The Strength of the Aggie Network

Posted on Saturday, May 06, 2017

One topic that any Former Student of Texas A&M can boast about is the strength of the Aggie Network. Every University strives to have a passionate, connected, and broad base of alumni spanning the nation and globe, and Texas A&M’s serves as a fine example of that for any University to emulate. I hadn’t personally experienced the strength of this network prior to my experience in Austin as an intern with the Texas A&M University System Office of State Relations.

Having arrived early to set up a Texas A&M AgriLife reception, myself and my intern counterpart greeted the first arrival to the reception, an older gentleman wearing a white ten-gallon cowboy hat with khakis and a maroon blazer. He kindly greeted us and promptly launched into a number of stories about his experiences in college led to him starting an animal hospital in Elgin; he spoke of how those experiences and the strength of our same Aggie Network led to him contributing significant amounts of time throughout his life to developing the AgriLife Programs he sees as crucial to our State. Moments later, we came to find out that the man’s name was Dr. Charles Graham, recently awarded the University’s highest honor: Distinguished Alumnus. In demonstrating his commitment to his profession, state, and University, he was able to make a significant impact on Texas A&M AgriLife over years, and on me in just a few minutes.

I count myself fortunate to have had a conversation with someone who so truly embodies the core values of the University and its students. It further inspired me to give back to the University that has given me so much, and to pay forward all that I can to those who come after me.

Innate to an organization that fosters such success and philanthropy must be a sense of commitment. A commitment to the organization itself, to its members, and to the greater good. This sense of shared values and community allows individuals to thrive, taking their organizations to otherwise unseen heights. Texas A&M’s continued, future status as a premier organization in the world will be guaranteed by the continual demonstration of such commitment to the knowledge, traditions, and values that brought it there.

Kenneth McIntyre
Texas A&M Engineering Government Relations
Austin, Texas | spring 2017