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                                                  September 2010                Family Edition

              Welcome Family Members,                            Save the Date!
               Message from the Office of
               New Student and Family Programs                 New Family Welcome
                                                                   October 15-16, 2010
              Howdy! It’s an exciting time on campus
              as classes start, football season begins,    Texas A&M University v. University of
              and students prepare for a new academic          Missouri Football Weekend
              year. First year students often experience
              greater emotional highs and lows as they     Purchase Your Tickets Now!
              test their new freedoms and become           A family pack of tickets for the weekend is
              familiar with their roommate, professors     $40 and includes materials for the weekend,
              and classmates. Our desire is for each       the Friday night dessert reception, and
              student to have as smooth of a transition    the Saturday tailgate BBQ for a student’s
              into the new semester as possible.
              Remember that your encouragement             immediate family. Purchase tickets (does
              and support can mean the world to your       not include football ticket) from the MSC
              student during this time. There are many     Box Office by visiting
              helpful resources available on campus to or
              assist your student should the need arise., or call
              Don’t forget to visit the Aggie Family web   (979) 845-5826 for more information.
              site for additional updates and helpful
              resources. You can visit us at               Sports Pass Option Holders:
     Please feel free   Family members, as a part of the New Family
              to contact the Office of New Student and     Welcome, your student can purchase up to
              Family Programs at (979) 845-5826, or        4 half-price tickets for the A&M vs Missouri
              email us at if you have any     football game using his or her sports pass
                                                           (must include football option) here:
              Thanks and Gig ’em!                
                                                           Why should you plan on attending?
                                                           • Explore Aggieland!
                                                           • Visiting with Faculty & Administrators!
                                                           • Yell Practice!
                                                           • Aggie Family Tailgate!
                                                           • Aggie Football for Special Ticket Pricing!
                                                           • Quality Time with your Aggie!
                                                           Make your hotel reservations & reserve
                                                           game tickets now!

