In her application essay to work as a tour guide at the Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center as a student, Kristin Cooper King ’03 ’05 wrote about what it meant to be an Aggie. Connecting Aggie qualities with different campus landmarks, King’s words were a precursor to her children’s book, “The Heart of Aggieland.”
The book honors King’s late husband, Chris Cooper ’97, who passed suddenly in a car accident in 2009. “Chris and I met while we were working at the visitor center,” King shared. “After he passed, I wanted to write a book that he would have read with our daughter, Colleen, on his lap. It only made sense to write about the qualities of an Aggie and the campus landmarks that started our story at the visitor center.”
The book’s proceeds benefit the Chris Cooper ’97 Heart of Aggieland Endowment, which King started to support the center’s operations and programming.
“The visitor center is where prospective students first experience the deeper meaning of Aggieland,” King explained. “The book does the same. When parents read it to their children, I hope they feel the Texas A&M Chris and I knew.”