Catch up with the Texas A&M Advocacy Network!
Catch up with the Texas A&M Advocacy Network!
Howdy, Advocates!
This week, The Association of Former Students is welcoming nearly 2,000 Aggies into the Aggie Network as they receive their degrees. We are also eagerly awaiting the return of our current students back to Aggieland, with classes beginning on August 19. With the anticipation of students returning to campus, Back-to-School Guidance has been provided as the university adjusts to a mixture of both in-person and online classes.
On Saturday, August 3, the state of Texas and our Aggie family lost a truly remarkable individual, John Otto '70. Chairman Otto selfessly served his district, our state, and the Texas A&M University System. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Otto can be found here

Please join The Texas A&M Advocacy Network and the Texas A&M Office of Government Relations on Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m. for an advocacy update. Michael Hardy ’13, Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, will provide a university and legislative update. To submit questions, email RSVP at

In the Aggie Spirit, 
Jordyn Senkirik Steinberger ’17

Appropriations Update

Throughout the month of July, the House of Representatives completed much of their appropriations work, having passed all 12 appropriations bills out of committee. Last week, the full House considered and passed two separate Appropriations “minibuses” that fund certain agencies through September 2021. On July 24, by a 224 to 189 vote, the House passed a package of four bills that funds the Department of State, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, and Department of Veterans Affairs. On July 31, by a vote of 217 to 197, the House passed a package of six bills that funds the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Department of the Treasury, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two remaining bills yet to be passed by the full House are those that fund the Department of Homeland Security and the Legislative Branch. 

Of significance to Texas A&M, included in the Department of Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, was $389M to help pay for a new training vessel for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy located at the Galveston Campus. The new, National Security Multi-Mission Vessel, is a 525-foot ship is designed to provide a training platform and would be outfitted with several training spaces, such as eight classrooms, a full training bridge, lab spaces, and an auditorium. It would allow our cadets to have access to the best training and make them ready to fill much-needed and highly paid jobs at sea. 

The Senate, however, has not yet indicated when they expect to begin their appropriations work, making a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government funded likely, as we head into the November elections. 

College Station Bio-Manufacturing Center To Produce COVID-19 Vaccines 

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, a Texas A&M University System subcontractor, will mass produce vaccines as part of an agreement between the federal government and the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing.

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Texas A&M Summer Enrollment Increases 18 Percent 

Carol Fierke, provost and executive vice president, said the increased enrollment numbers are a success.

“The growth in summer enrollment represents our successful efforts to elevate the availability of course sections to enhance student success and to invest in faculty while maintaining the outstanding quality of educational opportunities that Texas A&M is known for throughout the globe,” Fierke said.

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Texas A&M Maritime Academy Stands Ready To Accept New 525-Foot Training Ship

“This new ship – with its state-of-the-art training capabilities and critical disaster-response capabilities – will transform our ability to accomplish our training mission while also supporting the immediate delivery of disaster supplies and emergency medical capability throughout the Gulf of Mexico region,” said Col. Michael E. Fossum, vice president and chief operating officer of the Galveston Campus of Texas A&M and superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. “We have dreamed of this capability for over a decade and cannot thank our Texas delegation – as well as the System and university leadership – enough for moving this closer to a reality.”
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New COVID Investigation Operations Center To Help Texas A&M Safely Resume In-Person Classes

As COVID-19 cases reach record highs in the United States, Texas A&M University is preparing to welcome students back to campus as safely as possible for the fall semester. To do this, the university and the Brazos County Health District will form the Brazos Valley COVID Investigation Operations Center through an interagency agreement.

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Fiske Guide Ranks Texas A&M Among Top 20 in U.S. 

“Texas A&M University remains the only public college in Texas to make the “Best Buys” list in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a listing which cites the best colleges that offer a superior education for the most affordable cost.”
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