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Aggieland’s Week Of Welcome Announces Name Change

March 20, 2017


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By Derek Byrne, Texas A&M University New Student & Family Programs

This fall, Aggieland’s official Week of Welcome will arrive on campus with a new name: Howdy Week.

Formerly known as Gig ‘Em Week, the tradition takes place in the days before classes begin at Texas A&M University each fall semester. Gig ‘Em Week has been produced by the Office of New Student & Family Programs since its inception in 2000, at which time an unrelated student organization already hosted a week of events known as Howdy Week each November.

However, the now-dispersed student organization held its final Howdy Week several years ago, providing the opportunity for administrators to utilize Texas A&M’s signature greeting in rebranding Aggieland’s Week of Welcome.

“Considering the fact that ‘Howdy’ is the university’s official greeting, making this change to our week of welcome for our students was a clear decision,” said Howdy Week Coordinator Megan Higginbotham. “We’re thrilled to be able to welcome our new and returning Aggies to campus using the university’s official greeting as our namesake.”

This year’s Howdy Week will be held Aug. 20-27. Submissions for signature events are currently being accepted. General program submissions will be accepted beginning Thursday, April 13. In recent years, the week has featured signature events such as Howdy Week GatheRing & Yell Practice, Ice Cream Carnival and Rec-A-Palooza, as well as dozens of other events that take place throughout the week.

About the Office of New Student & Family Programs:

Howdy Week is produced by the Office of New Student & Family Programs within the Offices of the Dean of Student Life and under the Division of Student Affairs. The office also facilitates Texas A&M’s New Student Conferences and Family Weekend.


Media contact: Derek Byrne, Communications Specialist, New Student & Family Programs

(979) 845-5826,

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