Development Newsletter Spring 2017



Greetings from the new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer:

Howdy!

After living a life of service to the U.S. Air Force and NASA, it is an honor to man the helm of the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University! As I finished up my undergraduate degree as a cadet in College Station 37 years ago, I dreamed of reaching for the stars, but never imagined this opportunity to serve the university I love in this role!

We are forever indebted to RADM Robert Smith for his vision and drive which continues to transform our campus today and to Dr. Doug Palmer for his leadership and steady hand during the 9-month transition.

The more I learn about what we do here at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG), the more excited I get about the profound impact we are making as we prepare our students for their futures at the same time our research is impacting the world through the advancement of our technology, sciences, and maritime professions.

Thank you for your support in making this possible! Our mission of training and equipping the next generation of explorers, engineers, researchers, ship's officers, and scientists to tackle our many challenges associated with our oceans, fisheries, coastlines, and associated industries would not be possible without you! We are in this together and I am excited about the journey ahead!

Colonel Michael E. Fossum

Sincerely,

Colonel Michael E. Fossum '80
Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Vice President, Texas A&M University




New Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, Admiral Michael J. Rodriguez:

Admiral Michael J. Rodriguez

Along with the arrival of the new Chief Operating Office of Texas A&M University at Galveston, Colonel Mike Fossum, 2017 has also seen the arrival of a new Superintendent of the Maritime Academy – RADM Michael "Mike" J. Rodriguez USMS.

Admiral Rodriguez is a 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and has sailed as a ship's officer aboard U.S.-Flag vessels for 17 years. Mike also serves as a captain in the United States Navy Reserves.

Before his appointment to the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University, Mike served as the Deputy Maritime Administrator in the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD). At MARAD, Mike was responsible for developing U.S. maritime policy, proposing legislation and outreach to the maritime industry and its stakeholders.

In January, Admiral Mike Rodriguez became the 15th Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy on the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University, where he is responsible for the education and training of 556 students in the academy's Corps of Cadets. Mike had this to say when asked about starting a new venture with Texas A&M University:

"From the moment I arrived on campus, I have been welcomed to become a part of this remarkable institution and its community. There are so many dedicated, thoughtful, and proud faculty, staff, students, and Former Students who are truly excited about the wonderful changes that are happening here. I am proud to be a part of it all".

We know the students, faculty, staff, and Former Students of the Galveston campus are thrilled with the arrival of the new superintendent. So, it is with great pleasure that we introduce to you, RADM Michael "Mike" J. Rodriguez USMS, as the 15th Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

As a constituent network of The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (AFS), the Sea Aggie Former Student Network relies heavily on the staff at AFS to support our endeavors and maintain our contact records. Please go to www.aggienetwork.com to create an account and update your contact info if you have not done so already. We also encourage you to support the Aggie Network since they support ours! Please pass this on to every Aggie you know! Please visit us at http://seaaggies.aggienetwork.com  to see what the organization is planning for this year.

Stay tuned and be on the lookout for regular emails from the Sea Aggie Former Student Network. Gig 'em!


The George P. Mitchell Society is comprised of individuals and organizations committed to the well-being of our oceans through maritime and marine research, education and training as conducted at the only maritime university on the gulf coast’s premier ocean front, Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus. Christened in honor of George Phydias Mitchell, fighting Texas Aggie class of 1940. The Society’s function is to aid in the bolstering of the mission of Texas A&M University at Galveston. Your patronage boosts the entire University to beyond that which could be achieved with state and other traditional means alone. For more information on membership into the George P. Mitchell Society, please visit www.tamug.edu/develop/Campaigns/MitchellSociety.html


Contact Us:

Jason W. Morton '04, M.Ed., '10, Manager of Development Communications
Rick Kline, Senior Director of Development
Alice Maffay, Development Business Coordinator


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rkline@txamfoundation.com
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maffaya@tamug.edu
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A message from your Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) Development Office

Rick Kline, Senior Director of Development

Howdy! I hope that you are enjoying the spring season. As reported in our Fall 2016 Newsletter, we were anticipating welcoming two new leaders to our campus. Mission accomplished. On January 23, Admiral Michael J. Rodriguez joined us as the Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. Then, on March 1, Colonel Michael E. Fossum ’80 took the helm of the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University as Chief Operations Officer of TAMUG and a Vice President of Texas A&M University. Both are welcome additions to our campus and have been spending the last several weeks meeting students, faculty and staff.

