A Prime Scholar

Pearson Harris ’27 is following his passion for animal science thanks to a scholarship from Rachel ’12 ’14 and Gatlan Gray ’11 ’12.

Aggieland Anecdotes

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

Farmers Fight for Maroon (and White)

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

How Can Nature Nurture Us?

Faculty with the Texas A&M University Center for Health & Nature examine how answering the call of the wild can impact health in unexpected ways.

Sustainable Student Farming

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

Growing Among the Weeds

Dr. Muthukumar “Muthu” Bagavathiannan’s weed control research impacts tomorrow’s agriculturalists thanks to a gift planted long ago.

The Best and Brightest

Say “Howdy” to three outstanding recipients of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Dean’s Excellence Scholarship.

No Store Exec Does More

From manager trainee to chief operations officer at H-E-B, Roxanne Orsak ’88 has spent 35 years shaping the Lone Star State’s grocery store obsession.

What Makes Us Aggies

Six students share how they live out Texas A&M University’s core values.

Life’s Next Ag-venture

Capital Farm Credit helps veterans through its contribution to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s BattleGround to Breaking Ground Skills Training Program.

Can You Bee-lieve It?

Texas A&M University researchers and Texas A&M AgriLife extension agents are conducting bee research to preserve the state's bee population.

Did You Know...

Layne’s Chicken Fingers has served more than 13,777,920 cups of its secret sauce since opening in College Station in 1994?

Fast Forward

From artificial intelligence and space flight to education and aging, Texas A&M University researchers tackle 12 questions about our future.

Pleasant Good Morning to You

For almost 30 years, Horace McQueen ’60 was the voice of Texas agriculture.

Saddling Success

Becky and Joe Horlen ’73 found a way to support both of their passions—equine sports and student organizations—by establishing an endowment for Texas A&M University’s Ranch Horse Team.

The Wired West

The Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management holds a unique barbed wire collection that traces the development of fencing designs throughout history.

Intern Intervention

Thanks to Texas A&M University’s Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program, two Aggies found their life partner and life plan.

From Pupil to Pitmaster

Ray Riley ’79 ’81, manager of the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center, deals out tips and tricks for the Texas barbecue beginner.

Research Around the World

Texas A&M University students and faculty conduct unique and impactful research on all seven continents.

The Future of Bioplastics

Dr. Susie Dai and fellow researchers have developed a system that produces renewable bioplastics.

Did You Know...

...the Texas A&M University meat science program is planning a new, state-of-the-art center that will build on its legacy?

Fun With Flowers

Emily Maldonado ’24 discusses the Student American Institute of Floral Designers, an organization that encourages creativity through floral design.

I Serve Because…

The Class of 1980 E. King Gill Selfless Service Award’s recipients share why they stand for selfless service.

Rounding Up Community

Dr. Chris Boleman ’96 ’00 ’03 educates youth, entertains the masses and connects people as president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

True Loves

Harold “Hal” Hardcastle ’53 found three loves—current wife Peggy, late wife Pat and his agricultural profession—at Texas A&M University and beyond.

In the Arena

One Aggie taught me that life is often shaped more by our failures than successes.

Office Hours

Step inside the curious world of faculty and staff who have made their offices uniquely their own.

Research to Feed a Growing World

The Norman Borlaug Institute helps agriculture scholars achieve their potential and solve global issues.

A Taste for Travel

Avid travelers Kathy ’81 and Robert “Robby” Denton ’80 use unique planned giving ingredients to whip up a winning scholarship recipe for Aggies.

Roping in Support

Now an official competitive team in the Department of Animal Science, Texas Aggie Rodeo is fundraising to hire a full-time coach.

Top of the Class

The Dr. Chris Skaggs Excellence Endowment provides a major boon to Texas A&M University’s renowned Livestock Judging Team.

Driven to Give Back

Bobette ’73 and John Grant find a unique way to get more from their assets and help their future “Aggie children.”

