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Hoofprints of History

Explore 50 years of tradition and leadership from Parsons Mounted Cavalry, Texas A&M University’s esteemed horse cavalry unit.

A Wish Fulfilled

Through her nonprofit Rebecca’s Wish, Rebecca Taylor ’25 brings hope to children with pancreatitis.

Honey, I Shrunk the Band

Bob Lang ’49 crafted over 300 mini Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band members displayed in a 1992 replica of Kyle Field at the Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.

Pressure? Pressure!

One professor taught me to find the silver lining in feeling stressed.

A Sacrifice Remembered

In a small German village, one Aggie’s heroic actions will forever be commemorated.

Doubling Down for Student Veterans

Dr. Phylis and Steve Canion ’76 utilize matching funds to support Aggie veterans through the Don & Ellie Knauss Veteran Resource & Support Center.

Behind the Music

Remembering the origins of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band’s five most frequently played songs.

Did You Know…

80% of Aggies participate in student organizations?

Enhancing Early Education

The newly launched Institute for Early Childhood Development & Education is the most comprehensive of its kind in the state.

Howdy, Fort Worth!

Envisioned to capitalize on the rapid growth in Tarrant County and energize Fort Worth’s economy, key leaders describe how the new Texas A&M-Fort Worth campus represents a win for the region.

From Rocky Start to Rock Solid

From a first date gone wrong to more than 60 years of marriage, Sheila and Al Simmons ’64 have lived a rewarding life that they’re sharing with future Aggies.

Cultural Harmonies

Ashley Young ’25 discusses Ballet Folklórico Celestial, an organization that embraces Mexican culture through dance.


We asked: What's the nicest thing a fellow Aggie has done for you? Here are the responses!

Empowering Engineers

Inspired by their daughter’s college journey, Neera ’87 and Tony Talbert created a new scholarship supporting student success and retention for engineering majors.

The Skinny on Scholarships

Scholarship endowments are among the most popular commitments the Texas A&M Foundation receives, and it’s no wonder why: These gifts are game changers. Ask yourself what type of Aggie you’d like to support and get started today.

The Ties That Bind

The university’s core values have had a lasting impact in shaping character-driven, dedicated leaders.

Sailing Into the Future

Texas A&M University at Galveston acquired the TS Kennedy, a game-changing training ship that enhances mariner education.

A Legacy Lives On

Dani ’88 and Mike Hodge ’87 create an Endowed Opportunity Award in honor of Dani’s parents, Patricia and Ben Thomson ’59.

Aquatic Aggies

The Aglantis Aquarium at Texas A&M University at Galveston showcases colorful sea creatures native to the Gulf of Mexico.

Get Engaged With Aggieland

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