In this edition of the TAMUG Development Newsletter, we want to again share information about our campus. As always, you’ll see feature articles on a former student, a current donor, and one of our faculty members. These glimpses of our friends and family allow you to learn a little more about the fabric of what makes Texas A&M University at Galveston such a special place. We also want to bring you a little bit of news about things happening on and around campus. We find our relationship with the Galveston Island community to be very important. Therefore, a special thank you goes out to both the Tremont House for underwriting our third annual Mardi Gras Viewing Party and the American National Insurance Company (ANICO) for hosting our most recent Board of Visitors meeting.

Our campus is proud to be part of Texas A&M University’s third comprehensive campaign. Launched in 2015, “Lead by Example” is a joint effort between Texas A&M and its affiliated organizations: The Texas A&M Foundation, the Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. With a goal of $4 billion, it is the largest higher education campaign in Texas history and the second largest conducted nationally by a public university.

The campaign will generate gifts in three major areas: Transformational Learning; Discovery and Innovation; and Impact on the State, Nation, and World. From now through 2020, Former Students and friends are uniting with our faculty and staff in the campaign to enhance Texas A&M’s ability to tackle real-world problems – such as the global demand for energy and the advancement of human and animal health – while also preparing future generations of uniquely qualified leaders. For more information on the campaign, visit leadbyexample.tamu.edu.

I’ve personally been able to witness the growth of this campus, the impact of our students, faculty and staff on society, and their ability and desire to Lead by Example. Through your generosity and support, the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University can be a major benefactor of the efforts of the Lead by Example campaign. If you want to learn more about how you can be a part of the effort, please visit our website at www.tamug.edu/develop. As always, the Texas A&M University at Galveston Development office always welcomes your visits, phone calls, and emails. Thank you.


Sincerely,

Rick Kline
Senior Director of Development at Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas A&M Foundation – LEAD BY EXAMPLE




2017 TAMUG Big Event:

On Saturday March 25, 2017, Sea Aggies spread out around Galveston Island for a day of painting houses, repairing fences, planting trees and other community service projects.

By 9 a.m., approximately 600 students broke up into groups of 10 to 30. Each were posted at different sites around town, where participating nonprofits and the city had asked for help with ongoing projects.

Some students painted the fence at the Menard House, a Galveston Historical Foundation project. At the request of the city, others cleaned tombstones and pulled weeds at Old City Cemetery. Other students worked at the Galveston Food Bank and the Galveston Children’s Museum.

Texas A&M University at Galveston started The Big Event — an annual day of community service — in 1994, following the tradition of the main campus in College Station, which started the community service day in 1982.  Through The Big Event, Texas A&M University boasts the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the country.

Groups of students completed projects at approximately 25 different sites around Galveston. Students are required to work about four hours — or until the project is completed, whichever is longer.


Interviews


“Where Are They Now”, Former Student Spotlight: Jonathan Whitworth '89

In this edition of our former student profile “Where are they Now”, we sat down with Jonathan Whitworth, Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of 1989. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation from the Galveston Campus of Texas A&M University and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seaspan in North Vancouver, Canada.

Jonathan Whitworth

Can you talk a little bit about your background and your connection to Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG)?  

"As a second-generation mariner, from the age of 11 I knew I wanted to go to sea and become a licensed ships officer.  I couldn't wait to attend TAMUG and I'm pretty sure I bugged the crap out of John Merritt and Bill Hearn for four years of high school as I visited the campus every chance I could get.  I attended TAMUG from 1985-1989 and was in the Corp of Cadets while studying MART.  After graduation, I sailed for six years and sailed primarily with Houston's own Ocean Shipholdings Inc. (OSI) aboard tankers and chemical carriers in the international market.  During the time I was not sailing, I also went back to school and obtained my MBA at the University of North Texas.  Once I obtained my Chief Mate unlimited license and my MBA, I stopped sailing in 1994 and then had the pleasure of working at a number of amazing companies such as ExxonMobil, Teekay Shipping, Maritrans, OSG America, and currently Seaspan."

You are a member of the Texas A&M University at Galveston's Board of Visitors (BOV). Can you talk about being a member of the BOV and what role you play in the continued success of the Galveston campus?

"I've been very fortunate to be a member of the BOV since 2007 when I was asked to join by then CEO of TAMUG, Dr. Bowen Loftin.  I have enormous respect for Dr. Loftin, and I was honored to be asked to sit on the board.  The most exciting thing about being on the BOV is the ability to watch what a number of great leaders and educators have done with a school that I attended three decades ago… and the transformation has been unbelievable.  Granted, TAMUG still has no shortage of mosquitoes, but the new buildings and the fantastic professors who work within those buildings are incredibly impressive.  TAMUG has grown up, almost in front of my eyes, and I continue to be impressed every time I return to campus."

