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Farmers Fight for Maroon (and White)

How Texas pride and the Aggie Spirit converged to produce the maroon bluebonnet.

Leading the Corps

Four former Corps of Cadets Commanders talk shop on leadership lessons they took from the Quad.

Aggieland Anecdotes

Graduating senior and scholar Miles Huffhines ’24 answers five questions about his time in Aggieland.

No Aggie Left Behind

Two Aggies cross paths during the Vietnam War in this remarkable rescue story.

Go Baby Go

Aggies in the School of Engineering Medicine partner with a national nonprofit to design an electric wheelchair car benefiting 4-year-old Christopher Nelson.

Did You Know…

Texas A&M University Press has published nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed books in its first 50 years?

Bandsmen Bonds

Through 12 scholarships that have supported more than 40 Aggie bandsmen, 90-year-old Pembroke “Pete” Rathbone ’55 has created a community in Aggieland.

Pen Pals

Marilyn Dawson and Michele Mobley ’87 reflect on the 40-year friendship they forged thanks to a President’s Endowed Scholarship.

Fatherless No More

From supporting single moms to mentoring teenage boys without fathers, Natalie ’82 and Doug McGehee ’81 pour their hearts for service into ministries that impact numerous lives.

Maroon Myths and Little White Lies

Do it twice, it’s a tradition. Say it’s not always truth! We investigated some of Aggieland’s enduring tall tales and misconceptions to separate fact from fiction.

Solving for Complex Assets

Jim and Peggy Sims find a unique solution to turn a partnership interest into income for themselves and future support for Aggieland.

A Feat on Feet

What a 24-hour walk and other fitness challenges have taught me about purpose, community and perseverance.


We asked: What song takes you back to your days in Aggieland? Here are the responses!

Deep in the Art of Texas

The Stark Galleries showcased the iconic Texas art of Buck Schiwetz, Class of 1921, a former Texas A&M artist-in-residence.

Smiles for All

A surprise endowment honors dedicated dentist Dr. Alton McWhorter ’89, ensuring quality care for pediatric patients and training for future Aggie dentists.

Lessons in Leadership

Reflections on a leadership mindset and embracing the Aggie core values in our leadership journeys.

The Final March

A 1942 poem captures the poignancy of the Corps of Cadets’ Final Review tradition.

Get Engaged With Aggieland

Check out the campus priority initiatives featured in this issue of Spirit and discover how you can make a difference.

Sustainable Student Farming

Leily Khaleghi ’24 spotlights Urban Howdy Farm, an organization that promotes sustainable farming and cultivates diverse crops.

Learning Libraries

The Crawley Family Foundation empowers students through a gift for open educational resources and accessible learning at the Texas A&M University Libraries.