AEP_fall_2007 by liuhongmei


									         Tex a s A & M U n i ve r s i ty
  Newsletter                                                 Volume 4, Number 1                               Fall 2007

   Texas A& M ’ s C o r p s o f C a d e t s & B S A ’ s E a g l e S c outs...
                Two Groups, Same Character
Forging Leaders of Character...Do you have what it takes?
The Aggie Eagle Program provides a unique opportunity for Scouts to visit a world-class university. Texas A&M is home to the
Corps of Cadets, an organization whose values align with the fundamental attributes upheld by many Scouts.

Above: Eagle Scout Kris Field (Golden Spread Council) participates in the the rope bridge portion of the Rudder’s Rangers
demonstration on Friday, September 28, 2007. This was one of several opportunities Scouts had to interact with Texas A&M
Cadets during the Aggie Eagle Program.
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 Fall Aggie Eagle Program                                                                           September 28-29, 2007

                                                                                          What is the Aggie
                                                                                          Eagle Program?
                                                                                          The Aggie Eagle Program (AEP) is a re-
                                                                                          cruiting program for the Corps of Cadets
                                                                                          at Texas A&M University. The program
                                                                                          began in the fall of 2004.

                                                                                          Typically, the Corps has over 300 mem-
                                                                                          bers who hold the BSA Eagle or the
                                                                                          GSUSA Gold Award. The Program rec-
                                                                                          ognizes that the same traits that motivate
                                                                                          a young person to join Scouts also en-
                                                                                          courages them, as collegians, to join the
                                                                                          Corps of Cadets
Above Eagle Scouts Shane Burlbaw (Circle Ten Council) and E.C. Dunson (Buf-
falo Trials Council) visit with a Former Fish Drill Team member after their after-
noon exhibition.

Who is eligible?
All attending Scouts must be either a junior or senior in high school. As mentioned in the previous section, all
participants must hold the Eagle Scout or the Gold Award. Active participation in scouting will be deemed sufficient
if they have not yet received the honors of Eagle or Gold Awards.

For any spring AEP, Seniors must have a completed application on file in the Texas A&M Office of Admissions NLT
the February 1 cutoff in order to attend the spring Aggie Eagle Program. Those wishing to participate in the program
should apply early.

What happens                                 during
While participating in the Aggie Eagle Program
(AEP) participants and their parents have the
opportunity to watch and participate with the
Rudder’s Rangers and Recon Company special
units, watch a Fish Drill Team performance, attend
Midnight Yell and watch a Corps of Cadets march-
in (fall program), and attend an Aggie football
game during the fall or a basketball game during
the spring. Spring participants will also have the
opportunity to either participate on the Corps’
Leadership Development Course or, in the event of
inclimate weather, tour the George Bush Presidential                                 AEP participants receive instructions from members of the
Library and Museum.                                                                  Texas A&M Rudder’s Rangers

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Learning about Aggie Spirit.
If you decide to attend the Aggie Eagle Program you
will meet Scouts from around the nation. You will also
learn about Aggie Traditions and best of all have a unique
experience that allows you and your parents to make an
honest assesment of what it means to be an Aggie and a
member of the Corps of Cadets.

                                                                           Eagle Scout Ryan Tate (Alamo Council) is greeted by junior Cadet
                                                                           Shane Willows ’09 a member of Squadron 12.

 James Hearon (Circle Ten Council), Grayson Frank (Circle Ten
 Council) and John Gibson (Pikes Peak Council – Colorado) take
 time for a group shot as all the AEP participants check in.

                                                                           Steven Brown (Heart of Virginia Council) meets a member of Parsons
                                                                           Mounted Cavalry during the AEP.

 Cadet Chris Thornton ’08, a senior member of the Rudder’s
 Rangers addresses AEP participants during their demonstration
 on Friday afternoon.

                                                                           During the Baylor football game Corps March-In, the newly created
                                                                           Aggie Eagle Post passes in review. The Post is a specially selected
                                                                           group of Eagle Scout Cadets whose purposes are to support the AEP, to
 Attendance of an athletic event is always part of the AEP. Above,         assist in the continued leadership development of Eagle Scout Cadets
 these Scouts are assembled to view the march in of the entire Corps       and to mentor freshmen Eagle Scouts who join the Corps of Cadets.
 prior to the Aggie Football game.

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                                                                         LTG (USA, Ret) John Van Alstyne, ’66, Commandant of the
The Sul Ross Scholarship                                                 Corps of Cadets, presented scholarships to Eagle Scouts dur-
                                                                         ing the Awards Banquet. The AEP Awards Banquet is spons-
                                                                         ord by the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association
The AEP is a relatively new program initiated as a way for Scouts to
gain a unique opportunity to experience Texas A&M from the Corps

The Program also allows Scouts to become familiar with the Aggie
Corps of Cadets while in the company of their fellow Scouts. When
possible, Scouts will be paired with Cadets who were also Scouts. At-
tendees are housed in the Corps dorms also known as the Quad.