You're the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seaspan ULC. How did your time as a student on the Galveston campus and the Marine Transportation program prepare you for your role as CEO today?  

"I was a mediocre student in High School with little direction and focus, but that all changed after starting at TAMUG.  I found my passion for the sea and the shipping business at TAMUG, and I found that I was surrounded by like-minded individuals who also had the same love of the marine business and/or the environment (tip of the hat to my friends in MARB & MARF).  Thanks to the discipline and leadership skills gained from being a member of the Corp of Cadets along with a top-notch marine and business education, I give full credit to A&M for launching me into an exciting career."

In a recent article with Business Vancouver where you were profiled for the 2016 BC CEO Awards, you touched on a number of things including your accomplishments, challenges faced, and leadership style. What would you tell young Sea Aggies striving for the same success you have come to know in your industry today?  

"Follow your passion, stick with your convictions, think long term, and then concentrate hard in executing on that plan.  Life will throw lots of obstacles at you, but it's how you handle those obstacles that will define you as a person.  Failures are just teaching moments, and as long as it's not a fatal error or a mistake repeated more than once, then don't get discouraged and don't give up!"

In closing, reflecting on your time as a student at Texas A&M Galveston, what was your favorite parts of being a student? What was your favorite class, student organization, and favorite activities in your free time off campus?  

"I can honestly say that I loved every minute of my time at TAMUG.  Starting with the voyages on the Texas Clipper, where I was lucky to meet a very pretty young Prepette named Julie on my senior cruise… this summer we'll have been together for 29 years!  I had a great time with my friends in both MART and definitely the guys in MARA who I hung out the most with.  We had so many crazy adventures, from dawn patrol surfing under the piers off the Seawall, to late night adventures at our favorite watering hole the Interurban Queen, to trips to TAMU during march-ins.  It was all great, and if I could do it over again, I'd go back in a heartbeat.  TAMUG was wonderful in the 1980's, but it's even better in 2017."



“Faculty Spotlight”: Amie Hufton '02, M.S. '10

Amie Hufton

In this edition of our "Faculty Spotlight", we caught up with Ms. Amie Hufton, Fightin' Texas Aggie Classes of 2002 and 2010. Amie graduated with both a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and a Master's degree in Marine Resource Management from the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University. Amie is an Instructional Associate Professor in the department of Liberal Studies. Amie's specialty is in the field of Kinesiology with an emphasis in instructional SCUBA diving.

Can you talk a little bit about yourself and what brought you to Texas A&M University at Galveston?

"I remember well the day I was offered a faculty position at Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2007. It was a somewhat difficult decision to make, as I had just started a job at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which I was enjoying a great deal, but after some deliberation, I accepted and began to build my future at TAMUG. The single most influential factor in my decision process was considering where I could make the most impact, and the opportunity to give back to the university through teaching and service resonated deeply with me."

What department are you in and what is your specialty? (Please touch on your role both in the water and in the classroom)

"I teach in the Kinesiology program in the Department of Liberal Studies. I was originally recruited to teach in our DIVE program as a SCUBA instructor. Soon after that, I also began offering a few other activity courses like swimming and volleyball to increase the diversity of our Kinesiology courses. Currently my main focus is teaching Introduction to the Science of Health and Fitness, which is a core science course focused on human health and performance. This is a great outlet for my passion for empowering students to advocate for their personal health and to also expose them to current global and regional public health issues. I also coordinate the recreational SCUBA program, which allows me to apply my background in water safety and program development to the mission and success of our DIVE program."

Can you talk a bit about the DIVE program here at the Galveston campus, and how you can now select it as a minor attached to your degree?

"Our DIVE program has grown dramatically in the last four years, which is really exciting and challenging. The SCUBA courses have evolved into an organized minor in Diving Technology and Methods. Several faculty members, including Laura White, Sara Williams, Pete Van Hengstum, Tom Iliffe, Vianne Euresti, and Joseph Bosquez, are highly involved and serve in an important role to ensure the success of our DIVE program. With enrollment of over 300 students each year, it takes the whole team to ensure safety and quality for our students on SCUBA."

What do you like most about working with young Sea Aggies and what do you feel is most needed moving forward to foster their success?

