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The general store manager goes above and beyond | Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Serving in the Navy for four years, Dennis Pendley is no stranger to sacrificing his time and helping others when in need.

Pendley has been the general store manager since late summer while balancing his student life at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

He is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in entrepreneurship and is expected to graduate in December 2022. Pendley received a job offer for a managerial position at a family-run general store in Alaska. He and his wife plan to move to Alaska in December 2023.

Pendley finds joy in seeing the good and relief the General’s Store brings to A&M-San Antonio students and faculty members who receive help from the university pantry.

Pendley also finds the store helpful to him and his family while still a student.

“I’m only getting 7 p.m. at A&M right now, so I’m currently having some insecurities right now, so the store is helping,” Pendley said.

The General’s Store has been helping students and staff since 2015 and Pendley has kept it stocked with the help of donations and fresh vegetables from the school garden for two years.

Pendley was also manager of the garden and greenhouse before becoming manager of the General’s Store.

“I thought the store was a really unique concept, but running it is actually pretty neat. It’s a lot of fun and I meet a lot of people and of course I help them out because that’s what I really love doing, which is helping other people,” Pendley said.

During an interview at General’s Store, Pendley described how students constantly donate supplies for the store.

A minute later, a student came to drop off a tote bag filled with hygiene products.

“Oh look, here are some supplies now,” he said.

Pendley, 53, balances his life while being a student, employee, store manager and member of other organizations. He is also involved with Delta Chi, Student Veterans of America, National Society of Leadership and Success, Silver Liners Mentorship, the Student Government Associationn, TAU sigma National Honor Society and American Legion Riders.

American Legion Riders is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for veterans who are homeless or who may have lost their families during war. Pendley, who was in the Navy from 1991 to 1995, rode his own motorcycle and helped out in any way he could when the organization held events.

But the busy lifestyle doesn’t seem to be slowing Pendley down. In fact, it feeds on it.

“I don’t know why, but it seems like the more pressure I have, the better off I get. If I keep busy, I can still get things done,” Pendley said.

While serving in the Navy, he was an aviation electronics technician stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. He was a Petty Officer Third Class E-4 when he left the Navy. Being in the Navy taught him how to do his job well, work with others, and manage early on as he was in charge of 15 Airmen during his time on duty.

“After seeing everything on television when Desert Storm broke out, I felt compelled to serve and do whatever I could to make a difference,” Pendley said.

Others who worked alongside Pendley include two brothers from the Delta Chi fraternity, who were inspired and grateful for all that Pendley does for students and faculty.

Senior Marketing Liandre De la Uso is the Marketing Director of the Mays Center as well as a student.

De La Uso was a marketing associate and Pendley was the campus gardening manager when they first started working together.

“Dennis is a very good friend and even sometimes a mentor to me,” said De la Uso. “He’s one of our non-traditional students here at TAMUSA, but outside of work I talk to him about life and he’s given me a lot of life advice,” De la Uso said.

While De la Uso is a member of the Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Pendley is a brother of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Delta Chi is a service-oriented fraternity that recruits male students who are goal-oriented and have integrity. Fellowship members earn the community service hours they need for fellowship purposes. Pendley is Delta Chi’s alumni affairs manager.

“Dennis is not only involved on campus, but also in the community. He often volunteers with the food bank, Texas Diaper Bank and our community partners as well,” De la Uso said.

Pendley’s family also constantly sacrifice their time to volunteer and help where needed. His wife occasionally volunteers alongside him. His son Caleb is 18 and has just joined the Marines to follow in his father’s military footsteps.

“Dennis is not only a dedicated colleague and colleague, but he is also a great friend. He is almost like a brother to me and I am proud to be among someone who constantly helps the community,” said said De la Uso.

Benevolent, caring and provider are just a few words Senior History Vincent Marchini uses to describe Pendley.

Marchini frequently visits and volunteers at the general store. Marchini is a student employed in facilities and construction for A&M-San Antonio.

“The store takes a financial burden off me because I know I can go there once a week for groceries. My son is always so excited when I come home to show him what I brought from the general store,” Marchini said.

Marchini and Pendley are also fraternity brothers in Delta Chi, so he is able to volunteer at the General’s Store to earn the hours he needs.

He remembers a time when Pendley asked him if he needed something that wasn’t already in the store. Marchini asked for hygiene products and within a week Pendley had stocked him with these products.

“Dennis goes above and beyond the expectations of the folks at Texas A&M,” Marchini said. Thank you for being there for me and my family.”

This story was updated at 1:06 p.m. Dec. 6 to correct De La Uso is a member of Omega Delta Phi, not Delta Chi.