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Texas A&M University-Commerce began as East Texas Normal College in 1889 when founder William Leonidas Mayo opened the doors to a one-building campus in Cooper. His creed, which continues today, was “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others.” The institution’s history of dynamic change began in 1894 when “Mayo’s College” moved to Commerce. The State of Texas took over the campus in 1917 and the name was changed to East Texas State Normal College. In 1923, the school was renamed East Texas State Teachers College. The graduate program was added in 1935, and in 1957 the Legislature, recognizing that the purpose of the institution had broadened from teacher education, changed the name to East Texas State College. Following the inauguration of the first doctoral program in 1962, the name was changed to East Texas State University. In 1996, the institution entered The Texas A&M University System and became Texas A&M University-Commerce. Today, on the Commerce campus, the Metroplex Center, the Universities Center at Dallas, Navarro College Partnership, and through state-of-the-art distance learning, the University meets the undergraduate, graduate and professional needs of the citizens of Northeast Texas and beyond. Its mission is achieved through teaching, scholarship, and service activities on its campuses, and in the community and region. For a more detailed history, go to http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/TT/kct50.html .
Texas A&M University-Commerce will be recognized as a premier regional university, distinctive for high expectations, a nurturing environment, and innovations in the enhancement of learning to produce graduates who distinguish themselves in their chosen careers and as active, contributing members of society.
By focusing on access, participation, and success of students in quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Texas A&M University-Commerce will become the university of choice for those seeking a higher education in the Northeast Texas area. As a result, Texas A&M University-Commerce will be recognized for the creation of partnerships and initiatives that promote intellectual, social, environmental economic, and cultural advancement of the region and state.
Texas A&M University-Commerce provides a personal educational experience for a diverse community of life-long learners. Our purpose is to discover and disseminate knowledge for leadership and service in an interconnected and dynamic world. Our challenge is to nurture partnerships for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic vitality of Texas and beyond.
Texas A&M University-Commerce covers 1,885 acres of land in and near Commerce. The university is located eight blocks southwest of Commerce’s business center, and has a book value in excess of $141 million.
James G. Gee Library
Assisting patrons is our top priority at the James G. Gee Library. The main library in Commerce and branch in Mesquite have a staff of nearly 40 full-time workers and a number of student workers. The University Libraries offer decades of combined experience motivated by a strong service ethic. Our friendly staff does its best to support faculty, students, and staff, whether it is assistance with finding or using resources, doing research, acquiring new resources, offering Interlibrary Loan services, faculty reserves, keeping the collections orderly and accessible, or helping patrons borrow and return items. We also provide services to the surrounding community and the growing number of off-site programs.
The Public Services Area consists of Interlibrary Loan, the Reference Team and the Circulation Team. Circulation helps with borrowing and returns of items, location of lost items, and the faculty reserves collection. They also help with color scanning, printing, and photocopy services. The Reference Team offers assistance in finding and using informational resources whether in print, microforms, or electronic delivery. The Reference Librarians offer expertise in various subject areas. They can help researchers quickly find the most reliable and current information.
When Gee Library or the Metroplex Center library does not own a needed resource, our fast and friendly Interlibrary Loan Team can get books, recordings, journal articles, and many other items from other institutions. For our students, faculty and staff, these services are free of charge. Items can be delivered to the Commerce campus, Mesquite Metroplex Center, UC Dallas, Midlothian, or Navarro. Items can also be delivered to distance education students and faculty via e-mail or postal service. ILL makes it possible for students and faculty to have access to variety of materials worldwide.
Our branch library at the Metroplex Center not only provides access to print and electronic resources, it offers full library services to students based in the Metroplex. These services include Interlibrary Loan, Internet access, and faculty support services such as Bibliographic Instruction and course reserves.
There are several units at work behind the scenes. Acquisitions, Collection Development, Cataloging, and Serials process thousands of items every year. These specialized units work together to choose, purchase, and organize all resources that are added to the library collection. They are a vital part of helping to keep our information resources current, focused to campus needs, and accessible.
Another important part of the Gee Library team is our Systems Unit. They help maintain the computer hardware and software and provide computer related troubleshooting services for library staff and patrons.