"The most fulfilling aspect of working at TAMUG is the opportunity to help students build community through experiences and transformational learning. In my opinion, the university experience displaces young adults, and the result is hopefully holistic GROWTH – intellectual of course, but also social, emotional and physical as well. Through challenging courses, student organizations, and intramurals, students apply the knowledge and skills that they intellectually know but don't always get to practice in a traditional classroom setting. I think this is evident in the fact that the recreational facilities are so highly used on a regular basis. I am consistently impressed with our faculty, staff, and student leaders as they all work together to schedule and share recreational time and space. Our campus has adapted successfully to increased enrollment in the past 20 years, but the one aspect that remains the same (ever since I attended as an undergraduate!) is the recreational facilities. The students need and want extracurricular learning experiences, and a chance to build community. This makes them stronger and more resilient as they launch their futures, which I think captures the essence of the Aggie core values."  

Finally, what do you like most about working for the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University, and what would you tell prospective students about this campus and why they should attend Texas A&M University, specifically the Galveston campus?

"For the past few summers, I have served as a faculty advisor, so I often have the opportunity to interact with prospective or incoming students and their parents. There are several instances where I have looked a student in the eye and told them they are joining a great university. I think the size of our student body combined with the dedication of our staff and faculty create a special chemistry that allows students to immediately be included in the Aggie community. I think the Aggie spirit in Galveston drives our students to develop and also to contribute, which may be why so many of our students become leaders even before their senior year."




“Donor Spotlight”: The Dresner Family

The Dresner Family

In this edition of the "Donor Spotlight", we profile a generous family who recently supported not just the Galveston campus, but main campus as well. We had the opportunity to sit down with the Dresner family, who in 2016, endowed two new scholarships in their children's names –  Dustin ‘01 (Galveston campus) and Lindsey ‘06 (main campus). In this piece we talk about a range of topics stemming from their family background and relationship to the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University, and their first experience at the Endowed Scholarship Reception.  

Please talk a little bit about your family and its connection to the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University.

"I, Glenn Dresner, attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 1969 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. My parents greatly desired that their three sons have more opportunities than they did, and wanted all of us to have the opportunity to attend college. My mother wanted me to attend Texas A&M University in College Station so badly that she took the initiative to obtain an application for me. My mother's determination for me to attend A&M was a gift that I will never be able to fully repay."
 
"Our son, Dustin Dresner ‘01, in high school wanted to be a marine biologist and Texas A&M University at Galveston  was the best college for him to achieve this degree. Dustin began at TAMUG in 1997 in Marine Biology with the License Option (MARB-LO). On his 1997 prep cruise on the Texas Clipper II, he enjoyed the experience and regimentation of the Corp of Cadets. However, MARB entailed less fishing than he envisioned, so after his sophomore cruise in 1998, he changed his major to Marine Transportation (MART) so he could focus more on becoming a professional mariner. Presently, he is a licensed captain and works for Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. as a chief mate."
 
"Our daughter, Lindsey Dresner-Duke '06, has been a dancer ever since she was 4 years old. Being on her high school drill team, and colonel her senior year made it seem natural for her to try out for the Aggie Dance Team her freshman year. She was chosen for the Aggie Dance Team her freshman year and spent four wonderful years (2002-2006) with the organization. Her junior and senior years she was the captain of the team. Lindsey has a degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University main campus. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, she started working for Katy ISD where she worked with the Cinco Ranch Drill Team and eventually became the Drill Team director. She worked in this position before resigning to become a "full-time" mother of two future Aggies."

You have two children, as you mentioned above, who are both Former Students of Texas A&M University. One from main campus Lindsey ‘06, and the other from here on the Galveston campus Dustin ‘01. You surprised them this year by endowing scholarships in both their names. Can you talk about what inspired you to give and what that meant to you and your family?

"The idea of giving back to Texas A&M came to me one day back in the early part of 2016. The thought came to me, "Where would I have been today had it not been for me getting a degree from Texas A&M?" I made a mental list of all the successes I have had in my life family-wise, personally, and financially. My wife and I discussed all these successes and came up with the idea of creating the two endowed scholarships. One for our son, Dustin, and one for our daughter, Lindsey. We initially met with William Fusselman of the Texas A&M Foundation in College Station and he introduced us to Rick Kline at TAMUG and Torii Kapavik '11. Brenda and I could not have asked for two finer people in Rick and Torii to work with in making our endowed scholarships a reality. They guided us through each step of the process and because of how much we worked together, they have created memories that Brenda and I will cherish forever. The final language for each scholarship and the initial payments were completed about the middle of 2016. Rick and Torii worked to obtain two beautiful plaques that recognized the endowed scholarships. Brenda and I then came up with the idea of giving these two plaques to our children in January 2017 when we celebrated our family Christmas. After all the gifts were opened, we then gave Dustin and Lindsey the two wrapped plaques. The expression on their faces were priceless, because Marine Transportation meant so much to Dustin achieving his goals and the Aggie Dance Team ladies gave Lindsey a bond with friends that she still holds dear today."