It is an official campus visit sponsored by the Office of the Comman-
dant. Thus, it is an excused absence in most school districts. Official
campus visits, like Aggie Eagles, are considered during the Admissions

Scouts will be counseled on the admission process and will receive
valuable information regarding loans, scholarships, ROTC Programs
and the TAMU Honors Program. Attendees will be eligible for Corps
scholarships and receive a Sul Ross Scholarship at the AEP recognition
banquet. These scholarships are contingent on the Scout being admit-
ted to Texas A&M and joining the Corp of Cadets.

All qualified scouts attending the Aggie Eagle Program will be con-
sidered for a Corps Scholarship. Corps Scholarships do not require
military service. They may be used in conjunction with other scholar-        Top: Eagles and family members enjoy participating in
ships, e.g. University, home town, Kiwanis etc. If a Corps Scholarship       one of the best Aggie traditions, “Sawing Varsity’s Horns
is awarded to a scout who is not a resident of Texas, the recipient may      Off.” Bottom: Senior Cadet Zach Whitehurst ’08, Com-
qualify for in-state tuition. This is a tuition reduction of approximately   mander of Aggie Eagle Post is recognized for his hard
$30,000 over four years.                                                     ward and dedication to the AEP during the Recognition

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Council Photos of the Fall 2007 Aggie Eagle Program

       Sam Houston Area (Houston)             Out-of-State Scouts              GSUSA Gold Award Recipients

                 Circle Ten (Dallas)           Longhorn (Ft. Worth)                                  Alamo

            Capital Area (Austin)                   South Texas                                East Texas

                      Golden Spread                           Buffalo Trails                  East Texas

                  Three Rivers                Concho Valley                                Bay Area

                             Rio Grande                 Netseo                            Bay Area

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Fall 2007 Participants by Council
ALAMO AREA (San Antonio)                                                   Frank Osborne – Patriot
Mark Grzonka – Cherokee            COASTAL EMPIRE (Georgia)                Christopher McKenzie – Sully
Anthony Byron – Eagle              Ian McKnight – Liberty
Alec Stephenson – Eagle            Mitchell McKnight – Liberty             NETSEO (Paris)
Ryan Tate – Eagle                                                          John Wells – Pack 260
Casey Roberts – Keystone           COLONIAL (Virginia)
Cory Massey – Sioux                William Goggins – James River           NEVADA AREA (Pennsylvania)
Thomas Schneider – Sioux                                                   Nathan James – Pinenut
                                   CONCHO VALLEY (San Angelo)
BAY AREA (Galveston)               Reece McCrea – Amangi Trail             OCCONEECHEE (North Carolina)
Kevin Bulliner – Coastal                                                   Benjamin Pecot – Falls
Matthew Dockall – Northern Star    EAST CAROLINA (Katy)
Mickiel Hodge – Northern Star      Frank Miner IV – White Oak              PIKES PEAK (Colorado)
                                                                           John Gibson – Ute
Thomas McCants – Sons of Liberty   John Jarman – Okee Tuklo                RIO GRANDE (McAllen)
                                   Lucas Turner – Three Rivers             Jordan Andrasko – Arrowhead
Ernest Dunson – Chapperal          GIRL SCOUTS of the NATION’S CAPITOL     SAM HOUSTON AREA (Houston)
Spencer Hillard – Chapperal        (Virginia)                              John Bergman – Bayshore
Harrison Prather – Chapperal       Kaylee Ahnberg                          Andrew Bohuslav – Bayshore
                                                                           Jonathan Christ – Bayshoe
CAPITOL AREA (Austin)              GOLDEN SPREAD (Amarillo)                Cassidy Dean – Bayshore
Kyle Kaspar – Green Dickson        Trevor Kitts – Golden Eagle             William Garske – Bayshore
Luke Bernhard – Tomahawk           Derek West – Golden Eagle               Chandler Wagner – David Crockett
Andrew Leidy – Tonkawa             John Paul Dodson – Llano Estacado       Keith Juricek – Flaming Arrow
Ian Scott – Tomahawk               Kristopher Field – Santa Fe             Ryan Matthews – Flaming Arrow
Matthew Wescott – Wolf Mountain                                            Robert Dossey – Golden Arrow
                                   GULF STREAM (Florida)                   Elvin Richard – Golden Arrow
CENTRAL NEW JERSEY (New Jersey)    David Lee – Indian River                Brian Bourgeois – Mustang
Todd Nixon – Mercer Area                                                   Sean Dalton – Mustang
                                   HEART OF AMERICA (Kansas)               Mark Loo – Mustang
CHEROKEE (Oklahoma)                M. Spencer Brouwer – Red Tailed Hawk    Robert McMordie – Mustang
Brian Payne – Osage Hills          Gregory Stuckenschneider – Trail Head   Clayton Tauber – Mustang
                                                                           Nicolas Weinheimer – Mustang
CHESTER COUNTY (Pennsylvania)      HEART OF VIRGINIA (Virginia)            Garrett Powers – Rising Star
Gregory Brown – Diamond Rock       Steven Brown – Cardinal                 Daniel Bradley – Sam Houston
                                                                           Dylan Connery – Strake
CHICAGO AREA (Illinois)            KNOX TRAIL (Massachusetts)              Austin Short – Strake
Joseph Kennedy – Indian Trails     Andrew Houston – Tri River              Ross Woods – Texas Skies

