Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 April 8, 2019 11:51 AM updated: November 6, 2019 4:35 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. 5: The Association founded Aggie Entrepreneurship Saturday, which is now hosted in conjunction with the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship. It aims to connect entrepreneurial Aggies with successful Aggie entrepreneurs to share knowledge, collaborate, build connections and create mentoring opportunities. Learn more 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. 11: The Association distributes about 15,000 Aggies Rings each year during three different Aggie Ring Days. Here.
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. 14: The Association of Former Students proudly helps support Aggieland Saturday, an annual campus-wide event where over 10,000 prospective future Aggies and family come find out what Texas A&M is all about!
No. 18: The Association hosts the All-Aggie Tailgate at every away game in order to bring Aggies together. Here
No. 19: The Association opens the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center for every home football game for the All-Aggie Tailgate.
No. 20: The Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, opened in 1987 and remodeled in 2008-09, is “a campus focal center... an integral part of the life of the university.”
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. 28: The Association supported student organization BUILD with costs to transform shipping containers into functioning medical clinics. Read more about their work in the September-October issue of Texas Aggie.
No. 29: To ensure the tradition of campus Muster continues, The Association supports the annual event and the Student Muster Committee.
No. 30: The Career Center and The Association provide resources to current and former students to help them in their careers.
No. 32: A&M faculty and teaching assistants benefit every year from the Center for Teaching Excellence. The Association of Former Students provides nearly $150,000 annually to the Office of the Dean of Faculties to support such programs.
No. 35: The Association supports Class gifts that help shape the landscape of Aggieland. Read more at tx.ag/ClassGifts. https://twitter.com/AggieNetwork/status/1128668356104658945
No. 37: Thousands of Aggies come back to campus every year for Reunions hosted by The Association of Former Students. In addition to landmark Reunions for different Aggie Classes and Mini Reunions, thousands attend Young Alumni Weekend in the fall and the Sul Ross Reunion each spring.
No. 38: The Association supports hundreds of A&M Clubs worldwide, connecting Aggies of all generations and providing them their own piece of Aggieland wherever they go.
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. 41: The Black Former Student Network was chartered in 2001 as an Association constituent network and grows every year, with mentoring, fundraising and get-togethers in cities across Texas and the nation. On Nov. 23, 2019, they’ll host the first Aggie Impact Gala honoring former students. Connect with them at TAMUBFSN.org and find all of The Association’s constituent networks at AggieNetwork.com/cn.
No. 45: The Association charters the Sea Aggie Former Student Network, strengthening the bond between Texas A&M University at Galveston graduates.
No. 46: Student Government Association Constituent Network: The Association charters the Student Government Association Constituent Network, connecting generations of former students of A&M student government.
No. 47: The Texas Aggie Bar Association, chartered and supported by The Association, develops relationships with and unites Aggies in the law industry. There are 500 active members in TABA.
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. 51: In 2017, The Association helped MSC OPAS and Jordan bring Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard to Rudder Theatre.
No. 52: By taking the step of creating Aggie Ring Day in 2000 to add celebration to the act of picking up your hard-earned Aggie Ring, the Association helped bolster this tradition that remains strong at Texas A&M. Read how Ring Day fits into more than a century of respect and appreciation that makes the Aggie Ring Program unmatched nationwide.
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. 55: Since 1955, The Association has honored more than 1,000 exceptional faculty and staff members with Distinguished Achievement Awards.
No. 56: The Association with Texas A&M annually bestows the Distinguished Alumnus Awards, the highest honor for a former student, on deserving Aggies. The Association also organizes the annual Distinguished Alumni Gala. Learn more about this award and how to nominate someone here.
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. 59: The Association supports Elect Her, hosted by The Offices of the Dean of Student Life and the Texas A&M Women's Resource Center. The conference trains college women to run for student government and future political office.
No. 60: Elephant Walk is held before the final home football game each fall, giving the seniors a chance to walk around campus and reflect on their student days before their last game as part of the 12th Man. This nearly century-old tradition is one of many organized by the student Class Councils, which receive support from Association donors.