You and your wonderful family have attended our annual Endowed Scholarship Reception held in the fall. From a donors prospective, what does it mean to you to attend the reception and to get the opportunity to meet your scholarship recipient each year?

"When we attended the reception held by the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University, this being the first time that we had ever participated in this type of event where we were considered an honored guest, Rick Kline and all his staff made us feel so comfortable and part of a new family that was made up of scholarship donors like ourselves. The young lady that was the recipient of our scholarship could not attend because of a family emergency that required her presence at home. But this did not stop the other TAMUG students invited by the Galveston campus from stepping up and making us feel right at home, and especially thankful for the scholarships they received from all the donors. Brenda and I look forward to our invitation to the reception in 2017 because of the wonderful experience we had in 2016. We hope that our son, Dustin, is home from working in the Gulf of Mexico so that he can attend this reception as well."

In closing, as a Former Student of Texas A&M University, what would you tell a senior in high school contemplating attending Texas A&M University at Galveston that makes this place so special and different from any other institute of higher learning?

"Brenda and I have a nephew who is contemplating hard about a degree in some area of marine sciences. He has been attending Aggie Sea Camp for the past three years and is looking forward to camp this year. When I shared this information with Rick Kline, he said we need to get this young man and his mother a special tour of the Galveston campus. The TAMUG Development Team set up this tour for our nephew, his mother, Brenda and myself, and we were so impressed with all the different areas and opportunities that TAMUG has to offer a person contemplating going to school there."




News/Events/Giving


TAMUG's 2017 Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party:

This year, a generous amount was again raised for the George P. Mitchell Society of Texas A&M University at Galveston through ticket sales for the third Annual Texas A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Event. Guests were treated to custom A&M Mardi Gras beads, dinner, cocktails, live music, and a premier view of the Momus Grand Night Parade. The parade viewing event was generously underwritten by the Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel.

In 2015, the hotel transitioned from the George Mitchell Mardi Gras Ball to a new era in memory of hotel owner and 1940 Texas A&M University graduate, George P. Mitchell. Mitchell, who passed away on July 16, 2013, donated the land for the Galveston campus in his father's name.  A Mardi Gras Ball and parade viewing party had been presented by George and Cynthia Mitchell and the Mitchell family since the opening of the Tremont House and revival of Mardi Gras in 1985.

As a result of the partnership with the Tremont House to host the A&M parade viewing party, the Texas A&M University Galveston campus' George P. Mitchell Society is now permanently establishing a third scholarship in as many years for students of the Galveston campus.

Honorary chairs for the event were Captain William C. “Bill” Hearn ‘63, former Vice President and CEO of Texas A&M University Galveston campus and Mrs. Donna Teichman. Co-chairs for the event were Mrs. Marilyn McFatridge, Mrs. Phyllis Milstein, Mrs. Marie Robb and Ms. Kelly Teichman.




Captain Klenczar Memorial:

It is with deep sadness that Texas A&M University at Galveston announces the passing of Captain Joseph J.W. Klenczar. Capt. Klenczar was the master of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy training ship the T.S. General Rudder. He passed away as a result of complications from surgery on Monday evening, January 30, 2017.

Captain Klenczar was a 1979 graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston with a degree in Marine Sciences. He joined the International Organization of Masters Mates and Pilots immediately after graduation and sailed in all deck licensed positions including several years as master of container and RORO (roll-on/roll-off) vessels.  He served as master of vessels on voyages to the Persian Gulf in support of US Armed Forces during Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  He returned to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy in 2013 as chief mate and then master of the  T.S. General Rudder.

"Joe was my dear friend and I will miss him," said Capt. Scott Putty '79, Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Transportation at the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University. "Joe was a kind soul with an incredible work ethic and attention to detail. He was an excellent role model for the cadets."

"Scores of cadets will remember and benefit from the leadership of Capt. Klenczar", said Dr. Doug Palmer, Interim Chief Operating Officer at Texas A&M University at Galveston. "His knowledge and mastery of maritime skills have been passed on to our cadets. In that, Joe will live on in the cadets he trained and led so well."