CIRCLE TEN (Dallas)                LONGHORN (Ft. Worth)                    SOUTH FLORIDA (Florida)
Andrew Howerton – Arrowhead        Andrew Mitchell – Frontier Trails       Paul Kelly III – Pine Island
Nicholas Steiber – Arrowhead       Maxwell Anthony – Mustang
Joshua Hughes – Bluebonnet         Paul Haefeli – Mustang                  SOUTH TEXAS (Corpus Christi)
Banks Ishmael – Bluebonnet         Adam Smith – Roadrunner                 James Cassidy – Gulf Breeze
Justin Aguilar – Great Plains      Adam Argersinger – Tejas                Davis Fossum – Gulf Breeze
Phillip Ball – Great Plains        Thomas Levitt – Trailblazer             Ryan Skrobarczyk – South
Geoffrey Beach – Great Plains      Stephen Montes – Trailblazer
Aaron Chapman – Great Plains       Gregory Proske – Trailblazer            SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA (Louisiana)
Colin Chisolm – Great Plains       John Neidigk – Trinity Trails           Sean Brown – Cypress
Tyler Dansand – Great Plains                                               David Wogan – Cypress
Shane Burlbaw – Grey Owl           MISSISSIPPI VALLEY (Illinois)
Bradley Baumann – North Trail      Evan Obrock – Fox                       TEJAS GIRL SCOUTS (Dallas Area)
Andrew Chang – North Trail                                                 Emily Schreiber
Joseph Doyle – North Trail         NARRAGANSETT (Rhode Island)
Grayson Frank – North Trail        Timothy Smyer – Shawomet                THREE RIVERS (Beaumont)
James Hearon – North Trail                                                 Nathan Sanders – Big Thicket
Scott Puckett – North Trail        NATIONAL CAPITOL AREA (Virginia)
Wilson Spreier – North Trail       Michael Mahoney – Patriot

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Army ROTC Scholarships
Texas A&M Army ROTC has 100 4-year scholarships to award each year. Benefits include payment of tuition & fees,
money for books, and a monthly stipend; total value of the scholarship is $46,000+. To qualify, students must apply
to TAMU, attend Spend the Night with the Corps Program, meet medical and physical standards, and demonstrate
officer potential. For information, contact Major Jim Sheridan at or call 979-845-2814.

Texas A&M Army ROTC has 100 4-year scholarships to award each year. The total value of each scholarship
exceeds $46,000. To qualify, students must apply to TAMU, attend Spend the Night with the Corps Program, meet
medical and physical standards, and demonstrate officer potential. For information, contact Major Jim Sheridan at or call 979-845-2814.

 Above L to R: COL Sam Hawes ’81 awards Greg Stuckenschneider (Heart of America Coucil, Kansas) and Casey Roberts
 (Alamo Council) 4-year Army ROTC scholarships on September 29, 2007. Greg is from the Heart of America Council in
 Kansas, and Casey is from the Alamo Council in San Antonio. Both Greg and Casey completed the Army Physical Fitness
 Test and an interview with COL Hawes during the Aggie Eagles Weekend at Texas A&M.

Should a Scout who in not interested in a military carreer attend the Aggie
Eagle Program?

YES! The Corps of Cadets has a rich military history. Annually, it commissions more officers into the Army, Navy, Air
Force and Marine Corps than any other university outside of the academies. However, 60% of our Cadets elect not to
pursue a military commission. Those Cadets may enroll in the Leadership Excellence Program. Dr. Dick Cummins,
the program’s architect, has taken the discipline of the Corps and through course work, labs, and lectures has added
the integrity and leadership skills that the private sector seeks in a new graduate. By attending the AEP, a Scout will
have the opportunity to meet Dr. Cummins and interact with Cadets who are currently pursuing the Certificate in
Leadership Study and Development. Needless to say, corporate America welcomes these Cadets upon graduation.