From City Girl to Game Warden

A passion for nature inspired Wei-Wei Startz ’11 to become Texas’ first Asian American female game warden. In making regular appearances on the reality show “Lone Star Law,” she hopes to set an example for aspiring conservationists.

Skinners Donate Family Land

Debbie '79 and Mack Skinner '79 find a creative way to make their family ranch even more meaningful.

10 Tips and Tricks for Spring Gardening

Gardening expert and nursery owner Barry Johnson ’87 shares simple advice every Aggie can follow to go from gardening novice to green thumb.

Planning for Innovation

Explore five planned gifts that are inspiring innovation on Texas A&M University's campus.

A Cowboy’s Legacy

Texas lawman and cattle rancher T. Michael O’Connor ’77 reflects on a passion for service and sustainability.

Ties That Bind

The Garcia family’s generational giving to Texas A&M University strengthens their bond to Aggieland and one another.

Growing Good Kids

The Junior Master Gardener program uses the garden as a classroom for children to learn about nature, responsibility and leadership.

Leading from the Front

Dr. Josie Coverdale ’99 left a phenomenal legacy in the equine science department that lives in the hearts of those she cared for most.

Never Forgotten

Bulinda and Jerry Ebanks are planning gifts so their sons will live on through others.

Cultivating Future Farmers and Ranchers

Barbara and Jimmie Steidinger use a charitable remainder unitrust to support tomorrow's Aggie agriculturalists.

A Cut Above

Plans for a new, state-of-the-art facility promise to make Texas A&M's meat science program stronger than ever.

We Asked: What is Your New Year's Resolution?

Read what deans and leaders across campus are resolving to do in 2021 to increase opportunities for Aggieland's students, faculty and staff.

A Family Legacy of Sustainability and Education

How the Frisbie family’s legacy gift will support agriculture, ecosystems and education at Texas A&M University.


A Lead by Example donation creates the Norman Borlaug Endowed Research Scholars Program to foster the next generation of agricultural pioneers.

Rooted in Service

Five program directors within the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service speak on their initiatives’ unique impacts on Texans across the state.

Beating the Odds

Evan Lu '22 is working toward his dream of becoming an orthodontist thanks to help from an Endowed Opportunity Award.

Cultivating Tomorrow’s Texans

A look at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s unique history and how it continues to play a vital role in impacting Texas citizens and beyond.

Extending AgriLife Education

Dr. Martha Couch uses her Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experience to pay it forward in a planned gift to support future 4-H educators.

Advancing Academics

Learn how chairs, professorships and fellowships support researchers and faculty members who contribute to Texas A&M University’s excellence.

Evans Medal

Allan Marburger ’60, a big-time Aggie benefactor, receives the 2020 Sterling C. Evans Medal.

Faculty Fieldwork

Dr. G. Cliff Lamb, department head of animal science at Texas A&M University, is helping transform the beef cattle industry to meet global needs.

Lab Work: Research at Texas A&M

New tool scans nutritional content of food; veterinarians study dog aging; engineer creates wearable monitoring tool for mental health; specialist explains what causes brain freeze.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to Texas A&M

Couple establishes full-ride scholarship endowment; Cushing Library receives rare map collection; Chick-fil-A owner gives back; husband honors late wife's legacy.


This captivating CT scan of a seahorse is part of a National Science Foundation effort that seeks to provide high-resolution anatomical data to researchers.

From Cattle Yards to Courtrooms

Cari Rincker ’02 uses her hardworking agricultural background to excel in her law career.

Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees Announce Outstanding Student Award Recipient

The Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees named Isolde Parrish ’20 as the recipient of the Foundation’s eighth Outstanding Student Award.

Cover Feature

Determined to put Texas wines on the map, Texas A&M University pours resources, research and love into winemaking.

Editor's Desk

As Texas stakes its claim among the country's wine capitals, Texas A&M is doing its part to help grow the burgeoning industry.

Lab Work: Research at Texas A&M

Veterinarians save Sybil the camel; engineers study earthquake-resistant bridge designs and human-robot interactions; researcher explains what makes us hangry.