 Inside...                      ...On the Calendar
2-3 New Student Programs         September is the Hispanic Heritage Month.
4-5 Howdy from the University    Sept. 3  Last day for adding/dropping courses for the fall semester.
     Advisors and Counselors     Sept. 7  Silver Taps
6-8 Upcoming Events              Sept. 10 - Academic Convocation.
9-10 Strategies for Success               - 5:00 p.m. Last day to apply for degrees to be
                                            awarded in December.                                 1
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New Student Programs                                                                    Stay Connected
                                                                                        with the latest
 AMPLIFY: THE SUCCESS SERIES FOR STUDENTS                                                Campus News
 Encourage your student to attend Amplify, a year-long series of programs and
 workshops designed to assist freshmen, transfer and sophomore Aggies develop skills     The Battalion-
 and make them aware of resources that will enhance their Texas A&M experience.         “The independent
 Some example sessions offered this semester include: Cooking on a Budget, Time          student voice of
 Management and Procrastination, and Career Assessment Workshop: Using the                 Texas A&M
 Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to Help Identify Personality Characteristics. To view a       since 1893.”
 complete listing of this semester’s workshops, please visit:                 
 Every program offered through Amplify is completely FREE so we hope your student       Texas A&M News
 will take advantage!                                                                   and Information-
 Registering for Amplify workshops                                                         Aggie Hotline
 A reservation is required so that presenters can prepare the appropriate amount           The Division
 of materials and also to help track the programs students are most interested in so      of Marketing &
 that we can refine our offerings in the future. Remind your student to go to           Communications, click on a workshop, and select “View Details to Register”.     produces Aggie
 At any time students can view, manage or change the list of programs they are              Hotline, an
 registered for by clicking on “My Profile.”                                             email news brief
                                                                                           service that is
 THIS MONTH IN AMPLIFY                                                                     distributed to
 September 2, 2010
 2 - 5PM        Aggie Allies Advance Workshop                                            subscribers each
                                                                                          weekday. News
 September 8, 2010
 10AM - 2PM     Volunteer Opportunities Fair (VOF)                                      briefs may also be
 11 - 11:30 AM  Living a Life of Service: What does it mean to be an active citizen?     found online at:
 12 - 12:30 PM  Emerging Leaders: A Program That Empowers You to Be the Change              tamunews.
 1 - 1:30 PM    Strengths and Service / Serving With Your Strengths                
 September 9, 2010
 1 - 2:30 PM    Learning is a language-based activity: Strategies to succeed when       Subscribe to Aggie
                English is not your first language                                       Hotline: Send an
 4 - 6:15 PM    Texas A&M at Qatar: Exploring the Middle East through the branch
                                                                                         email message to
 8 - 9 PM       No Black Belt Required: Practical Suggestions For Personal Safety         listserv@tamu.
                                                                                           edu. Leave the
 September 12, 2010
 12:30 - 4:30 PM Leadership and the Challenge Course Adventure                          subject line blank
                                                                                            and type the
 September 13, 2010
 12:30 - 1:30 PM Understanding Credit Cards and Credit Scores
                                                                                           message: SUB
 3:30 - 4:30 PM  Financing Your Study Abroad                                               Aggie-Hotline
 4:30 - 5 PM     Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)                         your-real-name.
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September 15, 2010
1:50 - 2:50 PM        Time Management & Procrastination
September 16, 2010
12:30 - 1:30 PM       Money Management for College Students
2 - 3 PM              Saving and Investing
2:20 - 3:20 PM        Study Success Strategies
September 17, 2010
12:30 - 1:30 PM       I’m Graduating: Now What?
1:30 - 2:30 PM        Cooking on a Budget
September 20, 2010
10 - 11 AM            Business Communication Skills
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   Stress Management & Test Anxiety
September 21, 2010
1:30 - 2:30 PM        Quality Customer Service
3:30 - 5 PM           Raising your Cultural IQ
6 - 8 PM              Tips on Maintaining Your Bike
6 - 9 PM              SHARP - Sexual Harassment Assault Rape Prevention
September 22, 2010
11 AM - 1 PM          Pizza with Parking and Transit - Seldom Known Facts About Parking & Transit
12:30 - 1:30 PM       Buying a Car
2 - 3 PM              Love and Money: What You Need to Know Before Getting Married
September 23, 2010
10 - 11 AM            Telephone Courtesy
1 - 2 PM              Identity Theft
2:30 - 3:30 PM        Money Management for College Students
5:15 - 6:15 PM        Undeclared but not Unprepared: Choosing a Major/Career
September 24, 2010
1 - 2 PM              Saving and Investing
September 26, 2010
2 - 5 PM              Aggie Allies Advance Workshop
September 28, 2010
4 - 4:30 PM        Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI)
5:15 - 6:15 PM     Study Abroad Informational
September 29, 2010
12:30 - 1:30 PM    Love and Money: What You Need to Know Before Getting Married
12:45 - 1:45 PM    Study Success Strategies
1:45 - 2:45 PM     Buying a Home
3:30 - 4:30 PM     Study Abroad Informational
September 30, 2010
10 - 11 AM         Presentation Skills
2 - 5 PM           Aggie Allies Advance Workshop

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Howdy from the University Advisors and Counselors!
Your student has made it! Congratulations!
You and your student are about to make a big transition in both of your lives! College is a time where a
student’s accountability to themselves grows more than any other time in their life. As the parent or family
member of a new student, you should encourage your student to invest in their own academic future by
developing strong connections with faculty and staff.

Who to turn to:
Your student’s Academic Advisor is a key resource for information
while making the transition from high school to college. In high
school they may have seen a counselor once a year, maybe a few
times less or a little more often; nevertheless, it is important for
you to understand the role of the Academic Advisor now that your
student is in college.

Academic Advising requires active participation on your student’s
part. Time with an advisor is a chance for your student to ask
questions about anything: majors, careers, classes, as well as any other questions they may have about
getting the most out of their college experience. (And while we like to talk to parents, please remember
that this is your student’s college experience and they are the ones who should be asking the questions!)
Students should not hold out on their advisor! If your student is thinking about changing their major or
taking classes elsewhere, it’s crucial that they inform their advisor as soon as possible. Doing so allows the
advisor to give your student the best advice for their needs (and make sure they take the correct courses
and save you money!)

Your student’s advisor will give them the best advice for their situation. This is advice – what your student
does with it is up to them. No one will FORCE your student to do anything outside of their program
requirements. In the end it is up to each student to make the most out of their college experience by
researching and preparing for their future on their own.

If your student is struggling with homesickness, requires specialized campus services, or just needs a
personal face to their university, their Academic Advisor and the Student Counseling Service (SCS) at
Texas A&M University are available to help make the transition from high school to college as smooth as
possible. Ask questions and learn as your student learns!

