Special Events

Constitution Day

On May 24, 2005, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education announced that, pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year.  A notice published in the Federal Register outlined the requirements for such a program.  The legislation did not authorize funds to carry out this requirement and the Notice of Implementation does not indicate that the Department of Education has plans to monitor compliance.

Constitution Week Events:
Constitution Week: Sept. 17 – 23
  • University Libraries are featuring a display on the Constitution, sharing a Constitution Guide on the Library website, and offering copies of the Constitution.
Saturday, Sept. 15
  • The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band showcases patriotic music and excerpts from the Preamble to the Constitution during the halftime show at the UL – Monroe game.  

Monday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day

  • 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  –  The first 50 visitors to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum receive pocket-sized editions of Constitution. 
  • 3:00 p.m.  –  Texas A&M University will joins with institutions across the nation in “Bells Across America,” playing patriotic music on the Albritton Carillon. 
  • 11:30 p.m.  –  KAMU-TV airs Inventing America: Making a Nation, highlighting enactments of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams discussing the lead-up to the Declaration of Independence.  

Tuesday, Sept. 18

  •   11:30 a.m.  –  KAMU-TV broadcasts Inventing America: Making a Government, portraying the Founding Fathers telling the story behind four months that changed the world, known today as the Constitutional Convention of 1787. 

Wednesday, Sept. 19

  •  7:00 p.m.  –  The Wiley Lecture Series presents Cruel and Unusual Punishment: A Constitutional Answer, a discussion on the death penalty and prison conditions as they relate to the Eighth Amendment. A panel of experts examines the balance between our commitment to both the Eighth Amendment and criminal justice. A Q&A will follow, and the event is free and open to the public in Rudder 401. 
  • 11:30 p.m.   –  KAMU-TV airs Inventing America: Liberty for All, revealing the inside story about the conflicts and infighting behind the new U.S. Constitution and how that led to the Bill of Rights.

Thursday, Sept. 20

  • 1:00 p.m.  –  The University Libraries Diversity Advancement Committee presents a free screening of “13,” an award-winning documentary by Ava DuVernay about the history and effects of the Thirteenth Amendment Constitution; Evans Library Room 204E.

Sunday, September 23

  • 12 a.m. (midnight) – 3 a.m.   –  KAMU-TV airs encore episodes of Inventing America including Making a Nation, Making a Government and Liberty for All.


Tradition of Excellence Staff Awards

The Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Staff Awards program was established in 1997 through the generous support of The Association of Former Students to recognize and reward superior service in the Division of Academic Affairs. Awardees are those who have made distinguished contributions to Texas A&M University through their dedication, initiative, outstanding achievements, enthusiasm, and attitude in their work. Awards are made annually and include cash gifts and other recognition. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by individuals or groups within The University or The Texas A&M University System.

2018 Award Recipients

Up to 15 total awards will be given with one Team award and 14 individual awards. The individual awards will consist of 12 general awards with at least 2 dedicated for support staff and two additional special recognition awards, one for Leadership and one for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion.

The specific names of the awards will be:

  • "Tradition of Excellence Staff Award" for individual awards
  • "Tradition of Excellence Team Award"
  • "Tradition of Leadership Excellence Staff Award"
  • 'Tradition of Advancing Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award"


  • With the exception of those applying for a team award, nominees must be staff who are employed at least 50-percent time and have a minimum of two years of service within the Division of Academic Affairs. For Team Award nominees, at least 75 percent of team members should be currently employed with the Division of Academic Affairs and have a minimum of 2 years of service with Texas A&M University.
  • Employees with job designations of director or its variants (assistant director, associate director, etc.) and below are eligible to be nominated for all Tradition of Excellence Awards. Employees that support units/departments with administrative functions (i.e., administrative assistant, administrative coordinator, business associate, customer service associate, etc.) shall be eligible for the dedicated Support Staff awards.
  • Tradition of Excellence Award recipients are eligible to be nominated for the award five years after receiving a previous Tradition of Excellence Award.
  • Personnel holding faculty designation are not eligible for nomination.

Eligible Units/Offices
Employees within the units of the Division of Academic Affairs are eligible to be nominated for the Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Staff Award. Anyone who works within Texas A&M University or The Texas A&M University System may nominate an employee in the following Academic Affairs units or offices.