On Campus: News From Across Texas A&M

Student-developed video game teaches cattle working skills; program showcases rural veterinary medicine; university hosts Datathon; Sea Aggies deploy weather buoys.

Major Gift Establishes Norman Borlaug Endowed Research Scholars Program

A $1 million gift from Cactus Feeders establishes the Norman Borlaug Endowed Research Scholars Program at Texas A&M University.

More Than A Great Chicken Sandwich

Jerald Huggins ’97 finds success as a Chick-fil-A franchise owner in College Station.

Saddles to Scholarships

Determination and grit define participants in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, a giant scholarship fundraiser for college-bound Texas youth.

Rooted in Research

A gift in a will allows Texas A&M University’s Pecan Endowment to strengthen its roots for future growth.

Lab Work: Research at Texas A&M

Scientists develop an oil spill prediction model, a bioabsorbable wound dressing and a new spacesuit design; neuroscience professor explains the underlying causes of déjà vu.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to Texas A&M

Couples establish gifts for the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and the College of Architecture; Chilifest gives endowed scholarship.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to the Foundation

Couples create memorial scholarships and a professor of practice in engineering; former student gives first endowed gift for the School of Innovation.

The Gift That Grows

The Schob Preserve, a gift of land willed from the late Dr. David Schob, gives students hands-on opportunities for design and research projects.

Advancing Texas' Health

Texas A&M AgriLife creates a state-wide roadshow to showcase how we can better align agriculture with human needs to lower health care costs.

A Taste of Texas

Texas A&M University’s viticulture and enology programs support industry producers in growing high-quality wines within the state’s natural terroir.

Future Focused

Showcasing the impact of planned gifts during the Lead by Example campaign.

Campaign Update

Showcasing the impact of planned gifts during the Lead by Example campaign. earn how donors like Elizabeth Bradford are making a difference by being future focused.

Lab Work: Research at Texas A&M

Researchers improve human-elephant relations in Botswana; virtual reality tools may help public speaking anxiety; team studies infant opioid addiction.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to Texas A&M

Endowment fuels training cruises; doctor honors late wife’s legacy; gift for Sales Leadership Institute; former student supports the Corps of Cadets.

The Legacy

Millennials Chase ’10 and Kalyn Georg Carroll ’12 ’14 prove that you’re never too young for a planned gift.

Time Capsule

Remembering Aggieland’s original outdoor venue, the Grove.

The Prime Cut

44 Farms makes a gift for the International Beef Cattle Academy, which advances beef production knowledge to students across the globe.

Long-Term Plans

Millennials Chase ’10 and Kalyn Georg Carroll ’12 ’14 prove that you’re never too young for a planned gift.

Divine Designs

Established through an estate gift, the Benz School of Floral Design educates students on the sophisticated art of floral arranging.

Back Page

From learning about winemaking to exploring the world's craziest pandemics, here are five Texas A&M classes we wish we could take.

Lab Work: Research Developments

Researchers develop injectable bandage; public health professor studies effects of air pollution on pregnant women; corn breeders explore new whiskey flavors.

Pres Perspective

How Texas A&M faculty and students are impacting the globe.


Former Rackspace CEO and Chairman Graham Weston ’86 has his sights set on transforming downtown San Antonio into a prominent tech hub.

Sweet Treats for Social Causes

Tyler Merrick ’00 is changing the world, one pack of gum at a time.

New Gifts

A planned gift establishes three Corps scholarships; couple surprises great-niece with a scholarship; gifts for the Texas A&M Coaching Academy and the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Grand Opening of the Leach Teaching Gardens

Texas A&M University celebrates the grand opening of the Leach Teaching Gardens on campus.

Back Page

Meet Kais Karowadia ’19, a biochemistry and genetics double major who understands that hard work leads to great things.

Lab Work: Research Developments

Scientists collaborate on crop research; doctoral candidate studies the diets of 17th-century sailors; student startup revolutionizes indoor farming.

One Voice

The Gardens at Texas A&M University is ready for its debut later this year.


