Campus Life and Resources
The Academy for Future Faculty
Adult, Graduate and Off-Campus Student Services
Becky Gates Children’s Center
Center for Teaching Excellence
Consensual Language, Education, Awareness and Relationships (CLEAR)
Corps of Cadets, Office of the Commandant
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Resource Center
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Graduate and Professional Student Council
International Student Services
Memorial Student Center (MSC)
Department of Multicultural Services
Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Workshop Series
Department of Residence Life
Student Assistance Services
Student Conduct Office
Student Counseling Service
Student Health Services (Accredited by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care)
Student Legal and Mediation Services
University Center and Special Events (UCEN)
Veteran Resource and Support Center
Veteran Services Office (Scholarships & Financial Aid)
Vice President for Student Affairs
Women’s Resource Center
The Academy for Future Faculty (AFF), one of several CIRTL@TAMU programs, provides professional development in teaching for graduate students preparing for a career in higher education. Anchored by faculty mentorship and featuring weekly seminars and workshops, AFF events are free and open to all graduate students and post-doctoral trainees in the Texas A&M University academic community. Participants may choose to attend select events or to complete all requirements for the Academy for Future Faculty Fellow certificate, which also qualifies the student for a CIRTL* Associate certificate. Participants have the option to complete the Academy for Future Faculty Fellow Certificate Program in one or two semesters, or even over two academic years.
While the AFF serves as a supplement to research-oriented programs by assisting graduate students with the teaching component of their career preparation, it is not teaching assistant training per se. Instead, the AFF provides broader benefits applicable to all graduate students, whether currently teaching or preparing for teaching in the future. These benefits include:
· Opportunity to learn from a diverse pool of professors known for excellence in teaching.
· Mentorship in the area of teaching in higher education environments.
· Exploration of career paths.
· Development of teaching portfolio materials for use in academic job searches.
· Advanced professional development opportunities for AFF Fellows: earn the Senior Fellow Certificate, leadership opportunities, research projects, and participation in forums or learning communities on college teaching.
Interested graduate students are encouraged to visit the website http://gta.tamu.edu/ or find us on Facebook. The Academy for Future Faculty is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Center for Teaching Excellence.
- AggieSearch () provides students access to apartment and other off-campus housing listings and roommate search options.
- The Off-Campus Survival Manual introduces students to the community and covers leases, transportation, security deposits, community information and more.
- Texas A&M University opened the Children’s Center, an on-campus childcare center, at the beginning of the 1998 fall semester. It is conveniently located behind University Apartments. The Center serves up to 162 children full-time. The hours of operations are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Center follows the Texas A&M University staff holiday calendar (with the exception of 5½ staff development days). Enrollment at the Center is open to children age 12 months to 5 years, whose parents are students, faculty or staff of Texas A&M. The Center seeks to enroll children representing diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds. The Children’s Center is dedicated to providing quality care and an individualized, developmentally appropriate early childhood experience for the children. The staff establishes positive interaction, nurturing each child’s growth and education in a stimulating, secure and caring learning environment. Variety is vital for a child’s development. A balance of indoor and outdoor, individualized and group, quiet and active experiences are planned for each day. Individual colleges and departments are encouraged to utilize the children’s center as a place to partner their classroom learning experiences with real-world, hands-on learning in the field.
- The Center is also a demonstration site for many undergraduate and graduate students at Texas A&M, including those in education, business, marketing, horticulture, architecture, parks and recreation, and construction science. These students are placed at the Center for various observation and community outreach experiences in an effort to enhance their academic development and connect student learning.
- The Center is a mostly self-supporting program. Funding is derived from childcare tuition and fees, student service fees and donations. The university provides additional facility support. A student childcare tuition rate is available for families who qualify. This rate is subsidized by student service fees. In addition, 40% of all childcare slots are reserved for children of Texas A&M students. Wait list applications are available year-round and may be obtained on the website or by calling (979) 458-5437.
Established in 1983, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. CTE offers consultation and support services to faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and staff. Specifically, CTE offers a wide range of programs supporting the professional development in teaching of graduate students currently serving as teaching assistants within their departments, preparing for a career in higher education, and/or preparing for a career in industry requiring skills in public speaking and communication, instruction, and mentorship. Graduate students have the option to participate in a variety of program formats including workshops, learning communities, teaching academies, teaching conferences, and individual consultation. CTE works collaboratively with colleges and service organizations across campus to provide continuity of service when in support of the University’s mission. Programs we provide include, but are not limited to the following: Teaching Assistant Institute (TAI); Academy for Future Faculty (AFF); College Classroom Teaching Course; and Graduate Teaching Consultant (GTC).
