Possible Name Change At Texas A&M

By: Pachatta Pope
By: Pachatta Pope

Possible Name Change At Texas A&M

When people hear Texas A&M, most instantly think about agriculture and a number of faculty members fear that is exactly what potential students think. And they say that mindset is making a need to get the word out that the university is a whole lot more.

Dr. Elsa Murano, dean of the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences, says the college needs to improve its image so people have a better perception of what the school is all about. If the image is revamped, it's the hope that prospective students will see the university in a new appealing light.

AgriLife Sciences is the proposed new name of the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Murano says she and other faculty members want a name that reflects all that the college has to offer.

The school not only offers programs in agriculture, they also have programs in molecular biology, nutritional sciences, homeland security, and more. That is the message the name AgriLife Sciences is supposed to deliver.

However, with change, some opposition must come . A number of past and present Ag students say changing the name is not the way to go. One current Agriculture student who opposes the change is Allen Livingston, IV.

He's not convinced that a new name would draw more students. Livingston says, "I don't think they're going to come here based on the name of AriLife Sciences or the college of Argiculture. They're going to come here because of the quality classes, instructors, and job training that they can receive."

He also says a name change could be detrimental to the university and could even tarnish the reputation of the university. Livingston is not alone in this opinion. A campaign has been started on the internet to stop the name change.

Dr. Murano says she understands and respects Texas A&M's roots in agriculture, but says the college's appeal needs to be expanded. She says a new name will allow the college, " To go from a perception of being narrow and stuck in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. To a very twenty-first century that is a very broad definition of agriculture."


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