By Andy Ross
Killeen Daily Herald

From breaking ground on its future campus to formalizing partnerships with area colleges, Texas A&M University-Central Texas has taken numerous steps over the past year toward forming its own identity.

This month, another notable step was taken when Killeen’s public university unveiled the inaugural issue of its official magazine, The Warrior.

The publication, prepared by TAMU-CT’s marketing and public relations department, features stories highlighting the accomplishments of students, staff and alumni. Allison Rex is editor of the magazine. TAMU-CT Marketing Director Randy McCauley said The Warrior wants to tell the stories of a student body different from that at many post-secondary schools.

“Our students are so unique,” McCauley said. “A lot of them have been there and done that with the whole college thing and have started a career or a family and are ready to come back and finish that degree they need for career advancement. They have very compelling stories.”

The first issue features a number of such stories about students. Jonathan Waddy tells of his lifelong battle with heart disease and scoliosis and the decision to push on and enroll at TAMU-CT to pursue a bachelor’s degree in administration and management.

Kayla Flewelling talks about experiencing problems at a large university and leaving to enroll at TAMU-CT, where she received the support needed to graduate.

“The purpose is to communicate to our current students and faculty, but also to really reach out to students considering enrolling here,” McCauley said. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback. I think people are excited about it and the chance it will give us to share our stories with the community.”

TAMU-CT is a member of the Texas A&M University System. It is still affiliated with Tarleton State University for accreditation purposes. TAMU-CT offers upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses.