Family Weekend 2018


Click here to register for Family Weekend!
The deadline for registration is Friday, October 12th.
Also, don't forget to purchase a Family Weekend T-Shirt for $16 to support your Sea Aggie! You can purchase the T-Shirt when you register for the event! Kids 12 years of age and younger will be $25 dollars and there will be lots of Kid Friendly Events on and off campus for the little ones. Don't Forget Check-in begins Friday, October 26th at 3pm followed by The Corps Sunset Parade and our Parents, Faculty and Staff Mixer that will be highlighted by A movie on the Lawn! See You There!

Purchase your parking permits here for Family Weekend!
The conference permits titled “Galveston Family Wknd Conference” have been set up online at this link

Family Weekend 2018 Schedule of Events

Click here to download the Schedule of Events (PDF)

Friday, October 26th :

3:00 PM Check-In, ASEC Lobby

3:30 PM – 7:00 PM Harbor Tours, Small Boat Basin

3:30 PM – 7:00 PM Campus Tours, MAIN Lobby

5:00 PM Corps Sunset Parade/Pass-In Review followed by Yell Practice, Courtyard

5:30 PM TAMUG Orchestra Concert, ASEC Lobby

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Faculty/Staff, Administration and Parents Mixer, ASEC Lobby

6:00 PM Welcome, Dr. Donna Lang, (ASEC Ballroom)

6:15 PM Maritime Academy Q&A, Maritime Academy Staff (TMA Parents Association)

7:00 PM Movie on the Courtyard- Ghostbusters

7:30 PM TAMUG Lacrosse vs. St. Edwards, (Rec Sports Field)

Saturday, October 27th :

8:00 AM Check-in, ASEC

8:30 AM Breakfast, Cafeteria in Mary Moody Northen Student Center (Bldg. 3004)

10:00 AM Howdy Welcome, Brandon Rogers - Student Body President ASEC Ballroom

10:30 AM Student and Staff Presentations

11:30 AM Lunch ASEC Ballroom (Sea Aggie Entertainment)

1:00 PM TAMUG Lacrosse vs. DBU, (Rec Sports Field)

1:00 PM The 8th Annual Saengerfest Mini Monster Bash (Saengerfest Park)

3:00 PM Galveston Island Oktoberfest  (First Lutheran Church)

3:45 PM Final Galveston Harbor Tour

6:00PM Texas A&M @ Mississippi St. Watch Party- Hosted by The Galveston County Aggie Moms @(Stuttgarden Tavern)

*Schedule is subject to change


Sunset Parade:  5:00 pm :
The Corps will March toward the Clock Tower and arrive by 4:50 pm. They will then be dismissed to say hello to family members. At 5:15 pm the Corps will form back up and conduct a pass and review for the parents to watch.

Step-Off will be at 1715

  • The Corps will proceed through the buildings of MAIN and ASEC.
  • After all units have passed and reviewed, the Corps will be at the Clock Tower to prepare for a Yell, and then be dismissed.

The route is in the picture below.


Ship Simulator Tours (Bldg 3002 Ship Bridge Simulator):  10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Have you ever wanted to drive a ship? The ship simulator provides a look into what it is really like on the bridge of a ship. Run by students of the Texas Maritime Academy, this simulation will take you to ports across the world, and make you feel as if you are actually behind the wheel of a ship.

Campus Tours, Student Ambassadors (Welcome Desk in MAIN Lobby): Fri. 3:15pm-7pm Sat. 10am – 3:45pm
Check out our new facilities on campus by going on a campus tour with one of our great student ambassador. Tours will be given every 45mins starting at the Welcome Desk located in the MAIN Lobby first floor.

Harbor Tours, Waterfront Operations (Small Boat Basin behind OCSB): Fri. 3:15pm-7pm Sat. 10am – 3:45pm
Enjoy a boat trip and tour of the harbor narrated by our Waterfront Operations staff. Learn what the Waterfront Operations staff does and landmarks along the Galveston harbor.  Tours will run every 45 minutes with the Trident.  Sign up for your tour at the morning Check-in.