Graduate student resources can be found on the CTE website – http://cte.tamu.edu.
To learn more about how the CTE can be of service, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLEAR is dedicated to reducing violence in Aggieland by educating students, faculty, and staff about power-based interpersonal violence and how Aggies can work to prevent it. CLEAR advises one student organization, Student Anti-Violence Educators (SAVE).
We offer presentations on a variety of topics, including the following.
Healthy/respectful intimate relationships
For presentations on Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, please visit http://greendot.tamu.edu
For more information on Texas A&M’s Step In Stand UP Campaign, visit http://stepinstandup.tamu.edu
- The Office of the Commandant is responsible for the development and execution of all programs affiliated with the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. The Army, Navy/Marine and Air Force ROTC program offices are also facilitated within the Office of the Commandant.
- The Office of the Commandant is located in Room 102 of the Military Sciences Building (Trigon) on campus; phone (979) 845-2811.
- Reviews and maintains student disability documentation
- Determines appropriate accommodations
- Facilitates exam accommodations
- Provides sign language interpreting and transcription services
- Obtains course materials in alternative formats
- Consults on disability-related issues
- Resource and Referral Center with books, periodicals, brochures and films
- Annual events including:
- Coming Out Week
- GLBT Awareness Week
- The Coming Out Monologues
- Rainbow Resource Fair
- Lavender Graduation Celebration
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is dedicated to preserving and making available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism. We accomplish this mission by offering:
- Rich Educational and Public Programs
- Original Museum Exhibits
- Access to our Archival Holdings
- Research Opportunities
- Special Events
- Unique Volunteer and Internship Positions
- Foundation Memberships
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum can be found online at http://bush41.org/ and is located at 1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845. For additional information on the resources the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum have to offer please call 979-691-4000 for all Museum inquiries or 979-862-2251 for all Foundation or Membership inquiries.
Graduate Resources and Development for Aggies (G.R.A.D. Aggies) is a collaborative effort of seven university-level academic support units providing workshops, seminars, training events, and online resources open to all graduate and professional students. Facilitated by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, G.R.A.D. Aggies programming falls under four broad competency areas: academic development, leadership and communication development, instruction and assessment, and career development. These workshops are designed to provide those “soft skills” not addressed directly in discipline-based coursework that employers cite as essential to applicants’ competitiveness.
The G.R.A.D. Aggies certificate program, launched in the fall of 2015, offers students the opportunity to spotlight their participation in professional development events and enhance their CV or resume. This program promotes deeper engagement for students who attend G.R.A.D. Aggies Events. The certificate is offered in three levels: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced, all at no cost to the student. All G.R.A.D. Aggies events are listed on the Events Calendar and offer Professional Development Units (PDUs) that accumulate to reach the desired certificate level. Achieving certificate requirements for the Basic and Intermediate levels requires attending a minimum of 6 PDU credits of face-to-face events, completing the corresponding short assignment for each event within one month of attendance, and submitting a final program reflection. The Advanced certificate requirements will be announced in mid-2016. Student engagement is tracked through an eCampus Community into which all graduate and professional students are automatically enrolled.
A weekly eNewsletter is sent to all graduate and professional students to alert them to on-going professional development activities associated with G.R.A.D. Aggies. Students can also subscribe to the G.R.A.D. Aggies calendar to have events auto populate to their smart phone or device. OGAPS also facilitates a Professional Development Portal that is an online repository of all professional development opportunities available at Texas A&M at the department, college, or university level to enable quick searching of opportunities across campus (see http://ogaps.tamu.edu/profdev-portal).
The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) serves as the graduate and professional student government of Texas A&M University. GPSC works in cooperation with the Texas A&M University administration, faculty, and student leaders to advocate for graduate and professional students and to ensure that their needs are understood and considered when making campus policies concerning academic excellence, tuition and fees, and research. GPSC aims to share and discuss information important to Texas A&M University graduate and professional students and serves as an advocate for their interests within the University community. Specific goals of the GPSC include: to represent all graduate and professional students by identifying and advocating for interests on graduate issues; to be recognized as representing a unique population within the University system; to facilitate communication on graduate issues within the University community; and to enhance the graduate and professional experience through social and service opportunities. Each academic department with graduate and professional programs is eligible to send one voting delegate to the biweekly meetings, but all graduate and professional students are invited to attend. Officer elections are held in the spring. GPSC also works closely with the Student Government Association to ensure graduate and professional student issues are represented and addressed through student legislation and on University committees. Additional information can be obtained by visiting us on the website at http://www.gpsctamu.org.
