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Parents Weekend 2012

Students - both undergraduate and graduate alike - participate in various student organizations. Texas A&M has over 850 student organizations, and it is just one way to get involved in campus life.

One of the student organizations I am involved with is the Parents' Weekend Committee (this is the Parents' Weekend for main campus as opposed to the Parents' Weekend for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences). Parents' Weekend is a committee within the Student Government Association (SGA) whose mission is to serve the students as well as the families of Texas A&M by providing a weekend of appreciation. Parents' Weekend allows students to express their gratitude to those who have impacted their lives. This is done through a number of events that show parents of Texas A&M the essence of the Aggie family. This tradition founded in 1919 has continued to evolve over the years to fit the ever-changing population here at Texas A&M. One thing that will never change is that Parents' Weekend is one way to make visitors feel welcome - it is our way to tell guests "HOWDY!" 

I was proud to be a part of Parents' Weekend 2012 and our new event Taste of Aggieland. Students and their parents were able to sample many of Bryan-College Station's favorite restaurants including Messina Hof, Cake Junkie, Blue Baker and nine other local restaurants. We also had live performances and local retailers including Maroon Bikes. 

We also revealed the 2012-2013 Aggie Parents of the Year, Kathy and Brien Smith of College Station, both Class of 1981.

"This is the best April Fool's joke (my children) have ever pulled on us," Kathy Smith said Sunday evening about her children getting her to A&M's All-University awards ceremony on the false pretense that they were accepting an award on behalf of their daughter who is studying abroad.

Hopefully students and their parents had a great weekend and congrats to those Aggies who received their rings!