Our longstanding commitment at Texas A&M is to build champions, both in the classroom and in competition. Over the past year, we have developed and are now implementing a four-part, required program that prepares our student-athletes for life after graduation and athletic competition.
In August, freshmen and first-time student-athletes attended the “Consequences for Your Actions” seminar, with the goal of helping them understand the expectations that the university and the athletics department have of them, as well as the consequences for failing to operate within these parameters.
The last three seminars will prepare our student-athletes to enter the job market and be competitive. Sophomores will attend “Business and Dining Etiquette,” scheduled for October 15, while juniors will attend “Dress for Success” in February. This week, our seniors participated in the “Interviewing and Networking” seminar, in which approximately 50 former students and employers met with our student-athletes to share their advice on networking, job searches and interviewing. I was truly excited to see the Aggie Network in full force supporting our student-athletes, who came dressed for success and took diligent notes throughout the panel discussions and networking sessions. You can watch a video from the event within this e-newsletter.
This weekend marks one of those rare times in an Athletics Department in which we do not have a single event here in Aggieland. As I suspect you already know, the football team has an open weekend, while soccer and volleyball are in SEC competition on the road, equestrian has an away competition, and cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving and women’s golf are all participating in multi-team events. Be sure to follow our teams online right here, or on Twitter @AggieAthletics or facebook.com/aggieathletics.
And speaking of competing on the road, the football team won its ninth-straight game away from Kyle Field last Saturday at Arkansas. Anytime you can win on the road in this conference – much less by two touchdowns – it is a major accomplishment. I tip my hat to Kevin Sumlin, who also posted his personal 14th consecutive road win and his 50th career win overall. I have been fortunate to have worked with many outstanding coaches throughout my career as an athletics director, and I can certainly say that Kevin Sumlin is at the top. We are glad to have him as our head football coach and representing Texas A&M.
Finally, I would like to extend my personal appreciation to Ms. Carolyn Lohman for her generous gift that created a new showcase for Texas A&M Football – the Tommie E. Lohman ’59 Center – as well as to all of our donors who supported the development of the R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center. Our student-athletes have been raving about the nutrition center since its formal opening on Monday. I invite you to drop by and visit these two world-class facilities on non-game days and get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the new ways that we are building champions.
Director of Athletics