• The children at Becky Gates Children’s Center have enjoyed splash days, picnics and movies this summer.
  • Five teachers attended the Project Approach Summer Institute in Iowa in July.
  • They spent the week training with experts in the field of early childhood.
  • The new semester at Becky Gates begins on August 22nd. The teachers are very busy preparing for the new school year.


  • Texas A&M student Kaitlyn Kellermeyer received the Association on Higher Education and Disability Student Recognition Award at the AHEAD National Conference in Indianapolis on July 15th.
  • The award was given “in honor of, and appreciation for the outstanding service in making higher education more accessible for students with disabilities.”
  • Kaitlyn was instrumental in developing the wind chime initiative on campus and has assisted in other projects related to access for students with disabilities.
  • Another Aggie in the news is Tyler Wooten who has developed a tactile map of the Texas A&M campus for students with visual impairments.


  • Carly Ivey recently passed the Project Management Professional exam and now joins a small list of TAMU certified PMI professionals.
  • StarRez, Residence Life’s new enterprise application has launched.
  • Projects completed:
  • Student Health Services (SHS) WordPress website
  • (DRL) Semester Differences in Housing Application
  • (OOC) Custom Military Property Warehouse Inventory Reconciliation


  • The MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness currently has students participating in its Internship and Living Abroad Program (ILAP) in Chile and Singapore.
  • As part of the International Service Program, Costa Rican participants recently completed projects associated with the Red Cross.
  • The MSC Champe Fitzhugh Jr. International Honors Leadership Seminar participants, led by Catharine West, MSC Development Relations Coordinator, along with colleagues from Qatar and the LAUNCH Office, returned this week from Italy.
  • The MSC welcomes new Communications Coordinator Jamie Arrexi, who begins work this coming Monday, August 8th!


  • Help us welcome our new advisors Mark Dawson and Dear Aunaetitrakul.
  • Mark will coordinate CLUES and the Cultural Explorations (formerly known as the Cultural Day Trips.)
  • Dear will advise Aggies to Aggies (A2A) and coordinate other diversity education initiatives.
  • The Culture Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Sophomores (CLUES) learning community was developed in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications.
  • The course focuses on multiculturalism, diversity, cultural sensitivity, and inclusive leadership. Fellow opportunities are still available.
  • Interested students may visit for more information and to complete the electronic application.
  • Contact Mark Dawson at for any additional questions.
  • We are reinvigorating our peer diversity education program Aggies to Aggies (A2A). By request, trained peer diversity educators use an array of activities to engage fellow Aggies in conversations to promote understanding of diversity and social justice through presentations, workshops, and facilitations.
  • Opportunities for selection as a Peer Facilitator are still available, please contact Dear Aunaetitrakul at for details.
  • The department is now accepting applications for peer tutor positions. The peer tutoring program is a free course-specific tutoring service offered to students experiencing academic difficulties in math and science.
  • Tutors assist fellow Aggies with homework assignments, class work, as well as mid-term and final exams.
  •  Tutoring services are available four days a week, Sunday through Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning the third week of classes.
  • Interested students may apply to be a tutor at Applications are due August 12th.


  • Dr. Timothy Rhea & Travis Almany presented a director’s clinic on July 22nd at the Texas Bandmasters Convention in San Antonio.
  • Convention attendance included over 6,500 band directors from across the state.
  • Dr. Eric Posada has resigned his position as Assistant Director of Choral Activities effective August 15th
  • Contractor interviews for the Music Activities Center are to take place on August 9th.


  • 2016-17 Battalion Editor Samantha King and Spencer Davis travelled to Georgia to collect several awards for The Battalion, including the 2015-2016 Betty Holland Award for Excellence in College Journalism for The Battalion’s “A Dark Spot in Texas A&M’s Investments”.
  • Two $1,000 cash prizes were also awarded to student reporter Spencer Davis and The Battalion as sponsoring news organization.
  • This is the first time the Battalion has won this award. WHOOP!
  • New Student and Family Programs attended the Austin Aggie Mom’s Howdy Social on Sunday, July 24th. We hosted a resource table to assist incoming Austin Aggies and their families with any remaining questions they have prior to arriving in Aggieland.


