Book on Howard Hesby Completed

A book written by students, colleagues, friends and family of Howard Hesby is now complete and can be ordered.

The book, “Big Hands, Big Heart” is a tribute to the Texas A&M Animal Science professor, Howard Hesby, who believed in helping students just as much outside the classroom as in it. It is estimated he helped more than 15,000 students during his 35 years at Texas A&M and this book shares the stories from many of those he advised.

The book project, spearheaded by Chris Boleman, Texas 4-H and Youth Development Director, is a 300 page compilation of personal stories written about the impact Hesby made on individual lives. All proceeds from the book will go towards the Howard Hesby Atrium Project in the Kleberg building which houses the animal science program.

When the Kleberg facility was built in 1975, an animal science student lounge was provided on the first floor. This area was removed in 2004 to provide administrative offices for a new department in the building. Not long after that, Howard Hesby and others worked to find another suitable area for animal science students to study, congregate, network and the idea of renovating the atrium to make it more student-friendly was born. Shortly after that, Dr. Hesby passed away. He was a great friend of students in the department and it was determined that it would be appropriate to name the planned atrium after him, now known as the Howard Hesby Student Atrium

With each $25 gift donation to the atrium project, you will receive a book in return. Checks should be made payable to Texas A&M Foundation and on the memo line indicate Howard Hesby Student Atrium Fund, account number 0573410 . Orders should be mailed to Crystal Morris, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2140 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-2140. Please include how many books wanted, and your name, address, email and phone number. Contributions over $25 are also being accepted for the atrium project.

For additional information on ordering books and the Hesby Atrium project contact Jennifer Burnett, Texas A&M University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Director of Development, 979-862-5923 or

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