New Library Dean Tackles His First Aggie Kick-Off Camp

Marketing and Communications | September 06, 2012

David H. Carlson, newly appointed dean of the Texas A&M University Libraries, got his first taste of Aggie football culture during Kick-Off Camp, Aug. 17-19. Each year the Libraries receive a portion of the proceeds from Kick-Off Camp sponsored by the Department of Athletics. This year’s camp attracted 115 diehard fans.

“I had no idea what to expect, but I learned a great deal about the coming season by listening to the coaches and watching players during practice. I was impressed by Coach Sumlin’s dedication and the enthusiasm of his entire coaching staff. This marks a new start for both of us at Texas A&M, and we’re looking forward to a winning season for students, faculty, and fans,” Carlson commented. “I am especially grateful to Coach Sumlin for generously donating the proceeds to benefit the Libraries and the Aggie Band.”

Proceeds from the camp are used for the purchase of resource materials for students and faculty (such as new books, journals and online databases) and the preservation of university archives, including the digitization and preservation of Aggie football films. With these resources, the Libraries can also provide textbook scholarships for students awarded at athletic events.

“We are honored that Coach Sumlin has continued the tradition of this successful partnership between Aggie Athletics and the Libraries started by Coach R.C. Slocum. Since the camp’s inception in 1993, the University Libraries has received over $390,000. We are very grateful and appreciative,” explained Adelle Hedleston, manager of development for the University Libraries.

Carlson will accept the gift of $20,000 on behalf of the Libraries during the pre-game ceremony at the Arkansas game, Sept. 29, along with representatives of the Aggie Band.