Build the Mays Business Education Complex
On a worldwide basis, business schools compete to attract the best students, faculty and corporate partners. Facilities built on a belief that continuous innovation is foundational to superior educational experiences are critical to attracting these groups.
Mays Business School also recognizes the necessity of having future-oriented facilities to support educating students and conducting world-class research.
Because of this, Mays is committed to designing and building the Business Education Complex (BEC). An expansion of the school’s current facilities, the BEC will support Mays’ desire to engage current and former students, faculty and corporate partners in a series of lifelong learning experiences.
Plans for the BEC include a striking grand atrium, a café to encourage “spontaneous collaborations” among all parties, and ample work and study spaces to promote connectivity and creativity.
Currently, the schedule calls for completing the BEC in late 2024 or early 2025. To support the BEC project, Mays Business School seeks $37 million in private gifts. Texas A&M and Mays Business School are confident that financial resources invested in the BEC will yield substantial educational dividends to all Mays’ students and other groups interested in lifelong learning opportunities.
To support the Business Education Complex’s construction, contact True Brown. You can also give a gift to the complex online.
Build a Leading Military Medicine Program
Through its unique relationship with U.S. military academies and veteran populations, the School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the lives of military service members and their families.
The military medicine department is the cornerstone of the college’s focus on serving those who have served our country.
Within this area of emphasis, the college will focus on recruiting U.S. military veteran students, educating medical providers for armed forces service, partnering with military installations for training, and conducting military health research.
Former students and partners can help the program achieve its vision of being the premier military medicine leader in education, research and innovation by creating an endowed department chair, endowed professorship, or an instructional program endowment to develop and sustain an advanced curriculum.
To help the School of Medicine establish its military medicine department as a nationally preeminent program, contact David Boggan ’79.
Transform Healthcare…Support Aggie Nurses
Texas, like the rest of the nation, faces a serious nursing shortage due to an aging population, workforce attrition, complex care needs, and nursing faculty shortages. By the year 2030, the projected demand for nurses in Texas will exceed the supply by 20%, leaving a deficit of nearly 60,000 nurses. Creating a sustainable pipeline of diverse nursing students and future nurse leaders is key to meeting healthcare challenges that face the state, nation, and world.
The Texas A&M School of Nursing is dedicated to educating and producing nurses prepared to lead within the profession while advancing nursing research, improving patient outcomes, and increasing outreach initiatives to positively impact the healthcare landscape. Graduates learn both clinical and leadership skills, which empowers them to lead interdisciplinary care teams, improve care delivery systems, and become innovative practitioners adept at tackling complex problems and challenges.
Building a top-ranked nursing school requires exceptional faculty and outstanding students. Endowed Chairs, Professorships, Lectureships, and Scholarship support allow the School of Nursing to recruit world-class faculty and high-achieving students to its undergraduate and graduate programs.
To create a chair, professorship or scholarship in the School of Nursing, contact Patty Rabel ’80.
Aggie Student Pharmacists’ Initiative for Recruitment, Retention and Education
The Aggie Student Pharmacists’ Initiative for Recruitment, Retention and Education (ASPIR2E) program at the Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel School of Pharmacy is an exceptional resource for pre-pharmacy students and matriculated Aggie student pharmacists.
Established in June 2018 with a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program, the program helps future and current student pharmacists achieve academic success.
Diverse students such as underrepresented minority, first-generation and nontraditional students are especially encouraged to participate, as the school’s mission includes developing and inspiring a diverse group of future leaders in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences. So far, the program has been tremendously effective in recruiting and retaining diverse future student pharmacists, growing from 23 participants in 2018 to 96 participants in 2021, many of whom hail from South Texas communities.
Today, the school seeks scholarships for deserving and exceptional students in the ASPIR2E program. An investment in future pharmacists is an investment in better quality of life for our communities.
To help build the robust pharmacy workforce for tomorrow by creating a scholarship, contact Karen Slater ’88.
Attract and Retain World-Class Public Health Faculty and Students
During the COVID-19 pandemic, School of Public Health faculty trained future public health professionals while demonstrating measured leadership in providing Texans—and the rest of the world—up-to-date guidance on keeping themselves and their families safe.
