Susan "Sue" Owen '94 June 16, 2017 4:58 PM updated: June 17, 2017 12:36 PM
Former students of an A&M political science professor surprised him June 16 with the gift of an Aggie Ring.
Dr. Nicholas Conway ’16, who earned his doctorate from A&M last year, thought he was coming to the Ring Office at The Association of Former Students to watch one of his recent students order a Ring.
Instead, several of his past students presented him with a heartfelt, Supreme Court-themed card, and the news that they had collected funds to buy his Aggie Ring.
The card reads in part, “We have all considered the reasons we loved your classes, but foremost on the long list is how you first loved us enough to invest everything you have in our success.” It bears the names of 13 of his students who took classes including “Introduction to Political Research Methods” and “Constitutional Rights and Liberties.”
Conway tried on different Ring sizes and chose an antiqued finish for his Ring, which will be ready for pickup Sept. 22. His former students said they’d been plotting the surprise since the end of the spring semester. “Easiest fundraiser ever,” said Stafford Toone ’18. “We had to wait until we were his former students, though.”
Their ex-professor said he was overwhelmed. “I’m rarely speechless,” he said, to a round of laughter.
Conway is leaving A&M to take up a position at San Francisco State. Daisy Claros ’18 said with a laugh, “I was looking forward to taking him another semester, but I guess not!”
The card they presented to him was typeset in the same font as all U.S. Supreme Court briefs and opinions (New Century Schoolbook), and they contacted A&M’s marketing department for permission to use the A&M logo on the card.
Conway appreciated the special touches, saying, “Well, I’m glad you followed the law. At least you learned that in my class.”
The card ends with the phrase that concludes every Supreme Court opinion: “It is so ordered.”