Right in front of the Alumni House at Texas A&M in College Station TX sits a giant Aggie Ring! I was amazed! It also brought home to me the importance of first impressions. Although it was not the first time I had been on the Texas A&M campus, it was the first time since around 1999, and the first time where I was free to walk around on my own. When I saw the ring and the impressive Alumni building behind it, I thought how impressed I would be with being an Aggie if I were a young person touring the campus today! The ring is a cherished symbol at Texas A&M. It wasn't until E.C. Jonas, class of 1894, designed a ring for his class that the ring we know today came into existence. It has remained exactly as Jonas designed it, with one exception; in 1963 the Legislature of the State of Texas changed the university's name from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University, and the name on the ring was changed accordingly. Everything seen on the ring is highly symbolic. On the side seen here the large star symbolizes the Seal of Texas. The five-pointed star is encircled with a wreath of olive and laurel leaves symbolizing achievement and a desire for peace. The live oak leaves symbolize the strength to fight for our country and our state. The leaves are joined at the bottom by an encircling ribbon to show the necessity of joining these two traits to accomplish one's ambition to serve.
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August 26th, 2014
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