Book Store –10:30am -2:30pm (ASEC)
The Texas A&M University Galveston Campus Book Store will be open on Saturday, October 27th  

Mini Monster Bash (Saengerfest Park –1pm -4pm)
Saengerfest Park will be the central location for fun. We will offer games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, and a costume contest. Contestants will compete for Cutest, Scariest, and Most Creative for age groups 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11. You will also be able to Trick or Treat at local businesses throughout Downtown Galveston (The Strand).

Galveston Island Oktoberfest –11:00am -11:00pm (First Lutheran Church of Galveston)
This fun, family weekend will feature: continuous live entertainment on 3 stages, an expanded menu of authentic German food and libations, Cake Wheel, shopping for fine arts, crafts and gifts in the historic 1860 Lyceum, a lively auction, new and exciting fun, family children's activities, and much more. Island Oktoberfest admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to dress in German costume.

A&M Football Watch Party –6pm-10pm (Stuttgarden Tavern on the Strand)
Hosted by the Galveston County Aggie Moms at Stuttgarden Tavern right next to Saengerfest Park on the  Strand. There is hourly street parking on the strand and there is also a parking garage located at 25th and Harborside.

Directions to Saengerfest Park, 7minutes/3.5 miles from TAMUG

  1. Head southwest on Seawolf Park Blvd./Seawolf Parkway
  2. Continue on to Pelican Island Causeway
  3. Turn Left onto Harborside Drive
  4. Turn Right onto 23rd St. / 23rd Street Rear
  5. Turn Right onto Avenue B/Strand St.

**Your Destination will be on the right: 2302 Strand Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Directions to First Lutheran Church, 9minutes/3.8 miles from TAMUG

  1. Head southwest on Seawolf Park Blvd./Seawolf Parkway
  2. Continue on to Pelican Island Causeway
  3. Turn Left onto Harborside Drive
  4. Turn Right onto 25th  St. / Rosenberg St.
  5. Turn Left onto Winnie St./Winnie Rear St.

**Your Destination will be on the right: 2415 Winnie St. Galveston, TX 77550

Presentations – 10:30 am

Save Our Seas Conservation Efforts by Mariah Waters: MAIN 220
Save Our Seas mission is to protect and enjoy the oceans through a powerful student activist network. We support conservation efforts and healthy lifestyles through education and participation in environmental outreach activities.

Transcriptomes, or Transcribed DNA, of five species of Marine Polychaetes by Irene Martinez: MAIN 114
Species of the Phylum Annelida have been essential as model organisms in the studies of biology, neurobiology, evolution, ecology, and phylogenomics. Prior work concentrated on the gathering genome-wide data by means of whole and mitochondrial genome sequencing and RNA sequencing, which has produced innovative perceptions into the development of Annelida, including hypotheses related to the relationship of taxa correlating with the base of the Annelid tree of life. Amphinomida does not conform to conventional arrangements amongst other polychaetes and was found to be in an ancestral position, creating probable implications in the early evolution of Annelida.

Feeding Ecology and Movement of Bull Sharks in Galveston Bay by Elsa Gutierrez: MAIN 218
Understanding the movement and feeding ecology of this species is essential for proper conservation measures. A variety of techniques were utilized to help expand our understanding. To trace migration patterns, bull sharks were captured with gill nets and brought on board where a surgical procedure followed to insert a tag in the peritoneal cavity. An array of acoustic receivers (Vemco VR2W) were deployed throughout Galveston Bay to evaluate movements and habitat use. Stomach contents and stable isotope analyses were utilized to examine shifts in ontogeny, sex, trophic levels, and identification of prey items.

“It’s A Great Day to be Sea Aggie” with Ken Bailey: MAIN 117
Texas A&M Galveston has academic programs like no other campus.  Hands on training is an important part of every major offered here, whether your studying marine mammals or learning to navigate a commercial vessel.  The Counseling & Career Services office will profile some examples of recent graduates and share some of their exciting stories.

Lunch - Sea Aggie Entertainment

Student Organization Performances:
There will be performances by the TAMUG Two-Step Team, Sea Aggie Spirit Band, and Drill Team.

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