Groundbreaking Education: Phase I of The Gardens Construction Begins
A signature project featuring the best of Texas A&M AgriLife broke ground on June 17 on the Texas A&M campus. Already one of the largest and busiest campuses in the nation, growth can mean the disappearance of green space. After several years of careful planning, The Gardens at Texas A&M University are finally under construction. Located around the Agriculture and Life Sciences complex, The Gardens will become an iconic campus landmark—and a showcase for our teaching, research, extension and service missions.
Gardens are a part of the campus heritage for many universities, however they vary tremendously. Many of them showcase ornamentals, offer space to relax or showcase art. The Gardens will do all of those things and more at Texas A&M. They will be a place to demonstrate the technologies and discoveries that our scientists have made and engage visitors in hands-on learning.
This summer, we planted the first seeds that will grow into the best teaching garden in Texas and beyond: The Leach Teaching Gardens! Named for lead donors Amy and Tim Leach of Midland, Texas, The Gardens will create an outdoor canvas where we can paint a bright and beautiful future for food and the environment.
Texas A&M sponsored an expo in McAllen, Texas, designed to provide education, demonstrations and information about beneficial lifestyle changes. The expo was part of the Healthy South Texas initiative, a program aimed to improve well-being and health outcomes. This event was the pilot for the large-scale Healthy Texas program, and it boasted more than 1,600 expectant mothers, young parents and their families in attendance.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp, state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, and local team leaders discussed the newly created Texas A&M Institute for Public Health Improvement and the launch of its Healthy Texas Initiative in McAllen, Texas. Healthy South Texas is an unprecedented effort to promote preventive health across the region and is one of Chancellor Sharp’s top projects. He said the expo was just the beginning. “We hope Healthy South Texas will, after infiltrating the Lone Star State, eventually serve as a national model for improved overall health.”
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