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Chronology of Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students

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2018April: Former First Lady Barbara Bush passes away and is buried at the Bush Library
2018April: Mia Miller named first female Mascot Corporal and becomes Reveille's new handler
2018"New Record enrollment of 63,599 for the Spring semester as reported by the Office of Data & Research Services. "
2018"February 20th- March20th: Two recording studios, one in the Clayton J. William Jr. Alumni Center and another on the second floor of Evans Library, opened for all Aggies to share their personal Aggies stories. "
2018" February: Story Corps, comes to campus to record stories of everyday Aggies and preserve in the Library of Congreses"
2018February: Board of Regents approves hiring of Patrick J. Stover as new Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
2018"February: Texas A&M on-campus hotel named after James D. ""Doug"" Pitcock '49, a member of the Corps of Cadets, American Society of Civil Engineers, and a loyal supporter of A&M scholarships, fellowships, and research projects."
2017"Oct. 23: Dedication of Clinic and Education Building at the A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, a 157,756-square-foot, nine-story building that will serve as a patient-centered clinical facility for A&M dentistry students. Lower three levels are parking garage for dental-school patients."
2017"October: Bizzell Hall (built in 1918 as a dorm and later converted to offices) demolished to make way for a new $42.6 million, 95,000-square-foot student services building, scheduled to open in spring 2020."
2017"Sept. 8: Ground was broken for the John D. White ’70-Robert L. Walker ’58 Music Activities Center at the corner of Houston Street and George Bush Drive. Completion is set for the fall of 2019. The new center will replace the E.V. Adams Band Hall, which could no longer accommodate Texas A&M’s 13 orchestras, ensembles and choirs. The building will include a 100-yard artificial turf practice field, multiple rehearsal spaces, and secure storage for equipment."
2017"August: Work completed on Phase 2 of Quad renovation: revamping dorms 9-12, completing landscaping and paving on south end. "
2017"April 27: Myles Garrett was drafted as the first pick in the NFL draft, making history as the first Texas A&M player chosen first."
2016"August: Work completed on Phase 1 of Quad renovation: overhauls of dorms 1-8; new landscaping, benches, trees and lighting on north end; opening of Susan & Michael J. Plank ’83 and Stephen C. Ash ’87 Leadership Learning Centers. Brought total number of LLCs on the Quad to four, following the Tony Buzbee ’90 LLC (2012) and H. Grady Ash Jr. ’58 LLC (2014)."
2016"Riverside campus renamed the RELLIS Campus, an acronym representing Texas A&M’s core values: respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty and selfless service. Previously the Bryan Air Force Base, it was deeded to A&M in 1962, then operated as A&M Research and Extension Center until 1988, when it was renamed Texas A&M Riverside Campus."
2016"Grand opening of Dorothy and Arthur McFerrin ’65 Parsons Mounted Cavalry Headquarters at Fiddler’s Green, a 4,000-square-foot space that includes training and instruction area, storage area, tack repair room, and exterior tie racks."
2015"Sept. 12: renovated Kyle Field opened as Aggies faced Ball State in 2015 home opener. The $485 million, three-year renovation project was completed on time and about $1.3 million under budget. Included demolition and rebuilding of first deck of east side; demolition of adjacent Read Building, G. Rollie White Coliseum, and Netum Steed strength and conditioning facility; construction of new strength and conditioning training area on west campus; lowering playing field by about 7 feet and relocating the playing surface about 18 feet to the south to allow for six additional rows of seating; relocation of existing south end zone scoreboard and video board; new interior scoreboard locations; construction of widened, tree-lined walkways along both sides of Houston Street from George Bush Drive to the stadium east mall area; and new ""South Side Upper Level."""
2015May 1: Michael K. Young became the 25th president of Texas A&M University. He was previously president and tenured professor of law at University of Washington.
2014"September: Statues and Monuments of the 12th man, Aggie band, Yell leaders, the War Hymn, and the Corps of Cadets are unveiled "
2014"August: A&M, along with UT & Rice receive $3 million grant from National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Kenny Hill replaces Johnny Manziel as starting quarterback. Texas A&M wins first SEC Academic Collaboration award. "
2014"July: Texas A&M secures ownership of, now becoming the offical home page for TAMU's athletic department."
