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Student Group Partners With Galveston Community to Serve UTMB Workers Breakfast    

April 22, 2020

Seth Alford '20, Kaitlin Hall '22 and other members of TAMUG's Maritime Business Aggies student group partnered with IPS Pump Service and Galveston's San Luis Resort to provide UTMB Health ICU workers breakfast this morning.

By Andréa Bolt, Content Manager, Division of Marketing & Communications

Crisis situations call for community, collaboration and tacos. 

In true Texas and Aggie fashion, Texas A&M University at Galveston students partnered with community stakeholders IPS Pump Service and the San Luis Resort to serve breakfast tacos to the front line healthcare workers staffing UTMB Health’s intensive care units this morning. 

Seth Alford ‘20, a Masters of Maritime Administration and Logistics student and IPS’ vice president of business development, serves as an industry advisor for the Texas A&M-Galveston student group Maritime Business Aggies (MBA). 

Alford and MBA President Kaitlin Hall ‘22 brainstormed the idea to give back to those giving the most during this challenging time. Alford secured IPS’ financial sponsorship and contacted San Luis Resort Director of Catering Michelle Beckwith to find a kitchen and staff willing to put together the meal. 

“The motivation behind philanthropy is of course selfless service. I also believe that we are in a moment in time where ‘good news stories’ are a necessity for the mental wellbeing of the community, and of course, there’s nothing a fellow Aggie likes to see more than other Aggies making a positive difference in the world,” Alford said. 

Alford has also served as a major in the United States Marine Corps. Familiar with the toll a crisis can have on people and communities, he said a kind gesture to re-energize essential workers currently committed to the service of others is a small thing. 

“Our community owes UTMB a debt of gratitude 12 months a year, not just in times of crisis,” Alford explained, adding in the pride he feels toward his fellow student officers. “These young people are truly a reflection of the Aggie Core Values and how these values can positively affect our culture and community.”


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Texas A&M University at Galveston is an ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in a unique blend of marine and maritime programs, including majors in science, business, engineering, liberal arts, and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M’s sea-grant portion of Texas A&M’s rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.
Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of seven in the U.S. and the only academy integrated into a Tier 1 academic institution, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world. Texas A&M-Galveston is ideally located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where is it surrounded by the industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.

If you are interested in supporting this endeavor or research, please contact the Texas A&M University at Galveston Office of Development by email at or by calling (409) 740-4481.