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Mrs. Young holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah, with areas of emphasis in Gerontology and Educational Psychology. She was a first-generation student, enrolling in college for the first time in her mid-thirties. At 36, she was a scholarship athlete at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, earning the awards of both team Defensive MVP and All-Conference Defensive player as goalkeeper on the Women’s Lacrosse team. Mrs. Young graduated with distinction, including memberships in several university and national honors societies.
A native of Utah, Marti Young is a longtime mountain sports and outdoor enthusiast. The Youngs are avid skiers, hikers and mountain bikers. Marti has been a competitor in a range of sports throughout her life, including gymnastics, court sports, and rodeo,to name a few. She ran her first full marathon on her 40th birthday and has run in several events since then.
Texas A&M University recently celebrated the first Staff Appreciation Week of President Young’s tenure. In cooperation with Human Resources, university-wide events highlighting employees great contributions reached new heights, including a friends and family day to enjoy sporting activities and a catered lunch on Kyle Field. Mrs. Young also hosted an impromptu dance workout for hundreds of staff who engaged in a group walk-to-lunch event during the week. She is busy developing a program tailored to fit the uniquely service-centered employee family here at Texas A&M. The next major staff event will be held in May 2016.Eligible staff will be treated to professional portraits of themselves and their families at each of four iconic campus locations, free of charge to them. There are many exciting things on the horizon.
Marti and Mike live with their son, four (and sometimes five) dogs, and four horses at their farm in Brazos County.
Originally from the Netherlands my husband and I moved to BCS in November 2014 when he joined the petroleum engineering department of TAMU. I have lived and worked in other countries before, mainly in Central African countries such as Rwanda and also in several countries in Asia. I visited America for the first time in 2012. My husband and I were hiking in the Grand Canyon and I was so impressed by the immense landscape. It made me feel one with the universe: feeling everything is connected and so big, but feeling so small at the same time. The next year we came back for a job interview at A&M!
I am trained as a nurse, nursing teacher and psychologist. I worked years overseas as an emergency relief worker for an international NGO. It was very meaningful but also difficult to be in close contact with victims of disasters. After that experience, I started my own importing company to help farmers in Sri Lanka gain access to the international exotic foliage market. When I arrived in the USA I was not allowed to work so I sought all kinds of meaningful volunteer jobs.
Right now, I am a Big Sister to a 10-year-old whom I am helping with homework and introducing to different customs and cultures (and vice versa!). This is what I like to do best so, very soon, I will start working part-time for the Big Brother Big Sister organization here in Bryan where I will develop a training curriculum for the volunteers and will supervise the matching of children with their Big Brothers or Big Sisters.
As president of the TAMU Women’s Club I hope to guide the club to become even more diverse and inclusive than it is already. All women regardless of race, class, age, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, or disability should feel welcome to join and participate in our club. The theme of diversity and acceptance is woven throughout our 2017-2018 program of activities. Please come and learn about the TAMU Women’s Club -- a welcoming network of women eager to help you become the best you can be in this exciting University environment.
As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis & Immunology at TAMU, I am a busy woman – research, teaching, and other responsibilities take up much of my time. BUT, everyone needs to have a life outside of work and so I was happy to join the TAMU Women’s Club to meet other people, possibly see parts of B/CS I’m not familiar with, and to get more involved with the community.
Born in Korea I grew up in Deer Park, TX and received my undergraduate degree from TAMU. My studies took me away from Aggieland to California, Ohio, and I just recently moved back here from Minnesota. My circle of friends has grown as I have met so many great people through the club. In addition to my outdoor hobbies of running, triathlons, hiking and gardening I belong to Newcomers, the Contemporary Book Club, Bottles and Bites, and the Social Justice group. Helping others is very motivating to me and I have found the Women’s Club to be a great organization to meet people from all walks of life, learn new things and help others.
Make a little time for yourself to make new friends, expose yourself to new challenges, and relax with the great ladies in the TAMU Women’s Club.
Who would have thought that a gal born in Keflavik, Iceland would one day live in Bryan/College Station? And then become a very active member of the TAMU Women’s Club? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Actually, although I was born in Iceland, I grew up in San Antonio and spent my salad days in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as an elementary schoolteacher and librarian. Here in B/CS I have the pleasure of being a stay at home Mom and doting on my young daughter.