We, as Academic Advisors, truly want to see our (and your!) students succeed; nothing makes us happier
than to clear a student for graduation. We are happy to answer questions- and we’ve heard some wacky
ones- but we can’t answer the ones that aren’t asked. Please encourage your student to call, email, come
by and visit their Academic Advisor; we are here for them!

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About University Advisors and Counselors:
UAC is the professional campus organization for faculty and staff advisors and counselors. In the spirit
of the university’s commitment to excellence, the organization strives to provide support for advising and
counseling at the university. The quality of advising and counseling at certain critical stages can impact the
student’s educational experience, retention and ultimately the student’s entire life. In providing support for
advising and counseling, the University Advisors and Counselors seek to provide the optimum atmosphere
for the student’s academic development through increased professional communication.
Please visit our website at:

Some common “Advisor Speak”
GPR – Grade Point Ratio (also referred to as GPA or Grade Point Average).
FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. To learn more about FERPA go to Please understand that this may prevent us
from answering some of your questions about your student without their express permission. We aren’t
trying to hide anything from you; rather, we are bound by this Act to maintain student confidentiality.
Q-Drop – Refers to dropping courses without penalty within the first 50 class days. Students may do this a
maximum of 3 times.
FYGE – First Year Grade Exclusion. Freshmen students may choose to exclude from their cumulative
GPR up to 3 grades earned of D, F, or U taken within the first 12 months of enrollment at TAMU. For more
information go to Transfer students
are not eligible for FYGE.
Pre-requisite (Pre-Req) – Courses, test scores, and/or grade level that must be completed before taking
a specific course. Pre-reqs are required for a reason and are generally enforced; students enrolling in a class
without having completed the pre-req can be dropped by the department (and those students will often find
themselves at a disadvantage if the course builds on the pre-req course’s information.)

Upcoming Events & Programs
Silver Taps is that final tribute paid to an Aggie who, at the time of his/her death, was enrolled in graduate
or undergraduate courses at Texas A&M. We encourage all students to participate in this time-honored
Aggie Tradition; it is a powerful and moving tribute to fellow students. During the academic year, it is a
monthly event when needed.
The next Silver Taps ceremony will be conducted Tuesday, September 7, 2010, in memory of Tanner Lloyd
Ferris, Kimberley Michaela Kenyon, Nathan V. Shearod, and Yi-Chun Yang. The memorial ceremony will be
held at 10:30 p.m. in front of the Academic Building on the Texas A&M campus. For more information visit:

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More Upcoming Events & Programs
Attention Dallas/Fort Worth area family members! Want to experience a little
of Aggieland closer to home this fall? The Association of Former Students &
the 12th Man Foundation invite all of our Aggie Family Members to join us at
Cowboys Stadium on October 8th for the All Aggie Hullabaloo & Midnight Yell
Practice as part of the Southwest Classic’s weekend activities in Arlington.
• Granger Smith ’02 & Grady Skelton ’08 Live in Concert
• Doors & Concessions Open at 7pm
• 8-11pm inside Cowboys Stadium
• Ticket prices are $10 for Adults & $5 for Children. Purchase tickets at:
• Free Admission to Midnight Yell Practice
• Gates Open at 11pm
• Free Parking
For the latest information, visit: or contact The
Association of Former Students at or 979-845-7514. For more
information about the Southwest Classic, please visit
Game Day at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, Presented by State Farm®
Family Members… YOU are an important part of the Aggie Network and we welcome your family to join
us during home football game weekends at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center for a taste of Aggie
hospitality and interactive history and to view the live feed from Kyle Field before, during and after the game
on The Association’s 49-panel video wall, Aggie Network TV.
Our doors open at least three hours prior to each home game and will remain open one hour post-game.
• Interactive Exhibits
• Adult Beverages (Beer & Wine) & Soft Drinks for Purchase
• Hot Dogs, Burgers, BBQ, Nachos & Ice Cream for Purchase
• Alpha Phi Omega’s (APO) Ticketmart
• Bus 12
• 12’ Aggie Ring Replica
• Live Feed from Kyle Field of the pregame, march in and post game
• Multiple Screens Broadcasting Simultaneous Football Games
• State Farm Texas Aggie Tailgate tent, climate controlled with food, beverages, and big screen TVs of all the college games
If your travel plans allow you to arrive Friday evening, stop and listen to Texas A&M’s Singing Cadets at
5 pm as they conduct an open rehearsal in the magnificent Flores Hall!
For the latest information on game days sponsored by State Farm Insurance at the Alumni Center, visit or contact The Association of Former Students at or 979-845-7514. For more information about Game Day in Aggieland,

