Two engineering faculty members chosen Fish Camp namesakes

Two Texas A&M Engineering faculty members have been selected as Fish Camp namesakes for 2010: Dr. Bryan Boulanger from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and Dr. Thomas Strganac from the Department of Aerospace Engineering.Fish Camp is a series of four-day orientation sessions for incoming freshmen, called "Fish" at Texas A&M. The camp is set in the piney woods of East Texas. During their time there, the new students learn about Aggie traditions and the university's core values: integrity, excellence, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service. They will also learn about campus organizations and how to join them, how to find the help they need on campus and much more. By the time they leave the Fish Camp, they will have formed lasting friendships as part of the Aggie family.Each camp is named for an individual who has contributed to Texas A&M in a positive way. This can be as an adviser, teacher, mentor, staff member or someone who is there for the students with a smiling face and a friendly greeting.One reason being chosen as a namesake is such an honor is that it is not something for which a professor or staff member can apply, nor is it something the university administration decides. Rather, it is an honor bestowed by the students themselves.Fish Camp receives several hundred nominations for potential namesakes every year, say camp officials. Nominations for namesakes are accepted during the fall semester and are voted on by the student-led Fish Camp organization. Once the voting is complete, the namesakes are announced each February for the upcoming Fish Camp session planned for the following summer.Those who are selected for the honor say being chosen causes them to realize they have made a positive impact on current students and they look forward to attending "their" Fish Camp. Students planning Fish Camp say the namesakes have the opportunity to interact with and impact not only 24 counselors, but also up to 150 freshmen attending their camp. More than 70 percent of incoming freshmen each year attend Fish Camp.The first Fish Camp for the Class of 2014 begins Tuesday (Aug. 3) and the last camp will conclude Aug. 24.For a complete list of this year's namesakes, and also of namesakes from years past, go to For more information about Fish Camp, go to