Provost and Executive Vice President
  • George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Office
  • Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
  • Office of the Provost
  • Private Enterprise Research Center
  • Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience
  • Vice Provost 
    • ADVANCE Center
    • Faculty Senate Office

University Libraries
  • Cushing Library
  • Medical Sciences Library
  • Policy Sciences and Economics Library (Bush School)
  • Sterling C. Evans Library
  • West Campus Library

Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
  • Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost 

Vice President for Enrollment and Academic Services
  • Academic Affairs Business Services
  • Admissions
    • International Student Services
    • Prospective Student Centers
  • Career Center
    • Professional School Advising
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Office of the Vice President 
  • Provost's IT Office
    • Data and Research Services
    • Instructional Media Services
    • Open Access Labs

Vice President and Dean of the School for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development
  • Office of the Vice President and Dean

Vice President for Research
  • Biosafety
  • Business Administration
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Comparative Medicine Program
  • Export Control
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Innovation and Business Development
  • Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building
  • Microscopy and Imaging Center
  • Office of the Vice President
  • Research Administration
  • Research Compliance
  • Research Development Services
  • Sponsored Research Services
  • Texas A&M Energy Institute
  • Texas A&M Technology Commercialization
  • Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Aggie Honor System Office
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Evaluation
  • Office of the Associate Provost

Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (includes the Thesis Office)

Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
  • Academic Success Center
  • Center for Math and Science Education
  • McAllen Higher Education Center
  • Office of the Associate Provost 
  • Public Policy Internship Programs
  • Study Abroad Programs Office
  • Transition Academic Programs
  • University Writing Center

Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost
  • Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts
  • Callaloo
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Instructional Technology Services
  • International Faculty and Scholar Services
  • Office of the Dean of Faculties
  • Office of External Faculty Recognition

Associate Vice President for External Affairs
  • Educational Broadcast Services
  • Office of the Associate Vice President 
  • Public Partnership and Outreach
  • Texas A&M University Press
  • Texas Target Communities

Nomination packets must include the completed nomination form and a Statement of Qualifications (three pages or less) that describes why the nominee should be considered for this award. A resume is not sufficient. Please comment on each of the criteria and any other contributions you may wish to address. Include specific examples of activities and service.

Any nomination submitted will be considered for any of the awards for which an individual is eligible. Selection for the Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion awards will be made at the discretion of the committee based on the quality of the nominations.

In addition, the nomination packet may include no more than two, one-page letters of endorsement/support for the nominee. Individuals submitting recommendations should be knowledgeable of the nominee’s contributions to Texas A&M University and indicate their association with the candidate.

Nomination Form - Individual
Nomination Form - Team

Tradition of Excellence Award Recipients

Kim Andrews, Academic Affairs Business Services
Wayne Pecena, KAMU-TV/FM
Elizabeth Fosset, Admissions Processing
Susan Wolff, Research Communications
Linda Thurman, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies

Leadership Award Recipient: Rachel Krolczyk, Office of Graduate & Professional Studies
Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient: Katelin Clark, Office of Admissions
Team Award: Writing Consultant Administrative Team, University Writing Center - Thadeus Bowerman, Florence Davies, Nicholas Cenegy, Stephen McGuire and Nancy Vasquez

Tradition of Excellence Award Recipients

Mark Garner, Instructional Media Services
Laura Ann Heard, Office of the Registrar
Georgia Hines, Undergraduate Studies
Mathew Johnson, Office of the Registrar
Jennifer Kuehn, Office of Admissions
Karen Lepley, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Melanie Monroe, Office of the Registrar
Kasandra Phillips, DAL Admission Recruitment
Jennifer Ann Scasta, Office of Admissions
Nancy Vasquez, University Writing Center

Leadership Award Recipient: Gayla Christiansen, Texas A&M University Press
Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient: Amanda Z. Johnson, Public Partnership & Outreach
Team Award: Admissions Customer Service, Office of Admissions - Joyce Dendy, Stephanie Love, Mike Pickett, Angela Reinecke, Steve Smith and Debbie Turner

Blair Alvarado, Aggie Honor System Office
Virginie Blum, Dean of Faculties
Valerie Coleman, Academic Success Center
Margot Goff, Office of Data & Research Services
Jess Junek, Academic Affairs Business Services
Kevin Kraeft, Provost IT Office
Gracie Lara, Public Partnership & Outreach
Barbara Lee, Academic Success Center
Oscar Lopez, Office of Admissions
Angela Parkoff, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Paul Pausky, Career Center
Dale Sharp, Provost IT Office

