Opened February 2, 2010
The Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center, located at 6429 Ennis Joslin Road, is the gateway to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, providing a home away from home for many graduates who return to campus each year.
At the beautiful facility which overlooks the campus, visitors get information about the University’s five colleges and many degree programs, and obtain other materials that will make their campus experience more informative and memorable.
The Center also houses several development functions and the alumni relations operation. Current students will mark milestones on their journey to graduation at the Center. As juniors, it is here that they order their class rings. As they prepare for commencement, seniors will return for the caps and robes as well as other graduation accessories. Once they have joined the University’s community of nearly 50,000 alumni, the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center will serve as the beacon that guides them home to their alma mater.
WOO SUNG LEE
Woo Sung Lee was an international student from Korea who enrolled in 1955 at the University of Corpus Christi. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1959, he went into the restaurant business and turned his one fast-food establishment into a chain of highly-successful “Boat-N-Net” Restaurants.
The site for the University’s Alumni Welcome Center is just the latest gift Lee has bestowed upon Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In 1999, he established a scholarship fund at the University and, in 2001, provided the resources for the creation of Lee Plaza. This garden area with stone benches, shade trees and the soothing sound of water flowing from a dome-shaped fountain has become a natural gathering spot where many students study or relax between classes. The sanctuary is a testament to Lee’s memories of his University days as well as a memorial to his late son, Yongnam Lee.
In 2004, Lee received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his volunteer efforts and financial contributions to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He has been honored by the President’s Council and his photograph is on Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Wall of Recognition in the University Center, Legacy Hall for his gifts to the University’s scholarship and building funds. His plaque is also on the Woo Sung Lee Alumni Welcome Center’s Wall of Fame.