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Nevermind the name; FJSA is not exclusively composed of former A&M J-students.

Folks from all walks of life have lent their support and are members of FJSA, including:

  • Current & former journalism students
  • Ex-Battalion staff
  • Ex-Aggieland staff
  • Faculty
  • Other friends of the journalism program

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Fall reception: Oct. 15, 2011,
immediately post-game

How many Aggies does it take... Well, more than just me, I guess, to get the reception's start time correct! I regret I must once again amend the time of the Fall Reception, and this time I can't blame it on the cable channels. Head over as soon as the game ends; we'll get rolling maybe 20 to 30 minutes after the whistle blows.

This start time is really for real, I promise. Sorry for the confusion. And please read the previous posts below for news of our Hall of Honor inductee, Charles Neighbors '54, and our head of A&M's journalism program, Dale Rice, who will speak at the reception!

Fall reception:
Right after game, with Dale!
The Grove (map below)

Kickoff for the Oct. 15 A&M/Baylor game has been moved to 11 a.m. -- so FJSA will meet afterward, at 4 p.m. RIGHT AFTER THE GAME, at the same location (described below, in previous post).

And Dale Rice, head of Texas A&M's Journalism Studies program, will be there and speak at the reception! He'll give us an update on the program -- he's achieving quite a lot and I really encourage everybody to come meet him. Longtime newspaper reporter and editor now seriously dedicated to creating a high-quality journalism program whose graduates can go anywhere in modern news media.

Do not fear: Guest of honor Charles Neighbors, and, I understand, some of his A&M journalism classmates and cohorts will be there at 4; we'll schmooze, chat and add his plaque to the Battalion's wall. Erm, that is if they have the plaques up on the wall of the portable trailer (see discussion of Batt's temporary location due to MSC construction, also below).

Fall reception
12:30 pm4 pm, Oct. 15, 2011
The Grove (map below)

Join us two hours before kickoff (no, wait) at 4 p.m., (okay, NOW I got it) after the Baylor game as we get an update on the A&M journalism program and induct the newest member of our Hall of Honor: Charles Neighbors '54!

FJSA's fall reception will be at The Battalion this year, which is temporarily (due to MSC construction) housed at the Grove, next to Cain Hall where weve had the reception the last few years.

About Charles:

An editor and writer, Charles Neighbors '54, has had a lengthy career in publishing since earning degrees in journalism and English. He worked for McGraw-Hill business magazines, as a U.S. Air Force public information officer and at New American Library where he promoted authors such as Ian Fleming, John Dos Passos, William Gaddis, Mickey Spillane and Erskine Caldwell. Hes been director of a PR firm, an independent literary agent in New York and in San Antonio and he continues to edit manuscripts and books.

Grove map

The Batt's temporary digs are a portable building (very nice inside!) at the Grove, that little band-shell at the southwest corner of Simpson Drill Field. If you walk from the MSC to Albritton bell tower, you'll pass it on your left. (Assuming you can walk anywhere from the MSC, which is probably all cordoned off.)

This Baylor game should be a highly charged atmosphere, given the Bears' SEC realignment intrigues; it's also the day to "Wear White, Wave Maroon" in support of Aggie Wildfire Relief; buy a maroon 12th Man towel for $3 with the option to donate more, then wear a white T-shirt to the game. Proceeds go to help victims of the Central Texas fires AND to the area's firefighters. Learn more, or purchase/donate, at AggieWildfireRelief.com.

Hargrove '66 worked
to feed world's poor

The first member of FJSA's Hall of Honor, Tom Hargrove '66, passed away in January. Hargrove, whose kidnapping and 1994-95 captivity in Colombia inspired the movie 'Proof of Life,' dedicated his life to bringing food to the world's poverty-stricken areas. Here are links to the excellent stories run by the Bryan-College Station Eagle and Houston Chronicle.

Join us at A&M on Oct. 30
to honor Manitzas '52

The date -- and the honoree -- have been set for the 2010 FJSA Fall Reception! Come hang out with us in Cain Hall on Oct. 30 (Tech gameday) and help us induct Frank Manitzas '52 to the FJSA Hall of Honor.

The reception starts at 12:30 p.m., 2 hours before kickoff, and the location will be the same as last year: the "POD" in Cain Hall (room B-111).

FJSA President Doug Pils says:

A former Battalion sports editor and co-editor in 1952-53, Frank Manitzas '52 retired from a stellar career in TV journalism as Chief Latin America Correspondent of ABC News. Among the many noteworthy events Manitzas covered, he was present in Bolivia as an Associated Press correspondent when Che Guevara's body was brought in, and he was in Chile for Augusto Pinochet's coup that overthrew the government run by Salvador Allende.

Dale Rice named director
of A&M Journalism Studies

Starting Sept. 1, 2009, the Director of Journalism Studies at Texas A&M University will be Dale Rice, a 35-year journalism veteran who began teaching at A&M in Fall 2008. Read more at the Aggie Journalists blog.

Fall 2008 interview with Dale Rice

Blog post about the Student Reporter Project, which Rice heads

2009 Fall Reception will be Sept. 5

The date's been set -- we'll gather in Cain Hall on the day of the Ags' football season opener against New Mexico. Mark your calendars! More details -- time, exact location, parking info -- will be posted soon here and at the blog.

Coming soon: Hall of Honor inductee

We're close to announcing the name that we'll add to the FJSA Hall of Honor at this year's reception. The search is over and the honoree is about to be notified! You'll be the next to know.

Latest on Roland S. Martin's $10,000 gift

CNN's Roland S. Martin, Class of '91, made a surprise donation last fall of $10,000 to FJSA to help support journalism at Texas A&M. FJSA is working with the A&M Journalism Studies Program on proposals now. Based on the great ideas so far, we're going to be able to put it to work exactly the way he hoped -- helping A&M students become multimedia journalists, able to work skillfully across many platforms. With such a generous gift, we are likely to be able to put several proposals into action. Whoop!

Battalion staffers intern at Washington Post, in NY, more

On the Aggie Journalists blog, students from the Battalion have been sharing breaking news from their summer internships:

Ryan '08: Covering Madoff for news radio in NYC

Turner '10: Covering serial killings in North Carolina

Alvarado '10, Crump '10: In NY with Dan Rather

Casanova '10: Next Batt editor at Abilene paper

Woolbright '12: Working crime beat at SA Express-News

Rojas '10 interning at the Washington Post

Join FJSA or donate online

Join more than 300 fellow Aggie journalists in our LinkedIn and Facebook groups, get in touch with your officers and/or read up on the latest goings-on at our blog. We've got a volunteer form online, too. Dues are $25 and definitely aren't mandatory, but they do help us put on the Fall Reception, our main membership event of the year. And now FJSA can accept dues payments online using credit cards or PayPal.

FJSA is still raising money for the Skip Leabo and Bob Rogers scholarships. The Rogers scholarship is endowed and already helping students each year; the Leabo scholarship fund needs to reach its goal of $25,000 before money can begin helping students (we're one-tenth of the way there, at $2,500 right now).

Get information on how to donate directly to these scholarships online or by check through the A&M Foundation at our donations page.

Send us your contact info

The FJSA Board of Directors needs to know how to get in touch with you. Please send your contact information (e-mail address, class year and other ways to reach you) to aggiejournalists@gmail.com. Tell us a little about yourself and what you're doing now and we'll include it on the blog.