2014June: Chevron Corporation donates $1.5 million to Texas A&M. All faths chapel recieves major rennovation after 56 years.
2014"May: Mays Business School graduates its first Professional MBA Program Class. Andre Morriss, Ph.D, JD is annouced as Dean of Texas A&M law school. Sbsia dining hall undergoes $4 million rennovation "
2014April: ConocoPhillips donates $6 million to Texas A&M Engineering ; New meal plan agreement with Chartwells give students more flexibility with meal plans. Jack K. William Admin building undergoes $11.4 million rennovation and will house the Texas A&M president starting in the Fall of 2014
2014"March: Texas A&M Qatar Celebrates first reunion hosted by the Qater Alumni Council. Norman Borlauge statue is placed at the Nation's capitol. Dr Borlauge was known as the ""Father of the Green Revolution"" and for his outstanding teaching career at A&M from 1984 until his death in 2009. "
2014Feb: Brett P. Giroir named executive vice president and CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Dr. Glen A. Laine is named vice president for research for Texas A&M University
2014"Jan: Ford Albritton Jr. , Donor of Albritton Bell Tower passes away at age 93. "
2014"November: entire west side of Kyle Field demolished, kicking off Phase 2 of a $485 million renovation."
2014"Oct. 11: 110,631 people attended the Aggie football game versus Ole Miss at Kyle Field. It was the largest football game attendance in the history of the state of Texas and the Southeast Conference."
2013"November: the first deck of the east side of Kyle Field was demolished, kicking off Phase 1 of a $485 million renovation."
2013"Avenue A Apartments, College View Apartments, and Hensel Apartments, collectively known as “Married Student Housing,” demolished to make way for Campus Point mixed-use development."
2013Enrollment reached 58,809 at Texas A&M. This number included students from the College Station campus, Texas A&M School of Law, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
2013September 13. Hullabaloo Hall had a dedication ceremony and celebrated its grand opening. The hall is sited where McInnis Hall, Crocker Hall and Moore Hall once stood. The newest resident hall was said to house 640 students.
2013Almost 1,800 students graduated from Texas A&M during the August Convocations.
2013The Board of Regents honored President Loftin with the title of president emeritus. This was to begin the last day of his service as president of the university, scheduled to be Jan. 1, 2014.
2013August 12. Texas Wesleyan Law School joined the Texas A&M University System. The acquisition cost $73.2 million and the school's name was changed to Texas A&M University School of Law.
2013Texas A&M was ranked first in Texas among public colleges and universities in terms of ROI.
2013August 8. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics Systems Engineering. This was to be a joint center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M AgriLife Research.
2013Bryan-College Station was ranked the top third place to live in the nation.
2013August. Mementos from G. Rollie White Coliseum were auctioned off, as the building was to be demolished to make room for Kyle Field renovations. These renovations were to be completed for the 2015 football season.
2013July 26. The ground breaking ceremony for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' Avian Complex took place. The center was established to continue support in avian medicine and research, and will be approximately 11, 000 square feet.
2013July 12. Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin announced that he will step down as president to return to teaching. Effective date was to be Jan. 13, 2014.
2013Texas A&M Health Science Center was added as a unit within Texas A&M University.
2013Texas A&M University made the 'best buy' list in the 2014 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges. A&M was one of 21 universities that was believed to have the best college value.
2013Texas A&M University was named a center of excellence by the National Nuclear Security Administration, specifically a "Center for Exascale Radiation Transport". As a single-discipline center, A&M was set to receive $1.6 million each year for the next 5 years under NNSA's Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II agreement.
201334-year-old and U.S. Army veteran Roy L. May Jr. ’15 was elected by the student body to be a junior yell leader for 2013-2014 school year. He was A&M's first married yell leader.
2013Texas A&M University became a partner in an initiative with Motorola Mobility's Advanced Technology and Projects group which focused on streamlined funding for university research.
