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The most memorable day of an Aggie’s life

Over 80 students receive their Aggie Ring

By Mylasia Miklas, '20


|Photo: Alinoe Roussie

On November 2, Texas A&M University at Galveston hosted Aggie Ring day for 86 students in the Aggie Special Event Center (ASEC). Dozens of relatives and friends gathered to join in commemorating the academic accomplishments of these students.

Ring day was welcomed by congratulatory words of Michael Fossum, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Taylor Kemp, the Student Specialist for Texas A&M University at Galveston campus. Ring Day festivities was also accompanied by a Fightin’ Texas Aggie Yell Practice to not only celebrate the distribution of Aggie Rings, but to also give visitors a look into the other traditions of Texas A&M.

Since 1889, Aggies have proudly worn their rings to remind them of their time spend here at Texas A&M. However, receiving an Aggie Ring is no easy task. In order to be eligible, a student must complete a total of 90 credit hours and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA. During the ceremony, Taylor Kemp explained why the Aggie Ring is so special. Stating that “ Those who have earned the right to wear the Aggie ring have cleared some of the toughest requirements in the country. Making it one of the most treasured items an Aggie can possess.”

If you believe you are eligible for your Aggie Ring, be sure to check your overall hours and GPA on howdy. The next Aggie Ring Day is scheduled for April 12, 2019, however payments will be due between January 7 to February 13, 2019. To learn more about ordering your Aggie Ring, please visit https://www.aggienetwork.com/ring/eligibility/ for more information.



Aggies helping Aggies; TAMUG Food Pantry is now open to all

By Mylasia Miklas, '20


|Photo: John Vandewater

(left to right) Marlee Williams, Jardan Lynch '20, Laney Funk '19, Jessica Quillen, '19

The Texas A&M University at Galveston Food Pantry celebrated its grand opening on November 5 in Atlantic Hall. Marlee Williams, the Resident Life Office Assistant, commemorated the grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.

The TAMUG Food Pantry was inspired by an idea from Todd Sutherland, the Vice President of Student Affairs. Through the hard work of faculty and staff, such as Marlee Williams, Taylor Kemp, the Student Development Specialist, and Dr. Joann Digeorgio-Lutz, the Head of the Department of Liberal Studies, the TAMUG Food Pantry was born.

The Maritime Studies (MAST) Honors Seminar and Service Learning Class is a class that connects the students to the community through service projects. Dr. Digeorgio-Lutz, the professor that teaches the service learning class, wanted to focus the service project efforts on food insecurity in Galveston County. Laney Funk, a marine fisheries major and student of the class, suggested the TAMUG Food Pantry as the focal point for this semester. The class teamed up with Marlee Williams to get the TAMUG Food Pantry initiated. “They have done a tremendous job in really getting it up and running,” Williams stated.

Before the opening, the students worked hard to gather donations for the pantry. The students held a drive allowing the Maritime Academy students to allow demerits be taken away. This event collected over 1000 cans for the food bank.

Those who need access to the TAMUG Food Pantry must visit the front desk of Atlantic Hall to request and submit the form. Once the form is submitted, the individual is able to collect provisions for up to a week.



TAMUG student creates non-profit to aid in natural disaster relief

By John Vandewater, '21


|Photo: John Vandewater

Nick Lamb, a senior maritime studies student at Texas A&M University at Galveston, has recently co-founded a non-profit organization for natural disaster relief: 50 Star Search and Rescue. (50 Star SAR)

50 Star SAR was formed out of the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in September, 2018 and is based right out of our back yard in Houston, Texas. Since its inception, the organization has traveled to South Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence and most recently to Florida to meet the needs of the coastal communities severely affected by Hurricane Michael. For Lamb, a Southeast Texas native, the spark to come up with a partnership to help those affected by these tragedies comes from his love for the coast and the ocean. When asked about his motivation for all this, Lamb said “I just want to save lives and help people.”

In that respect, he and the other members of 50 Star SAR have succeeded. During Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the organization worked hand in hand with other nationally known organizations such as The Cajun Navy and Lowe’s to assist countless families by conducting hundreds of high-water rescues, thousands of recovery operations, several animal rescues, high water transportation, and coordinating over two tons of logistical support. “These numbers are staggering given the short amount of time this organization has existed,” Lamb stated.

Additionally, Lamb also personally heads up the search and rescue team and is a board member for the organization. When speaking to him about the responsibility of these positions and juggling them with being a student Lamb said “We still have guys down there in Florida helping people and I want to be there with them, I wish I was there.”

More information on 50 Star Search and Rescue can be found at their website, www.50Star.org or on Facebook at 50StarSAR. Any donations can be made via PayPal on either of these sites and are used solely for recovery and rescue operations.



Former TAMUG student creates The Mountain Ocean Project to improve the health of Galveston Island

By Mylasia Miklas, '20


|Photo: Mylasia Miklas

The amount of plastic making its way into the Earth’s oceans and waterways are increasing at an alarming rate. A recent study published by World Economic Forum projected that by the year 2025 there will be more plastic than fish.

Although the statistics are alarming, it is important, more than ever, to advocate for the health of the ocean. While this is no easy task, Austen Anderson, a former student of Texas A&M University at Galveston, is hoping to combat the struggles of ocean pollution through his environmental organization, the Mountain Ocean Project (M.O.P).

M.O.P was created two years ago through Anderson’s strong love for the ocean. “I just care about the ocean too much,” Anderson said. “So I have to do my part.”

The Mountain Ocean Project focuses on organizing beach clean ups in order to combat the overwhelming amount of plastic pollution found here in Galveston County. Anderson mainly focuses clean up efforts here on Pelican Island. “I usually do clean ups on Pelican Island because there is so much trash,” Anderson stated. “It all collects here and no one cares about it.”

Anderson also hopes to use this organization as a way to launch his own innovations to help eliminate the use of single-use plastics. While beach clean ups are helpful, they do not help combat the amount of plastic still being produced in today’s society. Anderson believes the best solution is to slowly reduce the amount of plastics used. “Plastic is a resource but people think of it more as a convenience,” Anderson explained.

If you are interested in volunteering or want learning more information about the Mountain Ocean Project please visit mountainoceanproject.org for additional details.

The Nautilus Staff

Editor-in-Chief:
Mylasia Miklas, '20
thenaut.editor@tamug.edu

Social Media/Online Editor:
Virginia Limon, '21
thenaut.adsales@tamug.edu

Writers:
Alione Roussie, '22
Emely Cruz, '22
Faith Murphy, '20
Ignacio Cobos, '22
John Vandewater, '21
Matthew Renton, '20

Photographers:
Alinoe Roussie, '22
Faith Murphy, '20
John Vandewater, '21

Faculty Advisors:
Dr. Katherine Echols
echolsk@tamug.edu

Julie Garza-Horne
jhorne@tamug.edu

Thank you to our sponsors:
TAMUG Liberal Studies Department
TAMUG Office of Student Life