Former A&M Students Help Sea Aggies

Texas A&M University is making sure its newest students are getting used to life on dry land.

$200,000 has been allocated to help about 1,500 Sea Aggies that were moved to the College Station campus after Hurricane Ike battered Galveston Island.

The funds, made available by The Association of Former Students, will be used to replace textbooks and some of the student's personal items destroyed by the storm.

The TAMUG students will be at A&M for the remainder of the fall semester.

Texas A&M University Press Release:

COLLEGE STATION, Oct. 16, 2008 - Special funds totaling $200,000 to assist Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) students displaced by Hurricane Ike have been made available to the university by The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M's 300,000-member alumni organization.

At the request of Texas A&M President Elsa Murano, the leadership of The Association allocated the funds for the university's branch campus in Galveston, in addition to the $3.5 million provided to the university earlier this year to support academic and leadership development programs.

The funds will be administered by Texas A&M officials and used as needed to replace essential personal items, textbooks and other academic resources destroyed when Hurricane Ike struck Galveston last month. In the days following the storm, university officials implemented a plan to bring 1,500 TAMUG students, known as "Sea Aggies," to the College Station campus for the remainder of the fall semester.

This multi-faceted effort to accommodate the Galveston students included arranging additional classroom and laboratory facilities and providing housing ? even calling on Texas A&M faculty and staff to offer rooms in their homes.

The Association of Former Students' role in financially supporting Texas A&M through the Annual Fund allowed the organization to quickly respond to this immediate and critical need, noted Porter Garner '79, executive director of Texas A&M's alumni organization that has a long and distinguished record of supporting students.

"For 129 years, The Association of Former Students has provided valuable service and support to Texas A&M," Garner said. "By contributing to our Annual Fund, former students and friends of Texas A&M allow us to help our university with both planned and unforeseen needs.

New and continued support of The Association of Former Students will allow us to help our Sea Aggies now and assist our university with similar needs in the future."

Texas A&M President Elsa Murano personally thanked Garner, The Association's board of directors and others affiliated with the alumni organization for "their generous and compassionate support." "I continue to be amazed by the generosity of Aggies, who have responded in so many different ways to help our Sea Aggies in this time of special need," Murano said. "I am so proud of our former students. Their actions bring to life one of our most cherished values, that of selfless service."

TAMUG CEO R. Bowen Loftin, who also serves as a Texas A&M vice president, added that the immediate availability of the funds will assist TAMUG greatly as administrators assess ongoing needs of their students, faculty and staff. "Our students are doubly blessed--they have both their traditional family and their Aggie family to support them in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Ike and in completing a successful academic semester in College Station," he said.

Both Murano and Loftin thanked former students for their ongoing support of The Association's Annual Fund.

To learn more about The Association of Former Students, visit www.AggieNetwork.com .


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