- Provide educational health information and consultation
- Alcohol and Other Drugs, Nutrition, Reproductive Health, Sexual Health, Stress Management, etc.
- Presentations available upon request
- Body fat analysis
- Peer health educator training and outreach
- Resource tables and interactive programming available for student events
International Student Services provides the following support services to international students (defined as students who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents):
- Pre-arrival information
- Certificates of Eligibility (Forms I-20 and DS-2019)
- On-line Orientation and International Student Conference
- Represent the University with the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State and the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
- Assist students with federal immigration regulation compliance
- Liaison for students, university and community
- International student employment information
- Administration of some international student scholarships and loans
- Coordinate with the Texas A&M University System Student Health Insurance Plan provider and students
- Community involvement activities
International Student Services also provides these additional services to sponsored students:
- Liaison between academic departments, students and sponsors
- Acts as admission liaison for sponsored students and sponsors
- Assist with contractual agreements between the students and sponsors
- Liaison for sponsors and students regarding third party billing
- Assistance with housing, specialized letters, and some transportation
- Programming at the MSC, Texas A&M’s student union, enriches the living and learning experience in Aggieland. We produce hundreds of programs each year in the arts, cultural and educational awareness and exploration, leadership development, and service projects on campus and in the community. Our programs include the OPAS performing arts series, art exhibitions in the MSC Reynolds Gallery, concerts, weekly films, lectures and speakers discussing current events and national affairs, the MLK Breakfast, Salsa Dance Night, and MSC Open House. The MSC also promotes international awareness through on-campus programs and internships abroad.
- MSC programs also offer students excellent academic development opportunities. The MSC Jordan Institute for International Awareness offers students the chance to conduct international research and serve as interns for international corporations. The Student Conference on National Affairs offers students a challenging and informative conference focused on professional development in the area of national policy, and the Student Conference on Latino Affairs features sessions that tie together personal and professional development. In addition, MSC programming committee members learn and practice leadership and professional skills through the experience of managing their own organizations and producing programs for the campus community.
- The MSC Box Office provides students and organizations with convenient and affordable ticketing, cash handling, and sales services. The Box Office makes selling easier by eliminating the worry and risk of cash handling by providing online sales and by providing extensive reporting capabilities that take the hassle out of accounting tracking sales and cash flow.
- The Department of Multicultural Services provides multiple support services for current and prospective students from underrepresented populations and offers diversity education programs that foster inclusive learning environments for all students. We promote student success through academic support, diversity education, the enhancement of life and leadership, advocacy and mentoring skills.
- The department is home to several student organizations including Asian Presidents’ Council (APC); Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC); Hispanic Presidents’ Council (HPC); Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL); and Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC).
- The department is also home to a free tutorial service providing one-on-one and small group tutoring in specific courses.
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies provides workshops each fall and spring semester to provide graduate and professional students support as they progress through their programs to graduation. The workshops are available to all graduate and professional students, Masters and Doctoral, and address services offered by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (e.g., thesis and dissertation services); they also cover a variety of professional development topics, such as Financial Management, Intellectual Property (data ownership), Building a Mentoring Partnership, and Multiple Career Paths. [Many of these are included under the G.R.A.D. Aggies program.] Workshops are added as students request new information and can be provided to individual student organizations upon request. OGAPS also facilitates a Professional Development Portal that is an online repository of all professional development opportunities available at Texas A&M at the department, college, or university level to enable quick searching of opportunities.
- Texas A&M students who pay the mandatory Rec Sports fee automatically become Rec Sports members for that semester. All you need is your student ID to utilize the Student Recreation Center (Rec Center) and other Rec Sports facilities. Persons with disabilities are invited to contact Member Services to inquire about accommodations.
