A rendering of Texas A&M University at Galveston’s new Aggie Special Events Center (ASEC).
By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications
Dedication ceremonies for Texas A&M University at Galveston’s new Aggie Special Events Center (ASEC) will be held at Friday, Oct. 19 on the Pelican Island campus.
The ceremony will start at 11:15 a.m. and will feature John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System; Michael K. Young, president of Texas A&M University; Col. Michael Fossum, chief operating officer of Texas A&M at Galveston, and other state officials.
The new facility completes Phase 2 of a $99 million investment in the school’s Academic Complex plan.
“Our Aggie Special Events Center has been years in planning and will now benefit future Aggies for generations to come,” said Col. Fossum, chief operating officer at Texas A&M University at Galveston. “Since 2010, more than $228 million has been invested in the Galveston campus. The Aggie Special Events Center and the MAIN building which opened in summer 2017 feature state-of-the-art facilities with technologically advanced classrooms and study spaces, dynamic and immersive learning environments, and beautiful dedicated meeting and event spaces.
“It is our mission to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate programs as we prepare our students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility and service in the state, the nation and the world. These buildings will greatly enhance the overall student experience on our campus. We are humbled by the dedication and commitment of our alumni, parents and the support of the Galveston community and The Texas A&M University System.”
The ASEC contains 38,000 square feet for use as classrooms, seminar rooms, a campus book store, meeting rooms, administrative offices, a mailroom, coffee shop and other spaces that have been specifically designed for subdivision use.
The new facility will serve as a “front door” for the rapidly growing Texas A&M at Galveston campus, where 2,279 students are enrolled.
Dr. Sam Brody, professor and director of the Center for Texas Beaches & Shores and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts, will be the featured speaker for the Mitchell Talks Lecture Series held in the campus’s Waterfront Pavilion.
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