But beyond their pandemic response, Aggie public health faculty members have worked tirelessly to develop impactful interventions in local, state, national and global health populations. As the college strives to improve and protect community health and well-being, it will need to attract and retain the best of the best to maintain its high standards of education and service.
Today, the college is seeking department chairs and professorships in healthy aging, public health policy, occupational health and public health preparedness. There are additional opportunities to create scholarships that can help recruit the best and brightest public health students as well.
To create a department chair, professorship or student scholarship in the School of Public Health, contact Karen Slater ’88.
Support Impactful Undergraduate Research
Beyond the traditional classroom experience, the College of Science encourages students to explore research firsthand as early as their sophomore year. More than half of its majors graduate with research experience, working side-by-side with world-class experts, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students each year.
Students who work in labs and with active researchers have a greater sense of ownership and succeed at much higher rates. Research experiences offer Aggies a clear window into what life as a graduate student is like, helping them make more informed, critical choices about their future.
There are many ways to support undergraduate student research opportunities as part of the College of Science’s Student Success Initiative. An endowed fund, for example, would create new resources and experiences for Aggie undergrads pursuing a research-focused career.
To support undergraduate research in the College of Science, contact Ian Wilson ’13.
Support Aggies’ Mental Health
In support of Texas A&M’s mission and the Division of Student Affairs, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) exists to advance student development and academic success by providing personalized and evidence-based mental health care to all Aggies. CAPS services include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and career counseling among various online resources, trainings and workshops for the campus community.
CAPS is committed to enriching student growth and development through compassion, empowerment, advocacy, and empathy. With impactful programing like HelpLine—an after-hours mental health service available to all Aggies—CAPS strives to be a nationally recognized leader in college mental health through outstanding prevention, education and counseling services.
This department requires generous funding to reach its long-term goals. A contribution to the CAPS Excellence Fund, the Houston A&M Mothers’ Club HelpLine Endowment and other giving opportunities within CAPS can provide life-changing services to Aggies in need.
To support mental health resources for Aggie students, contact Sarah Hamilton ’22. You can also support CAPS with an online gift.
Save Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles
The Gulf of Mexico is home to five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles: Kemp’s ridley, green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles. All species are threatened or endangered. Every year, tens of thousands of young hatchlings emerge from their nests and set off toward their new life in the ocean. Unfortunately, only 10% live to see adulthood.
The Upper Texas Coast needs a new sea turtle rehabilitation facility, and Texas A&M University at Galveston is poised to help. The proposed solution will consist of two parts: the Sea Turtle Hospital & Educational Outreach Center, a facility that will provide shelter and medical help to injured turtles and educate the public about the challenges facing our marine environment; and the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, a consortium that aims to restore sea turtle populations in Texas.
To support the Upper Texas Coast Sea Turtle Hospital & Educational Outreach Center or the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, contact Anna Hyatt. You can also give online to support the center’s construction.
Support Knowledge and Culture Through Collections
The University Libraries supports the 17 academic colleges and schools at Texas A&M by offering a rich collection of information resources. From thermodynamics to Babylonian clay tablets, the Libraries inspires researchers by acquiring collections that support all disciplines.
With more than six million volumes and electronic resources, the Texas A&M Libraries is an indispensable hub of discovery, learning and creativity. Our collections fuel groundbreaking research that has environmental, cultural and societal impact. The cost of these scholarly resources dramatically increases each year due to materials inflation, meaning our annual budget is stretched to the limit. Without extra support, some of these research items could be cut.
To support the general research collection, please contribute to the Evans Mutual Endowment Fund. To support our special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, please contribute to the Cushing Library Endowment.
To support general or special collections at the University Libraries, contact Adelle Hedleston ’88.
Support Aggie Veterans
The following programs in the Don & Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource and Support Center can benefit from donor support:
1. Student Veteran Leader Development & Engagement
This initiative identifies and creates professional development opportunities to maximize the unique strengths that veterans bring to campus. Throughout the professional development process, student veteran leaders are guided by VRSC staff and programs to significantly increase peer engagement. Similar to MSC leadership programs, donors provide student veteran leaders with access to tailored professional development opportunities that facilitate enhanced engagement and transition success among the broader student veteran population.
