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Chronology of Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students

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2013Enrollment reached 58,809 at Texas A&M. This number included students from the College Station campus, Texas A&M School of Law, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
2013September 13. Hullabaloo Hall had a dedication ceremony and celebrated its grand opening. The hall is sited where McInnis Hall, Crocker Hall and Moore Hall once stood. The newest resident hall was said to house 640 students.
2013Almost 1,800 students graduated from Texas A&M during the August Convocations.
2013The Board of Regents honored President Loftin with the title of president emeritus. This was to begin the last day of his service as president of the university, scheduled to be Jan. 1, 2014.
2013August 12. Texas Wesleyan Law School joined the Texas A&M University System. The acquisition cost $73.2 million and the school's name was changed to Texas A&M University School of Law.
2013Texas A&M was ranked first in Texas among public colleges and universities in terms of ROI.
2013August 8. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics Systems Engineering. This was to be a joint center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
2013Bryan-College Station was ranked the top third place to live in the nation.
2013August. Mementos from G. Rollie White Coliseum were auctioned off, as the building was to be demolished to make room for Kyle Field renovations. These renovations were to be completed for the 2015 football season.
2013July 26. The ground breaking ceremony for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' Avian Complex took place. The center was established to continue support in avian medicine and research, and will be approximately 11, 000 square feet.
2013July 12. Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin announced that he will step down as president to return to teaching. Effective date was to be Jan. 13, 2014.
2013Texas A&M Health Science Center was added as a unit within Texas A&M University.
2013Texas A&M University made the 'best buy' list in the 2014 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. A&M was one of 21 universities that was believed to have the best college value.
2013Texas A&M University was named a center of excellence by the National Nuclear Security Administration, specifically a "Center for Exascale Radiation Transport". As a single-discipline center, A&M was set to receive $1.6 million each year for the next 5 years under NNSA's Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II agreement.
201334-year-old and U.S. Army veteran Roy L. May Jr. ’15 was elected by the student body to be a junior yell leader for 2013-2014 school year. He was A&M's first married yell leader.
2013Texas A&M University became a partner in an initiative with Motorola Mobility's Advanced Technology and Projects group which focused on streamlined funding for university research.
2013May 30. Reveille VII, the former mascot of Texas A&M, passed away. She served as the mascot from May 2001 to May 2008. After retiring, she lived in the home of Tina and Paul Gardner '66. A memorial service was held on September 9 at Reed Arena.
2013May 21. The Joint Library Facility at Texas A&M University's Riverside Campus opened. This facility is shared by The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System. The library facility is 18,000 square feet and housed more than a million books for use by academic and medical institutions.
2013The 25 by 25 initiative was implemented by Dwight Look College of Engineering. This program sought to increase the amount of qualified students to the College of Engineering to 25,000 students, better the educational experience and promote more student opportunities.
2013May 9-11. Highest recorded number of graduates, which is expected to exceed more than 7,397, walked the stage at the seven spring commencement ceremonies.
2013The SEC and ESPN signed a 20-year agreement for a new TV network and Digital Platform that is solely focused on SEC news and events. The network was to be launched in August 2014.
2013The Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved the $450 million redevelopment plans for Kyle Field. The future stadium will have the capacity to hold 102,500 people, making it the largest college football stadium in the SEC.
2013Luke Joeckel '13, Texas A&M's offensive lineman, was picked second overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL draft.
2013April 19. The grand opening of The Liberal Arts, Arts and Humanities Building took place. This building is 124,727 square feet and is home to the English and Performance Studies departments.
2013April 12. Largest Aggie Ring Day was experienced at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. 4,482 Aggie Rings were ordered and received on this day.
2013Texas A&M debuted its Academic Success Center to help students who wanted to enhance their academic performance. The Center proved to be successful.
2013Texas A&M University was ranked as No. 1 in Texas in Kiplinger's Personal Finance "best value" for public colleges for 2012-13.
2013On Jan. 4, the Aggies won the Cotton Bowl Championship against OU, 41-13.
2012Johnny Manziel '15, a redshirt freshman quarterback, won the 2012 Heisman Trophy. Manziel was the first freshman to win this award.