  • With this phase of Corps renovations finishing, the front Corps halls will be returned to occupancy. The Corps Housing Office will be moving on Monday, August 1st to their new location in the Plank Leadership Learning Center (LLC).
  • If you need to reach them, their number will remain the same 979.845.3443.
  • The remaining Corps halls on the Quad will be renovated this year and once again, cadets will live in Aston Hall adjacent to the Quad until next summer when all twelve halls will have been fully renovated and four LLC’s have been constructed.
  • Fifteen graduate students, primarily masters’ SAAHE (Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education) students will serve as live in staff across the residence halls, supervising resident advisers and serving as resources to students living on campus.
  • Five GHD’s are returning to their positions and ten are starting their academic programs and are new to Texas A&M University.
  • Currently, they are in training to prepare for the arrival of resident advisors on August 8th and the opening of the residence halls on the 21st. Apartment residents’ leases begin on August 15th.
  • As the second summer session draws to a close, the University Gardens Apartments Community Council (GACC) is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center.
  • Residents are invited to cool off from the blistering heat of summer and enjoy free ice cream.
  • Welcome to the new Tour Coordinator, Tyja Pledge, a graduate student in Sports Management pursuing a masters’ degree.
  • Tyja has a Bachelor of Arts from Ole Miss. Tyja will supervise students serving as tour guides for the residence halls and apartments and coordinates with University sponsored groups for specialized tours.
    • Our thanks and best wishes to Cat Finnegan who served as Tour Coordinator for the past two years. Cat graduated and is off to start her professional career.
  • Community Director Angela Calise attended Fish Camp the first session (A: July 29t h– August 1st). She is serving as a namesake. She spent time with her camp—approximately 150 freshmen and 24 counselors—during those 4 days, participating in all the activities, and will serve as a resource for them throughout the academic year.


  • Fish Camp Session A started last Friday, July 29th with over 5,900 incoming students that will be participating over the next 3 weeks!
  • Best of luck to Donna Lee Sullins, Andrew Carruth, Kelci Jacoby, and all of the students who have worked all year to make Fish Camp 2016 great!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Tammie Preston Cunningham who published an article in the recent addition of the Journal of Leadership Education.
  • Congratulations to Donna Lee Sullins who successfully defended her dissertation at the University of Georgia!


  • The Student Counseling Service extends a warm welcome to our new intern class! A big Howdy to:


  • Megan Callahan from Iowa State University
  • Lauren Craig from University of Oklahoma
  • Kevin Tarlow from Texas A&M University
  • Steven Zuniga from Oklahoma State University


  • SHS would like to welcome two new medical staff physicians, Dr. Hector Chapa and Dr. Dena George.
  • Dr. Chapa is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG).
  • Dr. Dena George is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).
  • SHS would also like to welcome a new staff nurse, Tally Priesmeyer, RN.
  • Tally will be joining the nursing staff on August 8th.
  • SHS has a new group of nursing staff student employees. These student employees undergo an orientation process to not only get accustomed to SHS, but also for becoming a nursing staff member in the health center.
  • For the upcoming Fall semester, SHS hired 15 new student employees to join its nursing services staff members.
  • SHS will be hosting its annual Flu Shot Campaign during the early Fall semester. The Flu Shot campaign is tentatively scheduled for October 5th and 6th.
  • It will be hosted in four locations on campus. During the Flu Shot Campaign, SHS distributes approximately 5,000 free flu shots to currently enrolled TAMU students


  • Join the Forsyth and Reynold’s Galleries on August 25th for an afternoon of crafty fun. Visit the Reynold’s Galleries and weave a small square using reclaimed fabric and then make your way to the Forsyth Galleries to incorporate you small work into a larger collaborative piece inspired by the art in the galleries. Stick around for an opening reception at the Forsyth Galleries where refreshments will be served.
  • Aggie Art Project will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Gallery Reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free


  • July 31st through August 3rd, University Center & Special Events hosted the 62nd annual Beef Cattle Short Course Conference.
  • Of the 1,875 conference participants, 24 states and 8 countries were represented, attending classes and visiting with 157 vendors who were set up in Rudder Theatre Complex and Rudder Plaza.
  • The highlight for many attendees and exhibitors was the prime rib dinner served Monday evening in Bethancourt Ballroom.
  • Baseball legend Nolan Ryan was one of the 1,687 guests who enjoyed the meal.


  • Texas A&M student veterans will receive a Red, White, and Blue cord to wear at their graduation ceremony. Students will be able to receive their cords during August 8th – 12th in Koldus 112 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • These cords signify Texas A&M University’s appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Aggie Veteran/Military students.
  • In the calendar year of 2015, Texas A&M graduated at least 286 student veterans.



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