ABOUT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
From humble beginnings in 1876 as Texas' first public institution of higher learning, to a bustling 5,000-acre campus with 48,000-plus students and a nationally recognized faculty, Texas A&M University is one of a select few universities with land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant designations. With an enrollment of about half men and half women, 25 percent of the freshman class are the first in their family to attend college and 8,500 are graduate students. Texas A&M has two branch campuses, one in Galveston, Texas, and one in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.
This research-intensive flagship university with 10 colleges was recently ranked first in the nation by The Washington Monthly for "tangible contributions to the public interest." U.S. News and World Report ranked Texas A&M third nationally as a "best value" among public universities. Many degree programs are ranked among the top 10 in the country.
About The Association of Former Students
The Association of Former Students traces its origin to the Ex-Cadets Association formed in 1879 and later to the A&M Alumni Association and Alpha Phi Fraternity. In 1919, a coalition was formed and adopted the name "The Association of Former Students." Since 1879 much has changed in organization and details, but the fundamental objectives of The Association remain the same.
The founding charter of 1925 stated that The Association of Former Students is formed for "the support of benevolent, charitable and educational undertakings by extending financial and other aid to students of Texas A&M University; by promoting social, literary and scientific pursuits; by perpetuating and strengthening the ties of affection and esteem formed in university or college days; by promoting the interests and welfare of Texas A&M University and education generally in the State of Texas."
The Long Range Planning Committee of 1967 considered two of these objectives broad enough to encompass all future Association activities and adopted a third. These three objectives as adopted by The Association Council in 1968 were:
- Strengthen The Association of Former Students;
- Promote the interests and welfare of Texas A&M University; and
- Perpetuate ties of affection and esteem formed in university or college days.
In 1992, the Strategic Planning Committee added a fourth objective and the Council adopted it in 1993. This objective was:
About NorthStar Interactive Media, Ltd.
NorthStar Interactive Media, Ltd. is an Aggie owned and operated company. Aggies, The True Story of Texas A&M has been a dream project for NorthStar Interactive Media because of its Aggie roots and deep love for Texas A&M. Owner and director Josh Smith, class of ’97, has been in the video production business since 1991 and has a passion for storytelling. As a “local boy,” Josh grew up with the influence of Texas A&M in his life. After graduating from Bryan High School, there was only one place for him. He was going to be an Aggie!