Calling the new facility a “game-changer,” Texas A&M University officials dedicated the Galveston campus’ new Aggie Special Events Center (ASEC) Friday and said it is a landmark event for the school.
The new facility completes Phase 2 of a $99 million investment in the school’s Academic Complex plan.
“Congratulations to Texas A&M University at Galveston,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System.
“Before you started being pretty, you were always the highest paid graduates of any institution in the state of Texas. Congratulations on that as well. And now you’ve got something gorgeous to get your education in.”
The new facility will greatly enhance student life at the Galveston campus, said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young.
“A special learning environment is what this building is all about – fostering greater opportunities for learning with seminars, classrooms, study spaces, entertainment, food and opportunities for sharing, learning and collaboration,” Young said.
“The ASEC is an important part of the fulfillment of a promise to our students, faculty, staff and future students. It is an investment in state-of-the-art infrastructure that will help to fulfill our mission of preparing students for roles in leadership, expertise and selfless service when they graduate.”
The ASEC contains 38,000 square feet for use as classrooms, seminar rooms, a campus book store, meeting rooms, administrative offices, a mail room, coffee shop and other spaces that have been specifically designed for subdivision use.
“As Chairman of the Board of Regents, it has been a privilege to witness and participate in this true transformation,” said Charles Schwartz, chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
“I recall the Regents meeting of January 2014. It was wonderfully hosted but was held in the gymnasium. These buildings have brought a new spirit and atmosphere to the campus.”
Col. Mike Fossum, chief operating officer at Galveston, said that more than $228 million has been invested in the campus in recent years.
“Today we dedicate a building that fulfills a long-needed purpose – a state-of-the-art space for large assemblies both for academic programs as well as events that involve the community,” Fossum said.
“The new Aggie Special Events Center enhances and supports excellence in the educational experience – the university experience – for students, faculty, and researchers at Texas A&M University at Galveston.”
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