Buc-ee’s founder building again: Former student donates $50M to create Texas A&M academic center
Texas A&M University announced last week that former student Arch “Beaver” Aplin III -- founder of Buc-ee’s -- is contributing $50 million toward establishing an academic center that will serve as an immersive learning laboratory for students.
Analysis: Every so often, Texas government needs a reboot
Performance reviews of state government are an exercise in separating the operation of government — how things work — from the direction of government — what, in broader terms, government should do. The nuts and bolts on one hand, the vision thing on the other.
Texas A&M’s incoming president says she’s planning for a campus in “normal mode” this fall
When M. Katherine Banks became the new engineering school dean at Texas A&M University in 2012, an associate dean drove her to the Zachry Building, the heart of the university’s engineering program in College Station.
George H.W. Bush 4141 train arrives at its final destination in College Station
4141 train, built in honor of former President George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “President Bush loved trains and we love everything associated with the legacy of President Bush. 4141 engine led the Bush funeral train from Houston to College Station in 2018, where the former president was laid to rest next to former First Lady Barbara Bush on the library grounds. In 2019, Union Pacific announced it would donate the train built in 2005 to the museum, according to the release.chron.com
Charlotte Han Sharp, wife of Texas A&M chancellor, dies after lengthy illness
Charlotte Han Sharp, 67, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at her home in College Station following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. AUSTIN, Texas – Charlotte Han Sharp, the wife of Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp, died Tuesday at her home in College Station after a lengthy illness. Charlotte Han Sharp grew up in Austin and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with a bachelor of science in home economics, majoring in textiles and clothing. Charlotte Han Sharp was heavily involved in her husband’s long career in politics and public service since his election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1978, according to a release.
Texas A&M President Michael Young says he will retire May 31 to return to faculty
Michael K. Young has been president at Texas A&M University since 2015. Credit: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneTexas A&M University President Michael Young will retire at the end of the academic school year, he said in a letter obtained by The Texas Tribune. Young has expressed a desire to retire and return to teaching and research as a tenured faculty member of the Bush School, Sharp wrote in another letter obtained by the Tribune. The creation of the Institute not only achieves President Youngs desires, it also will allow for an orderly transition from President Young to his eventual successor, Sharp wrote. Our hope is to have the new President chosen and in office by June 1, 2021, Sharp wrote at the time. Disclosure: Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University System have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas A&M can't remove Sul Ross statue without the Legislature's approval, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says
The Lawrence Sullivan Sul Ross statue on the campus of Texas A&M University. Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneOnly the Texas Legislature has the authority to permanently remove the Lawrence Sullivan Ross statue at Texas A&M University, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an opinion released Friday. Those task forces will ultimately make a recommendation on how best to address concerns about Sul Ross and other monuments, Young said. A&M System Chancellor John Sharp previously opposed removing the statue, then later said that he supported the task forces' review. "While my personal opinion has not changed about the importance of Lawrence Sullivan Ross to Texas A&M, we Aggies must stand united against racism and love one another," Sharp's statement said.
Texas A&M System to provide free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff
HOUSTON Texas A&M System will provide free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff at all 11 campuses in Texas, the university system announced Tuesday. Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our top priority, said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. The university encourages students, faculty and staff to get tested if they experience COVID-19 symptoms, or suspect they have been exposed to someone with the virus. To get tested, patients must sign up online, which will be established at each campus. Meanwhile, Texas A&M has created a Return to Campus guide for all students ahead of the Fall 2020 semester.
Texas A&M announces task force to weigh removing statue of Sul Ross, Confederate general and former governor
The Lawrence Sullivan Sul Ross statue on the campus of Texas A&M University. Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneAn ongoing struggle between Texas A&M students and university officials over a Confederate statue on campus has reached new heights in recent weeks. The statue commemorates Lawrence Sullivan Ross, a Confederate general and former Texas governor that students at Texas A&Ms College Station flagship have zeroed in on as the campus' most flagrant reminder of systemic racism. "Earlier today I met with Chancellor John Sharp to discuss continued racism on the Texas A&M campus," Young wrote in a letter. Young said he would ask this group to make a recommendation for Ross' statue in the near future.
Texas A&M System approves $100 million scholarship fund to address "diversity issues"
The Academic Building on the Texas A&M University campus on March 26, 2018. Sharp also emphasized the need for A&M's student population to reflect that of the state. Currently, white students comprise more than half of the student population at A&M's College Station campus, while black students make up less than 4%, according to 2019 data. Hispanic and Asian students students make up 21% and 8% of the student population, respectively. Disclosure: The Texas A&M University System has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is aiming to start college football on time, with fans in stands
Greg Abbott said Friday that Texas is working to have the college football season start on time, with at least some fans in attendance, as the state continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott has already allowed certain professional sports events to resume in Texas starting May 31, though spectators are not permitted. In April, Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp told all 11 university presidents in the system that they will be ready to play fall sports. The school's athletics department recently allowed a group of football coaches and support staff to return to offices at the Darrell K. Royal Stadium. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas A&M University System have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas A&M, UH systems plan to open colleges this fall
Texas A&M, UH systems plan to open colleges this fallMari Fuentes-Martin, the Texas A&M University San Antonio vice president for student success and engagement, talks with students who chose to stay in dorms at a snack social Thursday. Photo: Bob Owen, Staff-photographer / San Antonio Express-News Photo: Bob Owen, Staff-photographer / San Antonio Express-News Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Texas A&M, UH systems plan to open colleges this fall 1 / 1 Back to GalleryThe Texas A&M University and University of Houston systems intend to reopen their colleges this fall. The UH system is preparing for three methods of learning: fully online, fully on-campus, and a hybrid form, all of which will depend on public health conditions in the city. Research labs at UH colleges can open as early as May 5, but it is voluntary and up to researchers, Khator wrote. University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves said the college will make an announcement by the end of June about whether UT will reopen in the fall.chron.com
Texas A&M bans vaping and e-cigarettes on all campuses
EMBED >More News Videos "I came very close to death" | ABC13's Nick Natario spoke with Texas A&M student Hunter Sims, who is recovering from what he says was a vaping related illness. COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KTRK) -- Anyone who steps foot on a Texas A&M campus will not be allowed to vape or smoke e-cigarettes, according to a memo released by the university system.Chancellor John Sharp said smoking is banned in most campuses and facilities of TAMU, but announced the ban on vaping will be "mandatory and expanded to every inch of the Texas A&M System. "Don't do it right now," Hunter Sims said. "Not at all. It's horrible for you, and I came very close to death, and I'm lucky."abc13.com