COLLEGE STATION, Aug. 15, 2012 – “Gig ‘Em Week,” the week before the start of the fall semester at Texas A&M University when many students start appearing on campus, begins with “Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day” Sunday (Aug. 19) and continues through the following Sunday with Freshman Convocation. Fall semester classes start Monday (Aug. 27).
The week is filled with fun events geared toward welcoming students, introducing them to the nearly 800 Texas A&M student organizations and activities and offering them opportunities to get to know their classmates before the start of the new academic year.
Students also will have an opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as “Money Management for College Students,” “Credit Cards & Credit Scores,” “Make the Grades You Want,” “Using jobsforaggies.tamu.edu,” “Alcohol 101” and more.
For “Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day,” teams of volunteers, including administrators, faculty, staff and students, will be on hand to help students unload their belongings and move into their residence halls. Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin is among those scheduled to lend a helping hand.
Also on Sunday, Freshman (or “Fish”) Orientation Week begins for the Corps of Cadets. For more information on corps events, go to http://www.aggiecorps.org/.
Beyond the workshops and seminars, other events include a pizza taste-off, live music, movies, cookouts, free golf games, family fun at the Student Recreation Center, library tours and gatherings planned by student organizations and various campus services and ministries. A list of events can be found at https://studentlife.tamu.edu/sites/studentlife.tamu.edu/files/Brochure_Print.pdf
Rounding out Gig ‘Em Week will be Freshman Convocation, when Texas A&M will officially welcome its Class of 2016 at a formal ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 26) in Reed Arena.
John Hurtado, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been chosen as the keynote speaker. A first-generation college student and a son of farm laborers, he grew up associating the words "college" and "university" solely with athletics. While at Texas A&M, Hurtado has had an ongoing and lasting impact on student learning.
Aerospace engineering department head Dimitris Lagoudas said that Hurtado's love for, and success in teaching has resulted in receiving teaching awards at departmental, college and university levels.
“Hurtado's message is of hope and inspiration and the difference that one person can make in your life," Lagoudas said. "His teachers and professors put him on a course to be successful, and they have dramatically changed his life from what it could have been. He transfers this hope, inspiration, and encouragement to undergraduate students on a daily basis through his role as professor."
Members of the Class of 2016 and their families are invited to attend a Freshman Convocation luncheon at Sbisa Dining Center. Service will be available from 10:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. University representatives will be on hand for informal conversation with new students and their families. Tickets for the luncheon are required. Complimentary shuttle service will also be available between Reed and Sbisa prior to the ceremony. For complete details, go to http://freshmanconvocation.tamu.edu.
Students, parents and others can get campus-related information by downloading free mobile apps for their cell phones. They will give them access to campus maps, directories and on- campus dining information, as well as a calendar of events and sports information. Free downloads and updates are available through the Texas A&M website at http://www.tamu.edu/mobile/apps/.