5 Things You Need To Know — Week Of Jan. 8

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1. Cultural Commentator Kevin Powell To Deliver MLK Breakfast Keynote At Texas A&M

Activist, writer and cultural commentator Kevin Powell will deliver the keynote speech at the 11th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Texas A&M University Thursday, Jan. 18.

2. Texas A&M Graduate, Wounded Veteran Surprised With A Home On National Television

Lt. Garrett Spears, a class of 2011 graduate who was seriously injured after being struck by lightning during combat training in 2013, was given a custom-made, mortgage-free home by Operation FINALLY HOME in San Antonio on Fox News Channel’s All-American New Year broadcast.

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3. Nominations Open For President’s Meritorious Service Awards

Nominations are now open for the 31st Annual President’s Meritorious Service Awards. President Michael K. Young presents these awards to recognize and reward staff members for their meritorious service to the university.

''Neo'' skull from Lesedi Chamber (left) with DH1 Homo naledi skull from Dinaledi Chamber (right). Photo credit: Wits University/ John Hawks

4. Texas A&M Researcher Makes List Of Discover Magazine Top Stories For 2017

Fossil remains found in a South African cave last year were determined by a Texas A&M anthropologist to almost certainly coexist with early Homo sapiens, and the discovery made Discover Magazine’s “Top 100 Stories for 2017.”

5. Texas A&M-Galveston Faculty, Staff Save Sea Turtles From Extreme Cold

The recent arctic cold front that dropped temperatures so quickly along the Texas Coast caused sea turtles to become cold-stunned, killing many, and Texas A&M University at Galveston stepped up to help save the turtles still at risk.


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