In fact, four years ago I joined the TAMU Women’s Club primarily to become a member of the Moms and Tots group. This amazing group of women became my friends, helping me learn about the community and the family friendly activities that are here. I’ve joined the Wednesday book group, another great group of women, where I indulge my passion for reading.
I encourage all newcomers to join the TAMU Women’s Club – it is a great way to make friends and find fun things to do.
Howdy, my name is DaNeetra Walker, THE loudest and THE proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2008 (Whoop)! I believe there are no such things as strangers; just friends I have yet to meet. Born and raised in Bryan, Texas, I have a strong desire to reach out to those unfamiliar with the true Aggie spirit. To that end, I’ve decided to join only one interest group this year – the Community Outreach and Social Justice Group. This group combines two things that are truly meaningful in my life; selfless service and people with a need. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I won’t be dropping in and visiting some of the other interest groups as my time allows.
And, of course, I have hobbies. My goal is to fill my passport. I did not leave the state of Texas until I was 16 years old. Now, I travel as much as feasibly possible. I once sang in the theatre of ancient Epidaurus and the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was so much fun!
But, our travels may have to be reserved for week-ends since I travel for work. I serve as the Senior Regional Advisor in the TAMU Office of Admissions. I discuss admission requirements, scholarships and financial aid, as well as Aggie resources. With a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and a master in Higher Education, I believe this job was made for me. I bring future Aggies into the fold and I love it! With my experience, I would one day hope to establish an Aggie scholarship endowment fund for transfer students.
I joined the TAMU Women’s Club because it is an organization that embraces our differences and uses them collectively for the improvement of our community. I have made lifelong connections that I would have never experienced if it were not for our organization. I am gaining leadership experience that I will carry forward in my professional career. If you are looking for an organization that can help you attain personal goals all while celebrating our distinctive community culture, look no further than the TAMU Women’s Club. TAMUWC has provided the opportunity to share my passions. My hope is that you allow the organization to do the same for you.
Arriving in College Station from Moscow, I was a bit lost. I had my husband and children, but my friends were far away and my language skills made it difficult for me to make new friends. Joining the TAMU Women’s Club opened doors for me. In the TAMU Women’s Club you can find something for everyone no matter what their age, profession or country of origin. The different interest groups provide opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.
My new friends have given me wonderful travel ideas and exposed me to the arts in the area. Through the special programs and interest groups I have come to understand and love the culture and traditions of Texas and the U.S. The many new friends I have made have helped me polish my English skills and develop self-confidence. I especially enjoy the Art Group because of my love of music and painting.
Wife, daughter and mom to two fur babies, I joined the TAMU Women’s Club to meet people and get active in the community. Originally from Lufkin, Texas I have lived in South America, El Salvador, Mexico and several cities in the U.S. These experiences have allowed me to grow and test myself working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, English teacher and Habitat for Humanity coordinator. From these experiences, I have learned that Team Building is one of my greatest skills and motivator.
My husband’s job at TAMU has brought me to College Station and closer to my parents. My experiences with the TAMU Women’s Club Newcomer’s group has helped me make friends, learn about the local community, and start to discover the volunteer opportunities that exist.
This is a great group of women—easy to get to know and happy to help you learn about the area. I encourage newcomers to the area to attend some of the club and sub group meetings – you’ll meet new people and learn new things.
I am Nami Koiwa. As a flutist, my stage name is Nami Kimura. I am from Japan and have lived in College Station since 2003. My husband joined the TAMU faculty in 2002.
As a professional musician, I play the flute with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Breeze Flute Choir, nemeaWinds and Duo Kaze. I also enjoy giving private flute lessons.
When my older daughter was old enough to have friends, I joined the TAMU Women's club to belong to the Moms and Tots Group. I still belong to this group for the benefit of my younger daughter. This group helps young mothers so much. First, it is an opportunity for the children to play together and learn to socialize. Second it is an opportunity for the mothers to talk and help one another learn about child development and the educational and recreational opportunities the area provides for families.
Join the TAMU Woman’s Club – it is a great opportunity to make friends from throughout the University.
