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Archive for May 2011

Sea Aggie Murals

Texas A&M University at Galveston has three attention-grabbing tile murals in their new Ocean & Coastal Studies Building. The murals were designed by Houston artist Dixie Friend Gay and took a little over a year to complete from design to installation. The 109,000-square-foot building, which opened in July 2010, houses 24 research labs, 16 shared labs, a 124-seat lecture hall and an 85-seat classroom. Read the rest of this entry »

A Crystal Ball for Droughts

Steven Quiring

Texas A&M geography professor Steven Quiring

A Texas A&M University geography professor is developing a drought-prediction system that could benefit everyone from ranchers in South Texas to weekend gardeners in Kansas.

Steven Quiring has received a $486,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a robust soil-moisture dataset for the Great Plains, one of the country’s most fertile but fickle climate regions.

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Always on Call

As a graduate of Texas A&M’s vet school, Dr. Guy Sheppard ’76 says, “You’re always on call.” At a photo shoot at Parsons’ Mounted Cavalry’s stables in April, Cavalry Site Manager Bob Byrns ’74 (right) asked Sheppard, one of the Foundation’s directors of development in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, to examine one of the cadets’ horses, Paint.

Paint had a gash on his leg which Sheppard recommended Byrns have stitched closed. Dr. Cleet Griffin from the vet school successfully closed the wound, and Paint was able to complete his duties for the Parents’ Weekend drill just a few days later. The stitches were removed after a week, and he was ready for the 20-mile Corps March to the Brazos the last weekend of April.

Dr. Guy Sheppard

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Mom Away from Mom

Maroon Coats visit an Aggie Moms' Club Meeting

Shannon Zwernemann ’03 (second from right) often attends events like this Aggie Moms’ Club meeting with the Maroon Coats.

I have the best job in the world.

I manage 25 of Texas A&M University’s top student leaders who serve as ambassadors for the Texas A&M Foundation through the Maroon Coats student organization.

I am the Maroon Coats’ coordinator, and I’m often referred to as the Maroon Coat mom.

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Texas A&M Wins Hybrid Car Contest

A team of more than 30 Aggies won the 2011 International Formula Hybrid Competition May 1-4 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, N.H. Formula Hybrid challenges college and university students to design, build and race high-performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The Aggies were also recognized by GM with one of three Best Engineered Hybrid Systems Awards. The team won the Autocross event and was the first team to complete their two – electric only and unlimited – acceleration runs.

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Dining Miss Rev

Texas A&M Foundation Director of Development for Scholarship Programs Jody Ford ’99 (back right) has been honored as a namesake for Fish Camp 2011. Jody, Jennifer ’99, Skylar ’26 and Hunter ’29 hosted Camp Ford and Reveille VIII at their home last month.Reveille and the Ford Family

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Springtime in Aggieland

Spring is in full bloom, so what’s a gardener to do? Among other things, s/he can get growing with three new books by Texas A&M University horticulture researchers. Their shared findings lead to better results for the garden hobbyist or commercial grower. Read the rest of this entry »

Time Capsule Found at A&M

A time capsule containing important remnants of early 20th century Texas A&M University history is on display at the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.

The time capsule was discovered when stonemasons from Watson Signs and Monuments were helping to renovate the historic YMCA building in the heart of campus.

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MSC Renovation Tour

Texas A&M Legacy Society members had the opportunity to tour the MSC renovation progress during a gala held on April 29-30, 2011. Legacy Society donors are some of Texas A&M’s most loyal supporters, each having gifted more than $100,000 in support of the university or made provisions in their estate plans for gifts to support A&M.

The MSC will officially reopen on April 21, 2012, several months earlier than previously announced.

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2011 A&M Legacy Society Gala

The university and the Texas A&M Foundation hosted more than 400 Texas A&M Legacy Society members at a gala on April 29-30, 2011. Legacy Society donors are some of Texas A&M’s most loyal supporters, each having gifted more than $100,000 in support of the university or made provisions in their estate plans for gifts to support A&M.

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