The Boone and Crockett Club campaigns to name a Texas A&M University conservation program after the late Dr. Red Duke ’50.

Lab Work: Research Developments

Engineering students develop lunar rover prototype; Texas A&M and NASA collaborate on Robonaut; Texas A&M competes in AutoDrive challenge; Sea Aggies aid endangered sea turtles.

New Gifts: Recent Gifts to the Foundation

Accounting department naming underway; Pilgrim’s Corp. funds poultry feed mill renovation; Cathy and Bill Davis ’75 endow student conference; Nobel laureate David Lee supports quantum studies.

On Campus: News From Across Texas A&M

New Human Clinical Research Facility opens; synthetic canine supports experiential learning for future veterinarians; Blackstone LaunchPad promotes entrepreneurship, Music Activities Center breaks ground.

The Legacy

A planned gift supports transformational learning experiences for animal science students.

Texas A&M’s Center for Coffee Research and Education Percolates with Ideas to Support Coffee Farmers, Industry

Texas A&M’s Center for Coffee Research and Education enhances the quality of life for coffee farmers and industry stakeholders.

Time to Sprout

The Gardens at Texas A&M University will debut a seven-acre paradise next spring.

Ask Professor X

Dr. Jeff Savell ’75 has a knack for barbecuing, especially when it comes to Texas brisket.

Lab Work: Research Developments

Team discovers three new bird species in Africa; student studies Antarctic ecosystem; researchers use spice painting therapy with dementia patients; artist creates emotional map of Bryan-College Station.

Poultry Perks

A $150,000 gift made nearly 20 years ago by Emanuel Glockzin Jr. '72 continues to bolster Texas A&M’s poultry judging team.

The Renaissance Rancher

Bill Thomas ’68 brings culture to the country on his 3,000-acre ranch.

Back Page

Dr. Jenna Anding, professor and AgriLife extension specialist, shares advice for navigating the complicated world of food nutrition labeling.

On Campus: News From Across Texas A&M

Camp BUILD hosts future engineers; Texas A&M creates coffee research center; new bike lanes illuminate campus; mobile app fights Zika virus.

Out Of This World Food

For 10 years, the e-Beam center at Texas A&M has helped astronauts stay well fed.

Hacienda Santa Clara Gives Aggies Home Base to Explore Real-World Issues and Cultural Experiences

A former maguey plantation in central Mexico has been reborn as a premier study-abroad option for Texas A&M University faculty and students.

Mini Tractors, Many Rewards

In the agricultural mechanics industry, involvement in a tractor design competition called Aggie Pullers can help you land your dream job.

Lab Work: Research Developments

Birds are the focus of two veterinary stories; researchers apply 3-D printing to drug production; archaeologists restore 17th century French ship.

On Campus: News From Across Texas A&M

Construction begins on The Gardens at Texas A&M; new life for Riverside Campus; philanthropy course teaches students about nonprofits; architecture majors design mockups for Dallas Mavericks' practice facility.

Online Exclusive

These sisters are infusing their yaupon tea business with ingenuity and altruism.

On Campus: News From Across Texas A&M

Shakespeare’s First Folio travels to campus; agronomy society plants educational corn maze; engineering students create Hyperloop prototypes.

Texas A&M Foundation Received $5 Million Gift to Create Program in Food Diversity

Texas A&M Foundation received a $5 million gift through the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America to establish a program in food diversity.

Lab Work: Research Developments

Qatar mathematician predicts fate of Malaysia Airlines flight; horseback riding can fight obesity; professor helps protect bats from wind turbines; Bush School researcher finds tariff bias.


Amy ’84 and Tim Leach ’82 aspire to make Texas A&M the obvious choice for future generations.

Kevin Brice Andrews '11

The Texas A&M Foundation honored Kevin Brice Andrews '11 with a Bugle Call at the Texas A&M vs. Alabama football game on October 17.

Endowment Established to Support Graduate Program in Meat Industry

A contribution from an Aggie businessman to the Department of Animal Science will ensure a promising future for a new program.