Have you read the “One Thousand and One Nights?” It is a story about a very creative young woman named Shahrzad and how she saved herself by embroidering entertaining tales for the king each evening. He was so enchanted with her stories that he let her live to tell him stories forever. When my father read this story he was so enchanted that he insisted his first daughter must be named Shahrzad, and so I was.
Perhaps it is the magic of the beautiful name, or more likely the lovely Persian culture in which I was immersed as a child, that has made me who I am – a creative, artistic personality. I enjoy playing music, painting pictures and making delicate, intricate brooches. Before I came to TAMU, I studied interior design at a Turkish University. My husband is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering. Like all Ph.D. students, he is very busy with his studies and research, leaving me on my own. My family and friends are in Iran, and currently cannot visit. My precious little Persian cat Lucy is there, too. And my visa status won’t let me work. Oh, woe is me! But, instead of sitting at home, feeling sad for myself, I found the TAMU Women’s Club. It has been very helpful for me – opening the doors to different activities and helping me make friends.
Come join the club – it is a warm and inviting organization that will help you meet people and settle in. You will have a chance to meet new people, learn about their cultures and help them learn about this place called “Texas”.
Tery DeShong moved to Bryan in July 2016 when her wife, Barbara Abercrombie, took the position of Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness with Texas A&M. Tery is an attorney by trade and spent the past 5 years as the General Counsel for the Tulsa Health Department. Before that she did child support enforcement for the state of Oklahoma for 14 years. Originally from the Tulsa area, she is learning to adjust to the heat in Texas!
In January 2017, Tery began working as an Executive Professor in the Mays Business School and also works 20 hours a week in the Provost office. Hobbies include singing (she's a Sweet Adeline), playing guitar, watching movies, reading books and travel.
She discovered the TAMU Women’s Club a few weeks after moving here. It was a real life-line, helping her to connect with other folks in the area. She joined to meet people and learn more about both TAMU and the Bryan/College Station region. She is involved as a new board member, takes part in the arts group and has attended the garden group meetings. Tery would highly recommend the group to others who are new to the area; it's a great way to meet people!
If you would like to help your community and meet a great group of women, then this is the place for you! Throughout the years my husband’s job has taken us to many different cities. In 35 years, I’ve lived in seven different towns! So, I have learned that it is important to look for a group of women who share my values.
The TAMU Women’s Club has helped me to make friends quickly and continue my personal challenge to be more community oriented. Growing up in the small west Texas town of Andrews, family, friends and community were always important to me. As a retired elementary school counselor, I know how important it is to make friends and participate in the community
The club’s dedication to scholarships and community service is what encouraged me to join the club and take a position on the board. Another passion of mine is Hospice. I currently serve as a volunteer for Compassionate Care in Bryan. Last year I started an evening sub group – “Bottles and Bites”-- to encourage socialization and communication with those members who just like to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Also, it’s a great way for my husband, an avid Aggie Fan, to meet up with other Aggie fans and talk sports.
Mom, wife, sister, friend, software engineer and dreamer – I am whomever I set my mind to be, and you, too, can enjoy that experience with the help of the TAMU Women’s Club.
Originally from India, I am now a U.S. citizen and have lived in Texas for over 17 years. For more than 16 of those years I worked at TAMU. I joined the Women’s Club because I saw it as an opportunity to serve the community and make new friends. I enjoy challenging and pushing myself to do new things and this club and all its activities has encouraged me to do just that.
The TAMU Women’s Club is a great place to network and make new friends both on a personal and professional level. The club's events and activities promote an appreciation of local arts and business as well as helping one become aware of the many volunteer opportunities in the area. Come, be all you dream of being with the help of the TAMU Women’s Club!
I moved to College Station in July 2014 after my husband had been commuting to TAMU from Bellaire, TX for two years. He was recruited to run the Statistics Department. We delayed my move to College Station so that our youngest daughter, Emily, could complete her junior and senior years at Bellaire High School and so that I would have time to find a position in the area as a physician. I did not know anyone in College Station, both of my daughters were away in college, my 17-year-old dog died within a month after we moved and I was commuting from CS to Houston for work daily. I was desperate, so I joined the TAMU Women’s Club (in addition to the UUCBV) hoping to meet new people. I went to a several WC events, joined different interest groups and was later asked to be president in 2016.
