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The ‘Great Conjunction’ of 2020

The ‘Great Conjunction’ of 2020 taken about 30 minutes after sunset as seen from the boat ramp of Cooper Lake State Park Doctors Creek Unit was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This was the first time in 800 years for Jupiter, Saturn and Earth to align during the hours of darkness. The two gas giants came within 0.1º of each other. The next alignment will occur in about 20 years.
December 21, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn – the two biggest planets in our solar system – will appear within 0.1º of each other during the hours of darkness Dec. 21 for the first time since before dawn March 4, 1226. The...

Fall 2020 Graduation [Photo Gallery]

Students wait to walk the stage to become graduates of Texas A&M University-Commerce
December 12, 2020

Texas A&M University-Commerce held graduation ceremonies Dec. 11 and 12. There were 39 doctoral graduates, 565 masters/specialist graduates and 805 undergraduates for a total of 1409. Dr. Mark...

Remembering our veterans

The main entrance to campus is lit up red, white and blue in honor of Veterans Day.
November 10, 2020

The East Texan recognizes the value our veterans bring to Texas A&M University-Commerce. The many students, faculty and staff who have served in our nation’s military bring diverse experiences...

Author visits “Must Love Dogs” class at the university

Jason Morgan and his service dog, Rue
October 19, 2020

Staff Sgt. Jason Morgan, former special operations combat meteorologist, visited Texas A&M University-Commerce Oct. 15 to tell his powerful story to students of the “Must Love Dogs” class of Dr....

University recognizes National Coming Out Day [Photo Gallery]

Garvin Lake with the Performing Arts Center in the background
October 12, 2020

Texas A&M University-Commerce recognized National Coming Out Day by lighting the main entrance and Garvin Lake in a rainbow of colors.

A&M-Commerce Cancels Spring Break 2021

Dr. Mark Rudin, president, Texas A&M University-Commerce
October 1, 2020

Texas A&M University-Commerce students received an email from Dr. Mark Rudin, president, on Oct. 1 announcing that Spring Break 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions to reduce travel-based...

A Bright Future Awaits The Pride

Etta Mayo, first lady of East Texas Normal College
September 28, 2020

On Sept. 14, President Rudin named Ms. Judy Sackfield the new Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students at Texas A&M University-Commerce—an appropriate appointment in view of Sackfield’s...

COVID-19 Daily Report

September 21, 2020

Texas A&M University-Commerce has released the latest COVID-19 data. The numbers are updated Monday through Friday and can be seen online at Stay Healthy Lions! Last updated 09/21/2020 at 8:25 a.m. A&M-Commerce...

Morris Rec Center hosts 9/11 stair climb challenge [Column]

Dan Semprini, fitness director, and Kellon Dion, coordinator for Outdoor Adventure, tackle the challenge to climb 110 floors
September 12, 2020

Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of 9/11, the biggest act of terrorism the United States has known. The majority of lives were lost in the Twin Towers, on the floors above where the planes impacted....

Recording History in the Making in a COVID-19 World

September 6, 2020

The Special Collections and University Archives at Texas A&M University-Commerce is currently accepting submissions for a new project focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Titled “Close...

A Picnic in Pixels

September 6, 2020

For the first time ever, the annual Texas A&M University-Commerce Presidential Picnic went completely virtual. Following postponement of the picnic during Lion Roar Welcome week due to inclement...

University is ready to assist hurricane evacuees

August 26, 2020

Derek Preas, director, campus operations & safety, has been in contact with Texas Division of Emergency Management officials regarding the university’s ability and willingness to assist people...

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