How I Impacted Aggieland

Meet inspiring young alumni who found unique ways to impact the university they love.

Bandsmen Bonds

Through 12 scholarships that have supported more than 40 Aggie bandsmen, 90-year-old Pembroke “Pete” Rathbone ’55 has created a community in Aggieland.

Leading the Corps

Four former Corps of Cadets Commanders talk shop on leadership lessons they took from the Quad.

No Aggie Left Behind

Two Aggies cross paths during the Vietnam War in this remarkable rescue story.

The Final March

A 1942 poem captures the poignancy of the Corps of Cadets’ Final Review tradition.

A Place to Land

Melissa ’98 and Lt. Col. Michael “Mike” Pontiff ’98 create a legacy after claiming Aggieland as their long-awaited home.

A Sacrifice Remembered

In a small German village, one Aggie’s heroic actions will forever be commemorated.

Behind the Music

Remembering the origins of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band’s five most frequently played songs.

Honey, I Shrunk the Band

Bob Lang ’49 crafted over 300 mini Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band members displayed in a 1992 replica of Kyle Field at the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

Hoofprints of History

Explore 50 years of tradition and leadership from Parsons Mounted Cavalry, Texas A&M University’s esteemed horse cavalry unit.

Marching With the Mace

Cade Mahlen ’24 has found his rhythm at Texas A&M University as the 2023-24 Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band infantry drum major.

Reveille "Tails"

Read tales about the Queen of Aggieland as nine mascot corporals recall their favorite memories.

A Day in the Life of Cadet Melina Peters ’24

Far before the day’s formation to long after the flag is lowered, this cadet and scholar makes each of her “hundred hours” count.

A Veteran Storyteller

Drawing on his Vietnam War experiences, author Michael Lee Lanning ’68 proudly tells the stories of centuries of soldiers who served their country.

Marching Forward

Brig. Gen. Patrick Michaelis ’93 brings a wealth of experience as 46th Commandant of the Corps of Cadets.

Military Might

The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program has provided more than $18 million to Aggie cadets in the last decade.

Strengthening the Corps

Texas A&M University announces an ambitious March to 3,000 initiative to grow the Corps of Cadets’ enrollment to 3,000 members.

Taking Shape

Though the all-Corps Block T tradition has been held sporadically since 1915, its history speaks to the Corps of Cadets’ unity and ingenuity.

Serving Others Through Leadership

As the Corps grows, the Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership prioritizes building servant leaders of character.

Aggieland on the Horizon

Annie ’98 and Chris Scheumack ’96 find a way to stay connected and help Aggies discover the magic of Texas A&M University.

Soldier, Statesman, Knightly Gentleman

The oldest Texas honor guard and drill team of its kind, the Ross Volunteer Company has created and upheld cherished Aggie traditions for more than 135 years. Travel through time to explore some of the organization’s defining moments.

A War Hero's Wish

Alan Stahlman remembers his heroic father, 1st Lt. Bobby Stahlman ’45, and honors his last wishes to support the Corps of Cadets.

Honoring a Tradition

Former Bush School student and planned giving scholar Antonio Ramos-Michael ’20 prepares for a life of service.

Band of Brothers

Five cadets braved harsh weather and rugged terrain during a 1,000-mile ruck march to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

From Fish to Proficient

The Fish Drill Team celebrates 75 years of pursuing perfection and precision.

Texas A&M: The Military College of Texas

Twenty years after being designated the Military College of Texas, Texas A&M continues to offer an exemplary military education.

Planning for Innovation

Explore five planned gifts that are inspiring innovation on Texas A&M University's campus.

A Life Well Loved

Jim Crews ’57 honors his beloved late wife, Sue, by supporting the Corps of Cadets, one of their favorite Texas A&M University traditions.

An Aggie Investment

Through a planned gift to multiple areas of Texas A&M University, Michael B. Cox ’77 is investing in the future of Aggieland.

Creating New Leadership Dimensions

A planned gift from Barbara and Donald Zale ’55 will support the Corps of Cadets, the Center for Retailing Studies and the College of Liberal Arts.

Cadet Spotlight: Griffin Shimkus '22

After decades of molding minds at Texas A&M, the late Dr. Bill Anthony ’71 continues impacting students like cadet Griffin Shimkus ’22.

Ties That Bind

The Garcia family’s generational giving to Texas A&M University strengthens their bond to Aggieland and one another.

Straight from Miss Rev

Ever wonder what Miss Rev is thinking? You heard it here first.

Flying High

Twins Michael ’91 and Sean McPherson ’91 took their Aggie core values to the skies as they flew the president and vice president of the United States.

Flight Path to the Future

After a lifetime of piloting, Lt. Col. Darryl English ’71 is back in Aggieland, supporting the Corps of Cadets and encouraging others to serve.

The Spirit Marches On

The late Marjorie Munn planned a gift to memorialize her husband, Walter ’43 that will help students carry on the Munns’ legacy of generosity.

A Brighter Future for Texas A&M Cadets

Two cadets succeed in Aggieland with the help of a memorial planned gift.

