Sea Aggie Band
Texas A&M Maritime Academy Cadet O-Week
The Fall 2013 O-Week begins on August 18. Please report to the Sea Aggie Center between noon and 1400 hrs. Please read the important message below for details. The Cadets will also attend one of the New Student Conferences prior to O-Week. If you have any questions after reading information below, please call the Cadet Training Officer, Maj Wayne Bertrand (Ret), at 409-741-4380. If you are admitted to TAMUG, and also admitted to join the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, you will receive a Corps Acceptance Packet. Some of the items in the Packet are as follows:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COL. MALLAHAN concerning O-Week:
Fall Check-in at the Sea Aggie Center between 1200 hrs (12 Noon) and 1400 hrs (2:00 PM) on Sunday 18 August. We will have approximately 180 cadets, so you all do not have to check in at 1200 hrs. There will be drinks and snacks available, but no lunch, so feel free to have lunch in Galveston before you report for check-in. At the Sea Aggie Center, we will collect any documents you did not send us earlier, such as passports, birth certificates, TWIC Cards, etc (we will make copies and give you back the originals for your safe keeping).
After checking in, cadets will head to the Housing Office and fill out their paperwork, pick up a key, and move out to the Corps Resident Halls to drop off suitcases and room furnishings. Cadets are welcome to bring almost anything except TVs and computer games. Bear in mind that the less stuff they bring, the easier it is to keep their rooms clean and pass weekly inspections. At a minimum they should bring a desk lamp, laundry supplies, personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, civilian clothes for the evenings and weekends, and bed linens. That’s all they really need. Everything else they can purchase on the island, or live without. All freshmen are required to purchase a meal plan and to eat in the cafeteria the first year. This is so you know they are getting plenty to eat, and because the cafeteria is the center of social activity on campus.
Computers: Cadets can use the school’s computers if they don’t bring their own. If you are going to purchase or bring a computer, I recommend a laptop, which is very popular with all students, and because it doesn’t take up much space in the residence hall rooms. However, please make sure there are no games on their computer. Cadets are not allowed to play internet games on the weekend or to relax during the week. There isn’t enough time in the day for them to waste with computer games!
After they have set up their rooms, it’s time for haircuts, receiving uniforms, and for meeting other cadets. For this reason, we will have a briefing for all parents at 1300 hrs (1:00 PM), and 1430 hrs (2:30 PM) that afternoon in the CLB (Classroom / Lab Building), which is the next building as you walk past the flag pole from the Sea Aggie Center or the Housing Office. If you need to get back on the road, you may miss the briefing. However if you would like to know what to expect the first year, and what your cadet will be doing, you will want to attend this briefing followed by Q + A with the Deputy Superintendent.
We do ask parents to leave after this briefing, as we will then provide Cadets with dinner, and begin orienting them to Corps life. Parents are encouraged to return to campus on Friday 23 August to watch the O-Week Pass in Review at approximately 1100 hrs (11:00AM). After the pass in review, all Cadets (except NROTC Cadets, who will be released later that afternoon after completion of required testing) will be released until Sunday 25 August at 1800 hrs (6:00 PM), when Call to Quarters begins. Fall Semester classes kick-off the next morning.
RICHARD A. MALLAHAN '71
Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Deputy Superintendent & Chief of Staff