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More Upcoming Events & Programs
Scholarships & Financial Aid is pleased to announce our workshop schedule for the Fall 2010 term. The
Money Wise Aggie program will offer workshops on topics from budgeting to credit cards and credit scores.
One of the most popular workshops is Saving and Investing. (No get rich schemes here, just the power of
compound interest.) The Student Employment Office offers opportunities for students to enhance their
skills in telephone courtesy, time management, and business communication to name a few. A complete list
of the fall workshops and information on registration can be found at

The Texas Aggie Yell Leaders are excited that Bill Engvall will be the headline entertainer for First Yell 2010.
The 12th annual event will be held on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM in Reed Arena. In keeping
with the First Yell tradition, the show will open with performances by some of the top student performers
on campus including the Aggie Wranglers, Fade to Black and the Singing Cadets. First Yell is a great
opportunity for TAMU families to experience the Aggie Spirit, we hope you can join us!
Tickets on sale now!! Texas A&M students can purchase tickets at the interior ticket windows at Kyle Field.
To purchase student tickets, a current student I.D. is required and there is a maximum of 4 tickets per I.D.
Public tickets can be purchased at the Kyle Field box office, by calling 888-99AGGIE (992-4443), or at For more information regarding First Yell visit our website at or call 979-845-3534.

Students have the opportunity be a part of hundreds of student organizations representing a multitude of
interests while at Texas A&M. Student organizations are listed and described at (Organizations can be searched by name or key
words.) These organizations provide valuable opportunities to develop leadership skills, academic and
career interests, as well as social ties.
MSC Open House, Texas A&M’s largest student organization recruiting event, provides students with the
opportunity to meet and talk with hundreds of student organizations. MSC Open House will be in the Reed
Arena on Sunday, September 5, 2010 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. For more information, please go to

Student Legal Services is hosting a free Tenants’ Right Workshop. It will cover leases, deposits, roommates,
and other areas of interest for students leasing a home or an apartment for the school year. The one hour
workshop is on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 12pm and 5pm in Cain Hall B111 (The POD). Students
will need to register online at We will also
provide free one-on-one help immediately following the workshops.

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More Upcoming Events & Programs
As you are out and about getting everything your student needs to start the new school year, don’t forget to
have some conversations about alcohol and your expectations around their behavior. For more information
about talking to your college student about alcohol, check out our Parent Guide at:

Overseas Day is an annual fair held to introduce Aggies to their international options sponsored through
and also independent of Texas A&M University. It will be held on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Rudder Exhibit Hall, where over 75 tables of information and services
available to students will be present.
Also available at Overseas Day:
• Scholarships & Financial Aid counselors will discuss scholarships, federal and state financial aid, and
    other funding options.
• The Honors Program Office will share information on national scholarship programs.
• The Career Center will provide information on how students can find international work opportunities
    and obtain career guidance and job placement assistance in preparation for post-graduation life.
Although Overseas Day provides many different resources for planning an international experience,
students are encouraged to visit with the Study Abroad Office or web site ( to
initiate the process for planning an international experience.

Aggie Football games can be exciting times for the entire family. The Aggies have eight games at Kyle Field
this season (game times may change when televised):
       - 09/04 vs. Stephen F. Austin 6:00 p.m. @ College Station
       - 09/11 vs. Louisiana Tech 6:00 p.m. @ College Station
       - 09/18 vs. Florida International 6:00 p.m. @ College Station
       - 09/30 vs. Oklahoma State 6:30 p.m. @ Stillwater, Oklahoma
       - 10/09 vs. Arkansas Southwest Classic TBA @ Arlington, Texas
       - 10/16 vs. Missouri TBA @ College Station (SAVE THE DATE FOR NEW FAMILY
         WELCOME! Please visit for more information!)
       - 10/23 vs. Kansas TBA @ Lawrence, Kansas
       - 10/30 vs. Texas Tech TBA @ College Station
       - 11/06 vs. Oklahoma TBA @ College Station
       - 11/13 vs. Baylor TBA @ Waco, Texas
       - 11/20 vs. Nebraska TBA @ College Station
       - 11/25 vs. Texas 7:00 p.m. @ Austin, Texas

More information about the football schedule, tickets, and Aggie athletics can be found at

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Strategies for Success
The academic transition from high school to college can be an anxiety-provoking process for new students,
and is a primary area of concern for parents and family members. It is true that college level classes are
more difficult than high school classes, and your student may have some challenges adjusting to the rigorous
coursework. However, at Texas A&M University, students are not alone in their academic journey! Below is a
description of just a few of the resources and services designed to provide students with academic assistance
and support. Costs associated with many of these services are either included in your student’s tuition and
fees or are completely free of charge.