A sunset service was held in Captain Klenczar's honor on February 6, 2017. The Corp of Cadets, faculty, staff, and friends of the captain joined on the T.S. General Rudder dock to honor his passing. The Mariner's Prayer was recited, followed by a salute from the Corp of Cadets for one minute and thirty seconds, signifying Captain Klenczar's end of watch date 1/30.

Sunset Service




Update on "Wave of Change":

As most of you are aware, there is a campaign for the enhancement of physical growth on the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University properly titled “Wave of Change.” The first wave started with the completion of a massive residence hall for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, which opened its doors to the midshipmen of the Corp of Cadets in January of 2016. The second wave is coming in the form of a two-phased academic complex, currently being constructed on the north side of the Galveston campus.

Phase 1 of the Academic Complex will open its doors before the start of the 2017-2018 Academic calendar year. Tenants of Phase 1 are slated to move into this state of the art facility in August. Giving the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University a true front door and gateway, the Academic Complex Phase 1 will house numerous functions of our university from administrative services to classroom and lab space, to a great number of lounge and soft learning spaces for the students of the Galveston campus.

The third and fourth waves have seen the groundbreakings of a new Waterfront Pavilion and Amphitheater just before the holidays on December 13 of last year, and Phase 2 of the Academic Complex on February 16 of this year.

The Waterfront Pavilion and Amphitheater will sit on the southeast end of campus behind the Ocean and Coastal Sciences Building overlooking the marina and waterfront operations of the Galveston campus. This state of the art facility will restore valuable waterfront event space that was lost during the reconstruction of the campus marina post Hurricane Ike in 2008. The Pavilion is a multi-purpose room that will accommodate 150 people in banquet seating and approximately 275 people in theater seating. In addition to the indoor pavilion, the project also includes an outdoor amphitheater that can further extend the space of the pavilion, or be used as a separate venue for outdoor events for both students and visitors.

Phase 2 of the Academic Complex will be a unique facility, that will house the campus’ new bookstore and retail space, office and administrative support spaces as well as the second-floor great room. The great room is a multi-purpose space that is approximately 12,000 square feet and can be broken into four separate rooms or be utilized as one open large space. Phase 2 of the Academic Complex is slated to be open for operation in the summer of 2018.




Interested in Creating Your Aggie Legacy Right Here at TAMUG?

A growing number of Aggies are planning their gifts and estates to benefit themselves, their families, and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Planned gifts such as bequests, gift annuities, charitable trusts, retained life estates, and gifts of retirement accounts and life insurance can provide tax benefits, generate potential retirement income, provide for loved ones, and help Texas A&M all at the same time.  Here are a few examples:

Your IRA or Life Insurance Policy

A beneficiary designation gift is one of the simplest and most tax advantaged ways to make a planned gift for Texas A&M University at Galveston.  Simply name Texas A&M Foundation as the beneficiary of your IRA or a life insurance policy.  Our office will then work with you in creating a gift agreement that will direct the funds to benefit the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University or a specific program on our campus once the funds arrive.

Bequest

A gift to Texas A&M Foundation in your will or living trust, often called a bequest, is the most common type of planned gift.  You can give a percentage of your estate, a gift from the balance or residue of your estate, or a gift of a specific asset. You retain ownership and use of assets during your lifetime and then leave a lasting legacy for the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University.  We have bequest language we can provide to your attorney or advisor.  

Other planned gifts such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts are ways that you can make a gift to support the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University and receive income back every year for yourself or your loved ones, as well as receive some tax benefits.

Please let us also know if you have already included a gift to Texas A&M in your estate plans.  Oftentimes, we learn of a donors' planned gifts after their lifetime, but we want the opportunity now to recognize your generosity, make you a Heritage Member in the A&M Legacy Society, and make sure your gift is directed per your intentions.  

The Texas A&M Foundation is here to help! We can provide you with planning tools and information on all the ways that you can benefit yourself, your family and Texas A&M University at Galveston.  With a little research and some planning, you will be able to leave a legacy that inspires others for years to come.  Contact Amy Bacon, Gift Planning Officer, at abacon@txamfoundation.com or call 281-380-1050.  In coordination with Rick Kline, Senior Development Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Amy will be happy to work with you and your advisors to tailor a gift to your unique needs and interests which will impact Aggies for generations.

– submitted by Amy Bacon, Gift Planning Officer, Texas A&M Foundation