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Texas A&M University at Galveston
Student Services Building Grounbreaking
News Release
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 24 launches construction
of a new Student Services building for TAMUG

Gift of $1.5 million from the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation covers half the cost of the new
$3 million facility on the university’s Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island

Galveston, Tex. TAMUG – On Jan. 24, Texas A&M University at Galveston conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the beginning of construction on its new 9,800 square-foot Student Services building.

At the same time it started the countdown toward completing the facility before the end of the 2011 fall semester, the TAMUG campus also celebrated a $1.5 million gift from the Galveston-based Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation that will cover half the cost of the new $3 million building.

TAMUG Acting Vice President and CEO William J. Merrell and Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin hosted the celebration and welcomed distinguished guests from the Seibel family, the TAMUG Board of Visitors, PGAL of Houston (the project’s architectural firm), Whiting-Turner (the construction contractor) and the Galveston community.

The new building – to be situated between the Mary Moody Northen Student Center and the university swimming pool -- will become the home for Student Life, Counseling and Career Services offices and staff. Currently those offices are located in the Student Center.

Merrell announced that TAMUG will express its deep appreciation for the generous gift from the Seibel Foundation by seeking approval from the Texas A&M System Board of Regents (at an upcoming Board meeting) to name the new building in honor of the Seibel family.

As soon as TAMUG’s new building opens a portion of the vacated space in the campus’ Student Center will be reallocated to create more room in the TAMUG dining hall for the school’s growing student population. That facility was originally designed to serve 500 meals per day, but now, on account of the enrollment growth, it serves more than 1,500 meals per day.

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