2013May 30. Reveille VII, the former mascot of Texas A&M, passed away. She served as the mascot from May 2001 to May 2008. After retiring, she lived in the home of Tina and Paul Gardner '66. A memorial service was held on September 9 at Reed Arena.
2013May 21. The Joint Library Facility at Texas A&M University's Riverside Campus opened. This facility is shared by The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System. The library facility is 18,000 square feet and housed more than a million books for use by academic and medical institutions.
2013The 25 by 25 initiative was implemented by Dwight Look College of Engineering. This program sought to increase the amount of qualified students to the College of Engineering to 25,000 students, better the educational experience and promote more student opportunities.
2013May 9-11. Highest recorded number of graduates, which is expected to exceed more than 7,397, walked the stage at the seven spring commencement ceremonies.
2013The SEC and ESPN signed a 20-year agreement for a new TV network and Digital Platform that is solely focused on SEC news and events. The network was to be launched in August 2014.
2013The Texas A&M System Board of Regents approved the $450 million redevelopment plans for Kyle Field. The future stadium will have the capacity to hold 102,500 people, making it the largest college football stadium in the SEC.
2013Luke Joeckel '13, Texas A&M's offensive lineman, was picked second overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL draft.
2013April 19. The grand opening of The Liberal Arts, Arts and Humanities Building took place. This building is 124,727 square feet and is home to the English and Performance Studies departments.
2013April 12. Largest Aggie Ring Day was experienced at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. 4,482 Aggie Rings were ordered and received on this day.
2013Texas A&M debuted its Academic Success Center to help students who wanted to enhance their academic performance. The Center proved to be successful.
2013Texas A&M University was ranked as No. 1 in Texas in Kiplinger's Personal Finance "best value" for public colleges for 2012-13.
2013On Jan. 4, the Aggies won the Cotton Bowl Championship against OU, 41-13.
2012Johnny Manziel '15, a redshirt freshman quarterback, won the 2012 Heisman Trophy. Manziel was the first freshman to win this award.
2012Chancellor John Sharp '72 renamed seven agencies within the Texas A&M System to include 'A&M' in their names. The agencies name changes allowed the reach of A&M's brand to expand.
2012Northgate development began. The Rise and The Stack student living complexes are expected to be completed by the fall 2013 semester. Other complexes and developments are expected to be completed in 2014.
2012The YMCA Building is reopened and rededicated after renovations and a flood greatly affected the lower level of the building. A yell practice was held in honor of the renovated building.
2012Texas A&M partnered with Sterling Golf in October 2012 to renovate the 18-hole golf course. The project was estimated to cost $5 million, but the cost was brought down to $3.5 million. The project was expected to be completed before the fall 2013 semester begun.
2012The Texas A&M Veteran Resource and Support Center was opened as a means of supporting the more than 600 former members of the military who are currently enrolled.
2012Texas A&M surpassed its milestone marker of having more than 50,000 students enrolled.
2012Eric Hyman became the new athletic director on July 2, 2012.
2012Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012.
2012June 19. The Texas A&M University System won a federal contract to create a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. This allowed A&M to be one of the country's hubs for vaccine production and bioterror preparedness. The contract would create more than 1,000 new jobs in the College Station area.
2012The Association of Former Students created Young Alumni Advisory Council to help connect former students who have graduated within the past 10 years with The Association and the entire Aggie Network.
2012Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs ranked the Texas A&M University Honors Program as No. 1 in the category of "Schools with Engineering Focus."
2012May 24. The Plaza Hotel was imploded after having been vacant for a year. The hotel was originally owned by Joe Ferreri who was asked to build the hotel by legendary Texas A&M President Gen. James Earl Rudder '32.
2012May 11-12. A graduating class of 5,610, graduated from Texas A&M University during the spring commencement ceremonies.
2012Memorial Student Center reopened on April 21st after being closed for major expansion and renovation for 3 years. The MSC renovation cost $125 million that was underwritten by student fees and gifts by former students. The facility has approximately 400,000 square feet, 71,000 of which is new, useable space.