Leadership Excellence Award: Catherine RouecheHerdman, Office of Admissions
Diversity and Inclusion Award: Mark Dawson, Academic Affairs Business Services
Team Award: Veterans Service Office Team, Leah Morales, Clay Bassham, Charlotte Farrington, Rebecca Thompson and Ashley Drake, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Ed Barron, Enterprise Information Systems
Dave Fountain, Enterprise Information Systems
Bridgette Ingram, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Timothy Powers, Aggie Honor System Office
David Tofel, Office of Admissions
Emily Weers, Academic Affairs Business Services

Awards Program Not Held

Jon Buchanan, Office of Admissions
Jane Flaherty, Global Program Support
Jeannie Laird, Academic Affairs Business Services
Alberta Ortiz-Ganem, Office of the Provost
Suzanne Sealey, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Heather Fountain, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Roger Martinez, Office of Admissions
Gloria Masso, Office of Admissions
Michelle Walker, Office of Admissions
Julie Wilson, Office of Graduate Studies

Janie Alcala, Scholarships & Financial Aid
Janet Gonzales, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Kate Karstadt, Office of Professional School Advising
David McMahon, Experiential Education/Career Center
David Louis, Honors and Undergraduate Research
Erin Porter, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Margarette Goss, University Writing Center
Sherrice King, General Academic Programs
Mary Teel, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Angela Vasquez, Undergraduate Studies
Marilyn Yeager, Career Center

Juan Garza, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mary Kathryn Moss, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics
Ruth Schemmer, Career Center
Michael Spies, Office of Admissions and Records
Sarah Wall, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Marilyn Willie, Faculty Senate Office

Nora Cargo, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Kimberly A. Fox, Office for International Outreach
Tiffany Inbody, Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Laura Wimberley, Access Learning Communities
Debbie Hightower, University Libraries

Maria Alves, Office of Latin American Programs
Barbara Lee, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services
Debra Perez, Student Learning Center
Karen Price, Office of the Registrar

Delisa F. Falks, Office of Student Financial Aid
Jean Layne, Center for Teaching Excellence
Linde Newman, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Dale Pracht, Career Center
Karen Weyel Severn, Office of Professional School Advising
Laura N. Welsh, Office of Graduate Studies

Dhananjaya Arekere, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute
Myra Gomez Gonzalez, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Joseph P. Pettibon II, Office of Student Financial Aid
Chloe Rape, Office of Admissions and Records
Diana Sousares, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Bill Taylor, International Student Services

Patricia DiCuffa, University Writing Center
Debra LaGrone, Student Financial Aid
Barbara McGuirk, Thesis Office
Nancy Simpson, Center for Teaching Excellence
Jennifer Westling, Office of Admissions and Records
Susan Williamson, International Programs Office

Tammy Thomas, Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Mary Lenn Dixon, Texas A&M University Press
Brenda Thomas, Office of Graduate Studies
Samantha Wilson, Career Center

Martha "Marti" Boerema, Career Center
Clifton Paul Griffin, Office of Graduate Studies
Barbara Guidry, Medical Sciences Library
Sallye Henderson, General Academic Programs
Nina "Mike" Randermann, Career Center
Monique L. Snowden, Office of Admissions and Records

Don Carter, Office of Admissions and Records
Violetta Cook, International Programs Office
Linda Shervonne Davis, Computing and Information Services
Adelle Hedleston, Sterling C. Evans Library

Deborah S. Gau, The Career Center
Sylvia J. Mendez, Food Safety Inspection Service Project Management
Brenda J. Smith, Office of Admissions and Records
Julia K. Barker, Academy for Advanced Telecommunications and Learning Technologies
Jennifer M. Humphries, The Career Center
Don W. Wood, Office of Institutional Studies and Planning

Ilene Gentry, Office of the Vice President for Research
Kathleen Kenefick, West Campus Library
Donna Lamarche, Center for Academic Enhancement
Mel Lasell, Office of Institutional Studies and Planning
Myra Winters, International Programs for Students
Djuana Young, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships

Anne Blum, Office of Honors Programs and Academic Scholarships
Patricia Cammack, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
Ellen Kasari, Laboratory Animal Resources and Research
Okay Okonkwo, Sterling C. Evans Library
Jeanie Salinas, General Academic Programs
Mary Smith, Computing and Information Services

Carole Degelman, Sterling C. Evans Library
Ann Frerich, International Programs Office
Janice Johnson Crockett, Office of the Dean of Faculties
Frances Nelson, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs and Academic Services
Salley Stansell, The Career Center
Patricia Steele, Faculty Senate Office