A Life of Leadership

Acting Under Secretary for Management in the Department of Homeland Security Randolph D. “Tex” Alles ’76 credits the Corps for his leadership skills.

'It's Just Another Corps Trip, Boys'

“The Last Corps Trip” poem is read every year at Muster ceremonies around the world and lives on as a beacon of the Aggie Spirit.

A Woman's Mission

Rebecca Brune creates a planned gift to empower cadets pursuing careers in cybersecurity and international intelligence affairs.

Did You Know...

...that the Corps of Cadets' staff insignia and the Ross Volunteers' sash were created by John Sharp '72 and Jarvis Miller '50?

Worldly Wisdom

From military leaders to prominent policymakers, the MSC Student Conference on National Affairs has brought top officials to campus since 1955.

Building Outstanding Character

Cadet Hajin Seo '21 shares how the the Corps of Cadets is committed to creating leaders.

Cyber Warriors

The Corps of Cadets' Cyber Operations Special Unit fosters future generations of cyber professionals by cadets in cyber warfare and defense.

Ambassadors of the Aggie Spirit

Meet this year's Yell Leaders and learn how you can help them preserve the Aggie Spirit by contributing to the Yell Leader Endowment.

Investing in Excellence

The late Jay Kregel ’89 left his legacy to support first-generation Aggies like Mirna Cardenas ’18.

Long-Lost Portrait

Discover the story behind this 1943 painting of Texas A&M’s original mascot that hangs in the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

In Good Company

The Lonestar Company (Company L-1) class of '73 has created a $100,000 scholarship for future cadets.

Give a Gift, Match a Gift

Members of the ExxonMobil A&M Club have utilized ExxonMobil’s matching program to commit nine endowments supporting Aggies.

In Good Company

Inspired by his experience in Company E-2, Al Wheeler ’63 and his wife, Judi, created a Keepers of the Spirit Scholarship to support cadets.

Campaign Update

During the Lead by Example campaign, countless individuals chose to honor their loved ones through honorary or memorial gifts. Here are six of their stories.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to Texas A&M

Planned gift will support African wildlife study abroad; Women’s Resource Center gets a boost; Lawrences back Formula SAE Team; new scholarship for aggieTEACH program.

The Legacy

Planning a gift through a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust, also known as a “give it twice” trust, has many advantages with the donor in mind.

Soaring Spirit

Cherilyn Haley and her War Hymn-whistling cockatiel, Sonny, continue to carry on the Aggie Spirit of her late husband, Bill Haley ’51.

A Historical Look at the "Keepers of the Spirit"

From Pinky Wilson's WWI helmet to a long-lost Aggie ring, check out five unique items housed in the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

The Dillingham Legacy Drives On

A charitable gift annuity the late Mike Dillingham ’35 created in 2004 now supports cadets.

Defining Generosity

The initial investment of a planned gift made by Peggy and John Hill '44 in 1987 has nearly doubled and is now making a powerful impact on campus.

Taking Command

The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership in the Corps of Cadets is developing a template to create leaders of character.

Giving from the Heart

Betty and Frank Thurmond ’51 express their love for Texas A&M University through four charitable gift annuities and multiple other endowments.

Givers from Within

Meet four Texas A&M faculty and staff members who established planned gifts as another way of giving back to the university.

Marching Behind the Band

Glen Hunt Jr. ’61 was an Aggie of his own generation, but his impact will be heard for generations to come.

Campaign Update

Meet Dr. Junuthula Reddy and five other Texas A&M faculty and staff members who are shaping the university they call home by giving back.

The Spirit of Aggieland Abroad

Since 2011, the Corps of Cadets’ International Excursions Program has afforded students the chance to study abroad.

4 Ways the Texas A&M College of Medicine is Answering the U.S. Military’s Physician Roll Call

From a new Department of Military Medicine to expanded partnerships with the Corps of Cadets, check out the progress.

Future Focused

Showcasing the impact of planned gifts during the Lead by Example campaign.

Military Man

Sally Old Houdayer honors her father’s World War II and Cold War military service through a bequest for Corps of Cadets scholarships.

Campaign Update

Showcasing the impact of planned gifts during the Lead by Example campaign. earn how donors like Elizabeth Bradford are making a difference by being future focused.

Cover Feature

From engineering and public policy to the military, how Texas A&M University is preparing its students to tackle issues of cybersecurity.

Editor's Desk

The world of cybersecurity is constantly evolving. How Aggies are remaining at the forefront of the industry.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to Texas A&M

Endowment fuels training cruises; doctor honors late wife’s legacy; gift for Sales Leadership Institute; former student supports the Corps of Cadets.

A Family Legacy Ringed by Tradition

Ashley Ralph ’19 receives her great-grandfather’s class ring, symbolizing a family legacy that spans 100 years of Aggie heritage.

Mapping the Road to Success

Sam and Barney Gershen ’69 support students in the Corps of Cadets and Mays Business School on their journey through Texas A&M.

Campaign Update

Donors share why they’ve given to Texas A&M during the Lead by Example campaign.

