January 17, 2023

Whether it was marching into Block T formation or Mickey Mouse themed offices, this year was full of memories in Aggieland. Check out some of our favorite “captured” moments from 2022 below. 

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Photo by Igor Kraguljac ’08

Selling artwork door to door as a member of the Corps of Cadets in 1986, Benjamin Knox ’90 grew his successful art career in Aggieland. Now the owner of the first art gallery in the Bryan-College Station area, Knox depicts the Aggie Spirit in both painting and patronage, creating an endowed scholarship at Texas A&M University. Read more about his generosity and passion for painting. 



Photo by Jeff Wilson

When Yashaswini Paleru ’24 arrived in Aggieland, she knew she wanted to experience everything the campus had to offer, but finances held her back. Thanks to the Aggie Experience Fund, she is now experiencing Texas A&M’s famous “other education” by getting involved in several engineering extracurricular activities. Hear her story. 



Photo by Josh Huskin

Holick’s Manufacturing Company’s footprint in Aggieland stretches back more than 130 years. Known for making the iconic Corps of Cadets senior boots, the company’s legacy began with 16-year-old Joseph Holick and is continued today by Leo Belovoskey Jr. March into the history of the handcrafted senior boots. 



Photo by Leighton Jack ’14

With 12 National Livestock Judging Championship titles, the Texas A&M Livestock Judging Team is known for its excellence. The program attracts livestock judgers from across the country, like Tar Tut ’23 (pictured) from Faribault, Minnesota, for its ability to prepare students for successful lives. Learn the livestock legacy. 



Photo provided by the Corps of Cadets

For more than a century, the all-Corps Block T tradition has symbolized unity in the Corps of Cadets. But since its first appearance in the 1915 rivalry game against the University of Texas, it’s been quite a march to get to its current status. How the tradition took shape.



Photo by Jason Kindig

As one of about 200 women attending Texas A&M at the time, Bobette Grant ’73 stood out in more ways than one driving her rare 1964 Austin Healey 3000 around Aggieland as a student. Today, Bobette and her husband, John, are driven to give back to Aggies through current and planned gifts. Cruise over to their story. 



Photo by Josh Huskin

Singing and dancing before she could speak, Lacey Pattie ’22 has always had a love for music. A business honors and management major, she found her rhythm on campus thanks to a President’s Endowed Scholarship and is on track for an onstage occupation. More on her melodies. 



Photo by Tonya Schabacker

When an MRI showed that Andrea Streicher’s 2-year-old dog Werner had a rare skull bone tumor, her local veterinarian suggested he be put down. Streicher then contacted Texas A&M’s Small Animal Teaching Hospital with the intention of donating his body for research, but instead, after a 12-hour surgery, Werner’s tumor was removed. With plans to construct a new Next-Generation Small Animal Teaching Hospital, more underdog success stories like Werner’s will be possible. Check out how the hospital worked wonders for Werner. 



Photo by Josh Huskin

During his time in Aggieland, Jacobs Crawley ’11 balanced studying industrial engineering with riding for the Texas Aggie Rodeo team. Crawley took lessons learned in Aggieland to the professional circuit, winning the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Saddle Bronc Riding World Championship in 2015 and earning top place at various events since. Meet this cowboy and other famous former students and hear what they learned in Aggieland. 



Photo by Leighton Jack ’14

Department of Food Science and Technology advisor Dr. Poppy Capehart ’75 began his 30-year Mickey Mouse collection after a few students brought Mickey Mouse toys for his daughters. Today, he has more than 900 items on display in his office and is a prime example of the faculty and staff around campus who have made their spaces their own. Step into office hours.



Photo by Kenny Braun

Melanie Meyer ’23 has her sights set on the sky and the stars. Having flown an airplane solo for the first time at 17, Meyer is working to earn her pilot’s license while also studying mechanical engineering at Texas A&M. After Aggieland, she is determined to become an astronaut. Meet the Aggie, aviator and future astronaut. 



Photo by Josh Huskin

When Dr. Norman Borlaug, the Nobel Prize-winning agronomist and Texas A&M faculty member asked, “What do you do here that helps people?” Dr. Elsa Murano sought to provide answers. Now, as the director of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture and Development, Murano plays a pivotal role in fighting world hunger. See how Murano and Aggies help feed the world.