- Drop-in recreation encompasses the use of the Rec Center’s handball/racquetball courts; indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; walking/jogging track; bouldering wall; indoor rock climbing facility; outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts; weight/fitness areas with strength and cardio equipment; dance/activity rooms; and natatorium that features indoor pools, a diving well, and an outdoor free-form and lap pool. Also available to students are the Penberthy Rec Sports Complex and the tennis center. Facilities may be used on a drop-in basis except when reserved for classes or university functions. Guest passes are available for visitors.
- Rec Sports also offers aquatics classes, group exercise classes, endurance programs/boot camps, specialty classes, intramural sports, the Texas A&M Sport Clubs program, personal training services, massage therapy, the Outdoor Adventures program, CPR certification courses, and the Walk of Champions brick campaign.
- Responsible for the operation of on-campus residence halls and University Apartments (White Creek and Gardens Apartments). Summer occupancy of on-campus residence halls is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
- University Apartment units (http://reslife.tamu.edu/apartments) are available for graduate students, single-parent families, veterans, international students, married students or single undergraduate students without children who are sophomores, juniors, seniors or non-traditional freshmen (The Gardens).
- Student Activities is the premier resource hub for the many leadership and involvement opportunities on campus. At Texas A&M, we care about helping Aggies develop skills both in and out of the classroom that will prepare them for life beyond Aggieland. Whatever it is that you love, Student Activities is here to help you practice your passion through involvement in one of our 1000+ student organizations. The perks of getting involved range from reaching your leadership potential to networking with administrators and potential employers to forming lasting friendships.
- At Texas A&M, Aggies are held to a high standard of leadership and selfless service. To promote and develop these qualities, our Leadership and Service Center offers a number of leadership programs to help you reach your leadership potential, and it also houses several service-based organizations such as The Big Event and Aggie Replant. We also provide a way for Aggies to connect and volunteer with local community agencies through our AggieServe database.
- Referrals/Resource Connections such as:
- Student Absence Notification
- Sexual violence response
- Assistance in coordinating family needs in the event of an emergency
- Transition issues
- General consultation:
- University rules
- Faculty concerns
- Receive and process reports of alleged student rule violations
- Presentations available upon request
- Career counseling
- Personal counseling
- HelpLine 979-845-2700
- Crisis intervention
- Medical Clinics
- Preventive Medicine
- Women’s Clinic
- Specialty Clinics
- Medical Laboratory
- Radiology Services
- Ambulance Service/EMS
- Physical Therapy
- Appointments - Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Notary Public
- Legal advice and counseling for Texas A&M students
The Offices of the Dean of Student Life strive to enhance your opportunities as a student to participate fully in the University experience. We do this by providing you with information, services, programs and involvement opportunities that facilitate responsible life choices and promote awareness of yourself and of your community. Each of the program areas within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life has a specific mission, but one common goal: to provide education, outreach, and support to you.
Additionally, the department advises the following student organizations: Aggie Orientation Leader Program (AOLP), American Association of University Women at Texas A&M University (AAUW-TAMU), Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC), Parents’ Weekend Committee and The Sex Project.
- Specific services and programs offered include:
- Consensual Language, Education, Awareness and Relationships (CLEAR)
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
- Health Promotion
- New Student & Family Programs
- Off Campus Student Services
- Student Assistance Services
- Student Conduct Office
- Student Legal Services
- Student Media (The Battalion, Aggieland yearbook, Campus Directory)
- Women’s Resource Center
- The Battalion
- Aggieland Yearbook
- Campus Directory
- Internet Access
- TAMULink Wireless Internet (http://t)
- Texas A&M Gmail (http://google)
- 24-Hour Technical Support (Help Desk Central)
- Campus Computer Labs (Open Access Labs)
- Discounted Software (http://s)
- Supercomputing (http://s)
- Learning Management System - eCampus (http://e)
- Transit - The University operates an on- and off-campus transit system that can be used by anyone on campus, fare-free. The off-campus transit system serves most of the major apartment complexes and housing areas in Bryan/College Station, as well as the Blinn College Campus. All transit services are included in student registration fees and do not require a bus pass, however, passengers are required to present a TAMU, Blinn, or Brazos Transit District ID when boarding at off-campus stops. In addition, students may ride The District buses fare-free by showing the driver their TAMU ID. For The District route information visit http://btd.org. For updates about transit routes, subscribe to the RSS feed or follow @aggiespiritbus on Twitter.
For more transit information, visit http://transport.tamu.edu/transit or see maps and leave times at http://transport.tamu.edu/busroutes.