Student Impact

He’s an Aggie Bandsman, Ross Volunteer and the recipient of the David M. Britt ’51 Sul Ross Scholarship.

Benefit the Corps with Tax Smart Giving

The use of a charitable IRA rollover is a unique philanthropic opportunity that can also benefit you through significant tax advantages.

New Gifts

A planned gift establishes three Corps scholarships; couple surprises great-niece with a scholarship; gifts for the Texas A&M Coaching Academy and the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Student Impact

One man’s spirit inspires a prestigious award for members of the Corps of Cadets.

The Legacy

A gift of Hill Country property from Kay and Charles “Charlie” Pence ’51 will support Texas A&M University programs close to their hearts.

Corps Feature

Cadets study national power through a global lens during the Corps of Cadets’ International Excursions Program.

Time Capsule

How Ranger I became a campus legend and left his paw prints on Aggieland.

Back Page

Meet Eunice Fafiyebi ’17, a Texas A&M Foundation Maroon Coat and public health major whose odyssey has taken her from Ibadan, Nigeria, to Texas A&M University.

Corps Feature

Through career readiness initiatives, the Hollingsworth Leadership Excellence Program prepares cadets like Scott Lovett ’13 for life beyond the Quad.

On Campus: News From Across Texas A&M

New Human Clinical Research Facility opens; synthetic canine supports experiential learning for future veterinarians; Blackstone LaunchPad promotes entrepreneurship, Music Activities Center breaks ground.

Texas A&M Breaks Ground on $40 Million Music Activities Center

Construction is now underway to build a new state-of-the-art Music Activities Center for the university’s orchestras, choirs and bands.

Corps Update

Renovations to the Quad reflect a changing and growing Corps of Cadets.

Time Capsule

The remarkable story of how Squadron 11 cownapped Texas A&M’s archrival mascot in 1963.

Ask the Archivist: Texas A&M During World War I

In honor of the centennial of the U.S. involvement in World War I, we take a journey back 100 years to what life was like on campus during this time.

Corps Update

The first in a four-part series on the Corps of Cadets explores cadets’ academic standing.

Time Capsule

A reflection on Cadet Slouch, Texas A&M’s most lovable cartoon character, and the man who gave him life: James Earle ’54.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to the Foundation

Young couple creates planned gift for Muster; charitable gift annuity will support Corps scholarships; endowment for Engineering Success Program aids Regents' Scholars; father honors son's memory with President's Endowed Scholarship.

Student Impact

A new veteran scholarship provides financial assistance for American heroes like Ray Dilworth '18.

Time Capsule

A 1957 letter written by Jon Hagler '58 assures parents that Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets is the right choice.

Student Impact

Aaron DePaolo ’18 is the first recipient of a President’s Endowed Scholarship funded by one Aggie’s idea to nurture and sell Century Tree seedlings.

Time Capsule

One man’s attempt to instill etiquette in the Corps of Cadets in fall 1959.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to the Foundation

Naval officer commits a Corps scholarship; College of Medicine receives $1 million gift; Houston Aggie Mothers’ Club creates HelpLine endowment.

Student Impact

He’ll always remember Texas A&M the way it was “back when,” but Earle Shields Jr. ’41 also supports the university’s future through gifts for faculty and students.

Aggie Veterinarian and Professor Honors Fallen Texas A&M Soldiers

Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale ’92 is describe as a true servant leader. After his death, many have honored him with gifts back to the university he loved.

Four Stories Share the Power of Honorary and Memorial Giving

Whether you want to find a unique way to express gratitude or treasure a loved one, an honorary or memorial gift combines generosity with inspiration.

Regents' Scholars Program Helps First-Generation Student Become a Leader

Kimberly Berry '16 is a Regents' Scholar from the College of Liberal Arts who is pursuing her degree in Performance Studies with a minor in Business.

The Call to Serve

United States Naval pilot Clay Huber '12 demonstrates leadership with a planned gift.

Spirit Impact

Charles Pence ’51 helps ensure a thriving Corps of Cadets with gifts built to last.

The Legacy

Zou and Boyd Cherry ’67 establish gifts in their wills to impact Texas A&M for years to come.

Cadet Feature: Ray Dilworth

This is cadet Ray Dilworth. He is a member of D Company (the Combat Veterans Outfit) in the Corps of Cadets and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

A Charitable Gift Annuity Combines Giving and Receiving

Marijo and Bob English '46 established a charitable gift annuity to benefit the Corps of Cadets and their family.

Charles Pence ’51

The Texas A&M Foundation honored Charlie Pence with a Bugle Call at the Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State football game on Oct. 3

Donald Zale ’55 and Gerald Ray ’54

The Texas A&M Foundation honored Donald Zale and Gerald Ray with a Bugle Call at the Texas A&M vs. Nevada football game on Sept. 19.


The Texas A&M Foundation honored Bob Byrns with this year's first Bugle Call at the Texas A&M vs. Ball State football game on Sept. 12.

Friendswood Couple Commits 3 million to Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

Tony and Zoe Buzbee of Friendswood have pledged $3 million to the Texas A&M Foundation to support the Corps of Cadets