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The American Stewards of Liberty, Capital Farm Credit and the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Auxiliary are sponsoring a Letter-Writing Contest to encourage young people to take an interest in writing members of Congress. The Contest is open to American students/citizens who are juniors or seniors in Texas high schools in the fall of 2014 or plan to enroll in any college or university in the 2015 school year. Current college students are eligible to enter and must have graduated from a Texas high school. Home schoolers are welcome. This contest is for Texas residents only.


For more information visit: http://www.tsgra.com/news.php#letter-writing-contest


TSGRA Writing Contest


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Last week, our Department’s Financial Planning program learned that they were successful in landing a competitive grant of $25,000 for an emerging program from the TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Program. They award only one of these per year, and selection was based on the application that was submitted in May.

As a grant winner, they were invited to send two representatives to visit the New York Stock Exchange for an event, including participation in the closing bell ceremony, on Monday, July 21. Representing Texas A&M University were faculty member Nathan Harness and senior student Mariel Braun. This is great publicity for our program.

To watch the closing bell, go to: https://www.nyse.com/bell or you can view it at

This is great publicity for Texas A&M, the Department of Agricultural Economics, and for the Financial Planning program, and we are very proud of them!


Don’t forget to follow @ageconomics and @aggie_planners on Twitter for recent updates on the Department and the program!


Financial Planning Logo

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Dean Jessica Berg of Case Western Reserve University will give a presentation entitled “Can We Legislate, Regulate or Litigate Ourselves Thinner?” on Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m. in 302 Rudder Tower. Dean Berg holds joint appointments at both the law school and the medical school. The presentation should be of interest to not only prelaw and premed students, but also those interested in other health careers or nutrition or public policy.

Food will be served! Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to show a big Aggie welcome to Dean Berg. After the presentation, she will be available to speak with prelaw and premed students, as well as discuss joint programs in JD/MD, JD/MPH, JD/Master of Bioethics! Please pass on the information to your student.

Special Law-Med Presentation, February 19

Karen W. Severn, ‘83

Coordinator, Prelaw and PrePharmacy Advising

Corps Academic Mentor, Squadron 20

Professional School Advising

Texas A&M University


4256 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843

Tel. 979.847.8938 | Fax. 979.458.0873


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Please join the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Thursday, Nov. 14, for the next installment of the 2013 Borlaug Seminar Series.

In his seminar lecture from 7-8p.m., Pierre Ferrari, CEO of philanthropic and international development organization Heifer International, will discuss Heifer’s initiatives and the collaborations that allow the organization to continue its fight against global hunger and poverty.

Ferrari also serves on the board of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream, where he has previously served as chairman and was instrumental in the company’s global commitment to fair trade with vanilla, cocoa and coffee farmers. The former marketer for Coca-Cola USA is also a board member of the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund and an investor and director of Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products.

He holds a master’s degree in economics from The University of Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

The seminar is free and open to the public and will take place at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Center, 600 John Kimbrough Blvd., West Campus. Refreshments will be served.

Pierre Ferrari Seminar Flyer

Visit borlaug.tamu.edu/heifer for information.

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In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination and Distinguished Professor Clifford Spiegelman’s 65th Birthday, the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University Proudly Presents:


FRIDAY – November 22, 2013

Speaker: Clifford Spiegelman, TAMU Statistics and William Tobin, Forensic Engineering International

Title: JFK Assassination: Chemistry, Metallurgy, and Statistics Increase Doubt About Lone Gunman Theory

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Room 510, Rudder Tower

Abstract: http://www.stat.tamu.edu/files/abstr-JFKspiegtobin.pdf.

A special reception for faculty and colleagues of Dr. Spiegelman will be held in the Mezzanine at the University Club immediately following the seminar (Rudder 11th floor). For planning purposes, please RSVP to Elaine James (elaine@stat.tamu.edu) by November 15th if you are planning to attend the reception. Thanks!


Elaine James

Administrative Assistant * Events Coordinator Editor of StatLinks * Technical Typist Department of Statistics Texas A&M University

3143 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-3143


Phone: 979.845.3143

Fax: 979.845.3144

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Cargill Global Scholars Program


Cargill has launched the 2013-2014 application cycle of the Cargill Global Scholars Program.  Current first and second year undergraduates enrolled at Texas A&M who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and are studying in the field of Economics are encouraged to apply.


To learn more, visit: www.cargillglobalscholars.com



Cargill Global Scholars Program

Institute of International Education (IIE)

cargillglobalscholars@iie.org | www.iie.org

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In Washington DC today, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced the launch of the 2014 Agricultural Innovation Prize in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture.

The competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines and runs through spring 2014, when teams will compete for the chance to win $215,000 in prize money, with a grand prize of $100,000; making this the largest agriculture-focused student competition in the world.

The contest encourages student teams to develop innovative plans to address social and agricultural challenges within food systems, improving the standard of living and quality of life for the world’s population.

To download the press release, please visit this page:

Additional information is available on our website, http://agprize.com

We are very happy to answer any questions, or follow-up with you about this new and exciting opportunity for students.

Many Thanks,
David LeZaks, Chris Meyer and the Agricultural Innovation Prize team @ the University of Wisconsin – Madison

David LeZaks, PhD
Managing Scientist
Knowledge Systems for Sustainability (KSS)
University of Wisconsin – Madison
248-444-3040 (cell)

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