2012The Player Development Center underwent construction. The building was expected to be completed and reopened in August 2012. The 20,000 square foot facility is designed to ensure that Texas A&M's strength and conditioning facilities are among the nation's best.
2012The Emerging Technologies Building was dedicated on April 13. The building officially opened to students and faculty in the fall of 2011. The primary occupant of the building was the Dwight Look College of Engineering. The $104 million building provided 212,000 gross square feet of laboratories, classrooms and support facilities.
2012Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park opened with a renovated facility featuring new construction. Brothers Ed '49 and Howard '52 Kruse, executives at Blue Bell Creameries, pledged $7 million lead gift for the renovation and expansion of this facility.
2012Spring semester enrollment at Texas A&M University totaled a record 46,717 students, an increase of 295 over the certified figure for the spring 2011 semester.
2012The Full-Time MBA program at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University was ranked #7 among U.S. public universities in the 2012 Financial Times rankings.
2011Kevin Sumlin was named head football coach on Dec. 10, 2011.
2011The engineering-oriented Emerging Technologies Building (ETB) opened on November 18. The building housed two departments within the Dwight Look College of Engineering: the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as interdisciplinary research involving students and faculty from the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, College of Science and the Visualization Laboratory in the College of Architecture. The five-story, 212,000-square-foot building was located in the northeast quadrant of the campus.
2011The Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) announced Texas A&M women's basketball head coach Gary Blair as one of its newest members in 2011.
2011Dr. Margaret Katherine Banks was named vice chancellor for engineering for The Texas A&M University System and dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Effective Jan. 10, 2012.
2011Northside Residence Hall construction began in October. Crocker, Moore and McInnis Halls demolished to build new 600-bed residence hall, the university’s first new residence hall since 1989. Project was to be completed in July 2013.
2011October 14. The Texas A&M Department of Recreational Sports officially opened the newly renovated Penberthy Rec Sports Complex with a grand opening ceremony
2011Texas A&M University was ranked in the nation's top 20 public universities by the U.S. News & World Report 2012 edition.
2011September 25. Texas A&M announced its departure from the Big 12 Conference and became the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference—the third new member in the conference’s 78-year history—effective July 1, 2012.
2011The new Agriculture and Life Sciences Building opened on West Campus on September 23. The 13,000-square foot, five-story building housed the administrative offices for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Services, as well as the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications and Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.
2011September 6. John Sharp ’72 was appointed chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.
2011May. Harrell Hall (Corps of Cadets Dorm 8) was renovated to include a leadership learning center. Project was completed in July 2012.
2010Dr. R. Bowen Loftin '71 became Texas A&M University's 24th President.
2010May: Texas A&M became the first academic institution to successfully clone six different animals as the first foal clone was born.
2009Dr. Elsa Murano resigned as President of Texas A&M University; Dr. R. Bowen Loftin ’71, Vice President and CEO of Texas A&M University Galveston was appointed Interim President.
2009Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center was rededicated and the 12' bronze Aggie Ring replica on the Haynes Ring Plaza was unveiled.
2008Hurricane Ike flattened the city of Galveston, which forced the closure of the Galveston campus. Sea Aggies attended classes in College Station for the rest of the semester.
2008August 11. Reveille VIII officially took over duties from Reveille VII. She was donated to Texas A&M by breeders Julie Hinrichsen and Russell Dyke.
2008Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center underwent significant enhancements, and the Haynes Ring Plaza was constructed.
2008"November: At fall meeting of The Association’s Leadership Council, amendments to the bylaws were adopted that changed the title of “Executive Director” to “President and Chief Executive Officer” and changed the title of “President of the Board of Directors” to “Chair of the Board of Directors”"
2007October 18. Reveille VI is laid to rest outside of Kyle Field. She served as Texas A&M's first lady from Nov. 13, 1993 to May 12, 2001. Her caretaker during her retirement was local veterinarian, Dr. Charles Hall.
2007A&M System Board of Regents appointed Dr. Elsa Murano as the first female and first Hispanic President of Texas A&M.
2006Mike Fossum ’80 became Texas A&M’s first astronaut in space aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

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