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Twelve is a number rich in meaning for Texas A&M, as it symbolizes one of the university’s most defining and historic traditions: the 12th Man. And on Dec. 12, 2012, (12-12-12), Aggies everywhere will have a once in a lifetime moment to share this unique tradition with the world.
Texas A&M, in partnership with the The Association of Former Students, the Texas A&M Foundation, and the 12th Man Foundation, will spend the first 12 days of December celebrating the 12th Man tradition with the Aggie family — a celebration that will culminate on Dec. 12, 2012.
Beginning on Dec. 1 through Dec. 12, the university will showcase the depth and spirit of Texas A&M through the “12 Days of Texas A&M” campaign, a social media activation. The campaign will highlight the academic excellence, global reach, and traditions of Texas A&M on the university’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, which will also include daily giveaways, contests and more from the university, The Association, the Texas A&M Foundation and the 12th Man Foundation.
And on Dec. 12, Aggies will be asked to participate in the ultimate Aggie moment: playing the school’s war hymn at their place of work, home, or their chosen location. To help in this effort, at or near 12:12 p.m., Aggies in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio or Bryan-College Station can tune into these radio stations to hear the The Aggie War Hymn, while files of the song will also be made available for Aggies wishing to download or stream at http://12thman.tamu.edu. Aggies are also encouraged to wear maroon and white on 12-12-12, which has been declared the “Day of the 12th Man” by Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.
“The tradition of the 12th Man was born more than 90 years ago when an Aggie stood ready to serve. Today, this spirit lives on in Aggies who stand for service to their community, state and nation,” said Diane C. McDonald, Texas A&M’s executive director of marketing and social media. “The historic date of 12-12-12 provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate this special tradition.”
Along with Texas A&M’s daily giveaways, the university’s sister funding organizations will be sponsoring contests with prizes that any Aggie would love.
The Association of Former Students — which raises the university’s Annual Fund that supports both alumni and student activities, academics and traditions — is awarding an Aggie Ring Certificate, up to $1,200 in value, that a qualified student or former student can use toward the purchase of an Aggie Ring.
“We have much to celebrate as Aggies, especially in the year 2012,” said Kathryn Greenwade, vice president at The Association. “The once-in-a-lifetime date of 12-12-12 provides a special opportunity for the worldwide Aggie Network — students, former students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of Texas A&M — to join together in promoting the university and our unrivaled Aggie spirit.”
The Texas A&M Foundation plans to award one current student with the 12-12-12 Academic Award, a special $1,000 award that the winner can use to help fund their scholarly pursuits, a nod of appreciation to the generosity of Aggies, said John Zollinger, marketing manager at the Texas A&M Foundation.
“One of the key factors that make Texas A&M a world-class university is the support that thousands of Aggies provide each year through the Foundation. In celebrating the greatness of the 12th Man, we salute all of you who have given so generously,” Zollinger added.
Aggies will also have the chance to win the 12th Man Foundation’s Super Sports Package, which will provide one lucky fan with two tickets to all remaining home games for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, indoor track, baseball and softball.
“12-12-12 is tailor made for Aggies everywhere to show their pride in all things Texas A&M,” said Mark Riordan, vice president of marketing & brand management at the 12th Man Foundation. “This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make 12-12-12 OUR day.”
To keep up with all of the activities underway leading up to 12-12-12, as well as to find all contest links, rules and Aggie War Hymn resources, visit http://12thman.tamu.edu.
Media contact: Krista Smith, Communications Coordinator, (979) 845-4645
Texas Aggies who’ve gone on to become educators and those who aspire to be, will be able to unite through a new organization at Texas A&M University, the Aggie Teachers Network, which will officially open its doors to future members on campus this weekend before the football team takes on Sam Houston State at Kyle Field.