- Parking - Those who choose to bring a vehicle to campus are required to purchase a permit or pay to park in designated visitor areas (see also Optional Campus Services). Parking is at a premium on campus and often the available parking may not be immediately adjacent to your building or facility. Students may register for a permit or sign up for wait lists at http://transport.tamu.edu/account. For updates about parking, traffic, and construction, subscribe to the RSS feed or follow @aggieparking on Twitter.
For more information about parking permits or to view the Parking Rules and Regulations, visit Transportation Services online at http://transport.tamu.edu/parkingreg.
- Bicycles - Bicycles are a great way to get to, from, and around campus. Bike services include registration, bike lease, borrow-a-bike, summer bike storage, and maintenance stations.
For more information visit http://transport.tamu.edu/bicycles.
- Alternatives - Don’t have a car? There are plenty of alternatives including carshare, rideshare, and break/weekend shuttles to major Texas cities.
For more Alternative Transportation options visit http://transport.tamu.edu/alternative.
- University Center and Special Events features a variety of special event and meeting spaces, as well as theatrical production spaces. Our venues are ideal for student, academic, administrative, corporate, social, non-profit and arts-related events. Our spaces include: the Memorial Student Center, Rudder Theatre Complex, J. Earl Rudder Tower, Koldus Building, All Faiths Chapel, designated outdoor spaces and the University Center Guest Suites. We also provide services in any approved facility of your choosing.
- When it comes to planning events on campus, visit the University Center and Special Events office on the 2nd floor of Rudder Tower. Our staff can assist you with reservations in any of the UCEN facilities as well as help in all aspects of planning meetings, socials or conferences. The highly skilled staff arranges event set ups; provides and operates audio/visual equipment, electricity, lighting and event staging; and assists with many of the other support details that are essential to a successful event.
- Sterling C. Evans Library & Annex - http://evans.library.tamu.edu
- West Campus Library (WCL) - http://wcl.library.tamu.edu
- Medical Sciences Library (MSL) - http://msl.library.tamu.edu
- Policy Sciences and Economics Library - http://psel.library.tamu.edu
- Cushing Memorial Library & Archives - http://cushing.library.tamu.edu
- Aggie Veteran Network – Connects military-affiliated students (veterans, active duty, reserve/National Guard and dependents) with hundreds of resources and contacts.
- Academic and Student Life Support – Connect students with the academic assistance and student life resources to meet individual requirements.
- Military Admissions Liaison – Located in the VRSC to assist veteran students in the admission process and paperwork.
- Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program – Connect new veteran students with current veteran students to facilitate the transition to Texas A&M University.
- Student Vet Association – Student organization for veteran students. Opportunity to meet other vets and be part of the Aggie veteran community.
- Assists eligible students and their dependents in securing federal and state veterans education benefits and other funding including scholarships and financial aid
In support of the Texas A&M University mission, the Division of Student Affairs contributes to student learning and development. We provide exceptional services, facilities, and programs that promote student success, embody the Aggie spirit, and foster a diverse and inclusive campus community to deepen the understanding and individual application of the Aggie Core Values – Loyalty, Integrity, Excellence, Leadership, Selfless Service and Respect.
- Programs include:
- Breastfeeding Welcomed Here: A list of private, accessible space for nursing mothers to express their milk on campus. Locations can be found on the WRC website or the Aggie Map.
- Book Club: Discussion groups led by TAMU faculty related to a book published in their field of study.
- Elect Her: Aggie Women Win: A one day conference held in late January or early February which encourages and trains women to run for student government and future political office.
- International Women’s Day Conference: The aim of this evening conference is to bring awareness to the struggle women face internationally as well as to celebrate and empower women from all cultural backgrounds. The Conference is held during Women’s History Month in March.
- Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops: These workshops teach college students preparing to enter the job market about the gender pay gap, including its personal consequences; how to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience; how to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary; and how to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers.
- Women’s History Month Calendar: A printed calendar highlighting campus events related to Women’s History Month in March.
- Presentation topics include, but are not limited to:
- Women’s Leadership
- Gender Equity
- Body Image
- Book Club Intern
- Marketing and Communications Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Onsite lactation suite for new mothers to express their milk
- Advises one student organization: The American Association of University Women at Texas A&M University (AAUW-TAMU)
- Offers resources and referrals to survivors of sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking