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Summer 2013

What’s Inside: Page 2: Aggie Football Page 3: Summer Reminders Page 4: Events and Updates Page 5: Important Dates

Howdy! Welcome to our newest members of the Aggie Family! Aggieland is alive with spirit as our New Student Conferences are underway and we have already seen 4,000 new Aggies on campus. The first summer session is wrapping up and the Fall 2013 semester is right around the corner! We hope the information in this edition will be helpful as you and your student prepare for the coming academic year! We encourage you to visit the Aggie Family website at http:// parents.tamu.edu for additional updates and resources. Please feel free to contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs at (979) 845-5826, or email us at AggieFamilies@tamu.edu if you have any questions. Thanks and Gig `Em!

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Aggie Football Schedule Fightin’ Texas Aggie Athletics

Texas A&M Athletics has released the schedule for Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football for the Fall 2013 season. The Aggies have eight games at Kyle Field this year!

08/31/13 09/07/13 09/14/13 09/21/13 09/28/13 10/12/13 10/19/13 10/26/13 11/02/13 11/09/13 11/23/13 11/30/13

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Rice Sam Houston State Alabama SMU Arkansas Ole Miss Auburn Vanderbilt UTEP Mississippi State LSU Missouri

TBA TBA 2:30 PM TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

College Station, TX College Station, TX College Station, TX College Station, TX Fayetteville, AR Oxford, MS College Station, TX College Station, TX College Station, TX College Station, TX Baton Rouge, LA Columbia, MO

Times are subject to change. For up-to-date information about the schedule, game times, or ticket information, please visit http://aggieathletics.com.

Hotel Reservations Hotels in Bryan/College Station tend to fill up during busy times like football game weekends, New Family Welcome, Parents’ Weekend, and Graduation. If you are planning to attend any of these events next year (New Family Welcome October 25-26, 2013; Fall Graduation—December 13-14, 2013; Parents’ Weekend—April 11-13, 2014), we encourage you to make arrangements as early as possible. The Convention and Visitors Bureau website provides links to most area hotels: www.visitaggieland.com.

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Summer Reminders To Do Before Fall

We hope you and your student are having a fantastic summer, but the school year is quickly approaching. It is important to make sure your student has taken care of a few checklist items before the first day of class. Sign-up for Code Maroon Update Contact Information With your student’s move or return to College Station, it is always a good idea to update contact information via the Howdy Portal. This will allow the student to update their local address if they have moved on or off campus, as well as update any emergency contact information. The Howdy Portal can be accessed at: http://howdy.tamu.edu. The Emergency/Safety Information page can then be accessed by selecting the option under the Quick Links tab on the right side of the page. Register for a Sports Pass If your student wishes to attend sporting events this next academic year, they will need to register for their Sports Pass online at: http://mysportspass.tamu.edu. Students can then pick it up or get a replacement by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office in the Zone of Kyle Field (1st Floor). Register for a Parking Permit Parking permit registration closes on July 9th and assignments will be posted on the student’s account on July 9th. Students can view their account and the assigned lot by visiting the Transportation Services website at: http://transport.tamu.edu. Purchase/Update a Meal Plan Dining Services provides an abundance of eateries across campus that students utilize throughout the year. If your student needs to purchase or update a meal plan option for the Fall 2013 semester, they can log into their account at: http://dining.tamu.edu.

Save The Date!

New Family Welcome October 25-26, 2013 Texas A&M v. Vanderbilt Football Weekend Texas A&M University’s New Family Welcome is an opportunity for the family members of new Aggies (Families of Freshmen and Transfer Students) to meet and interact with A&M staff and administrators, learn more about A&M history and services, and visit their student in a unique college atmosphere. Purchase Your Tickets Now! Tickets will include materials for the weekend and grant you admission to the Friday night dessert reception and the Saturday BBQ. Purchase tickets (does not include football ticket) at: http://studentlife.tamu.edu/ nfw. Football tickets will go on sale in late July at http://www.12thmanfoundation. com/ticket-center.aspx. Adult Family Member & Students (over 12): $16 each Child (12 and under): $10 each

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Events and Updates Summer 2013

Aggie Track and Field The Texas A&M Track and Field program recently participated in the 2013 NCAA Outdoor championship and won its fourth men’s championship, tying with the Florida Gators for first place. The Texas A&M women finished runner-up behind Kansas. The Aggies earned a total of 36 All-American honors. “I Love America” Celebration The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is proud to host the College Station Noon Lions Club’s annual “I Love America” Celebration. The museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. with FREE admission for everyone all day. Come enjoy live entertainment by artists including The Docs, Clayton Gardner, and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. The evening will conclude with a fireworks show. Free parking is available to the public at Reed Arena and the West Campus Parking Garage on the Texas A&M University campus. Handicapped parking is available in Lot 41 in front of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum entrance. For more information, please call (979) 691-4014 or visit: http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/julyfourth. Summer Graduation Commencement ceremonies on the College Station campus for the 2013 summer semester will be held on August 16th. For information about commencement ceremonies (including specific dates, times, and locations), please visit http://graduation.tamu.edu.

Gig ‘Em Week Gig ‘Em Week is Aggieland’s official Week of Welcome. This week is full of events and opportunities for new and returning students to become familiar or reacquainted with the A&M campus, fellow Aggies, and the Bryan/College Station community. Gig ‘Em Week is coordinated by the Office of New Student and Family Programs and occurs before the start of the Fall Semester. This year’s Gig ‘Em Week is August 18-25, 2013. Gig ‘Em Week provides students the opportunity to learn more about campus, each other, and college life through a series of educational and social events sponsored by university departments, colleges, student organizations, residence halls, and community members. Currently enrolled students who participate become eligible for prizes, free food, and gain valuable knowledge, insight, and connections. Visit: http://gigemweek.tamu.edu for the complete schedule of events and locations for the week!

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Important Dates Summer 2013

Order your 2013-2014 Aggie Family Calendar! July 8th • First Term Final Exams We are pleased to let you know we have 2013 • Last day to register for the second summer term and 2014 Family Calendars available for purchase pay fees for $10 (includes tax) plus applicable shipping. July 4th

July 9th

• Independence Day (University Closed)

• First day of second term classes

These calendars are a great resource for you as a family member! They include important July 12th • Last day for adding/dropping courses for the second deadlines such as tuition due dates, helpful term campus phone numbers, university holidays, • Last day to apply for degrees to be awarded in final exam dates, and information about several August without a late fee campus resources available to your student. July 29th • Last day for all students to drop courses with no

penalty for second term (Q-drop) A preview of the calendar in PDF format can be • Last day to change Kinesiology 198/199 grade type found on our homepage (http://parents.tamu. for second term edu). • Last day to officially withdraw from the University for second term To purchase the 2013-2014 Aggie Family

August 12th

Calendar please go to http://parents.tamu.edu.

• Last day of second term and 10-week

semester classes If you need assistance • Last day to apply for degrees to be ordering please contact our office at 979.845.5826. awarded in August

August 13th-14th • Second term and 10-week semester * If you are attending a New Student Conference this

Final Exams

August 16th

• Commencement and Commissioning

August 18th

• Residence halls open for Fall move-in

August 18th-25th • Gig ‘Em Week (gigemweek.tamu.edu) August 25th

• Freshman Convocation

August 26th

• First day of Fall Semester classes

summer, each adult guest will receive one calendar.

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