“It’s a great opportunity to connect Aggie graduates with each other and with current students,” says Jennifer Whitfield, director of Texas A&M’s aggieTEACH program and a faculty member in mathematics who graduated from Texas A&M in 2000. “We’re open to any Aggie involved in the K-12 education profession ― teachers, administrators, counselors and superintendents.”
The organization’s launch event, the Aggie Teachers Reunion and Recognition gathering, will begin three hours before kickoff this Saturday (Nov. 17) in Koldus 110/111 on the Texas A&M campus.
Whitfield represents the College of Science, which joins the College of Education and Human Development and The Association of Former Students in founding the Aggie Teachers Network. She says the whole idea came about as part of a program funded by the Sid Richardson Foundation. “A grant from the Sid Richardson Foundation prompted us to look into our mathematics and science teacher preparation program,” Whitfield explains. “We didn’t know how our Aggie teachers were doing after graduation – often times we lose them after they leave A&M. We have a lot of amazing teachers and we thought we should develop a constituency of Aggie educators.”
Part of the mission of the Aggie Teachers Network is to promote and enhance the great work of Aggie teachers and the teaching profession as a whole, notes Whitfield. “Texas A&M is the state leader when it comes to producing university-trained math and science teachers,” she says, “and that says a lot about Aggie teachers; we produce great teachers that stay in the field.”
She says she hopes the network with be multifaceted once the organization is up and running. “Our graduates will be able to connect with current Aggies who are preparing to be teachers. There can be opportunities for mentoring, professional development and networking for jobs.”
And, she says, the group can unite as a common voice for teachers, to promote the improvement of education. “It is important to both value and empower the teaching profession,” Whitfield contends. “And bringing a large group of committed people together can make a difference when there is a common issue to tackle; we can use our collective voice for positive change.”
Reaching out to Aggie educators all across the country is a vast undertaking, and The Association of Former Students is currently working with the Aggie Teachers Network to complete the steps necessary to recognize the group as an officially chartered constituent network, according to Kathryn Greenwade, a 1988 graduate of Texas A&M and vice president of communications for The Association.
“Teachers represent an important segment of the Aggie Network with unique and expansive influence,” Greenwade notes. “They are often among the most influential adults, excluding parents, in a young person’s life. We look forward to working more closely with this group as they seek to promote Texas A&M and the teaching profession, as well as to highlighting the many achievements of our outstanding Aggie teachers who make a lasting difference in lives across our state, nation and world.”
Whitfield says she has high hopes for the success of the network and looks forward to this weekend’s launch event, saying, “We sent out about 10,000 invitations, so hopefully this event will build momentum. It will take time to reach all our constituents, but we know they’re out there, and we hope they will demonstrate the Aggie spirit and become involved.”
Media contact: Lesley Henton, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-5591
The Association of Former Students will celebrate the former students who have received the Distinguished Alumnus Award — including this year’s recipients — at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Gala, hosted by The Association and Texas A&M University.
This prestigious black-tie event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, will be held Friday, Sept. 21, in the Bethancourt Family Grand Ballroom of the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus at 6:30p.m.
In addition to celebrating the 216 former students who have received the Distinguished Alumnus Award — Texas A&M’s highest honor — the ceremony will also recognize this year’s recipients who once again exemplify the very best of Texas A&M.
• Donald A. Adam ’57;
• Bob J. Surovik ’58;
• Tommie E. Lohman ’59; and
• General Hal M. Hornburg (USAF, Ret) ’68.
Texas A&M and The Association also recognize eight recipients posthumously, including the seven Aggies recognized with the Medal of Honor.
• Dr. Robert V. Walker ’45
Medal of Honor Recipients
• George D. Keathley ’37;
• Horace S. Carswell, Jr. ’38;
• Dr. Eli L. Whiteley ’41;
• Turney W. Leonard ’42;
• Thomas W. Fowler ’43;
• William G. Harrell ’43; and
• Lloyd H. Hughes ’43.
Texas A&M University officials have announced the distribution of $3.1 million in gifts from the University’s alumni association, The Association of Former Students, to support priority programs for students, faculty and staff which would likely otherwise be left unfunded.
