Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 April 8, 2019 11:51 AM updated: August 7, 2019 12:46 PM
To mark 140 years of serving the Aggie Network, in 2019 The Association of Former Students is highlighting #140Impacts we've made.
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No. 2: The Association perpetuates the tradition of Muster by annually sending out more than 250,000 postcards inviting Aggies to their local Aggie Muster. Here
No. 4: For years, The Association has proudly helped the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band with travel expenses. In 2017, with Aggie Band members already headed to California to play at a football game, they got an invitation to play for thousands more at a completely different venue: Disneyland in Anaheim. The Association helped A&M secure the chance to make an impression on countless young park-goers. Watch a video here!
No. 7: Every year, The Association hosts dozens of student events free or at reduced cost in the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. These can range from camp sendoffs to award ceremonies to formal banquets.
No. 9: There are 85 current students serving as Aggie Network Student Ambassadors! These members of The Association's student group help with A&M events and help Aggies learn about the work of The Association.
No. 10: The Association maintains several Aggie Ring collections, which chronicle the history of this storied tradition and the lives of the Aggies who wore them.
No. 12: By overseeing all Aggie Ring orders and deliveries, The Association is able to maintain and protect the integrity of the Aggie Ring.
No. 22: In 2011, The Association provided support to students who traveled to Bastrop to replant trees after wildfires destroyed the county.
No. 24: The Association supports Big Event, a one-day community service project that allows Aggies to demonstrate selfless service and give back to Bryan-College Station residents.
No. 25: The Association donated a sculpture commissioned to reflect former students' love for Texas A&M to the Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University, and it was placed in the Southside Commons to be enjoyed by students living at the heart of the Aggie experience. Read more here.
No. 27: The Association established the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, which recognizes current students who demonstrate their Aggie Spirit through organizational involvement and leadership opportunities.
No. 40: The Association helps Aggie Moms stand with their students through various outreach events and charters the The Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers' Clubs.
No. 48: The Association charters a number of Constituent Networks, including the Texas A&M Hispanic Network. TAMHN works as an advocate and support group on Hispanic concerns and issues at the university and local communities.
No. 50: The Association, with Texas A&M Clubs, plans Coach's Night events across the state, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships that send local students to A&M.
No. 53: The Association has been finding Aggies jobs since the 1900s. The Jobs Bank was launched by the Alumni Bureau in the early 1900s to find former students jobs. It eventually became A&M's Career Center.
No. 58: Every year since 1997, The Association has funded the Tradition of Excellence Staff Awards in the Division of Academic Affairs – helping to celebrate staff members who make Texas A&M academics better.
No. 63: When the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band marches at away games, Association donors are helping them spread the Aggie Spirit! The Association provides over $100,000 to the Aggie Band every year.
No. 65: The Association hosts the online directory of current and former students, Find An Aggie. More than 76,000 Aggies have accessed it since it went online.
No. 66: The Association formed Aggie Hostel in 1988 to allow former students to return to campus, stay in modern dorms, eat in dining halls and attend classes. Student Hosts would also organize special events, including 42 tournaments and two-stepping classes, so visitors could get the real experience of current students. This program bridged generations of Aggies with one common theme: love for A&M.
No. 67: More than half of Aggie freshmen attend Fish Camp, which gets substantial support from The Association – as do all the Aggie Transition Camps, including T-Camp and Howdy Camp (in spring) for transfer students and S.A.L.T. Camp at Texas A&M University at Galveston.
No. 71: Created by the Young Alumni Advisory Council, Former Student Big Event is hosted by A&M Clubs around the country. The Association provides resources to Clubs to help organize and plan this service project.
No. 76: The Association maintains a database of all Aggies who have given their lives while serving on duty, including those lost in World War I, those who are listed as MIA during the Vietnam War and those who have been killed in active duty since Sept. 11, 2001.
No. 84: With help from The Association, the International Student Mentor Association is able to fulfill its mission and better serve international students by helping them acclimate to campus through mentorships.
No. 85: The Association supports the annual International Women's Day Conference on Texas A&M's campus, which recognizes and empowers Aggie women and hosts about 130 attendees each year.
No. 87: Visit tx.ag/MusterChairResources to see all the resources The Association makes available to more than 300 Musters worldwide.
No. 88: Dating back to 1995, The Association has presented 18 Outstanding International Alumnus Awards.
No. 93: The Association has supported the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast held at Texas A&M.
No. 95: Association donors provide thousands of dollars each year to operate the Memorial Student Center and to support MSC Student Programs. This video highlights Association support for just one of these committees: MSC Town Hall, which has booked concerts in Aggieland for decades.
No. 98: The Association secured funds to erect a monument on Corregidor Island in memory of the 1946 victory Muster. Read more here.
No. 102: In 1964, board president John Lindsey '44 put the weight of The Association of Former Students behind the proposal to admit women to Texas A&M.
No. 107: The Association has supported the Public Policy Intern Program, which provides housing and internship placements for students pursuing the public policy sector.
No. 111: Lost and found Aggie Rings: The Association operates the Aggie Ring Office and the Directory of Former Students - and we frequently use both to reconnect Aggies with their Rings! Read more at tx.ag/LostRingStories. Report a lost or found Aggie Ring at tx.ag/LostFound!
No. 114: Today, the Haynes Ring Replica is a 3-ton campus landmark. See how it was created and installed in 2009 as part of The Association’s mission to bring Aggies together in this video.
No. 117: The Association collects and maintains our Speakers Bureau, a list of Aggies who want to speak at various events around the country, including local Musters, A&M Club meetings and more.
No. 122: The Association has supported Singing Cadets traveling on tours. Here
No. 123: The Association has connected current and former students to each other and Texas A&M through social media since 2009.
No. 126: With financial support from The Association, A&M's Department of Multicultural Services can host its annual RISE Conference, which brings together student leaders to take part in important dialogues on issues that impact Texas A&M and beyond and cultivates an understanding of diversity, race identity and social equity.
No. 128: Every year, the Sul Ross Group Reunion brings back hundreds of Aggies from the Class years that have been out of A&M for 55 years or more. Association staff work year-round to help plan and host this special weekend.
No. 129: With help from gifts made to The Association's annual fund, supplemental instruction sessions are free for all students. These peer-led programs provide academic assistance in a number of classes, and statistics have shown that students who attend at least 10 sessions receive a full letter grade higher than those who do not attend.
No. 140: In 1914, The Association helped build the iconic YMCA building on campus, now home to the philosophy department.
The Association has served the Aggie Network for 140 years only through the generous support of Aggies. Help us serve for another 140. Add your gift at tx.ag/give.