2012Chancellor John Sharp '72 renamed seven agencies within the Texas A&M System to include 'A&M' in their names. The agencies name changes allowed the reach of A&M's brand to expand.
2012Northgate development began. The Rise and The Stack student living complexes are expected to be completed by the fall 2013 semester. Other complexes and developments are expected to be completed in 2014.
2012The YMCA Building is reopened and rededicated after renovations and a flood greatly affected the lower level of the building. A yell practice was held in honor of the renovated building.
2012Texas A&M partnered with Sterling Golf in October 2012 to renovate the 18-hole golf course. The project was estimated to cost $5 million, but the cost was brought down to $3.5 million. The project was expected to be completed before the fall 2013 semester begun.
2012The Texas A&M Veteran Resource and Support Center was opened as a means of supporting the more than 600 former members of the military who are currently enrolled.
2012Texas A&M surpassed its milestone marker of having more than 50,000 students enrolled.
2012Eric Hyman became the new athletic director on July 2, 2012.
2012Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012.
2012June 19. The Texas A&M University System won a federal contract to create a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. This allowed A&M to be one of the country's hubs for vaccine production and bioterror preparedness. The contract would create more than 1,000 new jobs in the College Station area.
2012The Association of Former Students created Young Alumni Advisory Council to help connect former students who have graduated within the past 10 years with The Association and the entire Aggie Network.
2012Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs ranked the Texas A&M University Honors Program as No. 1 in the category of "Schools with Engineering Focus."
2012May 24. The Plaza Hotel was imploded after having been vacant for a year. The hotel was originally owned by Joe Ferreri who was asked to build the hotel by legendary Texas A&M President Gen. James Earl Rudder '32.
2012May 11-12. A graduating class of 5,610, graduated from Texas A&M University during the spring commencement ceremonies.
2012Memorial Student Center reopened on April 21st after being closed for major expansion and renovation for 3 years. The MSC renovation cost $125 million that was underwritten by student fees and gifts by former students. The facility has approximately 400,000 square feet, 71,000 of which is new, useable space.
2012The Player Development Center underwent construction. The building was expected to be completed and reopened in August 2012. The 20,000 square foot facility is designed to ensure that Texas A&M's strength and conditioning facilities are among the nation's best.
2012The Emerging Technologies Building was dedicated on April 13. The building officially opened to students and faculty in the fall of 2011. The primary occupant of the building was the Dwight Look College of Engineering. The $104 million building provided 212,000 gross square feet of laboratories, classrooms and support facilities.
2012Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park opened with a renovated facility featuring new construction. Brothers Ed '49 and Howard '52 Kruse, executives at Blue Bell Creameries, pledged $7 million lead gift for the renovation and expansion of this facility.
2012Spring semester enrollment at Texas A&M University totaled a record 46,717 students, an increase of 295 over the certified figure for the spring 2011 semester.
2012The Full-Time MBA program at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University was ranked #7 among U.S. public universities in the 2012 Financial Times rankings.
2011Kevin Sumlin was named head football coach on Dec. 10, 2011.
2011The engineering-oriented Emerging Technologies Building (ETB) opened on November 18. The building housed two departments within the Dwight Look College of Engineering: the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as interdisciplinary research involving students and faculty from the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College of Science and the Visualization Laboratory in the College of Architecture. The five-story, 212,000-square-foot building was located in the northeast quadrant of the campus.
2011The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) announced Texas A&M women's basketball head coach Gary Blair as one of its newest members in 2011.
2011Dr. Margaret Katherine Banks was named vice chancellor for engineering for The Texas A&M University System and dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Effective Jan. 10, 2012.
2011Northside Residence Hall construction began in October. Crocker, Moore and McInnis Halls demolished to build new 600-bed residence hall, the university’s first new residence hall since 1989. Project was to be completed in July 2013.
2011October 14. The Texas A&M Department of Recreational Sports officially opened the newly renovated Penberthy Rec Sports Complex with a grand opening ceremony
2011Texas A&M University was ranked in the nation's top 20 public universities by the U.S. News & World Report 2012 edition.
2011September 25. Texas A&M announced its departure from the Big 12 Conference and became the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference—the third new member in the conference’s 78-year history—effective July 1, 2012.
2011The new Agriculture and Life Sciences Building opened on West Campus on September 23. The 13,000-square foot, five-story building housed the administrative offices for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Services, as well as the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.