This distribution, coupled with an additional $300,000 in funding for projects directly managed by The Association, brings the organization’s total cash support to Texas A&M for 2012-13 to $3.4 million and represents the collective gifts of 47,000 former students and friends of Texas A&M to The Association’s Annual Fund. With an average gift of $158, these donors prove that gifts of any size can make a powerful difference.
In thanking The Association for its support, Texas A&M University President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin ’71 reflected on his personal experience with The Association.
“Upon graduating from Texas A&M, I recognized that The Association provided a young former student an opportunity to make a difference through a modest annual gift,” Loftin said. “Now as President, I see firsthand the impact my support and that of many other Aggies can make on our institution and on the individual lives of students, faculty and staff.”
In addition to the University initiatives funded, the Annual Fund supports The Association’s operations, including management of the Aggie Ring program, outreach to former students through class, club and constituent network channels, publication of Texas Aggie magazine, management of the alumni database and management of the Clayton Williams, Jr. ’54 Alumni Center, which hosts more than 150 Aggie Network-related events throughout the year.
Porter S. Garner III ’79, President and CEO of The Association, credited the organization’s success to the power of the worldwide Aggie Network and the former students, faculty, staff and friends of Texas A&M who faithfully contribute to The Association’s Annual Fund.
“Few alumni associations rival The Association of Former Students in support returned to their universities,” Garner said. “The next time you see a Century Club decal on a vehicle, thank that Aggie, because he or she is the one who makes this support possible and helps us continue our 133-year tradition of meaningful service and support to Texas A&M.”
Almost half of the $7.4 million contributed by former students in 2011 was returned to the University in cash support to fund programs ranging from scholarships and academic support, student activities and faculty and staff development and recognition. In total, 85 individual projects received funding in impact areas identified by the Texas A&M University President and Provost. Each academic college and administrative division received some funding both directly through identified projects and/or indirectly through student, faculty and staff participation in university-wide awards and programs.
As they are each year, these funding requests were presented to The Association’s Board of Directors for approval. Constants among the funding approved included support for more than $1 million in scholarships, over half a million in support of faculty and staff development and awards, and another half million in support to the Division of Student Affairs — including $148,400 to the Corps of Cadets. Additionally, funding was provided to programs that bolster student success, including supplemental instruction, learning communities, veterans services, and career and professional school advising. A full listing of initiatives supported can be found here.
The Association of Former Students, established in 1879, is the official alumni organization of Texas A&M University. The Association connects the 500,000 members of the worldwide Aggie Network with each other and the University, and provides more than $7.3 million a year in impact to University scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students. For more information about The Association of Former Students, visit www.AggieNetwork.com or contact Kathryn Greenwade.
Texas A&M University may have won ESPN’s 2012 GameDay Vote contest, but it was a victory that came down to the wire and enlisted the help of thousands of supporters across the nation.
Aggies flocked to social media and online forums such as TexAgs.com to lead an aggressive voting campaign through the final hours of the contest, rallying the support of Texas governor and Texas A&M former student Rick Perry, ABC’s Modern Family star Rico Rodriguez, former Texas A&M football player NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Von Miller, Texas Monthly magazine and more.
Perhaps most telling was the support Texas A&M gained from members institutions of the Southeastern Conference, of which the university will officially become a member on July 1. Hundreds of fans from SEC schools united to vote for Texas A&M, giving its newest member the crucial last-minute votes that elevated it into first place over the University of Nebraska of the Big 10 Conference.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Texas A&M. We can’t thank the 12th Man and our new SEC family enough for the support. We look forward to welcoming ESPN to Aggieland this summer and representing Texas A&M and the SEC in the GameDay commercial,” said Jason Cook, Texas A&M vice president for marketing and communications.
Texas A&M’s GameDay vote effort was led by the university’s Division of Marketing & Communications.