TAMU Corps of Cadets opening center for the 21st century

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    General Ramirez is emphasizing academics, and it is showing. More than 50% of the TAMU Corps had a 3.0 or better this past academic year.

    Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 am
    By CAITLIN PERRONE caitlin.perrone@theeagle.com

    Texas A&M is expected to open a state-of-the-art learning center Thursday morning, making it the second of four planned centers designed to modernize facilities used by the Corps of Cadets.

    The Corps of Cadets will host the grand opening ceremony for the Grady Ash Leadership Learning Center with a 10 a.m. reception in the nearby Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. Speakers include retired Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Corps commandant, and H. Grady Ash Jr., a 1958 graduate who is the namesake for the 17,000-square-foot center.

    The four-story building is connected to Leonard Hall, a dormitory inside the Quadrangle -- the historic home for the roughly 2,500 cadets.

    The learning center was built to provide 21st-century learning technology and study spaces to the cadets, Ramirez said.

    "Instead of having to leave the Quad to go to a library or to another building somewhere to be able to get what they need, we'll have all that capability right there on the Quad for them," he said.

    The first facility, the Buzbee Learning Center, was completed in 2012 and houses offices for academic advisers, multi-purpose computer labs, meeting and training rooms, a cadet lounge and also features wireless Internet throughout.

    The Ash Center will include many of these features, but also anchor the Hollingsworth Leadership Excellence Program, where the goal is to prepare young men and women to go into corporate America. Other attributes are rooms of various sizes for studying and tutoring -- "nooks and crannies," as Ramirez likes to describe them.

    The remaining two learning centers are expected to be completed in the next three years, he said.

    While the centers are being built to enhance academics and leadership, the buildings also serve to help recruit cadets. Ramirez said the Buzbee Center is shown to potential new recruits, which helps students and parents see the emphasis placed on academic achievement.

    "Our recruiting young men and women to join the Corps is not much different from getting young men to come join our football team," he said. "You show them good facilities, and they get excited by that, and they want to come."

    The Corps has grown significantly over past few years: The program boasted 1,850 in the fall of 2010, and Ramirez expects around 2,550 cadets this fall.

    Immediately following the dedication program, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be in front of the Ash Leadership Learning Center followed by cadet-guided tours.

    The public will hear from Ash, who served in the U.S. Navy for four years before starting at Texas A&M. He graduated four years later with two degrees -- mechanical engineering and business administration. His career eventually led him to the president's position at Harley Industries and he now serves as chief executive officer of A.G. Equipment Co.


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