50 Ways to Celebrate 50 Years

In honor of the festivities, we created a list of 50 ways you can celebrate CEHD’s 50th anniversary. Can you do them all?

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1. Take a tour of campus

Schedule a guided tour or set out on your own. Rediscover our beautiful campus and the many historic buildings. If you would prefer, you can even go on a virtual tour.

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2. Show your Aggie spirit

Wear your best Aggie gear. Bonus points if you have a College of Education and Human Development shirt. Don’t have one? Buy one from our college store.

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3. Take a tour of the MSC

Grab some friends and take a tour of the Memorial Student Center. Take a break in the Flag Room and discuss the changes that have taken place in the MSC since you were a student.

4. Check out Cushing Library

Cushing is full of interesting things including the University’s official archives. Besides an extensive collection of science fiction and fantasy novels, the library is home to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire manuscripts. You can also look at props and memorabilia from the hit TV adaption, A Game of Thrones.

Cushing Library Photo Archives

5. Come visit Harrington Tower

This building has been our home since 1973. Nestled in the heart of central campus, Harrington Tower is named for M.T. Harrington, former education student, Texas A&M president and chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

6. Test your knowledge of Aggie terms

Sit down with a group of friends and see how many Aggie terms you can remember (e.g. Hullabaloo, Fish, Hump It, Good Bull, etc.)

7. Cheer on the Aggie Football Team

The 12th Man is a force of its own especially at home in the newly rebuilt Kyle Field. We would love to see you Nov. 2 at the CEHD Former Students and Friends Tailgate.

8. Reminisce with the Yearbook Archives

Texas A&M has online copies of all known copies of The Long Horn and Aggieland yearbooks. Find your favorite edition and share some memories with your family and friends.

Texas A&M University Yearbook Collection

9. Break a sweat at the Student Recreation Center

There are so many ways to maintain health and wellness here, you’re sure to find something that fits you.

11. Stop by the Human Clinical Research Facility

Faculty researchers in the Department of Health and Kinesiology oversee this state-of-the-art building and conduct cutting-edge research in exercise, health, aging and longevity. If you live in the area, check out the upcoming trials to see how you can possibly improve your health and advance the research of our college.

12. Visit the Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M

Opened in June 2018 on west campus, the Leach Teaching Gardens are seven acres teaching, research, and service join together in a beautiful new part of campus.

13. Take a break at Century Square

Located on the north side of University Drive east of College Avenue, this new outdoor shopping center is a new destination for students and locals alike.

14. Share your memories with us

Do you have a favorite memory of your time on campus? Who was your favorite professor or class? Let us know! Share your memories on social media using #CEHDturns50 or by tagging @cehdtamu. You can also submit your memories via our online form.

Share your memories

15. Sing the Aggie War Hymn

Hullabaloo, Canek! Canek! Hullabaloo, Canek! Canek!

Blast the war hymn and show your school spirit loud and proud.

Download the Aggie War Hymn

16. Take in the campus art galleries

Visit the art galleries around campus located on the 1st and 2nd floor of the MSC. Exhibits change each semester and feature local, national and global artists.

17. Catch up on the latest research from CEHD

With 10 research centers across four departments, our faculty and research staff are busy discovering innovative solutions for the biggest challenges in the fields of education and human development.

CEHD research news

18. Take a tour of the Corps of Cadets Museum

Take a tour of the Corps of Cadets Museum in the Sam Houston Sanders Center. Also take a minute to walk around the quad and see how things have changed over the years.

Learn about the Corps of Cadets Museum

19. Tune in to KAMU TV or KAMU FM 90.9

When you’re back in B/CS, tune in to KAMU-TV (local channel 4) or KAMU FM 90.9 to see what Texas A&M University provides for the local community or listen to some classic music. You might just catch one of our faculty in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture on the recurring segment, Literacy Matters.

20. Spend an evening with OPAS

Each year performers and musicians from across the world come to Aggieland. The 2019-2020 season, Tapestry, is sure to be exciting.

21. Pick up a copy of The Battalion

Pick up a copy of the student-run newspaper, The Battalion, to read articles and opinion pieces by current TAMU students. You can also See if you can finally complete that crossword.

22. Take a picture with "Shaping the Future"

Unveiled in 1999 at the college’s 30th anniversary, the “Shaping the Future” sculpture was the first on campus to feature a woman.  Located outside Harrington Tower, the sculpture depicts a teacher with young children represents the importance of teachers in transforming the lives of students.

23. Visit Research Park

Spend some time outside and visit Research Park on west campus. Here you can hike, relax by the lake, or play a round of disc golf. The college’s first dean, Frank Hubert, was instrumental in the development in the park during his time as Chancellor.

24. Walk through the Zachry Engineering Education Complex

In 2018, CEHD began a new partnership with the Engineering Technology program to help prepare STEM teachers for Texas. Tour the state-of-the-art educational complex that surrounds the original building.

25. Play a round at the Texas A&M Golf Course

Head out to the Texas A&M Golf Course and play a round or get in some practice at the driving range. You may spot some students participating in one of our golf courses through the Physical Education Activity Program.

Book a tee time

26. Check out the Physical Education Activity Program Building

Many of our former students remember taking physical education courses in the G. Rollie White Coliseum. Since 2013, these courses have been taught in the Physical Education Activity Program building on west campus. Take time to tour this modern facility for featuring spaces for activities, including basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, dance, archery, yoga, and much more. You can even enjoy a walk around the Tom and Joan Read Outdoor Exercise Plaza.

27. Visit the George H.W. Bush Library

Visit the George H.W. Bush Library on west campus. Check out its interactive displays featuring the Bush presidency and pay your respects at the graves of our former President and First Lady.

George H.W. Bush Library

28. Get in touch with your old classmates

Connect with your former classmates through the Aggie Network. Make plans to meet up on campus this year at one of our 50th Anniversary events. Update your profile to receive our monthly Former Student Newsletter to keep in touch with the college.

Check out the Aggie Network

29. Walk through the Academic Building

As the original home of the Department of Education and Psychology, the Academic Building holds a special place in our hearts. This beautiful century-old building houses a replica of the Liberty Bell and is a great way to appreciate the rich history of Texas A&M and the College of Education and Human Development.

30. Hang out at Northgate

Take a walk across University Drive and relive some memories at some of the old Northgate hangouts. Catch a game of 42 at The Chicken or enjoy a quick lunch out at The Corner.

31. Leave your mark on campus

Buy an engraved brick as part of our Shaping the Future Brick Program and support student scholarships for current and future Aggies.

Find out about the Brick Program

32. Visit the Jack K. Williams Administration Building

Built in 1932, it was the first A&M building to face the new State Highway 6 (now Texas Avenue). Recent renovations have restored it to the status of grand landmark on campus and offers a great opportunity for photos.

33. Relax at the YMCA building

Go back and visit the YMCA Building, which once served as the “living room” of campus. Beautifully restored, it now houses offices but the “living room” is still open to the public.

34. Follow us on social media

We are constantly sharing news and updates from our teaching, research and services activities on social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @cehdtamu. You can also watch our latest videos on Youtube.

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35. Go to Downtown Bryan

A favorite destination for Aggies looking for a change of pace, Downtown Bryan offers dining and entertainment for just about everyone. Check out a movie at the Queen Theater or choose from one of the many local restaurants for a bite to eat.

36. Take your picture with the world's largest Aggie ring

Take your family and friends to the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. Check out the history of the Aggie ring and see how the design has changed throughout the years.

Visit the Alumni Center

37. Stay at the campus hotel

The new Doug Pitcock ’49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center is one of the latest additions to campus. Right across from Kyle Field, the hotel features a restaurant, pool and bar. Perfect for relaxing after a long day on campus.

38. Visit the bell tower

Since 1984, the Albritton Bell Tower has been a campus landmark. Cast in France, the bell tower’s carillon contains 49 bells ranging from 28 lbs to 6,550 lbs. Hear the toll on the quarter hour.

39. Dine on campus

40. Compete in the challenge of the decades

We are challenging our former students from each decade to raise funds for student scholarships. With more than 50,000 former students, if each person gives $50, we can raise $2.5 million to support future Aggies.

Find out how you can give

41. Take a piece of the celebration home

In honor of 50 years of excellence, we have created a commemorative ornament.  You may purchase one to display in your home from the Aggie Marketplace.

Purchase online

42. Ski down Mt. Aggie

You may not actually be able to ski down the artificial slope, but you can definitely go see the famous Mt. Aggie. The structure originated in 1972 from leftover artificial turf from Kyle Field when the Athletic Department decided to convert the football field back to natural turf. Downhill skiing has been a popular physical education class ever since.

43. Practice your yells at Midnight Yell

If you’re on campus for a game weekend, you may need to refresh your memory on all the yells for the big game.

44. Trace the history of our college

We’ve been a college since 1969, but did you know that Texas A&M has been preparing educators since its founding in 1876?  Review our full historical timeline online. Do you have a memory of one of the events listed? Let us know on social media with #CEHDturns50 or submit your memories online.

Look through the timeline
Share your memories

45. Take a bike ride across campus

Texas A&M is one of the largest campuses in the nation. To maximize what you see, try riding a bike. You can bring your own or rent one from one of the many new bike rental stations.

46. Come to the Tailgate

Gameday is about more than just football. Bring your friends and family to campus early to enjoy some BBQ and play some washers with the rest of the 12th Man.  Check in with us at the CEHD Former Students and Friends tailgate on Nov. 2.

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47. Walk under the Century Tree

Just a short walk from Harrington Tower, the Century Tree is a must stop for any visitor to campus.

48. Honor a transformational leader

Since 1991, the college has been honoring transformational educators and leaders at the annual Dean’s Roundtable celebration. This year, this celebration will coincide with our 50th Anniversary Gala.  In honor of the anniversary, we plan to honor 50 individuals who have had a transformational impact on others.

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary Gala

49. Check out Evans Library

Evans library and the Annex are a main destination for Aggies preparing for their next exam. Reminisce about grabbing a snack at Poor Yorrick’s (now a Starbucks) and take in the view from the Skywalk.

50. Nominate an Outstanding Alumni

Each year, the college celebrates outstanding former students at the Outstanding Alumni Gala. This is a great way to recognize someone who has made an impact in their field or who has been an ambassador for our college in the state, nation or across the globe.