         Did you miss the Fall Aggie Eagle Program?
            The next Aggie Eagle Program Weekend is February 22-23, 2008.
       Scouts may register on line at: and click on Aggie Eagles.

                For more information please contact Joe Bax at or call
                                   Theresa Becka at 1-800 TAMU AGS.

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In Focus - Fall 2007 AEP Wrap - Up                                                                    By Program Director: Joe Bax
When talking about Eagle Scouts, Daniel Webster just did not include enough superlative adjectives to adequately describe their
qualities. The 106 Scouts that attended the Fall 2007 Aggie Eagle Program were simply exceptional. The composition of this group
varied slightly from our usual group of attendees. 80% were high school seniors. Generally, our mix is 2/3s seniors and 1/3 juniors. This
years attendance by out of state Scouts jumped from our customary 10% to 22%. Needless to say, we always welcome the opportunity to
introduce out of staters to Aggieland. I suspect the scholarship coupled with the chance for in state tuition may be a contributing factor
to the increase.

This is the fourth year of the Aggie Eagle Program. A total of 588 Scouts have now attended the event, leaving campus with a composite
total of over $1.4 million in Corps scholarships. Corps scholarships, like the Corps itself, do not require military service. This year, like
past years, the Scouts received their scholarships at a Recognition Banquet for themselves and their parents. Additionally, two Eagle
Scouts were awarded four year Army ROTC scholarships. These scholarships do require a military commitment and are valued at more
than $48,000. Since the Aggie Eagle Program starts at noon on a Friday, those Scouts that want to pursue ROTC scholarships are able
to schedule their interviews during the morning.

This year’s program was designed and managed by the newest special unit of the Corps of Cadets, the Aggie Eagle Post. The Post is
a select group of Cadets, all of whom are Eagle Scouts. The purpose of the Post is to expand the number of Eagle Scouts in the Corps
through its support of the Aggie Eagle Program, assist the Eagles in their continued development of their leadership skills, and to mentor
the freshman Eagles that join the Corps of Cadets. This year, 20% of the freshman who joined the Corps hold the rank of Eagle Scout.

The fall Aggie Eagle Program got great reviews from Scouts and parents alike. We make only one promise to the parents. We cannot
guarantee that their Scout will want to join the Corps; however, we will return their Scout to them tired and in a maroon t-shirt. This
seems to resonate with the parents.

The next event is February 22-23, 2008. You may register on line at and click on Aggie Eagles.

Joe Bax

                                                                       *Cadets majoring in engineering or the so-called hard sciences are
 *membership in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets is voluntary.            assigned to “technical” outfits, further helping with academics.
 *membership in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets does not                 *the Aggie traditions of Midnight Yell, Muster, Silver Taps,
 require military service.                                             Reveille, the Twelfth Man, the Aggie War Hymn, and Howdy all
                                                                       have their “roots” in the Corps of Cadets.
 *as a member of the Corps you may participate in the Leadership
 Excellence Program, which in turn may be added to your official       *the beginning scene of the movie “A Few Good Men” shows a
 university transcript.                                                Marine Corps Silent Drill Team in action. In truth, it is the Aggie
                                                                       Fish Drill team dressed in Marine Corps uniforms.
 *approximately 43% of Cadets pursue a military commission.
 57% of the Corps join for the leadership training, the academic       *Cadets have many academic support programs available,
 benefits and the camaraderie.                                         including individual tutoring.
 *Texas A&M is the only university west of the Mississippi
 where you can choose to be commissioned in the Army, Navy,            Corps Scholarships......
 Air Force or Marine Corps.
                                                                       *In addition to leadership training, academic excellence, and
 *the Corps has produced over 220 General Officers and one             personal growth, the Corps offers scholarships based on financial
 NASA Astronaut, Mike Fossum ’80.                                      need and merit.
 *the Corps has approximately 1400 scholarships to offer.
                                                                       *Corps scholarships range in total value from $1,000-$10,000 -
 *all freshman and sophomore Cadets are required to study              payable each semester and carry no military obligation.
 3 hours per night Sunday through Thursday during “call to
 quarters.”                                                            *Corps scholarships may be used in conjunction with other
                                                                       scholarships. If awarded a Corps scholarship, an out-of-state
 *the Corps provides free tutoring through the General O.R.            recipient will qualify for in-state tuition, a four year savings that
 Simpson Corps Honor Society.                                          could be more than $30,000.

       The Aggie Eagle Program Newsletter is printed with funding provided by:

       Photographs were provided by the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association.
       Additional photographs provided by Joe Bax
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