The PowerPoint presentation is now online at, allowing you to
write down any information or websites you may have missed during the New Student Conference

For students looking for a friendly face to help them navigate their new home in Aggieland, ATMentors
are ready to help. Mentors are TAMU faculty, staff, and administrators who volunteer extra office hours to
make themselves available to students who just want to talk to someone. Mentors do not provide specific
academic support, but can assist students in many other ways, including assistance with investigating the
many academic support services offered on campus.
•   Advise students in their area of experience and competence.
•   Act as effective referral sources to students whose problems are
    outside the Mentor’s expertise.
•   Provide a caring, nonjudgmental ear when a student just needs to talk.
•   Provide a smile, a helping hand, and eagerness to serve as stepping stones instead of stumbling blocks.
The ATMentors program does not attempt to replace or substitute for the programs provided by
departmental advisors, the Student Counseling Service, and the many other valuable student services
available at TAMU. On the contrary, Mentors work hand-in-hand with all of these services, helping students
to locate and use them. To be matched with a mentor, refer your student to

The Student Counseling Service Programs for Academic Success Skills (PASS) provides students with an
opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance study and exam-taking ability, while
decreasing anxiety related to academic performance. Services can include individual and group counseling,
assessment of study behaviors, screening for learning disabilities, an extensive collection of self-help resources,
and weekly workshops on a variety of study skills topics. They also offer a learning skills certificate program
which is individually tailored to meet your student’s needs and involves a series of workshops, counseling
sessions, and academic skills literature. Student Counseling Service also features the Academic and Career
Resource Center, which offers a wealth of academic resources featuring information regarding test anxiety,
academic stress, and even concentration. For more information visit the Student Counseling Service website

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More Strategies for Success
Typically, the most successful students at Texas A&M spend as much or more time studying for a course than
actually sitting in class. It may be helpful for your student to study with classmates, meet one-on-one with a
tutor or attend Supplemental Instruction sessions. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance
program coordinated by the Student Learning Center that is designed to improve your student’s academic
performance and increase retention. The SI program targets traditionally difficult core curriculum courses
and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated group study sessions. Recognizing that some
students need individual tutoring, the Student Learning Center also offers free tutoring sessions in some math
and science courses. For tutoring and supplemental instruction schedules, direct your student to the Student
Learning Center website at

                                         Study Tips for Your Student
     •  Study your notes by making summaries of your notes each day, highlighting the big picture or
        main idea from lecture.
     • Highlighting is rarely effective on its own. Instead, try summarizing each section in the margins
        or in your notes.
     • Making flashcards for definitions or concept cards for important information can help you to
        review and re-memorize facts.
     • Find a study partner in your class. Spend time before the exam explaining key concepts to them
        (and vice versa) to check your retention and understanding.
     For a complete list of study tips, visit

Writing and public speaking aren’t limited just to English and Communications classes any more. Texas A&M
University courses throughout the curriculum are writing or speaking intensive. Aggies often find that they
write papers more frequently and of greater length than in high school or give complex oral presentations using
slides or research posters. The expectations tend to be more demanding, too. If writing or public speaking
are areas of concern for your student or if he or she would just like an extra eye to help with proofreading, the
University Writing Center (UWC) is an excellent resource. The UWC specializes in one-on-one consultations
with students needing help with their writing or oral communication skills. A trained writing consultant will
guide the student through the editing process and teach how to strengthen not only a lone assignment, but
techniques and skills that will come in handy later. UWC staff can help your student with brainstorming and
freewriting, analyzing a topic or audience, rewriting a draft, and with refining basic mechanics, grammar and
punctuation. Or they can listen to a speech or help produce well-designed slides. Access to the UWC is covered
by student fees, so Aggies are encouraged to utilize the UWC whenever they need help. Many resources can
be accessed online. Students can call or click to set up an appointment or get information: (979) 458-1455,

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