Aggies by the Sea

Aggies by the Sea : Texas AandM University at Galveston

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"Aggies by the Sea" tells the story of Texas A&M University at Galveston, an unusual educational institution that began operation in 1962 as a maritime academy with only twenty-three students and now enrolls more than sixteen hundred undergraduates studying the sciences, technology, business, and cultural aspects of the sea. The first class of students (all men, as Texas A&M required at the time) had no dormitories when classes started in Galveston, so the students were bunked in the nurses' dorms at the University of Texas Medical Branch. They borrowed their beds from the University of Texas and their training ship from the New York Maritime Academy. However, by 1968 the school had opened a full campus on Pelican Island, and some 150 students were studying in the program, which now had its own home ship, the Texas Clipper. In 1973 the campus admitted its first female student - believed to be the first woman maritime cadet in the country - and added maritime science to its degree programs. Ninety-one photographs portray the growth of the Galveston school from its humble beginnings to what it is today: a four-year university, nationally prominent for its focus on the world's oceans.Filled with lively anecdotes, reminiscences, and biographical sidebars, this lavishly illustrated book presents history with a more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 177.8 x 256.5 x 25.4mm | 703.08g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 93 b&w photos, bibliography, index
  • 1585444588
  • 9781585444588

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"If asked to select a book that would dull me to sleep before getting beyond page one, I would probably be drawn to one that involved the history of an academic institution. What could possibly be more boring? "Aggies by the Sea" makes a mockery of that expectation, however. It was a really good read, filled with interesting anecdotes, and written in a thoroughly engaging style."--Robert R. Stickney, Director, Texas Sea Grant College Programshow more

About Stephen Curley

STEPHEN CURLEY has taught at Texas A&M University at Galveston for more than thirty years and has witnessed most of the development he describes in this book. He has chaired the interdisciplinary General Academics department and originated the school's Maritime Studies degree more

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