No. 61: The McFerrin Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans offers entrepreneurship training and small business management to veterans; because of donors' generosity, The Association has been able to support it.
No. 62: The Association is proud to support assistive technology, such as audiobooks, E-textbooks and adaptive software, for students with disabilities.
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. 70: The Association secures lodging for pilots of flyovers of Kyle Field during football season.
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. 74: The Association welcomes new freshmen to campus each year during Howdy Week with GatheRing, which features the first on campus yell practice of the year. See a clip from a past event here.
No. 75: Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Dean's Excellence Awards: In conjunction with LAUNCH: Academic Excellence and the A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, The Association recognizes freshmen, sophomores and juniors who have outstanding scholastic achievement.
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. 77: To help Aggies who were in the path of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, The Association of Former Students and Texas A&M University set aside $200,000 that was made available to A&M Clubs in the storm-torn areas.
No. 78: After Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, The Association supported recovery efforts including the student-run organization BTHOharvey.
No. 81: More than 1,400 Aggie students a year get Association scholarships. In fact, for the 2018-19 academic year, the total number was 1,823 Aggie students. To lend your support, visit tx.ag/give. To apply, use the standardized application at scholarships.tamu.edu. There are also many scholarships provided directly to students by Association affiliates and chartered groups such as the A&M Clubs and Aggie Moms’ Clubs. Visit tx.ag/clubs and aggiemoms.org/findaclub to locate a Club near you and inquire about any scholarships they may offer!
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. 92: The Association provides funds to cover the cost of security at home Midnight Yell Practice.
No. 93: The Association has supported the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast held at Texas A&M.
No. 94: The Association provided the initial gift to build Texas A&M's Memorial Student Center and continues to provide funds to operate the MSC and its many programs—in which 1,800 students a year participate, from OPAS to ALOT and SCONA. Read more: tx.ag/MSCsupport.
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. 96: In coordination with Texas A&M Cultural Councils, The Association helps unite students through multicultural services programming. Find a list of cultural councils here.
No. 97: The Association supports and helps organize hundreds of Musters each year, including the first known instance of Muster in the sky. Here
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. 104: The Association reports on Aggie news and history, like finding out just how old the Century Tree is! here
No. 106: In 1936, Texas A&M arranged to have The Association build project houses on campus to provide inexpensive housing for Aggie students during the Great Depression.
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. 108: The Association's Aggie Ring Program facilitates the repair of hundreds of Rings every year, including one that wound up in a blender. here
No. 109: Part of The Association’s work is helping record Texas A&M traditions’ history. Former yell leaders helped us make a video showing how yell leading has evolved over the decades! Check it out at tx.ag/tradYellLeaders.
No. 110: The Association helps unite Classes after graduation by aiding Class Agents and facilitating elections.
No. 111: Lost and found Aggie Rings: The Association operates the Aggie Ring Program 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. 112: The Association has supported some travel costs for the first lady of Aggieland, Reveille!
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. 116: Through annual support, The Association preserves the legacy and tradition of the Ross Volunteer Company.
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. 118: To help students focus on education rather than financial barriers, The Association provides various scholarships every year; in 2018, the scholarships totaled $2,600,000.
No. 119: The Association has supported SALT Camp for incoming freshmen to Texas A&M Galveston. The camp teaches Aggie traditions and helps ease the transition into college. Learn more here.
No. 121: The Association provides resources and support to families of Aggies honored at Silver Taps.
No. 122: The Association provides $20,000 to $30,000 per year to support the Singing Cadets' tours across Texas, the U.S. and internationally representing Texas A&M. https://twitter.com/AggieNetwork/status/1123288909373411330
No. 123: The Association has connected current and former students to each other and Texas A&M through social media since 2009.
No. 125: The Association provided $58,759 in student assistance funds in 2018 and about $1.1 million since 1984.
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. 127: The Association supports student experiences through organizations like the Sounding Rocketry team. https://twitter.com/AggieNetwork/status/1164558595389886466
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. 131: The Association publishes Texas Aggie magazine, sharing Aggie news and the latest information from campus. Make sure you get your copy by visiting here.
No. 139: The Association covers some travel and hotel costs for the Aggie Yell Leaders.
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.