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5 Things You Need To Know — Week Of Dec. 12

December 13, 2017

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1. Texas A&M Biology’s Switch To Open-Source Textbooks Means Big Savings For Students

Earlier this fall, a joint faculty committee from Texas A&M University Libraries and the Texas A&M Department of Biology took a fresh look at possible textbook options for introductory biology courses, resulting in a switch this summer to a free open-source solution, OpenStax, that is expected to save students more than $600,000 per year combined.

(L to R): Amanda Coronado ’18, Lauren Goza ’20, Theresa Mangapora, Executive Director, Brazos Valley Food Bank, and Mia Carrola ’19.

2. Texas A&M Class Of 2021 Donates More Than $9,000 To Brazos Valley Food Bank

Texas A&M’s newest Aggies completed their first service project for the Bryan-College Station community by donating thousands of dollars to the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Incoming students of the Class of 2021 donated more than $9,000 in funds collected throughout the summer.

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3. Texas A&M Architecture Student Leads Outdoor Classroom Project

South Knoll Elementary School students in College Station can enjoy learning in Jeremiah Forest, an outdoor classroom, as a result of a two-year Texas A&M student outreach project led by Alex Santos, an undergraduate landscape architecture major.

The Galveston Bay Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists pick up debris at East Beach on Galveston Island after Hurricane Harvey. This clean-up was completed with the help of the Galveston Island Park Board. (Photo by Maureen Nolan-Wilde)

4. Gulf Guardian Award Honors Volunteer Group For Galveston Bay Plastic Prevention Program

A volunteer conservation group dedicated to the preservation of Texas’ natural resources was honored with a 2017 Gulf Guardian Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month.

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5. The Gift Of Giving: Texas A&M Mays Student Enlists Help To Brighten Children’s Holidays

The holidays are approaching, and Texas A&M University student Amanda Vigil knows there is nothing better than the feeling that comes with putting a smile on someone’s face during the giving season.

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