Join the Bay Area Aggie Clubs luncheon featuring Mike Fossum!
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Join the Bay Area Aggie Clubs luncheon featuring Mike Fossum!
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Dear Campus Community,
Please join me in celebrating yet another milestone in Dr. Peter Santschi’s extraordinary career. Dr. Santschi is among the small group of faculty at Texas A&M University this year to receive the highest distinction a faculty can receive, being recognized as a Distinguished Professor. The University Distinguished Professor designation identifies faculty members who are considered pre-eminent in their own field, have made at least one transformational contribution or substantial intellectual leap forward in their discipline, and have made a major impact in their field.
During his 45+ year research career in earth sciences and environmental chemistry, Dr. Santschi has developed and communicated novel insights into the blueprints of the natural and anthropogenically affected processes in aquatic environments, spanning from rain water to rivers and lakes to groundwater to surface and deep ocean. During his impactful career, he mentored over 40+ graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists all over the world, and was able to pioneer new concepts and approaches that were truly transformational. He was also elected to the European Academy of Science in 2020.
Please join me in congratulating Peter for sustaining such extraordinary level of excellence for so long. This is a well-deserved recognition and we are proud of his representation of our Campus among the Distinguished Professors of Texas A&M University.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today authorized the construction of two additional National Security Multi-Mission Vessels (NSMV), which will replace aging training vessels at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, and Texas A&M Maritime Academy in Galveston, Texas. MARAD previously authorized the construction of the first two NSMVs, destined for SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, New York, and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, in Bourne, Massachusetts, on April 8, 2020.
“The NSMV is part of a strategy to bolster maritime education, revitalize U.S. shipbuilding, and provide a much-needed shot in the arm to the U.S. maritime industry,” added Doug Burnett, the Chief Counsel of MARAD, who is acting in lieu of the Administrator. “America must be a maritime nation if it is to continue to lead the world in this century.”
With this authorization, recapitalization of our nation’s aging maritime training fleet is nearly complete. Construction of all authorized vessels at Philly Shipyard, Inc. will also strengthen America’s industrial base while supporting more than 1,200 shipyard jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The NSMV will feature numerous instructional spaces, a full training bridge, and have space for up to 600 cadets in a first-rate maritime academic environment at sea. State maritime academies graduate approximately 70 percent of all new officers each year—the merchant mariners who help keep cargoes and our economy moving. Many also support U.S. national security by crewing military sealift vessels.
The NSMV is also a highly functional national asset that includes modern medical facilities, a helicopter pad, the ability to accommodate up to 1,000 people in times of humanitarian need, and roll-on/roll-off and container storage capacity for use during disaster relief missions.
In May 2019, MARAD awarded TOTE Services, LLC a contract to be the Vessel Construction Manager for the NSMV program. This contract is an innovative approach to federal shipbuilding where the government benefits from commercial best practices for ship design and construction. In April 2020, TOTE Services awarded Philly Shipyard, Inc. a contract to construct up to five NSMVs with fixed prices and schedules.
Below you will find the responsibilities for each officer position. Each officer will serve for a two-year term. All officers must be an active donor to the Association of Former Students.
Elections will be held in 2021. Nominations are open for December 1st through December 10th. To self-nominate or to nominate another Sea Aggie for any position, please fill out the form: 2020 Nominations for Sea Aggie Former Student Network Board Positions.
Membership Development Officer
Industry Liaison Officer
University Liaison Officer
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
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Texas A&M University Galveston Campus’ Development Office has published a new update! You can read all about the latest news on the campus and how the Development Office is helping TAMUG grow HERE.
As part of our mission to provide conscientious assistance to the maritime & marine student and to promote the interests and welfare of Texas A&M University at Galveston, the Sea Aggie Former Student Network (SAFSN) has taken a strong position of support for the Texas A&M Maritime Academy for obtaining a training ship that is best suitable for the purpose of the Academy.
In this case, obtaining an appropriate sized and outfitted training ship for the Academy, also serves the needs of the Gulf Coast communities to have a prepositioned emergency response ship within a relatively close proximity to the other major Gulf Coast ports. We are asking for your support to reach out to your US Representative and US Senators. Reaching out to politicians is not difficult, it is an easy thing to do. Below is a bullet point list of several different ways to reach out to your elected officials:
• Write a letter and place it in the US Mail (use our form letter)
• Write a letter and fax it to the official (use our form letter)
• Make a call to your official (phone numbers are available on Facebook)
• Send a message through their web site (We provide the link to their respective site in our outreach document)
• Send twitter message (easy to do on twitter)
SAFSN has developed form letters that cover the key points of this issue, and an outreach document that has contact details for all federal elected congressmen of Gulf Coast States:
If you are a former student: SAFSN Former Student Letter
If you are a current student: SAFSN Current Student Letter
If you are the parent of a current student: SAFSN Parent Letter
If you are an interested business entity: SAFSN Enterprise Letter
Contact list for Senators and Representative of Gulf Coast States: Congressional Outreach Contact List
If you are not familiar with the NSMV Program, it is a training ship platform with the design already funded by the US Government. The program provides a standard design training and response ship to the Maritime Administration (MARAD). MARAD provides the ships to the State Maritime Academies in accordance with their mission.
On March 23, 2018 President Trump signed the 2018 omnibus spending bill, making it law. This appropriations law has $300,000 allocated for funding of the first of up to five (5) NSMV Training Ships. Funding for the design of this ship was approved by Congress and signed into law in 2017. Details of the NSMV design can be found at this link: NSMV Training Ship Design. The first ship to be built has been allocated to the State University of New York Maritime College whose training ship the Empire State VI, was built in 1962.
On May 23rd 2018, the House of Representative Appropriations Committee approved the 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill which included $300,000 for the second NSMV training ship. This appropriations proposal should find its way to the House floor for discussion and voting.
On June 7th 2018, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related (THUD) Appropriations Act. This proposal also has $300,000 for the second NSMV training ship. This should eventually make its way to the Senate floor for discussion and voting in its current form. If the second NSMV ships is funded, the US Maritime Administration is currently intending to allocate it to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
While we seemingly have congressional support to continue for the NSMV training ship program, we must be aware that the second ship is not currently planned to be allocated to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, and it is not planned to be prepositioned in the Gulf of Mexico to be available for emergency response. The Gulf Coast experiences more natural disasters from weather, than the East Coast and the West Coast combined. The US Gulf Coast has more waterborne import and export activity by value, than the West Coast or the East Coast. The Gulf of Coast has the majority of oil and chemical plants serving the needs of the country, than all other regions combined. The Gulf Coast should have the capability to provide timely response with national assets to serve and protect these valuable resources. Please find a link to a position papers on Texas A&M Maritime Academy Training Ship Requirements and on Gulf Coast emergency response:
Thank you for contacting your US Representative and your Senators and showing your support for Texas A&M and the Gulf Coast region. Please continue to send letters and make calls to support this effort.
To show appreciation for the school support by the Gulf Coast community and the Former Students, there will be receptions at each port of call; New Orleans, Corpus Christi, and Tampa.
Texas A&M Maritime Academy Port Call Receptions
Wednesday, June 20
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Port of New Orleans – Julia Street Cruise Terminal
Saturday, June 30
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Solomon P. Ortiz International Center
Thursday, July 12
Please be sure to
Include the number of your guests
Sea Aggie Former Student Network (SAFSN)