2011September 6. John Sharp ’72 was appointed chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.
2011May. Harrell Hall (Corps of Cadets Dorm 8) was renovated to include a leadership learning center. Project was completed in July 2012.
2010Dr. R. Bowen Loftin '71 became Texas A&M University's 24th President.
2009Dr. Elsa Murano resigned as President of Texas A&M University; Dr. R. Bowen Loftin ’71, Vice President and CEO of Texas A&M University Galveston was appointed Interim President.
2009Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center was rededicated and the 12' bronze Aggie Ring replica on the Haynes Ring Plaza was unveiled.
2008Hurricane Ike flattened the city of Galveston, which forced the closure of the Galveston campus. Sea Aggies attended classes in College Station for the rest of the semester.
2008August 11. Reveille VIII officially took over duties from Reveille VII. She was donated to Texas A&M by breeders Julie Hinrichsen and Russell Dyke.
2008Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center underwent significant enhancements, and the Haynes Ring Plaza was constructed.
2007October 18. Reveille VI is laid to rest outside of Kyle Field. She served as Texas A&M's first lady from Nov. 13, 1993 to May 12, 2001. Her caretaker during her retirement was local veterinarian, Dr. Charles Hall.
2007A&M System Board of Regents appointed Dr. Elsa Murano as the first female and first Hispanic President of Texas A&M.
2006Mike Fossum ’80 became Texas A&M’s first astronaut in space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
2006Dr. Robert M. Gates was nominated as Secretary of Defense by United States President George W. Bush.
2005Due to the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, campus became a relief shelter for thousands of evacuees. Tulane students attended class in College Station for a semester.
2004The Association of Former Students celebrated its 125th Anniversary.
2004The Association established Constituent Networks as a way to engage more former students.
2004Bonfire Memorial dedicated as a monument to those who lost their lives in the Bonfire collapse of 1999.
2003The Association's Bylaws were rewritten.
2003West Campus Athletic Training and Dressing Room facility was built for $5,496,000.
2003April 17. Construction for the Research Park facilities began.
2003April 1. Aggie Ring monument unveiled.
2003February. President Gates established the Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity position.
2003January 22. Department of Speech Communication renamed Department of Communication. Journalism Department eliminated.
2003January 14. A&M President Robert Gates announced the establishment of two annual Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Awards at $25,000 each.
2003January 8. Parking, Traffic and Transportation Services renamed Transportation Services.
2003Coastal Engineering Laboratory was built in Research Park for $5,505,000.
2003Chemical Engineering Building was built for $38,000,000. The building was named for JACK E. BROWN '46.
2003Fall. Texas A&M Varsity Tennis Center named for GEORGE P. MITCHELL ’40.
2003September 4. Texas A&M branch campus opened in Qatar.
2003September 1. A. Benton Cocanougher named Interim Chancellor.
2003Football Complex and Academic Center at South End of Kyle Field was built for $26 million. The building was named for the Harvey R. Bright ’43 family.
2003West Campus Parking Garage was built for a total cost of $31,788,000.
2003Wellborn Road Pedestrian Passage Way was built for $14,897,300.
2003Soccer Field Renovation and Drainage System was built for $804,000.
2003Campus Master Plan formulated.
2002December. Directory of Former Students went online at www.AggieNetwork.com for active members.
2002October 26. Academic Building-West in Bush Library Complex dedicated. Named for ROBERT H. ALLEN ’50 and JUDY LEY ALLEN.
2002October 3. President Gates received a medallion of office and is installed as A&M’s 22nd President.
2002August 1. Dr. Robert M. Gates, former head of the CIA, appointed President of Texas A&M.
2002June 30. Texas A&M President Dr. Ray M. Bowen ’58 stepped down after 8 years of being president to return to teaching.
2002East Main Drive rebuilt and Storm Water Detention System constructed on Polo Field, $7,168,000.
2001December. World’s first cloned cat was born at Texas A&M. Animals previously cloned at Texas A&M included a prize Brahman bull, pigs and goats.
2001Texas A&M University achieved membership in the Association of American Universities.
2001Fall. Texas A&M and its Corps of Cadets celebrated their 125th anniversary.
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