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Updates From Aggies On The Hill 2020

Scot Walker '90 February 7, 2020 9:43 AM updated: February 19, 2020 10:26 AM

Representatives of Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students fanned out in small teams across Capitol Hill on Wednesday, making personal visits to the offices of dozens of members of Congress to promote the importance of higher education and the value of federal funding for Texas A&M.

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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.

Aggies on the Hill 2020 continued Wednesday morning with a breakfast for Aggies who work in Capitol Hill offices.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young thanked the Aggies who work on the Hill for their support of federal funding for Texas A&M. "When you serve and help Texas A&M, you are also serving the nation in a profound way," Young said, noting A&M's impact on critical research issues. He highlighted some major A&M research projects that are supported by federal funds, and he also highlighted three young Aggies who are participating in Aggies in the Hill this year:

  • Daryn Taylor '20, the deputy commander of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M's Galveston campus.
  • Mikey Jaillet '20, Texas A&M's student body president. Jaillet also founded a charitable foundation that promotes awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and raises funds to help find a cure,
  • Merari Boffill '18, a first-generation Aggie who teaches reading at a public school in Harlingen. Young noted that Boffill is just one of more than 11,000 Aggies who are teaching at the primary and secondary levels in Texas. (Watch "Breaking the Mold," a short video about Boffill and her Aggie journey, at https://www.txamfoundation.com/News/Breaking-the-Mold.aspx.)

After the breakfast, representatives of Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students fanned out in small teams across the Hill, making personal visits to the offices of dozens of members of Congress to promote the importance of higher education and the value of federal funding for Texas A&M.

According to Texas A&M’s Office of Government Relations, A&M graduates earn, on average, $575,000 more over 20 years than high school graduates, and 57% of A&M students graduate with no student loan debt.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m.

Two of the three Aggies currently serving in Congress gathered with representatives of Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students for a reception to kick off the 2020 edition of Aggies on the Hill.

Rep. Bill Flores ’76 represents Texas’ 17th District, Rep. Louie Gohmert ‘75 represents District 1,. Rep. Will Hurd ‘99, who represents District 23, was unable to attend. 

Also attending were officers of the National Capitol A&M Club, representatives of Texas A&M's Office of Government Relations, and several Aggies who previously served in Congress.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1:15 p.m.

Prior to the start of the 2020 edition of Aggies on the Hill, representatives of The Association of Former Students joined members of the National Capital A&M Club for a luncheon Tuesday in Washington.

The Association has chartered hundreds of A&M Clubs around the world to coordinate organized former student activities in a given geographical area or at a large company.

A&M Clubs give local former students a forum for networking, participating in community affairs, and becoming active members of the worldwide Aggie Network and informed spokespersons on behalf of The Association and Texas A&M University. Many A&M Clubs also raise funds to provide scholarships for A&M students from their areas.

To find an A&M Club near you, visit tx.ag/Clubs.

Watch this blog for updates from Aggies on the Hill 2020. For more frequent updates, follow the Texas A&M Advocacy Network (@TAMUAdvocacy) or Texas A&M Government Relations (@Aggie_GR) on Twitter.

Monday, Feb. 10, 4:14 p.m.

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A large delegation of Aggies — current and former students along with university faculty and staff — is in Washington, D.C., this week for Aggies on the Hill.

Aggies on the Hill is a biennial event during which representatives of Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students meet with elected officials in order to increase public and federal support for higher education in general and for Texas A&M in particular. Participants also network with former students who live in and around the nation’s capital. 

Learn more about Aggies on the Hill at tx.ag/AggiesOnTheHill.

Aggies on the Hill is spearheaded by the Texas A&M Advocacy Network, which is a programming effort managed by The Association of Former Students. The Advocacy Network promotes the interests and welfare of Texas A&M University by serving as an avenue for former students and friends of the university to engage key stakeholders on issues impacting Texas A&M.

To learn more about the Advocacy Network, visit tx.ag/AdvocacyNetwork.

The Texas A&M Advocacy Network works closely with the university’s Office of Government Relations to coordinate Aggies on the Hill. 

Participants this year include:

  • Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young.
  • The Association of Former Students 2020 Chair of the Board Cathy Mann ‘92.
  • The Association of Former Students President and CEO Porter S. Garner III ‘79.
  • Texas A&M University Student Body President Mikey Jaillet ‘20.
  • Representatives from Texas A&M’s Galveston campus, the Texas A&M Law School, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and the Texas A&M College of Education of Human Development.

 

Monday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. 

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students are back in Washington, D.C., this week for Aggies on the Hill 2020, once again promoting the life-changing power of higher and the Texas A&M tradition of public service to Texas and to our nation.

Here’s what U.S Rep. Will Hurd '99, a former Texas A&M student body president had to say during Aggies on the Hill 2018 about his experiences as a Texas A&M student:

https://twitter.com/HurdOnTheHill/status/989209928924450818

 

The Association of Former Students has a bold vision to engage 100,000 donors annually for Texas A&M by the end of 2020. To learn more, visit tx.ag/100Kby2020. To help us help more Aggies and do more to advocate for Texas A&M, make a gift at tx.ag/give.



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