Joining the TAMU Women’s Club was one of the best things that I could have done. Through the WC, I met many new people, made social and professional connections and became more aware of the cultural and societal make-up of our community. As president, I worked with many brilliant women on the board and through the tasks, trials and tribulations of being president, developed better leadership, organizational and communication skills.
I also started the Community Outreach and Social Justice Interest Group. We began by exploring how the TAMU WC’s could become more involved in the community and have since focused on issues such as hunger (Meals on Wheels) and homelessness (Family Promise). As a physician, I am uniquely aware of the lack of medical care and education to a large portion of our society; working in community outreach has shown me a different side to these problems.
I would definitely recommend joining the WC. This club is a great place to socialize and meet new people, tour and visit local venues and commodities, perform community outreach, and learn new skills and knowledge about subjects such as bridge, gardening, wine tasting, gourmet cooking, etc.
Although I grew up in Texas, Plainview, Texas to be exact, my after-college life took me to Europe and Washington D.C. Leaving D.C. to come to Texas for my husband’s job was discomforting. Although I was now physically closer to his and my parents, I was leaving good friends and ‘known’ places.
A friend invited me to the TAMU Women’s Club annual membership fall sign-up. There I discovered groups of women who were interested in many of the same things as myself – reading, traveling and crocheting. More importantly, I also met women who had different interest and points of view than my own. They have all helped me grow and stretch myself.
Over the years I have belonged to a couple of the book clubs, enjoyed day trips with the Travellers Group, participated in Saturday Morning Coffee, and now also “hang” with the Twisted Stitchers, a really delightful group of knitters, crocheters, quilters, and other hand crafters. For a few years, I even belonged to the Garden Interest Group – me, the original black thumb gardener – where I met women who encouraged me to try to garden. Unbelievably, I was the marigold queen one year! So join some interest groups, stretch yourself a bit, make new friends and become part of the TAMU Community.
From Oil City, PA to Okinawa, Japan to College Station, Texas (and many homes in between as our family moved where the US Marine Corps sent us!) – my life has given me many opportunities to meet and socialize with women from all different backgrounds, ages, professions, and origins. As an Army veteran, wife, mother and Girl Scout leader, I know how important it is to have a group of friends with whom to share life’s ups and downs.
When I arrived in College Station in 2008, I was lonely. A friend recommended joining the TAMU Women’s Club as a way to meet people, since I was new to the area and did not know anyone. The club’s programs and interest groups were a good way to meet interesting women and learn about this community and TAMU. Since I now work full time at the Academic Success Center on campus, and manage a family of two A&M College students and a husband who also works at A&M, the time I have for interest groups is limited. Currently I belong to the Tuesday evening book group. Someday, when I retire, I hope to participate in the Twisted Stitchers, Arts&Culture and the Garden Interest Group.
If you are new to this community and want to meet dynamic, intelligent, and interesting people then I urge you to join the TAMU Women’s Club.
Proud Former TAMU student (class of ’77) and first-time grandma, I moved back to B/CS in November 2013 with my husband after living on the East Coast since our college years. Originally from San Antonio, I have always loved the warmth and comradery of Aggieland. The TAMU Women’s Club exemplifies that with its welcoming attitude towards everyone.
While living on the East Coast, I was involved with many activities at our church, at Ft. Detrick and at our son’s schools. I love helping others and I guess that is why I enjoy delivering Meals on Wheels for the TAMU Women’s Club. My former employment also allowed me to help others. I worked for IMA World Health as an International Accountant. IMA is a faith based world health nonprofit organization, with the mission to build healthier communities by collaborating with key partners to serve vulnerable people around the world. The countries that I managed were Tanzania and South Sudan, Africa.
The interest groups such as the Gourmet Dinner Club and the Social Justice Group keep me motivated and busy learning new things and helping others. They also help me hone my gardening and cooking skills. I also serve as chair for the TAMU Women’s Club Scholarship Committee. TAMU Women’s Club currently are funding 5 scholarships to students from the Bryan College Station area with the plan to raise additional funds to fund a sixth scholarship or increase the funding to the current scholarships. If you are interested in helping on this committee please give me a call.
I am currently on the Friends of the Library Board for the Bryan College Station Libraries and also serve as Secretary. My husband and I attend St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station. If you are new to TAMU, join the Women’s Club; it is a great way to meet others who are associated with TAMU!