COLLEGE STATION — Understanding the impact that Texas A&M University is having on the world, as well as knowing the latest developments and events on campus, will become easier than ever before on Friday (Sept. 2) when the university introduces TAMUtimes, a multifunction news website and distribution service.
TAMUtimes, an initiative of the Division of Marketing & Communications, will serve as a hub for information regarding university priorities, campus news and events, as well as spotlighting students, faculty and their teaching and research endeavors.
The site can be accessed at TAMUtimes.tamu.edu.
Visitors to the TAMUtimes.tamu.edu website will find an aggregation of news and events from all colleges and divisions in one central location. Faculty, staff, students, former students and others interested in news about Texas A&M, the Texas A&M University System and related agencies based on campus can subscribe to RSS feeds for each section of the site or for all of its sections.
“What we’re trying to do is pull all of these many messages that are happening across campus and package them in a way where someone can look and see the impact that Texas A&M is having right now and what the priorities are of the university,” said Jason Cook, Texas A&M’s vice president of marketing & communications. “It’s incredibly critical for us to think in that manner as we come off the past legislative session, where a lot of people are questioning the value of higher education. We really need to change the conversation to look at the public good of how Texas A&M serves the state and our country, and I think that this communication vehicle will be a really good tool to help us reach this goal.”
Special features of the site include a “Faculty and Staff” page, where visitors can find campus-specific news and announcements, as well as a weekly message from Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. Another page called “News Outlets” allows visitors to easily navigate to the news, publications, social media accounts and other information from the university’s academic colleges, branch campuses, Aggie Athletics, Transportation Services and more.
In addition to its website, TAMUtimes will also include an e-newsletter delivered each Tuesday and Friday to subscribers. All individuals with a campus email address — one ending in @tamu.edu — will automatically receive the newsletter. For other individuals interested in receiving the publication who are not on campus, subscribing can be accomplished at http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/subscribe/.
Each edition of the biweekly TAMUtimes e-newsletter will feature the top stories from across campus, in addition to headlines from news outlets across the country that feature Texas A&M and its students, faculty or staff and endeavors such as research and public service.
“We expect to grow our subscription numbers exponentially,” Cook said. “The ultimate goal is to inform people not just within the Aggie family, but people outside of Aggieland about the tremendous things that are happening here at Texas A&M.”