There are several useful resources within the University libraries. Extensive book and journal collections in print and electronic delivery cover a wide variety of disciplines. We have education collections that offer children’s literature and curriculum materials. In Commerce, our Special Collections contain materials unique to northeast Texas helpful to historians and genealogists. We offer access to federal and state Government Documents, as well as federal and state law resources in print and electronic delivery. A growing number of our resources can be accessed from the comfort of office, home, or residence hall via the Internet.
Gee Library provides an Information Commons consisting of computers with Internet access and specialized programs, as well as areas for individual study and collaborative spaces for group projects.
The $2.2 million, three-story McDowell Administration/Business Administration Building houses administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, and computer facilities. The building was completed in 1970.
The Offices of the President and Vice Presidents are housed on the second floor of the McDowell Administration Building. The Offices of Admissions, Registrar, Graduate School, Computer Center, Purchasing, and other business offices are located on the ground floor. The Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Student Assessment and Evaluation, and International Student Services offices are on the third floor. The College of Business and Technology is located in the eastern portion of the building.
Student Services Building
Built in 1970, the three-story D. Whitney Halladay Student Services Building houses the offices of the Dean of Students, Assistant Dean of Students, Counseling Center, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Career Services and Veterans Affairs, TRIO Programs, Disability Resources and Services, Student Life, Diversity and Cultural Affairs, and Loan Office.
The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers a variety of living environments including traditional residence halls, suite-style residence halls, single student apartments, and family housing apartments. The Department of Residence Life strives to create a living-learning environment in each residence hall that will enable each resident to succeed academically and developmentally. The Department of Residence Life is located in Whitley Hall. For more information about student housing, see Department of Residence Life and/or visit the department’s website at www.tamuc.edu/housing .
Memorial Student Center
The new Sam Rayburn Student Center located across from the Science Building is the newest facility on campus to serve students. This $25 million building provides modern, state of the art meeting rooms, a food court, game room, dining room informal lounges, patios and lockers.
A great feature is the Student Club which has Buzztime video screens as well as regular TV flat panels, premium sound and visual display systems, beverage service and programs daily.
The Campus Synergy Lab is home to offices for Breakout Entertainment, Student Government, Greek Life, Campus Activities and Leadership, and other key student organizations. Administrative offices are located in the same suite to make it convenient to book rooms, arrange meetings, plan your catering and work out the details for your next successful event.
The Campus Bookstore and Convenience Store, ATM, InfoDesk—Campus Concierge, Graf/x Place, Digital Copy Centre, Pride Shop and Video Wall are located on the first floor. All meeting rooms and large ballrooms and offices are located on the second floors.
Morris Recreation Center
A $12 million state-of-the-art includes a forty-five (45) foot climbing rock, a three (3) lane jogging track, four (4) racquetball courts, two (2) basketball courts, a fitness room, an aerobics room, classrooms, a snack area, and locker rooms. The outdoor area includes a heated leisure pool, a two (2) tier hot tub with waterfall, two (2) sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and a sunbathing area.
Cain Sports Complex
The $1 million dollar facility includes a lighted NCAA softball field and baseball field, two (2) lighted Intramural Sports fields, an informal soccer field, a picnic area, horseshoe pits, a lake, and an undeveloped green space.
Crabtree Tennis Courts
The four (4) court tennis complex is available for informal play and tournaments.
Other Recreational Facilities
A&M-Commerce’s Memorial Stadium, which seats 10,000, is used for athletics and other special events. In intercollegiate athletics, A&M-Commerce competes in football, basketball, track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Texas A&M University-Commerce is a member of the Lone Star Conference of Texas and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.
The Performing Arts Center has two theatres, a revolving stage in the main playhouse, scene shop, dressing rooms, makeup rooms, and studios for the public radio stations KETRFM (100,000 watts) and KKOM and studios for KETV-Television cable Channel 3. The University Playhouse produces several plays during the school year. The Department of Music sponsors 14 musical groups, including A&M-Commerce’s Show Band.
The 1,200-seat University Auditorium is housed in the Ferguson Social Sciences Building.
Student publications are The East Texan, a weekly newspaper; A&M-Commerce Special, a feature magazine; and Forthcoming, a magazine of prose and poetry.
More than 100 social, departmental, special interest, and religious organizations offer many opportunities for students.