2. Student Aggie Veteran Enhancement (SAVE) Fund
This fund awards donor-provided financial assistance in a time of crisis or unusual circumstances. The goal of the program is to keep student veterans enrolled at Texas A&M when completion of their education is threatened by financial circumstances beyond their control. The “Special Provisions” (SAVE-SP) Fund is used to reduce unmanageable childcare financial challenges.
3. “Veteran Designated” Academic Course Sections
Veteran designated academic sections are an established national best practice that facilitate student veteran transitions and learning communities. Offering these sections provides a unique opportunity for student veterans and faculty to interact in a small classroom setting and provides a learning experience that supports student veteran learning styles.
4. Veteran Aggie Leaders for Outreach, Research & Resources
Also called VALOR², this outreach program is peer-led and engages student veterans to assess and align critical resource needs that will facilitate academic, financial, personal and career success during the transitions to, through and beyond Texas A&M. Certified student veteran peer leaders provide tailored opportunities for students to network and connect with key resources (i.e., Academic Success Center, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Career Center, VA resources and many others).
5. Vet Camp
Vet Camp is an in-depth orientation program conducted prior to the start of classes that provides new student veterans with more than 35 academic, campus and local resources to ensure a successful transition to Texas A&M. A gift to this program will help student veterans gain early access to critical resources and networking connections that facilitate success.
6. Veteran Academic Academy
Veteran Academic Academy (a collaborative effort conducted by the Academic Success Center) is a half-day workshop that provides instruction and activities to assist with the transition from military training/education and community college/online coursework to the academic rigor of Texas A&M. This workshop proactively addresses both academic skills and cultural/social transitions.
7. First-Generation Veteran Leadership Scholars
In collaboration with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, this year-long comprehensive program is uniquely designed to increase knowledge and associated skills of first-generation veterans in the attributes necessary to be a successful college student. This cohort approach also connects them with a network of campus resources, other Texas A&M veterans, faculty and staff.
8. Aggie SHIELDS
This unique program supports student veterans, dependents and survivors through a textbook lending library. A gift to this student-run program will support the collection of these books and reduce the financial burden of ever-increasing textbook costs.
9. Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)
This program is hosted by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship in Mays Business School. Texas A&M is one of eight campuses in the EBV Consortium. This bootcamp is designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans.
10. Student Veteran Recognition
This initiative recognizes student veterans for their accomplishments and highlights the campus’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice. The VRSC has three primary methods to recognize student veterans: Student Veteran of the Semester, veteran graduation cords and Military Appreciation game day programs.
11. Veterans Coaching Program (VCP)
Run out of the McFerrin-Thornton Coaching Academy, the VCP is designed to facilitate, guide and collaborate with veterans transitioning from military service to careers in the coaching and teaching industry. Gifts to this program will help student veterans offset the cost of attendance and ensure that uniquely-qualified staff remain in place.
12. Aggie Veteran Network (AVN)
The AVN connects current, former and prospective student veterans (and their families) with resources that facilitate transition, inclusion and academic success on and off campus. Hosted through a closed LinkedIn group, this unique network exponentially increases the connections to the organizations providing, or willing to provide, resources and support to our students and link military-affiliated students with high-impact opportunities to support each other.
To support any of these programs in the Don & Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource and Support Center, contact David Bacot '90.
Provide a New Facility for Aggie Veterinarians
For nearly four decades in their current facilities, veterinarians in the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have provided the best care for small animals and educated thousands of future veterinarians. In that time, caseloads have grown, but the facility has not. In 1983, the college treated 7,000 cases. By 2021, that number had grown to 23,000 plus.
Every day, Aggie students, faculty and staff provide exemplary care and conduct research that benefits animals and humans alike, despite being in a facility that does not mirror the quality of care provided. The college currently offers 16 services in 84,000 square feet (nearly half the footprint of its peer institutions).
The college seeks to build a hospital that not only considers its beloved patients but also honors its collaborative partnerships and paves the way for the next generation of veterinarians who will one day walk its halls. With the addition of a 21st century hospital facility to its campus, Texas A&M will be more enticing to the best and brightest students and the most innovative faculty in veterinary medicine.
To support construction of the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Next-Generation Small Animal Teaching Hospital, contact Larry Walker ’97. You can also give a gift to support construction online.