garcia Plaza on campus, they will now stop to salute the Garcia statue,” said Mutandiro, a freshman geophysics major. “This is now an official University tradition. All the documents have been submitted to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and an official standard operating procedure has been made within the ROTC program.”
Mutandiro says the goal of the tradition is to bring together the ROTC unit under the vision of the great leader, and to gain a deeper appreciation for Dr. Garcia and the University as a whole. He says he has the full support of his fellow cadets, including Headquarters Company First Sergeant Tyris Foster, a junior criminal justice major.